Dungeons of Doria: Kickstarter on 01 August

Dungeons of Doria will be crowdfunded via Kickstarter on 01 August 2022!
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If you want to discuss the game, ask questions or even influence what the game should include additionally to what is already planned, head over to one of the following options:
Board Game Geek Forum, Facebook Group “Explore the Dungeons of Doria” or on the DoD Discord Server

There are multiple reviews online to get more information on how the game plays and what others think about Dungeons of Doria:

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Dungeons of Doria: Prototype Pictures

Just before the weekend I surprisingly received the prototype version from The GameCrafter, faster than expected. The website stated a manufacturing and delivery time of over a month, but apparently a few other orders were skipped or canceled.

Overall, the Prototype looks great and feels like a final board game. Game Crafter uses laser cutting for many things, so these components have some black soot around the edges that needs to be wiped off with a wet cloth – definitely some extra work, but not too bad. The box itself has a slight green color touch (not as visible in the below photo, can only be seen in daylight). Other than that, all components came out as expected and have great colors.

A few of the cards, standees and tokens have a small drift on front and back, but all is within usual parameters and does not look too off. Unfortunately, GameCrafter does not have the correct card size (we need Euro Mini for most cards, GameCrafter only offers US Mini). The US Mini cards are a bit smaller and therefore the cards look a bit like cut off at top and bottom, but all is visible and definitely usable for a prototype.

After a few smaller corrections and improvements, I will order two additional copies and send them out to the first reviewers. If you have any preferred reviewers that definitely should have a look at the game, let me know on one of these channels: sign up for the newsletter (you can also reply to the newsletter emails), like the Facebook Page (comment one of the posts or write via messenger) or give feedback on BGG or Discord.

Following you can see all images I made while unpacking the prototype and packing everything together after I cleaned all parts from the soot. Directly below you can see a few photos of the game and scenes like playing the game, further down in the second gallery you can see photos of all components (click on pictures for bigger versions).

The game box

The box with the prototype front and side art
Contents of the box as delivered by GameCrafter

The game scenes

All components

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Dungeons of Doria: “Grim Reaper” Scenario 1

Even though I am showing Scenario 1 of the Campaign “Grim Reaper” here, the spoilers are minimal, as most of the scenario are random and could work out totally different for you. The main spoiler here is the following, but also part of the scenario description before you even start the scenario (so you will know all this as soon as you read the scenario description):

Trapped when entering this dungeon, you are now being hunted by the Grim Reaper itself – it is slowly coming for the slowest character, moving at a steady pace of 5 squares per round. The Grim Reaper is depicted by a Poltergeist figurine, so if a Poltergeist monster is drawn, no Poltergeist is added as usual, but the Grim Reaper has an extra activation. Grim is not directly deadly, but with 4 damage that ignores armor, he can be a real problem quickly. As the last Room Tile, the one with a ladder is used – as soon this room is reached, the characters can try to escape using the old and wiggly ladder. The Grim Reaper starts on the same tile as the characters (the black figurine on the picture below). As characters we chose the Shield-Maiden (purple), Mage (blue), Adventurer (white) and Huntress (orange).

As we needed to move quickly and escape the reaper, the Adventurer quickly opened a door, revealing a room with large pillars, populated by a Gargoyle and 2 Mummies. The Gargoyle also showed that it was a Teleporter, glitching away 4 squares after every attack. Lucky for us, the Mage had a spell that specifically targets undead monsters – hopefully taking care of the Mummies quickly. The Adventurer (as quick as he was) could not really do anything (with weapons that could not penetrate any of their armor), so he focused on the treasure chests still available in the first room.

The whole group moved quickly into the new room to escape the reaper and killed the two Mummies. To possibly move further ahead of the Grim Reaper, the Mage opened another door – revealing a dead end with two Orcs. Nowhere to go here, so the group decided to ignore the Orcs for now and open another door to move ahead.

The Shield-Maiden opened the door and revealed a large room, expanding onto 4 Room Tiles (needed to rotate the dungeon a bit to fit better)! This large room showed a Vampire, 2 Goblins, a Skeleton and a Mercenary – and 2 Poltergeists, translating into an instant double activation for the Grim Reaper. Luckily the Huntress rolled a good defense both times.

