Wednesday, March 16, 2022

#56: Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
  • rank: 68
  • rating: 7.8
  • published: 2016
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • Smoosh Dungeonquest and Ascension together and you'd get something close to this fantastic deck-building dungeon crawl... with the very clever “clank” mechanic binding the two together and acting a game timer and source of tension.
Tips & Tricks:
  • While there is a lot of witty color text, it’s small and doesn’t make the cards more difficult to read.
  • The graphic design of the cards is really smart – they have used consistent iconography and clear text instructions to make it easy to understand what the card does for you, even when you add in the expansion cards.
  • The expansions have been packaged well in appropriately sized boxes... and have all been worth their cost as far as enjoyment and variety goes. (Better than you can say for some franchises - I'm looking at you, Adrenaline: Team Play DLC and Carcassonne: The Catapult.)
  • You can read my Welcome to the Clank-iverse overview of most of the expansions available for Clank!... and includes Kulkmann's homebrewed rules for a Clank! campaign. (I say "most" because Adventuring Party appeared after I wrote the article.)
  • Clank! In! Space! is excellent as well... with a slightly higher rules overhead.
  • My boys and I loved Clank! Legacy. It is longer per game by about 50%, but we had a blast.
  • The picture includes heroes from various expansions as well as the different versions of the "boss" marker... and the monkey idols. There's a really monkey obsession on the part of the designers.
  • There's actually a really nice free app from Renegade that has a solo mode for Clank! which works well... making it the 2nd of 18 games on the countdown I recommend for solo play.
  • This is the first of two games on the countdown from designer Paul Dennen.

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