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Top 10 Card Games to Try Before You Die

Posted Wednesday, 19-Jul-2017

What magic a skilled designer can achieve with a simple deck of cards. This is BoardGamePrice’s list of the world’s best card games

Contributed by Andrew Knighton & Calvin Wong

There are thousands of card games on the market of all different genres and themes. Everyone will be familiar with such classics as Poker, Hearts, or Euchre; but what lies beyond those 52-card games?

Here is BoardGamePrices.com’s list of ten of the best modern card games to try before you die.




2-4 players ♠ 30 minutes ♠ Ages 14 & up

Around $16

A crooked cop, a hacker, and a mastermind walk into a hideout…

Set in the world of The Resistance & Coup, Grifters ditches the lying and negotiation for a pure card game of hand management and combo building. Recruit your team, complete jobs, abduct other player’s specialists – and of course – make the most money.

Buy Grifters

Dale of Merchants 2



2-4 players ♠ 40 minutes ♠ Ages 10 & up

Around $22

Animal merchants competing to see who can best set up their market stall in order to win the coveted position of Trade Master! This game of deck building features such adorable animal companions as the reckless Marbled Polecats and the cunning Dwarf Crocodiles – choose which animals you play with to customize your gaming experience.

Fully compatible with the first Dale of Merchants, DoM2 is a fantastic card game for all ages and levels of skill

Buy Dale of Merchants

Race for the Galaxy



2-4 players ♠ 60 minutes ♠ Ages 12 & up

Around $19

Ten years on, the classic endures. A science fiction card game that proved you don’t need a big board to explore a whole universe, Race’s combination of economic and role selection mechanisms, along with its large deck of cards, makes for a game of endless possibilities and combinations.

Buy Race for the Galaxy

Android: Netrunner



2 players ♠ 45 minutes ♠ Ages 14 & up

Around $30

A cyberpunk future where hackers and corporations face off in a war of information, Netrunner is the most popular of all of Fantasy Flight’s series of LCGs for a good reason.

Featuring innovative game mechanics that truly immerse players into its cyberpunk world, unique gameplay mechanics for the corp and runner factions, and seven different factions to choose from, Netrunner is still going strong even five years after its debut.

Buy Android: Netrunner

Arctic Scavengers



1-5 players ♠ 60 minutes ♠ Ages 13 & up

Around $26

In the aftermath of a catastrophic ice age, small tribes of survivors scrabble through the waste for precious resources. Lead your people to survival with gangs of thugs, snipers, and hunters as you protect your people from the other players and grow your tribe.

This box comes with both the HQ and Recon expansions, adding buildings, gangs, and a complete set of alternative mercenary cards to improve your game experience.

Buy Arctic Scavengers

Smash Up


2-4 players ♠ 45 minutes ♠ Ages 12 & up

Around $10


Who wins, pirates or ninjas? What if the ninja were riding dinosaurs? What about ROBOT dinosaurs?

Smash Up lets you answer those burning questions as you smash two factions together to create a deck of crazy awesomeness. Zombies? Aliens? Wizards? WHY NOT BOTH!

Buy Smash Up





2-5 players ♠ 25 minutes ♠ Ages 8 & up

Around $7

Winner of the 2013 Spiel des Jahres, Hanabi is a co-operative game about and building (and setting off!) a fireworks show. Players hold cards in their hands and must play each set in increasing order from 1 to 5…

…but players hold their cards in reverse so that they can’t see what’s in their hands. Players must use a limited system of communication to work together to build the perfect fireworks show, with a single misplayed card having explosive results!

Buy Hanabi


Imperial Settlers


1-4 players ♠ 90 minutes ♠ Ages 10 & up

Around $32

Cute cartoon people building empires, gathering resources – and occasionally going over to burn down other people’s villages.

With four factions to choose from including Romans, Barbarians, Egyptians and Japanese – each with their own unique faction deck, special faction powers and abilities, this game is empire building in a cute, compact package.

Buy Imperial Settlers




2-8 players ♠ 60 minutes ♠ Ages 10 & up

Around $20

Welcome to Citadels; a game of nobility and intrigue, where emperors rub shoulders with assassins and scholars and wizards play politics with the best of them.

This updated edition of the 15-year-old classic features new art, new characters, and new buildings to build into your city. Find out why Citadels has enthralled people for so many years with its role selection mechanics and simple yet intriguing gameplay.

Buy Citadels

7 Wonders


2-7 players ♠ 30 minutes ♠ Ages 10 & up

Around $30

Another classic of the card game pantheon, 7 wonders is a game of civilization building and card drafting for up to 7 players. Construct one of the Ancient World’s great cities and play through three ages of history as you gather resources, make war, and earn the favor of the game’s various guilds.

Buy 7 Wonders

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