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Adventure in Aventuria

Back in 2019, I purchased Aventuria and its first two expansions on the Geek Market. To my great surprise, I realized that the former owner was no less than BGG user jwml, one of the key figures of the 1PG and co-founder of Solitaire Times. At that time I was a fresh and, frankly, lost member of the Guild so it was scary, intimidating, and felt like quite a honor (I still feel a bit lost, and I would still be intimidated and honored).

Image source: BGG

Well, I wasn't quite up to the occasion as I only played the game yesterday. I actually wanted to play the game before pledging for 200€ in the new campaign that expired two days ago, and since I couldn't, I didn't.

Just like a good noob should do, I started with the tutorial adventure which very much felt like a tutorial indeed. The goal was to save "Slivtana", or whoever. I didn't really bother, this is just a pretext to fight some orcs and an annoying Kobold. To be honest, the story didn't make any sense. I played the Elf that shoots arrows and the Dwarf with an axe (original, eh?). Actually the Elf ended up being a one-Elf killing machine with blasting spells, Elven bow, and a long sword, while the Dwarf mostly took blows (and performed throat-singing).


You first read the narrative and perform a series of skill checks. This felt completely arbitrary and on rails -okay, nice, I rolled good, I really deserve my reward now. Then the fight begins. I got plenty of rules wrong but didn't quite care (ignoring the Armor of the opponents for instance...). The rulebook is OK, but it's split between the Duel part and the Adventure part, so you don't know which parts of the "Duel" rules really apply to the Adventure. It was quite confusing and I would have preferred a consistent "Adventure" rulebook without the useless Duel mode.

Over the course of the game you become really powerful, so that's satisfying (but a bit unthematic since you are supposed to play a succession of Acts in an adventure, and this "character progression" will happen within each Act). But it also felt rather repetitive (once you have plenty of weapons it boils down to "attack and roll, roll, roll").


The "twist" of the adventure I played is that the boss is a feeble Kobold protected by a charm: he is invulnerable while you don't know his name, but singing (?) will force him to reveal it. Since singing requires a test of "Craft", and since the Dwarf has a good Craft stat, it explains the throat-singing part (I assume Dwarfs are throat-singing).


The game lasted a bit more than a hour. It felt long for what it was, but it was fun anyway. It reminded me a lot of Heroes of Terrinoth, a game I like, but that makes me feel like you are optimizing too much over the mechanics rather than playing an adventure. Mechanically the two games are very different, but in both you face a series of foes while trying to fulfill some side mission to move on. Aventuria seems less interesting gameplay-wise, but more engaging thematically, which matters a lot to me.

I plan to play through the next adventure, and then the two expansions I own, but I don't regret not backing the latest content.

Note: you need more table space than what is pictured (I had to make do with that though...). You also don't have to play with two characters, I just prefer to do so. I'd love to manage all four, but that would become a chore. Two was fine.


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The Master Of Sinanju
The Master Of Sinanju
Apr 09, 2021

I liked the look of the 2 new main adventures but the whole amateur hour Kickstarter campaign was a complete no no! It's not often you see it where they seem to be going out of their way to put people off backing their product and at under 400 backers they succeeded!

If I can get a cheap copy later on I will give it a go but not at the ridiculous prices they were charging in the KS......

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 08, 2021

I like that the dice rolls cannot screw you too much (even though that nasty pirate made me discard my weapon on the first turn which slowed me down).


The designers have theorized it and argue (rightly so) that the more you roll the dice, the less random it gets, because everything ends up averaging out. This felt quite true in the course of the game and I never felt completely screwed by a bad roll (as can happen in One Deck Dungeon for instance).


I also like that killing enemies is worth it (at least in that adventure): they don't endlessly respawn. In Heroes of Terrinoth, the enemies comes in infinite number: you only kill them for crowd control…

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Apr 08, 2021

If a game is considered "customizable", does that just mean you can buy more cards for it than you'll ever need?

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 08, 2021
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I guess? I think customization also comes right out of the box, since you can tweak your deck a bit, either with powerful "reward" cards that you earn from your adventures, or by taking cards from the other pre-set decks. Given my total lack of interest for deck construction I'm not likely to customize a lot.

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JW
JW
Apr 08, 2021

I'll gladly sell you more of my rubbish. 😄

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 10, 2021
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Yes, I recognized the table in your Destiny's Child post!


How ordered you are is a wonder to me... I also find it very fun that you picked up the exact two same characters as I to play the tutorial adventure. Why so many foes though?

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