Super Dungeon Explore Edition Guide
By Jake Bianchi
Super Dungeon Explore is a great game, and it’s still growing and getting better. Over its lifetime, we’ve seen a couple core sets of the game – namely the original Super Dungeon Explore and the newer Forgotten King – and an upcoming version simply called Super Dungeon Explore 2nd Edition. If you’ve already dipped your toe in the waters, you know how confusing this stuff seems to be, so let me lay everything out for you. (Hint: this second paragraph will probably be the most helpful)
Initially, Super Dungeon Explore was the only product available. Soon after, a
bunch of models and expansions were released under the First Edition ruleset. Then they came out with an updated set of rules and made a new core set called The Forgotten King. Since it was the second one created, a lot of people called it second edition. But when Super Dungeon Explore 2nd Edition was announced, people were confused, thinking that it would make Forgotten King obsolete. Don’t worry – that’s not true. Forgotten King is a different core set than Second Edition, but it has the same rules! Second Edition is merely a reprinting of First Edition, but with the rules introduced in The Forgotten King.
Now that that’s explained, let’s go back and look at the core set releases in more depth.
Super Dungeon Explore came out in 2012 with the original ruleset, unassembled miniatures, and a whole bunch of now-outdated components such as the tiles to play on and all of the assorted tokens. As for the minis, the game featured a small cadre of Heroes, two kinds of spawning points – the Egg Clutch and the Kobold Warrens (which, for those of you who haven’t played, determine which Monsters enter the field throughout the game) – Starfire (the first Dungeon Boss), and two copies of the Mini-Boss Rex. All of those came unassembled and are a huge pain to glue together, namely because the parts don’t fit together very well.
The Forgotten King released with all new Heroes, Monsters, boards, and everything. Not only was it a new ruleset, but it also added a bunch of new minis to the game. This version of the game comes with the spawning points Old Growth Hollow and Bramble Knight, both of which bring Monsters with awesome new abilities to the game. I started with The Forgotten King, and it’s definitely been a great way to jump in. Remember: until Second Edition releases, it’s the only core set with the current rules.
If you’re looking at getting into the game, I would suggest staying away from First Edition. While the miniatures can be used with the current edition if you purchase the Forgotten King Upgrade Deck, they’re the ONLY thing you’ll be able to use. Everything else is obsolete. Now, as a purchaser of the first edition myself, I’m fairly happy that I can use the models with the newest ruleset, but that’s mainly because I’m impatient and didn’t want to wait for the Second Edition to come out. If I was a more patient man, however, I would have gotten all of the same models – but preassembled this time – and the updated boards, rules, and other up-to-date components it comes with.
Lastly, there are a couple additional tips I thought I’d leave you with:
-Something that’s fairly unfortunate is that a few models are officially out of production and you won’t be able to get them without paying a hefty fee to a private seller. Some of those models are King Starfire, an alternate version of the first dungeon boss, and Candy & Cola, one of the first heroes made available via special promotion.
-The Forgotten King Upgrade Deck contains all the cards from the First Edition game, plus all the expansions that came out during the First Edition. The difference is that this upgrade deck has the updated versions of the old cards so that they can be played with The Forgotten King.
-If you can’t tell whether a product is First or Second edition, check the copyright date; if the date is sometime between 2012 and 2013, it’s likely to be from the first edition, so you’ll need the Upgrade Deck. If it’s from 2014 and on, then it’s Second Edition!
Super Dungeon Explore is a lot of fun! If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to come into our stores, check out all the Super Dungeon Explore products we carry, and talk to our awesome employees.