Goblin Slayer Review

Rob Kalajian review, tabletop 1 Comment

Goblin Slayer - Digital Eel - $49.99

Game title: Goblin Slayer

Game description: Goblin Slayer is a quick and easy to play fantasy boardgame of underground combat for two players. One player controls the evil denizens of Snarlsbad Cavern, a numberless horde of goblins who jealously guard a fabulous object called the Shimmering Widget. The other player controls Stormbeard the dwarf, armed with his legendary battle-ax, who must enter Snarlsbad Cavern, acquire the Shimmering Widget and escape.

Overall
2.7
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

There’s this cave. Inside is something shiny. It’s probably worth a lot, or maybe it was stolen and needs returning. Either way, you’re going in to get it. The problem? This cave is loaded with goblins and probably has a troll in it too. They may be weak, but the sheer amount of them means you’re going to have to carve your way through an endless sea of them to snag said shiny object. Gear up, Goblin Slayer, it’s time to go to work.

Pros

Simple and quick dungeon crawl

Asymmetric gameplay

Cons

Dungeon tiles are not very visually appealing/functional

Expensive

Full Goblin Slayer Review

There’s this cave. Inside is something shiny. It’s probably worth a lot, or maybe it was stolen and needs returning. Either way, you’re going in to get it. The problem? This cave is loaded with goblins and probably has a troll in it too. They may be weak, but the sheer amount of them means you’re going to have to carve your way through an endless sea of them to snag said shiny object. Gear up, Goblin Slayer, it’s time to go to work.

Goblin Slayer has been around for some time, though Digital Eel only recently reached out to get a review of the 3rd Edition of the game, currently available on The Game Crafter. Originally released in 2008 as a print-and-play title, Goblin Slayer got its latest upgrade in May of this year.

Goblin Slayer Review - Components
The latest edition of Goblin Slayer

The object of the game is fairly simple. Get through the cave to get the Shiny Widget and then get the hell out. One player plays one of 2 different heroes while the other plays an unlimited force of goblins. It’s a one-vs-many experience that is light, is quick, and captures the feel of RPG combat in its most simple form. Goblins drop with a single hit but more can be called in every round. The heroes also fall with a single hit, but goblins have to swarm them to even have a chance at landing a blow.

Each player also has a few options to give them an edge. The hero has Hero Stones which can activate special abilities. The goblins have a Troll that basically counts as 2 goblins, can spawn new goblins using a reserve pool, and have access to a tunnel system that connects every cave tile. These help spice up an otherwise very simple game of move, attack, repeat. There’s also an advanced set of rules that allows the Hero player to use a Sorceress with an available deck of spells to use to her advantage.

Conclusion

Goblin Slayer is a dungeon crawl at its most basic level. The rules are simple, set up is quick, and it certainly provides some fast-paced fun, especially for younger players. It’s two major downfalls are the colors on the dungeon tiles, which make it a bit hard to determine where you can move or not, and the price, which is to be expected from a Game Crafter game.

Is Goblin Slayer worth $50? Unfortunately, it’s not. Is it worth downloading the print-and-play files from BoardGameGeek? Certainly! My kids and I enjoyed the game, but a lower price point is certainly needed for this one to be worth a purchase.

A copy of Goblin Slayer was provided free for review by Digital Eel

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Comments 1

  1. Thanks for reviewing the game, Rob! We appreciate your comments, both positive and negative. Hopefully they’ll help us learn how to make better games.

    Btw, I am putting together an updated rules set addressing player concerns and just fixing a couple things I goofed up. Watch for an announcement during the upcoming holiday seasons.

    Oh, yes, it is unfortunate that game parts are so expensive at Game Crafter. Thus, we only make about $2.00 per sale. But we’d do it for free anyway, so we’re going to try to get the price down another $10 by tweaking the components a bit.

    If we had our druthers, we’d sell the game for $20-$25. In the olden daze, it would have been sold in a plastic bag for $3.95. ; )

    Cheers & happy gaming!

    Rich & the Digital Eel gang

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