The group decided to run and ignore the monsters, moving past them, then barricading within the room with the long corner. The Skeleton and the Goblin were quickly taken out, but the rest of the monsters were resisting defeat. So the group decided to open the next room and move on quickly before the Grim Reaper comes closer. This new room revealed only one other exit – hopefully the ladder out of this dungeon is close! The room was only occupied by a Slimecrawler, and the Adventurer took care of that easily.

With the Huntress being the fastest, she opened the next door to see where the dungeon leads us – only to reveal another dead end! Oh no, we are trapped now, with the Grim Reaper and all monsters coming for us! Our wager to run from the monsters did not pay off, now we need to fend them off and still find the exit…

Within the dead end, another Slimecrawler and a Goblin Archer waited for us. Two characters ran into the room to take care of these, while the rest took care of the upcoming horde running behind us. The plan is to lure the Grim Reaper in and then run around the well to find the exit ladder – and take care of a few monsters on the way if possible.

Unfortunately, while searching for treasure, the Adventurer triggered a Water Pit trap – directly loosing a few hit points due to drowning. As the Adventurer is not able to come out of the pit easily, the rest of the group comes into the same room to barricade against the monsters coming closer.

Again, the group decides it is better to simply run instead of taking care of all the monsters including the Grim Reaper. The Adventurer climbed out of the water pit himself without any help, so all are free to move out of the room.

The Huntress is quick enough and decides to attack an Orc. She is successful, but while defeating the Orc, she also triggered a Teleport Trap!

Her skills against magic traps are not high enough, so she is teleported onto another room tile and 2 additional monsters spawn. A Dark Mage and a Skeleton. The Dark Mage also is a Necromancer, directly spawning another Skeleton.

With the group being separated, we hold on to the plan and run as fast as we can to the Huntress. The Shield-Maiden blocks an attack from the Grim Reaper and then runs as fast as she can.

The Huntress ignores the Skeletons, and as the Dark Mage (using long-distance lightning attacks) moved away, the way is free to re-unite with the group. Unfortunately, this also allows both the Skeletons and the Dark Mage to attack the group, but with the attacks being distributed over the whole group, we manage to get away with a few bruises only.

With the Reaper directly behind us, we move around all the monsters and try to find the exit quickly – we do not see a chance of defeating all of them before the group is roasted by the Dark Mages lightning.

The Adventurer is the fastest, opening a new door, finally revealing the exit ladder – and a Troll Spearthrower and a Goblin Archer standing guard. We all move as close to the exit ladder as we can, possibly escaping the dungeon before the monsters are activated again.

Unfortunately, the Huntress is missing 1 Action Point to get out by herself, but with a little trick and some help from the Adventurer, she is able to make it within this round still. However, that means, the Adventurer has to climb out last, being attacked by most monsters near the exit. As the Adventurer has a lot of armor, the group decides to move out and use this plan.

The Shield-Maiden and Mage easily climbed out, rolling both successes on their target roll. Before the Huntress can try, the monsters attack, doing heavy damage on both the Adventurer and the Huntress. The Huntress then quickly escapes with the help of the Adventurer.

The Adventurer also tries to climb out – but only rolls a 4 and a 1 – overall 5, where a 10 was required. Unfortunately, the Adventurer is so badly wounded by now, that he passes out and becomes unconscious with the next initiative. The monsters get him and the scenario is lost, losing one character of the group. Running from the monsters was a gamble that did not pay out – without the dead end in the last room, we may have made it out pretty unscathed, but the random dungeon was the Adventurers death…

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Dungeons of Doria: November 2021 Update

In the last update we could see all the artwork for the characters. By now, a lot of additional artwork has been started, with more and more illustrations trickling in for the monsters of the game:

However, the remaining monsters will take until end of the year at least to be finished. This means, we still have to live a bit with weird monster shadows for some of them in the upcoming releases.

