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16 May 2016

Four Against Darkness Followup

Two weeks ago I posted my playtest of ***Four Against Darkness (4AD).
There were some follow-up questions and I also promised to give away 5 PDF copies of the game. First, the questions: How does this compare to Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits 1?
They are similar. ADTA is an introductory role-playing game with a focus on dungeon-crawling. ADTA can be played as a standard RPG with a Game Master. Or it can be played solo.
The mechanics are also very easy. I must admit that I’ve only played it once and it’s been some time. Without re-playing the game I can’t really say if one is better than the other. I’ve skimmed ADTA and it looks like it will give you the same experience as 4AD.
The dungeon-generator looks to be simpler and there are no boss monsters.
The game is a tad cheaper (USD $6.95 instead of $8 for 4AD). How does it compare to similar boardgames such as Descent? (Other than waaaaaaaay cheaper)
I’ve played Descent once, a friend of mine has the game. I can’t remember the mechanics anymore. Descent has some story elements and AFAIK you can’t play it solo. But the board game parts are of course much cooler.
I’m not sure how you can compare these two. They are probably both dungeon-crawlers but I still see Descent as a board game and 4AD as a pen and paper game. Now, the giveaway. Done with

  1. Steven Kornegay
  2. Nikolay
  3. Rynath
  4. John Payne
  5. Bob Bersch

I’ll contact the winners via email. Thank you for reading my blog. I will do some more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned.