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A cooperative game of sci-fi survival horror for 1-6 players, inspired by Lovecraft’s work and featuring amazingly detailed miniatures.
A cooperative game of sci-fi survival horror for 1-6 players, inspired by Lovecraft’s work and featuring amazingly detailed miniatures.
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Diving Into Dagon’s Depths

Posted by Diemension Games (Creator)
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Hey all! Hope you've had a great day. Today we're going to go over one of the classics of Deep Madness, the big box expansion Rise of Dagon.

But first, our achievement progress!

Achievement Chart.
Achievement Chart.

We are getting really close to unlocking the audio book through our social goals. Which means we're also getting really close to unlocking the scenario for The Faces of the Sphere. And we're also getting really close to unlocking those awesome dice for The Faces of the Sphere! And we're also so, so close to unlocking Lucas Kane! EEEEE! SO MANY STRETCH GOALS ABOUT TO BE BUSTED!

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RISE OF DAGON

Rise of Dagon expansion box.
Rise of Dagon expansion box.

Before the investigators ever came to Kadath, there was another group who descended into the depths of the underwater mining facility. They brought with them a very special charge: the asset. And, when the asset was introduced to the sphere, everything changed.

The New Investigators

Rise of Dagon features three new investigators: the celebrity "single mother" who runs the Leng Corporation, Meredith Waite, her sheltered but oh-so-special daughter, Regan, and a strange writer who seems to have stepped right out of another century, Ward Phillips. (Remember him?) Together with a hapless repair crew, these three will be thrust into a nightmare from which they may never escape.

Here are the investigator cards for the three investigators, showing their abilities as well as their backstories:

Meredith Waite.
Meredith Waite.
Regan Waite.
Regan Waite.
Ward Phillips.
Ward Phillips.

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The Horrors

Rise of Dagon is also populated with several new horrors. There's the Deep Ones: mutated, shambling creatures who were once men and women. There's the Hydras: High Priestesses of a dark, malevolent, and very present power. There's the Shadows of Filth: oozing, nightmarish beings who cling to their matching investigator like a bad rash. And then there is, of course, Dagon himself, the Lord of this otherworld of terrors. Or is he?

Deep One sculpt one.
Deep One sculpt one.
Deep One sculpt two.
Deep One sculpt two.
Hydra.
Hydra.
Shadow of Filth.
Shadow of Filth.
Dagon.
Dagon.

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New Mechanics

Rise of Dagon features several new mechanics, both for good and bad. First of all, Rise of Dagon functions as an ongoing campaign. Search cards, infection cards, filth cards, infection tokens, and filth tokens are carried from one game to the next, and the three scenarios must be played in order. Which brings us to the next new mechanic in Dagon.

Search cards, infection card, filth cards, infection token, and filth tokens.
Search cards, infection card, filth cards, infection token, and filth tokens.

It is very possible to slowly lose your humanity throughout the course of Rise of Dagon. At the start of chapter one each investigator is given a face-down infection card. When it is revealed, that investigator will begin to receive filth tokens. If an investigator ever has three filth tokens then that investigator will become infected and begin the slow transformation into a Deep One.

However, it's not all bad news in Dagon. Specifically, there's the new Domain and Enlighten mechanic. When you rest during Dagon, you will take a domain card. These cards are sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but often feature a trade-off: a positive effect for a negative effect. However, when you take these domain cards you also take a domain token of a certain color and shape. When these are collected, investigators can begin, once per activation, to build enlightenment cards. And enlightenment cards are incredibly powerful. (Want to restore a room that's been devoured? There's an enlightenment card for that. Want to heal 1 wound from every investigator? There's one for that, too.) And what's more, once these cards are used they aren't discarded. They're just wiped clean, and you can build them again.

Domain and Enlightenment.
Domain and Enlightenment.

Rise of Dagon contains 5 room tiles, 116 new cards, 108 new tokens, markers and standees, 3 new investigators, and 24 new monster figures. This big box expansion costs $50 ($45 for returning backers.) If you'd like to add Rise of Dagon to your pledge, just click on the "Manage your pledge" button (in the upper-right-hand corner on computers, or on the bottom of the main campaign page on mobile), then click "Change your pledge." Next add the amount for the expansion to your pledge and click Save. That's it! We'll figure out what your extra funds were for in the pledge manager following the campaign. (Rise of Dagon is included in the All-In pledge level.)

