This Doesn't Look Like Fun to Me- DUNGEON LORDS in Review

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MB Updated January 28, 2015
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dungeonlordsboardPictured is a game that doesn't look like any fun to me at all. Images like this are why I wasn't terribly enthusiatic about Vlaada Chvatil's DUNGEON LORDS prior to release. I thought it was going to wind up being more like THROUGH THE AGES, a good game but something very Euro and not at all what I would expect a DUNGEON KEEPER board game to be. The good news is that DUNGEON LORDS is  great, and it's a perfect follow-up to GALAXY TRUCKER. Yes, it's a pretty hardcore Eurogame despite the setting and concept. It even has worker placement, which I kind of hate.

But it also has heart, and plenty of narrative detail. The rulebook goes to comical lengths to explain why in the action selection spaces the first, second, and third spots all get different benefits. If somebody buys a trap, the trap makers get excited and sell the next one with a buy-one-get-one-free deal. There's lots of little details that really sell this game, like the pictures of clerical desks where you rest your minions between each turn. Or that demon down there at the bottom of the picture that looks an awful lot like the DUNGEON KEEPER mascot.

It's definitely a "sim" game, and as such I could give fuck all about winning strategies or competition. It's fun to simply play it, and watch your dungeon thrive or get decimated. It's just that kind of thing.

Review is at Gameshark, of course.



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Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film. 

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