I have spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours in the past playing and building decks and researching The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. It's an amazing game with mechanics that are still fresh and innovative up to this day.
At some point, however, I sold my entire set for around $350. Why?
While I loved building decks to do neat and creative combo's, I found that the game did not allow you to do this in a way that was very successful in practice. The adventures required you to design decks to specifically defeat them. They often required drawing specific cards in your opening hand to win. It just got to the point where the game was so big and there were so many missions that I grew tired of the process of playing it.
Flash forward a couple years and I came across Dungeon Crawler.
I can't say that I was expecting a whole lot from the game after watching a few videos and looking over the card art and rules. After a beginner difficulty playthrough, I was "meh". After normal playthrough, I was "hmm". Then after spending about an hour of building a Crawler deck and then another creating a thematic Dungeon deck, with specific Quests to go with it, I began to see the brilliance of the game.
Imagine LotR: TCG if you could create your own adventure to take on. You could pick the enemies, the locations, the events, the traps, and win conditions. And then imagine you create a deck to defeat it, with the heroes of your choice that combo well with the cards in the deck. This is Dungeon Crawler.
- • Satisfies my itch to create custom decks, something only MTG and LotR did before that.
- • Has a very cool system of building the dungeon during a turn that balances each situation thrown at you.
- • The keywords, while there are a lot, are extremely clever and thematic. Brilliantly designed.
- • Learning curve. Since there are a ton of Keywords and some of the turn order can be a bit confusing, it takes quite a lot of work on your part to learn.
- • The art. At first it can be pretty off-putting. But after a while it sort of grows on you. Overall, it satisfactorily presents a dire, dark, and dirty Dungeon for you to Crawl through.
- • The tokens that come with the game are very poor quality and hard to read.
- Greg Mahler