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Apex Theropod Deck Building Game Second Edition Review | COG Gaming

Apex Theropod Deck Building Game Box for COG Gaming board game review of the second editionYear Published: 2016
Designer: Herschel Hoffmeyer
Publisher: Die Hard Games
Players: 1-6
Playtime: 1-3 hours

One Sentence Synopsis: Just try not to hum the Jurassic Park music while thumbing through the cards…

Note: Some images depict cards from expansions as examples due to upgrade pack production error/delay.

Getting noticed is probably one of the most difficult aspects of producing a game, especially if it’s on Kickstarter and you’re depending on that attention to publish.  Apex Theropod The Deck Building Game had little trouble doing that last year theming a deckbuilding game around dinosaurs, blasting past its funding goal and overwhelming the creator in the process.  The game eventually delivered to most backers, but really represented a mixed bag as far as quality and the gameplay itself.  You can read my full review of the first edition here, but suffice to say the game had great art and theme, but suffered from an atrocious rulebook, lack of player interaction, and a number of mechanical deficiencies that, while still making for an enjoyable experience overall with some player variants added in, clearly indicated the game needed more development time and more widespread, blind playtesting. Continue reading

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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.

LOOKING FOR A REVIEW OF THE SECOND EDITION? CLICK HERE (or read this first for additional context)

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