Smash Up, Legendary Paint The Town Red, Gen Con News! - Boards & Swords #25

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It has been awhile, but I'm back with some board gaming to talk about!  No Magic the Gathering in this episode, expect a whole episode talking Magic to come out really soon. In the meantime, we've got Gen Con releases to talk about (at least the new Fantasy Flight Star Wars announcements), and a breakdown of AEG's Smash Up card game!

Star Wars Imperial Assault!

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4994

X-Wing 3rd Faction! http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4998

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STAR WARS ARMADA! http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=270

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This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production.  Please visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, talking about comics and all the geeky things we obsess over.  Like to contribute to the show?  Send me an email with what you are playing to feedback@boardsandswords.com.  On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

Boards & Swords #21: Tsuro, Munchkin Zombies 4, & Atheros Deck

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Happy Memorial Day!  This week, I review the new expansion to Munchkin Zombies, Munchkin Zombies 4: Spare Parts, I break down the terrific filler game Tsuro, and I finish off the episode talking about the new Black/White Atheros deck that I built for Chloe.  Oh yeah, and D&D Fifth Edition got official release dates!

Board Games Legendary/Legendary Dark City Munchkin Zombies 4: Spare Parts Android Netrunner Rampage

News

D&D Next announcements!

http://majorspoilers.com/2014/05/19/release-schedule-dd-next5e-announced/

Board Game Breakdown

Tsuro by Calliope Games

Magic The Gathering

Black/White Deck for Chloe:

Atheros

60 cards, 0 sideboard

4 Temple of Silence 10 Swamp 10 Plains

24 lands

4 God-Favored General 2 Blood Bairn 2 Heliod, God of the Sun 2 Baleful Eidolon 2 Eidolon of Countless Battles 2 Tormented Hero 4 Hopeful Eidolon 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 2 Athreos, God of Passage 2 Champion of Stray Souls

26 creatures

2 Whip of Erebos 2 Spear of Heliod 1 Dictate of Erebos 1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride 2 Bile Blight 2 Altar's Reap

10 other spells

Closing

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production.  Please visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, talking about comics and all the geeky things we obsess over.  Like to contribute to the show?  Send me an email with what you are playing to feedback@boardsandswords.com.  On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

Boards & Swords #10: Zombie Dice, Last Minute Gifts For Gamers

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Merry Christmas everyone!  I know most of you have finished your shopping, but in case you find yourself needing a last minute gift for a board gamer, or have some free money to spend on yourself, I've got a couple of lists for you.  First is the 5 games that you should look at for someone who is relatively new into board gaming, and the second list is just 5 games that are on my Christmas Wish List just to give you ideas for other people.  I hope you all have a great holiday and get to spend time gaming with your friends and family.  I'll see you guys next for more great gaming talk!

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Boards & Swords #9: Legendary, Thanksgiving Recap, & Creating A Story Telling Cheat

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I recap all the gaming experiences that happened to me over thanksgiving, talk about the third adventure of my D&D campaign where I introduced somewhat of a story telling cheat, and finish up by talking about Legendary - the Marvel Deck Building Game!

Send me your board gaming stories - what are you playing?  What are you looking to get for Christmas?

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Board Game Review: Legendary - A Marvel Deck Building Game

As many of you who follow me on twitter may have seen (or read about in a previous article), every Monday night our local gaming store hosts a board game night. For the past couple of months, Chloe and I have been attending each week to try out many new board games. Normally, when I review board games, I try and make a video for you guys so you can see the board and visualize the game. However, I don't have the money to buy every game we play so you are going more blog posts talking about the games we are playing. Whenever I do get around to buying a game, you'll probably see a video review come out of it as well. Some of these are going to be a bit old as I need to get caught up on all the games we've played. Last month, Chloe and I tried out a game that I was very excited to learn to play. That game is "Legendary", the Marvel Comics Deck Building Game by Upper Deck. The idea of mashing up two of my favorite obsessions, board gaming and comic books, seemed too fun to be true. What did I think of the game? Read on to find out!

As I mentioned above, Legendary is a deck building card game. That means your job is to use the cards you start with to gather better cards to improve your deck for later turns. In Legendary, there are two lines of cards in front of you, a line of heroes that you can "buy" and a line of villains that you "defeat". Each line gives you cards that will be used at the game to determine who is the winner. At the same time, however, there is a "mastermind" - a villain with a plot that the players must defeat together or else everyone loses. If that sounds confusing at all, don't worry the game plays pretty well and is easy to pick up. If you've played other deck building games like Dominion, you will quickly catch on to Legendary.

Chloe and I both enjoyed this game. It strays away from other deck building games like Dominion and Ascension by adding in the cooperative gameplay of the players having to work together to defeat enemies to help topple the mastermind. This aspect, combined with villains who are constantly trying to escape, really do a good job of bringing in the superhero feel of Marvel Comics. The people we played with commented that there have been several times they've lost against the board, and they will purposely break out the game to try and defeat that mastermind again.

Yet, the addition of the Mastermind also contributes to the only problem I have with the game, which is it's length. To defeat the Mastermind, you have to kill him like 5 times, and he has a pretty high life value that you have to beat. In the game Chloe and I played, bad luck on the cards that were available really hurt us early in the game which made it hard to build up a good deck that would give us the cards we needed to hurt the Mastermind. Luckily, a couple of the other players we were with managed to hit him in a row a couple of times during the game. This also led to those players winning the game, but by that point it was getting late and I needed to get Chloe home to bed, so I was more relieved that the game was over.

That small bit aside, we did enjoy the game, and it will be added to the list of games that I want to get at some point. If you are a Marvel Comics fan, pick this game up and give it a try. I'm sure that you will find it rather enjoyable. You can even use the affiliate link below to pick up the game cheap at Amazon, which will kick back some money here to the site to help us out!

What deck building games have you played? Let me know in the comments below!