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Dungeon CommandPosted: July 16, 2012
Do you miss D&D minis? After taunting fans with an April Fool's joke about a new line of paper D&D minis, Wizards of the Coast has actually made a new miniatures game. It's called Dungeon Command and it is a card-driven, tactical miniatures game pitting rival factions against each other.
Each faction comes in its own box, and contains twelve pre-painted miniatures, plus cards, tiles, and rules needed to play the game (you can also download the rulebook on the Wizards of the Coast website). While each faction box is meant to be played by a single player, quick-start rules are provided that allow two players to engage in a shortened version of the game using only one box.
The two faction packs released on July 17th are Sting of Lolth and Heart of Cormyr. Sting of Lolth includes such miniatures as the drow assassin, priestess, wizard, spiders, and an umber hulk. Heart of Cormyr includes hero-type miniatures including a human ranger, halfling sneak, dragon knight, dwarven defenders, and a copper dragon (pictured). A third set, Tyranny of Goblins, featuring monstrous miniatures like goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears, and a feral troll will be released September 18th.
The miniatures are versatile enough to go beyond the Dungeon Command game. You can easily use them while playing D&D. Each figure also comes with a stat card so it can be used with the D&D Adventure System board games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, and The Legend of Drizzt). It is possible that WotC will release stats so these minis can be used with the old D&D minis game, but there is no official announcement yet.
Barrister Glenn got to try Dungeon Command back in April and he's "smitten by it." He got the rest of us excited to play it too. Even me, and I'm not normally a fan of tactical miniature games.
Dungeon Command not only gives you a new set of miniatures to play with, it's also a fun tactical game.