Dungeon Saga: The Return of Valandor

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Mantic’s Dungeon Saga has an all new expansion. Let’s see what The Return of Valandor is all about:

Mantic says:

Despite the heroes of Dolgarth’s best efforts, it has been discovered the Mortibris, the Necromancer who thought to bring about the end of the world, survived. He escaped their clash with powerful secrets, which he plans to use to unleash the ancient demon lord Ba’el and dominate Mantica once and for all.

Only one being could hope to defeat Ba’el – Valandor – who has been lost for centuries. The heroes must quest to bring Valandor back to the mortal plane, so he can join them in their fight to vanquish both foes and save Mantica from Mortibris forever.

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Dungeon Saga is a 2-5 player game of adventure amidst the treacherous dungeons of Mantica. One player takes controls of the Overlord – the main villain and antagonist of the adventure. They control the minions and the environment, creating challenges for heroes to overcome and trying to stop them from succeeding. Up to fours players take control of the valiant heroes, using their skill, strength and abilities to face the Overlord and their minions.

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The Return of Valandor  £29.99

The Return of Valandor is a narrative expansion for Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest, following directly on form the events of the core game with six exciting scenarios for your heroes to face! A new hero joins the fold – the mighty Valandor, reborn. Opposing this walking legend and his allies are the undead hordes of the necromancer Mortibris and the insane Demon Lord, Ba’el. The key to victory lies within the ruins of the Du’lan Var; Ba’el’s last victims from centuries past. Here lies Valandor’s resting place and Ba’el prison. The heroes must be willing to risk everything for the fate of the world.

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This set is packed with everything you need to face Ba’el, including a 24-page full colour questbook, characters cards for Ba’el and Valandor, a new overlord card deck for Ba’el, thick cardstock tiles to build the ruins your heroes will explore and 11 pre-assembled plastic miniatures, including the Spirit of Valandor and the Demon Lord Ba’el.

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Dungeon Saga: The Return of Valandor will be back in stock at the end of the month – order your copy here!

Everyone has a dungeon-crawl boardgame these days.  What do you think?

  • Zingbaby

    The irony, all the Sigmarine haters that fled to Mantic, now have their own, horribly sculpted Sigmarine.

    • ZeeLobby

      To be honest. Most fled to use their GW models with mantis’s rules.

      • Zingbaby

        Well I can’t speak to KoW but my experience with Dungeon Saga so far is — the rules stink.

        • ZeeLobby

          People seem to like KoW. It’s not as complex as WFB, which is both a boon and a drawback depending on who you ask. But if gives players large scale ranked combat, which is really what made fantasy unique and interesting IMO. Now AoS is similar to many other skirmish games with just a different aesthetic.

          • Agent OfBolas

            who cares about Mantic if we have T9A?

          • ZeeLobby

            Well, my local store carries Mantic stuff. 9th age only really travels by word of mouth. So it’s harder to get people to sign off on it.

          • Agent OfBolas

            that’s the point.

            But you can play T9A with Mantic miniatures 🙂 There are no limits, rules are free.

          • ZeeLobby

            It’s more support and finding games that’s the issue. I’ve used their map, etc. But there’s very little support for it here. Add to that the questionable future the community has (any freeware community is questionable), and it’s just tough for people to get on board. My group doesn’t want to, although I definitely would.

  • Jeff Daniels

    Ah, Mantic.

    Great ethos, affordable pricing, nice people, fun games, veteran designers, good mix of classic plus original ideas, and…

    …lousy miniatures.

    Most specifically, the spindly, elongated legs, oversized arms and heads, and huge, enormous, cartoon-like shoulders.

    C’mon Mantic, turn your ship around. If you’d improve the quality of your figures, I’d jump on board in a minute.

    • eriochrome

      Valandor and Bael are both very poor minis even by boardgame standards. Real shame as they should be center pieces using there larger scale to have great detail.

    • zeno666

      This goes for other companies as well

      https://www.games-workshop.com/resources/catalog/product/600×620/99810216006_RazorgorNEW01.jpg

      Only half the cost of this board game…

      • Zingbaby

        To be fair though, the majority of GW models are excellent. The majority of Mantic models are total crap.

        • ZeeLobby

          I have to definitely agree there. I do think Warmachine/Hordes and Infinity have some great looking models though. They’re definitely getting better. Mantic could use an aesthetic designer for sure. Someone who at least gets proportions right.

    • euansmith

      Mantic do seem to have a real issue with turning some great concept artwork in to decent minis; also they seem to be rather erratic. Some minis look fine and others are just shocking.

      Fortunately they seem to be moving away from the molding the models’ feet directly to their bases, which led to a certain amount of small leg and mincing monster syndrome.

      • Jeff Daniels

        Whoa… I didn’t even know that they molded the feet onto the bases. That’s another heinous crime in my book. (Don’t get me started on puddle bases.) Oh well, at least they’re moving away from it.

        I really, REALLY, want to like Mantic for keeping the fantasy wargaming banner waving, and for being such nice guys. But I can’t right now with the miniatures they’re making.

        • euansmith

          The Salamanders and the Naiads for the Forces of Nature Army look like a big step in the right direction (molded in proper plastic with some decent sculpting); but the Giant Elemental from the same army is frankly horrible.

        • Brian Brodeur

          Newer models and the Dungeon Saga models are not molded to the bases. They have a peg going to a hole on the base to keep it in place. Old KoW models had this major issue though.

    • Brian Brodeur

      While I have issues with both models, I think my reasons differ from others.
      Valandor’s sculpt doesn’t bother me as I see mutants sitting next to me each day that don’t understand what leg day is :). Also he is a fallen angel or hero of days long past (I can’t remember the exact story, but basically a monster next to everyone else) so I forgive the oddness going on. The base is what bugs me. He is taking up the same space as a zombie half his size and he is wielding a spear to boot. He shoulda been on the same base size as Ba’el. Also the angle of picture doesn’t help. He looks better viewing other pictures at other angles.
      My only problem with Ba’el is the arm that is sticking out. Its just … odd. Seems to be broken at a wierd angle or something. Rest is fine for me.
      Wish the consistence was there for Mantic for sculpts. Its just all over the place. Some are really great, others are pretty rough.

  • Michael Johnson

    I guess they had to cut corners somewhere. I just wish they hadn’t cut corners that much on the figures.

  • Valendor is a pretty sucky featureless figure but a good paint job can save him slightly. He is definitely no Submarine. This is an old expansion though.