Year Published: 2016
Designer: Herschel Hoffmeyer
Publisher: Die Hard Games
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