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What’s In That Game Box? – DUNGEON! Fantasy Boardgame

Ever scoured the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no one who could give you the answer?  Well, stop that fruitless searching through endless google results, as this week we look at  DUNGEON! Fantasy Boardgame, the 1981 TSR Hobbies, Inc classic.  As any owner of this game can tell you, this game lacks a detailed contents listing, with no indication on the box nor the rules pamphlet of what exactly is supposed to be in the box.  What’s In That Game Box? to the rescue!

Box art for DUNGEON! Fantasy Boardgame

The contents of DUNGEON! are as follows:

The game box (featuring a scene by Jim Roslof, an artist who provided much of the art for the AD&D first edition sourcebooks).

The game board (a multi-colored jumble of squares and paths representing a 6-level dungeon, trimmed with either a red or black border.  The squares are for the Monster and Treasure Cards, and the path takes the players though the Main Staircase, the Guard Room, The Kitchen, the Storeroom, the Armory, the Torture Chamber, the Crypt, the Queen’s Treasure Room, the Queen’s Treasure Room Annex, the Wizard’s Laboratory, the Wizard’s Treasure Room, the King’s Library, and the King’s Treasure Room.)

8 plastic player tokens (2 each of blue, green, red, and white)

2 numerical dice (not using pips, but integers)

1 crayon (to be used on the numerical dice to enhance the numbers)

30 Number Markers (2 of each number from 1 to 15)

110 Grave Markers (all brown with white art showing a grave with a tombstone marked RIP)

24 Spell Cards, consisting of FIRE BALL (x9), LIGHTNING BOLT (x9), and TELEPORT (x6)

61 Monster Cards (1st Level x7, 2nd Level x8, 3rd Level x11, 4th Level x12, 5th Level x14, and 6th Level x9).  Each card has a rating for Lightning, Fire Ball, Wizard, Superhero, Hero, and Elf, which I’ve represented as L, F, W, S, H, and E in the interests of saving my typing fingers.  The cards are:

1st Level: Giant Lizard (L2, F2, W5, S2, H4, E5)
1st Level: Giant Rats [x2] (L7, F2, W6, S3, H4, E5)
1st Level: Goblins [x2] (L6, F2, W5, S2, H4, E3)
1st Level: Hobgoblins (L3, F3, W6, S3, H5, E4)
1st Level: Skeleton (L2, F2, W6, S3, H4, E5)
2nd Level: Evil Hero (L4, F5, W6, S5, H7, E8)
2nd Level: Ghouls [x2] (L3, F3, W6, S4, H6, E5)
2nd Level: Giant Lizard (L2, F2, W5, S2, H4, E5)
2nd Level: Giant Spider [x2] (L4, F3, W5, S4, H6, E6)
2nd Level: Hobgoblins (L3, F3, W6, S3, H5, E4)
2nd Level: TRAP! Cage! Lose 1-6 turns (roll one die).
3rd Level:  Evil Superhero [x2] (L7, F7, W8, S7, H9, E10)
3rd Level: Gargoyle (L4, F-, W6, S5, H6, E7)
3rd Level: Giant Snake (L5, F6, W9, S6, H8, E10)
3rd Level: Giant Spider(L4, F3, W5, S4, H6, E6)
3rd Level: Mummy (L-, F3, W8, S8, H10, E11)
3rd Level: Ogre [x2] (L5, F4, W8, S6, H9, E8)
3rd Level: TRAP! Slide to a Chamber one level deeper.
3rd Level: Werewolf [x2] (L9, F8, W7, S7, H9, E9)
4th Level:  Evil Superhero [x2] (L7, F7, W8, S7, H9, E10)
4th Level: Giant (L9, F6, W10, S9, H11, E10)
4th Level: Giant Snake (L5, F6, W9, S6, H8, E10)
4th Level: Green Slime [x2] (L6, F-, W11, S10, H11, E12)
4th Level: Mummy [x2] (L-, F3, W8, S8, H10, E11)
4th Level: TRAP! Cage! Lose 1-6 turns (roll one die).
4th Level: Troll [x2] (L-, F7, W8, S8, H10, E9)
4th Level: Werewolf (L9, F8, W7, S7, H9, E9)
5th Level:  Black Pudding [x2] (L-, F5, W12, S12, H12, E-)
5th Level: Giant [x2] (L9, F6, W10, S9, H11, E10)
5th Level: Green Slime [x2] (L6, F-, W11, S10, H11, E12)
5th Level: Purple Worm [x2] (L6, F8, W12, S10, H11, E12)
5th Level: TRAP! Slide to a Chamber one level deeper.
5th Level: Troll [x2] (L-, F7, W8, S8, H10, E9)
5th Level: Vampire (L10, F10, W9, S8, H10, E12)
5th Level: Witch [x2] (L10, F10, W5, S9, H11, E11)
6th Level:  Black Pudding (L-, F5, W12, S10, H12, E-)
6th Level: Blue Dragon [x2] (L-, F7, W12, S10, H12, E-)
6th Level: Evil Wizard [x2] (L11, F11, W7, S11, H12, E-)
6th Level: Purple Worm (L6, F8, W12, S10, H11, E12)
6th Level: Red Dragon (L8, F-, W12, S11, H-, E-)
6th Level: Vampire [x2] (L10, F10, W9, S8, H10, E12)

