Developer and Publisher:
Sirlin Games

Based in Emeryville, CA

Founded: 2005

Tabletop games site:

Fighting Game site:
(coming soon at)

Press contact

Tabletop Games:

  • Codex
  • Yomi
  • Pandánte
  • Puzzle Strike
  • Flash Duel

Sirlin Games creates premium, designer games, specializing in asymmetric games—the kind where players control different characters, each with different abilities and personalities. Players each choose a character at the start of a match, each character matchup providing a fundamentally different experience. Years of care go into these game designs to make sure they strike the right balance of depth and elegance and to make sure the characters are balanced against each other.

Before founding Sirlin Games, David Sirlin was lead designer of Capcom's Street Fighter HD Remix and Puzzle Fighter HD Remix, as well as Kongregate.com's Kongai. He is also the author of Playing to Win, a book about e-sports and self-improvement.

Yomi and Puzzle Strike are spiritual successors to the Street Fighter and Puzzle Fighter games Sirlin worked on earlier in his career. Yomi is fighting game in card form while Puzzle Strike captures the unusual comeback mechanism and "crash gem" from Puzzle Fighter into tabletop form. Both games are set in the Fantasy Strike universe, a fantasy-themed martial arts world populated with colorful warriors, Pandas, fishmen, and transforming dragon masters.

Fantasy Strike was always intended to be a fighting game, but Sirlin Games started by developing the characters in tabletop form. They appear in Yomi (fighting game themed), Puzzle Strike (puzzle game themed), and Flash Duel (sparring practice before a fighting tournament). Pandante is a spin-off game, themed as the joyful gambling game that the Pandas of the Fantasy Strike world play. Codex is Sirlin Game's most ambitious tabletop game. It's inspired by real-time strategy games such as Warcraft 3 and StarCraft, and it's set in the Fantasy Strike world. Codex approaches customizeable card games in a completely different way. (more info)

Sirlin Games is currently developing the "Fantasy Strike" game itself. This is a fighting game (video game!) that the tabletop series is based on, so the series will come full-circle. Fantasy Strike is designed to push the frontier of just how accessible a fighting game can be while still retaining the fundamentals of what make the genre great.
(more info soon at www.fantasystrike.com)

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