Fantasy Flight Games previews Descent Second Edition

Fantasy Flight Games posts up a preview of Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition.

From the preview:

Last year, we announced Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition, the updated version of our classic dungeon-delving board game. This all-new presentation of the beloved title maintains the core experience fans enjoy – an epic semi-cooperative adventure in which brave heroes venture into dangerous caves, ancient ruins, dark dungeons, and cursed forests to battle monsters, earn riches, and attempt to stop the evil overlord from carrying out his vile plot. With its accessible rules and updated components, however, Second Edition remains deep enough for long-time veterans while inviting newcomers to join the adventure.

  • GreenJello

    Since I’ve got just about everything that came with the first one, (a lot of it painted) and I’m not interested in Campaign play, why do I want to buy the 2nd edition?

    • Piston Honda

      A coupon for a free limited edition My Little Pony Unicorn at participating Toys R Us Stores.

    • redbranch

      I believe I saw somewhere there will be an upgrade kit to align your first edition with the second edition rules. I think I saw it in an issue of Game Trader Magazine.

    • tuco

      Yeah, for $20 if I remember, you will be able to buy a “kit” that will give you character cards and monster cards for all the heroes and monsters from the first edition and all the expansions as well as all the special edition heroes from giveaways.

      • GreenJello

        Yeah, heard about the upgrade kit, but really, I’ve got everything, it’s self contained, why would I want to upgrade? I’m not seeing a strong case here.

        • Sevej

          It seems it will be a quite different game. Streamlined. Shorter. Easier to find time to play with.

    • grimbergen

      Besides the campaign rules, it sounds like the encounters being split and hopefully rules streamlining will shorten the gameplay time.

      Also the overlord class (and hero classes) also sound like fun additions.

      But for me, the new creative direction seems much more on par with other FFG and competitors’ products. I’ve always felt the map tiles to be dull and somewhat ugly (even when compared with the old Warhammer Quest), and the card artwork/layout design a bit lacking. The previews of the new edition really seem to shine in those areas.

  • Cherno

    I’m very interested in this. I am thinking of selling my first edition and replace it with the new release.

  • Grim6


    improved game mechanics (claimed)
    Priced, if I recall from earlier releases, at $80

    Other than that, nothing. Nothing at all.

  • Cherno

    The new tiles look great, much better than the old ones with the dull cobblestone texture. A play-against-the-system mode would have been great.

    • Sevej

      I don’t think so, because they instead try to make playing as the DM more interesting and involving.