As one illustrator was not enough to tackle all the item illustrations in a reasonable time-frame (overall, around 300+ small illustrations were needed!), I employed two additional illustrators to get everything done. Here is a small mix showing all artists (Eric Quigley, Nicoleta Stavarache, Jes Cole):

Item Collection
Selection of the 300+ illustrations being created

While they look all a bit different, this is not a huge problem, as most of these will be shrinked down to fit small Euro Mini Cards and color corrected by myself to fit a general similar theme. The ones I like the most however will also go into the rule and campaign booklets as a bigger version.

Additionally, the map of Doria has been completed. Parts of the full map will be used within each of the campaigns, showing the locations visited:

Current map for the campaign “Power of the Elements”, showing the locations of the 8 scenarios. The order of scenarios 3.A-D can be freely selected by the players.

All of that together (maps, monsters, item illustrations) is going into the first official and complete prototype print run (though still lacking a few illustrations) . This will be ordered on Game Crafter, a Print-on-Demand-Service for board games. One full game will cost around 240 USD plus shipping, but is worth it to have a test-prototype to show around and possibly send to reviewers. More prototype copies will be printed later either by another manufacturing company or by Game Crafter depending on how the first looks like.

While GameCrafter has an extensive array of board game components (more than any other of the comparable services), a few of the components had to be tailored a bit more to Game Crafter, which took some time. But the result is a much more refined version of Dungeons of Doria, with new Character Mats, Score Pads for the Campaign and Character Sheets and especially a more “boardgamey” feeling Character Sheet (compared to the old, RPG-style one). The old character sheet (full page including cards and attributes) will still be offered as a download, but the complete game will come with the smaller ScorePad-version that removes the need to note down HP and similar things and allows to track them with tokens instead:

I really cannot wait to get the printed prototype, work out the last minimal problems and then order the final prototypes for the reviewers to send around!

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Dungeons of Doria: Current status

Dungeons of Doria is nearly ready to go – and still so far away. This week, the last of the character illustrations was finished (see all characters at the bottom of the page). The rules are mostly done (only small corrections needed), playtests are mostly done (the blind playtest groups need to finish their campaigns, which just takes time – especially when you cannot meet in person) and the digital releases are ready to be published (both Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator). So, what is still missing?

Character Standees for the digital releases

Just the artwork for monsters (starting this week) and the artwork for weapon- and armor-items. All of the monsters and items have a silhouette representation already in the game for the prototype (see pictures below). This means there is some representation to recognize the monster or item – but it does not look great. Getting 18 Monsters and 240 items illustrated just will take some more time. I do expect most of these to be ready for the Kickstarter, but the next steps have to work without the finished artwork.

All standees within the game (Tabletop Simulator) as of now

The main task ahead: a nice looking prototype has to be printed that can be sent to reviewers. The main files are ready for printing, but obviously I just want to wait on a bit more artwork for additional monsters to come in (currently 18 out of 19 have a black silhouette, see above picture). Most likely the printing process will start within the next 2 months, as soon as a nice looking box (another action item) has been designed and I have a decision on the printing manufacturer.

Unfinished (left) vs. finished (right) item artwork

As soon as a few prototypes are ready to be sent out, I will send them out to reviewers as a Kickstarter preview game. Before any of these reviews/previews (which will also take some time due to the type of the game) can go online, the Kickstarter page also needs to be prepared and approved by Kickstarter. When all of the above are ready, the digital releases will go online for EVERYONE to test the game – including a few single scenarios and a campaign sample, all available within Tabletopia and Tabletop Simulator.

Full Game in Tabletopia

At the same time I will use the digital releases or one of the prototypes to create some small learning videos to show off the features in more detail.

There is still a lot to do, but I already have a few people on board helping out with smaller things. Still, this is mainly work on my shoulders. Most of this will be work “behind the scenes” and nothing major besides some artwork to show off for the next months. But I am still working on it and the road map is getting closer to the finish line!

Here is an overview of all the 8 characters:

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Tabletopia vs. Tabletop Simulator

Even before the ongoing pandemic I already used Tabletop Simulator (TTS) quite a lot, as I thought that this is a great way to quickly start a game with friends that are not local and still sit a round a table. After porting Dungeons of Doria into TTS I realized, that this is a great tool for prototyping and selecting the right components for your board game. If it is not a component in TTS already, do not use it – as a printer/manufacturer will also have problems with it…!

