LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING FRANCHISE

The Legendary Deck Building franchise is published by Upper Deck and is one of the most popular card games on the market. The franchise had covered various pop culture universes, such as; Alien, Predator, Marvel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Big Trouble in Little China and Firefly. In each installment of the Legendary Deck Building series, players will take on the roles of their favourite heroes from the selected series. Some of these entries will also include expansions, which will add extra scenarios, heroes, and villains to the base game. This is particularly true in the Marvel Comics universe, which has over 10 expansions. Examples include the Guardians of the Galaxy Exp, Secret Wars Expansion, and the Spider-Man Homecoming Exp. Expect more expansions to be released in 2018.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING HISTORY

The first installment of the Legendary Deck Building game series was based on the Marvel Comics Universe and was released in 2012. The game was published by Upper Deck, the American company behind other card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh and the World of Warcraft trading game. This was followed up by a deck building game based on the Alien franchise in 2014 and then the Predator franchise in 2015. The following year, Upper Deck focused on two more classic movie/TV franchises and released Big Trouble in Little China and Firefly versions of their deck building game. In 2017, the Legendary Deck Building franchise expanded even further. The chosen franchises this time around were Buffy the Vampire Slayer and X-Men.

Legendary Deck Building Games

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING FRANCHISE

The Legendary Deck Building franchise is published by Upper Deck and is one of the most popular card games on the market. The franchise had covered various pop culture universes, such as; Alien, Predator, Marvel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Big Trouble in Little China and Firefly. In each installment of the Legendary Deck Building series, players will take on the roles of their favourite heroes from the selected series. Some of these entries will also include expansions, which will add extra scenarios, heroes, and villains to the base game. This is particularly true in the Marvel Comics universe, which has over 10 expansions. Examples include the Guardians of the Galaxy Exp, Secret Wars Expansion, and the Spider-Man Homecoming Exp. Expect more expansions to be released in 2018.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING HISTORY

The first installment of the Legendary Deck Building game series was based on the Marvel Comics Universe and was released in 2012. The game was published by Upper Deck, the American company behind other card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh and the World of Warcraft trading game. This was followed up by a deck building game based on the Alien franchise in 2014 and then the Predator franchise in 2015. The following year, Upper Deck focused on two more classic movie/TV franchises and released Big Trouble in Little China and Firefly versions of their deck building game. In 2017, the Legendary Deck Building franchise expanded even further. The chosen franchises this time around were Buffy the Vampire Slayer and X-Men.

Legendary Deck Building Games

HOW TO PLAY

In all of the Legendary Deck Building games, players will take on the roles of their favourite franchise heroes and take on the evil villain decks. Taking the Marvel game as an example, players begin by choosing a mastermind villain, stacking that villain's attack cards underneath it and modifying the villain deck as needed based on the chosen villain's scheme. Players will then choose a number of hero decks and shuffle them together.

During the game, players will recruit hero cards to add to their deck - to help make their deck stronger and more resourceful. Players will need to build both their recruitment powers, to add more heroes, and their fighting ability to help battle the villains. Players recruit heroes from an array of five cards, with empty slots refilled as needed.

On a player's turn, they will reveal a villain and add it to the villain row. This row has a limited number of spaces, and if it fills up, the earliest villain to arrive escapes, possibly punishing the heroes in some way. Some villains also take an action when showing up for the first time, such as kidnapping an innocent bystander. The villain deck also contains "master strike" cards, and whenever one of these shows up, the mastermind villain (controlled by the game) takes a bonus action.

As player defeat villains they will collect those cards which will then be worth points at the end of the game. Players may also choose to fight the mastermind. if a player has enough fighting power, he claims one of the attack cards beneath the mastermind, which has a particular effect on the game. If all of these cards are claimed, the game ends and players tally their points to see who wins. If the mastermind completes his scheme, however – having a certain number of villains escape, for example, or imposing a certain number of wounds on the heroes – then the players all lose.

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LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

ALIEN

This Legendary Deck Building game is based on the four Alien movies and is a fully co-operative game. Players will need to work together in order to survive against hordes of aliens. Players will take on the role of heroes from the movies, taking turns to recruit cards.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

MARVEL

A Legendary Deck Building game set within the Marvel Comics Universe. Players will choose a mastermind villain, such as Loki or D.Doom) and take them on in order to stop their evil schemes. Players will collect villain attack cards which will be worth points at the end of the game.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

The latest installment in the Legendary Deck Building series. Players will take on the roles of all of your favourite characters from the Buffy TV show and attempt to stop the evil vampires! This game features a light/dark track that influences character's strength.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

THE X-FILES

Play a team of agents — choosing from among Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett, and Reyes — as you investigate the X-Files and work to unravel the greater conspiracy behind them. During the game, your team will play cards from their own decks — recruiting other agents, uncovering evidence, and fighting enemies.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

WORLD WAR HULK

Marvel's 16th expansion puts the spotlight on the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines from the comic books! This set brings to the game many Marvel characters that have been overlooked since the inception of the Legendary game. This expansion has Marvel's biggest characters, including Sentry, Hulk and She-Hulk!

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

The Legendary Deck Building heads into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. In this, the 14th expansion, play through the movie story line using Peter Parker and friends, including Tony Stark, in their cinematic setting as they battle the scavenger Vulture and his evil crew. Includes 100 cards.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

MARVEL 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the global theatrical phenomenon know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this limited edition addition to the Legendary family of deck-building card games features star-studded, action-packed, iconic imagery pulled directly from Marvel's phase one collection of movies.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

MARVEL CHAMPIONS

The Champions are here and determined to bring optimism to the world after Civil War II when Avenger fought Avenger. This 100 card small box expansion contains new Heroes, Schemes, Villains, and Masterminds in a new and never before way in Legendary: Champions. This game has plenty of new features.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

X-MEN

The Legendary Deck Building heads into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. In this, the 14th expansion, play through the movie story line using Peter Parker and friends, including Tony Stark, in their cinematic setting as they battle the scavenger Vulture and his evil crew. Includes 100 cards.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

ALIEN

This Legendary Deck Building game is based on the four Alien movies and is a fully co-operative game. Players will need to work together in order to survive against hordes of aliens. Players will take on the role of heroes from the movies, taking turns to recruit cards.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

MARVEL

A Legendary Deck Building game set within the Marvel Comics Universe. Players will choose a mastermind villain, such as Loki or D.Doom) and take them on in order to stop their evil schemes. Players will collect villain attack cards which will be worth points at the end of the game.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

The latest installment in the Legendary Deck Building series. Players will take on the roles of all of your favourite characters from the Buffy TV show and attempt to stop the evil vampires! This game features a light/dark track that influences character's strength.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

THE X-FILES

Play a team of agents — choosing from among Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett, and Reyes — as you investigate the X-Files and work to unravel the greater conspiracy behind them. During the game, your team will play cards from their own decks — recruiting other agents, uncovering evidence, and fighting enemies.

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

WORLD WAR HULK

Marvel's 16th expansion puts the spotlight on the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines from the comic books! This set brings to the game many Marvel characters that have been overlooked since the inception of the Legendary game. This expansion has Marvel's biggest characters, including Sentry, Hulk and She-Hulk!

LEGENDARY DECK BUILDING

SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

The Legendary Deck Building heads into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. In this, the 14th expansion, play through the movie story line using Peter Parker and friends, including Tony Stark, in their cinematic setting as they battle the scavenger Vulture and his evil crew. Includes 100 cards.