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As of the That ’70s Expansion expansion, there are 60 factions, which can combine to form 1,770 unique pairs of factions.[1]

Each player shuffles two factions together to form their deck of 40 cards. Every faction typically has 20 cards with some combination of minion cards and action cards. Factions have a typical structure, although there are many exceptions. The typical structure of a faction's cards is the following:

Ninjas

Ninjas have a typical faction structure

  • 10x Minions (total power 30, average power 3):
    • 1x Power 5 - the "King Minion"
    • 2x Power 4
    • 3x Power 3
    • 4x Power 2
  • 10x Actions:
    • 2x Some Action
    • 2x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action
    • 1x Some Action

Factions with a different power distribution (while still retaining the regular 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x structure) include: Aliens, Dinosaurs, Wizards, Zombies, Bear Cavalry, Ghosts, Killer Plants, Elder Things, Shapeshifters, Giant Ants, Elves, Halflings, Mages, Orcs, Thieves, Changerbots, Teddy Bears, Sheep.

Factions with a different structure include: Robots, Innsmouth, Minions of Cthulhu, Geeks, Princesses, Mythic Greeks, Superheroes, Astroknights, Star Roamers, Rock Stars, Smash Up All Stars, Itty Critters, Kaiju, Magical Girls, Mega Troopers, Disco Dancers, Vigilantes.

Each faction has a special gameplay mechanic that is common among the faction's minions and actions. For example, Zombies come back from the discard pile, Ninjas specialize in destroying other minions, and Ghosts gain bonuses from having only a few cards in their hand.

Each faction has two associated bases, released in the same set. You might say that each faction has two bases, although the relation is mainly thematic: If a faction is not chosen, its associated bases can still appear, and some bases don't really give an advantage to their associated faction, e.g. Jungle Oasis (the Dinosaurs can easily score it, but only for 2 VPs), Temple of Goju (by themselves, the Ninjas won't be able to get back their highest-power minion), Cave of Shinies (the Tricksters can destroy other players' minions, but they definitely don't want to do it there, and their own minions are usually protected against destruction), The Dread Gazebo (the Ghosts don't get any advantage from it and they even have a play-on-base action),...

List of Factions Edit

Core Set Edit

  • Aliens - Return minions to their owners' hands, gain victory points instantly, and manipulate bases.
  • Dinosaurs - Play high-powered minions and actions with some protection and destruction.
  • Ninjas - Destroy minions and actions, and sneak onto bases at the last second using special abilities.
  • Pirates - Move around from base to base and destroy weak minions, usually several at the same time.
  • Robots - Play several weak minions in a single turn, often with power bonuses or useful abilities.
  • Tricksters - Force other players to discard and make bases undesirable to play on.
  • Wizards - Draw and play extra cards each turn, especially actions.
  • Zombies - Play minions directly from the discard pile or retrieve discarded cards into your deck/hand.

Awesome Level 9000 Edit

  • Bear Cavalry - Move other players' minions away from bases you have minions on, and destroy moving minions.
  • Ghosts - Can shrink hand size and gain benefits from having 2 or fewer cards in your hand.
  • Killer Plants - Play extra minions, usually straight from the deck, and grow more powerful on bases through multi-turn abilities.
  • Steampunks - Play powerful base actions that can be salvaged from the discard pile, and move your minions between bases.

The Obligatory Cthulhu Set Edit

  • Elder Things - This faction gives Madness to other players, and has strong minions that are difficult to play.
  • Innsmouth - Ten copies of the same power-2 minion and actions that benefit your weak minions and those that have the same name as each other.
  • Minions of Cthulhu a.k.a. Cthulhu Cultists - Play lots of actions, recover cards from the discard pile, and slow the game down all the while gaining Madness.
  • Miskatonic University - Gain, use, and lose Madness to accomplish a little of everything.

Science Fiction Double Feature Edit

  • Cyborg Apes - Play lots of actions on minions to power them up.
  • Shapeshifters - Copy other players' power and abilities, destroy and replace your minions.
  • Super Spies - Sabotage other players' hands and deck while improving yours, and play specials while bases are scoring.
  • Time Travelers - Replay actions and minions, and avoid the discard pile by placing cards in your hand or the bottom of your deck.

The Big Geeky Box Edit

See The Bigger Geekier Box.

Monster Smash Edit

Pretty Pretty Smash Up Edit

  • Fairies - Choose between effects and counter actions played on minions and bases.
  • Kitty Cats - Weaken other players' minions, temporarily take control of weak minions, and destroy minions you control.
  • Mythic Horses - Play multiple minions in a turn with bonuses for having multiple minions on the same base.
  • Princesses - Six power-5 minions with powerful talents and ongoing abilities, and a diverse assortment of supporting actions revolving around moving minions around, card draw and card retrieval.

Smash Up: Munchkin Edit

  • Clerics - Return cards from the discard pile and prevent cards from going to the discard pile.
  • Dwarves - Gain and play treasures to boost the power of your minions.
  • Elves - Help other players to indirectly help yourself at the right moment.
  • Halflings - Draw many minions, play many minions and put minions on top of your deck.
  • Mages - Discard cards for benefits, such as power gain, minion destruction, extra cards, and monster manipulation.
  • Orcs - Brute force against your opponents with bonuses for having more power than others.
  • Thieves - Steal action cards in play, gain treasures, and sell treasures for benefits, such as VPs, power gain, and minion destruction.
  • Warriors - Play and destroy monsters on bases to manipulate the breakpoint and gain treasures.

