Destinies Adventure Game Overview

Destinies Adventure Game Overview

If you’ve ever wanted to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons, you likely fall into one of two categories. You either already have the resources and knowledge to play or you don’t. For those that haven’t played, getting started can be overwhelming. You really need someone who knows the ropes to script it and get you up and running. There are other options that tap into the experience in other ways including games like Gloomhaven which we play frequently with some of our closest gamer friends. Most games in this genre tend to be cooperative where everyone is exploring and working together as a team. Our resident rules-wizard insisted we give Destinies from Lucky Duck Games a go around during a recent game day. What he failed to tell me (on purpose): Destinies is a competitive alternative to this style of game.

Multiple scenarios plus a companion app offer replay value and ease of setup in Destinies, an adventure game from Lucky Duck Games. - SahmReviews.com

While many adventure and dungeon crawler games require a lot of setup and work to get up and running, Destinies does not. To set up the game, you first decide on one of the many scenarios using the companion app. It provides a scenario overview then walks you through the entire setup process!

Multiple scenarios plus a companion app offer replay value and ease of setup in Destinies, an adventure game from Lucky Duck Games. - SahmReviews.com

Each player selects their specific character based on the ones available for the scenario. Players receive a board, 2 main dice, 3 Effort dice, 1 coin and their character’s miniature and card. The character card goes on the designed spot on the player board then the main dice and coin are placed in the active area. Effort dice are set alongside the board. Skill tokens are added to their designated tracks based on the instructions in the app. You’ll also be provided the details for crafting the world.

Multiple scenarios plus a companion app offer replay value and ease of setup in Destinies, an adventure game from Lucky Duck Games. - SahmReviews.com

You’ll venture throughout the map, revealing details as each new title is reached. On each turn, you may interact with NPCs (Non-player characters) and points of interest on your existing space or move to an adjoining space to expand the world, engaging with something in that space instead. Each player has a different objective based on their character so players can stick together and engage with similar things or they can do in different directions entirely. Two objective options are listed secretly on the back of the character card and while there may be some overlap between players, each must accomplish their goals independently.

Multiple scenarios plus a companion app offer replay value and ease of setup in Destinies, an adventure game from Lucky Duck Games. - SahmReviews.com

Every turn, you’ll utilize the app which keeps the game flowing smoothly. It reminds you to refresh one of your Effort dice that may be optionally used during upcoming tests. The screen provides a digital representation of what is on your game table. Move your physical character piece in real life then select the space on the screen. It will walk you through what your choices are including finding treasures, being attacked or having options on what else you can do. Choices have rewards or consequences, but those aren’t dictated by the app. There will be different options that require a skill test (rolling your dice) and different options typically utilize different skills. For example, an attack may employ Dexterity or Power skills while an observation or evaluation of something will likely utilize your character’s Intelligence skill. The markers on your player board indicated your abilities and chances for success and the results of the dice roll will determine how successful you were. As you gain experience in different areas of the world, you will be instructed to increase (or decrease) your skills.

Multiple scenarios plus a companion app offer replay value and ease of setup in Destinies, an adventure game from Lucky Duck Games. - SahmReviews.com

But it isn’t just about your skills. As you travel around, you may earn items that help you in your efforts. Some have ongoing effects while others are one-time use. All cards (character destinies and items) have QR codes that are scanned into the app to help determine the outcome. Items can also be discarded to take advantage of a special card ability instead.

Players continue exploring the world and the points of interest until one player reaches their destiny. The game only supports up to three players and that’s one of the only downfalls of this game. Everything else about it is clean, easy and entertaining. Even if you have a character that wasn’t the best experience, there are plenty of other scenarios to choose from. Lucky Duck Games even has a program where creators can submit their own scenarios. Since the app helps control the game, it’s very approachable by younger players which isn’t true of a lot of games of this type. If you’re ready to play, find a Lucky Duck Games retailer near you, order direct from the publisher or pick up a copy on Amazon. Check out their Linktree to see the multitude of other places to engage with them. In addition to the many games already in their catalog, they have a lot of great games coming out so keep an eye out for those! Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win the copy that Lucky Duck Games has provided for one of our readers!

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21 comments on «Destinies Adventure Game Overview»

  1. Dave R says:

    Looks like a neat and easy way to enjoy an “RPG” dungeon crawler-like game without needing to be creative. Although I would prefer to see it play up to 4 people, this system appears to omit the need for a GM.

  2. Fulvio G says:

    I often have little time so easy and fast set up are really great for me but when I have time I prefer to build my dungeon.

    1. Jordan Binkerd says:

      I am pretty inexperienced so far, so I rely on published materials. I’m just getting ready to DM my first D&D game in a couple weeks….

  3. Alice says:

    I like easy set up so you can start right away with the game.

  4. Pete Donegan says:

    I’ve never crafted my own campaign. I would definitely need something to start me off. This would be great!

  5. Daniel Quek says:

    I prefer games that are quick to set up and play rather than starting one from scratch .

  6. AS says:

    I prefer something crafted for me! I would be much less likely to get to the table starting from scratch

  7. Jessica Peeling says:

    I prefer something that is crafted for me. Love playing but not that creative! 🙂

  8. Hans W says:

    As a parent to a toddler, I am defintely not able to craft a dungeon game from scratch, so something that’s quick to set up in the little time available to play sounds awesome!

  9. Kelly VanAuken says:

    I like to get to the game quickly. Time is always a factor.

  10. McKnight says:

    I’m not crafty but I can put things together.

  11. Ed says:

    I prefer something crafted for me, so I can start playing right away.

  12. Ruth says:

    I prefer a pre crafted game

  13. StrPap says:

    I prefer something like Destinies due to a lack of time

  14. Ryan L says:

    I’d prefer it to be setup for me already. I suppose I could design a dungeon crawl. But I don’t have the interest rt now.

  15. Elena says:

    I could never craft one. I’d rather have it ready to go.

  16. Mitchell says:

    I need a ready to go game

  17. Donnie says:

    Been a DM since the 1980s and well aware how much time can be spent in setting up (especially with all the extra rules that kept being added to the game over the decades through add on supplements and new revised rule books). A simple gaming set-up would be far better as sometimes all the set-up for AD&D was extensively way too much!

  18. James says:

    I definitely prefer games like Destinies. It just helps the imagination of it for me

  19. Tony Platz says:

    I prefer the easy set up .

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