Legendary Encounters: An ALIEN Deck Building Game Expansion

Posted: January 21, 2017 in Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Films, Gaming, Legendary
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The bitch is back.

We’re all big fans of the Legendary line here at SuppFire, and the Alien game released back in 2014 is no exception – providing plenty of adventures, suspense and fun in the time since its release. The Predator game released in 2015 acted as a sort of expansion – although it offered more variations on ways to play, than totally new stuff.  This was understandable, of course. It was a stand-alone game with the option to be intergrated with Alien, not a true expansion. But now there is an expansion, and if you’re a fan of the original, it is 100% worth adding to your set.

Firstly – and possibly the biggest advantage to me – is the addition of extra characters to each of the four movies. The line-up was fine, but adding in Gorman, Kane and “85” to the playable character roster greatly increases the replayability of the game, as well as just giving some extra variation each time you play. The new characters synch in really well with the old cards, and those of you who like to explore ways of chaining characters and ability will have an absolute blast with the new combinations this opens up. 

Another nice feature is the chance for one player to play as the antagonist (much like the playable Mastermind introduced to Marvel in the Secret Wars set), taking on the role of the Alien Queen, with her own deck of cards to level up, and her own version of the Barracks and HQ to level up from. Be warned, though; this play mode is hard as nails for the Human players, and it’s not like the game was an especially easy one to begin with. It’s fun…but it is gruelling, too. 

Another really nice bonus is the addition of two brand new stories! That’s right, you get two movie length scenarios to play thorough, featuring all new challenges and monsters brand new to the Alien canon. This was such a boon for me, as I love seeing original stories unfold during a game, and the new “movies” really nail the feel of the 1990s Dark Horse comics that I read – nay, consumed – in my younger days. The only mild disappointment is that while there are new “avatars” to use with them, there were not new “characters”, meaning you have to battle through these new stories using pre-existing cards from the other movies. It’s an understandable compromise, as the game would have been conisiderably longer in production, more expensive, and physically larger to fill out these needs; but as a theme driven gamer, it does grate a little.

The physical components are all of the standard we’ve come to expect from Upper Deck. The card art is great, but their card quality is still so-so; you’ll need to sleeve all of them, or they’ll wear very quickly. The playmat and its artwork is nice, and the rules are clear, easy to understand and easy to reference.

If you own the base Alien Legendary Encounters game, and play it more than, say, once a year, then this is a 100% necessary purchase. Seriously. Buy it with your hands.


Brad Harmer-Barnes is a games journalist and comedy writer from Kent, England, and has written for (among others) Miniature Wargames magazine, Fortress: Ameritrash, Emotionally14.com and Suppressing-Fire.Com, which he also edits. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @realbradhb.


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