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Board Games in Review – Legendary – Deck Building Game

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legendaryHello and Happy Monday.  And if it is Monday you all know what time it is.  That’s right time for another board game review. Last week I veered away from my typical board games to talk about dice.  You can read that article here.

I am a fan of deck building games.  I have been playing them for a while and for a long time Thunderstone was my favorite.  The complex set up eventually became replaced by Ascension.  For Christmas I received a copy of Legendary: The Marvel Deck Building Game.

Not only does this game combine the cool characters you love, both good and bad, but you actually have win conditions and bad guys to fight.  The mechanic is really cool and takes some time to get in stride.  Depending on which super villain you are up against and what hero selection you have it can go from hard to really challenging.

Are You Legendary – Can you take down the Mastermind?

There are so many mechanics and symbols that if you are not into complex games I would back away from this one.  But if you think you can handle it dive right into the fight.  The bad guy deck is made up of lesser bad guys and henchman.  It can either be chosen randomly or picked, but it also has bystanders which you of course would like to deck building gamerescue.

If the bad guy has bystanders with him and he gets away each player at the table chooses two cards from their hand to get rid of.  Not only does that make the next round harder for all players but it then makes it more likely that more bad guys get away.  It can be a viscous cycle if you have too many bystanders all clumped together in the bad guy deck.  In our first game,  I was playing with Nerdarchist Dave and Just Bart, we were still getting a grip on the rules and the blob got away with two bystanders.

abc23960e7fdac57ee9027f44e62adc3We realized then that not only was this game a game where an individual wants to win but you also have to stratagize and play part of the game as a team if you do not want to lose.  We played about half of the game one card away from losing.  Eventually we managed to defeat that villain and claim victory.  In that game, my choices and luck did not go well and I came in last.  It was all good because the game was fun and we can always play again.

The game plays like any other Deck Building Game in which each player starts with the same set of cards with an ever changing set of cards in the middle that are interacted with.  Similar to Thunder stone there are things to fight but because of the mechanic of the villains moving they can escape causing harm to the party.

So if you are ready to fight a master villain and defend the city then you just might be Legendary.  Pick up your copy of this awesome Deck Building Game here.  As always thanks for reading and Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!



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Ted Adams

The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.


  • Da Bill
    February 16, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I was on the edge of buying this game; I usually like anything Marvel. Do you think you guys will post a session where you play the game?

  • David Friant
    February 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    It would be nice, but to do it well would take more time than we have. But perhaps this will help- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFJxgEsmQVE

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