GS TABLE GAMES: DC Comics Deck Building Game

I have always been fascinated with card games but my knowledge and experience only stretched to as far as Top Trumps.  I knew it was time to see what all the fuss was about with my first foray being the DC Comics Deck Building Game.

In the DC Comics Deck-building Game, you take on the role of Batman™, Superman™, or one of their brave and heroic allies in the struggle against the forces of Super-Villainy! While you begin armed only with basic combat maneuvers, you will add new, more powerful cards to your deck as you go, with the goal of defeating as many of the DC Comics Super-Villains as you can. In the end, the player who has accumulated the most Victory Points from the cards in his or her deck wins the game!

I had no idea what to expect so upon opening the box I was pleased to see that there was not a lot of extra stuff inside apart from a set of cards, a larger set of cards and an instruction guide. Look easy enough!

I started by reading the guide and looking at the cards but at the end of the guide I was still unsure of how to play. This is not to say that the guide was bad but rather my limit knowledge of deck building games. I knew my sons wanted to play this so I had to be sure I was playing right. The excellent news is that the game has its own video to help you learn the rules. I immediately watched this and started to get a better feel for the game but was still not sure. I then found another video that was a review but as the game is being played. This was exactly what I was looking for and I was now all set to go.

So what is the game all about? Super Hero cards are issued one to each player and these cards will be one of the core Justice League character’s that have special abilities to help you on every turn. Some are very useful all the time while others are useful in a limited capacity or at the end of the game. Then each player gets 7 deck cards that start your deck. These cards have either good powers which give you buying points or have negative effects.

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On the table are the main deck cards which consist of lots of various deck cards including Hero, Villain, Location and Equipment cards that all give various powers or victory points. There is also a Super Villain pack which will have a villain in play all the time.

The aim is to gain cards to add to your deck and these cards will have powers to help gain more cards either through a special ability or by how many power points you have which allow you to “buy” cards from the main deck. During the game the aims is to beat the Super Villain and build your deck and the end of the game is about counting your cards to see how many Victory points you have. So either play a hard aggressive in-game or a slow strong long game the choice is yours.

I have played this with 2 players and up to 6 – the fun is always there and your strategy will change every time based on which cards you have so it never gets boring. Sometimes the special abilities don’t make any sense with a minor character having one of the most powerful cards in the game but overall it is fun.  Even though it does not say it’s for children, I have played with 8 year olds and above – everyone loved it.

Each game will last between 45 mins and 2 hours depending on how many players you have but it is always fast paced. Overall this was a great game to try and for my first deck building it was a lot of fun. I play it a lot because it is so easy to set up and jump in. Now I just wish they brought an expansion pack to keep it fresh.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Montoya

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