DungeonQuest

Only a few have ever returned from Dragonfire Dungeon, and those who have usually come back near death.

This notoriously difficult game—it was easy to get into the dungeon, but getting out alive was another thing entirely—was originally Swedish and went by the name Drakborgen. Games Workshop released their own version in 1985, it became a bit of a classic, and a lot of people were very excited about this 2010 Fantasy Flight Games re-release.

Dungeonquest put a twist on the genre by not only instigating a time limit to the adventuring, but a push-your-luck element where you can try to steal more and more treasure from the sleeping dragon at the heart of the dungeon—at the increasing risk of it waking up and killing you, that is! FFG have now set the game in their own fantasy melieu of Terrinoth and updated some of the mechanics—some say the combat system is bolted on and too complex for what is really a beer-and-pretzels game—but it’s still a very fun (and deadly) bash. And if you don’t like the new combat system, this summary includes the old version as released by FFG afterwards.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Feb 2011 1.2 Slight changes and added chamber reference after the FAQ
Oct 2010 1.1 Added official combat variants reference and fixed minor text errors
Sep 2010 1 Original release

4 Comments

  • Sven says:

    Hey, I really like what you’ve done with all the FFG games, the simple rule summaries, the foamcore inserts and the nice paint job.
    I was wondering if you could send me a picture of the painted heroes in DQ and how you made the insert.
    I don’t need any measures, I did get the workings from the youtube vids, just need some inspiration *read, copy and steal your idea 😉 *
    Btw, I really love the paint job on descent 2nd and I’d love to see what you’ve done with the expansions.
    Cheers.
    Sven.

    • Universal Head says:

      Hi Sven, and thanks for writing. Unfortunately I haven’t yet painted the figures in DQ—yes, there are a few games in the EOG library that aren’t completely ‘finished’. Also, this is one of the games that I currently have in storage, so even though I have made a box insert for it, I can’t make plans out of it yet. So I’m afraid I can’t help you much with this game at the moment! I’d suggest BoardgameGeek to see some photos of how other people have painted the miniatures. Have fun in the dungeon!

  • These are fantastic. Are there any plans for you folks to do up a set of sheets for DungeonQuest Revised Edition (2014)?

    This one:

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157958/dungeonquest-revised-edition

    Thank you!

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