ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How "Starter" Is The Thunderstone: Starter Set

Updated on March 22, 2017

Do you enjoy Deck-building games?

See results

Standard Thunderstone Board Set-up

Some Light On the Rules and The Pace of The Game

First off - what is Thunderstone? A game where you and a couple of your friends spend turns -visit the village or the dungeon- to build their starting decks. The game offers a randomised shop in the settlement, where you buy and sell cards to straighten your army in order to succeed in the dungeon. The dungeon is the top area of the field, where 3 monsters will be reviewed at a time, to fight them for riches, glory and progress is the goal to which all players strive to. At its core, this RPG relays on carefully crafted "Light" and "Level" systems. Each of the 3 monsters has a "Light" requirement - if you do not meet it (via having torches or special light sources) a penalty is bestowed upon you for each missing light point - resulting in '-2' damage for your troops (or '+2' life for the monster if that makes you feel better). Experience is gained by killing stuff in the dark dungeons, you then spend it to level-up the heroes in your deck or to feed it to your familiar for special actions. The game ends when the "Boss" monster is defeated in the dungeon. Even though the killing blow does not make you a winner, the fact that you were able to do it is good enough to assume you are at least in the lead. Following this train of thoughts, the victor is determined by the victory points accumulated by adding the values in the bottom right corner of each card.

Sweet Card Backs

Does this feel too advanced for you? Well this is where the starter edition steps in!

By lowering the vast amounts of cards and simplifying the turns, this set provides the balance and all the new-user-friendly tips that you may ever need. The whole pack is essentially a revised copy of the 2009 base game (which has a whooping 500 cards base) tailored to new players that may not want to pay the full price, or feel too inexperienced to these rule sets.

Furthermore the starter set serves not only as a learning tool, but also as the new "base" you'll need when you decide to get your hands on any of the expansions.

Overall the series provides a unique experience for game-night. The randomised start of each game gives you reasons to dive back into it every time you can (even though one full play-through can last for a couple of hours).

If you are more of a traditional Card Games lover, you must know how to play spades or at least the basics. If you need a refresher, this is a great article on the Different variations of Spades available for free at VIP Spades.

Thunderstone Advance Towers Of Ruin
Thunderstone Advance Towers Of Ruin

By far the greatest stand-alone from this series


An In-depth Review Of The Starter Set

Unboxing a new set + some comparison to the stand-alone

For how long a game of Thunderstone lasts for you?

See results

Do you have a memorable Thunderstone story? Share it here.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      4 years ago

      Back to Pin this.

    • Ethan Cresdee profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from London

      @WriterJanis2: I hope he does, after all this is what the starter edition is all about - marketed towards new players :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      4 years ago

      It looks like something my son might like.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)