D&D Miniatures03/27/2008

Dungeons of Dread Preview 9
End of the Dungeon

Welcome to the final preview for Dungeons of Dread! It's been a quick two and a half months, but the wait for the newest set of miniatures is nearly at an end! The next three weeks hold some exciting developments for D&D Miniatures. First, be sure to check the schedule for local retail shops hosting prereleases for Dungeons of Dread. If you can't make it to a prerelease event, you won't need to wait long. Over the next couple of weeks, both Dungeons of Dread and the revised D&D Miniatures starter are being released so everyone can play!

For this week, we have two figures that you might find in any Dungeons of Dread pack. At common and uncommon, these creatures are quite likely to drop out of your boosters.

Ice Archon

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Two types of elemental archons can be found in the 4th edition Monster Manual. You already have a miniature of the first type with the Fire Archon from Desert of Desolation. In Dungeons of Dread, you can find the second -- the uncommon Ice Archon. I think this is one of the best uses of transparent plastic to date -- the clear plastic really invokes an icy aura to this elemental humanoid miniature.

These footsoldiers from the elemental chaos aren't shoehorned into a single role. In June, you'll be able to use this figure to represent three different Ice Archons. This soldier looks closest to the level 19 Ice Archon Rimehammer, but DMs will be able to flesh out encounters with Ice Archon controller and artillery versions.

Iron Defender

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Homunculi are magically powered constructs created to maintain a watch. The exact nature of the homunculus depends on what needs watching -- some homunculi are adept at guarding areas while others prefer guarding objects. The Iron Defender is a homunculus created to guard a person.

This 3rd-level soldier protects by getting free attacks whenever the guarded creature is attacked. For the skirmish game, this is handled by the Defender ability. You may have already seen the Defender ability on previous creatures such as the Eternal Blade from the redesigned Desert of Desolation figures. If you haven't, here's how it works -- when someone attacks a different creature while adjacent to an Iron Defender, that Iron Defender can immediately attack. This encourages creatures to attack the Iron Defender before any others; a perfect example of how a soldier should work.

That's it for the Dungeons of Dread previews! It will be an exciting couple of months with the upcoming release of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Keep an eye open in this space -- the next set of previews begins in just a few months. Before you know, it will be time to ramp up your battles Against the Giants.

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.

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