Review: Exceed Fighting System Card Game's Plague Knight Box

Hey there, loyal readers! We recently got ahold of a copy of the Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight expansion box from their Shovel Knight line of cards, made by Level 99 Games in a licensing deal with Yacht Club Games, and we aim to review them as best we can.

The front of the box for the Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight boxed set by Level 99 Games.
The front of the box for the Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight boxed set by Level 99 Games.

To start with, the box is remarkably sturdy. It is more than capable of holding the cards needed for the Exceed Fighting System and more.  It's got a beautiful gloss finish and would look as great as a centerpiece as it does a storage piece. Let's look inside the box now!

The interior array of components for the Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight boxed set by Level 99 Games.
The interior array of components for the Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight boxed set by Level 99 Games.

The Plague Knight boxed set for the Exceed Fighting System contains the following:

  • Four self-contained decks, each with between 33-38 cards
  • Four tuckboxes for the decks, to house as many (sleeved!) cards as the decks may contain
  • An errata card with information, mostly pertaining to the actual number of cards in the deck as they relate to the number of cards listed on the tuckboxes
  • A rules booklet explaining how to play with the Exceed Fighting System

These things all seem quite normal for a starter set of any given card game. The cards seem a little smaller than many other games such as Magic: The Gathering or even Yu-Gi-Oh!, but this isn't a trading card game, keep in mind; this is a wholly contained game. The decks are pre-constructed and intended to be played as they are.

The four sealed Plague Knight decks for the Exceed Fighting System by Level 99 Games, featuring Plague Knight, Polar Knight, Treasure Knight, and King Knight.
The four sealed Plague Knight decks for the Exceed Fighting System by Level 99 Games, featuring Plague Knight, Polar Knight, Treasure Knight, and King Knight.

All in all, we deem Exceed Fighting System's Plague Knight boxed set to be a well-packaged, rather pithy starter for anyone interested in playing this system. What do you think? Have you played Exceed? Is it fun? We have read through the rulebook and while we wish the Shovel Knight cards were featured on it for the sake of clarity, it looks fun to us.

Have you played Shovel Knight alongside playing Exceed? Does this system meet your expectations as a Shovel Knight player? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.