D&D Miniatures03/20/2008

Dungeons of Dread Preview 8
Arms and Tentacles

We're up to the penultimate preview for Dungeons of Dread, and that means it's about time for the set to be released. In less than two weeks, you'll have a chance to get your hands on these figures at the Dungeons of Dread prerelease. Check the prerelease schedule to find a game store near you!

Skeletal Tomb Guardian

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This is a collective favorite around the office. I played a game last weekend against this undead, and it's a real brute. While the attacks are a bit lower than other pieces at a similar point cost, they have the potential to deal far more damage. If you roll well, Cascade of Steel can whip out 100 points of damage, and that doesn't include criticals or other bonuses!

Anything that increases the chance to hit helps this piece, because Cascade of Steel ends when you miss the target. The most obvious way to gain a bonus to hit, however, is combat advantage, which this creature will always have. Thanks to Multiple Threats, the Skeletal Tomb Guardian automatically gets combat advantage against adjacent creatures.

Mind Flayer Scourge

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Illithids are an iconic monster in Dungeons & Dragons, and here is their first Dungeons of Dread incarnation. This controller has the ability to shut down the enemy with repeated stuns. Clever players should be able to get the most out of its rechargeable Mind Blast cone.

In warbands with additional stunning creatures, the Mind Flayer's first Champion effect is likely to see the most use. Teaming the Mind Flayer with a strong brute (such as the Skeletal Tomb Guardian) can really help dish out the damage. Getting an additional +4 attack for one of the Cascade of Steel swings against an automatically stunned opponent is a great way to start.

Next week, the final preview for Dungeons of Dread!

About the Author

Peter Lee is the newest member of the RPG R&D Design team and the new Lead Designer for the D&D Miniatures game.

It's mystery silhouette time. Shown below are all the figures that we'll feature in these previews. Can you guess their identities? Feel free to try!

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