I’ve reviewed previous editions of Dungeon Command. Here’s the short summary: it uses cards instead of dice to resolve combat, it’s compatible with both the D&D Adventure System series of board games (including The Legend of Drizzt) and tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, and it comes with a series of prepainted plastic miniatures recycled from the cancelled Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures game. I’m less interested in this latest iteration of the miniatures game as I am in its compatibility with other D&D games.
The title should give away what you can expect to find here: goblins. Or rather, goblinoids and the creatures who love them. The set comes with a goblin archer, two goblin cutters, and a goblin champion. These three miniatures can be found (unpainted) in The Legend of Drizzt game. It should be pointed out the tiles that come with the set do not perfectly match the underground tiles of The Legend of Drizzt, so while they are physically compatible they don’t merge quite perfectly with the Adventure System sets.
With the basics established, the set continues with a wolf and a goblin wolf rider. Apparently Wizards of the Coast has moved away from the term “worg” which in turn was drawn from “warg,” the evil wolves named by Tolkien as being in league with goblins. But the affiliation still stands, which explains their inclusion here.
There are also two hobgoblins soldiers, a bugbear berserker, and a hobgoblin sorcerer. The sorcerer does more than sorcery – he summons a horned devil, which is the only explanation for why this figure is in the set. The horned devil is one of two large figures along with the feral troll, who will be right at home in The Legend of Drizzt.
There are two commanders: Tarkon Draal, Black Hand of Bane who demoralizes opponents and Snig the Axe who deploys goblin hordes and is still just as mysterious as when he appeared in the cancelled miniatures game. As the card says, nobody knows if Snig is the name of the axe or the goblin.
This set focuses on what it does best – goblins. Combined with the miniatures from the Drow Dungeon Command set you can replace quite a few of the unpainted miniatures of The Legend of Drizzt with their painted duplicates. While it may not be fancy, this set makes an excellent goblin warband for Dungeon Command, Adventure System, or the role-playing game.
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