Also, just a reminder that I will be doing another Kickstarter Live video today (Tuesday) at 3pm PST! I hope you'll be able to join me! Have a great day, and here's to us potentially unlocking a whole bunch of stretch goals today!

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Wait, I see it again! The mists are parting! It’s getting closer! I can… almost… make it out…

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    1. Philippe Bolay on

      I’d love to see some addon that brings the campaign element over to the earlier boxes as well. It’s what I miss the most.

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      Eric Holweck
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      @Dave: not to be nitpicking, but shoudn't that be "plane selling"? ;)

    3. Foxwhisperer on

      If Regan was the first one to look into the Sphere and activate it, then maybe she needs to have a Sphere Face before the others?

    4. Judgement Dave
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      @Byron "We actually had a conversation about just that very word, and somehow it still got in there wrong. =D"
      So the copy writing/editing wasn't always plane sailing?!

      (And damn, I need interrobangs.)

    5. Mabinguari
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      What an intrigue...

    6. Byron Leavitt Collaborator
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      @Alasdair MacKinnon, you're right. We actually had a conversation about just that very word, and somehow it still got in there wrong. =D

    7. Byron Leavitt Collaborator
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      @Malbet, you can mix a lot of Rise of Dagon into the Deep Madness core experience. There are a few things you can't, but by and large a majority can be. Even the new mechanics. The reason that many haven't done so yet is to keep the story separate, and because some of the new stuff in this does add a little bit of complexity as far as additional rules to remember.

    8. Baylock on

      If this is a storage box, it will all depend on the dimensions.
      I already have a hard time finding a storage place for my KDM box because of its length.

    9. John C
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      on

      PROFUNDIUM!
      :)

    10. Kat
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      on

      If Profundum is a big storage box that would be so damn glorious. My game storage would love you forever.

    11. Kat
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      on

      Haha William

    12. William James Hartley
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      on

      How many sanity do i need to exhaust to discover about the new box?

    13. Roland Hinz on

      omg, what is these cool looking Box? I can't wait :D

    14. Andrew Hurwitz
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      on

      That box looks fantastic!

    15. Devon Veenstra on

      Oh man, I hope Profundum is a big storage box designed to hold all the expansions.

    16. Michael Harley on

      I might add that I need that audio book in my life!
      however, having to open even more threads on BGG appears a bit bland to me since everything I culd post about already has a thread. Spamming a forum can not be in DG's interest. It should be about an increase in Posts, not opened Threads. We can talk about DM all night, but opening meaningfull treads is a means to an end.

    17. Meltdown on

      Just looked it up, profundum is Latin for abyss or boundless. That's a proper name for all this game's content going into a big box. You WILL go mad trying to sort it all!

    18. Michael Harley on

      I played my part. I opened another Thread and uploaded photos of our last game... unfortunately I had already rated my DM Game before the reprint. Its on you now...

    19. Theo on

      sleeves!!! sleeves everywhere!!!!!!! (L)

    20. Malbet
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      on

      I really appreciate the expansion description, I'm struggling about what to buy and a recap is very important.

      I'm sure it was said a lot so pardon me for asking: is this expansion separated from the main game or can you mix components and characters back and forth? I remember some comments on bgg about it saying it was better not to, but now time has passed...

      Sidenote: whatever Profundum is, go on... you have my undivided attention

    21. Css on

      Hydra's peg leg still bothers me :p

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      Alasdair MacKinnon on

      Minor comment on Ward Phillips' card - should "When he finally did escape from that other plain" be "When he finally did escape from that other plane" instead? (Plane of existence rather than topographical plain.)

      I'm sure this is the wrong place for such comments but I wasn't sure how else to communicate potential errata :-)

    23. Bryan
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      on

      Ooooh, pretty, pretty box....

    24. JLo on

      Is it the storage box!?

    25. Orkojonazos on

      Should I take the box or the money??? well we are here to play so..... give that box!!!!!!!

    26. Felipe Barbirato
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      Big box??? 👍

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      Lars Bennetzen on

      Sounds amazing. Keep up the good work guys. Looking forward to getting the game 😁

    28. Max on

      What the hell is that?
      Tell ja more or I'll get insane