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Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game Review

The Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game from Wizards of the Coast is a board game played with prepainted plastic molds of creatures from the Dungeons and Dragons Universe. A game can usually be completed in less than an hour. Other than the figurines, you will need a map and a 20 sided die (included in the starter set).

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game Mechanics

Each Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game creature has nine main attributes: Name, Alignment, Faction, Cost, Level, Armor Class (AC), Defense (DEF), Speed and Hit Points (HP). Each creature also has a basic attack (melee, ranged, close and area) and many have additional special attacks. There are also Special Abilities which are continuous features, including bonuses to DEF, any resistances, immunities or vulnerabilities and abilities that modify its movement.

Name: Each creature has its name on the bottom of its base for easy identification.

Alignment: Each creature is Good, Evil or unaligned.

Faction: Each creature belongs to one or more factions.

Cost: This is the number of points you pay to add a creature to your warband.

Level: This number represents how powerful the creature is.

AC: Many attacks target a creature's AC. If the result of the attack roll equals or exceeds this number, the attack hits.

DEF: Some attacks target a creature's DEF. If the result of the attack roll equals or exceeds this number, the attack hits.

Speed: The number of squares a creature can move with a move action.

HP: When a creature's HP total is reduced to 0, the creature is destroyed and remove from the battle map.

Did you think that was it? Nope. Some Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures creatures even have Special Powers. Special Powers cover a wide range of effects. Special Powers can modify an attack, trigger other effects or activate in response to a condition or another creature's action.

Are we done yet? Nope. One last thing. Champion Ratings and Powers. A creature with a Champion Rating has one or more Champion Powers to influence other creatures and help your warband seize the initiative.



Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Warbands

Now that you know what abilities a Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures creature has, how much it costs and which other creatures it can group with (based on alignment and faction), you can create a Warband of multiple creatures.

The size of a Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Warband and cost of each Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures creature is limited by the point limit of the battle. Typically, a battle will have a point limit of 200. This allows up to 10 creatures with no creature being over 150 points. The rule book also contains a chart of smaller point limits.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Battles

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures battles are strategic in nature ranging from easy to complex. The more creatures involved in the battle, the more complex the strategies become. However, only two creatures per side can perform actions each turn. This is to keep the game fast paced, but requires planning ahead when more than two creatures are on each side.

Overall, Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures games are fun to play because the games are fast and do require you do some thinking when putting together your Warbands and planning your moves during the battle.


Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game - The Miniatures

Miniatures represent a diverse range of Dungeons and Dragons creatures: Heroes, Giants, Dragons, Undead, and many, many more. Each Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game miniature is at 34mm scale. They range in size from small to large.



Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game Stat Cards

Each Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game miniature comes with a two-sided stat card. One side has the creature's description for skirmish combat. Each creature's strengths, weaknesses, and special abilities are spelled out. Some miniatures are champions, and they improve the fighting ability of the other creatures in their warbands.

The other side of the stat card has the creature's description for D&D roleplaying. You can drop these creatures right into your next Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying session.

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game Starter Sets and Expansion Packs

Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game Starter Sets give you everything you need to play fast, challenging skirmish battles. You get 5 miniatures, a stat card for each miniature, two double-sided battle maps, a 20-sided die (d20), damage counters, and the Battle Rules booklet. Special hints for beginners get you playing quickly.

Each Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures game Expansion Pack includes eight random miniatures and their stat cards. Use them to build bigger and better warbands, or add them to you Dungeons and Dragons role playing sessions.

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