Dungeon Lords is another fine game by Vlaada Chvatil, who also designed great games like "Through the Ages" or "Galaxy Trucker". This time you have to take the job of a dungeon keeper, meaning you have to take care of the monsters and manage them - as well as rooms, traps and so on - a fantastic idea!
High quality stuff. Lots of smaller and bigger boards (out of fine cardboard), nice wooden cubes, different dice and cute plastic imp figures can be found in the box. Also cards and tokens as well as a thick rulebook are part of the package.
The game can be basically divided into two phases. In the summer phase you have to prepare your dungeon by carefully deciding for certain monsters, traps or valuable resources. In the winter phase a group of fearless adventurers is trying to attack your dungeon - which you have to prevent of course, as an evil lord. You have to plan a lot in advance and manage your minions as efficient as possible.
The game is quite complex, and therefore can be especially recommended for heavy gamers. You need to take your time to get into the mechanics (mainly resource management and worker placement), but the theme and the overall gameplay experience is definitely rewarding and worth the efforts. Even if the rules are intense (to read), many examples are included and they are written in a quite humorous way. If you like games like Through the Ages or Agricola, you should give Dungeon Lords a try - and will be hooked!
From the publisher: Have you ever ventured with party of heroes to conquer dungeons, gain pride, experiences and of course rich treasure? And has it ever occurred to you how hard it actually is to build and manage such underground complex filled with corridors and creatures?
No? Well now you can try. Put yourself in role of the master of underground, summon your servants, dig complex of tunnels and rooms, set traps, hire creatures and try to stop filthy heroes from conquering and plundering your precious creation. We can guarantee you will look on dark corners, lairs and their inhabitant from completely different perspective!
2-4 players, 90 min
author: vlaada chvatil
published by: z-man games, heidelberger spieleverlag
category: fantasy, worker placement
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