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Douglas Klipfel
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Looking for some ideas of dungeon crawl games that are co-op and would work for kids 6 years old and up. Also something that is interesting for an adult to sink their teeth into at the same time.

Thanks for any suggestions.

 
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Mice and Mystics is a quite good dungeon crawl enjoyable for adults and listed as suitable for ages 7+.
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Check out Lost Woods. While technically not in a dungeon, you do go around fighting monsters, equipping items you find, and collecting gold. It is competitive, but there is a cooperative variant as well. The fighting mechanics aren't difficult, just the player and the monster rolling whatever number die their attack calls for.

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I'd say this is a good intro into the genre. Others I would recommend after this are:

Super Dungeon Explore - unfortunately their rules have gone through lots of changes, I'm sure you could easily make house rules when needed. The dice mechanics are little more complicated than Lost Woods, but easier than most dungeon crawls. Basically dice have stars you add up for your attack, potions, and hearts.

Mice and Mystics - kind of like a story book adventure with animals. The dice mechanics get more complicated than SDE, now they have swords and bows for attacks, cheese, numbers on all sides (pertaining to movement), and shields on some sides (for defense). The story is well done and there are interesting mechanics and events that take place.

Arcadia Quest - This involves players maintaining groups of 3 heroes, so the complexity grows compared to others. Also, there is potential for fighting others. The dice mechanics, in my opinion, are less complex than M&M.

Descent 2.0 - Probably not the best to start kids at, but good job if you get them here. One of my favorite dungeon crawls. Worst part for me was the Overlord needing to be a player, since no one wanted to be it and it usually fell on me. With the new app, the Overlord is now automated through the app.

I'm sure there are plenty of others, but I have the most experience with these. From what I saw of Masmorra, it looks like a mix of Lost woods and Arcadia Quest. I also enjoy Myth, but there are mixed opinions on that (I love it).

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Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game - pretty simple rules but still some interesting choices to be made and reacting to luck of the die. An added bonus is that the scenarios in the game are based on the novels, which can really help kids get even more engaged with the game if they already have attachment to the characters and the story they're playing through.
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After I realized I forgot it, I came back and saw it was mentioned. The Dungeon and Dragon board games are simple in the fact that it only involves rolling a d20 when attacking. Though there are things that add complexity, I think it would be one I'd introduce people to before Descent.

 
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Windship2Mars wrote:
Looking for some ideas of dungeon crawl games that are co-op and would work for kids 6 years old and up. Also something that is interesting for an adult to sink their teeth into at the same time.

Thanks for any suggestions.



Considering most 6 year olds can't read all too well, I'd go with Defenders of the Realm. It's not really a dungeon crawl, but it is a fantasy themed game and co-op that a 6 year-old can enjoy as well as most adults.
 
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majinjeb wrote:
Check out Lost Woods. While technically not in a dungeon, you do go around fighting monsters, equipping items you find, and collecting gold. It is competitive, but there is a cooperative variant as well. The fighting mechanics aren't difficult, just the player and the monster rolling whatever number die their attack calls for.

(Shameless plug for the videos I do:

https://boardgamegeek.com/video/91255/lost-woods/lost-woods-... )

+1 for Lost Woods. I Kickstarted it and it's a fantastic introduction to adventure games for young gamers.
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I just had a chance to try Pocket Dungeon Quest yesterday. It's definitely designed so that kids would be able to handle it (with an adult assisting with the item effects and character abilities). It's pretty light, though, so I don't know how riveting an adult would find it. It's kind of like a co-op version of DungeonQuest.
 
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Windship2Mars wrote:
Looking for some ideas of dungeon crawl games that are co-op and would work for kids 6 years old and up. Also something that is interesting for an adult to sink their teeth into at the same time.

Thanks for any suggestions.



Welcome to the Dungeon not really a crawl, but you're fighting monsters in a dungeon. its an easy to teach, quick filler.
 
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Douglas Klipfel
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply!
 
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+1 Mice and Mystics

I might also direct you to Vast: The Crystal Caverns, while not a dungeon crawl per say, it has all the same thematic elements that come with most dungeon crawls. Each player has a role and goals that are completely separate from one another. A player can be a paladin, dragon, goblins, thief, or even the cave itself! Highly recommend it and I feel that it is accessible for younger players.
 
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My 6 year old loves dungeon!. It's really about as simple as it gets, so it's ideal for a 6 year old. She also has declared welcome to the dungeon as her favorite game we have ever played, which isn't really a dungeon crawl in the traditional sense, but has the theme of going through a dungeon.
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A little bit different but a great fun game for a six year old is The Siblings Trouble

I have the imagination of a slug by the way so don't let the mentioned role playing put you off - is not that hard, you don't have to act as such, you just got to think of an answer as to get around an obstacles etc and the cards give enough hints. You collect weapons/equipment, you have encounters that you can either fight with or even talk nicely to them or trick them, you explore and even go underground etc etc.
 
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Dungeon! is great for younger kids, though it's not coop and it's probably not going to hold an adult's attention for long...
 
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I have matched miniatures to the dice in Dungeon Roll and used tiles from my old descent first edition game.
Got four 6+ years playing it together pairing them off in two separate mini dungeons and they love it so much I'm thinking of getting a second copy .
It is just fast enough with the one box of dice still. But you know how impatient the odd young'un can be .
 
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