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    • The cards are fun!
    • Fantastic game to play over zoom

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    • Player elimination
    • Must own base game to play expansion

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    Battle For Baldur’s Gate Review

    Dungeon mayhem

    If you’ve ever played Dungeons & Dragons, it’s likely you would have heard of the Forgotten Realms setting. A lot of the modules are set there, and in that setting, there is a fabled city called Baldur’s Gate. This city has also been utilised as a series of video games, where characters have become ingrained in the lore. Now, they are in position to fight against Azzan, Lia, Oriax and Sutha for the right to call themselves the last player standing. All of this takes place in Dungeon Mayhem: Battle for Baldur’s Gate!

    The Game

    The first expansion, Battle For Baldur’s Gate brings two characters in card form: the first is the legendary ranger Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster, Boo, well known as a recruitable character in the Baldur’s Gate video games. The second is Jaheira, the half-elf druid, also a recruitable character in Baldur’s Gate. These cards are full of beautiful art and fun character references that will titillate the fans they have accrued over the years. 

    How To Play

    Dungeon Mayhem is a very simple game to play. The review of the base game is well worth a read. The basics of the game are: you draw a card and you play a card. Repeat until all opponents or your own character are at zero hit points. Each of the cards does one or more of six things:

    Attack; Defend; Play Again; Draw; Heal, or Active Mighty Powers. 

    Use these cards to eliminate other players and be the last player standing. 

    That’s all for the gameplay, and it's the same for Battle For Baldur's Gate. You can pull off some excellent combos and there are some other rules. Like when you empty your hand, you draw an extra two cards to keep going, but for the most part, that’s it. 

    Likes & Dislikes

    Dislike: Player elimination is an unfortunate part of this game. However, in theory, games should be over pretty quickly so it shouldn’t be too long before you’re back in the game.  

    Like: The cards are fun! The simple art of throwing a hamster towards an opponent and seeing a bear sitting in a chair with a book are both entertaining and make them fun to throw down. 

    Dislike: This expansion desperately needs the base game in order to play it. Whilst you can technically play it with your friends as a two-player game, and perhaps as an introduction, to tempt someone to buy it, it’s not worth getting on its own. 

    Like: This is a fantastic game to play over Zoom. If you and your opponents have a copy of Battle For Baldur's Gate, all you need to do is lay the hit point tracker in front of you and pick out the protective cards when necessary. 

    Final Thoughts

    Dungeon Mayhem is an excellent game on its own, and the expansions only add to the replayability. The game is very well balanced for more players and certainly benefits from an expansion. However, for me personally, I’m not a huge fan of the Battle For Baldur’s Gate. I have to stress that this is probably because the references go over my head – I have never played any of the Baldur’s Gate video games, so I’m only vaguely aware of the characters because of this game. I also have my general prejudice about rangers as a class, but that’s for another day. It also can’t be played alone; you really need Dungeon Mayhem to play it. Some would say “well yes, it is an expansion after all” but when you compare it to the younger brother expansion, Monster Madness, it doesn’t have the same feel to it. 

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    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • The cards are fun!
    • Fantastic game to play over zoom

    Might not like

    • Player elimination
    • Must own base game to play expansion

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    I recently placed my third order with Zatu. They have a great range at reasonable prices and are so efficient. I especially appreciate the order updates and the gift wrap option, especially since the recipient of my recent gift order commented on the neatness of the wrapping!

    I recently placed my third order with Zatu. They have a great range at reasonable prices and are so efficient. I especially appreciate the order updates and the gift wrap option, especially since the recipient of my recent gift order commented on the neatness of the wrapping!

    Ordered on Saturday night and was dispatched on Sunday morning. Actually impressed with that. All in all very happy with the service and I would order again.

    Ordered on Saturday night and was dispatched on Sunday morning. Actually impressed with that. All in all very happy with the service and I would order again.

    A great selection of games, great value for money and very quick delivery

    A great selection of games, great value for money and very quick delivery

    Great service - games received very swiftly and well packaged.

    Great service - games received very swiftly and well packaged.

    Huge range, quick delivery and well priced!

    Huge range, quick delivery and well priced!

    Great website,loads of variety and like their game charts and editors choice. Good customer service competetive prices.Highly recommend Zatu Games.

    Great website,loads of variety and like their game charts and editors choice. Good customer service competetive prices.Highly recommend Zatu Games.

    Such fast and amazing service, great prices and my yugioh cards came in perfect condition and so quickly. Definietly worth purchasing here for a good deal and fast shipping

    Such fast and amazing service, great prices and my yugioh cards came in perfect condition and so quickly. Definietly worth purchasing here for a good deal and fast shipping

    Had to wait 10 months for carcassone big box instead of expected 2 months but well worth the wait due to price. All the family play and enjoy the different expansions

    Had to wait 10 months for carcassone big box instead of expected 2 months but well worth the wait due to price. All the family play and enjoy the different expansions

    Zatu games provide competitively priced games, delivered to your door in excellent time. I ordered my game last minute before a holiday, and not only was Zatu the cheapest, but they were the quickest to deliver, too.

    Zatu games provide competitively priced games, delivered to your door in excellent time. I ordered my game last minute before a holiday, and not only was Zatu the cheapest, but they were the quickest to deliver, too.

    Fantastic service once again and speedy delivery. Great product - love the dungeon layouts. Innovative products.

    Fantastic service once again and speedy delivery. Great product - love the dungeon layouts. Innovative products.

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