2011/01/01

Dungeons & Dragons vintage treasures - part 4

In 2001, 10 years after the AD&D trivia game, WOTC via Hasbro (creation and distribution by USAopoly) tries another family game adaptation with the release of D&D clue game.

The first noticeable thing is the dimensions of the box (around 51 x 26 cm)... ya know, it s that kind of boardgame that fits nowhere in your shelves... XD


Now, the contents... well it s a Clue game heh, text on back of the box says :

WHO KILLED THE ARCHMAGE ?
Was it Tordek in the Dragon's Lair with the Flaming Battle Axe ?
Or Mialee in the Dungeon with the Staff of Power ?

A group of heroic adventurers has been called to the Archmage's castle.
But one of those heroes isn't who he or she appears to be. One of the heroes is a doppelganger, a monster that can look like anyone ! In the darkest part of the night, the doppelganger kills the Archmage, triggering a spell that seals the castle until the monster is caught.

Now, in the grand tradition of Clue, the six suspects must determine which one of them is the doppelganger : Redgar the Human fighter, Tordek the Dwarf Fighter, Lidda the Halfling Rogue, Mialee the Elf Wizard, Ember the Human Monk or Nebin the Gnome Wizard. The heroes try to figure out who killed the Archmage, where the crime occured, and what magical weapon was used.

All is said...well almost...

Game includes :
Game board
6 Pewter Suspect Tokens
6 Pewter Weapons
Confidential Scroll Case
Deck of Suspect, Weapon, Location and Monster Scrolls
Detective Scroll Pad
Die


There is a plus coming with this Clue, the optional rule : 
THE MONSTER CHALLENGE
There are 6 claw marks on the board. Moving your character to one of those will end in a battle with a wandering monster (Goblin, Skeleton, Bugbear, Gelatinous Cube, Displacer Beast or even Beholder !)
Winning the battle will give you bonuses (roll more dice, extra turn, etc) and losing it will send you to the Maze, where you ll be stuck until rolling a 5 or 6.

Amazing, isn t it...

Now.....when the D&D monopoly ? (cf WOTC's 2007 april fool's) :P

Offical WOTC review here.

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