Hasbro announced a new Dungeons & Dragons co-op board game that will be available this October. It’s titled Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins, and considered to be a fun, fast entry into the world of D7D. 2-4 players play cooperatively throughout the game, and it’s intended for ages 10 and up.
How you play
The game starts with players choosing which boss has taken control of the land and choosing which character they will use to defeat the monster. They journey together through the land of Neverwinter to fight monsters, overcome puzzles, and eventually defeat the Boss monster terrorizing the realm.
The game has multiple Boss monsters that give the game replayability for repeat playthroughs. They’ve included classic monsters like The Beholder, a Green Dragon, a Fire Giant, and The Kraken. Watch a detailed instructional video of how the game plays here.
Each character has four personality traits to choose from at the start of the game. These traits give you extra abilities to use during the quest. Characters can level up, increasing the power of your attacks. You can gain and use equipment to provide you with an advantage as you explore the dungeons. Hasbro has set out to create a beginner-friendly rendition of D&D while retaining some of the core gameplay.
There isn’t an official Dungeon Master in the game. Instead, each player takes turns assuming the role of the DM throughout the game. I think this is an excellent solution to having a dedicated DM. It keeps the core gameplay format intact and lets everyone experience the role. This method gives everyone a chance to role-play from both the perspective of the adventurers and the DM.
There are multiple monsters throughout the campaign, and players use their include D20 die to initiate combat and attacks. Defeated monsters drop loot that players can use through the rest of the adventure. Items are random and give players different abilities to successfully defeat monsters and, ultimately, the Boss Monster. Players can lose and regain health, just like in classic D&D.
What we think
I usually am somewhat skeptical when I see a game company offer a watered-down version of an absolute classic game. But if anyone out there is old enough to remember the board game Hero Quest. I loved that as a kid, and this looks like it’s trying to achieve a similar result. I pretty much loved anything that took me to far off lands to complete quests and destroy monsters. And now you can do it with a younger audience or someone new to the genre. You can pre-order this new board game from Hasbro or Amazon for $24.99.
I think Hasbro has done a great job putting this game together, and I look forward to giving it a try with friends and family. This iteration of the classic looks to be a great entryway into the larger realm of Dungeons & Dragons. What do you think of the new Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins? You can find me hanging out on Instagram. Or drop a comment below to continue the discussion.