Bag of Dungeon quick-start (how to play), tile guide and FAQs
You’ll find everything you need here to go adventuring. Bag of Dungeon is designed to be fast, fun and full of fiends! but who likes reading rules?
Here are some quick-start guides, tips, tiles and FAQs for your new career as a dungeoneer.
Player reference card
1 – Movement
It costs 1 AP to move or lay a tile
2 – Monsters
Monsters are only revealed (drawn) when you step onto an M tile. If you don’t kill it on your turn, it regenerates to full health
3 – After a fight
Your turn ends after a fight and your APs are reset after your go
4 – Some items use APs
Some ITEMS cost APs to use (see tiles)
5 – Tagging
Other players can help in a fight (see Tagging)
6 – The ring appears
The player who lays the last floor tile from the stack rolls 2 dice and places the RING on that M tile e.g. they roll 7 so place it on M7. Now get the ring to the EXIT to win
7 – The ring spawns a monster
The RING will always be guarded by a monster. If there is no monster on that M tile already, draw one from the bag and place it face down on the ring
8 – The Healing pool
When the healing pool is drawn, place one red token for each adventurer still in the game. These can be used up by any characters in the healing pool, or characters who revisit later on and need healing. Remember! sharing is caring
9 – Spells are one use only
All spells used are discarded out of the game once used. That’s all the tiles with this symbol…
10 – Escaping (running away)
It costs 1 AP to escape (to an existing tile) and you take 1 hit, or 2 APs to run past and lay a tile taking 2 hits. Armour or shields offer no protection when escaping
Your quest? Get in, find the ring, and get out alive! The Ring must reach the Exit (M12 tile) to open the dungeon. The Dragon guards the exit and must be defeated before any adventurer can leave. Exception: One player may pass her (and get out) with the Invisibility cloak. Once the ring leaves the dungeon it begins to collapse and all players have one turn to reach the exit or are lost forever in the ruins. Reaching the exit tile accounts to leaving
Special floor tiles
The Healing Pool is a place to relax, take in some volcanic fumes and heal up. Once out place one red token for each remaining adventurer in the game. Then it’s up to you (as a party) as to how you distribute them. End your go in the pool and recover to full health for each token spent per adventurer
The Free Item Tile is a lucky find. Whoever reaches first takes one item out of the bag (good or bad). This is a one item, one-use floor tile
How range works is simple! it’s from the tile adjacent to your character to the target, or less. e.g. this Bow example is range 1-3
Items reference guide
ACME Insurance will automatically cast when you are defeated. All your gear will stay with you when you respawn. Does not work on your last life, drop it with all your gear where you are defeated for the final time, your last life
The Bomb is a very handy little item! Drop it at your feet or throw it up to 4 tiles away (in a straight line) from your tile (that’s 0-4) and it does 2D6 of instant damage from where it lands to all in the blast radius, 0-1-2 kerboom!
The Bow is a trusty, arrow flinging device. Elves get a bonus for using bows
If you find the Dragonlance you are in luck. One use, but it can help you in defeating the Red Dragon. Use it to do a ranged attack then move in on the same turn for melee (hand-to-hand)
The Elven Bow is a fancy item indeed! Use it to fire at a monster then move in on the same turn for melee (hand-to-hand). The Elf gets a bonus for bows
The Falling Rocks will crash around you inflicting 1D6 of instant damage to all on the same tile. Armour and shields can help reduce the damage
The Fireball will singe your eyebrows for sure! so be careful. It will cause 3D6 of instant damage to any monsters or adventurers on the tile it reaches. You can fire past players
The Flying Daggers sounds like a local rock band you’d find in the Wasted Wizard tavern on a Friday night, but no! it’s a cunning spell that strikes a chord, even around corners
The Health Potion does what it says on the… bottle? Use anytime during a fight. One use then discard
Brrrr! The Ice Staff is a fine item indeed. Rather like the Fireball only cold. A one-handed frosty shock to any monster
The Imp’s Teeth will enable you to swap places, anywhere in the dungeon, instantly with another adventurer. Even during a battle
Use the Invisibility Cloak on your turn to sneak past monsters (not players or through the exit). You must roll 1D6 and it may fail. If you roll a 5 or 6 you have been seen and must engage. May use once per turn
The Iron Axe is obviously one-handed and works well with anything in the other hand. The Dwarf gets a bonus for any axe
The temptation to open a large chest is just too much! You roll 1D6 and if you roll a 1-4 take 5 damage, 5-6 take two items. Discard the chest out of the game (once opened) or leave for another player and move on. Cannot carry in your backpack
The Large Steel Axe is something to behold! It takes both hands to wield, so takes up both hand spaces on your character card, but boy does it pack a punch. The Dwarf gets a bonus for any axe
The Loyal Bear is a trusty friend!. He will stay with you until you are defeated adding 1 dice to your combat. Requires no backpack space. Goes back in the bag on defeat
The Magic Armour sparkles in the torchlight! but offers no protection when escaping
The Magic Boots will enable you to run away from a monster without taking damage. You can also move one extra space onto an existing tile (costs no APs)
The Magic Shield can offer premium protection. Try it with a side-order of Magic Sword. Offers no protection when escaping
The Magic Sword not only gives you a +2 to your combat but if you stand adjacent to an uncovered monster, you can take a peek at creature. “ok, it’s a Reacher! let’s not go there just yet!”
