Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Not-So-Boring Board Games

I love RPG video games. A good story attracts me more than anything else, I rather play a heartfelt story than play a shooter game. Some of my favorite RPG games are Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Zelda, and Portal. RPG games introduced me to Dungeons and Dragon. My favorite character I created was Tom Underhill, a halfling bard that thought he was a barbarian. However, as I have grown older, I have been had a hard time dedicating so much time into playing D&D. So, I have transitioned into play board games. It’s shorter and allows me to have the social aspect that D&D provides. I may not be able to have as much freedom as D&D brings, but I enjoy board games.

I want to share with you two games that I love that reminds me of Dungeons and Dragons. Both games are cooperative and the more people that play with you the better the experience.

Marvel Legendary

The objective of the game is to beat the mastermind that is trying to take over New York by recruiting enough superheroes to beat that villain. You start off with a small deck of agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that can help you purchase superheroes (increasing the size of your deck) or attack weak minions. As the game progresses your deck becomes stacked with very useful superheroes that will aid you to defeat the mastermind. The game comes with many superheroes’ cards, and you get to choose a set number of them to help you fight against the mastermind (There are different villains to pick from as well, like Loki, Red Skull, and King Pin). Each mastermind has an objective and scheme that if he is successful, then you lose the game. On the other hand, if you successfully attack the mastermind four times then you win.

I love this game because you can set the difficulty level by choosing a stronger mastermind and weaker superheroes. My favorite superhero to use is the Hulk. He is very strong and helps get rid of wound cards (useless cards in your deck that no one wants). I think I lose most times when I don’t have the Hulk. When I do have the Hulk, I have a higher chance of winning. I like the difficulty being hard because when I win, I feel like a legend!

Spirit Island

In the game you play as spirits on an island that is being invaded by explores. Your objective is to prevent new explores from invading. The game comes with different spirits that you can choose to play as, each having their own strength and weakness. As a cooperative team you work together to stop the invaders from colonizing on your island. Certain spirits are elemental based like lightning’s swift strike, river surges in sunlight, vital strength of the Earth, and Shadows Flicker Like Flame. They use their elements to helps them get rid of invaders. So, if you like Avatar the last Airbender you can choose your favorite nation and play as a spirit that corresponds to that nation. There are other spirits that are strengthened by the number of islanders that worship it, while other spirits bring fear to their enemies. Each spirit has a complexity level helping the player know how difficult it is to play as that spirit. The levels are low, moderate, and high.

This is a great game. My favorite spirit to play as is Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares. He as a high complexity level because he cannot attack invaders instead, he brings fear to explorers and drives them out. Creating enough fear is a way to win the game.

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