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Postby Havard » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:29 pm

Lately, I have been collecting board games based on or related to D&D.

TSR Era
  • Dungeon! (Predates D&D, but is intimately linked to the RPG's history, with ties to Blackmoor)

    • Original (1975): Elf, Hero, Superhero, Wizard
    • New Dungeon (1989): Warrior, Elf, Dwarf, Wizard, Paladin, Thief (Set in The Forgotten Realms)
    • Classic Dungeon (1992): Warrior, Elf, Dwarf, Wizard, Paladin, Thief
    • Dungeon! (2012): Rogue, Cleric, Fighter, Wizard (Male and Female of each)
    • Dungeon! (2014): Rogue, Cleric, Fighter, Wizard (Male and Female of each)
  • Lankhmar (1976) - Set in Fritz Lieber's Lanhkmar
  • Vampyre (1981) - Set in Transylvania, so possible ties to Ravenloft. More discussion here.
  • Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Board Game (1986)
  • Orc Wars (included in Dragon Magazine and Gaz10) (with ties to Mystara)
  • Greyhawk Wars (set in Greyhawk)
  • The Great Khan Game (1988) (set in Kara-Tur)
  • Dragonlance (1988) (set in Dragonlance)
  • Dragonlance: Magestones (1990) (set in Dragonlance)
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Trivia (1991)
  • Dragon Quest (1992) (with ties to Mystara)
  • The Dragon's Den (1992) (RPG supplement includes mini-game) (with ties to Mystara)
  • The Goblin's Lair (1992) (RPG supplement set in Thunder Rift includes mini-game) (with ties to Mystara)
  • The Haunted Tower (1992) (RPG supplement set in Thunder Rift includes mini-game) (with ties to Mystara)
  • DragonStrike (1993) (with ties to Mystara)
  • Wildspace (Never published, set in Spelljammer)

Wizards of the Coast Era

*=Uses the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System. These games can be combined.

Non-Board Games

See also this thread for discussion of AD&D Battlesystem and D&D Miniatures Games.

What are your experiences with these games? Have I forgotten any? Can these be used to enhance tabletop D&D campaigs in any way?

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:48 pm

  • Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Board Game (1986)


Added to the list :)

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Big Mac » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:57 am

Havard wrote:What are your experiences with these games? Have I forgotten any? Can these be used to enhance tabletop D&D campaigs in any way?


I would be interested to know which ones come with figures that could be used as miniatures with tabletop gaming.

Or boards that work as dungeon maps for regular figures.
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Daemon Caledor » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:17 am

There is the revised version of Dungeon, The New Dungeon from 1989 https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2301/new-dungeon

Apparently, it is set in the Forgotten Realms, since some of the villains are from places like Westgate, Thay, and Zhentil Keep. Here's a complete inventory list of monsters, treasures and so on https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/167860 ... ry-listing
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:44 pm

Daemon Caledor wrote:There is the revised version of Dungeon, The New Dungeon from 1989 https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2301/new-dungeon

Apparently, it is set in the Forgotten Realms, since some of the villains are from places like Westgate, Thay, and Zhentil Keep. Here's a complete inventory list of monsters, treasures and so on https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/167860 ... ry-listing


Cool, I knew there were many editions of Dungeon!, but I had not looked into the differences between them. I did not realize specific FR references had been worked into that edition. I wonder if those carried in to the even later editions as well?

I guess I have to go through every edition now! :)

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:47 pm




Nice! The basic game is on my list, but not Eternal Winter or Forbidden Forest, which were the two original expansions to the game. Will add those!



Ah yes, I remember these now. I think we have another thread about electronic games somewhere, but I guess these are somewhere between board games and electronic games? I suppose we can add them!

Thanks! :)

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:26 pm

Editions of Dungeon! are updated.

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:05 pm

My friend Brent told me about the followng:

Wizards & Warlocks (1977)
Fantasy Forest (1980)

I also seem to recall one of the M modules for Mystara having a mini game in them?

