Top 10 Deckbuilding Games
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Below is my Top 10 list of deckbuilding games. These are games that meet all of the following criteria: (1) deckbuilding format (e.g., you are creating a deck of cards to use during the game, etc.); (2) compelling "theme" (not too abstract); and (3) fun to play. This is a list of the BEST! As always, your mileage may vary and some entries may be "controversial." As such, please feel free to comment, debate, or just express your own point of view. Feel free to thumbsup this list (to draw attention and more comments) or any pleasing, interesting or thought provoking entries. FYI - I am a sucker for comments and discussion and usually thumbsup them all.

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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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#1

This is not the first, and but arguably the spark of the latest trend of deckbuilding games. I also lump in Dominion: Intrigue and all the expansions.
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2. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:598] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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#2

This does deckbuilding dungeon fantasy right! Each expansion further explores the theme and adds some great play and replayability.
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3. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:553] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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#3

Extremely accessible for new players and novice deckbuilders. This plays quick and is easy to learn. With expansion(s) on the way, this should secure a very solid position in the deckbuilding genre.
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4. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1474] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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#4

Dripping with . . . theme, this game also provides some interesting twists on established mechanics.
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5. Board Game: Heroes of Graxia [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14028]
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#5

Yet another fantasy deckbuilder, but different enough from the others to be worth the effort.
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6. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1094]
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#6

Hard to find, but worth looking for. Its unique theme scratches a different itch than others in this family.
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7. Board Game: Evolution Earth: Cataclysm [Average Rating:6.19 Unranked]
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#7

Little press on this hidden gem. It started as a PNP and now has some traction. Given its novel theme and different approach to deckbuilding, it is a must try if you are fan of this genre.
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8. Board Game: Resident Evil Deck Building Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2193] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
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#8

Deckbuilding meets "zombies."
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9. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:472]
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Surprised it took deckbuilding so long to go into space, but this seems to be worth the wait.
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10. Board Game: Arcana [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2939]
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#10

Great graphics, "interesting" theme and yet a little different take on deckbuilding all make this an excellent addition to the club.
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