The Purge Review: My favorite deck builders
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I've written over 250 reviews and I've found out a few things about my gaming taste. One of these things is that I really like deck building games. This is something that really surprised me. Here is a list of a few of my favorites in order.

This is not an exhaustive list. I've only included the ones I've played and I've included links to my reviews (if I have one for that game).
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1. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10728628

This is by far my favorite deck builder. It has a lot of variety (especially if you add the expansion: Dark City). The game has a lot of different difficulty settings and a lot of your favorite Marvel characters. Not only is this my favorite deck builder, but it is one of my favorite games.
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2. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:271]
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I love two player games. I play two player a lot (with wife and friends). This is a quick playing war game that uses a deck building mechanic to work. Despite one strategy being broken, I still have a ton of fun playing this game with non-gamers (i.e. people who do not know the broken rule). I really like this game.
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3. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:338]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/9860449

A great solo game. I've played this game a lot and can't win. Actually, I'm horrible at this game.
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4. Board Game: Resident Evil Deck Building Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2155] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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Back in the day, I loved this video game. My wife and I really enjoyed the movies in a guilty pleasure sort of way. The theme goes a long way with me. I don't like the sit and build yourself up and then battle when you are way strong, but the game can keep this from happening also. I might like this game more than you will.
 
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5. Board Game: Rune Age [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:967]
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This is a great game! I love its bigger brother (Runewars) too. This is a very good deck builder and all the armies play differently which really adds fun to the game. It scales very well.
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6. Board Game: Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Original Series [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2977] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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Even though it is roughly the same game as the Next Generation version, it is upgraded in different ways. I enjoy both games but know the classic version a tad more (I've seen neither show).
 
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7. Board Game: Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2570] [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked]
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I am not a big Star Trek fan (I've never seen any of the TV shows and only a couple of the movies). I do like the license and the theme. I would prefer this theme over a standard space theme. With that said, I do like this game. It pulls me and I really do enjoy it. It is not without flaws, but I really enjoy the game.
 
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8. Board Game: Puzzle Strike [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1544]
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This is a fun fighting game. It does not include cards; instead it gives you the use of chips. Most of what you do affects your opponent. This game has a ton of charm.
 
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9. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1450] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/13269900

The theme doesn't exactly work, but the chaining mechanic really changes the deck builder. Otherwise, it is a standard deck builder. This is the deck builder with perhaps the most direct confrontation.
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10. Board Game: Eaten by Zombies! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4716] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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I like zombies. This game is all about hurting your opponents and killing zombies. I love the art work and I really do like this game.
 
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11. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:467]
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This is a fun deck builder. This is different than a lot of other deck builders and how you get cards is unique. This game really needs an expansion and really just more cards. This feels more like a game than a deck builder.
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12. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1060]
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This game was meant to be released right after Dominion was and it sort of shows. It was released this in 2013 and many other deck builders look more polished by today's standards. With that said, it does have some unique mechanics (digging) and the theme really comes alive in the game. I find the art work to be very good. Of all the games, this could be the game where it is great one game and poor the next.
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13. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:715] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10898723

My wife really likes the ease of the game and how quick it plays. While not as deep as other deck builders it does allow you to play with non-gamers. It is a good game to hold a conversation over while you are playing.
 
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14. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1747] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/12780415

Almost a direct clone of the DC game with a couple of different cards. Also comes with an impossible mode that DC does not come with. I love Lord of the Rings, but the DC was different enough for me. I have a ton of LOTR games and very few DC games (I think just this one).
 
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15. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:546] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/13270564

The theme is lost on me, but this is a fun, but easy deck builder. Legendary took this game and added to it and came up with a better game. This is a good starter into deck builders. Instead of piles of static cards you can buy from, there are 6 different cards on the board at a time that can be bought. There are a lot of different cards in this box.
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16. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Perhaps I need to play it again, but I found this game very dry. The theme was tacked one and it really hinged on when you start to add victory points vs more useful cards. It never grabbed me.
 
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17. Board Game: Terra Evolution [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:15396]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/13271024

Not a favorite of mine by a long stretch. The rules hurt the game and it is possible to end the game with one player unable to win (he doesn't have enough population cards to buy the mammal and no natural disaster cards are left). It can end in a broken manner (at least for one of the players).

Very different than other deck builders and scripted to a point.
 
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