But up until then, I used TTS just for a bit of playing with remote friends and for quickly showing new designs. Shortly after, Tabletopia showed up, and I also started playing around with this tool and created my game there too. But since the pandemic started, all my game rounds (except for the ones with my wife and son) completely transferred to TTS. Why TTS and not Tabletopia? And why do I still update both TTS and Tabletopia, even though I like TTS more? Here is why:

First of all, TTS is (in my eyes) the better tool. It has more features, there is no limit in where or how much you upload and you can play anything you like with your group. But TTS has one bit downside: It is a program for Steam that you have to buy for around 20 USD. And that is a high hurdle for people that just want to play a game from time to time – or even worse, just want to test your game design quickly. That is definitely the biggest plus for Tabletopia: Anyone with a browser can use it, and as long as you publish your game design not as a premium setup, everyone can use it without any cost. To use premium game setups, Tabletopia users have to pay around 5 USD a month. So, very roughly, let’s say the cost is roughly comparable if you want to use it more often and with more games – though Tabletopia is a subscription model and that might end up higher than TTS quickly.

But what about the other features?

Games offering

For the players the main differences will be how many games you can play. TTS for sure has a lot more games than Tabletopia, but most of them are created by fans as mostly unofficial mods. This does not have to be a bad thing in general. But there are two problems: If you search for a game, you might find 10 different versions from different people with different features or in different quality. And when you found a good version, it would be best to quickly save it to your local saves, as this Mod might get pulled from the Steam Workshop as soon as a company does not like people playing the game on TTS. My personal opinion on this: Let people play and test it remotely – if they like it, they will also buy the real version. TTS also has nicer releases of some board games from some publishers, but on that front, TTS will get more expensive really fast. This only is worth it, if you really like a specific game and therefore play it a lot also in TTS. My recommendation to the makers of TTS – for these games, maybe an option like Tabletopias to pay a small monthly fee for all “professional made games” is better?

So you can see where this leads: Tabletopia has better games, often professionally made by the authors or publishers themselves. You don’t have to search for the correct version, you don’t have to upload it yourself and if it is a premium setup, each creator/publisher will also receive a bit of money from Tabletopia (if you play it and have also a premium subscription). That might be the general reason, why Tabletopia is more preferred by bigger publishers. That leads us to creating games in general.

Steam Workshop vs. Tabletopia Workshop

TTS uses the Steam Workshop by default. While Steam is a downside for many people, it is a BIG plus for TTS creators: Just upload all of your designs files to the Steam Cloud of your account – you have a few Gigabytes at minimum (I believe 20 GB). That is a lot, even if you used some of that space already for game saves or video uploads in Steam. And if you don’t want to use Steam Cloud, just use your own webhosting space!

Tabletopia limits you in size on the free account with only 200 MB. If you only have very small card games, this should be enough to publish maybe 2 games easily including a few setups. But if you have a bigger game with a lot of cards, figurines and tiles, these 200 MB will get small fast. And setups also apparently cost you some space. I say apparently, as Tabletopia is very limited in showing you how much space you have used. You will get a warning when you approach or went over the 200 MB, but there is no way to find out, what the big parts are at the moment. You can easily extend this to 1 or even 5 GB, but that will cost you monthly subscription money. Money that you most likely don’t have before your game is published.

An then there is the publishing time in Tabletopia. Whenever you upload something, it goes into a queue. In general that is fine, and premium users are preferred. But sometimes, especially weekends, this queue is overwhelmed, and this one small update of one card in your game can take a lot of time until it is really included in your game setup. Definitely make sure to update everything a few days before a playtesting session and do not make any last minute changes! TTS is much better and faster about these things.

Card creation differences

Card deck creation has its downsides on both tools. I think Tabletopia is much better, if you only need to change single cards from time to time, as you can update the card, publish it and update all setups – done! But if you need to exchange the whole deck? This is a nightmare!

Therefore I still tend to like the TTS Deck creation a bit more. Yes, you have to create a big picture with all your cards first. But changing one or all cards in this picture is up to you, and you can just easily create new decks with a new picture. But having this “update item in all your mods” feature from Taletopia would be a dream in TTS.