80 Treasure Cards (1st Level x9, 2nd Level x9, 3rd Level x16, 4th Level x18, 5th Level x16, and 6th Level x12). The cards consist of:

1st Level: +1 / +2 Magic Sword (Enables bearer to add to combat rolls. 500 Gold Pieces.)
1st Level:  Sack of Gold (250 Gold Pieces) [x2]
1st Level:  Sack of Gold (500 Gold Pieces) [x2]
1st Level: Sack of Gold (750 Gold Pieces) [x2]
1st Level: Sack of Gold (1,000 Gold Pieces)
1st Level: Secret Door Card (Enables bearer to move through any secret doors on any level.)
2nd Level:  +1 / +2 Magic Sword (Enables bearer to add to combat rolls. 1,000 Gold Pieces)
2nd Level: Sack of Gold (500 Gold Pieces)
2nd Level: Sack of Gold (750 Gold Pieces)
2nd Level: Sack of Gold (1,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
2nd Level: Secret Door Card (Enables bearer to move through any secret doors on any level.)
2nd Level: Silver Cup (1,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
2nd Level: Silver Ring (2,000 Gold Pieces)
3rd Level:  ESP Medallion (Enables bearer to check Monster Card before fighting [see rules]. 500 GP)
3rd Level: Gold Cup (2,500 Gold Pieces) [x3]
3rd Level: Gold Ring (3,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
3rd Level: Sack of Gold (750 Gold Pieces)
3rd Level: Sack of Gold (1,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
3rd Level: Secret Door Card (Enables bearer to move through any secret doors on any level.)
3rd Level: Silver Cup (1,000 Gold Pieces) [x3]
3rd Level: Silver Ring (2,000 Gold Pieces) [x3]
4th Level:  +1 / +2 Magic Sword (Enables bearer to add to combat rolls. 1,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
4th Level:  Crystal Ball (If not moving or attacking, bearer may check any monster and treasure [see rules]. 1,000 GP)
4th Level: Gold Cup (2,500 Gold Pieces) [x2]
4th Level: Gold Ring (3,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
4th Level: Huge Emerald (5,000 Gold Pieces)
4th Level: Huge Sapphire (6,000 Gold Pieces)
4th Level: Jade Idol (5,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
4th Level: Sack of Gold (1,000 Gold Pieces)
4th Level: Secret Door Card (Enables bearer to move through any secret door on any level.)
4th Level: Silver Coffer (4,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
4th Level: Silver Cup (1,000 Gold Pieces)
4th Level: Silver Ring (2,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level:  ESP Medallion (Enables bearer to check Monster Card before fighting [see rules]. 1,500 GP)
5th Level: Gold Cup (2,500 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level: Gold Ring (3,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level: Huge Emerald (5,000 Gold Pieces) [x2}
5th Level: Huge Ruby (8,000 Gold Pieces)
5th Level: Huge Sapphire (6,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level: Jade Idol (5,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level: Silver Coffer (4,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
5th Level: Silver Necklace (7,000 Gold Pieces)
5th Level: Silver Ring (2,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level:  +1 / +2 Magic Sword (Enables bearer to add to combat rolls. 2,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Crystal Ball (If not moving or attacking, bearer may check any monster and treasure [see rules]. 2,000 GP)
6th Level: Gold Necklace (9,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Huge Diamond (10,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Huge Emerald (5,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
6th Level: Huge Ruby (8,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Huge Sapphire (6,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Jade Idol (5,000 Gold Pieces) [x2]
6th Level: Silver Coffer (4,000 Gold Pieces)
6th Level: Silver Necklace (7,000 Gold Pieces)

