Crusaders Games

Campaign (story)

Co-operative campaign games are similar to fantasy dungeon crawlers and adventure games but they are designed for play as a long linked story from a book or cards over multiple connected sessions and you save your game between sessions. These ones are selected where game mechanics move away from a pure dungeon exploration focus, and can include legacy games :

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1. The 7th Continent (2017) – Serious Poulp

A solo or co-operative game where you investigate a strange island to solve a series of curses. This exploration game works by revealing a landscape map of cards as you move around the land, uncovering new areas, learning skills and crafting tools to help you. You will constantly be faced with decisions, which actions to take or objects to keep or use, and the game builds a storyline, with some of your decisions becoming permanent game changes. Your life energy is a deck of action cards, which you deplete as you explore, making every decision vitally important. This game contains many neat touches, from amusing you to making you sigh with desperation, and you will always be second guessing your decisions. This is a clever and unique story exploration gaming experience which works best solo or with two players. My more detailed overview > 7th Continent
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2. Gloomhaven (2017) / Jaws of the Lion (2020) – Cephalofair

A co-operative tactical campaign adventure with a dungeon setting and branching storyline pathways, more a series of strategy combat challenges than a roaming dungeon crawl. It is less miniature dependent and is driven by card hand management, a legacy style game where characters will eventually be retired to bring in new ones to the game. Game balance is well executed, scenarios are closely fought and monster difficulty is easy to change using statistics discs. Combat is card based choosing two cards to combine and play each round, and these also represent your stamina. This game is an ideal campaign for players liking a deeper and longer term co-operative challenge. A starter set Jaws of the Lion was released in 2020 with four characters and is a nice scaled down version, with easier to learn rules progression. My more detailed overview > Jaws of the Lion

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3. Tainted Grail (2019) – Awaken Realms

This is a solo or cooperative story adventure experience, where you will play as a flawed hero in a dying land which is sinking into wyrdness. Guardian menhirs are huge statues which have held back the destruction for many years, but they are failing, and as they are the only way to ensure safe travel throughout the realm you must keep them lit while you explore. The story game is built in chapters, each requiring you to complete one or more quests by uncovering remote locations, finding secret artefacts or learning hidden truths, there will be puzzles and branching paths, with difficult decisions to make, often with ongoing consequences within the game. The world is created by large beautifully illustrated map cards, and the general artwork and model component quality is really nice. My more detailed overview > Tainted Grail

Previously Owned Alternative Campaign Games … due to space and funding restrictions i regularly trade out games to fund and try newer ones, producing an ever changing favourites list, but one of these games may be right for you.
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Sleeping Gods (2021)  a campaign exploration adventure game where your ship and crew are lost in a strange world, and you must discover a way to return home by investigating a world of islands on an atlas map. This is one of the best implementations of a storyline adventure experience so far and is particularly good for two or three players. My more detailed overview > Sleeping Gods
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Middara (2019) – a huge anime based miniatures campaign adventure game, driven by a giant storybook, where you will undertake linked adventures which may result in slightly different story paths. My more detailed overview > Middara
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Sine Tempore (2019) – a miniatures based co-operative space campaign where a party of four heroes are scouting out planets in search of a new homeworld. My more detailed overview > Sine Tempore
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Kingdom Death: Monster (2015) – a miniatures heavy co-operative campaign set in a nightmare world where you take settlement survivors on a journey through many lantern years fighting strange creatures. My more detailed overview > Kingdom Death