So, you’ve got the game. Look at those lovely models! Take in a deep breath of that new book smell….just lovely. Nice new board. Lots of action tokens, score markers. Then it hits you…what the deck?!? What do I do with all these cards?!?
Well, light up the stove and let’s get to the kitchen to see what’s cooking with all these here cards…
Some Decks are bigger than others…
First things first. You need to know that not all decks are created equal. There a couple different card decks you need to know about. The first is the Standard Deck. You see those cards with the “?” the backs? Yep, those ones. Those are the standard DreadBall cards that the rules usually refer to. That’s where the Action and Special cards reside. This is the big deck.
Now, there is also such a thing as an Event Deck. The thing is, it’s not out yet. However, as KS backers for DB 2nd Edition, we have managed to get our grubby little paws on some of these Event cards in other forms. But more on that later. The important thing to know is, the Event deck is a separate deck from the Standard Deck. It contains all sorts of sports shenanigans to shake up your games. Great fun for one-offs and leagues….probably not so much for tournament play. These work by taking a special subsection of these Event Cards called Event Triggers. These Trigger Cards have the Standard DB Deck “?” Backing and are shuffled in with those. Whenever you draw a Trigger card for any reason from the Standard Deck, you resolve an Event by flipping over the top card from the Event Deck. Don’t worry though, your card isn’t wasted, it says right on the Trigger card to go ahead and draw another Standard card to replace it.
There are a couple other sources for Events too. The Azure Forest League, for example, has its own Event deck, and is used when you want your matches to have some thematic elements unique to the forest moon—like adverse weather conditions or getting attacked by wild fauna! The Azure Forest Event Cards are used instead of the regular Event Deck, but has its own Triggers to shuffle in to the Standard Deck. The Azure Forest League also has some additional Standard DreadBall cards that are to be shuffled into the Standard Deck as well. Again, it helps here to know the card backs…”?” means Standard, and “!” means Event. If you ever want to reset your decks back to normal, look on the card fronts in the bottom left hand corner…there are special little symbols there to help differentiate your card sets. Tired of playing in the rain? Ready to get back indoors? Simply pull out all the Azure icon DB cards and Triggers and leave out the Event deck…you’re back to normal!
Lastly, we have the infamous Captain Cards. Each Captain has, er, WILL have, a deck of 10 cards. However, it is important to note that TWO of these have the “!” on the back. Know what that means? YES! That’s right, they are Event Cards. These are here to add team themed events to your Event Deck IF, and only if, you are using the Event Deck in a match. Otherwise, set them aside. Now, the other 8 Cards? These are fun. These are the ones that you shuffle and deal yourself when you hire a Captain in the first place. The Cards you select are then added to your roster, and it means that EVERY match that your Captain takes place in for your team, you start with those cards in your hand. The other cards are not used at this time. HOWEVER, if your Captain gains an advancement, they may forgo the normal advancement tables in favor of again shuffling and dealing the remaining Captain cards and choosing one to again add to your roster. And man-o-man, there are some FUN captain cards. But don’t listen to me, shuffle ‘em up and try them out yourself!
Get your Decks out and PLAY!
Well, after this little overview, hopefully you will feel a little more confident handling all those decks now. As for the tactics and strategies of how best to use them and when? I’m sure we will get to that in the Playbook down the road. Until then, deal yourself in for some fun!