Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft
Castle Ravenloft is a Dungeons & Dragons Boardgame by Bill Slavicsek, Mike Mearls and Peter Lee.
The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner – and you are invited! Evil lurks in the towers and dungeons of Castle Ravenloft, and only heroes of exceptional bravery can survive the horrors within. Designed for 1-5 players, this boardgame features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and cooperative gameplay.
Each player selects a hero; a ranger, rogue, warrior, cleric, or wizard. On their turn, each player can explore further into the dungeon (turn over new tiles), move through the already explored parts of the dungeon, and fight monsters. When a new dungeon tile is revealed, there is typically an encounter of some sort, and new monsters to fight are added. Slain monsters reward the players with treasure, and experience points, allowing them to level up and increase their skills during play.
Players must cooperate to stay alive, slay the monsters, and achieve the goal of their quest. Each scenario has a different goal – from retrieving a relic, to slaying a vampire lord.
Castle Ravenloft is a D&D-based board game that draws its inspiration from the original D&D module. The rules of the game incorporate elements of 4th Edition D&D, but the combat is streamlined and simplified so that it goes quickly and keeps the game moving.
The game plays more-or-less a dungeon crawl, albeit one that can have interesting and varied goals and mechanics depending on the scenario you’re playing. It can be played in about an hour (though times can vary from that mean by about thirty minutes, depending on events within the game and the number of players at the table), and it can be played with one to five players.
Castle Ravenloft contents:
- 41 Illustrated, Interlocking Dungeon Tiles.
- 42 Plastic Heroes and Monsters
- 9 Illustrated Hero and Villain Tiles
- Adventure Book
- 200 Encounter, Monster, and Treasure Cards
- 192 Markers and Tokens
- 1 Twenty-sided Die