My copy of the new Dungeons and Dragons Cooperative Board Game: Castle Ravenloft arrived today while I was home for lunch. I broke it open and check it out before heading back to work. Sturdy Box for the game and the box is taller than I expected.
Box has a nice storage insert with 5 compartments for cards, board tiles, and the figures. I bagged up the tokens into different groups.
The game is a dungeon exploring theme where new tiles are semi randomly revealed when a character end his turn on the edge of an existing tile. It is semi random since the different adventures have you place certain tiles into the stack at a specific point or range of tiles. The little arrows show you how to align the tiles so you do not walk into a wall. Tiles are similar in thickness to Space Hulk but are Matte and lack the embossing.
These are character cards for the Heroes and Major villains made of the same thick card stock as the board. For the heroes it gives your basic stats, special rules, and how many powers you have. The villain cards have
You get 5 decks of cards; Monster cards to generate the random monsters, Treasure to reward you, Adventure treasures that match with the different adventures, Encounter which show up if players are not exploring new tiles during a turn or on some of the tiles. The last deck is the character powers which tell you about your At-Will, Daily, and Utility powers. Each character has 10 powers of which he gets to pick 4-5. So in additional to random dungeon elements you get added replay value by trying with different powers.
Here are all the figures for the set. 5 Blue Heroes, 4 Grey Villains, 3 White Villains, and 10 sets of 3 monsters in red, clear blue, and white. These figures come no where close to what you get in GW sets like Isle of Blood or Space Hulk, but these are pieces to play the game not a game to play with the pieces. The come assembled bagged by color. I would say that you could open the game and get going in like 10 minutes with a few people punching the card stock while some one looks at the rules.
A sub group of the characters and villains.
Close up of the Hag figure. Detail is ok but many of the pieces have pretty soft parts so if you tried to paint them I think it might crack.
Dragonborn fighter. This is the new design in the box as the other are recycled from the D&D Mini line of prepainted collectible figures.
Looks like it is a fun game. It is supposed to be quick and work for 1-5 players. I will give the Solo introduction adventure a go tomorrow night.