Things that Tabletopia does right

Standees in Tabletopia alwaysface the users eye. While it can be distracting and unusual at first, it allows you to see figurines always from the front. But apparently there is no feature to turn it off. So if you need figurines facing a direction, you’ll have a problem in Tabletopia. I also like how Tabletopia handles adding cards back to a card deck: When you hover over the deck, it will highlight the deck in orange to show you the card will now be added on top. TTS also does this, but does not show it. Throwing a card in TTS between two piles you will never know where it ends up – and in the virtual world, it is harder to aim…

I absolutely love the Magnetic Maps feature in Tabletopia a lot. Whit this you can create tiles, boards or anything else and influence the location and orientation of items on top of it. TTS has a very similar feature, but there you have to create it on the tile itself within the game. In Tabletopia this is a much better process by creating it in your graphic tool one time and then upload it as many times you want. TTS asks you to redo it every time you update your tiles or re-create them.

Naming of items and other virtual tools

Tabletopia allows naming of items when you upload them – but this is never shown again. This is due to the fact that Tabletopia calls itself a “Gaming Sandbox” – play like in real life! TTS on the other hand (sometimes also called a sandbox) is much more an extension of a real table into the virtual world. TTS allows naming items, so when you hover over them, you see the name. You can even name all the cards in your deck and then search the deck to find a specific item easily. Tabletopia leaves you with exactly what you would do in real life: Search through the whole deck until you find the item. Even if you did not name the cards, going through a whole deck with TTS search is so much easier…

The only thing I am missing here in TTS too: Bulk naming cards or items while importing them. There are a few options with scripting, but this should be somehow included in the base import functionality (through a text file or similar).

Speaking of scripting: This is the one big point for TTS. Tabletopia does not offer anything to script. In TTS, you can create your own dice rollers, character sheets, even automate game setup and anything can be influenced. You could even create a game that basically plays itself (but who would want that?). And yes, while the scripting language is horrible and you need to be a programmer to really create something nice, it is a cool add on that Tabletopia does not offer and is really helpful in creating more advanced game functionality.

But there are more things that you can do in TTS: Make a item more transparent quickly to see what is underneath? Change the color? Or simply copy and paste items to get more of the same type if you run out? All possible in TTS and Tabletopia leaves you hanging with the “feeling like a real game”.

User interface – easy vs. overwhelming

But all of that also has a (for me minimal) cost: The user interface of Tabletopia is much more tidy and has a lot less distractions than TTS. You can do less in Tabletopia – but what it can do, it can do in a good way. For example counters: Right click it and select how much you want to add or subtract from the counter. Cards: Draw 1, 3 or 10? Right click and select the amount. All of these things are also possible in TTS, but less out of the box and Games must implement a few of these via scripting themselves. I am missing this radial right click tool from Tabletopia in TTS – but the advanced tool and features I miss much more in Tabletopia.

The conclusion

For me as a designer, TTS is the much better solution, allowing a lot more flexibility in designing components and even uploading as much content as you like. As a publisher, I can understand why Tabletopia is preferred, but would recommend for all the publishers out there: Also create your game for TTS and ask Berserk (the TTS makers) to change their model so you like it more (I imagine something like a category “Games created by the publishers/designers for 2 USD a month” or similar).

As a gamer: I still prefer TTS for all the content I made myself. And I love checking out games in the workshop before I buy them. For me this is like hearing a song on the radio: If I like it, I will buy the CD. So let players test it out and make sure the best version is out there (instead of the multiple copies by several users created to just be able to play the game remotely).

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Dungeons of Doria: Kickstarter für Dungeon Tiles

Der erste Kickstarter für Dungeons of Doria ist nun freigeschaltet und live: Kickstarter: Dungeon Tiles for P&P and VTT

Man kann im Kickstarter 48 Dungeon Room Tiles erwerben, die man entweder für offline Dungeons selbst ausdrucken kann (Print&Play) oder in virtuellen Tabletop-Systemen nutzen kann (z.B. Roll20 oder Astral-Tabletop).

Man kann die einzelnen Room-Tiles entweder direkt als einen fertigen Dungeon “zusammenpuzzeln” oder einfach als zufälligen Dungeon nutzen, indem man das ganze als Random-Deck nutzt.