The Game Rules

Aside from the inner cardboard filler which helps keep the box from collapsing inward, that’s it.  DUNGEON! was a fun experiment by TSR in trying to translate the D&D experience into a board game format, and I imagine a few older gamers today can look back fondly at playing this game!

Game Board for DUNGEON Fantasy Boardgame

Monster Cards for DUNGEON!, Levels 1 and 2

Monster Cards for DUNGEON!, Levels 3 and 4

Monster Cards for DUNGEON!, Levels 5 and 6

Tokens and Dice for DUNGEON!

Treasure Cards for DUNGEON!, Levels 1 and 2

Treasure Cards for DUNGEON!, Level 3

Treasure Cards for DUNGEON!, Level 4

Treasure Cards for DUNGEON!, Levels 5 and 6

Spell Cards for DUNGEON! Fantasy Boardgame

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14 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for this. You saved me much time and aggravation dealing with folks online selling “complete” games that were anything but complete. I found one guy willing to check the contents of the game he had against your list and bought it for $50 on Amazon with only 1 3rd level silver cup missing. Not bad, considering I get free shipping that way and don’t have to deal with the auction hassles on ebay / shipping fees. Many thanks!

  2. That was my 1st ever boardgame purchase. $0.50 unpunched at a garage sale in my neighborhood. Punched it out while the new release Uptown Girl by Billy Joel played on the radio at the kitchen table. Led to my discovery of D&D and other games. A really vivid memory for me. No idea what happened to that game.

  3. could you please put the rules book!!! i have look it everywhere and couldn’t find it…

  4. […] games the first mechanic to be thrown out is the rolling of dice and moving that many spaces (even TSR’s Dungeon chucked that out) – Warlock obstinately retains […]

  5. Thanks for all the pics! Reliving memories here.

  6. Great page! Thanks, it has helped tremendously.

    You don’t have the image of the top side of the 6 Levels for the Monster cards and the Treasure cards (12 in total), you only have the bottom sides shown. Can you please upload those images as well, so there are the 6 images of the 6 Levels of the Monster cards, and the 6 images of the 6 images of the 6 Levels of the Treasure cards?

    Also, what are all of the colors that the plastic numbered dice come in? I have seen them in 5 different colors: baby blue, green, orange, yellow, and red. Are there any other colors they came in?

  7. Helpful. Thank you!!

  8. Thank you! I just bought the game online and kept wondering if I had all the pieces. Now I know what’s missing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  9. […] What’s In That Game Box? – Dungeon! Fantasy Boardgame […]

  10. Ha! That’s both cool and interesting! Coincidently, i just found 3 retro board games in the garage, all missing a couple of pieces (E.T., KRULL and Star Wars). Now if only i could find those pieces somewhere…

    • I know the game shelf has some parts for E.T. and some Star Wars games, but nothing for Krull…

      • Hmm… i wouldn’t mind getting them completed and having a go at each, since i bought them all second-hand and never played any of the three. But if i could only get one set completed, i would most like it to be KRULL ^_^

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