What do you get when you combine the word-making challenge of Scrabble with the deck-building mechanics of Dominion? Well, depends on the game designer. Paperback and Dexikon are both deck-building word games–here’s how they stack up.
First, a bit of introduction: Paperback was designed by Tim Fowers and published independently under his own name. It was funded on Kickstarter in 2013 and shipped to backers in early 2014. Dexikon was designed by Andrew Rowse and published by Eagle-Gryphon Games as part of their EGG line. It was funded on Kickstarter in April 2015 and shipped to backers this fall. I’ll give a full review of each, and then wrap up with a little comparison at the end.
Both of the games are deck-building games, so in each one you will have your own personal deck of cards and discard pile. If you need to draw cards and have run out, you shuffle your discard pile to form a new deck and then draw from that. Over the course of the game, you’ll acquire more cards from the center of the table, and these will be added to your discard pile to be eventually shuffled back into your deck.