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Ryan Gedeon
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I've always been interested in D&D, and I even have the core rulebook from when the 4th ed was released, but never got around to playing it. The problem being not knowing anyone that plays, and feeling overwhelmed at where to start. I have a 10yr old daughter (soon to be 11), that spends time playing the game Wizards101 online often, and has similar interests.

I was browsing what new products Wizards have recently released, and stumbled upon Castle Ravenloft from the their site, and it caught my eye. From what I have read, it does not sound to be too overly complicated to get in a game. I was curious to hear if this would be a good recommendation for us to try out. I also noticed that they have released a new 'Red Box' Starter Set I may look into as well.

Thanks for any opinions, as they would be greatly appreciated...
 
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It's probably a fine game for a 11 year old assuming you and she aren't too overly sensitive about the whole vampire theme. Which I assume you aren't.

My friends and I play a lot of 4E DnD. We joke that Ravenloft is "4E-lite" when we play it. It is still fun though when there isn't time for a full 4E session. I fully expect that it will lose almost all of its replay value for us once we've played each encounter a couple times. But there are 13 encounters so it will probably have been worth the money.

Though I would caution hard core 4E players that they might find this a bit under whelming.

For you on the other hand, if you like the idea of DnD but never get time to play it, this game is probably a fine choice. Assuming you like the mechanics at all, it will probably have more replay value for you than it will for us.
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Just don't get the wrong idea. This is a Board Game with a D&D theme, it is not an RPG. You can of course apply role playing to pretty much anything, I'm just saying it's not really what this game is all about.
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If someone could play the much more cruelly fatal DungeonQuest (third edition) with their 4 yr old daughter, I don't see any reason why you couldn't play CR with your 10 yr old daughter.

You could run through a solo adventure first with her to show her how the game works before playing an adventure together.

There may only be 13 adventures in the box but the choice of characters and powers will make each game feel different. There will also be additional adventures released by Wizards, not to mention the multitude of custom material expected from users.
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Jeff Chamberlain
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Gawain wrote:
Just don't get the wrong idea. This is a Board Game with a D&D theme, it is not an RPG. You can of course apply role playing to pretty much anything, I'm just saying it's not really what this game is all about.


this is true. it is not an RPG. it just uses game mechanics that are vaguely similar to 4E DnD combat mechanics, but a lot simpler. That is what I meant by "4E-lite".

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Seth Stejskal
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I play this game with my 4 your old daughter and she loves it!! I would try it once with your daughter and see how it goes from there.
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Oh yes! Welcome to BGG!

Please forgive our enthusiasm over-riding our sense of courtesy. modest
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Yeah, I play it with my 11 year old daughter, and she likes it.
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My 12yo and 9yo daughters helped me play solo for the first time yesterday and loved it. They have scheduled in a multiplayer game tonight!
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My 6 year old and I play it together solo and it's awesome!
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It's perfect for you and your daughter. I have 2 boys, 11 and 8, and they love the game. Add in extra Healing Surges to extend the game and have a chance at winning.

See my session, "Defeating the Dracolich"

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My eight-year old daughter loves the game.
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I actually have been playing it with MY ten year old daughter. She always plays the Ranger because she love 'Careful Attack' and the exploring ability.
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Reading this thread gives me a warm feeling. BGG is full of great dads!
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I hope so....picking it up from my FLGS in 2 hours and then cracking it open with my 8 year old son and 11 year old daughter. Castle Raveloft weekend here we come!
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My 9 going on 10 year old daughter got scared playing the game and asked to quit. The monsters were just too scary for her. My 7 year old son however loved playing the game, as did my wife.
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When my kids were that age, they loved games like Talisman and DungeonQuest. If they were young again, and I was picking fantasy games to play with them today, I would choose Claustrophobia (2 player) and Defenders of the Realm (for 2-4 players).
 
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I play it with my 8 year old son, he loves it! My advice is just ignore the encounter card stuff. Traps every turn are not fun for kids (or me to be honest) and remembering to flip an encounter all the time is kind of burdensome anyways. Really fun game aside from that though!
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you don't flip an encounter every time.

you flip an encounter only when you either didn't explore a room, or the room you explored had a black triangle on it.
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Klintus Fang wrote:
you don't flip an encounter every time.

you flip an encounter only when you either didn't explore a room, or the room you explored had a black triangle on it.


Yup I know thanks. I should have been more specific it "feels" like its all the time. Anyways the game is great fun for us now we have dropped encounter system!
 
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