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When Fight Club meets Cobra Kai Your RPG Character has to Fight

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I take a lot of inspiration from everywhere both as a player and Game Master for my tabletop roleplaying game experiences. Reading novels, watching movies and TV present so many elements that have already been done so well — why not copy some elements to improve your own RPG experiences? I binged all three seasons of Cobra Kai over the weekend and man, what a show. It got me thinking about all the elements about fighting in a typical fantasy RPG. With so many urban adventures to play with it is no wonder fights can break out in the middle of the streets. If you plan to incorporate these kinds of groups, clubs or organizations focused around fighting in your games you could very much take inspiration from Cobra Kai and the movie Fight Club and make up rules and a place where these fights can go down.

Need more fights in your RPG experiences?

The first thing to consider is the location for this RPG Fight Club. Are you fighting in an established business or an abandoned building? What is the street traffic like? Do people have to sneak in or is it commonplace enough where you can walk right inside?

What kind of people are in charge of running the operation? Is it the kind of place where people can show up and fight or do the fights have to be approved? Is it like Fight Club where if it’s your first time there you have to fight or can you just be an observer? 

When are the fights? Are there designated times or can participants fight whenever they choose? Do people take bets and gamble on the fights? Is there a medic on hand or do all the participants fend for themselves? Are the fights cutthroat, more jovial, basic exhibitions or something else entirely? What is the general reaction from onlookers and other participants if someone dies in a fight? Is magic allowed? What about armor or weapons?

What is the decor like at the location? Is it space used for other things and cleared for the fights or is there a dedicated space? If it is a dedicated space what kind of things are around?

If you are looking for fun set of decorations to bring your RPG Fight Club to life on the tabletop you’ll enjoy checking out the Warlock Tiles Accessory — Torture Chamber by our friends at WizKids. The number of great items in this set fit so well with the idea of causing pain and punching people in the face certainly fits. If the Fight Club in your world is a place characters revisit regularly it could be a lot of fun to mix and match different pieces from the set to make each fight include interactive elements the fighters might even use against each other. Here is a list of all the items in the set.

  • 2x – Cage
  • 2x – Chains
  • 1x – Iron Maiden
  • 2x – Stock
  • 2x – Torture Cross
  • 2x – The Rack
  • 1x – Drowning Through
  • 2x – Hanging Cage
  • 1x – Table
  • 1x – Assistant
  • 1x – Brazen Bull
  • 2x – Fire Bowl (w clear fire element)
  • 1x – Spike Chair
  • 1x – Pendulum
  • 2x – Fire Torch Lamp on Wood Stand
  • 1x – Surgical Tray
  • 1x – The Catherine Wheel
  • 1x – Torturer

If you are looking to make a combat arena for a fantasy Fight Club or simply spruce up your RPG terrain I highly recommend the Warlock Tiles Accessory — Torture Chamber set, which you can find here. Calling such a club the Torture Chamber has a pretty nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay nerdy!

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Ted Adams

The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.

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