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R0land1199Level 56

I enjoy many hobbies and all things gaming including:

  • board games (obviously)
  • video games (console, PC, whatever)
  • Role playing games of all stripes
  • Painting miniatures
  • assembling and painting model planes, tanks, cars etc

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I don't mind them but they didn't grab me like this one.  

Glad you enjoyed it!  

Playing a bit slower is something I have to remind myself of when I play sometimes.  It’s ok to enjoy the aesthetics of a game and not rush. But of course when you are playing with other people there is a balance there. 

If the other players have played a lot they are going to be faster sure. But if they aren’t complaining don’t let your play speed bother you. You will get faster and stressing isn’t going to help. 

I definitely enjoy this game. I’ve been a Marvel Comics fan to one degree or another for a long time now but I couldn’t get in to #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game as much as this one. Marvel champions feels like marvel and you feel like a hero in a marvel comic.  Excellent game!

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Most of the mods work with the Marvel CDB.  If you put in the deck number in to the mod it assembles the deck for you.

If you like the game but don't like the deck building that is another way to approach it and CDB lets you filter for decks that only use cards you own too which will help with the runaway wallet issue. ;)

If you aren't sure about deck construction then it's definitely an idea to try it out before you buy it.  There is a great mod on tabletop simulator if you have it.

You can also check out Marvel Champions Deckbuilder · MarvelCDB to see all of the decks on there and the discussion around them.  If it interests you then it's worth a try. 

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As a magic player many years ago it gives you that deck building feeling but is MUCH cheaper. ;)

I will definitely say that the core game is great and gives you lots of combos but if you want to design your own decks you will want to get more heroes for sure.  Each individual hero is cheap but they do add up.  

As said, if you love marvel it's a ton of fun.  I think the switching from hero to alter-ego is the hook that grabbed me when I tried it at SHUX.  

No.  It comes with Rhino, Klaw, and Ultron.  Each one can be run with two different difficulties, plus you can add in expert cards, and a different side scheme.  There is a TON of replayability.

Base rhino is just a good way to try a new deck out to see it's flow as he is not super difficult and sort of presents a baseline playthrough.

For the other villains you might need to tweak the deck to beat them as they can get really tricky.  (Not that I've played a ton against them yet.)

I also picked up Green Goblin which gives you two different goblin decks and additional side schemes to be added to any villains deck.

I quite enjoy the system!

I started on this and then realized that I can use so many categories that I could probably keep my entire collection for one reason or another. :)

So I narrowed it down to my top 10 favourite mechanics from the BGA mechanics list and games I own and would keep:

Action Selection: #Scythe

Area Control: #Forbidden Stars

Coop Play: #Spirit Island

Deck Building: #Clank! In! Space!

Dice Rolling: #Big Trouble in Little China: The Game - Deluxe Edition

Network and Route Building: #Brass: Birmingham

Rondel: #Teotihuacan: City of Gods

Tableau Building: #Terraforming Mars

Tile Placement: #Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

Worker/Dice Placement: #Village



The Crew is definitely worth a try.  If you are playing with people with trick taking experience the first few missions are pretty basic but once you get going to the later ones it really becomes a cool group puzzle.  

And if you are playing with people who haven't played trick taking games it serves as a training course in them because you WILL get better at it as you go.

Viscounts is 1 - 4 players.  I've played it at 4 once and at three a couple of times if memory serves.  It was good at both counts.  Paladins is a good game but it didn't wow me as much as the other two but, same as you, it's for "some reason" rather than anything concrete.  I think I like the spatial element in Viscounts which bumps it up for me. 

I'm looking at getting in to iit myself this year.  Which printer did you use?  Any advice?  

It sort of depends how far you want to go with it.  I started off using dollar store acrylics, dollar store pallette, and dollar store brushes.  (Although I recommend spending a bit more on brushes.  Really cheap brushes cause too much pain.)

Of course, do you have time for it, and do you have room are big questions.  I have more time and space for my hobbies the last few years. :)


It's true about TTS and it's not like I haven't given a whirl to a game I don't have.  In the end I spend a lot of money in this industry and me playing more games turns in to me buying more games.  

Painting Sword and Sorcery nearly killed me because it is a lot of the same miniature being painted over and over again.  It was my first time painting a lot of the same miniature and I went quite detailed on the paint.  

If i was painting blood rage I'd paint the "grunts" in a pretty quick style and do detailed work on the fancier units and monsters.  I did the same for #DOOM: The Board Game and it was a LOT more enjoyable.

I try to only play games someone in our group owns but in this case I can't find it for a reasonable price so we might just give it a whirl anyway.  

I traded a copy of #Sword & Sorcery: Immortal Souls where I had painted the miniatures for a copy of Blood Rage and I am really happy with the trade.  Lots of fun Blood Rage moments!

Few games this week solo and with the gang online:

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (Solo, physical) x4: Really enjoying this one.  Trying out new deck ideas.  I've played through all of the heroes I have against basic Rhino to get a feel for the game.  Now it's time to amp it up and really get in to it!
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine: (TTS, Multiplayer) x3: Played through 3 scenariios as a filler.  This game completely deserves all the awards it has been given.  Takes classic gameplay and adds just enough to it to turn it in to something new and wonderful!
  • #Architects of the West Kingdom (Tabletopia, Multiplayer): Played it with 5 players including 1 new player.  It's always a toss up between this one and #Viscounts of the West Kingdom for the one I like best in the series.  This game everyone went heavy in to capturing workers which changed things up from other games we've had.
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn with #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita (TTS, Multiplayer): Figured out the issue one of the players was having wiith assets loading so we could play with the expansion.  Man, I really enjoy this game.  With the expansion it feels like civ for sure. #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game with expansions has a lot more going on and will always have a place in my heart for epic game days but this one is definitely easier to teach and pick up and play at the last moment.

Good week!

Good set of games there!

Blood Rage is probably my favourite of them.  Dune Imperium looks extremely good.  I'm going to have to check it out soon.