I've just started thinking about getting my hands on another D&D-esque board game. I like being able to do pick-up games, but I decided a few months ago that running an actual RPG as a pick-up game is not worth my time and effort. Cthulhu Dice is extremely portable, but works best as an icebreaker rather than the source of a full evening of gaming. My old standby, Munchkin, has been so thoroughly explored by me that I have little interest in playing it again for the foreseeable future - and the "World of Dorkness" themed set I own, Munchkin Bites!, suffers from a severe lack of monsters. (A bit ironic, that, since the premise is that everyone is a monster.)
I've written briefly about the Temple of Elemental Evil board game, and I still like it overall in spite of its bulk and its long setup time. While I have considered expanding it using one of the other D&D Adventure System games - especially Wrath of Ashardalon, because who can say no to a big red dragon? - they are quite large in both size and cost. One does receive a lot of decent- to high-quality goods for their money, but while expensive miniatures are better than expensive pieces of card stock (seriously, why the hell does Car Wars cost so damn much?), either way they're expensive.
Even more unfortunately, all three of the games which I've seen and heard many glowing recommendations for - HeroQuest, Dragon Strike, and the LEGO Heroica games - are out of print. Here are some of the options I've been considering.
The classic, of course, is Dungeon! Originally predating the publication of Dungeons & Dragons, it's still going today. The chief advantages here are its low price and ready availability; I can easily find it in any of my Friendly Local Gaming Stores. The downside is that it doesn't look to have the same variability of the games I've already mentioned. I'm also not sure how I feel about the newest printing's cartoony art.
One acquaintance recommended Warhammer Quest to me, stating that while expensive, the game includes a lot for the money. I have no reason to doubt this, but the trouble is that the same is true of the D&D Adventure System titles; if I do drop a lot of cash on a board game, I'd prefer to get one that supplements what I already own.
I have heard good things about both Descent: Journeys in the Dark and Munchkin Quest, and the latter especially seems like it could be fun. Of course, as with most things I enjoy, it seems to polarize the opinions of its reviewers; they either love it or loathe it. They are also both somewhat expensive (Descent especially), and Descent also requires the equivalent of a Referee - a lack of which is an advantage where board games are concerned, at least from my point of view.
Still expensive, but very expandable, is Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I had originally considered buying this game solely to use the miniatures for the Star Wars RPG that I was running a while back (I tend to do that a lot...) but I've heard some good things about it. It certainly looks nice.
Anyone have any thoughts on these games, or any recommendations of things I haven't thought of?