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Carl Frodge
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The only dungeon-crawl game I've played is The Classic Dungeon, and the genre has improved since that game was released.

What's a good dungeon crawl for a group that is new to the genre? I was looking at Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition), and it looks good, but is there a better introductory game?


And if you could give me some of the characteristics of dungeon crawls (like how long they usually take, what sort of components you'll usually see, etc.)

 
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This is coming from a person who would far rather play a boardgame than an RPG, but to be honest, for a good ole crawl, nothing beats just grabbing a simple RPG such as Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set and running a low level party through a basic dungeon. If everyone enjoys it, you can take it from there.

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agentkuo wrote:
The only dungeon-crawl game I've played is The Classic Dungeon, and the genre has improved since that game was released.

What's a good dungeon crawl for a group that is new to the genre? I was looking at Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition), and it looks good, but is there a better introductory game?


And if you could give me some of the characteristics of dungeon crawls (like how long they usually take, what sort of components you'll usually see, etc.)



I've recently acquired a copy of Assault on Doomrock and it is amazing! Honestly, I used to play D&D growing up and while this game isn't really a dungeon crawler in the traditional sense, it gives that feeling.

It is a card based game that consists of three rounds with two phases each. In the first phase you can explore whatever cards(locations) are face up in front of you and in the second you face some monsters in what is a very unique combat system.

I've only played the solo player game so far as I like to know everything thoroughly before I explain it to my wife, so I cannot comment on the complete experience, but it is amazing. Granted, I've not played Descent, but this game is humorous(healing potions of doom, LOL), it really feels like you are adventuring and I love the three rounds because it really feels like you are leveling up and preparing your character for the combat that is to come later.

As I said, it isn't your standard dungeon crawler, but it has accomplished in a very smooth, elegant euro style something that I've never experienced while playing any other game. You could get a game like Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set, and while it does feel kinda like a dungeon crawler, it doesn't have the same adventuring and exploration that Doomrock has. As you can tell, my "Dungeon Crawling" experience is mainly limited to card games, but Doomrock is truly amazing experience that gives the feeling of dungeon crawling(to me at least).

The only problem is that copies can be a bit hard to find. I got lucky, I checked the BGG market place every day and a copy popped up there about a week ago for me for $45 brand new in shrink. I know that somewhere people were doing a group order to get the game over in the US, but I would highly recommend taking a look at this game and see what you think.

Here is a link to the runthrough that got me excited about this game.

Whatever you decide, good luck.
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Thanks guys!

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Star Wars: Imperial Assault

The Star Wars theme doesn't really appeal to me.
 
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Good, because it is nothing like Descent.whistle
 
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Ditch the fantasy theme and play some Level 7 Omega Protocol.
 
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The best pure co-op dungeon crawl is, wait for it, Gears of War: The Board Game. Yes, the theme is a con but the rest of the game is so, so good! This guy nails it: https://boardgamegeek.com/video/32627/gears-war-board-game/c...
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I would second L7. But I thing one of the DnD boardgames might be best.
 
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I find Mice and Mystics is a good place to start. It's not that hard to play, has a story campaign, and it looks great on the table with the miniatures and detailed boards/pieces.

Also, if you like it it has a couple expansions, one that recently released.
 
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