Alternativ kann man auch die Map-Assets erwerben, um komplett eigene Räume und Dungeons zu erstellen:

Mehr Informationen findet ihr im Kickstarter-Projekt.

Der Kickstarter richtet sich vor allem an Fantasy-Rollenspieler, die oft in Dungeons unterwegs sind. Dennoch unterstützt man dabei auch das bald kommende Brettspiel Dungeons of Doria, denn alle erreichten Ziele und Fundings gehen direkt in neues passendes Artwork!

Das ganze kann außerdem als Auftakt gesehen werden, denn mindestens ein weiterer Kickstarter mit passenden Print&Play Helden und Monstern wird folgen – mit der Möglichkeit, das aussehen der Helden und Monster zu bestimmen, die später in das Brettspiel übernommen werden.

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Dungeons of Doria: Zeitungsartikel Offenbach-Post 18 Nov 2019

Leider komme ich erst jetzt dazu, endlich mal alles zu sortieren und einzupflegen. Im letzten November (2019) war DreieichCon und ich war vor Ort mit zwei Spielrunden “Dungeons of Doria”. Während einer der Spielrunden hat die Offenbach Post ein paar Fragen gestellt, aber dass wir dann gleich als Aufhänger an den Anfang des Artikels und auf die Titelseite kommen hätte ich nicht gedacht!

Titelseite der Offenbach Post vom Montag, 18. November 2019

Die Situation wird brenzlig im dunklen Verlies: Die Monster werden gefährlich, aber die Gruppe rund um den Tisch in der Stadtbücherei will sich den Schatz nicht durch die Lappen gehen lassen.

Magier Julian Menz (13) nutzt seine Zauberkräfte und wirft einen Feuerball: Gefahr gebannt. Leider hat er dabei den Barbaren von Kevin Pelikan verletzt. „Das macht nichts, ich habe noch 13 Leben“, sagt dieser.

Schon seit dreieinhalb Stunden brütet die siebenköpfige Spielgruppe über den Abenteuern der „Dungeons of Doria“ von Spielleiter Viktor Ahrens. Mit Julian Menz und Jonas Rein (15) sitzen zwei Teenager aus Gießen am Tisch, der Spielleiter kommt aus dem Rodgau und ist seit vielen Jahren aktiver Besucher der Dreieichcon. Für den Offenbacher Kevin Pelikan ist das Rollenspieltreffen in Dreieich hingegen eine Premiere: „Es ist großartig, hier zusammen zu sitzen. Wir wissen nie, was passiert, decken zufällig Karten auf und entwickeln die nächste Strategie, um die Schätze zu heben und die Monster zu bekämpfen“, erläutert er seine Begeisterung am Rollenspiel.

Aus dem Artikel der Offenbach Post, auch online verfügbar (op-online)

Ich hatte sehr viel Spass beim “leiten” der beiden Runden und zuzusehen, wie die Gruppen die Szenarien lösen ist immer wieder faszinierend. Jede Gruppe geht etwas anders vor, und es ist immer wieder spannend, ob sie es rechtzeitig und heil schaffen. Vor allem fand ich es toll, auch mal jüngere Spieler dabei zu haben. Dungeons of Doria bekommt damit die Altersfreigabe 12+ von mir 😉 Wer jetzt Lust hat, das ganze auch mal zu testen oder das Spiel irgendwann haben möchte, kann hier aktuelle Runden und Möglichkeiten finden und sich unter dungeonsofdoria.de in den Newsletter eintragen.

Ausserdem hier noch ein Foto mit freundlicher Genehmigung aus der Galerie des DreieichCon-Fotografen Roger Murmann.

Foto von Roger Murmann

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Dungeons of Doria: Stand 04/2020

Initiative Board

Dungeons of Doria entwickelt sich zur Zeit gerade wieder prächtig weiter. Es werden aktuell noch alle Karten auf englisch übersetzt und mit Platzhalter-Icons für noch fehlendes Artwork versehen. Danach könnte das Spiel zumindest als Prototyp veröffentlicht werden – wenn da nicht die fehlenden Monster- und Charakterbilder wären. Alle hier angezeigten Bilder sind übrigens aus dem Tabletop-Simulator.

