Support the GITP forums on Patreon
Help support GITP's forums (and ongoing server maintenance) via Patreon
Results 1 to 23 of 23
  1. - Top - End - #1
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Just curious if they are pretty good quality. They seem to come with a robust amount of miniatures and tiles.
    Path of the Nefarious: A Way of the Wicked Journal.
    Please take a look at the adventures of my group going through Fire Mountain Games's Way of the Wicked, An evil based Pathfinder Compatible adventure path.
    http://d20evil.blogspot.com/

  2. - Top - End - #2
    Troll in the Playground
     
    Mordokai's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I possess Castle Ravenloft and can vouch for it to be fun and easy to get used to.
    Adrie, half elven bard. Drawing by Vulion, avatar by CheesePirate. Colored version by Callos_DeTerran. Thanks a lot, you guys.
    This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here.
    "There will come a day so dark you will pray for death. On that day your prayers will be answered."
    Book of shadows, book of night, wake the beast and banish light.

  3. - Top - End - #3
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Tyndmyr's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Played the ravenloft one. Basically, it's 4e, the board game. It works out fairly decently. Not the best board game I've played, perhaps, but buying it isn't the worst of calls. At worst, if you hate it...you have some useful map bits and minis. So...win/win.

  4. - Top - End - #4
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    Griffith!'s Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    The Prime Material Plane
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I just bought Lords of Waterdeep, but there are no miniatures in there to speak of. It is, however, a pretty fun strategy game.

    I assume you're actually referring to either Dungeon Command or the board games like Legend of Drizzt et cetera. I which case, no, I have not.

  5. - Top - End - #5
    Orc in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    My buddies and I played the Castle Ravenloft one. Same results as Mordokai and Tyndmyr: fun and easy. It's not the best board game out there, but it's good for killing some time.

    Has anyone tried the big Risk-style one? Conquest of Nerath or whatever?
    "Inveniam viam aut faciam -- I will either find a way, or I shall make one."

    Class Balance

  6. - Top - End - #6
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Yeah I was thinking of snagging that Wrath of Ashalaron (spelling), I really want to paint those minis :P
    Path of the Nefarious: A Way of the Wicked Journal.
    Please take a look at the adventures of my group going through Fire Mountain Games's Way of the Wicked, An evil based Pathfinder Compatible adventure path.
    http://d20evil.blogspot.com/

  7. - Top - End - #7
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    JabberwockySupafly's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    NSW, Australia
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I own Castle Ravenloft as well, and like previously mentioned, it's a good bit of fun. Started gaining serious dust once we picked up Lords of Waterdeep. Completely different kinds of games, though.

    Castle Ravenloft is the HeroQuest-style dungeon crawler, whereas Lords of Waterdeep is a Strategy/Worker Placement board game.
    Avatar by Simius

    All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day, put the pieces back together my way - Aesop Rock "Daylight"


    My PAD Herder (it's mostly up-to-date... mostly)

  8. - Top - End - #8
    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    yougi's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fatebreaker View Post
    My buddies and I played the Castle Ravenloft one. Same results as Mordokai and Tyndmyr: fun and easy. It's not the best board game out there, but it's good for killing some time.

    Has anyone tried the big Risk-style one? Conquest of Nerath or whatever?
    Conquest of Nerath is quite awesome, it's very heavily based on Axis & Allies, same combat mechanics, but the map is more balanced, and the victory conditions make it so the game doesn't go to 50-60h per game.

    Lords of Waterdeep is a really cool Worker Placement game, I'd recommend it any day of the week.

    Now the LoD/CR/WoA combo is, despite what people say, not something I'd recommend. I had them, and when I took them out, after a few people were like "hey, why don't we play actual D&D?". It basically is 4E, without the character creation, and without much story in the background. It's basically 4E combat, without much else.

  9. - Top - End - #9
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    My main reasons for it are:

    I have a little boy who is ALWAYS asking to play d&d when we aren't actually playing d&d for weeks away from them.

    He loves board games, he loves playing with his grandma when he stays with her, and this simple version of the game would work perfectly I think.

    Plus I have a surplus of art supplies that I could use to paint the miniatures which if you compare to the painted version, you are getting quite a good deal in miniatures alone. (I think the painted huge dragon is like 39.99-49.99 on most sites) as a single.
    Path of the Nefarious: A Way of the Wicked Journal.
    Please take a look at the adventures of my group going through Fire Mountain Games's Way of the Wicked, An evil based Pathfinder Compatible adventure path.
    http://d20evil.blogspot.com/

  10. - Top - End - #10
    Orc in the Playground
     
    BardGuy

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Chosen Spot
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    We own four of the D&D board games.

