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No. of players: 1 – 6
Amount of time to play: 60 min
Age requirements: 13+
Set-up time: 5 min
The Thorn is the second small box expansion for Dungeon Crawler. It adds 82 new cards to the game.
The Thorn is where Zhuldar the lich resides. This expansion adds him and is army to Dungeon Crawler. If you have never played the base game and want to understand the gameplay, read my review here. This review is about the new things introduced in the Thorn expansion.
The 82 new consist of one Adventurer, one Quest, 40 Crawler cards and 40 Dungeon cards. There are no new rules or vastly different interactions.
Many of the Creatures are undead, spirits or fae. These creatures are deadly and the new Terrain makes them even tougher. The Traps and Terrain give them bonuses to Power. The new antagonist is Zhuldar, a lich.
The Keldorian Druid cannot help your party with equipment at all. But he has three Magic icons and two icons for both Skill and Tactics.
Seen it All is the new Quest. To complete it you must get 15 Events in the Grave.
The box also has a punch card with more tokens. They are all repeats from the base game, but they help ensure you won’t run out of them. There are also two cards for tracking your resources.
The Thorn expansion adds some fun and challenge to Dungeon Crawler. The new Creatures are tough and can ramp up when encountered with other cards from the set.
As usual for Dungeon Crawler the art is good and the cards are of the same quality.
The Thorn adds more cards and thus more choices for customizing your deck. Having a new antagonist (that is pretty tough) is good and when added to the others can make the game very difficult.
The Dungeon Crawler website (http://www.dungeoncrawler.com/ecg/campaigns.html) includes 4 new scenarios to use with The Thorn expansion. I really appreciate having these to guide me when making a Dungeon deck.
If you have Dungeon Crawler, picking up The Thorn expansion just makes sense. It gives you cards, more choice and more fun.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 3 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction N/A (or 4) out of 6 (It depends on the format you play.)
Replay Value 5 out of 6
Complexity 4 out of 6
Fun 4 out of 6
Overall 5 out of 6