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Subject: Legendary: My 2nd feeble attempt at a review. rss

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Components:

Okay, the components for this game-- this is where my main concerns for this game lie.

First off is the box: The box is huge! But, I don't think that's a bad thing for this game. The cards don't take up the whole box, but that is so that future expansions will fit into it as well and save valuable shelf space in that way. There also has to be room for the gigantic game board this game comes with, so the box size, although cumbersome, is okay by me. The box art is wonderful and very appealing.



Next is the board: This board is amazing! It's beautiful and functional. I think it is set up in a way that is logical and it makes the game play go smoothly.



Now, we come to the cards: The artwork on these cards is great, although it would have been nice for there to be a variety of different pictures for each character instead of using the same picture for each card of a different type. But, that's a minor issue and doesn't detract from the game, in my opinion.







I do worry about these cards. They seem fine now, but we have only played 3 times so far, so that doesn't really say anything. I feel like the mostly-plain-dark blue back will show wear very quickly as opposed to something that had some kind of pattern or artwork on the back. Also, all the card backs are the same, which is fine I guess, but would help with sorting and such if maybe the different types of cards (villains, heroes, bystanders, ect.) had different backings. But, this is nothing too bothersome.



Finally, we come to the card dividers: This is my main annoyance with this game. The card dividers do not come labeled! angry This, while maybe not a huge deal, is very bothersome to me as it makes the game set-up and break-down more of a chore than it needs to be. Yeah, I can just grab a pen and label them myself, or find somebody with a printer or label maker to make some labels, but this is a hassle and it won't look as good as it would if they came pre-labeled.




Rules:

I think the rulebook to this game is fantastic. It's set up in a logical manner, easy to read and understand, and seems to explain everything pretty well. I had no problems with this rulebook at all.

Setup:

The Set-Up for this game isn't hard by any stretch, but it is a little tedious and takes a little time. You have to go through and get out all the cards you need -- thankfully the game board has a little reminder box that tells you how many of each for however many people are playing and set-up instructions -- and that does take a little while, especially since the dividers aren't labeled. Then you have to shuffle the hero cards and the villain cards, which can be a chore in itself to make sure you have a good shuffle. Then you have to lay out the hero cards, MasterMind cards, Villain cards, Bystanders, Wounds, Scheme Twist cards, and SHIELD Officer cards out on the board, which isn't hard because they each have their own labeled spaces. Then you shuffle up your starting hands, turn over 5 Hero cards into the HQ and you're ready to go.

Area Required to Play:

This game does take up a huge amount of room to play, due to the ginormous board. You will also need a play area for each player to keep their draw pile, discard pile, and victory point cards (defeated Villains and rescued Bystanders.)

Game Play:

The game play for this game is very smooth.
Each play starts their turn by turning over a new card from the Villain deck and doing whatever that implies depending on what the card is. (Villain cards may have an Ambush effect that happens immediately, it may be a Bystander which will be captured, or a Scheme Twist card which will have an effect on the game.

Then the player will play cards from his or her hand to buy new, more powerful cards or/and to fight Villains or the Mastermind. You have to fight the Villains to gather Victory Points and rescue Bystanders for Victory Points that will be counted up later to determine the winner among the players if you end up defeating the Mastermind. You have to fight the Mastermind 4 times in order to defeat him.

Then, the player will discard any played cards and any cards that are remaining in their hand and draw 6 new cards.

Storage:

This game does come in a large box that will no doubt take up a lot of shelf space, but it also comes with plenty of storage room for future expansions, so it evens out.

Theme:

This game is absolutely dripping with theme! I think that they did a wonderful job of making the theme work in this game. You are working semi-cooperatively with other players using Superheros to beat the evil Villains and their Mastermind and save the city! I have heard some people complain that this theme doesn't work because you are working together only to count your victory points at the end and have a winner, but I would say that anyone who thinks this doesn't fit the theme doesn't know much about Tony Stark. cool

Fun:

I can only comment on my feeling about the fun-factor of this game. And that comment will be that it is probably one of the most fun games that I have played! I was surprised at how great of a time I have had playing this game! I have played Dominion, and I didn't particularly like it, so I thought this might be a deck-builder that I could get into because of the theme, and boy was I right! The theme for this game absolutely makes it great! I believe this game would be a good game on it's own, but with this theme it is great!

This is me playing my first game:



Replayability:

So, so high! Legendary is probably one of the most replayable games that I have played... or it must be anyway, because it is one that I want to play over and over and over! And each game that we have played so far have been SO different than any of the others. There are tons of different Heros and Villians in this game straight out of the box that make this game have so much replayability and with the expansions that are bound to come out... man, ridiculous!

Accessibility:

I think this game is very accessible. The rules are pretty simple and straight forward, and with someone who has played it a little bit it would be easy for anybody (kids included) to pick up this game with no trouble. And it's a superhero game! That in itself makes this more accessible because it's easy to relate to! Not to mention it's just fun!



***Please click on the pictures that I borrowed for this review and give them a thumbs up for the people who took them! (except for mine, you don't have to thumb it unless you just want to.)
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While the game takes up some space on the table, I would not consider the board "ginormous". Have you played Talisman 4th edition? with expansions? Now that is a ginormous board!
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bornbm01 wrote:
While the game takes up some space on the table, I would not consider the board "ginormous". Have you played Talisman 4th edition? with expansions? Now that is a ginormous board!


I haven't.

Maybe it's not that huge for a board game, but for a deck-building card game, surely is is of an unusually large size?
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Scarlett_O wrote:
bornbm01 wrote:
While the game takes up some space on the table, I would not consider the board "ginormous". Have you played Talisman 4th edition? with expansions? Now that is a ginormous board!


I haven't.

Maybe it's not that huge for a board game, but for a deck-building card game, surely is is of an unusually large size?


I think the Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruinboard is bigger. Add in the siege mode paper mat from the Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption expansion and TDA should have the largest play area among deckbuilders.

Don't care really, as that is a fun game!
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freddieyu wrote:


I think the Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruinboard is bigger. Add in the siege mode paper mat from the Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption expansion and TDA should have the largest play area among deckbuilders.

Don't care really, as that is a fun game!


I haven't play those.

The only other deck-builders I've played are Dominion and Nightfall.

I still think it's a big board, although that's not a bad thing. I love the board.
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Great review!
We still waiting for the game in Europe... angry
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Re: Legendary: My 2nd feeble attempt at a review.
Great review!

Could you teach your boyfriend how to do it your way?

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Roger_Jay wrote:
Great review!

Could you teach your boyfriend how to do it your way?



Thanks, although I'm not sure it's really a compliment if you are dissing my boyfriend with the same breath? Haha. Regardless, it's irrelevant as I stole my entire layout from him-- just added pictures and some bolding and underlining to make it pretty.
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I would say it makes sense for the backs of the cards to be all the same because otherwise you would know which type of card comes next in the deck.
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javierazabache wrote:
I would say it makes sense for the backs of the cards to be all the same because otherwise you would know which type of card comes next in the deck.


Yeah, that is true! I'd still like for there to be some kind of pattern or something, it seems like the plain blue will show scuffs and scratches easily.
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What I did was to put sleeves to all cards. The cards fit nicely in the box will all the sleeves on. However, there's no really room for expansions in there, and certainly buying 500+ sleeves is pricey.
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Briosa wrote:
Great review!
We still waiting for the game in Europe... angry


I have a copy
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