Ryan Thomason

WPR Goes Back to the Tables with Legend of Drizzt

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The hardest thing about getting review copies of amazing board games, is finding someone to play with you. Especially if your wife gives you a funny look when you ask her. The Legend of Drizzt Boardgame is a cooperative adventure for 1-5 players set in (obviously) the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

In case you’re an utterly complete newbie to the world of Dungeons and Dragons. It is named after the book series by the same name telling the adventures of the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden and his friends.

So what’s it like playing something with multiple scenarios, and quests to challenge you? Much like playing the real version of D&D, except that this is more self contained, and you’re not obligated to return every week to play (though you should!). You get to play around with the world, built by laying out the tiles and using the giant bag of miniatures for your encounters. There are encounter cards that you draw that generate each encounter for you and everything is resolved with the mighty D20 die. All hail the D20!

It’s nice to play a game where you’re not just out to beat the crap out of your inferior friends, the game is over when you as a group accomplish your goal, which according to my run-times anywhere around an hour of playing. If you already have the Ravenloft and/or Ashardalon board games, these are compatible with Legend of Drizzt, so really, your just adding to your board gaming experience when you add them.

Really, this game just makes you want to expand out and get into real D&D with the pencil and paper, the soda, and just start a grand adventure on your own. Really, if you’re into, or were into, or want to try out D&D, you really owe it to yourself to try this out. Just, make sure you have a more reliable group than a bored wife and an overly enthusiastic 4 year old.

Game components:

  • 40 plastic heroes and monsters
  • 13 sheets of interlocking cardstock dungeon tiles
  • 200 encounter cards and treasure cards
  • Rulebook
  • Scenario book
  • 20-sided die

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