Anyone had a chance to play Dungeon Command (http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Product.aspx?x=dnd/products/dndmin/397530000) yet? Last saturday we had a demo session in The Netherlands with our current DDM 2.0 European Champion (Miniatorix) explaining the game. We had 3 people from our regular group show up plus some random people visiting the shop.
I've played 4 games (2 with the Cormyr set, 2 with the Lolth set) using the "my first game" scenario (which means you only use the tiles and minis from one box; a normal game would require the contents of two boxes).
It was nice to see familiar minis (such as the drow assassin), tiles and concepts (melee, ranged attacks, slide, shifting). The inclusion of order cards and creature cards (you can't employ your entire army at once as with DDM) adds a nice new twist to the game. However, at this point, I have some mixed feelings about the game. On the one hand it felt new and exciting, especially when "fodder" units turned out to be very useful as well or when an order card enabled you to take out your opponent with a nasty effect. On the other hand, it felt really frustrating to be hit by an order card of my opponent. Wizard claims to have replaced chance (the D20) by strategy (the order cards), but in fact they have replaced one form of randomness with another one. The game offers plenty of choices to be made however (which creatures to employ, which order cards to put in your deck, the use of "cowering"), which will keep players satisfied over time.
At this point, I really need to play more games to get the hang of it. The demo session convinced me to buy the first two boxes and start experimenting.
Any opinions on the new game? Will you (or your gaming group) drop DDM in favour of the new game or will you play both (or not play the new game at all)?
For people who want some more discussion/help on this new game, the most active forum I've found so far is: http://community.wizards.com/go/forum/view/75882/198841/dd_board_games
P.S. I opened this topic only with the intention to exchange thoughts and opinions on the new WotC game that has plenty of things in common with DDM. If you feel the DDM site and forum should only concern itself with DDM, please accept my apologies and remove this topic.