A new Dungeons & Dragons co-op board game is due for release this year, Dicebreaker can reveal.
A mockup of a non-final box for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventurer’s Gate was on display at distributor Asmodee UK’s stand at this year’s Toy Fair trade show in London. The box cover describes the co-op board game as “your quick start, quick play entry into the world of D&D”, suggesting that it’s been designed to bridge the gap between playing a board game and the full RPG experience of learning how to play Dungeons & Dragons 5E.
Meanwhile, Asmodee UK’s catalogue of 2020 board game releases, also available at Toy Fair, included a board game called Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure Begins.
Although yet to be confirmed by publisher Hasbro, Adventurer’s Gate and Adventure Begins appear to be the same game with different titles. The two games feature very similar box artwork - albeit in slightly different arrangements - showing the same axe-swinging dwarf, fire-wielding magic-user and bow-shooting ranger. The classic Dungeons & Dragons 5E classes and races on the cover may hint at the possible player characters in the board game.
Both games also feature similar box descriptions as fast-playing, entry-level beginner board games that aim to introduce new players to the world of Dungeons & Dragons. In the catalogue entry, Adventure Begins is described as being “your fun first entry into the world of D&D”. Its player count is given as between two and four players, with a recommended age of 10 and up.
The description of Adventure Begins hints at the board game as being similar to a traditional dungeon-crawler, stating that the co-op board game includes “simplified concepts” and “fast-paced gameplay”, with players fighting monsters, collecting treasures and trying to survive their quest.
A representative from Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast confirmed to Dicebreaker that the board games seen at Toy Fair - Adventurer’s Gate and Adventure Begins - did not necessarily represent the final artwork or title for the upcoming board games.
When contacted by Dicebreaker regarding the games, Hasbro said it had no further information to share at this time.