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Thunderstone Dragonspire

by AEG

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  • Standalone game as well as an expansion to Thunderstone
  • For 2-5 players
  • Takes about an hour to play a game
3 new from $150.00 6 collectible from $89.00


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 3.4 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA or Imported
  • ASIN: B004NTG2SI
  • Item model number: AEG 5015
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,997 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The Doomgate is open, and Doom has been released into the world. The forces of destruction stalk the lands, destroying all they touch. There is but one dim flicker of hope the Thunderstones, scattered at the dawn of time. Two lie hidden deep within the Dragonspire. Will your heroes be the first to reach them? Dragonspire is a stand-alone expansion to Thunderstone. The cards within can be played with any or all of the past Thunderstone sets, or can be used by themselves as a fully playable set. Dragonspire adds a fresh crew of new heroes, along with new spells, villagers, and weapons all ready to help your stand against the darkness. They will be needed, for within new terrors have awakened: bloodthirsty undead, blistering elementals, wrathful dragons, and mighty giants. Dragonspire also includes brand-new dungeon settings, campaign rules, and an entirely new way to face Doom alone.

Product Description

The Doomgate is open and Doom has been released into the world! The forces of destruction stalk the lands destroying all they touch. There is but one dim flicker of hope: the Thunderstones scattered at the dawn of time. Two lie hidden deep within the Dragonspire. Will your heroes be the first to reach them? Dragonspire is a stand-alone expansion to Thunderstone. The cards within can be played with any or all of the past Thunderstone sets or can be used by themselves as a fully playable set. Dragonspire adds a fresh crew of new heroes along with new spells villagers and weapons all ready to help your stand against the darkness. They will be needed for within new terrors have awakened: bloodthirsty undead blistering elementals wrathful dragons and mighty giants! Dragonspire also includes brand-new dungeon settings campaign rules and an entirely new way to face Doom alone!

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Enter games like Thunderstone Dragonspire with a shared card pool that everyone uses.
himmelsgrau
If you are looking to make your first purchase for Thunderstone, Dragonspire is a great starting point over the base set.
Tracy W Squires
They are pretty fantastic, and for just being tokens, we have really enjoyed using over the cards.
Kevin P. "Enthusiast"

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. "Enthusiast" on March 29, 2011
This is not just an expansion - it is also a stand-alone set for Thunderstone. It includes all the cards you'll need to play the game (and more!). I have all the expansions so far, and have found each one of them interesting in its own way. The artwork in this base set is the first that isn't all by Jason Engle, and his art was a huge plus to the game. There are several illustrations on cards in this set that just make me say "Really?"

The quality is still good, however, and the dividers that come with all the expansions are awesome (way better than the beginning Thunderstone dividers). In true AEG form, they also upgraded ALL the sets Randomizer cards, and made their backs different colors so they don't accidentally get mixed in. (Monsters also have different colors from Heroes who have different colors from Village cards.) Also in this set are upgraded experience markers to get rid of the old XP cards. They are pretty fantastic, and for just being tokens, we have really enjoyed using over the cards.

As for the cards themselves, a few of them (Spoiled Food in particular, which does the same thing as "Feast" pretty much, but you have to destroy a Hero at the end of the round.) seem to be just useless. Some of the Heroes seem pretty neat though, Phalanx which gets more powerful the more Phalanx cards in hand (they only level to 2 and there are a LOT more of them) and Veterans which can level up to 4.

The box itself has a plastic insert that will fit all the cards from all the sets in it, though from other reviews I've watched if you have card sleeves on them you may need to leave out the randomizers to fit them all in. The insert is nice, but I don't like the ridges along the bottom because they don't make things slide well on the bottom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2011
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Having played Dominion and viewing the online reviews I thought Thunderstone Dragonspire was worth a look. This is the first Thunderstone product I have picked up (having been encouraged by some online reviewers to start with this product in the series).

Age level: My goal was to find a game with which my seven year old could soon participate. I think the basic mechanics would appropriately exercise his math skills but the reading level and general complexity is still a bit out of reach. That said, the jury is still out on him figuring this out and enjoying it without getting frustrated.

Educational: The mechanics of the game, especially combat, require basic addition/subtraction with a fair level of mental bookkeeping. For example, in combat, you assemble your hand in some combat configuration, determine your attack score and light benefit, pick a monster at a specific rank/light penalty, subtract twice the net light penalty, and come up with the battle outcome. Each step is simple but managing the entire computation is right on mark for exercising basic math skills and encouraging flexibility/creativity in how to configure/execute your hand.

Game flexibility: I have played in competitive and cooperative modes. Both are fun and exercise different skills. I am particularly interested in pushing the cooperative mode on my two sons that spend 99% of the day fighting and going alpha male on each other.

Fun: After seeing some of the online reviews I was guessing the game would be a 3 or 4 star game but I was pleasantly surprised to give it a 4 or 5 star personally.

Box and general product quality: I read that the boxes for the original Thunderstone was poor but I have no complaints on this set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By himmelsgrau on January 20, 2012
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My friends and I have played collectable card games, but the cost of those quickly became prohibitive. Enter games like Thunderstone Dragonspire with a shared card pool that everyone uses.

The game takes on average two-and-a-half hours for us to play, depending on what game mechanics we use (the more complex you make the game by adding in certain dynamics the longer it can take to finish). The time investment is occasionally demanding; however, the game is quite fun.

I'd imagine there are several tutorials available online, so I won't go over the rules in depth, but basically you are trying to build the best deck possible by using the gold value of cards to purchase and equip heroes to defeat monsters in a dungeon. There are a variety of cards that help and hinder your ability to do so.

The set comes with randomizer cards that allow you to really create a unique experience each time you play. Sometimes, however, the randomization can make the game either very difficult or fairly simple. The fortunate thing is that there is nothing that stops players from tweaking their experience to suit the time they have available and the difficulty level they wish to have. We occasionally do this by substituting cards that are not as effective against the monsters in the dungeon with some more effective cards.

However, we have also had fun playing "as is" and trying to cope with the difficulties that the randomization presents.

Pros:
1. Customization/randomization make for unique and strategic game play; a common set of cards allows players to have a relatively equal chance of winning.
2. The sheer numbers of cards provided add a lot of replay value.

Cons:
1. As others have noted, the cards get shuffled a lot.
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