Box cover of Thunderstone Base Set
|Publisher(s)||Alderac Entertainment Group|
|Players||1 to 5 players|
|Setup time||~30 minutes|
|Playing time||~60 minutes|
|Skill(s) required||Resource Management |
Thunderstone is a fantasy deck-building card game series designed by Mike Elliott, with artwork by Jason Engle. It was first published by Alderac Entertainment Group in 2009. Each card has dimensions of 6.3 cm x 8.8 cm (2.5in x 3.5in). It has been translated into several languages.
Gameplay involves building a deck of adventurers and equipment to defeat monsters. Each turn players must decide whether to visit the Village (to purchase cards, upgrade heroes and other actions), or if they will face a monster in the current dungeon (using the heroes and equipment in their hand). Defeated monsters are added to a player's deck as well, where they may contribute money and/or other bonuses when in hand.
Many game elements including the card layout have undergone a major redesign in 2012.This has caused the game series to continue under the new name Thunderstone Advance. Cards from the original series and the Advance series are compatible as they share the same back cover artwork. In the Thunderstone Advance series, each set comes with a handful of Thunderstone Bearers that act as monster bosses in the game.
Thunderstone Quest brings new play modes to the table. The game will tell a specific story with a series of pre-set dungeon tiles, monsters, heroes and support cards. Each will come with a series of mini-adventures and a story booklet that tells players what happens as they progress through the scenarios.
Once players have completed the quests they will be able to enjoy great replay value with the available selection of monsters, heroes, and support cards, as well as the new dungeon tiles, by choosing random set-ups before the start of play. Aside from heroes such as wizards, fighters, rogues, and clerics, cards will include supplies that heroes need like weapons, spells, items, or light to reach further into the dungeon.
The dungeon deck is created by combining several different groups of monsters together. Certain groups of monsters may be more or less susceptible to different hero types, so players have to take this into account when they choose what to buy.
The games denoted as B contain Base cards (Militia/Regulars, Daggers/Longspears, Torches, etc) and experience cards (tokens in Advance) and can therefore be played standalone.
|Type||Total Cards||Types of Cards||Extras|
|Thunderstone (Base game)B||2009||Stand-alone||530|
1 Thunderstone card
|50 Card Dividers|
|Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements||2010||Expansion||340|
1 Thunderstone card
|76 Card Dividers|
|Thunderstone: Doomgate Legion||2010||Expansion||317|
1 Thunderstone card
|28 Card Dividers|
|Thunderstone: DragonspireB||2011||Stand-alone and Expansion||630|
2 Thunderstone cards
53 Card Dividers
|Thunderstone: Thornwood Siege||2011||Expansion||284|
1 Thunderstone card
27 Card dividers
|Thunderstone: Heart of Doom||2011||Expansion||302|
1 Thunderstone card
|29 Card dividers|
|Thunderstone: Promo Pack||2011||Promo||17|
6 Harruli Initiate
|Thunderstone: For the Dwarf Promo||2010||Promo||13|
6 Clan Sergeant
|Thunderstone: Werewolf Promo Pack||2011||Promo||14|
1 Void Apocalypse (Hydra - Dragon)
|Thunderstone: Promo Pack #2||2011||Promo||13|
1 Guardian of Strength (Guardian)
|Type||Total Cards||Types of Cards||Extras/Notes|
|Thunderstone Advance: Towers of RuinB||2012||Stand-alone and Expansion||566|
95 Basic card
50 Card Dividers
Currently out of print
|Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane||2012||Expansion||282|
84 Hero cards
|27 Card Dividers|
|Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption||2012||Expansion||336|
84 Hero cards
30 Card Dividers
|Thunderstone Advance: Avatars||2012||Expansion||25|
25 Avatar cards
|Thunderstone Advance: Starter SetB||2013||Stand-alone and Expansion||259|
70 Basic cards
|24 Card Dividers|
|Thunderstone Advance: NumeneraB||2013||Stand-alone and Expansion||602|
81 Basic card
55 Card Dividers
|Thunderstone Advance: Worlds CollideB||2013||Stand-alone and Expansion||550|
91 Basic cards
|The set showcases 550 cards from the first six|
Thunderstone releases, including some of the
|Thunderstone Advance: Into the Abyss||2014||Expansion||381|
128 Hero cards
|33 Card Dividers|
The Worlds Collide and Into the Abyss sets are selection of cards from the original series (Thunderstone and its 5 expansions), redesigned to match with the Advance series. Also many cards have been tweaked for more balance.
BoardGameGeek rates Thunderstone a 7.0 out of 10, garnering it a thematic rank of 177 out of over 500 "thematic" board games.
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