Deck Building Games

At the recent PAX Unplugged convention, Dire Wolf Digital announced a new Clank! game in partnership with Penny Arcade, Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated, coming in Fall 2019. Clank! A Deck Building Adventure by designer Paul Dennen uses deck building mechanics of gain money, buy cards, fight foes, but added movement in a dungeon to the mix. Players had to run quickly through the depths, collect an artifact, then make their way back to the surface, all while trying not to make enough noise (CLANK) to invoke the ire of the beast. Clank! has won several awards, has a spider expansion, a mummy’s tomb expansion, and a version in space, yet still remains at a very respectable #61 in the boardgamegeek top 100. Now the promise of adding legacy elements to this great game is sure to have fans excited. Acquisitions Incorporated, which started in 2008 with the simple idea of “friends having fun playing Dungeons & Dragons”, has become a 20 year podcast and IP with a strong following.

From the press release – “Found your own franchise of the legendary adventuring company Acquisitions Incorporated, and shepherd your fledgling treasure-hunters to immortal corporate glory over the course of multiple games.”

For more information, you can read the full press release from Dire Wolf Digital here.

Stone Blade Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing a digital version of their hit deck building game Shards of Infinity in collaboration with Temple Gates Games, makers of the digital versions of Race for the Galaxy  Shards of Infinity designed by Gary Arant and Justin Gary was Stone Blade’s followup to their immensely popular card game Ascension (2010), and hit the blooming deck-building market by storm. Shards has been positively regarded as an improvement on the standard head to head deck building game. In Shards, players fight head to head, trying to deplete their opponents health while improving their own Mastery. Mastery makes a players’ cards more powerful, and at 30 Mastery a player can employ their Infinity Shard, immediately defeating their opponent. The digital adaptation is expected in Spring 2019, on Android, iOS and Steam. For more details, you can read the press release from Stone Blade Entertainment here.

Fans of the classic Vlaada Chvátil game Mage Knight (2011) rejoice, for Wizkids has announced a new Ultimate Edition of the critically acclaimed exploration and adventure card game. Mage Knight has been an evergreen release, inspiring a Star Trek re-implementation in 2016, and staying in the top 25 at Board Game Geek.

With this comprehensive Ultimate Edition, we will be releasing Mage Knight in English, Spanish, Polish, Czech, German, French, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, and Italian! Now you can get Mage Knight in your preferred language and make your playing experience that much easier!*

In Mage Knight, 1-4 players take on the role of  the Mage Knights, role-playing by drafting cards and deck building, in order to create an army to take over their corner of the Atlantean Empire. Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition contains the base game, expansions The Lost Legion (2012), Krang (2013) and Shades of Tezla (2015), a new comprehensive instruction set, miniatures with alternate paint jobs, as well as 5 new cards.  For more details, check out the WizKids web page here, and look for Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition this December.

Upper Deck Entertainment has just posted a blog article reviewing their 13 card and board game releases for 2017. Legendary, the very popular deck building system, added the small expansions Legendary Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Legendary: Noir, and the larger Marvel Legendary: X-Men. Additionally, the Legendary system welcomed the new standalone game Legendary: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

VS System 2PCG had a number of changes and additions last year, including Legacy, Monsters Unleashed, S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Hydra, and The Predator Battles. The games have also undergone a huge change in their publication format, and Upper Deck has said the small box expansions (now known as Giant-Sized Issues) will be released much less frequently.

There were also 5 original games released in 2017, including The Dingo Ate The Baby, Dread Draw, Dungeon Draft, Quest for the Antidote. Finally, Upper Deck released the wonderfully campy hidden movement one-vs-many game Shark Island from Richard Launius and Pete Shirey.

Read the full press release on Upper Deck’s webpage here.

Stone Blade Entertainment, under UltraPro Entertainment, has announced a new game from Ascension designers Justin Gary and Gary Arant. Shards of Infinity is a deck building game for 2-4 players, taking place in the far future, when the Infinity Engine has been shattered, and its reality bending shards are wreaking havoc with the world. Players win by either mastering the power of the Infinity Shard, or by destroying all of their opponents. Shards of Infinity comes with 128 cards, 4 player dials and promises quick 30 minute gameplay. Look for Shards of Infinity on shelves in March 2018.

Cryptozooic Entertainment has added two new titles to its list of licensed card games, which previously included Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, Adventure Time Card Wars, Attack on Titan Deck-Building Game, and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building GameCartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game is a new stand-alone expansion, which will play like its successful predecessor, and be 100% compatible, adding more Cartoon Network characters to the pool.

In addition, a new “Wonder” keyword explores the childlike sense of wonder from these cartoons. In  Teen Titans GO! Deck-Building Game, 2 players can take on the roles of their favorite Teen Titan characters, Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven and Cyborg, taking on a pile of 6 supervillains. Most points after the villains are defeated determines the winner. Teen Titans GO! Comes with 164 cards, and 6 oversized hero cards.

Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game and Teen Titans GO! Deck-Building Game are due for release in November 2017.


