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Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game (2012) by designer Devin Low is one of the great granddaddies of the deck building world. In this (semi)cooperative card game, players collect recruitment power to add new superheroes to their deck, then use the fighting abilities of these well-known heroes to defeat the villains marching on the city. But beware, there is a Mastermind Villain behind all this evil, unraveling a diabolical Scheme. Players need to defeat the Mastermind before the Scheme plays out to fruition in order to win at Legendary.

Publisher Upper Deck Entertainment has supported the game well over the years, amassing almost 20 expansions with innumerable Marvel characters, and the latest (for the completionists among us) is[CT1]  Legendary: Revelations. Revelations is a “deluxe” small box expansion, containing 200 cards instead of the standard 100, and it includes the popular heroes Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, War machine, and many more. New Location Cards represent infamous places in the MCU, and every villain group will come out with a Location. New card keyword mechanics include Hyperspeed, Last Stand, and Dark Memories. Scheme cards in Revelations also reflect the changing nature of this set, and are double sided, flipping over at key points in the adventure.

Revelations includes 9 new heroes with 14 cards each, 4 new villain groups of 8 cards each, 2 new henchmen groups of 10 cards, 3 new Masterminds and 4 new Schemes (each double sided), and 3 new Bystander types. This new expansion is due to hit stores at the end of August 2019. For more information, check out the official webpage here.


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Fantasy Flight announces a new living card game: Marvel Champions. Marvel Champions is a cooperative game for 1-4 players. Each player takes the roles of an iconic hero from the Marvel universe.  Each hero has their own customizable deck of 40-50 cards representing their powers, tools, and allies. The players team their heroes up to defeat the villain, who is not controlled by any of the other players.  Each villain has their own deck of cards also, complete with evil schemes and encounter cards that represents their powers, tools, minions and more. The villain activates once for each hero in play.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set will give players everything they need to jump into the living card game.  The core set includes five hero decks: Iron Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider Man.  It also includes three villain decks: Ultron, Klaw, and Rhino. New Marvel Champions expansions are expected every month. Unlike a collectible game, there’s no chase for rare cards—you’ll find a full playset of each card in every expansion, and every expansion is labeled so you will know exactly what you are getting inside.  This will allow you to customize how you expand your collection with new heroes, scenarios, and more. Every core box of Marvel Champions includes every card available in the core set.  You will have everything you need to customize the hero decks provided.

One of the interesting aspects of each hero deck is the double-sided identity cards: one side for the hero, and one side for the alter-ego. Some abilities are only available while the hero identity is face up. Heroes with their alter-ego face up will not be able to attack villains directly, but heroes can heal and access unique abilities in their alter-ego form.  To bolster a hero’s abilities, players can play ally, upgrade, event, and support cards from their hands. Allies can thwart and attack the villain on their own terms, events are powerful one-time effects, while supports and upgrades stay on the field to assist heroes in battle! Each hero also has an obligation card.  These cards are shuffled into the villains encounter deck, and risk occurring at the most inopportune time, forcing the hero to turn their attention away from the villain and take actions to address their obligation.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set includes over 350 cards, 100 tokens, five hit point trackers, and more, and is available for pre-order now.  Visit the Fantasy Flight website to learn more about Marvel Champions.

USAopoly announced a new game based on the forthcoming theatrical release of Marvel’s Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls is a social deduction game where players take on the roles of the characters from the film, each with their own special powers.  Incorporating the mechanics from Bang!, players will also have a hidden role as either an ally or as shapeshifting Skrull or a Skrull defector. While Captain Marvel is known by all, each other player will have to deduce who their allies are and attempt to defeat their opponents before being exposed.  Colorful graphics on the cards and player boards are in keeping with the Marvel art style in the comics.

Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls plays 4-7 players, ages 8 and up.  Contents include 7 Alliance Cards: 1 Captain Marvel, 2 Ally, 3 Skrull, 1 Skrull Defector; 13 Character Identity Cards; 80 playing cards, 7 reference cards, 7 player cards including a double-sided card for captain Marvel, 46 health tokens, and rules.  Look for Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls in your friendly local gaming store soon.

CGE definitely has their holiday release schedule ready enough as-is, but as they’ve proven within the past few years – there’s always room for more word-based party games. That’s not me complaining, though, because CGE has been knocking it out of the park in that category, so it’s with great pleasure to share with you a few more coming quarter four of this year. The most exciting of the two releases is the all-new Trapwords – a party game inspired by the team vs. team play of Codenames with a slight twist thrown in. As described on CGE’s product page:

“Trapwords is a fun and fast-paced party game for two teams, who simultaneously prepare their lists of trapwords. The simple task of giving clues for your word is made fiendishly difficult by not knowing which words you can’t say. If you succeed, you advance to higher levels with more trapwords and additional challenges. Includes a set of regular words as well as a set with a fantasy theme.”

Codenames, on the other hand, does not need any introduction, but it’s still awesome to also announce that it’s Pictures version is getting the same XXL treatment that the base game has already gotten. There are no gameplay changes at all, just a giant version of the game this time featuring it’s unique and puzzling artwork on much bigger tiles. With this next step it is within reason to expect that Duet will receive the same treatment in the future, but I’m curious if the themed versions, such as Deep Undercover, Disney, and Marvel, will as well. We’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about these, and other, upcoming CGE releases, be sure to check out their website for updates.

