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Best Card Game of 2014 Nominees
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest Core Set
Designed by Eric M. Lang, Nate French, and Brad Andres
Published by Fantasy Flight Games
Warhammer 40K Conquest: The Card Game
Using simple to learn design and coupling it with the uh, charmingly murderous world of Warhammer 40k, Conquest is a delightful game that balances quicker victory now against the possibility that you'll deny your opponent victory in the future. At its price point, it's a fun game that's hard to argue with, and you'll be able to make some decidedly fascinating - if non-canonical - combinations of classic 40k factions.
When Conquest is at its best, a lot of the strategy comes down to figuring out where you want your points of contention to be; usually it will involve your third matching planet in the row. Like a good game of chess, you need to think a few turns ahead.
Doomtown: Reloaded Core Set
Designed by Mark Wootton. Orignal Design by David Williams. Additional development by Eric Jome, Konstantinos Thoukydidis, and Steven Martino.
Published by Alderac Entertainment Group
Doomtown: Reloaded Base Set
The heady mix of Cowboys, Zombies, Demons, Wizards, Mad Scientists, Magic Trains, and Steam-Powered Six Shooters that is Deadlands has been charming gamers since the mid 1990s, and nearly a quarter-century later we've not forgotten about it one whit. So when Doomtown came back we were thrilled to crack open the packs, saddle up our dudes, and send our enemies to boot hill.
Unlike games such as Magic: The Gathering, and more like Android: Netrunner, the positional element of Doomtown really twists how players think about and play the game. It's a harrowing experience that begs players to push their luck, attempt interesting plays, coming back to the game again and again. It scales remarkably well into three or four player multiplayer game experiences. Add to that the interesting battle mechanics involving poker hands, and the formula for a unique and fun game quickly emerges
Magic: The Gathering Commander 2014
Designed by Wizards of the Coast. Original design by Richard Garfield.
Published by Wizards of the Coast.
Magic the Gathering (MTG) Commander 2014 - Complete Set of All 5 Decks
There's not too many years where you can say Magic: The Gathering is overflowing with awesome stuff - but this year it was. Taking the crown, though, was the game's Commander 2014 product. With five great decks, each really playable right out of the box and definitely including an obvious upgrade path for the deckbuilding-curious, this is a product you and a few friends can have a great time with even if you're not Magic experts.