Best "Deck Building" Board Games

Hey all, this list inspired me to start the discussion about the best deck-building games. I think it is a crime that Ascension is not on this list but besides that good ranking and rationale.

https://boardgamehalv.com/best-deck-building-games/

Thoughts?

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25 months ago

Clank! is one of my favorites, especially with The Mummy's Curse expansion. A good mix of deckbuilding and adventuring. 

Star Realms is also fantastic, although I've only ever played digital. Still, I'd rank it up there pretty highly.

While I think Dominion is a fun game and should be lauded for the genre it jumpstarted, I wouldn't say it's worthy of #1. Of course, to each his own. You could argue its case as a pure deckbuilder, but I think the ones with other mechanics added in give the genre more life and possibilities. Still, I do love a good game of Dominion!

Supporter25 months ago

I have a hard time playing star realms digital. It just goes too fast and I miss the physical nature of shuffling the cards. 

Supporter25 months ago

I had this experience as well.  I didn't feel like I was thinking, just hitting my phone.  It kind of felt like Candy Crush to me.  Kind of mindless.  I probably just didn't give it a good chance.

Supporter25 months ago

Exactly! I found it hard to consider my strategy. I guess I need to see my actual deck to help me calculate the odds of what I’m doing with my strategy 

25 months ago

Maybe it's because digital is my first (and only) experience with it, which is why I like it. I do prefer physical games to digital, and generally I'll get tired of a digital version of a game, but Star Realms has been different for me. Still, I do want the physical game. I've been talking with my wife about getting it for years now haha It's so cheap I ought to just get it, but I'm cheap too, sooooooo yeah haha

Supporter25 months ago

Maybe I'll have to give it another go digitally.

Supporter25 months ago

I tried it again. Still don’t like it. Feel like I would like it in a physical version. 

Supporter25 months ago

Totally, that's probably what my deal is with it as well.

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I do think Dominion remains the easiest way to teach somebody what deckbuilding is. 

Supporter25 months ago

I know this is a little lame, but I kind of wish Dominion had an art overhaul, like Dominion 2.0.  I know there is more to a game than art and components but that does impact my enjoyment of a game.

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I hear that, and the cards could be a little nicer quality as well. Although, I think that you actually mean 3.0. We already have the 2.0.

Supporter25 months ago

Yes, then 3.0.  Gotta get a refresh on the art.

Supporter25 months ago

Might as well throw in a campaign while you are at it. At first I meant this as a joke but it actually could work. 

25 months ago

Oh, it's definitely the easiest way to introduce into the genre of deckbuilding. And that's one reason I'll always have it in my library. The other reason is because it's a solid game :)

Supporter25 months ago

Definitely a solid game but a little dry in the theme department. 

25 months ago

I won't argue with you there haha

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I really do love it as a two player game. I think it shines then. 

25 months ago

Yes it is the easiest to teach! It is very hard to hold a balanced game with a new player though, which is sad.

Moderator Level 125 months ago

Yes, it can be. But, I do think that you can still do a good job teaching the strategy while taking the opportunity for exploring combos that normally I would not consider.

25 months ago

Yes that's usually how I try to circumvent the issue: doing something i wouldn't normally. I usually have less fun that way, though.

Supporter25 months ago

Clank! Is a family favorite. I just got all of Star Realms too so I’m looking forward to trying that one. 

Premium User25 months ago

I agree fully with every point on this post! Almost word for word what I was thinking.

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I am really enjoying Star Trek: Frontiers

25 months ago

I've been looking into this game! The description says it is a spin off of Mage Knight.... is it better than it though?

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I have not played MK. But, I have read the rulebook. These are the things I saw in the rulebooks and read in other peoples comments.

I think the rulebook is better in frontiers than MK. That is mostly a personal taste type of thing. And, neither is what I would call good.

It seems like Frontiers is basically a straight retheme of MK. If you did not like MK you probably will not like Frontiers. I have read a number of people saying that if you are interested in the system you should just pick the theme that you want and go with that. There are just a few differences that I found between the two games. 

  1. In Frontiers they remove the day night cycle which makes sense if you are in space.
  2. In Frontiers they make the combat a little more streamlined.
  3. In Frontiers they add away missions, which is another sort of interaction.
  4. In Frontiers they add diplomacy as a alternate means of interacting with certain entities.

Though I have not played MK I am confident in saying that FOR ME Frontiers is a better game. Because, I find theme much more appealing than in MK. Not only that, but the background text of MK is almost not there. But, in Frontiers you have hundreds of episodes and lots of movies for you background text. And, if you are not a trekkie, I think that theme still works just fine.

Supporter25 months ago

You picked a cool and unique game. I’m glad you are having fun with it!

Moderator Level 125 months ago

I am having fun with it. I gave never played anything like it before. 

Owner25 months ago

I'm glad :D

Supporter25 months ago

I've been interested in finding a good deck building game and I've been seeing Ascension a lot recently.  I think I'm going to have to take a long look at it (especially after I win the next give away haha).  How's the Digital Version? 

Supporter25 months ago

I’m a bit surprised that Marvel Legendary wasn’t on the list. It’s one of my most enjoyed deck building games. I picked up Clank recently but haven’t had the chance to jump into it yet.