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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

So after seeing it was out I was pondering getting it, I was having a quick glance on Amazon and noticed an old gaming company I've not dealt with for ages Green Knight Games had a copy up. So I grabbed it, and to my surprise it arrived the next day, odd as normally I don't get anything come through on a Saturday if its posted on a Friday. Not complaining though.

Spoiler:

Somebody has been hard at work.






So my first impressions. Well the models are generally good, as with all FFG plastics there has been some warping on the larger bases, and saggy figure syndrome, however it is really minimal and fixable with warm water and patience. The heroes are nicely done, and you have a fun and interesting starting selection. I think my fave is the female Orc Shaman.








The cards, both the Overlords ones and the Character based ones are excellent, but after owning a few FFG games I'd expect nothing less. The heroes ones are the smaller cards, which helps speed up who needs which piles at the beginning of the game.








The rules are simple and easy from the looks of it, a bit of complexity in places but nothing to trouble anyone who have played these kind of games before. In general it looks like it will be easy to manage from both the players and the Overlords perspective, which is the main thing.








The best thing in my opinion however are the board pieces themselves. There is a deep and varied selection, and due to the scale and how they have designed them, in certain position the maze can happily double back on itself creating the illusion of a tight and compact but long dungeon while you are playing on. There are loads of rooms, however my biggest surprise as I have not been deeply following this game during its creation is the fact they are double sided. Dungeon style on one side and wilderness on the other, with some cross over pieces that allow you to use both in the same dungeon set up. Thats a great move and adds a lot more to your own Dungeon design options.






In all it looks and feels like its going to be a great game to play. I haven't got a game out yet, it literally on arrived a few hours ago, but I will be playing it soon and will get back with my further views once a game or two has ocured. However from my first impressions and what you get in the box, I'm thinking board game fans, and in particular any Heroquest or Warhammer Quest fans should consider this as an option.


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"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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Yep got the first game, was epic, this looks even better, kudos to FFG

Morathi's Darkest Sin wrote:I was having a quick glance on Amazon and noticed an old gaming company I've not dealt with for ages Green Knight Games had a copy up.


I've not heard that name in a long time, some how he's still going.

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That looks pretty awesome

   
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Wow, that's very impressive!

   
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Looks great and thank you for the pics.! I'm keen to pick this up when it becomes available in my locale. Do you know if the floor/dungeon tiles are compatable with 1st Edition Descent, or even with the Ravenloft D&D series?

Also, what's the full model count, and do you know if any/many of the sculpts are reused from Descent 1st Edition?

thanks!

   
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scipio.au wrote:Looks great and thank you for the pics.! I'm keen to pick this up when it becomes available in my locale. Do you know if the floor/dungeon tiles are compatable with 1st Edition Descent, or even with the Ravenloft D&D series?

Also, what's the full model count, and do you know if any/many of the sculpts are reused from Descent 1st Edition?


I've got the 1ed, i'll try and find out once my 2ed turns up, would be ace if they did

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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

Aye, sadly this is my first foray into the Descent system, I missed 1st edition, so cannot answer the comparison queries.

The full model count is the 8 heroes, and 31 monsters. (Thats 5 Zombies, 5 Goblin Archers, 5 Cave Spiders, 4 Flesh Moulders, 4 Barghests, 2 Ettins, 2 Elementals, 2 Merriods and 2 Shadow Dragons. All of the models include one red master level one as apart of the numbers above.)

"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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The tiles! My God the tiles!!!

Double sided???

Do you have a copy of FFG's DOOM board game Morathi? Do the tiles fit together with those (the last edition of Decent's tiles did)?

   
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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

Oddly its one of the FFG games I do own. (only own three) I'm at work at the mo, but will check for you as soon as I'm home, sadly thats in around 7hrs, but will let folks know asap.


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Had a look, sadly it seems the Doom ones are slightly bigger, and they don't clip together.

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"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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You mind also letting us know how the minis stack up size-wise with those of other manufacturers?

The first edition of Descent, while it had loads of varied minis, were a bit too small to look very good when used with Reaper minis and GW ones in pen-and-paper games. I like when my minis fit for most of the games I play.

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Columbia/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Played this at a game place last night and the minis are still the same size as the old Descent minis, which I guess is nice that they match up, but unfortunate that they're still smaller than everything else.


2013 WFB record:

O&G 14-3-3
Vampire Counts 3-0-0
Dwarfs 1-0-0
Ogre Kingdoms 2-0-0
Tomb Kings 0-1-0 
   
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Melbourne .au

Though that shouldn't matter for the non-humanoid creatures, should it? And any updates on tile/model compatability between Descent 1st and 2nd ed?

   
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scipio.au wrote:Though that shouldn't matter for the non-humanoid creatures, should it? And any updates on tile/model compatability between Descent 1st and 2nd ed?


The models are all the same scale as one another and the tiles lock together as well, though with some mild gapping. It's not really an issue if you don't mind the small gaps, but the art styles are vastly different from one another and I can't imagine really wanting to use the old ones unless you really have to. The new ones are beautiful.


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Vampire Counts 3-0-0
Dwarfs 1-0-0
Ogre Kingdoms 2-0-0
Tomb Kings 0-1-0 
   
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There's no reason to use the old tiles unless you're designing custom scenarios or trying to repurpose the 1st edition scenarios with 2nd edition mechanics. Even then, there's more than enough 1st and 2nd edition pieces to be able to create those scenarios without having to mash the two kits together.

Where the real cross between the two lies is with the conversion kit that gives you character cards for all the 1st edition heroes and monsters. With this, you can use those monsters as "free groups" in 2nd edition scenarios and have a greater variety of heroes to choose from.

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Descent has been tempting me for ages, but those boards are really really tempting me in...

[Never mind, answered my own question]

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My copy of 2nd Ed got sent out this morning, so I should have it in hand tomorrow. I've just gotten hold of (almost all) the 1st edition boxed game and expansions in the past few weeks as well, so when by group finished the D&D games, we'll move onto 1st Ed Descent, and then (eventually), 2nd Edition....


   
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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

Have spoilered my pics in the first post, as they where rather large, and just coming in here to read responses was slow going.

Hopefully your box arrived safe scipio.

"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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Here's the first expansion for Descent 2nd Ed

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Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

Looks nice, extra heroes, monsters, tiles, whats not to like.

"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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The tiles for this edition are really nice looking. I like Descent okay, don't think it's totally great or anything, but it's those tiles that are really pulling at me.

   
 
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