CCG playable OoB (Out-of-the-Box)
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This is the list I made after reading some of the comments, reviews, geeklists, etc.
The idea is to show which CCGs play well Out-of-the-Box. That is - where I can buy a deck or two, or a starter, and have reasonable assurance that the game will be enjoyable for two players (at least). The obvious benefit is to keep the costs as low as possible. I enjoy diversifying my game experiences, so I thought of getting a few CCGs that play well, rather than dive all the way into one game.
I am planning on adding new stuff here, and update with my ratings/comments as I try these options. Of course, any comments from the Geek community are welcome too.
I know that similar topics reappear in the forums every now and then (I've created one myself), but for easier maintenance I'd rather have it in one geeklist.
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1. Board Game: 7th Sea Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2837]
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Based on the recommendations from the Geek community, I am actually getting some (6) starters of this game. My idea is to play 1 starter per 1 person, and change (or rotate) the decks after every game, for diversity.
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2. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:581]
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This is a dead CCG. Many people wrote that the starter is actually very playable - and it has decks for two players already. My starter is currently being shipped. Cons: not scaleable.
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3. Board Game: Spycraft: Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7645]
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Another dead CCG I ordered. Real cheap - I got a box of 10 starters for 5 bucks. The plan is to keep 5 starters (one for each fraction), and sell the other 5. To be played 1 deck per 1 person - let's see how it works.
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4. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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There are the theme decks, and there is the 2-player starter set. The issue is - the starter set has a very limited number of cards, so you actually end up getting more stuff (which means - little OoB playability). The theme decks sound much better. I guess I'm gonna get some of those one day to see.
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5. Board Game: Deadlands: Doomtown [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1674]
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Now I'm a bit torn about this one. Some people claim that it plays quite well OoB, but I also saw an opinion that this game heavily relies on deck-building. If I find some reasonably priced starters - I may be getting into this one.
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6. Board Game: Legend of the Burning Sands [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4242]
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Yet another dead CCG. However, its availability is quite limited - it's more difficult to find it than the ones I've mentioned above. Anyway - this does have starter decks, so I might end up buying some of those for the testing purposes.
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7. Board Game: Vampire: The Eternal Struggle [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:952] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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This does have pre-built starter decks. I have added this to my wishlist, as it is getting pretty enthusiastic reviews. The downside is the scalability - I'm looking for a game that plays reasonably well with just two players. This one seems to be rather multi-oriented.
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