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:27 pm

Havard wrote:Fantasy Forest (1980)


This game was connected to the D&D Cartoon. I wonder if there was any connection to the Fantasy Forest / Pick Your Path Book series or if it was just another example of TSR reusing brands/names?

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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby timemrick » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:29 am

Big Mac wrote:I would be interested to know which ones come with figures that could be used as miniatures with tabletop gaming.

D&D Clue (which I mentioned to Havard on the Piazza FB page) used D&D-scale figurines of some of the 3E iconics as pawns. I no longer own the game, but according to a reseller's page on Amazon, the "suspects" are Regdar, Lidda, Mailee, Nebin, Tordek, and Ember.
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby willpell » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:40 am

I really badly want to try out the Temple of Elemental Evil game. Assault of the Giants looked less compelling, but I was unsure. And of course I know Lords of Waterdeep. Really wish they'd bring out a new expansion for it.
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Dread Delgath » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:05 am

willpell wrote:I really badly want to try out the Temple of Elemental Evil game. Assault of the Giants looked less compelling, but I was unsure. And of course I know Lords of Waterdeep. Really wish they'd bring out a new expansion for it.


I have Temple of Elemental Evil. It has 5 "player character" figures, but an array of other humanoid/human monsters/encounters that are to scale with the regular line of painted/unpainted D&D minis.

I want to get a blind booster of painted Tomb of Annihilation minis, but it costs 15.99 for 4, possibly 5 figures! At least the unpainted minis cost 3.99 for 2-3 (again depending on size, but only 1 giant figure for that price), and you get to see what you are getting before you purchase.

I don't know about Assault of the Giants or Lords of Waterdeep, but I think those are more strategic and political than Elemental Evil. The older 4e era board-games like Wrath of Ashardalon and the one based on Ravenloft (iirc the name).

I could break out my Dragonstrike game & use those minis! :lol:
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Blackleaf » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:32 am

Lords of Waterdeep is an absolutely brilliant game.
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Postby Sturm » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:19 am

I have several up to Lords of Waterdeep and expansion. Ordered Temple of Elemental Evil.
Not sure about Tyrants of the Underdark, someone has tried it?
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Dread Delgath » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:02 pm

Sturm wrote:I have several up to Lords of Waterdeep and expansion. Ordered Temple of Elemental Evil.
Not sure about Tyrants of the Underdark, someone has tried it?


I think this is the boardgame that a group plays every Tuesday night at my FLGS. I'll ask next time I see one of them. IDR the name of the boardgame they play, but it is based on Menzoberranzan and centers around Drow politics. Does that sound like Tyrants?
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Sturm » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:43 am

Yes, should be it, thanks!
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Dread Delgath » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:55 pm

I talked to the manager at my FLGS and he has ordered the Tomb of Annihilation board-game for the store. They are selling it for $79.99 (US), and, the deal is that this will be the store's copy. If I like it and can afford to buy it, they will order another copy. :cool:
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Cthulhudrew » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:08 am

The original Dungeon was the best; my brother and friends and I played that for countless hours. I remember that most of the time we removed the diamond from the possible treasures, because it was just too tempting to race to the lowest level of the dungeon and try for it in order to basically win the game in one fell swoop (as the gp value of the diamond alone either was sufficient to win or got you right in the ballpark). The wizard was always pretty much the most powerful character in the game, but there was still enough competition with the other classes that it wasn't too bad.

I actually won a copy of the Legend of Drizzt board game along with a bunch of other Drizzt swag from a contest that WotC held back around 2011; I ended up giving it away unopened though. I kind of regret it now, but I hadn't found anyone local to play with for several years and while I think I would have more interest now, realistically I have other boardgames that get more mileage, so I hope it found a good home.

I'm not sure if they qualify for your list or not, but TSR put out several mini-games back in its early days. My brother owned one called Saga that was a lot of fun. It was a small boardgame, there was a small map and cardboard tokens, and it was loosely based around Norse mythology.

