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Introduction to Runebound
From the Fantasy Flight Games website:
The heart of Runebound is the adventure. The adventure determines the object of your quest, and what wonders and obstacles you will encounter along the way.
The adventure included in the base Runebound set is 'Rise of the Dragon Lords.' In this adventure, the vile necromancer Vorakesh is trying to find the ancient Dragon Runes and use them to resurrect Margath, the long-dead High Lord of the evil dragons. As a Hero of the land, it is your duty to stop Vorakesh from carrying out his mad designs."
Players take turns navigating a board that displays the terrain of a fantasy world. Each turn allows a character to visit towns or friendly locations (where items and allies can be found), facing an encounter (which provide events and enemies), or interacting with another player by landing in the same space.
Briefly, each round of combat consists of three stages: ranged, melee, and magic. At each stage, the hero must choose to either attack or defend - although a character can only attack once during a particular round. Combat dice are rolled, added to the hero's base value (along with any modifiers from items purchased), and then compared to a target value for that encounter. A higher number means the hero was successful - dealing damage to the enemy if attacking, and avoiding any harm if defending. Rounds continue until either the creature or hero earn too much damage.
At the start of each round, the hero can attempt to escape the encounter instead of continuing with combat. Also, an ally can take the place of the hero for one stage during each round of combat - making them valuable both for their offensive abilities and as "cannon fodder" against stronger enemies.
Visiting a Town
Interacting with Other Players
One of the main criticisms of Runebound is the lack of meaningful player interaction. This is a valid complaint, especially because the player-vs-player rules "as written" are often considered suspect. An official variant has been suggested in the Runebound FAQ that helps to improve this situation.
Note: The latest version of the Runebound FAQ, along with rules and other supplementary materials, can be downloaded from the Runebound section of Fantasy Flight's website: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com
The game system was designed to be flexible. Since decks of cards provide the events, items, allies, and enemies during an adventure, players can easily create a whole new adventure just by adding (or replacing) the cards in play. Unique and customizable heros also add to replay value. It is even possible to replace the existing map by using an overlay on the game board.
Many expansions have already been developed for Runebound. These expansions fall into two basic categories:
For details about the expansions available, see the appropriate sections below.
For comments about the RuneBound games, and a brief overview of each expansion in the RuneBound universe, see Runebound: The Geeklist.
Runebound (First Edition)
Despite selling well, Runebound received criticism that forced Fantasy Flight Games to rework several basic concepts and adjust the game balance. First released in 2004, Runebound was quickly updated and re-released as Runebound (Second Edition) just over one year later. Customers who had purchased the original game were given a limited-time offer to upgrade at half the normal cost via the Fantasy Flight Games website. (Note: That upgrade offer is no longer available.)
First Edition Expansions
Only one expansion was released for Runebound before the game was updated and re-released as the second edition: Runebound: Shadows of Margath. This expansion was also updated and republished later to be compatible with Runebound (Second Edition) (see entry below).
Runebound (Second Edition)
Runebound (Second Edition) was released in Fall of 2005, and saw a number of improvements over the original version:
Second Edition Big Box Expansions
Each big box expansion creates an entirely new adventure. Components in these expansions typically include a map overlay, additional rules, replacement heroes, and whole new decks of cards. Because changes to the base game can be extensive in these expansions, they are often not compatible with the smaller card deck expansions.
Second Edition Card Expansions
Runebound uses a modular system of cards to represent events, challenges, and items found during the game. This allows players to experience new and different adventures or encounters just by adding cards from one of several card deck expansions. These small expansions are labeled according to what type of cards they contain:
Item & Ally Card Expansions
Item & Ally decks contain new market items that can give valuable benefits to your heroes. Cards from these expansions are mixed into the market stack, giving you access to new equipment, friends, and even familiars during your adventures.
Challenge Card Expansions
Challenge decks include new creatures and encounters, usually related to a particular theme (wilderness, undead, or dragons). With these expansions, the world of Runebound remains filled with danger and uncertainty even after exploring all the base game has to offer.
Adventure decks create new and different quests to experience within the world of Terrinoth. Depending on which adventure you choose, new rules, creatures, events, or markers can be introduced to the game.
Character decks allow you to customize your hero by giving them additional skills and talents. You can even mix-and-match powers from several character decks to create a truly unique hero for every game.
Several promotional figures were released that can be used with games from either the Runebound or Descent universe. Each figure includes two cards, which provide character statistics and abilities for the games they can be used in.
Existing figures that can be obtained for Runebound include:
Initially these characters were only included in preordered copies for the French version of Descent: Journeys in the Dark, but they were later made available for German and English players through other means.
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