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Descent: Journeys in the Dark

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"Succesor to Hero Quest"
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Purchased on Mighty Ape

We purchased Descent: Journey into the Dark as a family game, and so far its has been a great success. It has similar mechanics to Hero Quest or if you are unfamiliar with that, its a fantasy based RPG board game with simplified game play mechanics and little character development intended to make it accessible. The kids aged 10, 11 and 12 love the Miniatures, dungeon setting, and team play required for the Heroes to be successful. Be warned though the learning curve is steep, where Hero Quest was simple to the point of allowing any skilled players to walk all over their nemesis “the Over Lord” (the player who controls the creatures encountered by the heroes in the game) Descent has a few extra layers of complexity which while satisfying add considerably to the initial game learning time. The Over Lord is still at a slight disadvantage unless luck is in his or her favor. So the Good guys seem to save the day. There is plenty of room for devious tactics which can turn the tables. In later expansions on the base game the rules have been modified and added to as well as additional of creatures and Traps etc. the Overlord gets a lot more scope for mischief. There is also an expansion catering to Character development and placing the fate of the game world in the heroes hands in a campaign setting intended to run over many play sessions.

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Across the land, courageous heroes delve into shadowed dungeons, journey to lost cities, and explore forgotten ruins. In the darkest corners of the world, these heroes confront deadly and terrifying monsters, including Skeletons, Hell Hounds, Giants, Demons, and Dragons. For those few who survive, the rewards are many. Victorious heroes return from the treacherous dungeons with ancient magics, bags of gold, and powerful weapons and artifacts.

In Descent: Journeys in the Dark, you play one of these daring adventurers. Armed with mighty weapons and powerful abilities, you venture into the dungeon to battle monsters, escape deadly traps, discover lost treasures, and ultimately, confront and defeat the evil masters that dwell in the hidden places. Can you survive the dark?

Descent: Journeys in the Dark is a game of dungeon-crawling adventure for 2 to 5 players, playable in 2 to 4 hours.

Contents: 1 quest guide, 20 hero sheets, 20 plastic heroes, 60 plastic monsters, 12 custom dice, 180 cards, 1 compass rose token, 1 town marker, 61 map pieces, 49 prop markers, 55 wound tokens, 24 fatigue tokens, 32 threat tokens, 24 conquest tokens, 1 breath template, 1 rule book, 4 hero turn tokens, 12 training tokens, 6 miscellaneous markers, 10 door markers, 52 coin tokens, 10 plastic door stands, 39 treasure markers, 16 hero order tokens, 55 effect tokens. Box size approximately 60 x 30 x 10cm

Select "Descent", under Product Details, for information on optional extra expansion packs.

2 to 5 players
Ages 10 & up
Playing Time: 2 - 4 Hours
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Author: Kevin Wilson

Release date NZ
February 25th, 2008
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