    As to Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Legend of Drizzt ... These are all essentially heroic party dungeon crawl games. We like Wrath of Ashardalon the best for three reasons that make it more interesting for us:
    • The monsters are more varied in the actions they can take than Castle Ravenloft
    • The treasures the heroes can find are also more varied than Castle Ravenloft
    • The game isn't dominated by one character (Drizzt) like in Legend of Drizzt


    As to Conquest of Nerath ... As someone else mentioned this is a more strategic board game like Axis & Allies where you command an entire nation, including the individual units. It's a really fun game that we enjoy.
    Frolic and dance for joy often.
    Be determined in your ventures.
    -KAB

  11. - Top - End - #11
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Averis Vol's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I own wrath of ashardalon, I thought it would be similar to dnd but it really wasn't so I scrapped the actual playing and just used the figurines\tiles. I guess if you don't think of it as dungeons and dragons and more as dungeon crawl: the board game it would be good, but it just felt....off to me.
    A thing I made! The Spirited Blade; warrior of the mind come by and tell me what you think.

    May glory flow forever more to The Mad Hatter for bringing Haeros; Master of the Transcendant Style to my avatar box!

  12. - Top - End - #12
    Troll in the Playground
     
    QuidEst's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Eh… I gave Ravenloft a try twice, and it was pretty dull in my opinion. If you're going to blow that much money, I recommend the Kingsburg games, Dominion, Munchkin, or (for parties) The Great Dalmuti. No miniatures, but much more enjoyable gameplay.

  13. - Top - End - #13
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Tyndmyr's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerrin View Post
    We own four of the D&D board games.

    As to Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Legend of Drizzt ... These are all essentially heroic party dungeon crawl games.
    For another game that's similar in nature, I recommend Shadows Over Camelot. Cooperative, a little less map focused, some traitorous elements, and lots, and lots of tactical interplay between chars.

  14. - Top - End - #14
    Orc in the Playground
     
    BardGuy

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Chosen Spot
    Gender
    Male

    Thumbs up Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyndmyr View Post
    For another game that's similar in nature, I recommend Shadows Over Camelot. Cooperative, a little less map focused, some traitorous elements, and lots, and lots of tactical interplay between chars.
    Thanks for the recommendation! I've actually been debating picking up either Shadows Over Camelot or A Game Of Thrones board game. I originally checked them out a while ago, but I'll have to take another gander at them.

    Our children (13 and 11) LOVE playing games - it seems my wife and I passed along love of games (and books). They play and win their fair share of all sorts of games with us including things like Dominant Species and Twilight Imperium!

    Thanks for the reminder to re-check-out SOC and AGoT.
    Last edited by Kerrin; 2012-07-26 at 03:18 PM.
    Frolic and dance for joy often.
    Be determined in your ventures.
    -KAB

  15. - Top - End - #15
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Nov 2011

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by QuidEst View Post
    Eh… I gave Ravenloft a try twice, and it was pretty dull in my opinion. If you're going to blow that much money, I recommend the Kingsburg games, Dominion, Munchkin, or (for parties) The Great Dalmuti. No miniatures, but much more enjoyable gameplay.
    thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure I'm blowing money on these games those :), the miniatures alone are worth the 40.00, and if you love to paint these things like I do, that's a bonus! :)

    And the dungeon crawl aspect is perfect to appease my sons hunger for d&d when not playing the main campaign.
    Path of the Nefarious: A Way of the Wicked Journal.
    Please take a look at the adventures of my group going through Fire Mountain Games's Way of the Wicked, An evil based Pathfinder Compatible adventure path.
    http://d20evil.blogspot.com/

  16. - Top - End - #16
    Orc in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerrin View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation! I've actually been debating picking up either Shadows Over Camelot or A Game Of Thrones board game. I originally checked them out a while ago, but I'll have to take another gander at them.

    Our children (13 and 11) LOVE playing games - it seems my wife and I passed along love of games (and books). They play and win their fair share of all sorts of games with us including things like Dominant Species and Twilight Imperium!

    Thanks for the reminder to re-check-out SOC and AGoT.
    I just picked up the Game of Thrones board game. Some friend and I will be giving it a try the weekend after next. It looks fantastic, though.

    And Twilight Imperium is a blast! I wish I got to play that more. Ah, well. Someday, eh?
    "Inveniam viam aut faciam -- I will either find a way, or I shall make one."

    Class Balance

  17. - Top - End - #17
    Orc in the Playground
     
    BardGuy

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Chosen Spot
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fatebreaker View Post
    I just picked up the Game of Thrones board game. Some friend and I will be giving it a try the weekend after next. It looks fantastic, though.
    I'd very much like to hear what you think of the game once you've had a chance to play.

