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Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

Clank! is a deck-building adventure game where players sneak into a dragon's lair to steal treasure. Players must balance risk and reward as they navigate the dungeon, avoiding the dragon's wrath.

7.78 / 10
BGG Rating
12+
age
2016
published year
2 - 4
player count
2 - 4
Recommended player count
30 - 60 mins
play time

How Complex is Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure?

2.22 / 5

Clank! is easy to learn but has moderate complexity due to the variety of cards and strategic decisions required to balance risk and reward.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure?

3.5 / 5

Luck plays a moderate role in Clank! as players draw cards from their deck and must rely on luck to draw the right cards at the right time. However, players can mitigate luck through strategic card choices and movement decisions.

How much Player Interaction does Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure offer?

3 / 5

Clank! has limited player interaction as players primarily focus on their own decks and movement through the dungeon. However, players can block each other's paths and compete for treasure.

How much Replayability does Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure offer?

4 / 5

Clank! offers high replayability due to the randomized dungeon layout, variable player powers, and multiple paths to victory. The game also has several expansions that add even more variety.

Why you should play Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

Unique Theme

Clank! has a unique theme of dungeon crawling and treasure hunting, which is not often seen in deck-building games. The game also has a fun and humorous tone, making it enjoyable for players of all ages.

Deck-Building Mechanics

Clank! is a deck-building game, which means players start with a small deck of cards and gradually add more powerful cards to their deck as the game progresses. This mechanic allows for a lot of strategic depth and replayability.

Modular Board

The game features a modular board that changes every time you play, making each game a unique experience. Players must navigate through the dungeon, avoiding traps and fighting monsters, to collect treasure and escape before the dragon awakens.

Player Interaction

Clank! encourages player interaction through the use of cards that can affect other players' decks or movements on the board. This adds an extra layer of strategy and makes the game more engaging.

Expansion Content

Clank! has several expansions that add new cards, mechanics, and boards to the game. This means that players can continue to enjoy the game and discover new strategies even after many plays.

Why you should avoid Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

Luck-Based

While Clank! has a lot of strategic depth, there is also a significant element of luck involved. Players draw cards from their deck at random, which can sometimes lead to frustrating situations where a player's plans are derailed by bad luck.

Lengthy Playtime

Clank! can take a while to play, especially with larger groups. The game can sometimes drag on, which may not be ideal for players looking for a quick and easy game.

Competitive Nature

Clank! is a competitive game, which means players are actively trying to hinder each other's progress. This may not be enjoyable for players who prefer cooperative or solo games.

Complexity

While Clank! is not overly complex, it does have a lot of rules and mechanics to learn. This may be overwhelming for new players or those who prefer simpler games.

Theme

While the unique theme of Clank! may be a selling point for some, it may not be appealing to others who prefer more traditional or realistic themes in their board games.

Where to find the Rules of Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

You can find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure.

Focus on acquiring cards that give you extra movement. Movement is key in this game, as it allows you to explore more of the dungeon and collect more valuable artifacts.

Be mindful of the noise you make. Every time you make noise, you add Clank! cubes to the bag, which increases the likelihood of drawing a cube when the dragon attacks. Try to minimize your noise as much as possible, especially when you're close to the surface.

Don't be afraid to take risks. Sometimes it's worth it to take a hit from the dragon or a monster in order to grab a valuable artifact or card. Just make sure you have a plan to heal or escape afterwards.

Keep an eye on the market. The cards available for purchase in the market can greatly impact your strategy. If you see a card that complements your deck, try to grab it before someone else does.

Balance your deck. It's important to have a mix of cards that give you movement, attack power, and other abilities. Don't focus too heavily on one aspect of the game, or you may find yourself struggling in certain situations.

Plan your escape. Make sure you have a clear path back to the surface before you start collecting too many artifacts. You don't want to get stuck in the depths of the dungeon with no way out when the dragon attacks.

Advanced Strategies for Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

Prioritize cards that allow you to thin your deck. As you play more, you'll start to accumulate cards that aren't as useful to your strategy. Look for cards that allow you to remove those cards from your deck, so you can focus on the cards that are most valuable to you.

Keep an eye on your opponents' decks. As you play more, you'll start to get a sense of what types of strategies your opponents are using. Use this knowledge to your advantage by grabbing cards that they might want, or by blocking their path to certain areas of the dungeon.

Use the dungeon layout to your advantage. Each game of Clank! has a different dungeon layout, so take some time to study the board before you start playing. Look for areas that are easy to access, or that have valuable artifacts or cards nearby.

Don't be afraid to take a hit from the dragon. As you play more, you'll start to get a sense of how much damage you can take before you're in serious trouble. Sometimes it's worth it to take a hit from the dragon in order to grab a valuable artifact or card.

Be mindful of the endgame. As the game progresses, keep an eye on how many artifacts your opponents are collecting. If someone is getting close to the required number, it might be time to shift your strategy and focus on getting out of the dungeon before they do.

Experiment with different card combinations. As you play more, you'll start to get a sense of which cards work well together. Don't be afraid to try out new combinations and see what works best for your playstyle.

Mechanics

Action Points
Open Drafting
Point to Point Movement
Push Your Luck
Deck, Bag, and Pool Building
Player Elimination
End Game Bonuses
Variable Set-up
Delayed Purchase
Movement Points

Categories

Fantasy
Adventure