Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Here’s what’s on the table: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

So I will admit that I have not played very many deck building games, well let’s face it, I’ve only played one other deck building game and it was the DC Comics Deck Building Game. Over this past weekend, I and a few of the GSW team made another adventure to Bootlegger’s Brewery to play some games and most importantly enjoy some of the best craft beer Fullerton has to offer. (Not a plug, I really love their beer).

The first game that we played was Legendary, and it was a first for all of us, so naturally we had to learn the rules. The rules were very straight forward and there was little confusion in trying to understand how to set up and begin play. If you’re not familiar with deck building games, essentially what you have to do is use your starting cards to acquire other to add to your deck to make it more powerful so that you can acquire even stronger cards and ultimately defeat the boss or complete the objective. A nice dynamic that I enjoyed in Legendary is that you had the option to acquire a hero from the hero deck or fight a villain from the villain deck. To be more precise certain heroes that you acquire have either damage points or recruitment points which allow you to either fight or gain cards, respectively. Now the main objective of the game is to defeat the mastermind, which usually requires a higher amount of damage points in order to defeat him. The team wins together or loses together, but there can be an individual who is the winnerest by gaining the most victory points which is acquired through fighting villains, the mastermind, or saving bystanders. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the game. There is a randomization factor with several heroes, villains, and master minds to choose from, which makes the game a little different every time you play. On the downside, set up can take a bit of time between games due to having to separate the cards, then choosing new heroes and villains, then reshuffling the cards back together. I guess you can’t have everything. But since I had to sit there and read all the rules, I got to enjoy this refreshing adult beverage while they shuffled or at least that’s what Jason likes to call shuffling. I said I wouldn’t call him out on it again, but I had to. It was some sort of witch craft because he somehow managed to randomize the cards so well that they went back in order. Anyways, with the randomization factor it makes the game play strategy a little more dynamic in the sense that depending on what heroes are available and which villains you’re facing, you can find yourself racing against time to defeat the mastermind as quickly as possible, or struggling to survive and needing to work with other players in order to coordinate defeating certain villains or delaying time.

On a side note, we also played The Resistance, which is a bluffing and sabotaging type game that requires a lot of verbal interaction in an attempt to discover who is a spy and who isn’t. The resistance is trying to complete missions and the spies are trying to sabotage them. Also another great game for parties and large groups, but beware, you will probably hate each other before, during, and possibly after the game is over.

Until next time, happy America day and roll like you mean it.