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Critic - Level 5
Professional Advisor
Expert Reviewer
Marquis / Marchioness
24 of 24 gamers found this helpful
“Leveling up does NOT cost experience”

“Do I have to pay 5 XP to level up my character?”

This question comes up everytime I’ve played with someone new to the game. Many games require payment for advancement, but Dungeon Roll is not one of them.

You do NOT have to discard 5 XP to level up your character. As long as you have 5 XP, your character automatically levels up to its more powerful side.

Also note:

-You have to have collected the XP. Just being on level 5 of the dungeon does not mean you have 5 XP, you have to successfully leave the dungeon to collect the XP, then if you have enough you can level up.

-Beating a dragon gives you the 1 XP immediately, if this brings you up to 5 collected XP, you can immediately level up.

-Treasure does not count as XP for leveling (this includes the portal that shows a value of 2 points)

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Legend of the Five Rings Fan
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Guardian Angel
21 of 21 gamers found this helpful
“Need party diversity? Quaff potions.”

It can be tempting to pass up one potion rolled on the Monster Dice since you need to commit one of your Party Dice to use it, but if your party is lacking diversity (three different classes for Sneak:Dragon), or you have a special ability that uses a particular die face, then quaff the potion with one of your overrepresented dice to “revive” the die as the particular face you want. More Warlords are usually not a bad thing, after all.

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I play black
Silver Supporter
18 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Active Dungeon Lord”

Do you want the player who rolls the black dice to have a role that’s a little more meaningful? Allow them to re-roll any one black die on every dungeon level. This makes the game significantly harder for adventurers, but introduces some interactivity.

(Credit for the house rule goes to

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Book Lover
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Intermediate Reviewer
11 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“Proper Prior Planning Prevents Premature Perishing”

Choosing to gather treasure in the early rounds can really pay off in the later rounds…especially if that dragon is close to waking up.

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Greater Than Games fan
Stone of the Sun
Chief Inspector
20 of 22 gamers found this helpful
“Playmat is available”

If you would like to order the playmat that Tasty Minstrel Games was using at Gencon for this game, you can get it through this website:

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24 of 27 gamers found this helpful
“Getting Everyone Involved”

One of the drawbacks of the game is that with a larger group (which can even occur with four players) the players who are not rolling dice don’t feel engaged in the game until it is their turn to roll the dungeon or party dice.

A simple and easy way to solve this is to allow the dungeon dice to move from player to player as the adventurer travels deeper into the dungeon.

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South Africa
17 of 22 gamers found this helpful
“Turn the Dungeon roller into an active player”

(I posted this as part of my review but felt it made more sense here).

The game’s downfall is that the player rolling for the dungeon doesn’t have any strategy – they’re just a dice rolling machine. The complicated fix would be to give each adventurer card a DM skill, so when you’re rolling as DM you could have an ability you could choose to play.

The easy way is for the DM to roll a D6 when the character rolls his party. Let’s say the die lands on 4. At any point after rolling for the dungeon, the DM could choose to re-roll up to 4 die before the character gets a chance to resolve. So if as the DM I rolled 2 treasure chests in level 2, I could reroll them, and turn my reroll die from 4 to 2 indicating the amount of rerolls I have left. It’s not huge, but it goes a long way towards keeping the DM roll interesting as opposed to mechanical. Give it a try.

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AEG fan
Mage Wars fan
“replacement parts”

I replaced the green experience tokens with some miniature green dice. I just turn the dice to represent my total experience. It helps to keep the table top footprint down a little bit.

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