This week's installment of Kickstarter Spotlight hopes to give some attention to a project that deserves your money: Pocket Dungeon Quest.
Jeff Dehut, the game designer, has already made the game at this point. He even shows off his main production unit of the board game in the above Kickstarter promotion video. The game itself harkens back to the rogue-like RPG dungeon crawls that have embedded themselves into the very foundation of modern RPG design. He cites Rogue and Sword of Fargoal as the main influences and, frankly, it is easy to see their influences here.
The idea is simple. You have various squares the represent all the "tiles" in a dungeon. Monsters, treasure, motion, etc. You shuffle the tiles up and make a randomized dungeon with ease. It is even modular so you can have a huge SPRAWLING dungeon that is completely random if you so choose. Toss in a six-sided dice for rolling along with a simple ruleset and you've got a really fun time. If your hero, of which there four (five if you include the Kicstarter exclusive Adventurer), dies during his crawl through the dungeon? That is it. The main goal is to collect three relics from within the dungeon to achieve victory but other goals can be player-created or tacked on if you so choose.
It is meant for 2-4 players and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on a copy so I can give this a playtest with the other Zeitgeeks. Seriously. I love rogue-likes and I immediately locked on to this. The simplicity of it means anyone can pick it up but the ruleset means that there is just enough restriction to make things interesting. I can see kids and parents playing this and even a group of friends with lots of ale making a go at it as well. The project is technically funded at this point with 23 days to go and, now, it's just a matter of being able to produce more physical copies of the game to get out to backers.
The stretch goals include a custom six-sided dice, new tiles and even a possible mobile version of the game should he manage to pull in enough for the project. The Scrivener whole-heartedly approves!
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