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Settle Your D&D Party Beefs With A Little DUNGEON MAYHEM

Settle Your D&D Party Beefs With A Little DUNGEON MAYHEM

In theory, Dungeons & Dragons is supposed to be a cooperative game. Players pull together characters that squabble like family but come together to escape certain death and team up on big bads for bigger treasure. Yet, ask anyone that’s been playing for a while and they’ll likely have at least one story about a player who stole stuff from others, lied about gold pieces or sold out the players to an evil NPC for what seems like no good reason. A few games have leaned into a dark, humorous version of this playstyle and now the company behind Dungeons & Dragons is throwing their hat into this treacherous ring with a card game called Dungeon Mayhem.

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Dungeon Mayhem is a quick playing game of card-based combat.  The last player standing is the winner, though this is exactly the type of game where players will hurt themselves to make sure that nobody wins. Games rarely last longer than 15 minutes, which fits the chaotic Super Smash Brothers feel of a game. You can see the nitty gritty of how to play it with Becca Scott:
Individual games didn’t take long but often consisted of a few games in a row as players rotated in and out or chose a new deck to play for the next game. The bright artwork from Kyle Ferrin enhances the arcade brawler feel of the game, striking the right balance between clearly displaying the moves on each card and giving each character their own personality.

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There are four pre-built decks within every box of Dungeon Mayhem. While there’s a lot of luck in this game, each deck does have a touch of design and strategy to it. Sutha the Skullcrusher is the Half-Orc Barbarian who delivers the highest damage on her attack cards. Lia the Radiant is the Elf Paladin with several attacks that also heal her slightly for interesting swings of power. Azzan the Mystix is a human wizard whose bookish nature allows for a lot of card draw and also has the nastiest special power in the game; Vampiric Touch lets him switch health totals with any other player. Finally, there’s Oriax the Clever, a halfling rogue who lives and dies by their chains of additional actions. Pulling one off can get dozens of thrown daggers in the air that can take down a player from full health to down in a single turn.

The November release date of Dungeon Mayhem is no coincidence. Its low price point and quick gameplay make it an excellent stocking stuffer for a variety of gamers. It’s an excellent choice for RPG fans lamenting that their games never start on time. It’s a fun gift for someone who keeps asking about D&D but whose eyes glaze over whenever the Player’s Handbook comes out. It’s also a good idea as a small thank you gift for the Dungeon Master who hosts, creates and reacts to the players antics week after week. Dungeon Mayhem is a short and brutal game but its one that anyone can pick up and play over and over. Check out the mayhem for yourself on Game the Game:

What’s your favorite backstabbing story? Let us know in the comments!

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Images Credits: Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast), Rob Wieland

This article is sponsored by Dungeons & Dragons.

Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He’s worked on dozens of different tabletop games ranging from Star Wars and Firefly to his own creations like CAMELOT Trigger. His Twitter is here. You can watch him livestream RPGs with the Theatre of the Mind Players here. His meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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