25. Building A Better Deck-builder With Dan Enders

Podcast Episode

We’re taking a look at hacking deck-builder card games this week, specifically Crptozoic’s Cerberus Engine system, with card-game aficionado / hostage Dan Enders. Dan also wrote micro RPG card game The Bite, so this one is just ALL about cards and feeling bad.

Dan on Twitter
Dragon Ball Cerberus hack on Reddit
The Bite

3 Responses to 25. Building A Better Deck-builder With Dan Enders

  1. Danny December 16, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    I personally don’t care for deck building games either, but this was an interesting discussion for the interaction between theme and mechanics.

    I’d also like to recommend The Big Book of Madness, a cooperative deck building game that addresses some of the issues like the solitary feeling and everybody racing to build the same deck.

  2. Dan December 17, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    We have TBBM! I personally love it, but I don’t think the people we have played with find it as interesting. I think people go into expecting more of a deck builder and aren’t prepared for how “Pandemic”-y it is: you really need to know when it’s ok to fail and cut losses in that one.

    It’s a super cool design though and I wish I could play it more.

  3. JustPlainJim March 2, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Interesting discussion on card games and mechanics vs theme. Looking at Dan’s process for making the DBZ game is making me want to make my own deck-builder of sorts.

    I’ll second the recommendation of TheGameCrafter. I was helping a friend make a card game prototype and they were really easy to work with and pretty good quality for the price.

    I’ll agree that the Star Trek DBG was underwhelming, but the Original Series version made some improvements over the first version of the game. Rather, it cut out some crap that made no sense.

    Wish I could recommend a good deck-builder, but the only other one I’ve played was Marvel Legendary, and I’m not sure if it’s a bad game or if I was just playing with a moron (the second part is definitely true), but I was left with a bad taste in my mouth.

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