I wanted to start a thread as we move towards future expansions to try and identify the cards and strategies you love about the game. So Doomtown players, we ask you, the community, what cards have been the most fun for you in Doomtown’s run since it’s debut in the expandable card game format in 2014?
For Classic players, is there a fun card you’d like to see returned and why?
Feel free to share your stories and experiences of great times flipping cardboard in the Weird West!
Chuan “Jen” Qi - I love how she fills so many niches in a Mad Science deck. Even if you don’t use gadgets, she still gets a nice boost from any horse!
J.W. Byrne - Another dude who fills so many niches in decks, he just gives you lots of possibilities to make him better.
Sheriff Eli Waters - I’ve not gotten him to work nearly as well as I’d like, but I love the way his traits all work toward a goal of dealing with wanted dudes.
“Thunder Boy” Nabbe - I love his ability, and how it just really makes opponents choose how they fight with their wanted dudes.
Sheriff Dave Montreal - Another one I haven’t gotten to work as well, but I love his trait, if only because of how amazing it is when it comes through. I really like the choice it puts on your opponent.
Bai Yang Chen - I love how he throws himself over to your opponent’s home and forces choices on them. Let you have extra cards, or fight a 3 bullet stud with 0 influence.
Mr. Outang - Both for the flavor and for his trait turning lesser dudes into powerful studs.
Sentinel - This was the Miracle that made me really think about doing a Blessed deck again. I love that it gets those decks a win condition.
Devil’s Six Gun - This has been a great card to use in lowball to fix a hand, shuffle a joker back in, and sometimes even save the other joker from being aced! It also sometimes does something useful in shootouts!
Nunchucks - They don’t lose their bonus against guns, and they can cause spell pulls to fail (in addition to helping your Kung Fu pulls), which can be a really fun trick that people don’t expect.
Mechanical Horse - Potentially tons of movement, saves a dude from booting into a fight, and it’s street legal!
Comin’ Up Roses - This is the card that let Straight Flush really shine.
A Slight Modification - In my opinion, this is the card let gadgets hold their own in more competitive environments. With better and better gadgets around, the choice on what to boot also becomes an interesting one in a lot of shootouts.
Mugging - I love that this card gives a terrible choice. I’ve definitely thought hard on this, even on my gadget decks.
Lula’s Exploit - This has been one of my favorite gadget deeds. It has a niche and it fills it well.
Old Marge’s Manor - Similar to Lula’s, but cheaper, and lets you use the rock for actions too!
General Store - Lets decks that require attaching cards to dudes do their thing no matter where the dudes are.
Epidemic Laboratory - A great win condition for skilled decks, which I think helps a lot of them have a good win condition.
Smith & Robards Trade Show - I love how it incorporates gadgets into a potential win condition, while allowing cycling cards to keep from getting into a bad spot where your hand is clogged up.
The Sloane Gang/Desolation Row - I like how both decks give win conditions that don’t require any deeds. It really changes how the game can play.
108 Drunken Masters - I like how this lets you experiment with higher value Kung Fu Decks, while also giving a potential benefit if you pull low enough.
Darius Hellstromme - I really like how he gives gadget weapons a way to go out and win with few/no deeds.
Favorite card is Run Em Down. I love the forced callout without going home booted like happens after a job. Also, you can just sit a guy down and walk away. It’s a super versatile card supporting my favorite theme.
Favorite combo is having a shootout featuring a couple Lemats and Quickdraw Handguns.
Knowing you can go low and push your hand rank up if needed, while threatening to give your opponent hand rank 3 if they cheat. Lemat is just dumb.
My first thought is decimator array. Its totemic of the change in gadgets from goods which made you lose tempo to a genuine top teir concept. Its enabled other deck structures including a functional SF on hearts build which has never really fired in reloaded.
It combos with a bunch of cards including tech expo and of course lemat for the hand rank concept. I do have to agree with my learned college Shinjo
The card art is of course amazing encompassing the idea of a device which can do almost anything very much like the card itself.
