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Wrath of Ashardalon

by Optimal Optimus on August 23, 2011

Curious with the whole DnD board-game thing that WotC is doing these days I wanted to see what it was all about.

The first installment of this new modified 4th Ed system Ravenloft seemed to do well. Now having playing it I think it may actually be more complicated than the full on version of the role playing game.

Essentially the board game is a series of campaigns that range the full spectrum of easy to highly challenging.

In this installment the party is a group of adventurers who are off to fend off the evil machinations of the red dragon Asharadalon. The game has new player characters who have their own specialties and abilities. The game is totally cooperative in play and is essentially a highly scripted series of random encounters. Players play both the role of the player and the DM as they go about traversing the randomly generated dungeon and killing monsters until victory conditions are met.

Pros

  • Game is a decent DnD 4th Ed Primer
  • Player Characters are well balanced
  • Lots of miniatures
  • Dungeon Tile system seems very well thought out

Cons

  • Playinig both DM and Player Roles is very confusing
  • Game Seems is very scripted
  • Initial game was hard to follow

Overall
Wrath of Ashardalon is a good game. It can be a bit overwhelming to those who are not familiar with DnD or 4th Ed in general. Its fun and entertaining and the player characters give the players a wide array of choices to play through. I think it was worth the money, but I like the full version of the game better, despite what the game sales say.

-Opt^2

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