With isolation and limited ability to go outside the home, I find myself in a position (along with the rest of you) of nervousness and boredom. One can only watch so much Netflix before you develop bedsores and a stiff neck! So, I’ve set myself a challenge to play at least one board game a day during this time and if possible pair it with a good beer, wine, or cocktail. Why not! Feel free to play along.
Yesterday’s game is so awe inspiring it’s literally Legen…wait for it…wait for it…Dary! Legendary! This is a cooperative deck building card game by Upper Deck (the trading card folks) set in the Marvel Universe. There are a few other versions of this game (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Predator, Alien, Big Trouble in Little China) but Marvel has a ton of expansions and my favorite of the few I have played.
The game has a board, mostly for organization. The bottom 5 card spots are for cards from the Hero Deck–the cards here can be recruited if you have enough recruitment points in your round and added to your deck to make it better. More expensive heroes = more smack-down for the villains you are taking on. The next 5 spots up are the City–and henchmen and villains populate this as you draw a card from the Villain Deck each time you go. This is a great way to scale the game, as adding more players just makes more villains drawn!
There is also a Mastermind for each game you play, usually with a lot of toughness to fight. The overall goal of most games is to beat this mastermind while trying to keep the other minor villains from escaping the city. You have to hit the mastermind 4 times to win, each time having a different effect when you do so. Trust me, it works.
And last but not least, there is a different scheme card for each game you play. This adds special rules which can drastically change the goals or set up of the game. These cards add a lot of replayability to the game.
The choosing of which hero, villain, mastermind, and scheme is random–so sometimes the characters work well together and other times not so much. This can lead to some swinginess in how hard or easy each game is. I use a 99 cent app called Assemble on my phone to randomize the cards–this also has handy keyword references so you can look up all the new powers and skills that have come out with the plethora of expansions over the last few years.
I picked up this game at the recommendation of a member of a board game panel at ConVergence in Minneapolis a few years back and have been playing it probably more often than any other game I own. This is partially due to the fact that my wife Sarajo actually likes it!
This particular game we had Totally Awesome Hulk, She-Hulk, Skaar, Black Bolt, and Squirrel Girl fighting it out with Mastermind the Kree Supreme Intelligence. M.O.D.O.K.S, Evil Deadpool, and Kree Starforce ran rampant over the city as we tried desperately to gather our forces enough to pummel the Kree Intelligence. Unlike the last two times we played, this time we did actually win. Without cheating!
For my beer pairing today I chose Lupulin Brewing‘s new Imperial stout Lateralus. This is a powerful 11% roasty beast that certainly needs to warm up a bit to properly sip. I would love to try a version of this aged in a whiskey barrel! Good job as always Lupulin! Sj had me open a bottle of Pinot Noir Rose from Sokol Blosser in Oregon for this.
I highly recommend Marvel Legendary for those wanting to try out a good cooperative deck building game. The base game comes with plenty to do, but the expansions let you add new characters, schemes, and rules as you get bored with the base set!