With the latest superhero movies like Marvel’s Black Panther becoming increasingly popular, so do the wide variety of other content surrounding these superheroes —including games. If you have ever dreamed of teaming up with friends to form your own superhero team, and stop the evil super-villains from completing their nefarious plans, then perhaps you should take a look at Legendary.
Legendary is a co-operative card game for 1-5 players created in 2013, and set in the Marvel Comics universe. It’s a game where you can work together with your friends to recruit heroes like Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Wolverine, and use their powers to do battle with evil villains like Magneto and Red Skull. Legendary is one of a lesser-known classification of card games called Deck Builder games. In Deck Builders, all players start with the same basic deck of cards. Throughout the game, you add better and more useful cards to your deck. By the end of the game, each player has assembled their own custom deck and play style.
In Legendary, each player starts with a deck of 12 cards; 8 cards that generate purchasing power used to buy better cards, and 4 cards that are used to fight off the evil henchmen of the particular villain that your team is battling. Each time you buy a new card, you discard the purchasing power cards plus the new card you just bought, and when you run out of cards in your deck, you re-shuffle your discarded cards into your deck. This creates the feedback loop which allows you to continually upgrade your deck and defeat the nefarious mastermind villain.
Because this is a co-operative game, teamwork is essential. You and your allies need to manage your buying and attacking resources effectively, while fending off the incoming waves of henchmen that follow the Villains every command. The game is over when either the mastermind villain accomplishes their dastardly plot, or your team is able to defeat the villain once and for all.
There are several different villains to fight and heroes aid you against them, so no two games of Legendary are ever exactly the same. This is one of the games we have been playing in Games Club recently, and I myself have greatly enjoyed it. Additionally, the club is attempting to make a move towards including more board games in our roster of games, so we can branch out from our mainstay of Magic the Gathering. If you would like to give this game a try, come by Games Club on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM. Anyone is welcome to join us, after all; those villains won’t defeat themselves!