One Here fighting two Slimecrawlers

Und genau für diesen Zweck wird es in naher Zukunft einen kleinen Kickstarter geben, in dem ihr einen Charakter oder ein Monster mit-designen könnt. Ihr wollt einen kräftigen Barbaren mit langen Haaren und Tattoos auf der Brust? Oder einen Ork-Krieger mit Breitschwert? Oder doch lieber einen dunklen Schwarzmagier der Blitze schleudern kann? Kein Problem, ihr dürft entscheiden, wie die Figur aussehen soll – solange man sich an ein paar Vorgaben hält.

Character sheet with cards equipped

Aber auch alle Personen, die sich einfach nur beteiligen wollen oder nur die Ergebnisse der Charaktere und Monster als Artwork haben wollen, bekommen die Chance, nette digitale Kickstarter-Belohnungen zu erwerben (Artwork, Raumplatten oder Print&Play Figuren, um bei beliebigen Fantasy RPGs oder z.B. in Roll20 damit zu spielen). Wird der Kickstarter erfolgreich, wird Dungeons of Doria anschliessend für alle im Tabletop Simulator freigegeben – eine Möglichkeit, das Spiel auch vor dem Release schon zu spielen.

Tragt euch im Newsletter ein oder folgt mir auf Kickstarter, um zu sehen sobald es mit dem Kickstarter los geht.

Monster with Mods
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Dungeons of Doria – Features Part 4: Characters – Unique and still the same

This part of the #DungeonsOfDoria features series will concentrate on the characters and things related to that.

In #DoD, you have two possibilities to create a character. Either choose an existing archetype (ranging from the heavily built barbarian to the magical powerful mage and anything in between) or create your own character.

Even if you choose to create your own character, you can start playing in 5 minutes – pick an empty character sheet, draw a few loot cards and distribute 50 points onto 6 attributes (see below, add 1 minute to calculate the derived values HitPoints HP, Initiative points IP and Psi points PP). This is when you recognize that the standard archetypes are pretty much the same as a pre-generated character – these also simply have 50 character-points. There is no difference in these archetypes besides a nice picture on the character sheet.

The 6 attributes

The attributes Strength (STR), Constitution (CON), Agility (AGI), Perception (PER), Wisdom (WIS), Psi (PSI) are the building blocks of every character and can range from 1 to 20.
The “Mage” character sheet with some cards equipped.

So, why do you need these 50 points? Every equipment card in the game uses 2 of the 6 attributes as minimum requirements. A sword might have the requirements of STR 12 and AGI 10 and a fireball spell requires WIS 11 and PSI 11. Any character fulfilling these requirements can use the equipment.

This means, even the barbarian can use magic and the wizard can use swords. There is nothing prohibiting the character to use any equipment – besides his attributes. Even if a character cannot wield a sword yet – it might be possible later, if the player improves the necessary attributes. It might be hard for a barbarian starting with PSI 1 to be able to also wield a magic spell that requires PSI 6, but it is possible.

While every character builds up the same amount of experience at the same time, each player chooses which attributes he will improve. So every character will go into exactly the direction each player wants – depending only on the loot the group has acquired.

After some time (after every second scenario in campaigns or at specific rounds in single scenarios), each character will also gain a “talent” or bonus. Each of these 9 possible bonuses will improve the character in some way (see below). The possibilities are exactly the same for all characters, there are no specials for barbarians or wizards or any other archetype. This means, characters will specialize more depending on their current weapons, but at the same time, the balancing of the whole game stays intact. No players will argue that one character is better than another one – as they are all exactly the same, based on the choices each player has made.

The 9 bonuses

+1 dice for melee attacks, +1 dice for ranged attacks, +1 dice for magic attacks,
+1 damage point on all attacks, +1 dice on each parry, regenerate 1 point each round,
+1 dice on initiative, -3 action points on any action, range x2

Other articles on the Dungeons of Doria feature-series (planned or published):
Part 1: The modular dungeon
Part 2: Time is precious: The initiative-system
Part 3: Random Monsters
Part 4: Characters – Unique and still the same

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