I was skeptical when I read the initial reviews about this. But as a true Lego fan I just had to try it for myself. The build time for this set was pretty short, but a nice change from the usual Lego offering. Building in 1/2 scale (I have coined this to describe the 1x1 scale) is unlike anything else I have built before and was a lot of fun. With a big grin on my face I finished the last page and was ready to assemble my dungeon! The instructions will lead you though the basics of building the major components of the set; like the rooms, paths, character bases, potions, etc. After this you have two options, you may use one of the three included setups, or put the pieces together on your own and create your own dungeon. We decided to start with the setup included in the instructions that included the Goblin King as an end point (common, who can resist a boss :p). The play time on the first game was about 30-40 min. The game box states 10-20 min a game, but for the first few games plan on spending a bit longer getting used to the rolls and rules. We choose to get the largest set currently available (the Castle Fortaan set). It was a very good choice as it allows for a full game experience and the other sets are really designed to work in combination with this set (you can get these and play them as stand alone games, but they are a VERY quick play each). All and all it was a great purchase and will allow for endless hours of fun as you move the pieces around. Below are some of the custom rules that we added after playing a few games. I really think these add to the fun of the game, and may spark some ideas of your own!!! - Give the enemies different 'hit' points, we gave the base Goblins 1 hit point, the beefy Goblins 2 hit points, and the Goblin King 3 hit points. We followed the same rules as stated in the game, but with each roll only counting towards 1 hit point on an enemy.
- We awarded 1 gold after a player defeated an enemy (this allows for faster purchasing of weapons and gives you more opportunities to use them)
- We stated that when instructed to move 'back one space', 'back' was defined as one space in the direction you came from
- We created a number of 'race' games, with identical setups, where players would race to the end (first one there wins!)
- I have also created a single player version of the game. It is a work in progress, but essentially it follows the hit point rule, and gives your character 8 hit points. You cannot heal in this version, and the goal is to get to the end or defeat the boss These are just a few ideas to get you going. I think the 'Heroica' sets are amazing and would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of Lego and Dungeons and Dragons!