HeroClix is currently the most purchased, collectible miniatures game on the market with over 750,000,000 figures. Not resting on their laurels, WizKids are releasing a new strategy game based on the successful HeroClix system. In Marvel Strike Teams, 2-5 players face off in a campaign game of good against evil where the heroes take on the villains. One player is the villainous Mastermind while the rest of the players each take up a hero, in the form of a HeroClix figure, to thwart the Mastermind’s dastardly plans.

The Mastermind can guide the direction of each encounter while the heroes work together using their various powers and abilities to complete objectives, such as infiltrating an enemy warehouse or rescuing hostages. Each hero has unique play styles and the base game includes Captain America, Iron Man, Agent May, and Quake. The villains include Baron Strucker, Winter Soldier, Radioactive Man, and Hydra Soldiers. The environment also plays a part in the game acting as obstacles or weapons at the players’ disposal. While there is a campaign to play through, where players can upgrade their heroes over time, there are also standalone missions available.

Marvel Strike Teams: Avengers Initiative, the first expansion for the game, will also be released at the same time and expands the hero roster with Vision, Black Widow, Falcon, and Agent Phil Coulson from S.H.I.E.L.D. The villains will be bolstered by Loki, Ultron, Absorbing Man, and Agent Ward.

Marvel Strike Teams and Marvel Strike Teams: Avengers Initiative are both designed by Andrew Parks (known for Assault of the Giants and Core Worlds), plays in 60-120 minutes, and is expected to released October 1st, 2018.

Upper Deck Entertainment has announced plans to release the Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealms game in the Summer of 2018. The game has 3-6 players aged 12+ battling against each other as Marvel superheroes and is set in the “Contest of Champions” universe made popular in video games.

In Battlerealms each player will take control of a one of 12 available Marvel Superheroes, rolling dice to activate powers, move across locations to gain points of their own and to take points from other players.

At the beginning of each game each player will choose one of the 12 available superheroes and then construct a play area containing different locations. Once the game is set the battle begins. On each turn players will roll up to six custom dice to discover what powers they will be able to use, rerolling the dice up to two times. Arrangement of the dice will matter when unlocking unique powers, attacking and moving among locations.

Actions will allow you to both move and eliminate the victory points of other players while also earning your own victory points. If a players victory points ever fall to zero they are knocked out of the game. Players will win the game by either eliminating all other heroes or by being the first to reach 21 victory points.

Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm is scheduled for a Summer 2018 release.

Upper Deck has announced that they will be reprinting one of the first expansions to the classic deck builder Legendary, the long out of print Legendary: Fantastic Four. Originally stopped due to licensing issues with Marvel, Upper Deck has stated that new copies should be available in 6-8 weeks. The new reprint falls in line with other statements Marvel has made regarding the return of some long gone Marvel mainstays – The Fantastic Four comic has been on hiatus since 2015.

USAopoly Inc. has announced two themed versions of their highly acclaimed game Codenames inspired by Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel will be released this fall. Codenames is a popular party game in which teams compete to provide clues to cards to their partner(s). In this case, however, the clue-givers run the risk of having their team accidentally choose cards that belong to the opposing team. Additionally, a spy card needs to be avoided by both teams or the game is lost. Only the clue-givers know which cards belong to which team!

Codenames has won many different awards since it’s release and has spawned several different expansions including adult-themed Codenames: Deep Undercover and Codenames: Pictures.

USAopoly President and CEO John M. Davis had this to say:

“We recognized that Codenames was perfect for pairing with the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel franchises. We are confident the Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel versions of Codenames will complement our extraordinary portfolio of game brands,”

Codenames has won a number of accolades including Dice Tower Gaming Award’s 2015 Best Family Game and 2015 Best Party game. In 2016 it also won the board game industry’s most prestigious award: the Spiel des Jahres.

Codenames  Disney  Family  Edition  will  feature  characters  and  locations  from  Disney  and Disney•Pixar  films throughout the last  90 years.  Codenames Marvel Edition will appeal to Marvel fans and will be more of a traditional party game. The game will incorporate many fan favorites, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Avengers, Doctor Strange, and Spider‑Man.

Davis went on to say “We’re particularly enthusiastic about the artwork, as it includes a great mix of characters and locations that Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel fans will appreciate.”

Both Codenames Disney Family Edition and Codenames Marvel Edition will be available in Fall 2017. Both games are targeted for players 8 and up. They will be sold exclusively in North Americ

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‘Dice Masters: Spider-Man Maximum Carnage Team Pack’  has been announced by Wizkids. This expansion includes characters from the Maximum Carnage story line, including Venom, more versions of Spider-Man and several other villains. This expansion will see the first versions of Shriek and the Spider-Man Doppelganger. The Maximum Carnage expansion will include 24 cards and 16 dice, and will be available July 2017.

Everyone’s favorite anti-hero is getting the deck building treatment in a new expansion for Marvel Legendary called Legendary: Deadpool.  This new expansion will be a small box expansion, so you will need to have the base game, and boasts a count of 100 cards to add to your game.  So far nothing new in the form of mechanics or abilities have been released but the expansion does boast 5 new heroes, 2 new villain groups, 2 new masterminds, and 4 new schemes.  Another aspect that will make this set stand out, aside from the Deadpool focus, is that all cards will have unique art, including the different cards of the same hero.  So now instead of the same art on the same character cards, now each one will be different in both it’s card ability and it’s appearance.  Look forward to this expansion to hit store shelves in October.