Catalyst Game Labs Announces Dragonfire, D&D Deck-Building Game

Sometimes you want to get your D&D adventuring on, but you just can’t seem to get all your players together. Or you don’t quite have the time to have a full session. Well, before, you might just have to call it quits. But with the Dragonfire deck-building game coming from Catalyst Game Labs, you can just shuffle up your decks and get playing. It’s a new deck-building game coming soon.

From the announcement:

Dragonfire combines the vast lore of the D&D universe with the fast play of a deckbuilding game. Players choose from several classic fantasy races, from dwarf to elf, half-orc to human, and assume one of the quintessential roles of cleric, rogue, fighter, or wizard. Equipped with weapons, spells, and magic items, players begin their adventure along the famed Sword Coast, then journey to other Forgotten Realms locales, such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter, and Waterdeep, in future expansions. Along the way, they can level up their characters, find additional equipment, learn new feats, and much more.

Dragonfire is built on the award-winning, critically acclaimed Shadowrun: Crossfire game engine. Crossfire’s roots are in Shadowrun, one of the most enduring roleplaying settings of all time. Adapting that engine to Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting opportunity to build new ways for players to experience both quick adventures and long-term campaigns in this legendary high-fantasy setting. And at every step, Catalyst has worked hard to remain true to D&D lore. When players open a copy at the table, regardless of what they enjoy playing—RPGs, deckbuilder games, or both—they’ll find a complete box of fun.

“Developing Dragonfire has been an amazing endeavor and a new high-mark for all of us at Catalyst,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer of Catalyst Game Labs. “Like so many in our hobby, the first immersive game I played was D&D. To have the opportunity to add to that immense and amazing body of work…I’ve sat back several times in the midst of piles of D&D books and huge spreadsheets and just marveled at what we’re doing with such a storied game. If that’s not enough, the team at Wizards of the Coast has simply been fantastic to work with, helping ensure that we remain true to the world of D&D itself, but never at the cost of the overall game design.”


  • Davos Seaworth

    “Award-winning, critically acclaimed Shadowrun: Crossfire game engine?” Since when? It’s an annoyingly difficult game, and yet another deckbuilder to boot. Not to mention Catalyst has been letting SR:C die on the vine for a while now.

    • Michael Dee

      The Escaptist Awards. What you never heard of them? I thought Hollywood had a lot of awards to give themselves, but peer into the nerd industry and Hollywood holds no candle into the ego of geeks and nerds.

  • Andrew Franke

    The company that invented Magic the Gathering is hiring someone else to design a card game for them.
    Not only that they are hiring a company that has had so many card games based on it’s own IP crash and burn.
    This has disaster written all over it. Crossfire? huh?They don’t even support that for their own IP!

    • DB

      In fairness, they also bear some responsibility for Spellfire. At least, the D&D side of the house does.

      • Andrew Franke

        Spellfire wasn’t a Bad game and was only discontinued AFTER Wizards bought TSR!

        • DB

          I understand it got better as a few expansions came out, but the initial run and first expansion left a bad taste in my mouth.

          • Andrew Franke

            See you weren’t supposed to eat them. THERE”S your problem.

          • DB

            But the ink! The colors! The reused art! How often do you get a chance to eat Larry Elmore’s art?

            Without having a talking-to by the police, I mean.

          • Wait, you mean you know Sting?

          • DB

            I would like to get to know him better, but I’m not allowed to stand so close to him.

            Long story, and probably for the best. Pepper spray can shoot a long distance. 🙁

  • Hmm. 3+ players? No solo mode? Next one, please…

    • Andrew Franke

      No Shipping complaints? LOL Just Kidding