Ricky Royal's Tutorial Video -- if you want to learn to play the game via video, this is your first stop. Ricky Royal walks through the first four turns of a Triad mission, covering most of the rules found in the game. From there, your walkthrough of the rulebook will be a breeze. Ricky does an extremely accurate job; there are a very few minor issues with the video as described below, nearly all of which are corrected by Ricky as he goes along:
Video 2, 6:39 -- Before beginning your first turn, be sure to draw starting cards for all of your characters (rulebook p. 18), rathering than doing it as they come onto the map.
Video 5, 3:20 -- When Kiri flies, she cannot end in a Cavern space. The front of the Labyrinth is a Cavern space. (Ricky corrects this in a later episode).
Video 5, 6:46 -- After you fail to defeat the Guardian, place the card back on the deck face up, rather than face down. (Again, Ricky corrects this in a later episode.)
Video 7 -- Kit Carson and Kiri Silvertip did not need to specifically draw Secret cards for their rewards. They could have drawn any mix allowable from Common, Secret and Elite.
Video 8 -- Devon Regal is in a Dome, and you cannot see into or out of a Dome. Therefore he could not take a shot with his postol at Bruno. (Ricky corrects this quickly in the same video.)
Video 8, 13:45 -- Devon Regal fired in the Fire phase. If a character fires in the Fire phase, he cannot move in the Move phase.
Duel of Ages II Basic Set Rulebook
The rulebook as found in the Basic Set. This rulebook has the advantage of teaching the game in stages and providing greater explanation than the online Master Compendium. However, it contains a mere three missions, and the various rules subjects are mixed into the mission explanation. We suggest you download the Master Compendium once you are familiar with the game.
Duel of Ages II Master Compendium
The Masters Compendium is NOT found in the Master Set. Rather, it is the "living" online rules and missions book. The Basic rulebook does a better job of introducing the rules in stages, but once you are familiar with Duel of Ages, we suggest downloading and using the Compendium. It contains the rules organized more effectively for reference, bonus rules for the Alliance Key, and an entire section of missions. YOU MAY FREELY MAKE PRINTS OF THE COMPENDIUM.
Rules, Character and Treasure Clarifications
Need help with an unusual treasure situation or just want more enlightenment on a character’s special ability? Questions answered here. When in doubt, stick with simple, and the letter of the law rule-wise.
What's In The Box?
Manufactured by the exceptional engineers of Ludo Fact in Germany, Duel of Ages II offers the unique game play of the original in combination with first-class quality and superb graphics. Let’s crack open the boxes and see what’s inside...
Yes, Duel of Ages II has a community-mod streak in it a mile wide, by design. There's no reason you can't build your own DoA characters and everything else in the framework that DoA II elegantly provides. But how do you put your materials together? How do you go about creating those cards? How do you balance the characters?
Thankfully, there are exceptional people out there, specifically Ava Jarvis (BilboAtBagEnd on BoardGameGeek) and Jarrett Dunn (mltdwn on BGG). Ava brings you Lair of Lith, a fan site already complete with some amazing tools. Jarrett has put together an exceptional automated card-production environment in CorelDraw X6, one of the finest vector tools on the market. With the work of these two, you can put together professional-quality, balanced Duel of Ages characters faster and easier than I could. Where were these tools when I needed them?
Lair of Lith is a work in progress, so feedback is appreciated on this thread at BGG.
DISCLAIMER AND LEGAL STUFF: Officially, Worldspanner likes the Lair of Lith, but does not officially endorse it (as is normal). Officially, we do not endorse any DoA-like material that you might create (and you don't need us to). However, you are specifically prohibited from producing and posting existing material found in the Duel of Ages II board game series.
DoA II Codex: Game Stats and Numbers
In this OpenDocument spreadsheet, you will find data and stats on Characters, Treasure, Henchmen, Challenge Odds, and Character Rating Spreads. (Note: The truncated special ability text is now fixed.)
Storing Your Game -- Build These Trays
Build your own Duel of Ages II game storage trays using the printout and the instructions below.DoA II Trays Printout
DoA II Tray Building Instructions
DoA I and II Contents Compared
Duel of Ages I shattered milestones, including the number of gamers across twenty-one countries who consider it their number one or top 5 game. It’s a high standard, but Duel of Ages II is up to the challenge, streamlining, improving and expanding the game system in every area...