Thunderstone (card game)

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Thunderstone
Thunderstone box cover.jpg
Box cover of Thunderstone Base Set
Designer(s) Mike Elliott
Publisher(s) Alderac Entertainment Group
Players 1 to 5 players
Age range 12 & up
Setup time ~30 minutes
Playing time ~60 minutes
Random chance Medium
Skill(s) required Resource Management
Turn Decision

Thunderstone is a fantasy deck-building card game series designed by Mike Elliott, with artwork by Jason Engle. It was first published by Alderac Entertainment Group in 2009. Each card has dimensions of 6.3 cm x 8.8 cm (2.5in x 3.5in). It has been translated into several languages.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay involves building a deck of adventurers and equipment to defeat monsters. Each turn players must decide whether to visit the Village (to purchase cards, upgrade heroes and other actions), or if they will face a monster in the current dungeon (using the heroes and equipment in their hand). Defeated monsters are added to a player's deck as well, where they may contribute money and/or other bonuses when in hand.

Thunderstone Advance[edit]

Many game elements including the card layout have undergone a major redesign in 2012.[2] This has caused the game series to continue under the new name Thunderstone Advance. Cards from the original series and the Advance series are compatible as they share the same back cover artwork. In the Thunderstone Advance series, each set comes with a handful of Thunderstone Bearers that act as monster bosses in the game.

Releases[edit]

The games denoted as B contain Base cards (Militia/Regulars, Daggers/Longspears, Torches, etc) and experience cards (tokens in Advance) and can therefore be played standalone.[3][4][5][6][7]

Original series[edit]

Name Release
Date
Type Total Cards Types of Cards Extras
Thunderstone (Base game)B 2009 Stand-alone 530

1 Thunderstone card
5 Reference cards
32 Experience Point cards
38 Randomizer cards
80 Monster cards
90 Basic cards (including Disease)
132 Hero cards
152 Village cards

50 Card Dividers
Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements 2010 Expansion 340

1 Thunderstone card
5 Reference cards
12 Trap cards
33 Randomizer cards
42 Basic cards (incl. extra Disease cards)
51 Monster cards
84 Hero cards
112 Village cards

76 Card Dividers
Thunderstone: Doomgate Legion 2010 Expansion 317

1 Thunderstone card
12 Treasure cards
30 Randomizer cards
25 card Special Disease deck
60 Monster cards
84 Hero cards
104 Village cards
1 Guardian card

28 Card Dividers
Thunderstone: DragonspireB 2011 Stand-alone and Expansion 630

2 Thunderstone cards
5 Reference cards
46 Randomizer cards
16 Special Dungeon Feature cards
103 Past set Randomizer cards Basic cards
84 Basic cards
80 Monster cards
141 Hero cards
144 Village cards
7 Setting cards
2 Guardian cards


53 Card Dividers
1 Dungeon Board (use is optional)
30 Experience Point (XP) Tokens

Thunderstone: Thornwood Siege 2011 Expansion 284

1 Thunderstone card
90 Hero cards
112 Village cards
50 Monster cards
1 Guardian card
30 Randomizer cards


27 Card dividers
18 Tokens

Thunderstone: Heart of Doom 2011 Expansion 302

1 Thunderstone card
84 Hero cards
104 Village cards
6 Treasure cards
70 Monster cards
3 Guardian cards
3 Setting cards
31 Randomizer cards

29 Card dividers

Thunderstone Advance series[edit]

Name Release
Date
Type Total Cards Types of Cards Extras/Notes
Thunderstone Advance: Towers of RuinB 2012 Stand-alone and Expansion 566

95 Basic card
132 Hero cards
100 Monster cards
3 Thunderstone Bearer cards
152 Village cards
45 Special cards
39 Randomizer cards


50 Card Dividers
1 Dungeon Board
50 Experience Point (XP) Tokens
Currently out of print

Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane 2012 Expansion 282

84 Hero cards
60 Monster cards
3 Thunderstone Bearer cards
104 Village cards
4 Special cards
6 Treasure cards
27 Randomizer cards

27 Card Dividers
Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption 2012 Expansion 336

84 Hero cards
72 Monster cards
1 Thunderstone Bearer card
1 Guardian card
120 Village cards
6 Treasure of Dun Ordha cards
4 Special cards
30 Randomizer cards
18 Reprinted cards


30 Card Dividers
1 Siege Poster

Thunderstone Advance: Starter SetB 2013 Stand-alone and Expansion 259

70 Basic cards
60 Hero cards
30 Monster cards
1 Thunderstone Bearer card
80 Village cards
18 Randomizer cards

24 Card Dividers
Thunderstone Advance: NumeneraB 2013 Stand-alone and Expansion 248

81 Basic card
156 Hero cards
100 Monster cards
1 Thunderstone Bearer card
6 Treasure card
168 Village cards
45 Special cards
45 Randomizer cards


55 Card Dividers
6 Oversized Setting cards
1 Dungeon Board
54 Experience Point (XP) Tokens
1 Experience Point (XP) Bag
40 Mark Tokens

Thunderstone Advance: Worlds CollideB 2013 Stand-alone and Expansion 550
The set showcases 550 cards from the first six Thunderstone releases, including some of the previously hard to find promos, all updated and fully compatible with Thunderstone Advance.
Thunderstone Advance: Into the Abyss 2014 Expansion 381

128 Hero cards
80 Monster cards
136 Village cards
33 Randomizer cards
4 Guardian cards

33 Card Dividers

The Worlds Collide and Into the Abyss sets are selection of cards from the original series (Thunderstone and its 5 expansions), redesigned to match with the Advance series. Also many cards have been tweaked for more balance.[8][9]

Reception[edit]

BoardGameGeek recently rated Thunderstone a 7.34 out of 10, garnering it a thematic rank of 33 out of over 500 "thematic" board games.[10]

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
  • 2011 Fairplay À la carte Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thunderstone 2009". Boardgamegeek. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Quick, Jeff. "Get Down To Basics". Alderac website. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Thunderstone". Amazon. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Towers of Ruin". Amazon. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Starter Set". Amazon. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Numenera". Amazon. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Worlds Collide". Boardgamegeek. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  8. ^ http://store.alderac.com/thunderstone-worlds-collide-p-1533.html
  9. ^ http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/158727/thunderstone-advance-abyss
  10. ^ "Thunderstone". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 

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