Upper Deck are pumping out Legendary content at a significant rate at the moment and Legendary: Venom, the 18th expansion, was probably inspired by the release of the recent Venom movie. This expansion requires a Legendary core set to play such as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. In Legendary, 1-5 players recruit heroes through deck building in order to defeat the mastermind and their henchmen.
The Legendary: Venom expansion adds 100 new cards from the Marvel Comics Venomverse team consisting of 5 venomized heroes, 2 masterminds (including Poison Thanos), 2 new villain groups, and 4 new schemes. The Excessive Violence keyword returns along with new game mechanisms and new twists on old ones. For example, when a Symbiote villain ambushes the city they could bond with another villain to create a powerful adversary.
This small box expansion will feature comic book artwork and is not part of the recent movie sets which have been released. The expected release date is February 13th, 2019.
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Legendary fans rejoice, for the next expansion for the classic Marvel Deck Building Game is nigh, and it is both massive and minuscule – Legendary: Ant Man. The Ant Man expansion from designer Devin Low, and Upper Deck Entertainment, brings the world of Hank Pym’s Ant Man and The Wasp to the famous deck builder with 100 new cards, including 5 new heroes, 2 masterminds, 2 villain groups and 4 schemes. Not surprisingly, the “size-changing” keyword, previously used in Legendary: Civil War and Legendary: Champions is back, modifying costs and effects of other cards. The Ant Man Expansion brings this keyword to the very extreme with “Microscopic Size-Changing”, which can stack the keyword, sometimes as many as three times. This ability can reduce a cards recruit cost into negative values, allowing the player to gain recruit points by using it. The same can happen to a villain’s fight value, and a villain with a negative fight value actually gains the player more fight power. But be careful, the Microverse can be an unpredictable place where the very laws of physics do not make sense any more.
For more information on Legendary: Ant Man, check out Upper Deck’s website here. Look for the new expansion in stores on November 7, 2018.
Upper Deck is teasing a new card game called Dark Legacy: The Rising on their blog. This new game is going to be a two player battle card game that will involve some dice rolling as well, and will be released in the form of starter packs featuring two different factions each. In the game you will pick one of six different factions, and build a deck out of their available cards. On your turn you will either attack or cast, if you cast you will then roll the included d20 to figure out how many casting points you will have available this round. From there you will spend those points to cast spells and ready your assault on your opponent. As you defeat your opponent and cast different spells you will also gain experience points and level up, which will allow you to cast spells easier and give access to more advanced cards. The currently planned starter packs will get you to level 5, with later packs getting you to level 10. You can find out more about this game on Upper Deck’s blog, and look for the game to hit store shelves this summer.
Crystal Clans, a successor if you will of Plaid Hats’ popular card game Summoner Wars, finally has a release date, and that date is March 29th. This will be a simultaneous international release so you will be able to go to your local game store and pick up copies in English, French, German, and Chinese. Crystal Clans is a new strategic card game where you are playing down cards as units, and then moving and attacking with those units on the board. Each unit has different stats as well as different abilities based on which clan they belong, like the “adaptable Water Clan, the peaceful Flower Clan, the relentless Skull Clan, the innumerable Blood Clan, the wise Meteor Clan or the unyielding Stone Clan“. You will fight hard in order to control the crystals on the battlefield, and with those be able to win the battle. You can find out more on Plaid Hats’ website, including links to their many preview articles for the game.
Somewhere out there, a nerd is crying because I am about to talk about a DC Deck building release and Marvel Legendary release in the same article. Anyway, first of the two releases I will be talking about is the upcoming DC Deck Building Game: Confrontations. This is a stand alone game and plays similar to the Rivals set where it was Batman vs. Joker, but expands the roster on both sides and expands the player count up to 2 vs 2. On the heroes side you will be able to choose from Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Zatanna, and on the villain side you will have your choice of Lex Luthor, Circe, Ocean Master, or Felix Faust. You can even combine this with the Rivals set to expand the options and gameplay. You can read more about the upcoming release on Cryptozoic’s website, and look for it on store shelves towards the end of the month.
