Fray is a fast-paced strategy card game wherein players contest over a 3×3 battlefield, playing powerful units and casting signature spells to gain control. The game is contained within a small 30-card deck, and can be learned in just a few minutes! Rounds of Fray are generally short as well, making it an ideal game to pass a few minutes—or challenge your friends to a tournament and see who comes out on top!
Fray is set within Adia, the setting for our tabletop role-playing game Paths: World of Adia, and it is compatible with that game. For example, imagine that your adventuring party needs some information to proceed. There is a shady gentleman who frequents a tavern that might have answers for you, but he’s not interested in giving information away. He’ll consider telling you what he knows, but first you need to beat him in a card game. Suddenly, in the middle of your adventure, you and your friends break out Fray, and play it in character with the goal of defeating this fellow and proceeding through the story. Rounds only take a few minutes, and soon you’ll either have your information…or need to figure out another way to acquire it.
The deck contains three suits: the Dwarves, Duanine, and Bjorn. These three are the first peoples of Adia. Their units (numbered cards) share the same abilities but feature very different signature spells. These change the gameplay dramatically, allowing for powerful effects that can swing the game in your favor.