updated 5 months ago | posted 25 months ago
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.
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BenjaminK 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!
Skurvy5 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.
slapsgiving14 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.
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
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
Maybe I'll have to give it another go digitally.
I tried it again. Still don’t like it. Feel like I would like it in a physical version.
Totally, that's probably what my deal is with it as well.
Marshwiggle92 Moderator Level 125 months ago
I do think Dominion remains the easiest way to teach somebody what deckbuilding is.
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.
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.
Yes, then 3.0. Gotta get a refresh on the art.
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.
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 :)
Definitely a solid game but a little dry in the theme department.
I won't argue with you there haha
I really do love it as a two player game. I think it shines then.
walterbd 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.
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.
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.
JamesReid860 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.
1nf1n1ty Premium User25 months ago
I agree fully with every point on this post! Almost word for word what I was thinking.
I am really enjoying Star Trek: Frontiers.
I've been looking into this game! The description says it is a spin off of Mage Knight.... is it better than it though?
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.
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.
You picked a cool and unique game. I’m glad you are having fun with it!
I am having fun with it. I gave never played anything like it before.
philryuh Owner25 months ago
I'm glad :D
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?
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.