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Fallen. Watchtower Games, 2014. $50. Designed by Tom W. Green and Stephen C. Smith. 30 Story cards, 3 Heroes (each with 1 hero card, 10 signature power cards, 9 skill cards), 3 Dungeon Lords (each with 1 lord card, 10 signature power cards, 11 final battle cards), 28 creature cards, 40 core power cards, 24 equipment/treasure cards, 12 omen cards, 16 critical injury cards, 22 custom dice, and 80+ tokens and a rulebook. 2 players. Ages 14+. 90 minutes.

This story-driven, fantasy card and dice game pits a single hero versus a dungeon lord and his creatures in three rounds of adventure followed by an epic showdown.

The hero player chooses one of three heroes, each of which come with a specialized skill deck that allows you to develop using experience gained during play. All characters have a specialized deck of 10 Power cards that they mix with half the generic Power deck to create a unique deck for this game. The other player chooses one of three dungeon lords and sorts his creatures into their three levels and places four to start.

The mechanics are really straightforward and the rulebook is one of the best I’ve ever read being well organized, detailed, and clearly written.

Gameplay revolves around the dungeon lord randomly pulling a story card (there are 30 in the game) and then reading a series of fantasy situations and choices. The hero’s choice then determines which type of challenge will be done.

Challenges are then resolved by both players creating and rolling dice pools modified by various cards, including equipment, power, skills, creatures, treasures, omens, and fortune tokens. The winner gains experience that can be used to upgrade hero skills or creature levels, and both sides may gain additional benefits.

Once three story cards have been resolved (each takes about 30 minutes), then the upgraded hero and dungeon lord face off in a final battle. The challenges here are based on the lord’s unique deck of Final Battle cards, where the first to win three challenges is proclaimed victor of the game.

If you’re not a fan of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure games, then this may not appeal. There are only 3 heroes and 3 dungeon lords, and although all of them are unique that is a limited cast to choose from even with so much replay ability from the various card decks.

If you enjoy story-driven games that also deliver a quick playing, card/dice, head to head gaming experience, then, like me, you may find the game so enjoyable that you’ll be wanting more. Luckily expansions are on the way. Highly recommended.

This review was written based on a privately purchased retail copy. No previous relationship with the game publisher nor compensation was involved.
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Re: Capsule Review - The Fallen
Just to add, I enjoyed the game enough that I had to go get the Kickstarter edition which comes with more than twice the amount of material, which in a story driven game is a good thing to have.

Unfortunately the KS material is all exclusive.

They also produced four KS exclusive Adventure Packs which add theme linked story cards creating more of a campaign story feel. So I hear. I don't have them (yet.)

Luckily they do have some more expansions coming out on retail soon.
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Re: Capsule Review - The Fallen
There's no "The" it's just Fallen.....

Great game, will go down as one of my all time favourites... Can't play it enough....
 
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Rushcutter wrote:
There's no "The" it's just Fallen.....

Thanks. Edited.
 
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Nice to read a review of the retail base game. All the glowing comments have come from those with the full-boat Kickstarter. I think the developer's strategy helped them launch their Kickstarter but may have hurt their long-term retail sales. I think many BGG familiars see the core game now on sale as the crippled and unsalvageable version.

Curious. Did you sell your core box? I want to be among the privileged, but the very high $$ are a problem, especially not having played the game.
 
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Thanks.

I loaned my retail box to gaming friends and it's making the rounds. My intent is to sell/trade it.

Many small/single game "companies" that go heavy on Kickstarter don't make it in the retail market, which is too bad. I think Fallen is a really good game and deserves a wider audience.
 
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