World of Warcraft, the Boardgame

I’m not a big online gamer (although I’ll occasionally use my son’s account for a hand of Bridge) so the online multi Player stuff really doesn’t hold a lot of interest for me, but I’ve been a wargamer/boardgamer for 35 years and this week I had my first exposure to World of Warcraft the Boardgame, and it is interesting.

The System:

Basically you have two groups of players each on a “side”. In a specific number of turns these teams of players complete quests against various monsters and warriors (either together or along) to gain experience in order to be strong enough to defeat the boss at the end, if neither can then the fight is between the pair of groups. You also encounter some creatures that give no bonus’ at all but are in your way. Each player can equip themselves based on the restrictions of their character as they gain levels they gain bonus traits that are roughly based on the choices they make at the start (although technically they can choose others) The point is to progress enough so you can defeat stronger and stronger monsters as you go up in levels.

One of the interesting things about this game is the turn alternates one team moves on odd turns, one on evens.

The Combat:

The system is a D8 System. Blue (range) Green (Defense) and Red (Parry and attack) system. Based upon your equipment you will gain dice of each color to attack, depending on your abilities and equipment you may be allowed re-rolls or be allowed dice in the “attrition” box. Blue attacks hit first as they are ranged. Green dice block hits and Red Dice parry AND hit. Attrition hits take place at the end of combat.

Each creature you fight has a value for Offense (damage it deals) and Defense (damage it takes) and toughness (the number it takes to score a hit) additionally creatures may have bonus’ that negate various types of advantages. If you fail to slay your opponent(s) they deal damage to you based upon these figures.

The Chrome:

Photo from Gencon

The individual molded plastic pieces are pretty well done and rather neat, the cards design is only pleasing to the eye but large enough to read without glasses if you are older like myself, the board is a thing of beauty and it’s layout worth of your attention.

The Price:

On Amazon the Game retails for $119 on other sites I see it for about $80 which sounds a lot more reasonable. You will get a lot of playtime from this game, but in comparison to other awesome games out there (read Talisman) it seems a tad steep.

My verdict:

It is a good game and is a lot easier to learn than it might seem, the combat system might take a play or two to pick up. It’s not the best value in gaming out there but you will enjoy yourselves.

This review also appears at Amazon.com here