Tired of movie night? Or maybe you are looking for that one game to get your significant other into card games? Well here is a list of card games, tried and tested with my something special, to guarantee a fun night at the table.
DC Comics Deck-Building Game
Have a significant other with the collecting bug? Or how about they’re into superheroes? We’ll then this is your game! The DC Comics Deck-Building Game is a deck-builder (shocker) and is a great way to get into the genre. To explain, a deck builder is a card game where players purchase cards from a community deck to put into their personal deck. For DC Comics, Each character card has a cost value which lets you his strength, and how much that card is to purchase. On the player’s turn, each time she will draw 5 cards from her deck in the hopes of purchasing more heroes or villains from the community section, or having enough strength to fight off the big villain. While the game is co-operative (you both are trying to beat the same villains), the game does have one winner determined by who has most points at the end of the game (also denoted on the cards).
Remember my aforementioned collecting bug question? Well, there is a ton of expansions and a wide array of heroes to choose from if you throw down a little extra cash. It will be very easy to want to go out and buy the expansions to find the heroes you like to play, as well as add variety. A simple deck builder, but wow do I have fun with it. AND THIS ONE HAS SUPERHEROS!
Ninja Zombies fighting against Alien Dinosaurs? Or how about Pirate Robots versus Steampunk Ghosts? Yep! It can happen. Smash-up is explained all within its name. You take two factions and smash them together to create your deck, and your opponent does the same. Let the madness ensue! Each player will vie for bases set out on the table by placing cards that have a power value and abilities on them, in an attempt gain points and be the first player to 15.
Smash up is a back-stabbing ‘think you’ve won but didn’t game’ that will leave you both laughing hysterically or angry and not taking to each other for the rest of the night. So if that special someone might be a sore loser, perhaps this game won’t be for you all. But, trust me, it’s a fun romp, and will leave you head-scratching or fist-pumping from the first card played. Also the replay value are combinations are endless. If you happen to have all of the expansions, there are 861 combinations, and you will always try to find out the most ridiculous combos that actually works out. BEAR CALVARY VAMPIRES!
There’s always someone in the relationship who loves a twisted tale (ha! I knew it!). Dark Tales uses classic fairy tales to extract a dark card game with stunning artwork and simple mechanics. You draw a card, and you play a card. Interaction between cards and magic items is the key to success as a lot of points are being thrown around, but your trying to thwart the amount going to your opponent. There’s poison apples, big bad wolfs, dragons, dwarves, and more. If you have a fancy for the twisted, then this ‘hot-topic’ game might just be for you both.
Off with your head! Guillotine is a light card game that takes place during the French Revolution. Players represent rival guillotine executioners vying for the best collection of noble heads over three rounds. Each round twelve nobles are lined up for the guillotine. The nobles are worth varying points depending on their notoriety. During your turn you play action cards to change the order of the line so you can collect the best nobles. The platter with the most points at the end of the game wins. That’s it. You know how to play the game.
While the game supports up to 5 players, I find it works great with 2, not losing any of the strategy and rids of some of the downtime that can occur with a higher player count. It even comes with it’s own cardboard guillotine!
A two-player only card game, where players are merchants in the city of Jaipur attempting to sell goods. It’s fast-paced and easy to learn, allowing for a quick rules explanation to your significant other before playing your first game.
At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt five cards and then a community of cards is set out onto the table. On your turn you are able to take or sell cards. If you choose to take cards; you can choose to pick up 1 card from the community and replace it with the top of the deck, take all cards that you want from the community and replace it with cards from your hand, or take all camel cards (which act as a placeholder). If you choose to sell cards; you trade those cards in for a finite number of ‘poker’ chips that have point values. The quicker you sell the higher points you receive, but bonus chips (like selling the most of one type of good at one time) leaves you wanting to push your luck and hold off on the quick sell. Once the poker chips run out, the round has ended and you tally up points. Do this 2 more times and the game is over. The artwork is beautiful and fits the theme nicely. The poker chip components are of good quality too. I’ve probably played it close to 50 times, un-sleeved, and haven’t noticed any wear or tear or chipping.
How about you? What card games do you think work perfect with your significant other?