Finally, One Deck Dungeon was picked up yesterday from our local board game cafe. I actually went Friday afternoon to pick it up, but had no luck.... 😯
Since we've been slowly moving things out of rental home, the table is full of "stuff", the bar is already moved, and the art desk was sold 😓. So the only option to "go to the dungeon" when I brought it home was to pack the desktop computer and get it out of the office so I can have access to the desk. I was excited and looking forward to a nice little gaming break from the chaos and repetitiveness of our week that went like this; Move, unload, organize, repeat. I even made sure I went to where we're moving temporarily (thankfully here in town) to dig out my homemade dice tray (I can't just throw dice on an empty desk, I'm not an animal! 🤣).
All was in place. I spent Friday morning doing the "moving responsibilities" and was excited to sit down with my new game after I picked it up to delve into the dungeon and take on some monsters, traps and the unexpected!
I arrived at the local board game cafe to pick up my game just a few minutes after 2pm. The email to confirm my order was ready said, "pickups Fridays 2-6pm and during regular business hours". I walk up to the door of the cafe at 2:02pm to darkness and the open sign not lit. Wait, what!?
Standing there on the sidewalk, I double check the email to ensure that I didn't screw up the time because the sign on the door says they don't open until 3pm..???? I wasn't wrong. I read the email correctly. This was my first time being able to support our local board game cafe (which I was very excited about) and yet I now had no game to enjoy that afternoon, and no one was around. 🙄
To shorten the story, it was an obvious mistake on their part. The owner, Brenda apologized not only in her reply email to mine which said "so I did as I was supposed to, but...." and she also apologized again when I picked up the game yesterday afternoon. She also mentioned she corrected the error in their order emails that gets sent out. As a business owner, I appreciated (and understood) the honest mistake and the "human-ness" she showed.
In the end, I brought home my little dungeon in a box!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!
*Sorry about the terrible lighting in the pic... *
I am still impressed how such a small box packs in so much. Wow.
-The cards are great quality
-The HP tokens are cool "crystalized hearts"
-The "potion cubes" remind me of pandemic "disease cubes"
-The dice are "Sagrada size" (which makes sense for such a little box)
I played as the Archer to run through it for my first physical playthrough. Just a basic quick game, no campaign or anything. Let me just say I had a tougher time than playing the game on Steam. 🤣 The poor Archer didn't fair so well last night...
My first run through I was forgetting rules/mechanics since I've only ever played it where the computer does it for me. The big one being I forgot about the "Dungeon Challenge Boxes" that come with each floor. Oops... Sometimes I'd also forget about the Archer's basic skill that I could utilize.
So I stopped the game, grabbed a beer (for a 'power up') and started over. "Ok, I'll remember this time..." I thought. And I did! But then, she died. Didn't even get past the first floor. 🤣
"One more try" I thought (as Shawna was waiting for me to watch a movie with her). It's as if the tabletop Gods knew she was waiting, because those little dice sure were against me in that last game. I was getting no help whatsoever, and to be honest, I was impressed the Archer lasted as well as she did (even though it wasn't very far again). 😂
All in all, I'm very excited to officially have this great little game as part of my collection.
“So I stopped the game, grabbed a beer (for a 'power up') and started over. “ That’s an amazing quote 🤣😂
Thanks for writing this, Derek. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this (and the expansion) but kept putting it off due to its low price and availability. I kept thinking I’ll do it eventually. Also, some reviews I read said this game can be a bit swingy at times. I don’t think that will inhibit my enjoyment factor too much, but sometimes it helps keep me from hitting that ”buy” button.
It was bugging me so I took a pic of the rulebook / game version
Holy I had to get caught up on this conversation! LOL That's what I get for moving and being away from ST for the day. 🤣
That's interesting regarding the components. To be honest, I believe it's an updated version because the rulebook says "version..." (I can't remember the number of the top of my head). Also, my rulebook contains the additional rules if you have the "Forest of Shadows" expansion. It says to "ignore the green boxes" if you don't have it. So it must be an updated version of the game! I feel so lucky now. 😉
@Zerbique - I agree. I wasn't expecting such a tiny box. I kept thinking Maquis sized box in my head. But it makes sense it's so tiny, and it makes it that much more impressive.
As for the cards, the deck is playing card size. The hero "cards" are larger. About the size of the box in terms of L x W.
I'm glad you got it out of the dungeon as well! Awesome!
@JW - That Catan bag is amazing! 😁
Are the cards regular size? They look tarot size to me, but maybe that's because of the picture perspective or anything?
I have the poor old components as well! But mine is an old-ish edition (I bought the game quite early after the release). The rules have changed since as well.
Since your last post I have kept thinking I should do this game more justice and I picked it up with me during my last delve in my own little dungeon. I like the idea of a "communion", playing 'together' the same game over the world.
Actually, I didn't remember the box was so small! All the more reason to love this game!
It's often difficult to "build up steam" initially, but if you can, there's hope. Hey, I'm jealous of your components, Derek. My Potion Tokens are little, white, wooden blocks, and my Damage Tokens are little, red, wooden blocks (same size as the white ones). Your red ones are much more fancy-pants than mine. 😄 Good for you, though. It's usually fun to have upgraded components.