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Year Published
2005
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5 players
Recommended with 2–5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12+
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Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Alternate Names
Descent: Die Reise ins Dunkel
Descent: Reise ins Dunkel
Descent: Viaggi nelle Tenebre
Descent: Viaje a las tinieblas
Descent: Voyage dans les ténèbres
Odalent: Kalandok a mélyben
Η ΚΑΤΑΒΑΣΗ: Περιπέτειες στα έγκατα της γης
ディセント 〜闇世界への旅立ち〜
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Descent: Journeys in the Dark is a semi-cooperative game in which two to five players will take on the antagonistic roles of heroes and Overlord. Up to four players will choose characters with a wide assortment of skills and innate abilities to be the heroes who will explore dungeons in search of treasure and adventure. One player will take on the role of the Overlord and will control the dungeon's many traps, puzzles, and monsters.

The heroes' goal will be to cooperatively conquer the dungeon, seize its many treasures, and achieve other objectives as set by the scenario. If the heroes cooperate and achieve their goals, they will all win. The Overlord's objective is simply to use all the means at his or her disposal - from deadly traps and ferocious monsters - to kill the heroes. Each hero has a certain Conquest Point value to the party and if too many Conquest Points are lost through hero death, the party loses and the Overlord wins.

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Rules PDF

Components

  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Quest Guide
  • 20 Hero Sheets
    • Vyrah the Falconer
    • Varikas the Dead
    • Trenloe the Strong
    • Steelhorns
    • Sir Valadir
    • Silhouette
    • Ronan of the Wild
    • Red Scorpion
    • One Fist
    • Mordrog
    • Spiritspeaker Mok
    • Mad Carthos
    • Lyssa
    • Landrec the Wise
    • Battlemage Jaes
    • Ispher
    • Grey Ker
    • Bogran the Shadow
    • Runewitch Astarra
    • Andira Runehand
  • 20 Plastic Heroes
  • 60 Plastic Monsters
    • 6 Tan and 3 Red Beastman
    • 1 Tan and 1 Red Giant
    • 2 Tan and 1 Red Manticore
    • 4 Tan and 2 Red Sorcerer
    • 4 Tan and 2 Red Razorwing
    • 6 Tan and 3 Red Skeleton
    • 1 Tan and 1 Red Dragon
    • 2 Tan and 1 Red Naga
    • 2 Tan and 1 Red Ogre
    • 4 Tan and 2 Red Hell Hound
    • 6 Tan and 3 Red Bane Spider
    • 1 Tan and 1 Red Demon
  • 12 Custom Dice
    • 1 Blue Ranged Combat Die
    • 1 Red Melee Combat Die
    • 1 White Magic Combat Die
    • 2 Green Extra Damage Combat Dice
    • 2 Yellow Extra Range Combat Dice
    • 5 Black Power Dice
  • 180 Cards
    • 24 Monster Reference Cards
    • 36 Overlord Cards
    • 12 Subterfuge Skill Cards
    • 12 Fighting Skill Cards
    • 12 Wizardry Skill Cards
    • 24 Town Store Cards
    • 22 Copper Treasure Cards
    • 18 Silver Treasure Cards
    • 16 Gold Treasure Cards
    • 4 Relic Cards
  • 1 Compass Rose Token
  • 1 Town Marker
  • 61 Map Pieces
    • 10 Room Pieces
      • 4 x 4x4 (2 mossy, 2 cobblestone)
      • 4 x 6x4 (1 mossy, 1 cobblestone, 2 muddy)
      • 2 x 6x6 (1 mossy, 1 cobblestone)
    • 25 Corridor Pieces
      • 6 x L (3 mossy, 3 cobblestone)
      • 8 x 2x4 (cobblestone)
      • 5 x 2x6 (cobblestone)
      • 6 x 2x2 (muddy)
    • 6 Intersection Pieces
      • 2 x Cross-shape (skeleton)
      • 4 x T (2 mossy, 2 muddy)
    • 20 Dead End Pieces
  • 10 Door Markers
    • 7 Normal Doors
    • 3 Rune-locked Doors
  • 10 Plastic Door Stands
  • 49 Prop Markers
    • 23 Obstacle Markers
      • 8 Rubble (5 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
      • 7 Water (4 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
      • 8 Pit (5 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
    • 10 Encounter Markers
    • 10 Glyph Markers
    • 6 Staircase Markers
  • 55 Wound Tokens
    • 45 x single heart
    • 10 x yellow 5 heart
  • 24 Fatigue Tokens
  • 52 Money Tokens
      • 34 x 25-value
      • 12 x 100-value
      • 6 x 500-value
  • 16 Hero Order Tokens
    • 4 Aim Orders
    • 4 Dodge Orders
    • 4 Guard Orders
    • 4 Rest Orders
  • 32 Threat Tokens
    • 23 x red single
    • 9 x blue 5-value
  • 24 Conquest Tokens
    • 18 x blue single
    • 6 x green 3-value
  • 1 Breath Template
  • 55 Effect Tokens
    • 12 Web Markers
    • 14 Stun Tokens
    • 13 Burn Tokens
    • 16 Poison Tokens
  • 39 Treasure Markers
    • 9 Healing Potion Markers
    • 9 Vitality Potion Markers
    • 9 Money Markers
    • 8 Chest Markers
    • 4 Relic Markers
  • 3 Rune markers (red, blue, yellow)
  • 4 Hero Turn Tokens
  • 12 Training Tokens
    • 4 Melee Training Tokens
    • 4 Ranged Training Tokens
    • 4 Magic Training Tokens
  • 6 Miscellaneous Markers
    • 1 Boggs the Rat Marker
    • 1 Kata the Ferret Marker
    • 1 Mata the Ferret Marker
    • 1 Pico the Empos Marker
    • 1 Skye the Falcon Marker
    • 1 Monkey Marker

