Dungeon of Fortune – Board Game Review

Just a little footnote (at the start) to this review. We had to go online to clear up a couple of the rules in “Dungeon of Fortune”, which is a real shame, because – as usual – being a Tasty Minstrel Game it’s certainly good build quality. The rulebook let’s it down ever so slightly because where are the *scrolls! Right, now we will crack on with our full written review of “Dungeon of Fortune”.

If you’re a fan of the dungeon crawler (going through a dungeon, finding treasure, fighting monsters), but you need something smaller and more simple, you will definitely want to stick around for this full review. “Dungeon of Fortune” is part press your luck, part character driven fantasy adventure game.

Dungeon of Fortune game review by Gameapalooza AustraliaDungeon of Fortune HUZZAH there’s gold it them thar dungeons!

Setup, Gameplay of Dungeon of Fortune
Players get character cards, made up of the usual archetypes: the ranger, cleric, warrior etc. The cool thing here is Tasty Minstrel included just as many female characters as male (six of each). It’s a small thing, but a huge thing given many games opt for a one in four rule (one female to 3 male). Nice one TMG. Players set up their boards in front of them, it’s nice and thematic with a breakdown of character art, level up counter, how deep you are into the dungeon and other information. Despite its small footprint, it does manage to fit a lot in and it records everything really well.

The overall premise is your adventurer and party head into the dungeon and you draw random encounter cards, cards will reveal treasure or monsters generally speaking and you will need certain strengths to deal with certain things. Who you are really playing against though is the other player(s). You want to make more money than them during your delve and have the most wealth and experience at the end of the game.

Here be dragons! The biggest monster in a dungeon is of course the dragon and there are dragon cards in the deck. You need to draw three dragon cards before they truly cause you issue. The first two dragons are warnings. Within the games we played we used these as amusing warnings, chalk on the dungeon wall stating the dragon was nearby, or some other such thematic addition to the story. Needless to say you want to be powerful before you take on a dragon.

As well as regular encounters and dastardly dragons, there are also pilfer cards within the deck, this means you can steal one treasure of the other players.

So, about those pilfer cards… A few thematic issues lay within the game, but this is a small box game and it seems the designers have tried to cram a whole lot of stuff in here, perhaps without thinking about how that particular action might work within “Dungeon of Fortune” itself (if things were actually occurring in real life). Example: I’m stealing from the Paladin, she’s nowhere near me, but I just managed to pickpocket her. Hmm. Once the last loot token is taken the game ends immediately, that’s it, there’s no finishing what you were doing, you magically think to yourself, oh there’s no more treasure, time to leave.

Dungeon of Fortune game contents tabletop game reviews by Gameapalooza Australia The rather lovely looking contents of Tasty Minstrel’s Dungeon of Fortune

Game Build Quality
It’s a Tasty Minstrel Game… game, so needless to say it’s nice quality. Great sturdy box, nice tokens, thin but good player cards. Let down slightly by the rulebook and the box could have been ever so slightly bigger. Overall, great build quality.

2-6 Players

Ages: 8+

Setup Time: A couple of minutes
Play time: Approx 25-45 minutes (dependent on play number).

Overall
Overall we enjoyed “Dungeon of Fortune” for what it is, a light, simple to play dungeon delve. If you’re looking for a lot of depth, “Dungeon of Fortune” isn’t going to scratch that itch, but it does do a good job of light dungeon crawling. If you’re playing with role-players – as we did for some playthroughs – it really adds to the game no end. Also if you are playing with younger or less experienced players “Dungeon of Fortune” actually fared better than when we played with heavy gamers.

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Disclosure: TMG furnished us with a copy of the game for review. This does not affect the review in any way, other than we were able to bring it to our readers. We thank them for their support.