Deck Building Game Reviews

Dragonfire Board Game Review (Catalyst)

Have you ever played a game that was so difficult that you wondered whether you were even playing it correctly? Dragonfire -- a cooperative D&D deckbuilder -- is precisely this sort of game. Not only is the game itself a challenge, but many of its directions are just vague enough that you might wonder whether you're truly failing or whether you've done something terribly wrong. Occasionally, you may discover that the thing that you were doing wrong actually made it easier for you. In this situation, you may be doubly dead -- but at least you tried.


Xenoshyft Onslaught Board Game Review (CMON)

Xenoshyft is a rare game: every time I play it, I like it both more and less. For a cooperative game, it also counter-intuitively becomes more difficult the more players you add. In Xenoshyft Onslaught, you fight waves after waves of enemy in a tower defense format. Once the base explodes, you die. If you can last a set amount of rounds, you win. All of it is really quite simple, except where it falters is its strangely unintuitive battle system.


Expedition Card Game Review (FABRICATE)

Have you ever wanted to play a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game while furiously shuffling through a deck of cards? Expedition is your game. An app-driven RPG, Expedition puts you in the role of one of many selectable adventurers, complete with their own kit of abilities. Designed to simulate the experience of playing a traditional role-playing game without a DM, Expedition marries app technology with board gaming in an altogether uncomfortable but still interesting way.


Battle for Greyport Game Review (Slugfest Games)

About two hours into Battle for Greyport, we understood most of its mechanics. For what should be a simple, cooperative deckbuilder, Battle for Greyport is oddly complex. And it doesn't have to be. It's all about the manual. We've talked about this before, but the manuals for games keep getting worse. As games become more complex, this becomes an even larger problem. In the old days, we might learn one or two large games a month. Today, there are so many games coming out that you are often learning a new one each game night.


Hero Realms Game Review

  • Setup is simple and easy; you can set a game of Hero Realms up in just a few minutes.
  • Replayability is high, especially as you start learning new strategies and synergies.
  • Game is faster-paced and more dynamic than Star Realms. 
  • Expansions are adding even more value to the base game. 

Super Motherload

Mining doesn't sound fun, but Super Motherload isn't really a mining game. On the surface, Super Motherload is a simplified deck builder with a resource map. Digging a little deeper (sigh), there's actually quite a bit of strategy, especially when you start tacking on additional actions and activating card powers.