Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game board game
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game board game

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

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In Legendary, players take on the roles of Marvel heroes, including the Avengers and X-Men, and team up to defeat an evil Mastermind. The players have to defeat the likes of Magneto, Loki, Dr. Doom, or Red Skull to win the game - if they do, the players are ranked by the most Victory Points accumulated during play. Because of this, Legendary has a cooperative feel.

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  • Great deck building game with comic book style art. For the person who wants Dominion, but more. Enough expansion content with this game to sink a ship.
  • With several expansions.
  • Felt too easy. Harder with tough boss and mismatched heroes.
  • Really nice when playing "scenarios" suggested by some users.
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    The best overall design: #Concordia, #Ra, #The Castles of Burgundy#El Grande

    Your best memories: #Vs. System

    Best cover art: Anything by Vincent Dutrait and #Rococo

    The best euro: See best overall design

    The best quick game (30m or less): #Ghost Stories

    The most fun you can have with your clothes on: #Telestrations

    The first game you loved: #Magic: The Gathering

    The best game you can fit in your pocket: #Parade or #Claim

    The most immersive experience: #Tales of the Arabian Nights

    Your most played game: #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    Your favorite component: tower from #Amerigo or gears from #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

1. I would want a mix of solo games (#Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, #The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game), some games to play with my kids (#My Little Scythe, #Zombie Teenz Evolution) and some that my wife likes (#Mysterium, #Dixit

2. I think #Love Letter: Batman is quite hard to get hold of now, and I haven't seen anyone mention that. I'd also like to get hold of #Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game and that seems to be currently out of print (and hard to find a source for in the UK when it was in print, as I think it's mostly sold directly by the creators).


#Kemet is one of my favs, I did get rid of my copy because I kickstarted #Kemet: Blood and Sand. Never did get a chance to play #Inis. If i'd have to start all over again, I would get #Glass Road, #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game (with expansions), and #Seasons.


Some good choices there! Do you happen to have expansions for #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game? I've been thinking of getting some to spice it up but I don't know where to start.

For me #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is at the top of the heap. If I had to do a top 5 I'd toss in these with no particular order: #Rococo: Deluxe Edition, #Orléans, #Aeon's End, and #Thunderstone Quest . 

I never really realized how many games that we own that utilize deck/bag building. We do have a few that need to get a few more plays in as well.


Thanks for the review! This is certainly a unique theme I've surely never seen before LOL

I'm not the biggest fan of Marvel but I'll always check out Marvel themed games for my in-laws. They like #5-Minute Marvel and have attempted #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. Still on the fence about how well the latter went the first couple times but the theme is more than enough to get them to come back. I'm thinking the minis would appeal to them here. Do you think #Marvel United is just as light and easy to learn as those or is there anything else you'd recommend (with minis of course lol)? 

I think my favorite is#Dominion: Second Edition although#Orléans and#Altiplano are up there as well. I tend to think of Altiplano more as a deck builder vs Orléans because you have a discard space rather than having everything you used for your actions simply go back into your bag. I also own#Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game which gets a little same-y after awhile for me. I've played#Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure once and thought it was pretty good. Also like to try out#The Quest for El Dorado some day.

One of my favorit Mechanics.  I will acknowledge right away that I am not a fan of #Dominion: Second Edition.  I've played twice and it's kinda of just blah for me.  I prefer my deck builders to have a board and something else going on rather than a "pure" deckbulder.  Maybe had I started with Dominion instead of #Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure my opinion might be different.

My favorite deckbuilders

  1. The entire Clank Family.  I've listed previously that I own #Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure and two of its expansions.  I've played #Clank! In! Space! and that's a really great game as well.  One of my gaming groups had just started #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated before Covid and we haven't gotten back to that yet.  Maybe in November. 
  2. The Legendary family: I own #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game but have heard really great things about #Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game as it really depends on what theme you like more.  I did pick the #Legendary Marvel Deckbuilding Game: World War Hulk Expansion and enjoy playing with that as well, how can you not like playing with  more Hulks!!
  3. #The Quest for El Dorado is a really nice small deckbulider/race game.  My plays of that have been really fun and the feeling of looking at the board and figuring out what your deck needs to get through to the end is an enjoyable challange.
  4. #Aeon's End is really really good and currently on my wish list, though I'd probably put #Aeon's End: Legacy higher on the list. 
  5. #Thunderstone Quest is an different type of dungeon crawl than Clank! but still enjoyable.  So many expansions available with this one.  This and Aeon's End are very similar to Dominion so if are looking to branch out these are good options.
  6. #The Taverns of Tiefenthal is another fun deck builder that I've enjoyed my plays of
  7. The Centry Spice Road family.  Not my favorite game from the ones listed here but is a very enjoyable deck builder especially when you can get a nice little engine going. 
  8. #Great Western Trail has a minor deck building aspect that greatly influences how successful each of your trips to Kansas City is.  The number of times i've cursed when drawing new cows into my hand
  9. #Orléans is a bag builder vs a deck builder but gives you so many of the same feelings and angst that its worth including here.  Really enjoy.
  10. #Star Realms / #Hero Realms - only played on the app but its easy and each game gives you interesting choices on how to build your deck

Wish list includes:

  1. Aeon's End,
  2. Great Western Trail
  3. Orlean's

If looking for an exhaustive list of deck bulders here is a good link: list-deck-building-games

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.


I think Dominion is my favorite deck builder actually. I also own #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game which is pretty good too. The only deck builder I haven't enjoyed so far has been #Hardback. I think my lack of vocabulary really shined with that one haha

I would only consider sleeving this because of the quality of the cards but to be completely honest I don't think they get shuffled enough to warrant it. I typically only sleeve deckbuilders for this reason (ie #Dominion: Second Edition, #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game). Do you sleeve all your games?

#Dinosaur Island is good for 9yr olds if you play the short game.  My boys didn't have the attention span for the medium or long game, but they did enjoy building the dino's. 

Other games my boys loved that would be good at 2:

#Carcassonne, #Forbidden Island (or really any of them), #Pandemic, #Raptor, #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Gameand #Dice Throne: Season 2 - Gunslinger vs. Samurai

I've only played Gloomhaven from your list.  My top 5 would be:

1. #Gloomhaven - for all the reasons you mentioned.  I think i did my 50+ scenarios in like 2 months.  I was a little obsessed.

2. #This War Of Mine: The Board Game - So hard with gut wrenching decisions but so good. 

3. #Dinosaur Island - Similar to TWoM I would play more often if setup wasn't such a pain.

4. #Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age - When in the mood for a quick solo play. 

5. #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game - I have a couple of expansions as well which help to extend the replayability of this deckbuilder.

Honorable Mentions: #Paladins of the West Kingdom , #Wingspan, #The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, #Terraforming Mars, #The Isle of Cats, #Aeon's End, #Sagrada

I really enjoy them. In fact, I'm working on my own right now. (Well, it's been a few months, but I am working on it.) I like the choices that I can add to my deck and make it mine.

#Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure is my favorite, and I'm sure Legacy will top that once I get it played. I also really like #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and Star Realms.

I think a "good" deckbuilder needs to provide something different, and give lots of options for how to build your deck. Clank! offers movement and combat, and a growing threat as the game progresses, for example. I think Dominion is a really good game, but I also think it has been improved on with many other deckbuilders. Still, I won't hesitate to play Dominion if asked.

On Friday I played Ice Cool with my kids, and then we had two friends over and we played Sheriff of Nottingham and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game.  On Saturday I was able to play Carcassonne with my parents and sister.  All around a pretty good weekend for games.


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