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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Boards & Brews at Home: Marvel Legendary

For today’s at home segment, we find ourselves playing the ever popular Marvel Legendary while drinking our favorite adult beverage, Man o’ War.  For those that are unaware of this drink, it contains bourbon, cointreau, sweet vermouth, and lemon juice.  We used Crown Royal Reserve in place of the bourbon, and typically use lime juice in place of the lemon, but either way, it makes for a powerful, citrusy cocktail that ended up being very fitting for this weeks game.  This 1 - 5 player, cooperative deck-building game is one of the greats, so read on to learn more.
Ever since we started this blog, a lot of the deck-building games that we’ve reviewed involve gaining the most victory points through real-estate, eliminating players’ authority points, or defeating monsters in a dungeon, but today we worked cooperatively to defeat the villains.  Legendary has provided multiple platforms not only for the Marvel universe but also the Alien films with Legendary Encounters.  In Marvel Legendary, the end goal is to work together to defeat the villains and saving as many bystanders as possible.  You will recruit multiple types of heroes from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, building your team to be stronger and execute more aggressive attacks to save the city from total annihilation.  As soon as you defeat the masterminds, the players win the game, and each person tallies up their victory points.
This is without a doubt one of the best deck-building games we own.  The theme is fantastic, especially for people who are comic book enthusiasts and collectors!  Even if you aren’t a superhero fan, I’m confident people would still love the solid mechanics in this game.  This deck-builder comes with a well designed and structured board, the artwork is just what you would come to expect from Upper Deck and follows great detail from the comic books.  This game really flows well and has a ton of expansions available to you.  It delivers the challenge you could want, especially if you’re able to increase the amount of players at the table.  When you defeat the villains, you set them aside along with the bystanders so there is no concern about clogging up your deck later on.  The instructions are well written and laid out.  At 500+ cards, you get a lot for just the standalone game.  We see ourselves coming back to playing this one again and again without having it wear out for us anytime soon.

Marvel Legendary
Overall Meeple Rating: 8.5/10

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