Advanced Heroquest (AHQ) is a complex, out-of-print game, while Deck Box Dungeons (DBD) is portable with simple rules. This guide outlines how to adapt DBD to mirror the AHQ experience, incorporating small rule changes and custom cards.
Expedition System & Village Retreats
AHQ Expedition System: Players can retire to a village between Dungeon Levels.
Henchmen: Provided to each player if fewer than 3 players participate. None for 3 or 4 players.
Purchasable Upgrades: In the village, buy Power-Up cards, replacement Henchmen, and healing items.
Finances: Loot is doubled to support these purchases, although it won't be easily acquired.
Character Persistence: Characters continue between expeditions and are subject to permadeath.
Wandering Monsters: Random chance for these to appear in corridors or rooms with doors.
Quest & Dungeon Details
DBD Quest File: Three random text options for each room, flavored to AHQ.
Bonus Items: Expect to find one armor and one weapon bonus item during the quest.
Special Last Level: An earlier choice can affect the outcome of the last Dungeon level.
Skaven Foes: Including Warpfire Thrower with an area effect and a Plague Monk who casts spells.
Corridor Cards: New corridor cards may appear between Quest rooms, featuring random enemy spawns.
Standard DBD Enemies: Now with Skaven graphics.
Specific Skaven: Warpfire Thrower and Plague Monk, with rules on the cards.
Level Up Cards: Two per player.
Enchanted Cards: One weapon bonus card and one defense bonus card.
Special Corridors: Cards featuring corridors with doors.
Dwarf Ability Card: Custom card for dwarves.
Complete the DBD Quest file three times to earn 1/4 of the Shattered Amulet (12 plays total, or 9 plays for 1/3 of the Amulet).
Enemy Skaven get a free adjacent Hero attack if they achieve a hit with a +3 bonus.
Optional Village Visits: Replace Henchmen for 10 loot, heal 2 points for one loot, or buy weapon/defense bonuses for 10 loot each.
Fate Points: Earned for skipping village visits and can be used to turn a dice roll in your favor.
Fancy New Cards: Includes generic Henchman ability cards.
Random Card Spawns: Chance for a new room/corridor card to appear, with spawn points in the corridor or behind room doors.