The Magic Vine can be cast from 1-4 tiles adjacent to your adventurer. Any player or monster entering it takes an 1 instant dice of damage every time it enters the vine tile. Remains in play for the rest of the game
The Morning Star adds +2 to your combat. Takes one hand space and is great with a shield in your other hand
Poisoned Darts are a real pain in the bum! They do 1D6 of instant damage to all adventurers on that tile
Ok, the Rusty Armour may have been lying around for a few decades but it can still take a decent whack from a goblin’s sword! Then it falls apart. One use for one fight. Then discard
You guessed it! The Small Axe is lighter than the others and also one-handed. The Dwarf gets a bonus for any axe
The Small Chest works the same as a large chest, only smaller! Roll 1D6 and this time if you roll 1-2 you take 2 damage, 3-6 take one item. Then discard out of the game. Or leave alone for another player and move on. Cannot carry in your backpack
The Sorcerer’s Skull means you can take or give (from your adventurer) one life to help or hinder another player, anywhere in the dungeon, instantly. You can never go above your initial lives or take the last life of another adventurer
The Spear Trap is yet another fiendish device that will inflict 1D6 of instant damage to all on the tile when drawn
Steel Armour is the go-to for all adventurers, light and strong, tough and durable but will not protect you when escaping
The Steel Sheild is your trusty companion but offers no protection when escaping
The Steel Sword is the perfect ‘whack-a-troll’ device! With this in one hand and a shield in the other, it’s music to the ringing ears of any monster
The Strength Potion will give you that extra little kick, just when you need it! One use then discard
The Teleport Crystal will enable you to move up to 5 spaces or travel through one solid wall (into another existing space) instantly. Might be just what you need to catch up with the Ringbearer or get away from that monster. You cannot travel through the exit
The Torch will help any adventurer see the light! in fact, see one full tile ahead. When you lay a tile (adjacent to you) you may lay another again. Basically you can see further down the dark dungeon corridor. You still have to spend APs to move as normal
The Tornado spell can affect anyone in the dungeon. Great for quickly moving any adventurer out (or into) harms’ way
Vampire Teeth are not for suckers! Remove 5 health from any other adventurer (not monsters), and recover 5 health for yourself, anywhere in the dungeon, instantly. If you drain more health than that adventurer has, take it from their next life
The Witch’s Claw allows your adventurer to steal one item (including the ring if in play) from any other adventurer, anywhere in the dungeon instantly, now that’s magic!
