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Jake Fondie
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A long time ago, I had a copy of TSR's Dungeon! in its earlier iteration. I would love to find a game that streamlines fantasy quest play as Dungeon did so that I can play with my young daughter (pre-teen) and family. What are the best fast-play, streamlined fantasy board games out there? Thanks for your help.
 
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Joe Cappello
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Consider Return of The Heroes. The game is spent developing your character through experience gained by encounters and completion of quests with the goal of beefing up your character to take on the "Nameless One" who becomes known at game end or through a converstaion with some mice - don't ask.

The rules, at first, are a little wonky to figure out, but with minimal effort looking for files here on BGG, you'll have it figured out in no time. The game plays quickly assuming you haven't got someone playing who experiences analysis paralysis; however, there really are not too many instances in the game I can think of where this would be the case. Although the box suggests that it can be played in 90 minutes, that's probably pushing it for first time play.

I own Talisman, HeroQuest, and Search for the Emperor's Treasure, and RoTH captures the great feel of a magical, quest game.
 
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Isaac Citrom
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I asked the exact same question. The responses were very good:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/144656

Also, there are more than one excellent GeekLists about this. Here is a really good one, but search for others:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/923


The consensus seems to reluctantly fall on Descent: Journeys in the Dark as the best of the lot although it has its shortcomings. My preference is for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic game:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dndacc/9664700....

I played this with my two younger sons and a friend (12, 12, 10). They loved it. Unfortunately, the game is a leader into the fully fledged Dungeons & Dragons system. There are no expansions beyond this one box in a similar vein. That said, there is an older version of the basic game that does have two expansions. It is now out of print but you can still pick it up at:

http://paizo.com/store/paizoExclusives (scroll down a bit)

Note that you'll have to eBay it for the main game but Paizo sells the expansions.


 
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I'm not sure about preteen but the following are popular. I'm sure with enthusiasm from Dad one of these will work.

Return of the Heroes;
Runebound; and
Dungeon Twister.
 
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A friend and I played Dungeon Twister for the first time a few days ago, and found that to be a pretty cool, fast and tense dungeon themed game. It's definitely not a dungeon crawl, with players co-operating to gain treasure, but might have some of the elements you're looking for. It is pretty simple as well - but could be a bit strategic, depending on how old your daughter is.

My personal favourite is Descent: Journeys in the Dark but I couldn't recommend this to you as it is pretty complex, and slower than it sounds like you are wanting. A cool game to check out though!
 
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Hmmm, I haven't played Dungeon, but check out Mystic Wood. It has a quick play time.
 
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Jake Fondie
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Thanks for the direction. I'll explore these games in the review section.
 
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For the younger set, The Sorcerer's Cave is a good bet - has a lower rank on BGG because most people don't rate games for kids...
 
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Jorge Arroyo
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gamesbook wrote:
For the younger set, The Sorcerer's Cave is a good bet - has a lower rank on BGG because most people don't rate games for kids...


Let me second this recomendation along with the one for Mystic Wood. My son is almost 3 and can play both games with some guidance. He really enjoys the exploration part: deciding which direction to explore, etc...

-Jorge
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Recently my 9 year old daughter has been bugging me to play Runebound because she likes the female characters in it. So I streamlined the rules a bit ( 3 experience to level up and ignore event and encounter cards except to replenish the encounters) and she loved it! Her enthusiasm was such that my wife joined in on our next game and she(my wife) proceeded to win by defeating 3 dragonlords! Runebound is a fun game with straightfoward rules. Your character travels the land searching for encounters to battle to earn gold and experience and go into town to purchase allies and equipment and use experience to level up. The ultimate goal is to be the first player to defeat 3 dragonlords or the High Lord Margath. The only negative is it is a long game. Two of us took 2+ hours. The three of us took two evenings(4 hours or so).
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