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Draw 7 and hope you get a good hand in the Steam Deckbuilders Fest

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Running through until April 1st at 10am PT / 5pm UTC, the Steam Deckbuilders Fest is live filled with games with cards of all sorts. Deckbuilders are some of my favourite games, in real-life too, so I'll be diving into and throwing some cards around to see what sticks with me. There's also some stuff in the Steam Points Shop.

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Some top picks for you that are on sale:

How about some fun games under £5:

What will you be grabbing this time? I'm trying to personally pull my hand by from clicking buy on Balatro (10% off), because I know it will ruin my time. The demo was fantastic and it has sold really well hitting 1 million sales as of March 18th and with an Overwhelmingly Positive rating you know it's something special.

Check out the event on Steam.

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There's a subtle difference between the Steam deck-builders fest and the Steam-Deck builders fest.
Pengling Mar 25
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QuoteWhat will you be grabbing this time?
Nothing for me this time, I'm afraid! Like RPGs, deckbuilders simply aren't for me, though I'm glad to see that there's enough to make a Fest for those who love them. That's more than I can say for platformers and maze-chase games!


Last edited by Pengling on 25 March 2024 at 5:50 pm UTC
GetBeaned Mar 25
I'm gonna pick up Luck Be a Landlord since I read it was the primary inspiration to LocalThunk when making Balatro.

Though I'll probably buy it and just play more Balatro.
Woodlandor Mar 25
Quoting: Pengling
QuoteWhat will you be grabbing this time?
Nothing for me this time, I'm afraid! Like RPGs, deckbuilders simply aren't for me, though I'm glad to see that there's enough to make a Fest for those who love them. That's more than I can say for platformers and maze-chase games!

Not even a Super Bomberman Card Deck Ultra Alpha 2 Deluxe Edition?
sonic2kk Mar 26
My library's already fully decked out, so nothing for me this time around. I think only two games from my wishlist are on sale from this sale, guess I'm not really into this category.
I have Griftlands. I went through the basic scenario once and got trashed by the last boss. I didn't go through again because although I liked the combat as such quite well and might have found it interesting to develop some combos and whatnot as I unlocked new cards and stuff, there were some annoying things about the story side.

So, first, I didn't really like the difficulty curve. The beginning was pretty easy, the middle was maybe in theory harder but by then I'd acquired some better cards so it was still easy, difficulty started to ramp up just in the last few encounters and then the last boss stomped me into the ground with absolutely zero chance. So I immediately realized that if I went through a couple more times to get good enough to take the boss, that would mean the whole rest of the game I'd be yawning as I went through the motions.

The second thing was that when you fought, there were two ways to do it--you could fight them physically, or argue them into submission. You had like a separate deck for the two options, and the combat with the two had a slightly different style, it was pretty cool. So if you fight people in the game, you can either just hurt them but be merciful or, at least if you nail them hard enough or choose to, you can kill them. If you persuade them, obviously killing isn't an option. But the thing is, when you defeat people, they or people who knew them would hate you for it, and this would hand you tactical problems in fights from then on--unless and until you actually kill those people. And they hate you just as much if you take the arguing route. So, strategically, hands down your best option is to just kill everybody. And with the last boss and a couple of other encounters I'm not sure persuasion is even an option. So that means there is no point whatsoever in ever using the arguing route--it hands you difficulties, has no advantages, and your cards will be better if you specialize. It bugs me that there's this whole effort to develop this neat alternative and then they make it a stupid thing to pay attention to. For that matter, the whole idea that you get a combat penalty if people don't like you strikes me as dumb, and doubly so if the result of it is you're better off slaughtering everyone.

On top of that, the story felt like there was a lot less to it than seemed. It was all over pretty quickly.

It's a pity, because I kind of liked the style and I quite liked the fast-talk option as a basic idea and even the combat mechanics of doing it. Maybe with some tweaks and more content it could be a really quite good game, but as it stood when I played it I wouldn't pay much for it.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 26 March 2024 at 12:25 am UTC
Pengling Mar 26
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Quoting: WoodlandorNot even a Super Bomberman Card Deck Ultra Alpha 2 Deluxe Edition?
Hahaha, nah. I've never really gotten into trading-card games in real life either, to be honest! (Not for a lack of trying. )
Quoting: Woodlandor
Quoting: Pengling
QuoteWhat will you be grabbing this time?
Nothing for me this time, I'm afraid! Like RPGs, deckbuilders simply aren't for me, though I'm glad to see that there's enough to make a Fest for those who love them. That's more than I can say for platformers and maze-chase games!

Not even a Super Bomberman Card Deck Ultra Alpha 2 Deluxe Edition?
I was just about to make that same joke!!! LOL!!!!!!
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