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No. of players: 2 – 4
Amount of time to play: 45 min
Age requirements: 10+
Set-up time: 10 min
Ancient Grudge is the latest expansion in the Dwarf Kings Hold miniatures series. This expansion adds more figures, more scenarios and a lot more warband options.
If you have not played Dwarf King’s Hold read my review of the first game Dead Rising. It gives you all basic information you need to know to judge if you’ll like the series and introduces dwarven and undead units. The first expansion, The Green Menace, introduces orcs and elves and is a stand-alone game. In order to play Ancient Grudge you will need to have one of these two sets.
Ancient Grudge adds a lot of new stuff to the game beyond just the 12 new miniatures. There are two new scenarios that are 3 and 4 player. There are also rules for making new scenarios and changing existing ones to have 3 or 4 players. Two new large room tiles are included too.
There are 20 new adventurer types with special abilities and now any race can play in any scenario. You can custom build warbands using the included points system to configure your team just as you like.
I have to say that the improvements Ancient Grudge brings to the Dwarf King’s Hold series are impressive. The best additions are the new adventurers and the custom warbands. These add depth, strategy and fun before you even start the game. This expansion breathes new life into your old scenarios and sets.
The figures are good quality and the tiles and other components are in line with the older sets. The rules are easy to follow and like I said add a ton to this series. Did I mention the 29 new special abilities you have at your disposal?
Being able to play with 3 or 4 players adds more replay value and offers you new strategies and tactics too.
If you have either of the first two sets and enjoy Dwarf Kings Hold, Ancient Grudge is a must buy. The variety and army-building capabilities alone make this expansion worth the investment. Ancient Grudge has made this series more of what I thought it was going to be. And that includes a lot of fun!
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 5 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 4 out of 6
Replay Value 5 out of 6
Complexity 3 out of 6
Fun 5 out of 6
Overall 5 out of 6