Malifaux is a skirmish-level table top miniature game produced by Wyrd Miniatures. It is a little difficult to categorise this game in a genre but it’s a little like Victorian Steampunk Wildwest Horror…with Daemons.

From the guys at Wyrd:

Based in an alternate Earth, Malifaux uses gothic, steampunk, victorian horror with a dose of the wild west to inject fun and depth into the magical lawlessness of a world rife with monsters, necropunks, manmachine hybrids, gunslingers, and power-hungry politicos. Actively using character-driven stories to define the world of Malifaux, seek your fortune in this fast paced and brutal 32mm tabletop miniature skirmish game. Assemble your crew and stake your claim!

No longer do you have to trust the fickle fate of a dice roll, in Malifaux you use cards, a Fate Deck, as you lead your Crew to victory with strategy, tactics and resource management, and if that isn’t enough, you can Cheat Fate. Looking for scalability? Malifaux has it. Jump directly into a Scrap with 4 – 6 miniatures, ensuring a quick and brutal fight with each character having unique skills and abilities. Want to escalate it? Take it to a Brawl, bring in additional members of your faction or hire out mercenaries to do your dirty work.

The game’s unique innovative mechanic is the deck of cards that is used instead of dice to determine success/failure of actions. The simplistic game mechanics are easy to understand and are used to resolve every action in the same way, be it shooting, combat or magic. What adds depth to the game is that every single model has a wide range of special abilities and rules.