Much has been said about combining the components of the three games from the “D&D Adventure System” series of board games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt). Some do it to create full-blown custom scenarios, while others simply use a few characters or monsters from one set in another. Each individual game has ample opportunity for customization, though, and this time, we will take a look at one scenario that only requires use of “Legend of Drizzt.”
For this scenario, which we will call “Reclaiming the Kingdom,” set aside the Ancient Throne double-sized special tile. This is the only large tile (besides the start tile) that you will use in the game. Also set aside the Crown and Lever item tokens, the Bruenor ally token and card, and the Crystal Prison and Gauntlgrym Door tokens. All of these will eventually be placed on the board.
To set up the tile deck, shuffle the Dark Chasm tile with three other random tiles. Then shuffle the rest of the deck and place eight tiles on top of these four, so that the Dark Chasm tile will be somewhere from the 9th to the 12th tile in the deck. All other tiles are placed under these first twelve.
During play, when you place the Dark Chasm tile, place the Ancient Throne tile adjacent to it. Then, place a Cavern Edge tile along each unexplored border of the Ancient Throne tile. Do not yet place any monsters! These will come after the Gauntlgrym Door is opened.
Speaking of which, place the Gauntlgrym Door token at the border between the Dark Chasm and Ancient Throne tiles. The Door will be impassable until the adventurers find the Lever item token and use it to open the gate.
The two tiles named Dwarven Statue will eventually come into play (shuffle them normally into the deck). They differ slightly; one has the painted statue icon depicted under the word “Dwarven,” while the other has the statue icon depicted under the word “Statue.”
When the tile with the painted statue icon under “Dwarven” is placed, you must place the Crystal Prison token on the tile over the statue icon and place Bruenor’s ally token on the Prison. Then, place two monsters on the tile. The adventurers must destroy the Crystal Prison and free Bruenor; this is essential to winning the game (as is keeping Bruenor alive!). When the active hero breaks the Crystal Prison, he or she acquires Bruenor as an ally.
When the tile with the painted statue icon under “Statue” is placed, you must place the Crown item token on the square with the statue. Then place two monsters on the tile. The active hero may pick up the Crown if she ends her hero phase adjacent to it. The adventurers must bring the Crown as well as Bruenor to the Ancient Throne in order to win the game.
To pass the Gauntlgrym Door and enter the Ancient Throne room, the adventurers must first possess the Lever item token. This token is located in the Secret Cave. When you place the Secret Cave tile, do not place a monster! Instead, place the Lever item token on the back square next to the campfire. This monster-free tile is a freebie, to make up for the difficulty of the Dwarven Statue tiles.
If the active hero ends her hero phase adjacent to the Gauntlgrym Door and she possesses the Lever, she may open the door (remove the Door token). Once this is done, you must immediately place the Drow Matron Mother villain figure on the mushroom square that is nearest the throne. Do not draw an encounter card!
After placing the Drow Matron Mother, draw one monster and place it on the mushroom square that is nearest the Dark Chasm tile. If more than one person is playing, then each remaining player draws a monster and places it on any of the Cavern Edge tiles.
To win, the Drow Matron Mother must first be defeated. Then, the Bruenor ally token must be on the square containing the throne. Finally, the active hero must end his or her hero phase adjacent to the Throne while holding the Crown. If all these things are done, then the usurper of the Dwarven Throne has been defeated, and Bruenor has been crowned king!
This scenario is just one example of what can be done with a single set. Look in this column for more custom scenario ideas in the future.