It’s Your Fault! Edit

  • Dragons - Manipulate bases and make them unattractive for other players with your presence.
  • Mythic Greeks - Get bonus power from playing the diverse "favors of the gods" (= actions).
  • Sharks - Move around and destroy weaker minions to get +1 power counters and extra minion plays.
  • Superheroes a.k.a. Super Heroes - Morph your weak minions into power-5-or-more minions.
  • Tornados - Move minions, move your own minions, move other players' minions.

Cease and Desist Edit

  • Astroknights - Ten unique minions that focus on drawing and playing actions that directly increase minion power.
  • Changerbots - Mobile faction where minions switch between having higher power and utilizing abilities.
  • Ignobles - Give control of your minions to others for benefits, often before taking them back.
  • Star Roamers - Return your minions to hand for benefits, and manipulate how your minions are affected, like moving them instead of returning them or having your power-2 minions be affected instead of others.

What Were We Thinking? Edit

  • Explorers - Manipulate the next bases of the base deck, move/play extra minions on new bases to take early leads, and move minions all over the place.
  • Grannies - Manipulate your deck, draw/play actions from the top of your deck and draw/play minions from the bottom of your deck.
  • Rock Stars - Collect Groupies, gain advantages from bases with high breakpoints, play and move many minions at once to break bases.
  • Teddy Bears - Low power minions who rise in power to challenge opponents, with actions focused on neutralizing enemy threats and drawing more cards.

All Stars Event Kit Edit

See The Bigger Geekier Box.

Big in Japan Edit

  • Itty Critters - Play weak extra minions that go under your deck at the end of the turn.
  • Kaiju - Gain power through your play-on-base actions and destroy other players' cards.
  • Magical Girls - Abilities that get better the more minions you have on the same base.
  • Mega Troopers - Special abilities that can help you during the scoring of bases.

Sheep! Edit

  • Sheep - Move minions around, especially after another minion moves, and repeat other players' actions.

That ’70s Expansion Edit

  • Disco Dancers - Duplicate the effects caused by standard actions, thus increasing the number of affected minions.
  • Kung Fu Fighters - Generate +1 power counters, drain them from any player's minions and destroy weaker minions.
  • Truckers - Use play-on-base actions as vehicles to move themselves and gain power, and mess with other players' play-on-base actions.
  • Vigilantes - A group of seven power-4 minions with powerful and oppressive abilities, including hard removal, power boost and retaliation.
Spoiler warning!
The following contains details about an upcoming set.

The Bigger Geekier Box (June 2018)[2] Edit

  • Geeks - Use your knowledge of the game to disrupt other players' plans. (Previously found in The Big Geeky Box)
  • Smash Up All Stars - Draw and retrieve cards from your deck and discard pile to get your best cards out as soon as possible and keep them around for as long as possible. (Previously found in the All Stars Event Kit)

Oops, You Did It Again (Fall 2018) Edit


Core Set

Factions: Aliens  •  Dinosaurs  •  Ninjas  •  Pirates  •  Robots  •  Tricksters  •  Wizards  •  Zombies
Mechanics: Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

Awesome Level 9000

Factions: Bear Cavalry  •  Ghosts  •  Killer Plants  •  Steampunks
Mechanics: Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

The Obligatory Cthulhu Set

Factions: Elder Things  •  Innsmouth  •  Minions of Cthulhu  •  Miskatonic University
Mechanics: Madness  •  Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

Science Fiction Double Feature

Factions: Cyborg Apes  •  Shapeshifters  •  Super Spies  •  Time Travelers
Mechanics: Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

The Big Geeky Box

Factions: Geeks

Monster Smash

Factions: Giant Ants  •  Mad Scientists  •  Vampires  •  Werewolves
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

Pretty Pretty Smash Up

Factions: Fairies  •  Kitty Cats  •  Mythic Horses  •  Princesses
Mechanics: Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

Smash Up: Munchkin

Factions: Clerics  •  Dwarves  •  Elves  •  Halflings  •  Mages  •  Orcs  •  Thieves  •  Warriors
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Monsters  •  Treasures

It’s Your Fault!

Factions: Dragons  •  Mythic Greeks  •  Sharks  •  Superheroes  •  Tornados
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters

Cease and Desist

Factions: Astroknights  •  Changerbots  •  Ignobles  •  Star Roamers
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

What Were We Thinking?

Factions: Explorers  •  Grannies  •  Rock Stars  •  Teddy Bears
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Titans (optional, since the TITANS Event Kit)

All Stars Event Kit

Factions: Smash Up All Stars
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters

Big in Japan

Factions: Itty Critters  •  Kaiju  •  Magical Girls  •  Mega Troopers
Mechanics: Titans+1 Power Counters  •  Titans

That ’70s Expansion

Factions: Disco Dancers  •  Kung Fu Fighters  •  Truckers  •  Vigilantes
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters

The Bigger Geekier Box

Factions: Geeks  •  Smash Up All Stars
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters

TITANS Event Kit

Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Madness  •  Titans

Oops, You Did It Again

Factions: Ancient Egyptians  •  Cowboys  •  Samurai  •  Vikings
Mechanics: +1 Power Counters  •  Burying  •  Duels

References Edit

  1. to count the possible combinations of 2 items from a set of n items, use n choose 2 = n(n-1)/2.
  2. http://www.phdgames.com/smash-up-bigger-geekier-box/

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