Super Dungeon Explore burst into the market a few years ago with a totally fresh look at what board game miniatures could be. Not just impressing with their top notch miniatures, the game play was also refreshing. Fun, exciting and edge of your seat dungeon crawling goodness we just can’t get enough of. Everything I ever felt, back when I was pumping quarter after quarter into Gauntlet, Soda Pop Miniatures has put into a board game. Dripping with theme and really letting that video game design take center stage.
Like most games that have grown to this size, there needs to be some revisions to keep it’s growth in balance. Instead of just providing a simple PDF to download and be done with it, Soda Pop Miniatures has created a whole new core set and miniatures. New rules with minor tweaks, awesome hero minis, dreadful new baddies and best of all, a new game mode: Arcade. Let’s take a quick look at the new core set coming out and some of the new accessories.
Do me a favor. I had this whole “mood” set in my head. So from this point on, until I tell you, read this with an awesome movie voice. Make it kind of dreadful sounding too. Yeah, like that. No no, like the one before. Yeah…that one.
Some Things That Should Not Have Been Forgotten…
Deep within the Lordship Ruins, the Forgotten King has forged an alliance with the Dark Consul. Spreading evil through his once illustrious kingdom; corrupting the creatures that reside in the Fae Woods. Hope. A forgotten word in this now besieged land. The Forgotten King twists the very nature to his deceitful desires.
Fortunately, there is hope for Crystalia in the hearts of young adventurers. Princess Emerald and her band of heroes are descending into the Lordship Ruins to cast out this evil. They must remain steadfast, as every creature is set against them from corruption of the Forgotten King. Great foes await them, as the King is not alone. Nature has been twisted, the forest itself has risen against these heroes and follow the lead of their fouled guardian, Trent. Wild and destructive, Boris rages through the Fae towards the foolhardy heroes.
Wielding some of the most powerful artifacts in all of Crystalia, adventurers will strike against this corrupting evil. Skilled and valiant, these heroes have trained with the utmost determination. Will Princess Emerald and her heroes be able to dethrone the Forgotten King and end his reign?
Ok, you can stop now. No, just the voice, keep reading. You were great.
Super Dungeon Fighter: Turbo Edition II
As I said above; after a game has had several releases, it’s always good for the designers to go back and tighten up some loose ends with a new edition. Soda Pop Miniatures has been paying attention to their players. Luckily for all of us, they are more than good listeners.
For people who do not play miniature games like, Warmachine or Infinity, opening a board game and seeing miniatures not assembled was a little jarring. This was a pretty off putting feature for those not having hobby skills or tools when they opened the original SDE box. Soda Pop heard your cries. Skip a few levels to today, all miniatures in Forgotten King are pre-assembled and ready to play. Woot! …and there was much rejoicing!
Sitting down to the table with your friends to play a board game and one of you has to be the bad guy, doesn’t sit well with some. Don’t get me wrong, the DM inside of me salivates at the chance to TPK all my friends. Sometimes though you want to join them and just stomp on some dungeon baddies. Arcade Mode was created to combat this very issue. Now, you and your friends can all play together in SDE, thwarting the dungeon denizens. You can still get your TPK fix though, as you can play in Classic Mode as well, which is the traditional SDE.
But does it blend? It most certainly blends! Forgotten King is 100% backwards compatible with previous editions and expansions. Nothing is worse when a new edition comes out and you cannot use all of your old stuff with your new stuff. Thankfully Soda Pop had enough foresight to understand that and not restrict their players.
How will you use your old miniatures if the rules changed? Upgrade packs! Soda Pop has created and will be releasing alongside Forgotten King, decks with updated cards for your previously released miniatures. Heroes, minions and even Bosses have been upgraded to work in the new Arcade Mode and rules for SDE.
Shiney and New
Forgotten King is a great opportunity for players who have been intimidated to start SDE. Everything you need is inside the box and has a much friendlier way of playing, thanks to Arcade Mode. There are a lot of great opportunities here for you as a retailer as well. The miniatures being pre-assembled, will make it that much easier to encourage your players to paint those minis. Who knows, building that confidence might be the push they need to get into table-top miniature games.
I see a lot of opportunities you could use here to build weekly SDE leagues as well. Let’s just say, every Sunday is now “Sunday Dungeon Expeditions”. You see that, SDE. Ha, I R smart. Anywho, every Sunday you could host a weekly league for players to come in and earn points for various things. Like: baddy kills, attendance, painting their minis, boss kills etc. There are a host of things that you could easily keep track of and keep players coming back each week. After, let’s say 2 months, the league ends in a climactic SDE Arena PvP event for the top 4 players and have some prizes as reward for their loyalty each week.
Our pallets of Forgotten King cannot get here fast enough for me. I have always been wanting my own Super Dungeon Explore but felt I was coming into it in the middle of the game’s life. Now, it’s a whole new starting point for SDE. My painting que is almost at zero, so I cannot wait to paint these new minis. Because of the new Arcade Mode, I can now play with all of my friends together. In other words, if I am excited for these new releases, your customers will be too. Call your Account Manager today and get your order in for the newest releases for Super Dungeon Explore.