Other games in that mini-game "series" included Revolt on Antares, They've Invaded Pleasantville, Vampyre.

(Speaking of, there was one game that I always thought looked really cool- Attack of the Mutants that for some reason I thought was a TSR game but it looks like it was some different publisher entirely.)
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby willpell » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:16 pm

Dread Delgath wrote:I have Temple of Elemental Evil. It has 5 "player character" figures, but an array of other humanoid/human monsters/encounters that are to scale with the regular line of painted/unpainted D&D minis.


Have you played it at all? How is it?

I don't know about Assault of the Giants or Lords of Waterdeep, but I think those are more strategic and political than Elemental Evil.


I know Lords of Waterdeep quite well; it is a worker-placement Eurogame with only skin-deep D&D flavoring, but that's enough to get me to play it (although it has balance problems which keep me from fully enjoying it). I can go into more detail if anyone is interesting.

The older 4e era board-games like Wrath of Ashardalon and the one based on Ravenloft (iirc the name).


That one is just called Castle Ravenloft. There's also the Legend of Drizz't one.
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Dread Delgath » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:48 am

willpell wrote:
Dread Delgath wrote:I have Temple of Elemental Evil. It has 5 "player character" figures, but an array of other humanoid/human monsters/encounters that are to scale with the regular line of painted/unpainted D&D minis.


Have you played it at all? How is it?


We played it one session when most of the D&D group didn't show (at the FLGS) nearly 2 years ago. I bought it that night out of curiosity, and since we didn't D&D, I unwrapped it and set it on the table. We went over the rules, punched the cardstock tokens out, sorted out the minis & cards and tried the first couple of scenarios in the adventure book.

It has puzzle edged map tiles. Each turn a different player chooses a map tile and places it. There are symbols on the tiles so other tokens - usually traps, or monster figures might get placed. If a monster is still on the map next turn, a player moves it closer to the party. (IIRC, IDK, this almost sounds like Zombies rules, so I might be confused a bit)

The character cards (there are 5, one for each character mini) with simple rules based on the characters race & class. Hit points are reduced to "hits", usually a number between 3 and 5, or higher, and these are the number of hits a character can take. One successful attack = one hit. Monsters have 1, 2 or more, depending on what they are. I think the dragon in the set has 10 hits. Each monster card also lists the number of treasure cards to draw if it is defeated.

There are quite a few scenarios and we only played through two that night. We were going to play it the next time we didn't have enough players, but I never brought it to any other game sessions. I think the first one starts everyone out in the village, and we have to rescue villagers & stop the invading monsters from the temple of elemental evil. The next session is an escape - we start out in the dungeon and keep going until we find the exit tile.

The number of monsters was pretty high, but none of the characters got killed, but I suspect that is because we all played as a cooperative party. Other players who have played it before said it was a slog and nearly everyone always got killed. (I found out later that those players played against each other & that's why they kept losing.)

willpell wrote:I know Lords of Waterdeep quite well; it is a worker-placement Eurogame with only skin-deep D&D flavoring, but that's enough to get me to play it (although it has balance problems which keep me from fully enjoying it). I can go into more detail if anyone is interesting.


It sounds a lot like other political boardgames I've seen. I've got one massive game called Tom Clancy's Politika (backwards 'k', as in Russian) that looks like a resource/worker placement game over the entire Soviet continent! I've never played it, but I have that and a few others that I wish some of you guys would come over and play. :mrgreen:

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The older 4e era board-games like Wrath of Ashardalon and the one based on Ravenloft (iirc the name).


That one is just called Castle Ravenloft. There's also the Legend of Drizz't one.


I believe the map tiles for Ashardalon and Ravenloft fit with the ones from Temple of Elemental Evil, and the rules and monsters, cards & tokens are all compatible, so if you have more than one set, you could kit-bash a homemade dungeon/castle and have any kinds of monsters & treasure in the mix!
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Re: D&D Based Board Games

Postby Havard » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:03 pm

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath (2011)


Added to the list :)

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