Best Game with Deck-Building

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Aeon's End(6 votes) 12%
The Quest for El Dorado(5 votes) 10%
Thunderstone Quest(2 votes) 4%
Mage Knight(3 votes) 6%
Legendary (Marvel or Alien)(2 votes) 4%
Star Realms(4 votes) 8%
Dominion(18 votes) 35%
Clank!(9 votes) 18%
Friday(1 vote) 2%
Core Worlds(1 vote) 2%

51 votes

Which of these games featuring deck-building do you love the most and what about it makes it special?

(Future polls will allow you to add an option you don't see in the poll. For now, if you don't see your favorite game listed, feel free to mention it in the comments!)

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Supporter51 days ago

First. I'm really excited about being able to add options...

Second, the only game I've played enough that features deck building is #A Few Acres of Snow and I enjoyed it in that game a lot.  I really need to try and get a deck builder into my collection.

I guess I've been playing #Pokémon Trading Card Game with my daughter a bit but since it's not at the playing level as would be with adults I still have a ways to go.

Supporter50 days ago

You can add options to polls now! And I had #A Few Acres of Snow on the poll at first but I ended up replacing it with a more widely known one :(

Supporter50 days ago

Haha, no problem.  It's funny that it's the game that got me into the hobby since it's not high up on my list (or any list really), at this point.

50 days ago

I think the deckbuilding in #Undaunted: Normandy is probably the most clever and thematic implementation of this mechanic

50 days ago

#Dominion: Second Edition is by far my favorite deck-builder for 3 primary reasons.

First is the static market.  While I do enjoy deck-builders with dynamic markets too, I think static is superior because it allows for more strategic planning.

Second is the tension created by not having unlimited actions.  You won't always be able to play all of your cards every turn, so there's added tactical decision making.

Finally, there's the tension created by having to take your victory point cards into your deck.  Many other deck-builders have some type of trophy pile or have victory conditions that don't involve cards, so you don't have to find that balance between building up your deck and chasing the win condition.

I know Dominion isn't the only deck-builder with these characteristic, but it's the only one I've played so far that has all three.  What I also find interesting is that these same characteristics are precisely why a lot of people don't like Dominion.

Supporter50 days ago

I played#Dominion: Second Edition once and I thought it was ok.  Even though there are some attack and defense cards I didn't feel their was enough player interaction.  I know there are a lot of expansions and set up variables that may help with this.

I also didn't love that there wasn't a lot of tension for getting to cards because there are so many of each kind available.  I enjoy scarcity in games because I think that adds to the tension.

50 days ago

Tough question.  Outside of #Dominion: Second Edition I haven't played the games listed.  I have a hard time saying #Dominion: Second Edition is best because while I enjoy it I am not sure it's the best.  I'm going to go with #Lewis & Clark with #Fort and #Viscounts of the West Kingdom being in consideration.  I think Viscounts has several things going on that make it a great game and Fort is too new for me to fully assess.  Lewis and Clark has several things going for it.  The cards have a variety of action choices and you can use them to pay for new cards.  

I've played several games now and I love the hand management requirements and trying to get your camp past the last space and avoid losing the game because you had too many cards left in your hand.  The first few games we played we would end up with a hand size of 20 cards!  

Going back to Dominion, a few things I don't like about it:

1. The point cards do nothing for you.  I think a great deck-builder allows every card to do something

2. Trashing cards doesn't feel as helpful at first.  This is certainly an opinion but I like it when I can trash a card for help.  I didn't include #The Taverns of Tiefenthal for this reason.  WHen you trash a card in Viscounts or "spend" one in Lewis & Clark, you get something in return. 

50 days ago

I would say that in #Dominion: Second Edition, trashing is it's own reward.  There are cards that let you trash and get other benefits too, but being able to get rid of your starting cards is a huge benefit in and of itself.

I agree about #Lewis & Clark.  It's a great game.  What I find realy neat is that, because it's not a pure deck-builder, you can choose the level of deck-building you want to do.  You can get a couple of good cards, sprint ahead and try to end the game quickly.  Or you can fall behind while building a powerful engine that lets you take huge turns and surge ahead late in the game.

50 days ago

Dc Deckbuilding should be on this list. Love that game. 

50 days ago

Wow, I've played most of these (Core World and Mage Knight being the only 2 I haven't) and own 30% of them.  In general I prefer my deck builders to have something else to do other than pure deck building which is why I don't enjoy Dominion. 

My top 3:

  1. Clank
  2. Aeon's End
  3. El Dorado

50 days ago

Haven't played most of them and I even didn't even check some of them so it's hard to tell :)

The way the deckbuilding works in the pathfinder card game always seemd like a good balance between elegance, depth and RPG elements. It's a quick game but the drawback is dat you and your deck don't have much interaction with other players. The deckbuilding in Gloomhaven isn't very dynamic but a lot more fit for finding "lucky/determined combo-ish" combinations. Conclusion; I like deckbuilders where abilities and stats interact with other peoples decks; giving more depth to the co-op aspect.

51 days ago

I have a hard time voting in these types of polls because I so rarely have played more than two or three of the options, so it feels weird to vote for what I think is the best if I don't know most or all of them.  I've played Star Realms, Dominion, and Clank and probably enjoy Clank most but not because I enjoy the deck building most, so it's kind of another weird layer to this. I like the combination of push your luck and deck building that makes the game bigger than the deck building aspect of the game.

51 days ago

I just voted for the only one I've played, lol. There's not a lot riding on the poll.

50 days ago

Good point... voted for Clank hah

51 days ago

Only played Dominion so far.

51 days ago

You got a ways to go it seems 

Supporter51 days ago

you'll have to vote again! Sorry, I had to repost because there were issues :D

51 days ago

No worries! I figured that was the issue! 

Went with #Aeon's End, it has just been such a win for me and my wife!

51 days ago

I of course voted for my favorite deck builder,#Dominion: Second Edition, although I've played a few of these.#Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is a pretty good co-op experience that I need to explore more and I've also played#Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure which I just found to be so so.

 

51 days ago

I voted for #Star Realms, as it's the only one on the list I've played. I fully expect to love #Dale of Merchants when my kickstarter arrives, and I have plans to try #Fort on TTS tomorrow night, and that looks fun as well. I've almost purchased #The Quest for El Dorado on multiple occasions, just never pulled the trigger, haha.

Also, #Dune: Imperium has deck-building in it as well, and I'll likely be getting that when it's available.

Supporter51 days ago

Of course you know the Dune game is high on my (I'll call it maybe) wish list.  I'll decide if it'll be added to my official wish list as rules videos and play throughs are available.

51 days ago

Makes sense

Supporter51 days ago

I'd vote for #Fort if it was listed but out of these I'd say #Dominion: Second Edition

51 days ago

I get to try Fort tomorrow on TTS! I hope I enjoy it, but of course that will make me want to spend money on another game...

51 days ago

Hahaha the hazards of having fun

51 days ago

If I like it, I think I'll just add it to my Christmas list. At ~$30 that's a pretty perfect range for a Christmas gift if any family is looking for ideas.

51 days ago

Is that how you do Christmas lists? I generally just tell people what to buy me straight up lol

51 days ago

Haha, my mother in law likes a list, and we have a couple of gift exchanges where we share lists. For my mom I just tell her exactly what I want, lol.

51 days ago

I see. Yeah my in laws are list people too but mine usually just consists of Chipotle gift cards lol. My mom definitely just gets a link to something haha