These games involve constructing a deck of cards over the course of the game. Examples include “Dominion,” “Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game,” and “Ascension.”

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Buffalo Review

Buffalo is a fun, fast-paced word game that keeps everyone on their toes. Perfect for parties, it’s easy to learn and has high replayability. Highly recommended!
Pinnacle - Pinnacle, Mixlore, 2019 — front cover (image provided by the publisher) - Credit: W Eric Martin

Pinnacle Review

Pinnacle brings vibrant cards and engaging gameplay to your table. While house rules might sway fairness, the mix of skill and luck keeps things exciting. A solid pick for game nights!
Platypus - Platypus, Matagot, 2021 — front cover (image provided by the publisher) - Credit: W Eric Martin

Platypus Review

Played Platypus with friends last weekend and we couldn't stop laughing. It's easy to learn but packed with strategy. Every game felt new! It's not all luck, which I love. Despite a few minor hiccups, it's a solid 4.5 stars.
Split - Split, Jumbo, 2022 — front cover (image provided by the publisher) - Credit: W Eric Martin

Split Review

Split boggles and delights. My mates and I dove into its chaos, laughing as plans went awry. Yet, skill often trumps luck. It's not perfect—some cards feel overpowered. Still, it's a hoot. Solid 4/5 from us.
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Ocean Review

Played 'Ocean' with my buddies, and oh boy, it was a splash! Gorgeous art, clever gameplay, but luck can rock your boat. Yet, it's a game we'll dive back into. Perfect for those who fancy a strategic swim.
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Nefarious Review

'Nefarious' is a blast, mixing mad science with sneaky strategy. The twist cards keep every game fresh. It's mostly fair, but luck can sting. Still, it's a hit on game night. A solid 4 stars!
Clubs: Box Cover Front

Clubs Review

'Clubs' hits the sweet spot with its perfect mix of strategy and luck, ensuring laughs and competitive banter. It's a must-have for game nights, promising endless fun. Just don't let the cards outsmart you!
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Renfield Review

Played Renfield last weekend, and boy, what a blast! The balance between luck and strategy hits just right. But if you're down on your luck like I was, you might find the going tough. Still, solid game, solid fun.
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Ranger Review

Ranger offers a blend of strategy and luck, with balanced mechanics and engaging player interaction. Perfect for teamwork and friendly competition, it's a must-try for social board game fans.
Colorado - Colorado, Sylex, 2023 — front cover (image provided by the publisher) - Credit: W Eric Martin

Colorado Review

Played Colorado with friends and loved it! The colors pop, and the strategy gets your brain juice flowing. Easy to learn, hard to master, and always a blast. Despite its simplicity, it never gets old. Solid 4/5 stars.