Aeon's End board game
Aeon's End board game

Aeon's End

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The survivors of a long-ago invasion have taken refuge in the forgotten underground city of Gravehold. There, the desperate remnants of society have learned that the energy of the very breaches the beings use to attack them can be repurposed through various gems, transforming the malign energies within into beneficial spells and weapons to aid their last line of defense: the breach mages. Aeon's End is a cooperative game that explores the deckbuilding genre with a number of innovative mechanisms, including a variable turn order system that simulates the chaos of an attack, and deck management rules that require careful planning with every discarded card. Players will struggle to defend Gravehold from The Nameless and their hordes using unique abilities, powerful spells, and, most importantly of all, their collective wits.

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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

Hello all!

1) I found the site via mention by one of Alex of's recent videos. I'm kind of surprised, given the quality and purpose of the site, that I hadn't discovered it before. Glad to have found it though.

2) I've been in the hobby in one way or the other for close to forty years or so? I've been a fan of games of all kinds for as long as I can remember. I'm happy to see the emergence of niche games coming to the fore during the last ten years or so.

3) Three games? #Too Many Bones, #Star Wars Imperial Assault, and #Arkham Horror: The Card Game have secured top spots, but I also am looking forward to checking out #The 7th Continent, #Aeon's End, and #Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game.

Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself to the community, and I look forward to participating more here in the future.

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!

I've been wanting to give #Aeon's End a try for a while now! #Spirit Island is another one I have on my radar too.

#Welcome to... and its Zombie & Doomsday Expansions

#Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition And the Green one too I think

I'd love all the #Aeon's End stuff because its hyped but it isn't a priority.

Waiting on the new #Sprawlopolis expansion Interstate and probably going to order #SpaceShipped at the same time.

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

Of the ones in your list I'm most interested in #Maracaibo and #Coloma. I eventually dropped Maracaibo from my wishlist thinking it might be overly complex for me and my wife (plus, I just had so many other games that creeped on on me haha.) It was a bit of a similar story with #Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun where even though I was immediately drawn in by seeing the designers involved, it looked like it had a lot going on. I've checked out Coloma several times in the past too but never got to the point of watching a video on it.

This would be my list, limiting to 5 games:

  1. #Too Many Bones
  2. #Keyflower
  3. #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  4. #Brass: Birmingham
  5. #Aeon's End

This list is subject to change any moment tomorrow :)

Oh and I'll be buying #Flip Ships real soon for family game nights.

The iron clays fit inside the box?? Still hoping to try #Aeon's End soon!

I love games like #The Estates. People mistake me for being just a meek guy but I really enjoy messing with others when it comes to games where that's the whole point lol. Great to see #Aeon's End up there. I'm sure I'd enjoy #Bus too so I'll probably check it out at some point after culling my wishlist :)

Awesome!! Love hearing that it went super well. So when's the next session going to be? I remember when I first introduced #Viticulture: Essential Edition to my wife, we probably squeezed in 4-5 plays in two weeks, way more frequent than today. She's cooled off on it now and seems like her new favorites are #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and #Concordia). We played the first scenario of Jaws of the Lion last night but it wasn't a "love at first sight" kind of experience for her for a couple of reasons. Will have to see how the future sessions go.

Anyway, I watched couple of videos on #Aeon's End last night and I'm still very interested, especially with the unique flip over your discard pile mechanic. Will have to see if I end up going with this or the Legacy version.

I'm a little iffy on co-ops. I love the idea of it, but have yet to encounter a game that makes me want to play again and again. I think my ideal co-op game should have at least some of these aspects:

  • Players vs. a more tangible enemy - Rather than something like a pandemic, I think I prefer fighting against an enemy that is more personable.
  • Challenging in a more puzzly way - Rather than Pandemic's way of raising up the level just by increasing the amount/frequency of the "obstacles," I'd probably enjoy having a series of different challenges in the form of scenarios or anything that presents puzzles that really require you to put your heads together.
  • Need to solve the "quarterbacking" problem - Not as big of an issue for me since I play almost exclusively 2p with my wife. For example, I enjoyed the idea of #Zombicide but the way the game played with others was pretty terrible in my experience.
  • Free from too much structure - Although I enjoy co-ops like Pandemic and #Atlantis Rising (second edition), I think it feels a bit too "confined" by the mechanics. I prefer games with a bit more movement involved.

My most memorable moment was playing Zombicide with my friends. It had some fun parts going for it, but ruined by way too much quarterbacking going on. It also overstayed its welcome for me and lasted way too long.

Currently, the co-ops on my radar are #Too Many Bones, #Aeon's End, and #Burgle Bros.

Trent thinks I will but it's currently a no for me haha. Will have to see where it takes me, but I'm more interested in getting onto #Aeon's End or #Too Many Bones after this (leaning more to Aeon's End).

This game is definitely not in my typical preference of a "5 min setup game," but the story and gameplay is enough of a draw to get it to the table for solo sessions. I currently don't think I'll feel the same way about the original Gloomhaven (yet).