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

Aeon's End

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Overall Rank: #163 | Trending Rank: #232
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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  • Its like a way better less RNG version of slay the spire (the video-game) or spirit of the island. Its fun slowly building up your deck, gaining power while having the nemesis throw harder and harder obstacles at the players and if you and you're group play well, win on the brink of losing. Solid gameplay, many decisions which all are impactful and it is one of my favorite solo and coop games.
  • Intense boss battles, excellent card-play mechanics and wonderful combo opportunities. I don't think the unshuffling deck builder is the way of the future, but for this game it works perfectly. The timing puzzles that it creates feel perfect. I've fought the first, easiest boss so many times and would be happy to play it again right now if all my other nemesis boards burst into flame.As a solo game, it also works perfectly one-handed. If a solo game requires you to play a two player game for the "intended experience," it's wasting my time as a solo game. It's almost like Dark Souls-- you can call up a helper if you want an easier time, but there is a fair, though always difficult, challenge awaiting you should you choose to go it alone.Also like Dark Souls is the feeling of accomplishment when you beat a boss that's been giving you trouble. When everything comes together-- you play it just right, and avoid the boss's most problematic attacks, the rush you get is perfect. I've never played a game that produced such adrenaline and celebration right at the end. Well, maybe the Resistance or Inis at times. Longer, heavier co-ops can be very disheartening to lose, but this is just right.After having played a lot--enough to have beaten each nemesis, many of them more than once--I feel pretty familiar with the characters and card pool. Not that I've mastered them--far from it--but just that they don't feel entirely new or fresh anymore. I think expansions are the answer here. You certainly don't need all of them, but the increase in variety thanks to the combinatorial possibilities of setups and bosses to fight with just one or two additional boxes shouldn't be ignored. On the other hand, I am a little bit hesitant to spend another $40 on a game I've already played so much of. Not because I dislike it or think the standalones are bad products, but because I worry that even with the drastically increased variety, I could still just burn out on playing the same game so much. Plus, I have no way to store multiple of these things in one box. I have the same problem with Dominion expansions--two of my favorite games and I can't bring myself to expand them for some reason. Doesn't help that there are so many new, flashy games to pull the trigger on that will add more variety to my collection. Still, I love this thing. Some of the best co-op gaming I've ever experienced came out of this box.
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Woah you got to try out Jaws of the lion for the first time? Awesome! I guess it's too early to say but how do you feel about it vs. #Aeon's End?

I saw CTG having some holiday sales where they're offering bundles of Gearlocs at a discount. Too bad they weren't offering sales for the base game haha.

It's been busy around here with the BGP migration but I've been itching to get in a solo game of either #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) or #Root!

#Root, #Spirit Island, and #Aeon's End are all games that I have not tried yet but I'm almost sure they would make it into my top 5 right away. I've heard so many good things about all of them on this site. I've watched a bunch of videos on them too.

I've heard of #Aeon's End but in title only. Didn't realize it was an RPG. How's it play?

It has helped(?) that my streak of playing games with my wife has slowed down a lot in the past 4 months. If we had been playing at least once a week, it might be a different story lol

By the way, I saw #Aeon's End on Game Nerdz' Deal of the Day for $29 and was fully ready to go for it. Clicked through and saw that it was already sold out. Crisis averted!

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.


Great list, for some reason #Aeon's End has never clicked for me, not sure why I don't like it.  But I understand its ranking and know others do.  I'm not sure I can argue with this list, other than #Nemo's War (Second Edition) should be higher.  

I don't really know how to feel about BGG lists. There tends to be a bias towards heavier games that in a lot of cases the reviewers I trust haven't particularly enjoyed.

That said there are a few blindspots that I'm eager to correct: #Aeon's End, #Nemo's War (Second Edition) and #Sprawlopolis among others.

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.