I frequently rely on Tlalocs furies and Abrams Crusaders any time I’m considering blessed. Having the possibility of one melee weapon adding up to 5 bullets to one dude is amusing in itself. It also boosts skills which can take the normally tougher spells and at least make them reasonable to pass since there aren’t many Blessed that stack up to Erin’s skill.
Whateley Estate has been a go to for me in Fearmongers for a while now. It isn’t just about getting cards back that you intentionally sent to boot hill, but it’s also for getting back cards your opponent has managed to put in your boot hill for other reasons and it gets jokers!
Recursion has always been one of my favorite things in this game. Ivor xp might have made it a little too easy, but bringing things back from the dead has been a personal favorite all these years.
Have to give the MVP cards to mech horse and shadow walk here. Chessing around (and having to deal with chessing around) is one of the two mechanics (along with jobs) that stops Doomtown from devolving into a brawler in town square, and I’ve had great fun building decks that walk around my opponent’s much more fighty builds with those cards.
To the point of jobs, I think jobs that are not important enough to warrant sending your whole posse are good design and fun decision making. Tech Ex., Maggie… Honorable mentions here.
Putting the Pieces Together, by far!!! No other card in Doomtown has such a fun mix of risk/reward, as well as entirely dictating the draw structure of your deck. A well oiled PTPT deck that fully comes together during a game is like watching an Olympic athlete - it seems so easy (and if you’re against it, possibly unfair), but you have no idea what work and sacrifices were made to get to that point.
Decimator Array is a close 2nd, but you can ignore the hearts straight flush portion of it, and still enjoy the massive benefits of an influence, minus upkeep, and sidekick. Technically it can sometimes be useful in normal 3 value decks, too, to either avoid cheating or turn your off value hearts into an on value card.
Rope N Ride - fun to pull of tricks
Pinned Down - so satisfying to snipe a 4 cp Allie Hensmann
The Stakes just Rose
Election Day Slaughter - even though I rarely play it myself
Grim Servant of Death
The Brute - so thematically beautiful
These are not all the same cards I would have mentioned if I were to choose which cards I enjoy playing the most. But hey, I like competitive decks.
I think it was mainly Raising Hell and Soul Cage. And man, that was situational. I think if Summoning had been able to get an abomination from boot hill, it would have been a much more interesting card.
Raising Hell was fun, but I can’t tell you how many times my opponent was able to keep me from using it, either from unprepared or just kicking the huckster out of the shootout.
Soul Cage was just not frequent enough for me with the people I played with at the time. There were enough SF builds that I almost never got to trigger it in lowball and shootouts would often shut down the dude with the Cage before I got to use it.
Some of my favourite Classic cards were the ones that let you do rule-breaking trickery with movement - such as Lost in the Badlands (Reaction: When a Dude is moving to an out-of-town Deed, move the Dude to another out-of-town Deed of your choice), RADAR (Gadget - Reaction: When another Dude moves, boot RADAR to move this Dude to the same location), or the Texas Rangers home (Reaction, Boot: Alllow a Dude to make a move which would normally be illegal (including joinng a posse at a non-adjacent location)).
I also miss the cards that let you destroy or steal opposing deeds. I get that some of them were overpowered (coughBurnt Offeringcough) and that nearly-completely-removing them was a design choice, but still feel like it’s such a natural thematic component of the setting that it it ought to be possible to make some room for it.
My absolute favorite moment came from when I discovered the Hit & Run combo (LH + Make the Smart Choice).
My second favorite moment was when I first saw Highbinder Hotel and thought “THEY PRINTED WHAT!?” and then promptly had to apologize to my playgroup.
My favorite decks to play in card games are the kind that put opponents in a bind and oh boy does that combo do that. It’s a deck that I keep finding myself coming back to and absolutely loving - to the point that every time I’m playing another deck I find myself thinking “I really wish I was playing Hit & Run right now”