One of my most anticipated board games of 2011 has got to be Dungeon Run, coming later this summer from Plaid Hat Games.
I've been nothing but impressed by the work coming out of Plaid Hat Games. While they've currently got just one game on the market, Summoner Wars (and it's expansions), it's a fantastic game with component quality that rivals the big boardgame companies like Fantasy Flight Games and Days of Wonder. The difference is Plaid Hat Games is both a very young company and a very small company that is still flying under the radar of a lot of gamers and, sadly, retailers.
I think Dungeon Run is going to get folks to notice Plaid Hat in a big way.
Dungeon Run is a boardgame in the dungeon crawl genre. As such, it's got company out there with games such as Descent, Dungeon Twister, Tomb, and Claustrophobia just to name a few.
Dungeon Run is set in the same universe as Summoner Wars, which hopefully can splash a little attention back Summoner Wars way. Here's the description of the game from the Plaid Hat Games website:
Plaid Hat just started releasing previews of the game on their forums. So, if you'd like a closer look at the game click on over to the Plaid Hat Games Forums and go to the Dungeon Run Previews thread in the Summoner Wars News sub-forum.
The game where YOU are the final boss!
Dungeon Run is an exciting dash through a dungeon packed with monsters and traps. Each player controls a unique hero capable of great feats, and whose powers and abilities are upgradable and customizable throughout the game. Players can work together to overcome the perils of the dungeon, or they can betray and sabotage each other as they see fit. Because in the final room of the dungeon lurks a powerful boss with the ultimate treasure - a treasure that turns its owner into the most powerful warrior they can become! Slay the boss, steal the treasure, and then run for your life as your friends try to cut you down. In Dungeon Run only one hero can escape with the fabled Summoning Stone. Don´t walk - run!
A new game each time you play
Dungeon Run features a randomly assembled dungeon that changes each time you play, as do the monsters you face and the treasures you find. Eight different heroes each with unique options for customization further add to a wealth of game play options. Choose the vicious Tundra Orc and bash your way through everything that stands in your path. Play as the cunning Grounder Wizard and use your magic to cheat the laws of nature. Select the Guild Dwarf adventurer and lay traps to ensnare your friends. There are many paths to victory in Dungeon Run. Win by working with your friends or against them - just win!
Look for Dungeon Run to be in stores in August 2011. Tell your local game store about it today!