Castle Ravenloft Dungeons & Dragons Board Game

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Castle Ravenloft Dungeons & Dragons Board Game

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D&D games-Ravenloft the best module Review by Daniel
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I love these D&D games even though I admit that their mechanics has been done better elsewhere. Clearly Descent or Star Wars Rebel Assault has better more in depth mechanics and are generally better for the same type of game. Still these can be linked-interchanged between one another or Dungeon Command to offer versatility and I love the D&D theme. Components are of a great quality. You can level as in D&D but will likely only go up one or two levels due to the limits/length of the scenario. Also if you get one & like it you will probably want them all & the upcoming Temple of Elemental Evil... (Posted on 4/29/15)
A great dungeon crawl Review by Brandon
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I like this game better than Wrath of Ashardalon. Both are great games, but I found the monsters in Castle Ravenloft were a bit more interesting to deal with. As well, this is a great stepping stone into the world of Dungeons and Dragons and the boss monsters are very interesting to deal with. There is one particular scenario which I love, where you battle the boss, and then he will transform into a much larger boss. A great game and for all the components and gameplay in it, its a very reasonable price. (Posted on 4/7/14)
Solid Co-Op board game Review by MabDawg
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Castle Ravenloft is either a solo quest or co-op boardgame. It takes you into the dungeons of Castle Ravenloft, owned by an evil vampire where you attempt to complete one of several possible quests. As you explore the dungeon you encounter monsters, traps, and other nasties.

The rules for Castle Ravenloft are well written and I found there was very little confusion on the rules. If there is anything you are unsure of, Wizards of the Lost Coast have an excellent forums where you can find your answers pretty quickly. The game also comes with a second booklet, a Quest booklet. In it are the quests that you/your party can attempt to complete. The quests have their own special rules that play out during your session, and some will have a special monster or creature as its primary objective.

You each play one unique character that can level up once. There is a Rogue, Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, and Wizard that you can play and each has its own abilities that you select before the quest begins. There are more abilities to choose from than you can select so it does add an element of re-playability.

The best thing about Castle Ravenloft, and the newer Wrath of Ashardalon, is how you explore the dungeon. You start on the "start tile" and from there explore one edge at a time. You then place a new tile down against that edge so you can never tell where or what lies beyond until you explore. There are alot of tiles, and they get shuffled face down. This element really gives the game alot of replay value as your dungeon will never be the same.

As you explore the dungeon new monsters come into play. Both your character and the monsters have cool plastic figurines to move along the board and it makes the game very appeasing to the eye.

The game can last up to one and a half hours, but if you or your party has a difficult start it might only last 10 minutes. It is best played with people that enjoy the D&D fantasy, and is very enjoyable played as a solo game, or up too 5. Any number of players from 1-5 makes for a good game.

The last thing about Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon is that you can make your own quests with a little imagination. I used figurines I have from other games, and have made 5 quests that are balanced and very enjoyable. On Wizards of the Lost Coast website they also have downloadable missions for Castle Ravenloft.
(Posted on 8/19/11)
Castle Ravenloft's a stripped down board game of dungeon-crawling, that allows players to learn and play the game within an hour. Fun and fast, definitely a great game. Review by TR
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Now in sharp contrast - this is a game that got the visual presentation right. Actually, more than right - this game’s miniatures is absolutely gorgeous. Now, not having played D&D since Basic, I can’t say anything about how simplified or not this is compared to D&D 4.0 but compared to Descent, it’s incredibly simplified to make gameplay fast. There are only a few characters and the dungeon is all randomly generated. It’s a great light adventure game for those looking for something that sets-up and teaches faster than Descent, but there is rather a lot of randomness in the game (dice rolling for combat, random dungeon creation, random monsters per dungeon, random events, etc.) (Posted on 11/3/10)
Amazing for both seasoned D&D geeks as well as D&D haters Review by Lane
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I've been playing and DMing a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for nearly a decade, and I was super excited when I saw the release of this game and couldn't pass it up.

From a D&D pro point of view, this is a very nice, short, to-the-point, and rules light dungeon crawl. I have yet to play 4th edition (which this game is "based on") and there were no problems whatsoever. This almost makes me want to start playing 4th edition (but that's a whole other review)

From a non-D&D point of view (like the other 3 people that I mainly play with) it is just a fun game. I have played this with people that have repeatedly stated that they would never play D&D, and here they are a week later asking me when the next time we play is.

The game as over a dozen built in adventures with different special rules, villains (think main monsters), tile setups, treasure, and on and on. There are even bonus adventures that you can get online from wizards website.

If you are a D&D geek, then by all means use the game and create your own adventures. Maybe the Secret Stairway tile starts a 2nd separate "dungeon". Maybe you take on the role of villains and try and destroy the heroes. Don't like the heroes that the game comes with? Make your own.

I did like that each player gets to spend a bit of time being the "DM" in this game; reading text, controlling monsters, etc.

Finally, with a new D&D board game coming out later this year (November I think?) that uses the same rules, you will be able to swap pieces or even combine the 2. (Also, I do believe that there will be a paladin in the next game, which would really help and suit Ravenloft :D)

For the price, you get a ridiculous amount of stuff to. When I saw the game, I thought for sure it would be the most expensive one in my collection, but it wasn't close.

Loads of fun, great value, and a good way to introduce (and hook) people into the wonderful realm of Dungeons & Dragons (Posted on 9/18/10)

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