In Riot Quest, there are three main modes of play: Standard Mode, Co-Op Play, and Heist Mode.
When playing in Standard Mode, you can choose different Maps, Crew Selections, Bounty Decks, and Treasure Decks. Players can agree which Map, Bounty Deck, and Treasure Deck are used or roll off for it. The player who scores highest chooses the Bounty Deck while the player who rolled lowest chooses the Treasure Deck. The player who chose the Bounty Deck can also choose the Map unless agreed upon.
When building your crew, you have 5 options to choose from.
- Vanilla: Players choose 5–10 Heroes for their Crew. Their Riot Gear hand size is equal to the number of Heroes in their Crew.
- Adventuring Party: Players must choose exactly 6 Heroes for their Crew and must choose one Hero from each Hero class. Their Riot Gear hand size is 6 cards.
- Cash Is King: Players must choose exactly 6 Heroes for their Crew. Their Riot Gear hand size is not 6, however; instead, players add together the Loot cost of each Riot Gear card in their starting hand. This total Loot cost cannot exceed 25.
- Evicted: Players choose 7–10 Heroes for their Crew. Their Riot Gear hand size is 10 cards. Players then roll a d6 to determine ban priority; if there a tie for highest result, those players should reroll to determine winner. The player who wins ban priority chooses two Heroes from the next clockwise player’s Crew. Those Heroes are banned and cannot be played this match. That player then does the same to the next clockwise player and so on, until every player has had two Heroes banned from their Crew.
- Spec-Ops: Players choose two Hero classes and then choose 5–10 Heroes for their Crew that belong to one of their chosen classes. Their Riot Gear hand size is equal to the number of Heroes in their Crew.
Co-Op Play pits the players against a Boss instead of against each other's crews. Bosses are not controlled by a player directly, instead are controlled by the Boss Deck. Each Boss has a specific Boss Deck and these decks cannot be used with different Bosses or changed.
An expansion planned for next year (2022) called Riot Quest: Story Mode, which will inject a narrative component into gameplay while exponentially multiplying the wacky hijinks between characters. Have you ever imagined Boomhowler as the love interest in a story? Just wait for it!