    And Twilight Imperium is a blast! I wish I got to play that more. Ah, well. Someday, eh?
    This is the lamentation of all Twilight Imperium players and Advanced Civilization players. We should all get together and have an outrageous party!
    Last edited by Kerrin; 2012-07-26 at 05:41 PM.
    Frolic and dance for joy often.
    Be determined in your ventures.
    -KAB

  18. - Top - End - #18
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Tyndmyr's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerrin View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation! I've actually been debating picking up either Shadows Over Camelot or A Game Of Thrones board game. I originally checked them out a while ago, but I'll have to take another gander at them.

    Our children (13 and 11) LOVE playing games - it seems my wife and I passed along love of games (and books). They play and win their fair share of all sorts of games with us including things like Dominant Species and Twilight Imperium!

    Thanks for the reminder to re-check-out SOC and AGoT.
    Oooh, tough call there. I'm a huge fan of the game of thrones board game. Much less cooperative, but a fantastic risk-stye game...you're much less likely to be eliminated entirely early game, so much less waiting around for others to finish up.

  19. - Top - End - #19
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I wouldn't say I bought one before, but I once won the Drizzt game as a door prize last time RA Salvatore came down for a signing.
    Which I then got signed by Salvatore, because he was there.

    Spoiler
    Show
    It was supposed to be a raffle and to enter you just had to have a receipt from ether the game store next door or the nearby comic shop. Turns out aside from me only one other guy got the memo it was happening and I got the grand prize just for having the bigger of the two receipts ($8, due to the store having a $5 minimum. The other guy had one for $4)


    ...truthfully though, I've yet to actually get around to playing it. Not out of lack of interest, just lack of opportunity. I know there are ways of playing it single player, but I want to try out some of the more normal scenarios before I try those out.
    To be honest however, I would have probably preferred ether of the other two to the Drizzt one, not being the biggest Drizzt fan to begin with.



    Aside from that, one game I would love to buy would be Lords of Waterdeep. Now that's a game I'm quite a fan of.

    I don't know if these count, but I also have Inn-Fighting which I find quite enjoyable and Three Dragon Ante is also quite fun.
    Last edited by BiblioRook; 2012-07-27 at 02:21 PM.

  20. - Top - End - #20
    Halfling in the Playground
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    Also keep in mind that the three "dungeon crawl" board games are all fully-cooperative: each player plays a hero and nobody "plays" the monsters. The monsters are sort of "AI" driven by cards that players draw.

    If you want more of a D&D style boad game where one person plays the "dungeon master" and controls the monsters, Descent: Journeys In The Dark just released their second edition, as did Super Dungeon Explore.

    Also think about tracking down the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Adventure Board Game (terrible name, I know). It was only released in the UK so it is a little pricey to find in the US sometimes. It's not amazing, but plays like an updated Hero Quest if you were familiar with that game.

  21. - Top - End - #21
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Kurald Galain's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    So how do these dungeon crawl games compare to, say, Descent Journeys In The Dark, or to Talisman?
    Guide to the Magus, the Pathfinder Gish class.

    "I would really like to see a game made by Obryn, Kurald Galain, and Knaight from these forums. I'm not joking one bit. I would buy the hell out of that." -- ChubbyRain
    Crystal Shard Studios - Freeware games designed by Kurald and others!

  22. - Top - End - #22
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    DwarfClericGuy

    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I have Castle Ravenloft and from the looks of things it's closer in comparison to Descent.

    You choose one of several adventures from the adventure book and follow the set up instructions to get started. Once that's done, you move, with your party, through the dungeon (which randomly generates via a stack of shuffled dungeon tiles) revealing and fighting monsters, dealing with events, until you meet the victory conditions of the adventure or run out of healing surges (ie: 3 deaths in the party).

    It's a surprisingly difficult game. I've lost several rounds, especially with the later adventures in the book. You're constantly under assault by monsters, traps and other nasty happenings.

  23. - Top - End - #23
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Default Re: Any one buy those WoTC Board games?

    I have the Castle Ravenloft game, I thought it was rather boring, the only positive thing where the minis which where of good quality.

    Instead of Ravenloft I would buy Descent: Journeys in the Dark, it just is the better thought out boardgame in my opinion and comes with even more minis and tiles all working perfectly for d&d.

    If you want a coop only game then there are well working community made ones on the boardgamegeek forums for descent.

    As for the other d&d boardgames, I didn´t buy any other of the products because honestly I was rather disappointed in the first I bought ^^
    Last edited by Emmerask; 2012-08-09 at 08:32 AM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •