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Codex: Card-Time Strategy Review | COG Gaming

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Year Published: TBD
Designer: David Sirlin
Publisher: Sirlin Games
Players: 2-5
Playtime: 30-60 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: A Trading Card Game (TCG), Deck Builder, and a Real Time Strategy (RTS) video game walk into a bar…

Sirlin Games has a reputation for publishing colorful, well-balanced titles that are widely accessible while offering enough depth to keep more serious players coming back for more.  They’ve seen extraordinary success with their fighting card game Yomi, and the quick-playing Puzzle Strike which gives a deck building experience using chips instead of cards, and a unique gem combination/”crashing” system for combination attacks and defense.

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Apex Theropod Deck Building Game: Exotic Predators Edition REVIEW | COG Gaming

COG Gaming - Apex Theropod Deck Building Game Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Spinosaurus

Year Published: 2015
Designer: Herschel Hoffmeyer
Publisher: Die-Hard Games LLC
Players: 1-8
Playtime: 45-290 minutes

One Sentence Synopsis: If you see ripples in the water, don’t worry…it’s probably just you.

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Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game is a Player versus Environment card game for 1-8 players where each person plays a unique apex predator dinosaur species. Starting with a small deck of basic cards, players work throughout the game to acquire more mature and powerful versions of their dinosaurs’ species, and evolution cards that will help them take down larger prey dinosaurs or even gigantic titans like Alamosaurus. Although each dinosaur successfully hunted on the ever-changing game trail is worth points, the real challenges for players are the boss dinosaurs and their minions interspersed throughout the other animals. Possessing unique abilities and requiring multiple rounds of fighting to beat, these boss cards are the ultimate test of players’ dinosaur species, and the one who beats the most bosses before the extinction event is the winner. Continue reading