Stoneblade Entertainment have just announced that Ascension: Year Two Collector’s edition will be shipping in mid November.

Following up on the overwhelming success of the Year One Collector’s Edition, Year Two takes Ascension: Storm of Souls and Ascension: Immortal Heroes and gives them an all foil treatment! Also included is an Honor Token bag, portable storage box and full foil game board.

The set includes Ascension: Storm of Souls, Ascension: Immortal Heroes and the entire second year of promo cards and is playable as a stand-alone 2-6 player game and 100% compatible with other expansions.

Upper Deck came prepared to GAMA 2015 with a host of hot upcoming games, all coming out some time this summer.

Predator Encounters

Stalking hot on the heels of their Legendary Alien Encounters game, Upper Deck has announced a stand-alone Legendary Predator game. Designed by Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel, Predator Encounters will be a cooperative game pitting players against a common threat. The big twist for this release, however, is that players can choose  to represent the tasty humans or instead pilot a Predator force intent on seeking the glory of the hunt. Representatives for Upper Deck were quick to note the game is 100% compatible with the Alien Encounters game, allowing a dream scenario of Predator on Alien combat if both sets are combined. Similar to how Alien Encounters combined story lines from both Alien and Aliens, Predator Encounters will bring adventures in two flavors, jungle or urban.

Secret Wars

Upper Deck hasn’t forgotten the comic fans. In addition to the Predator game, this summer will also see an expansion for the Marvel Legendary game focusing on Secret Wars. Not the 80’s series most of us are familiar with, but a brand new Marvel storyline. This Set will be able to combine with all other Legendary Heroes games, allowing players a full palette of super hero match ups.

Bring Out Yer Dead
Back in November 2014 there was a little Kickstarter for a game called Bring Out Yer Dead. The game raised some money, then suddenly it was cancelled. Rumors swirled of it being picked up by a publisher and today we know the publisher’s name — Upper Deck. Bring Out Yer Dead will be the first game in Upper Deck’s lineup to use original IP (no movie license here) and the game looks to be a much more Euro-style game than anything Upper Deck has launched before.
VS. System
CCG fans should be familiar with the 2004 Upper Deck release of the VS. System. Centering around super heroes, the collectible game was extremely popular, yet was unable to keep momentum in the very competitive CCG market. Now Upper Deck is resurrecting the game for a major re-release at this year’s GEN CON. Instead of a CCG, VS. will release in a single box similar to Legendary. The Box will contain approx. 350-400 cards with 4 teams included in the first release. And to kick the game off right, GEN CON will also see a massive tourney to introduce the game, ensuring demand for cards will be high.

Ascension 1

‘Ascension: Dawn of Champions’ the latest title in the hit Ascension series of games has had it release announced for March.  This edition of the game can be played by itself or as an expansion to other titles within the series.

Ascension 2

You can see the Dice Tower reviews for the previous games in this series.

  • Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer here.
  • Ascension: Return of the Fallen here.
  • Ascension: Storm of Souls here.
  • Ascension: Immortal Heroes here.
  • Ascension: Rise of Vigil here.
  • Ascension: Darkness Unleashed here.
  • Ascension: Realms Unraveled here.

Like all games as of late the release date for this may be pushed out further due to factors outside of the control of the publisher.  In particular customs delays have been a major issue that has pushed many release dates back quite a bit.

The Publishers description below.

Where there were once six realms, now only a single remains: New Vigil. Take on the role of your faction’s Champion and guide them to victory in this world of new alliances and ancient foes.

New Champion cards let you play as a faction leaders, building your reputation to unlock powerful cards and effects. There are also exciting new Multifaction cards to acquire and defeat, including Constructs and Monster!

Ascension: Dawn of Champions can be played as a standalone game or be combined with other Ascension games!

2-4 players
Ages 13+
30 minute play time



  • 193 Cards
  • 4 Oversized Champions cards
  • 40 Reputation tokens
  • 50 Honor tokens
  • 1 Game board
  • 1 Rulebook

star realms

White Wizard Games has announced they will be releasing their first expansion for their very popular game Star Realms.  This game has had four printings already and so additional gameplay is something that obviously players are interested in.  This set of expansions looks like it should offer some very interesting changes to the game.

Publishers’ description below

This December, White Wizard Games is introducing the first major expansion for Star Realms, Star Realms: Crisis. Crisis is a set of four mini-expansion packs, with each pack including twelve brand-new cards to help customize the Star Realms experience.

  • Star Realms Crisis: Bases & Battleships includes a powerful new ship for each faction, along with eight additional ships & bases to add even more variation to the game’s trade deck.
  • Star Realms Crisis: Fleets & Fortresses is loaded up with a powerful new base for each faction, as well as eight new ships with a variety of cool abilities.
  • Star Realms Crisis: Events adds our first new card type to Star Realms. When an event enters the trade row, it’ll immediately shake up the game, destroying bases, letting players draw extra cards, and more!
  • Star Realms Crisis: Heroes adds our second new card type to the game. Heroes are unique, because unlike other Star Realms cards, they immediately enter play when purchased!