The second release we have is from Upper Deck for Marvel Legendary, and that’s Marvel Legendary: Champions. This set takes it’s heroes and cards from a very recent addition to the comic book universe, specifically the Champions series which debuted at the end of last year. This set will bring in a selection of younger heroes with a more cooperative and less violent bent to them. You will see the return of the keyword Versatile, as well as the addition of a new keyword, Cheering Crowds (yes it’s two words but work with me here). The cheering crowds mechanics allows you to return a bystander you rescued to be able to activate that card a second time, opening up new options for gameplay. There are also lots of new strategies to be had with characters like Viv Vision being able to rescue bystanders while recruiting. So if this sounds like something you want to add to your Legendary collection, look for it on store shelves in early 2018, and you can check out Upper Deck’s website for more information.
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game has seen its (more than) fair share of expansions since 2012. By now, it may be safe to assume that every major, and many minor, Marvel characters are part of the Legendary universe, but Upper Deck is not stopping there. Its 14th expansion will now introduce characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man Homecoming!
Five new heroes, 2 Villain groups, 2 new Masterminds, and 4 new Schemes allow players to recreate the storyline of the hit blockbuster film in deck building form. Overall, 100 new cards featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Vulture, and other characters from the silver screen are expected to enter the Legendary pool on October 18, 2017. Visit the publisher’s page for more information.
Legendary is the cooperative deck building game system that Upper Deck created in order to have a core game with many different themes. Some of the notable themes include Aliens, Firefly, and Marvel. So when Upper Deck announced they were turning it into an app, people started getting excited at the prospect of a digital version. So Upper Deck has teamed up with the folks at SkyReacher Entertainment to develop the digital version of the Legendary system, this time with a fantasy theme called Legendary DXP. This means all new characters, art, some new mechanisms, and more, but all with the familiar workings of their core deck building system. Some highly desired features have been announced already including solo play, online play, playing with friends, and even a 5 player tournament mode called The Gauntlet. The art is already off to a great start given the look of the Beta Signup Page, and with that having been the biggest complaint on some legendary games, looking at you Firefly, hopes are high for a great digital implementation. So signup for the beta, or wait for the launch of the game in August.
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.
Upper Deck is bringing the largest Legendary expansion to date, Legendary: X-Men. With almost 400 cards, Legendary: X-Men brings a plethora of new mechanisms and characters to the table. New Heroic Bystanders will join the team after being rescued. New Schemes, Heroes and Masterminds, and even an Epic Mastermind come straight from the comic. Play with Psylocke, Beast, Banshee, Cannonball, Dazzler, Legion, and more. Legendary: X-Men comes with 15 new Heroes, 6 new Villain groups, 6 new Masterminds, and 4 new Henchmen.
Legendary: X-Men is due to hit stores in June 2017.
Upper Deck is getting ready to release another new game, this time it’s a drafting game called Dungeon Draft. Not much has been released about it yet but I imagine it will be similar to Lost Legends as you will be drafting cards to outfit your hero with better gear to fight monsters. The game will come with 200 cards and boasts only a play time of 30 minutes for 2 to 5 players. Look for more information to come out as the game’s release in September comes closer.
Next is the second big expansion to a hot game, and that’s Orleans: Trade and Intrigue. This expansion will include “new place tiles, a new “beneficial deeds” game board, a new and challenging set of events, and trade contracts. The “Intrigue” introduces ways to hinder your opponents’ progress or even allow you to take over your opponents’ achievements.” Look for this expansion to hit stores in September of this year from Tasty Minstrel Games
Last is not a game but dice for use in your games, well, maybe for use in your games. These are the Polyhero Dice – Warrior Set, dice that are shaped like the different pieces of equipment a warrior would have like gauntlet d10s, a helmet d12, or a sword d6. They may not be the best rolling dice, but they are highly unique looking dice, and they come in a case that can hold 90 sleeved cards. Look for these on store shelves soon from Game Salute.
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