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The Humble Deck Builder Bundle has gone live and it's another that offers some pretty interesting choices, so here's what to expect on Linux desktop and Steam Deck. Going over each game I'll list the Steam Deck Verified rating plus either Native Linux status or ProtonDB ranking so you've got the full picture.

Here's what's in it:

Library Of Ruina

  • ProtonDB Gold
  • steam deck verified Deck Playable

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

  • GOG key, may work with Wine

Black Book

  • ProtonDB Platinum
  • steam deck verified Deck Verified

One Step From Eden

  • Native Linux
  • steam deck verified Deck Verified

Vault of the Void

  • ProtonDB Platinum
  • steam deck verified Deck Unrated

Cultist Simulator

  • Native Linux
  • steam deck verified Deck Playable

ROUNDS

  • ProtonDB Platinum
  • steam deck verified Deck Unrated

See the full bundle if interested in what it offers.

Humble also has these going right now as a quick reminder:

LEGO At The Movies

RPG Game Dev

Focus Entertainment

Outright Games Summer Break (kids games)

Railway Empire Complete Collection

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fabertawe 23 Jul
Quoting: PenglingGlad that it wasn't just me!

Having just confirmed my Deck this morning I was right up for this - my mistake too
imLinguin 23 Jul
Quoting: krelltunezI'm going back-and-forth on whether to buy this. FYI, Gwent is free, what the bundle includes is some kind of starter pack. Also, Gwent DOES NOT work on Steam Deck (at least using Heroic). No idea if it would work on regular Linux.

Gwent relies on the Galaxy Communication service, which is not yet implemented by us. You can use Steam to play Gwent though. It's F2P game.
slaapliedje 23 Jul
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Quoting: slaapliedjeMagic the Gathering 100% ruined all deck building games for me. Then again, I am still waiting for the INWO one to release...

CCGs and deckbuilding are very different things though - a "deckbuilding game" is a game where adding and removing cards to your deck is part of the game, not just a game where you build a deck out of your collection and then play with it.

It comes from boardgames like Dominion, but on videogames roguelite deckbuilders became a kind of new genre after Slay the Spire. Deckbuilders usually have you go through your deck several times, don't have a minimum deck size (in fact, removing cards to make the deck more consistent is a big part), and you are usually given a pick between limited options rather than "your entire collection" - and those often cost an in-game resource, as opposed to having a "meta-game" (it's as if you bought cards with mana instead of money, because it happens in-game...).

Not that this bundle seems to care, as neither Gwent or Cultist Simulator quite fit (for different reasons). But when people mention "deckbuilder", don't expect anything at all like MtG.
There are definite aspects to some of the deck building games, like they have DLCs or unlockables. Either way, it reminds me of it and so I dtay away from them. Like as much as I enjoy Munchkin, I never bought into the CCG version.
krelltunez 25 Jul
Quoting: imLinguin
Quoting: krelltunezI'm going back-and-forth on whether to buy this. FYI, Gwent is free, what the bundle includes is some kind of starter pack. Also, Gwent DOES NOT work on Steam Deck (at least using Heroic). No idea if it would work on regular Linux.

Gwent relies on the Galaxy Communication service, which is not yet implemented by us. You can use Steam to play Gwent though. It's F2P game.

Glad to hear I can run it through Steam. I might give that a try!
hking0036 27 Jul
I'm super interested to try One Step From Eden because I LOVED Mega Man Battle Network on GBA! Curious to hear people's thoughts on the Library of Ruina, because from the steam page it looks like quite an interesting game, but it seems like there's a whole lot going on.
redneckdrow 12 Aug
Quoting: hking0036I'm super interested to try One Step From Eden because I LOVED Mega Man Battle Network on GBA! Curious to hear people's thoughts on the Library of Ruina, because from the steam page it looks like quite an interesting game, but it seems like there's a whole lot going on.

Yeah, I've tried playing One Step From Eden (The main reason I bought the bundle), and I'll say this: it is much faster than the MMBN games. I replayed a couple hours BN4 just to make sure I wasn't misremembering things. The enemies attack patterns can lead to some really infuriating deaths unless you have better reflexes than I do. Dodging is impossible in a few cases and I'm honestly a bit grumpy about it.

You can't even read the names of your attacks during battle, you just have those tiny icons!

I've actually been having a lot of fun with Vault of the Void; I hadn't heard of it before. It was a really great surprise! It's sort of a Slay the Spire/Monster Train/Roguebook/Banners of Ruin/Obelisk kitchen sink. It has all those mechanics plus quite a few of its own.

Haven't tried the others yet. I've been using my downtime to clean and organize things. I'll probably update this when I do.
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