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Bring Dungeons & Dragons to the Table for New Players

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: The Great Dalmuti
Board Game: The Great Dalmuti
• For the 25th anniversary of Richard Garfield's card game The Great Dalmuti, publisher Wizards of the Coast will release a Dungeons & Dragons-themed version in November 2020.

For those not familiar with the game, here's an overview: The 80-card deck consists of one 1, two 2s, and so on up to twelve 12s, with two wild jesters that are counted as 13s when played on their own. Each player has a hand of cards, and the start player for the round — dubbed the Greater Dalmuti — leads one or more cards, which must all have the same value. The next player can play the same number of cards but of a better (i.e., lower) rank or pass. Once all players have passed in turn, whoever last played clears the cards and leads something else.

Whoever empties their hand first becomes Greater Dalmuti for the next round of play, with other players taking positions relative to this player in clockwise order; the player who has last has cards in hand becomes the Greater Peon.

Board Game: The Great Dalmuti

• Another recently announced D&D item is Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins, a co-operative board game for 2-4 players from Hasbro that is meant to serve as an entry point to the RPG. Here's an overview of the game:
Players choose their characters, then journey through the lands of Neverwinter, working together to overcome fantastic obstacles, battle monsters, and defeat the Boss monster terrorizing the realm. The role of Dungeon Master passes from player to player with each turn, so everyone gets to be part of the storytelling.
Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins

Okay, that description doesn't tell you much about gameplay and other details, but Hasbro has posted a ten-minute video that covers all the details of how to play:

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