Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Hero Hunt

by StalsBG - Jam Entry

This year for LD I was away from home, but I had a bunch of paper some pens and dice with me, so I decided to make some board game this time.
This is a single player dungeon building game where you need to prevent adventurers (heroes) from killing you (the local evil lord) because you are summoning your master that will wipe everyone.

Each turn a new hero comes and over time they become more and more powerful.

If heroes find your non-empty treasure room before they might leave you alone, but they surely will come back next turn.

The game ends if heroes manage to kill you or if you survive for 9 turns.


You can print monsters / minions deck twice to get more monsters.
Anyway it was really fun making and play testing it, and I hope it will be fun playing.

The games scope turned out to be too big for the time I had, but I'm still happy with what I was able to make in that amount of time.
Didn't have a lot of time to balance the game

On design:
I tried to make 3 different races with some special gimmicks to build combos around,
Demons - Weak but are powerful in numbers buffing each other heavily.
Undead - mediocre in hp but tough and abilities allow to heal / increase hp.
Humans - have good hp and attack but lose some attack if are close to undead or demons.

And also added cards with special effects for boss monsters - like the one that allows you to heal any of your minions for N hp if you also pay N.

Some interesting design
- building rooms give spots to place monsters but it doesn't effect heroes by themselves
- give buildings that add more different abilities that you can do on your turn if you've built them.
- rooms that get bonuses for the other buildings around is also fun I think
minions that give bonuses to another minions

P.S. Sorry for the poor lighting on the photos, I'm currently not at home so it is what I have.

Game by Stas Korotaev @StalsKnight

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dusakus says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:12pm

Haven't seen many games of this kind during this LD. I tried it in a graphics editor with ~40 layers ]:P
Had fun, failed quickly, liked it ]:D

Zerkruemler says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:24pm

Ha a Board game. I should try this the next weeks

Aug 29, 2015 @ 9:51pm

Haha! A board game, nice :D

Zephyr Raine says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:33pm

Cool concept, had fun

namrog84 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:06am

very interesting! I like it!

Jod says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 11:50am

That's.... genius. This is what I love to see in LD!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:06pm

Wow, very fun and it's nice to see a boardgame during a LD.

Flaid says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:20pm

Very innovative!

scriptorum says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:30pm

First game, the Demon Lord won with 5 gold in the treasure room and 2 damage on the boss. The combination of two devils in a pentagram room was just too much for the heroes. Sad for the demon hunter, who fell one room before reaching them.

In the second, the Thief King just took gold for half the game, winding up 24 gold ahead. No hero got to him. Managing to draw the Bloody Room, Vampire, and Bloody Bath within the first three turns meant I had an 8 HP, 3 ATK juggernaut right at the front. A demonic pact room as my first card helped pay for all this. Only the Necromancer got past the vampire, taking 3 damage and then choosing (randomly) to sneak past. However, I had a coterie of imps standing guard in the woods who easily dealt the final 1 HP blow.

Nice to see a board game entry. Consider "porting" your game to a board game engine like Tabletop Simulator, SunTzu, or Vassal. You'll get more plays!

Coac says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 9:00pm

Wow wow, board game, so nice ! :)

Larzan says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 7:37am

Great idea, i love it when ppl take the games off the screen and to the table / floor :)

StalsBG says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 8:03am

@everyone Thank you so much for all the comments!

@scriptorum Thank you for the detailed information of the playtest. I know the balancing is not that great but still hope that you enjoyed it ^_^. I actually used Tabletop Simulator before, but totally forgot about it for some reason. Already having printable version this shouldn't be too hard if I remember correctly, so definitely will try to make it happen.

Biruts says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 2:38pm

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

xvw says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 4:35am

Excellent GameJam Hacking ! And the game 's fun !

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