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Thunderstone

by AEG
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  • Over 500 cards for great replay value
  • Game design by Michael Elliott
  • Illustrated by fantasy artist Jason Engle
  • Build up your character as you play
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 3.4 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: 1594721270
  • Item model number: AEG 5012
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,982 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

For ages the vile Doom Knights have sought to gather the remaining Thunderstones to fulfill a prophecy of corruption over the lands. Now the first Thunderstone has been discovered in the Dungeons of Grimhold and the Doom Knights have sent their minions to claim the relic. The Villagers of Barrowsdale gather brave souls to face the dungeon and keep the Thunderstone out of the hands of the Doom Knights. Thunderstone is a fantasy deck-building game. Fight the evils of the dungeon to prove your worth. Gain powerful weaponry and level into new and mighty hero classes. Claim the best cards and survive to take the Thunderstone.

From the Manufacturer

For ages the vile Doom Knights have sought to gather the remaining Thunderstones to fulfill a prophecy of corruption over the lands. Now the first Thunderstone has been discovered in the Dungeons of Grimhold and the Doom Knights have sent their minions to claim the relic. The Villagers of Barrowsdale gather brave souls to face the dungeon and keep the Thunderstone out of the hands of the Doom Knights. Thunderstone is a fantasy deck-building game. Fight the evils of the dungeon to prove your worth. Gain powerful weaponry and level into new and mighty hero classes. Claim the best cards and survive to take the Thunderstone.

Customer Reviews

It makes for a very social game because the mechanics are easy to learn.
Alicia
The solo format is a great way to learn how to build faster decks. and unlike many games that are meant for 2+ but have solo rules, the solo variant plays very well.
Chris P. Zogheib
If you like the deck building mechanics of games like dominion, there is a good chance you'll like thunderstone.
B. Wright

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris P. Zogheib on February 12, 2010
The first thing I will say is what the owner of the game store told me to convince me to buy Thunderstone. It plays like Dominion. If you are a fan of Dominion, chances are you will like this game. In fact I think it is better for a couple of reasons. First, remember how Dominion games tend to end quickly in 2 player or with certain card setups? Everyone grabs 2 or 3 Provinces and it is over. The game ending card in this game, the Thunderstone, is guaranteed to be in the bottom 10 cards of the 31 card monster deck. That means everyone will have a chance to build their deck to work well. Also the victory point cards (monsters) are worth gold when they end up in your hand. In Dominion the victory cards are generally dead cards during the game. So often people ignore the lower point cards and rush straight for the big ones. There are times when you will kill the monster worth 0 or 1 victory points just because it is worth 3 or 4 gold when it is in your hand.

If you have never played Dominion I will try to explain. You can find actual game rules at AEG's (the producer) website or on Board Game Geek. It is a deck building game. That is, you building a deck as you play the game. You can either go to the Village and improve your deck or go the dungeon and kill monsters. Generally monsters are the only source of victory points. There are a few exceptions but you cannot win without killing some monsters.

You start each game with a set hand of 12 cards and start each turn with 6 cards. As you kill monsters, buy cards, or level up heroes you put those new cards into your discard pile. At the end of your turn, discard your hand and draw 6 new cards. When you have no more cards left to draw you shuffle your discard pile and it becomes your deck.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Trent Howell on September 14, 2010
Length: 8:15 Mins
Our boys have loved Thunderstone. Our 12 year old call it his favorite game so far - and believe me, that's saying a lot considering our game collection is around 140 games.

The game play is so unique in how you build your deck of card with heroes, weapons, and spells so you can go into the dungeons to battle monsters to gain experience and victory points. If you've played a game like Dominion, you'll understand the basics of how to play. But for us, we'll be playing Thunderstone a lot more than Dominion - since there is a lot more purpose in what you put into your card deck and how you gain victory points.

And the artwork on the cards is fabulous. It really helps you get into the adventure theme of the game.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Leonardi on September 25, 2010
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This is an excellent deck-building game, and I'd go so far to say that for me it is better than the game which clearly inspired it, Dominion. I love Dominion, but there's just inherently something more satisfying about gathering a party of heroes and journeying into a dungeon to kill monsters. The wide variety of different heroes, monsters, and village items ensures that no two games are ever identical.

It takes a fair amount of strategy to build an effective deck, and there are many ways to go about it depending on which cards are in the game. I have found that it is ideal to play with 3-4 players. 5 seems a few too many (even adding extra heroes/items, the balance still seems off), and even though you can play with just 2 players (or even solo, really) it cuts down on the overall strategy when you do so. The amount of luck in this game is not all that big; yes, what you draw does determine what you can do but that is one reason you have to be very, very careful about what cards go into your deck and the overall balance.

One of the things that I think makes this game better than Dominion is that there are a lot of ways to destroy cards (remove them from the game) and keep your deck down to a manageable size. In Dominion there's a lot of discard effects but not really a huge number of ways to remove cards and reduce your deck size, and the deck can get unwieldy in longer games. In Thunderstone, your deck at the end of the game is generally around 30-40 cards max if you are careful and keep your deck balanced.

I also like that when released, the game itself and its expansions (one so far, but more in the works) are only $30, which is $15 cheaper than a Dominion expansion when it is first released. If you like Dominion, you will likely really love this game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elliot on January 29, 2012
For the experienced gamer:
This game is the cure for the collectible card game (CCG) bug. It's a mix between Magic The Gathering and Dominion, is just as addictive, and doesn't cost a fortune. There are many expansions, each of which adds significant diversity to gameplay possibilities. Although the box says that the game will last for 45m, typically they're in the 1-1.5hr range.

I would strongly recommend that you consider getting Thunderstone Dragonspire instead of this version of Thunderstone. Dragonspire is a stand-alone expansion that has all of the same base cards but, in my opinion, has more fun heroes, monsters, and village cards.

Additionally, if you can wait until March of 2012, you might consider getting Thunderstone Advance instead. Thunderstone Advance promises to have faster gameplay, which is very welcomed! You can learn more about this stand-alone expansion on the manufacturer's (AEG) website.
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