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“Game Storage”

The game has a lot of cardboard tokens, cards, etc. DONT THROW THOSE PUNCHED SHEETS OUT WHEN YOU OPEN THE GAME!

Lay the congruent sheets at the bottom of the box (under the plastic shell). The spaces where the floor tiles were removed will hold your tokens, damage markers, etc. This will declutter the main insert for minis, tiles, and cards. This results in a very satisfying way to store everything in the original box (still completely closes).

Saw this tip on BGG, but can’t recall for original credit…

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My First Game Tip
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“An Alternative Way To Level Up”

After playing this game (and it’s sister game “Wrath of Ashardalon”) we noticed how difficult it is to level characters, regardless of the scenario. This is caused by the rule that only allows the group to level a character when someone rolls a natural 20 while attacking or defending. We felt that this took away from the role-playing theme because our characters did not really grow during the mission except through the acquisition of items. So, we came up with the following house rule to remedy the situation.

The players may choose to level a character during the Hero Phase by spending 10 xp.

This adds a bit of flexibility and allows for more of an “rpg experience” by giving players the ability to decide for themselves when to level a character if the dice aren’t rolling their way. The cost of leveling is doubled if you choose to do it this way, so rolling the natural 20 would still be preferable. Spending such a large amount of experience becomes another tactical decision that the players must agree on.

This rule could also eliminate one scenario which we kept running into at the end of Ashardalon missions. Our party is flush with experience from our many encounters. Maybe one party member has leveled from a lucky roll. What are we to do with all of this xp? We invariably end up cancelling a large number of the encounter cards that would otherwise make accomplishing our objective more difficult. When the group is forced to decide between cancelling an encounter or leveling a hero, the game becomes more interesting at its climax.

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South Africa
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“More on storage: character packs”

So one of the problems with this game is the setup time. The components are great, the box isn’t.

My son and I cut the insert in half (keeping the half with the monster pool and the playing cards). Everything else we separated into ziplock bags. Now, therein lies the real setup tip:

Create character packs. For each of the main characters we created a ziplock bag that contained their character board, their ability cards (bound with a band), their figurine, and their level one hit point counters. So when we play an adventure, we just grab the relevant pack.

This has cut our startup (and put away) times down by two-thirds.

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Plaid Hat Games fan
AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
49 of 52 gamers found this helpful
“Roll initiative when encountering monsters”

There are 3 phases each turn; hero-, exploration and villain phase. In the exploration phase a monster will be placed on the new tile. Then comes the villain phase where first the villain and then the monsters does their stuff. It’s like pandoras box hitting you in the face every time you explore a new tile (are the heroes that stupid – walking in to an ambush around every corner?).

If you combine the hero phase with the last part of the Villain phase where monsters act and roll d20 for initiative (like in D&D RPG) to see who goes first, it will make much more sense. At least I think so…

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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter
53 of 57 gamers found this helpful
“A Wandering Drizzt Appears”

Sometimes we like to smash up Legend of Drizzt with the other Dungeon Crawl games: Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon.

When swapping Characters between the sets always use Advance Decks. 🙂

Some monsters work well between the sets – spiders from Ravenloft pretty much belong in Drizzt. In swapping out monsters – we exchange by XP value.

And don’t worry about card swapping – there are set icons in the lower right.

There is a problem mixing tiles – as ol Drizzt hangs out in a ‘Cavern’ while the other games take place in a ‘Dungeon’ – but if you mix tiles – just draw from the bottom.

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AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan
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“Ware the encounters.....”

If you don’t place a tile during the exploration phase OR drew a tile with a black triangle on it, you are facing an encounter card at the start of the villian phase.
This rule makes the encounter kill you and not the monster you meet and doesn’t make any sense at all.
I’ve played with a friend removing the rule where you have to draw an encounter card if not placing a tile and only done it when a black triangle show up. This way the monsters and not the unavoidable encounters will be the threat. It worked just fine but to balance it you might wanna buff the monsters some.

An encounter with the rules as written in the rule book:
The heroes round the corner and looks straight into the eyes of a fearsome umberhulk!
Wulfgar: “CHAAAARGEEEE!!!”
Drizzt: “Wait! If we focus on that bad-a** monster we’ll get our buts sprayed by lava and die! It’s much better to let it chew on our heads while continuing to explore – it deals less damage than the praying lava…”

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