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John Van Wagoner
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and Ascension (which nobody in my group liked)...any suggestions?

- needs to be able to be played by 2
- up to 4-player would be nice, but not a must
- length of game is not important

thanks!
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Have you tried Star Realms? The base deck only supports two but you can double up or add one of the expansions to play four.

Oh... you might get better results posting in the recommendations forum.
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Star Realms Hero Realms - essentially the same game depending upon if you prefer sci-fi or fantasy

Arctic Scavengers - if you want a post-apoc setting

Nightfall - horror based... has an interesting way of playing the cards and how you can combo things together. Unfortunately it might be more difficult to find as I believe it is OOP now.

I haven't played it yet but I always though Dark Gothic looked interesting too. I guess it's main "thing" is there are three currencies you are using in the game instead of one or two like more deck builders.
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Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game - incredibly thematic for a deck-builder but perhaps only one to consider if you enjoyed the films. Great fun regardless!
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Hmm I like:

Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin
Arctic Scavengers

and if looking for a hybrid

Tyrants of the Underdark
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set


all better than dominion. But it probably depends on what you are looking for.
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I quite enjoyed Draconis Invasion

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I enjoy Valley of the Kings
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Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure Plays 2-4, about 30-45 minutes plus 15 minutes teaching and setup.

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Core Worlds (with at least the first expansion (Galactic Orders), which is really essential for the game to live up to its full potential) is my favourite deckbuilder. The tiered supply decks give it a very different feel from most Dominion / Ascension inspired games.

Rune Age is another deckbuilder I often feel is overlooked - the non-symmetrical races and the different scenarios give it a lot of variety, and the expansion gives even more.

Or, for a more traditional deckbuilder, I'm very fond of Thunderstone Advance (alternative starters sets: Worlds Collide or Numenera), but unfortunately, that one is out of print and seems unlikely to get reprinted. (They're working on a new version with a lot of changes to the fundamentals of the game, remains to be seen how that will turn out.)

(Star Realms, I really bounced off - I've come to the conclusion that unless they include enough other twists to make the game interesting, the randomness of the buy row in Ascension-style deckbuilders is really not for me. I prefer Dominion-style offers, where one can plan a strategy.)

All three of these suggestions work well on 2 players, and support at least up to 4 (though game length will increase the higher the player count).
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Thunkd wrote:
Have you tried Star Realms? The base deck only supports two but you can double up or add one of the expansions to play four.

Oh... you might get better results posting in the recommendations forum.
yes, we have Hero and Star Realm both (sorry, should have mentioned that)...
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+1 for Core Worlds.
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Bearhug78 wrote:


Or just back Thunderstone Quest as Advance is now OOP and Quest is the newest edition.

Also, Trains: Rising Sun is worth a mention as it has boards for 2-player games.
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+1 for Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
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+1 for Core Worlds plus at least the Core Worlds: Galactic Orders expansion

I suggest warmly Tanto Cuore. Do not let the art confuse you. this is a mean deckbuilder.
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"This is a really weird game, and you’ll find that most people will not want to play this."
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If Legendary had a GI Joe theme...

VENOM Assault
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Akado wrote:
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure Plays 2-4, about 30-45 minutes plus 15 minutes teaching and setup.



My group loves Clank. We're not even that big of fans of the theme, but the ability to "do stuff" and have an aim when building your deck is really a great thing to have.

Otherwise, not a Deck Builder, but plays like one and fits your other requirements... London
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Nice games are:
Star Realms
Cthulhu Realms

Those are best for two players. Unlike Dominion and ascension you're not going for point but for the destruction of your opponent. And they have an excellent app you can try first.

But my favorite deckbuilder at the moment is:
Tyrants of the Underdark

What's great about this game is that you not only build a deck but that you have to use the cards' abbilities to try to control areas on a board.
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Valley of the Kings & Barbarossa both take Dominion & make it work harder & do a lot more.
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My wife and I quite enjoy playing Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Kings: Afterlife. Plays nicely for 2-4.
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I'm really enjoying Aeon's End and Vikings Gone Wild.

Aeon's End is better with fewer players (2/3), but it can play 4. It's a co-op game with players playing against the game.

Vikings Gone Wild is fun with 2-4 players. It is full player vs player, but in a fun way. (You don't destroy other people's cards/buildings)
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If you's like something extra to "just" deckbuilding, you might want to check out Vikings Gone Wild. You build up your town, have some resources to manage and attacks to deal to and fro.
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Eminent Domain
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game

I love deck builders. These are our favorites for 2 players.

They are both self contained games that need no expansions. We've played them hundreds of times and love them each time. I recommend both!
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John_VW wrote:
and Ascension (which nobody in my group liked)...any suggestions?

- needs to be able to be played by 2
- up to 4-player would be nice, but not a must
- length of game is not important

thanks!


What didn't you like about Dominion or Ascension? Might be easier to give you a good recommendation if we know what you're trying to avoid.
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dbmite wrote:
Eminent Domain
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game

I love deck builders. These are our favorites for 2 players.

They are both self contained games that need no expansions. We've played them hundreds of times and love them each time. I recommend both!


While Eminent Domain doesn't need the expansions, the Eminent Domain: Escalation expansion really improves the game.
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