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Descent: Journeys in the Dark
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Fantasy Flight Edition 2010
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2010
Product Code: VA11
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
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Fantasy Flight Edition 2009
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Product Code: VA11
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
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Kaissa Greek edition
Publisher: Kaissa Chess & Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
8.00 pounds
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Descent: Die Reise ins Dunkel
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Heidelberger German edition 2009
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Product Code: 900OCT10GE
Size: 11.65 x 23.54 x 4.09 inches
9.04 pounds
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Descent: Viaje a las tinieblas
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Edge Spanish edition
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2007
Product Code: EDGDE02
Size: 11.80 x 23.60 x 3.90 inches
3.00 pounds
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A word document that allows for easy copy and paste formulas to rolls in PBF. http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/388217/descent-journeys-dark/play-forum
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2 First Edition Summary/Aid No Expansion
This summary aid is for first edition Descent with no expansion. Seeing as I get this game out on the table about once a year I needed to create a single page (double sided) summary to "refresh" turn structure, orders, effects, etc. and all the little rules/info that slip through the cracks.
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3 Monster Template for Campaigns
This was intended for personal use, so may not be the easiest to use, but I am uploading it by request.
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4 Character Template
Use this to make characters of your own. For use with Photoshop.
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6 Character Cards Reskin
I have changed the character cards to the layout and style of the second edition character cards. I have made some revisions to clarify the hero's Abilities. I have changed Grey Ker's ability as to be honest it was pants, it is now the same as his second edition abilities. I have also included a character card back. Part 1 This is the base Descent, Well of Darkness and Sea of Blood First Edition Characters.
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20 A New Journey in the Dark
A revised version of the first Scenario of the core set, Into the Dark, presenting elements and mosnters from different expansion set, to grant a "complete" Descent experience. The Scenario is designed to provide a challenge even to experienced players, and the archive contains both the revised map and the rules to play with it.
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2013-10-18
4 Revised Official Terrinoth Character List
This is an updated version of the Official Terrinoth characters from Fantasy Flight listing which expansions the characters appear in. The prior one was from 2011. This adds Descent 2nd edition and expansions.
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8 1st Edition Versions of 2nd Edition Monsters
File updated to include simple explanation of use.
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