DeepWars – 2-player starter boxed set – Battle for Diablo Reef
DeepWars – Battle for Diablo Reef is a two-player introduction to the DeepWars miniatures game. Players battle underwater among coral reefs, shipwrecks, and hydrothermal vent fields in search of sunken treasures and artifacts. Games are played using models representing adventurers, bio-mechanical constructs, wild sea creatures and vehicles. Players play through multiple linked battles across a campaign, improving their warbands and characters after completing scenarios that range from treasure hunts to breaching ancient shipwrecks. The game includes three 6-sided dice, maps for the scenarios, miniatures for the two competing warbands, printed measurement sticks for movement and measuring range, printed cardstock game counters and markers for treasure and scenic features.
Also included are two Gray Whaler shark miniatures as wild sea creatures.These sharks prowl Diablo Reef and hunt both of the warbands, adding an extra survival mechanic to gameplay. They may be killed but more are drawn to the battle by the scent of blood. In addition, the game includes cardstock markers to use for large wild creatures, such as the massive Beast of Kronos in the shallow waters and the DeepStar Kraken in the darkness of the abyss.
The setting is the late 17th century, many years after the initial discovery of an underground world located miles underneath lands of perpetual ice and snow with a mysterious ocean called the Shadow Sea. The subsequent recovery of ancient technology by human explorers, the Fortune Hunters, has fueled the development of advanced undersea vehicles and personal dive suits that allow adventurers to explore previously inaccessible areas of the deep ocean floor and locate tunnels that connect the underground sea to the oceans of the surface lands. The Fortune Hunters are not alone however, as other non-human forces have been drawn by the lure of ancient treasures.
In the Battle for Diablo Reef, the Fortune Hunters compete against the enigmatic Dark Mariners, the degenerate remnants of a civilization that ruled the underground world and were the creators of the ancient artifacts now coveted by all of the competing forces. The Dark Mariners were scientists and scholars that rebelled against the religious beliefs of their people, indulging in esoteric experiments with creatures from the darkest parts of the sea and mixing their blood with these awful monstrosities. Their corrupt experiments led to the creation of bio-mechanical monstrosities that can do battle on land as well as underwater.
DeepWars – Battle for Diablo Reef is about fun and fast gameplay, with scenarios lasting from 30 to 60 minutes.
The rules are designed to be modular, so they are easy to learn but have enough complexity that players can game in a variety of styles, blasting their opponents, stealthily sneaking into ruins to steal artifacts, or wielding Ethereal Magic spells to control the minds of their foes. Whether you are a novice to tabletop gaming or an experienced player, the game provides exciting adventure and is a fun way to spend an evening with friends.