Archive for the ‘Dungeon Saga’ Category

Way back when I was a kid, I used to play the old Space crusade game as well as Hero Quest. Now in all fairness I played more of Space Crusade than I did Hero Quest, as back then I was more of a Sci-fi fan. However Hero quest did lead me on to playing Advanced Hero Quest, and then further down the line Warhammer Quest.

Now its fair to say WHQ took up a lot of my time when it was released, back then their was no internet community fan articles were published in GW`s citadel journal magazine which was published every two months. And add on the odd article that was published in white dwarf, WHQ expanded with many new settings and monsters.

Now in the intervening years I have dusted of WHQ a few times. However with it being a “dead” game with no support over the years, campaigns have not lasted all that long.

How ever it was while watching the following video

Why Hero Quest Is So Great!

That I decided it was time to delve into some dark and dangerous dungeons, in search of fame and fortune!

Now my copy of Warhammer Quest is lacking all of its models, so  that’s out of the window. My copy of Hero Quest (and all of the expansions) were sold on eBay many many years ago, so that one is also out the window.

The only other option is to pick up a new game! and thankfully these days it is a lot easier to pick a game that you like the rules off. Thanks in part to the advent of PDF files of the rules, and other peoples reviews on the internet.

So I started of researching all the different games that are classed as “dungeon crawl” games. Now to be fair I did look a fair few games, most were “off the shelf” boxed sets, but a few were print and play.

In the end I went with Mantic`s Dungeon Saga. For the simple reason the rules seem to be nice and simple, they are not overly complex with loads of charts to remember.It can also be played solo with the aid of the Adventures Companion book, which also lets you to create your own hero (halfling barbarian any one!).

With any luck my copy will arrive tomorrow!

Its fair to say over the last few years I have drifted away from large scale (mass battles) wargames and moved on to small (skirmish) games. This all come about from my change of life style two years ago, leading me to have a lot more free time on my hands. It has also lead me into solo gaming, with the likes of Zombicide, Incursion, and a few others.

However I have always had an “itch” to get back into “dungeon crawl” type games, granted a few years ago I did start playing Warhammer Quest which has to be one of my favorite games. However it was short lived. I could have picked up GW’s new Warhammer Quest – Silver Towers game, however I have my doubts that it would live up to its predecessor!

One of the main reasons that I backed Mantic Games Deadzone v1 was for the solo play, however I could never get my head round the rules. And so for the best part it ended up being shelved. However with the DZ v2 kickstarter last year I had high hopes, but however the solo rules (or AI deck as it was known) are gone. Maybe they will return in a future supplement, who knows.

Zombicide by CMON, can also be played solo. And I have played many games on my own (quite a few when I was laid up in hospital) However the original seasons 1-3 were set in the modern day, while the new Black Plague is set in medieval times and while not relay a “dungeon crawl” it would at a push, pass for one  (especially some of the bigger monsters). CMON have just launched a new KS project called “Massive Darkness” however it is not going to be ready to ship until April 2017, and as much as I like most of the models  I think I will have to pass it by.

However I still have this “itch” for a good old fashioned “dungeon crawl” featuring orcs and goblins, skeletons, and all the rest. This does however lead on to Mantic`s Dungeon Saga. Now first off, I passed on the Kickstarter. At the time I had no interested in the project, and as with a few of their projects there were a fair few problems. However most of them seem to have been sorted out now. I have how ever manged to get hold of a KS backers pledge for a very good price.

Now I just have to wait for it to arrive………