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Tesla Vs Edison: Duel Makes The War of Currents a 2 Player Faceoff

Tesla Vs Edison: Duel Makes The War of Currents a 2 Player Faceoff

In one corner stands Nikola Tesla, the modern day hero, master of induction, and eccentric enough to be played by David Bowie. In the other corner, Thomas Edison, capitalist extraordinaire, the wizard of Menlo Park, and elephant hater. These two historic titans have tangoed during the turn of the century and their battle is now part of popular culture. Each with their own support team, they engaged in the fight of the century… that shaped the future we live in.

Aranta LLC initially captured this rivalry in Tesla Vs. Edison War of Currents, a game that raised over $200K on Kickstarter, and its subsequent expansion, Tesla Vs. Edison Powering Up. The original core game was a 2-5 player game that played in between 40 minutes to about an hour and a half, based on the number of players.

The publisher has once again captured the spirit of their head-to-head face off with their standalone 2-player game,  Tesla Vs. Edison Duel. More than just two inventors battling over Alternating Current or Direct Current, their duel was at the center of scientific and economic progress. This head-to-head game can be completed in under thirty minutes. The best part? It captures the widespread effects their battle had on the world. You’ll rope in prominent individuals like J.P. Morgan, H.G. Wells and Sarah Bernhardt and battle for electric territory control. Will Chicago be AC or DC? How’s that World’s Fair coming along? Will you be the one to launch one hell of a public relations campaign that can only result in one victor?

One of our own Geek & Sundry writers, Raf Cordero, had an early preview of the game and discussed it at length on his own blog. As he puts it, “[Tesla Vs Edison Duel] is tense without being overwhelming. There’s always some edge you think your opponent is getting over you – and one you’re trying to leverage over them. It’s fast, tactical, and victory never feels inevitable. It’s 20 minutes loaded with action and there’s usually a demand for a rematch.”

This Kickstarter took off faster than the invention of film, funding in under four hours, and is now in the sweet, sweet land of stretch goals. If you want to get onto this (electric-powered) bandwagon, you’ve got until May 16th to back the project.

Do you know neat oddities about Tesla or Edison? Or had a chance to play test this game before? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

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