The Dragon sits guarding the exit. She knows you are coming and you cannot leave the dungeon without someone defeating her. You will receive two items if you do so. You’ll still need to get the ring to the Exit for the dungeon to open but you can defeat the Dragon at any point after she appears clearing the way
The Giant Snake moves incredibly fast and could crush you effortlessly. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Goblin is fast but weak. You get no items for killing a goblin as it only has 5 health. Note: If killed by the Halfling you will receive one item as this is the halfling’s special ability (see PnP downloads)
The Minotaur is a powerful, intelligent beast. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Mirror Monster is a tormented spirit that will always match your character’s base combat (e.g. 2D6 +2 for a Fighter) and your CURRENT health. On defeating it you will receive two items if your adventurer started with 10+ health or one item if you health was 6-9 (5 for the Halfling)
The Mud Monster oozes from the ground and can easily overwhelm any adventurer. You will receive one item if you defeat it
The Mummy is an ancient wanderer seeking souls. You will receive one item if you defeat it
The Monk is fast, silent and deadly. You will receive one item if you defeat it
The Reacher is a powerful creature with a vicious sting. When it inflicts damage it will, in melee (hand-to-hand), also lash out at any adventurers within a 1 to 4 tile radius in all directions, even around corners! inflicting half damage rounded down. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Skeleton is an ancient and formidable warrior. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Troll is a lumbering, skull-crushing beast. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Werewolf is a legendary foe. Fast, agile and powerful. You will receive two items if you defeat it
The Zombie is slow-moving but deadly. You will receive one item if you defeat it
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Does my character start with a weapon or anything like the character’s silhouette?
Characters effectively start with nothing more than some very rudimentary equipment represented by their base stats. The silhouette shows what they specialise in and what they may become
When I lose health does it roll over to the next life?
No, you simply go back to the start tile and beginning with full health minus one life. The exception is the Vampire’s Teeth were damage rolls over
Tornado, Witches claw, Vampire’s teeth, Imp’s teeth, Sorcerer’s skull
Do these affect characters only on my tile?
No, these spells work on any character, anywhere in the dungeon. For the solo game, you may discard these and redraw if they turn up
Can you swap items mid-fight?
Yes, you can swap items with other players (if on the same tile) or switch items around on your character sheet at any time, even during a fight. You can also swap between RANGE and Melee. E.g. You fire your bow, swap to the sword and move into melee (hand-to-hand) all on your turn
Can I use the invisibility cloak to sneak past the dragon and leave the dungeon?
Yes, if you are lucky enough to find the cloak and don’t fumble your roll! you can sneak past
My Dwarf encounters a mirror monster when he is wounded and only has 8 health, instead of 11. Does the Mirror monster start with 11 health or 8?
The Mirror monster will have a health of 8 in this case, it mirrors what you have at the time of meeting it, (combat and health) e.g. for the dwarf it’s 2D6 +3 health which he has when meeting the Mirror Monster, but you do not add gained weapons or bonus items
How does the Reacher’s sting work?
When you engage the Reacher by melee (hand-to-hand) attack (on the same tile) and you take damage, as with a normal monster, then everybody in the range of 4 tiles, takes half of the amount of that damage rounded down. On an intersection, that will be 4 tiles in each direction (a radius). A reacher doesn’t need line of sight with its tentacles
Can I do anything else after a combat Ends?
Ending combat or running away from combat ends your turn unless you retreat/run into a tile with another monster, in which case another combat begins. If you escape without attacking, e.g you walk into a monster and leave agin (with no combat), you can continue your go
DO I need to have APs to keep fighting a monster?
No, Hand-to-hand combat doesn’t need AP’s unless required by an item
What happens if a player and the monster get the same combat score?
It’s a standoff. Clang! go the swords.
Can you have more than one tag partner at the same time?
No. only one person can tag in to help. If that Tag partner dies before you do, then you can tag in another player if you have enough APs
I know two-handed weapons will use both hands to hold (taking up both boxes) but when I am not using them will they take up 2 slots?
A two-handed weapon will only take up one (non-symboled) slot in a backpack
Does Tagging affect ranged attack?
No, tagging is only for Melee (hand-to-hand) combat
When a character helps another, do you only add a third die or can we add all modifiers together and use weapons of both characters?
The tag partner is in a fight, they just give you an additional dice to help you in combat. (they are supporting you and this is the benefit)
When does a critical happen?
Critical hits happen when all of the dice rolled show the same number. You add up all of the numbers you rolled and double them, After that you can add any additional bonuses from character cards and items you may have. Monsters do not get critical hits
Can you steal the Ring?
Yes, the ring can be stolen with the witch’s claw. Or if you kill someone it will be dropped
Does the Ring take up a backpack slot?
No. Place the ring under your meeple so that everyone can see it.
If I have the invisibility cloak can I walk past the dragon?
Yes, you can. Roll the dice and if you succeed AND you have the ring then you can escape
How does the healer’s ability work?
The Healer gets three heals for the entire game and each time they cast a heal it costs 3APs. They can choose to heal as many people as they want on their tile with a single heal. “Group hug guys!”