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Upper Deck Entertainment has just announced that they have acquired the rights to the iconic James Bond series of movies for both trading cards and board games. Master Spy James Bond, originally penned by author Ian Fleming, first appeared in movies in Dr. No in 1962, and has continued in more than 25 films since.  “James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in the history of entertainment,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a new and unique line of James Bond trading cards and trading card games to fans around the world.” The exciting part of this announcement is the statement that Upper Deck will be making a 007 licensed Legendary deck building game. At this point it is unclear if the future game will be part of the original Legendary, or newer Legendary Encounters lines. The game is described as: “Players will be able to relive their favorite movie moments while working together to recruit their favorite characters and unravel the nefarious schemes of the most infamous 007 villains.”, suggesting the more cooperative nature of the Encounters series of games. Projected release date for the game is Summer 2019.

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 making the biggest expansion for yet into the Marvel universe with the World War Hulk expansion for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game arriving in stores this June (2018). The latest expansion will be based on some of the most iconic Hulk storylines published including Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

Thrown off course and drained of strength, Hulk crash lands on the savage planet Sakaar. There, Hulk is chained and forced into gladiatorial servitude. Fighting for his life as his strength slowly grows,

Hulk forms a blood pact with an unlikely band of powerful alien gladiators: the Warbound. Together they rise through the ranks, pursue a death-defying series of journeys, and eventually rally the people of Sakaar to overthrow the tyrannical Red King.

For a moment, the newly-crowned King Hulk knows peace. But when an explosion from the Illuminati’s ship kills King Hulk’s new wife Caiera, Hulk is filled with a rage greater than ever before. He returns to Earth with his Warbound to punish the Illuminati for their crimes against him, even if he has to tear apart all of Earth’s super-teams to do it, and perhaps Earth itself. 

World War Hulk will be the 16th expansion for Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and will be the biggest expansion yet with four hundred new cards including Heroes, Masterminds, Schemes, and Villains.

This big box expansion has Marvel’s biggest characters, including Sentry, Hulk (both Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho), and She-Hulk! It brings the new Warbound team faction to the forefront with plenty of new characters and some of the most exciting and challenging Masterminds and Schemes yet!

Players will be able to take on roles as Gladiator Hulk and the Warbound, or as other Heroes trying to hold Hulk and the Warbound back.

About Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is a semi co-operative deck building game set in the Marvel universe.

One to five players will choose a villain and scheme to battle and then face off using a mixture of hero decks featuring iconic characters like Spider-Man, Hulk, Cyclops, and Wolverine.

During the game players will recruit hero cards to build a more powerful deck and increase their ability to battle the villains that are revealed and cause havoc through the game. As players defeat villains they collect villain cards that will be worth points at the end of the game. Once all of the mastermind cards have been claimed and the player with the most points wins. If the mastermind is able to complete their scheme before the players have defeated them all players lose the game together.

The game has been included in many of the The Dice Tower Top Ten Lists including:

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.

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.

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.

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Fans of the Firefly series are constantly looking for the next shiny game, and Upper Deck is here to satisfy them with Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game.

Designed by Ben Cichoski and Danny Mandel, this cooperative deck building game uses the Legendary Encounters system popularised by the likes of Aliens and Predators and takes it into the Firefly universe. This game will allow players to play as the main crew of Serenity, including the likes of Mal, Inara, River, and more. Avatars that aren’t used will form a Crew deck that can support the players throughout the game. Players will be playing different scenarios, called Episodes, seeking to complete different objectives, gain credits, and win the game.

Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game will be released on August 10th. For additional information, visit Upper Deck’s website here!

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First came Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, an excellent game that put you in the universe of Marvel Comics. Then came Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game, an amazingly thematic game that completely immerses you in the Alien movie franchise. Now we are waiting on the next in the line of Legendary games Legendary Encounters: A Predator Deckbuilding Game which promises to do the same as the its predecessor only for the Predator movies.

Until now there hasn’t been any information other than speculation on how the Predator game will work but this post on BGG gives us some pretty exciting info, for example a full PVP mode! Plus it will FULLY integrate with the Alien version! Check out the post for all the juicy details.

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Legendary is a deckbuilder that people just cannot get enough of and it seems like Upper Deck Entertainment is more than ready to feed the cravings.  Recently released Marvel Legendary Villains, the spin-off to Marvel Legendary with a focus on the bad guys, is getting an expansion titled Legendary Villains: Fear Itself.  According to the description on BGG

With the Legendary Villains: Fear Itself expansion for Legendary and Legendary: Villains, you can play through the “Fear Itself” storyline from Marvel Comics. This expansion consists of six new allies from The Worthy: Kuurth, Mul, Skirn, Nerkkod, Greithoth and Skadi; one new adversary group; one new commander; and three new plots.

Now you can battle Iron Man in his Uru Enchanted Armor with your friends and embrace the villains of the Marvel universe.  Look for Legendary Villains: Fear Itself in stores in 2015.

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Legendary: Marvel Villains Deck Building Game

The Legendary universe gets flipped upside down! Play as Villains trying to take out the Heroes protecting the city!

The game will feature some of Marvel’s greatest Villains, including Venom, Magneto and Thanos, as they go to battle against some of the most heroic characters in the Marvel Universe, including the X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Friends!

Players can work both with and against other players to overcome the protectors of the city using the greatest Super Villains in the Marvel Universe!

This set contains 15 playable Villains, 7 Hero groups, 4 Head Honchos, 4 Bodyguards, 8 new Schemes, unique Bystanders and new Agent, Trooper and Officer cards!

Expected release for Legendary: Marvel Villains Deck Building Game is June 25.

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Legendary: Encounters ALIEN Deck Building Game

Legendary moves from battling Super Villains to battling chest-bursting, face-hugging, acid-for- blood-having Aliens in the first ever Alien Deck Building Game! Players must work both with other players to defeat the terrifying Xenomorphs using the greatest characters in the Alien Universe!

The game will feature some of Alien’s greatest protagonists, including Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Private Hicks, as they go to battle against some of the most terrifying creatures in the universe!

Encounters ALIEN Deck Building Game is expected to hit stores in August.