Asmadi Games, the makers of Penny Press and We Didn’t Playtest This At All, are Kickstarting their newest game, One Deck Dungeon. They advertise that it’s “all the excitement of a rogue-like dungeon crawl in 54 cards.”
One of the first things that is very obvious about the game is that all of the characters are women, and a diverse set of women at that. In their Kickstarter video, Asmadi says they made a conscious choice to create characters that look realistic and who wear realistic armor. There’s no heels, no boob-plate, so that’s exciting.
The game itself is for 1-2 players. Though if you get two decks, you can play with four people. You explore the dungeon and encounter monsters, all the while spending time to do so, aka discarding cards from the dungeon deck. After you encounter a monster or a peril (trap, pits, spikes, etc), you attempt to defeat it. To defeat the challenge, you roll a number of dice that is determined by your character card. You use dice to cover up squares on the encounter card, and any squares you can’t cover cause you damage.
After you’ve defeated the challenge, you then get to choose what kind of reward you get. Each monster or peril card has three potential benefits, items to give you more dice to roll, experience to level up, or a new skill for your character to learn. Once you decide which reward you’d rather take, you tuck it under your character card to permanently have that upgrade for the rest of the dungeon. Though if you chose the experience reward, you will tuck it under the level card, and when you get enough experience, you’ll level up.
If you’re interested in the game, you can check out the Kickstarter. They also offer a pdf print and play version of the game, so you can try it out for yourself before committing to buying One Deck Dungeon. If you do want to back it, the pledge to get the actual game is $20 +shipping, or $36 +shipping for two copies.