In a strange, alien world of creatures, powers and relics, Numenera is referred to as the ninth world which is set 8 billion years into the future. You are the heroic adventurer seeking the Thunderstones, and ancient relics of evil power. Your plan is to turn their own power against them, banishing their corruption from the world. You begin by assembling your band of stalwart heroes willing to brave the hazards ahead and equipping them with fearsome weapons and powerful spells. Once prepared, you will lead them into peril, slay vile monsters, and recover the Thunderstones.
The increase of danger always puts players on the edge of their seats, especially if they have to roll for their fate. The role playing aspect with the D20 really increased our appreciation of Thunderstone. I have to say, theme matters a lot to me in board games and I really love the standalone expansion of Dragonspire. That particular incarnation of Thunderstone remained my favorite for a long time. I honestly didn’t even see the need to get many other expansions with that one in our collection. It’s definitely a close second to Numenera for me, but Numenera just adds too many new variants that make the game more interesting and unique. It doesn’t carry the same fantasy theme that Dragonspire does, but it doesn’t have to. It delivers enough new mechanics while still maintaining it’s roots of the base game. Numenera is also a standalone game, so if you want to play it by itself you can, or you can really mix things up and combine it to another standalone version of Thunderstone Advance. For all of the right reasons, Thunderstone Advance: Numenera belongs in our top 10 list.
Thunderstone Advance: Numenera
Overall Meeple Rating: 8.5/10
1) Numenera Universe
2) Double-Sided Board with Altered Dungeon Hall
3) Cypher Tokens
4) Altered Setting Cards
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