Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Product #STFDS001

Regular Price: $120.00

Special Price: $90.00

20+ In stock

Manufacturer: Steamforged Games

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Prepare to Die!

To prevent the coming darkness, a curse has been unleashed upon humanity. You are chosen undead, bearers of the curse, and it is upon you that the fate of this world rests. Will you forever join the Soul of Cinder and prolong the torment or usher in an age of humanity where the curse of undeath is at last lifted?

Dark Souls is a cooperative dungeon crawl board game for 1-4 players. To win the game, players must work together tactically to learn how to defeat enemies before finally confronting the boss. Players will find specific attack patterns and weaknesses of the enemies, but they will have to be careful.

If a player's character dies, the game does not end, but starting over comes at a cost. Each time a character falls in combat, the whole party must return to the bonfire, and all enemies reset. Use your resources sparingly, learn quickly, and prepare to die.

Contents:
27 Plastic Miniatures
9 Double-sided Character Boards
4 Player Boards
64 Health & Stamina Cubes
15 Dice
121 Tokens
252 Cards
8 Tracker Dials
1 Rulebook


Ages: 14+
Players: 1-4
Game Length: 90-120 minutes



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Reviews

Jolly co-operation!
If you are a fan of dark souls at all you will have fun playing this. The quality of the miniatures and boards is great, I had a couple with some bent weapons but they weren’t that bad. I have started painting the pieces and they are not miniature game quality but still very good for a board game.

Gameplay wise this game is HARD. With 4 people our first run was about 3-4 hours with set up and we did not manage to defeat any bosses or mini bosses. Still it was a lot of fun, and one of the people playing doesn’t know anything about dark souls and still have a good time with the game itself.
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Review by Tim on 11/30/2018
Nice minis and very tough, as it should be
If you like the videogame you will probably like this. There is some variation game to game as the enemies you face are randomized and a few different bosses you can encounter. Alot of repetition as you will have to fight those enemies multiple times to gather enough souls to level your characters up to be able to equip the really good gear. That being said, it is fun to fight and learn your enemies move sets to be able to blaze through them faster the next time. My only real complaints are the bosses directional abilities are very confusing starting out and the difficulty of this game ramps up A TON the more players you have. By far best when played with 2.
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Review by Wickdawg01 on 10/11/2018
Great game despite being very pricey
Gameplay: Feels like Dark Souls, especially the boss fights. Definitely the game's strongest quality.
Quality: The miniatures look great, though many of my miniatures came with bent weapons and bases. This can be fixed easily enough, but I'd rather not have to considering the price. The cards feel a little cheaper than I would like, but sleeves should prevent most wear and tear.
Price: Very high, even factoring in what you are getting. Similarly priced miniatures games like Imperial Assault provide more for your dollar, though I like the sculpts a bit better in this game.
Value: If you love Dark Souls, have the money, and don't want something else more this game is worth purchasing. Though there are some quality issues, the overall product is a faithful enough translation to warrant your time and money.
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Review by Jake on 5/20/2018
Really smooth mechanics
Really fun game, underrated
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Review by jonathan on 12/14/2017
Great in campaign. Bad in simple pick up games.
Great in campaign. Bad in simple pick up games.
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Review by John on 7/3/2017
Faithful to a Fault
To begin, I do enjoy playing the game. My brother and I both have a copy and have been playing remotely via video chat with each other and have enjoyed the campaign style of game where each session carries into the next. However, especially early on, you are more or less forced to repeat the same four rooms of encounters ad nauseam in order to upgrade sufficiently to fight your current boss. According to the rules, each room nets you 2 souls (currency) per player, but we have found this to be not as valuable as we'd like to feel like. Instead, we opt to play 3 souls per player to move the game along at a slightly brisker pace and allow us to clear a single boss within a 60-90 minute window. This tweak alone has made the game much more enjoyable and less repetitive, but it's this aspect that makes me drop the gameplay a hair.

As for the boss fights, once you do have a few upgrades in hand, they are quite good. While the boss is controlled by an AI deck, the attack pattern is repeated in sequence during your play through, and randomized each new play through. As a result, you are able to learn and predict its movements and attempt to position accordingly to make the fight a little easier. This sounds easier than it is and keeps the encounter feeling much more tense than the fights leading up to it do.

The miniatures themselves are nice enough, come packed in pretty good snap in plastic trays, but do suffer from drooping and bend. In my brother's box, one of the Shield Knights hands broke off in shipping and he's reaching out to Steamforged on a replacement, but this looks to be a fluke as mine are just fine. The only complaint on the packaging is the card tray. It does a fine job in shipping while the cards are shrink wrapped, but does not keep anything in place once they are opened. Both of us opted to get an external plastic storage cases to the cards and all punch outs for easier organization.

Steamforged already has several additional bosses in the works, and I'm eager to see how they evolve the rules and gameplay beyond the base set. I also expect there will be tweaks to the rules as well, but if you're like us and use those as a strong guide but optimize for your groups enjoyment and play speed, this is a nice game as is.
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Review by Baraduk on 5/28/2017
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