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Soylent Green
United States
Minnesota
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10
Jul 2012
Have played about 15 hours so far and it has been excellent! I very much enjoy the game play - it is streamlined without losing the fun and flavor of the first edition! I can't wait to see Descent get back on the table again! We really enjoy getting through a full quest in 2 hours! Everything just plays so much quicker.
2012-07-02
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Janis Grunte
Latvia
Riga
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10
Sep 2012
Expansions:
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2013-08-15
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Harold Jansen
Canada
Lethbridge
Alberta
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10
Jan 2014
I love this game. I'm impressed how fast and streamlined the gameplay is. The action just flows. I'm also liking the quests: interestingly designed with enough sense of story without feeling too restrictive. Interesting variety of objectives, not just kill the boss monster. Outstanding game! Also enjoying how the expansions add variety without adding much in the way of rules overhead. To really see the potential here, you need to play the campaign. I'm hooked.
2014-02-07
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Bryon DeLaBarre
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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10
Sep 2012
Fan-freaking-tastic game. Very different from first edition Descent, but still feels very familiar. The overlord is much more interesting now, and the built-in campaign is well implemented. The open system to use plastic from the first edition is simple & easy to use. This is a must play if you are even remotely interested.
Update - 21 plays in & this game is fantastic. Simple. Elegant. Very Fun.
2013-09-30
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Balint Weisz
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Dec 2012
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2012-12-21
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United States
Kittanning
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2012
From HeroQuest as a kid until now, I've always loved a good dungeon crawl board game. And I think this is as good as the genre has ever been. One thing to be clear on before you get into this is that it doesn't have the feeling of exploration that Hero Quest or Descent 1st edition gives you. This is a tactical fantasy miniatures game. You know the goals as soon as the encounter is set up and it's basically a small tactical battle. I know some people don't like 2nd Ed and the lack of exploration is the root of all their problems with the game. The thing is, exploring rooms and killing stuff and collecting treasure gets old after a while if there isn't a strong story linking it all together. Hero Quest (as much as I love it) and Descent 1st Ed. suffer from this sameyness. In fact no board game has succeeded in giving a dungeon crawl feel along with a strong story- for that you need to play D&D. Another thing 2nd has going over 1st edition is that this is so much more streamlined and easy to play than the bloated sessions of 1st Ed which basically ended up going nowhere anyway. Anyway, enough comparisons. This game has so many diverse scenarios and is rich with so much material, campaigns, and monsters, heroes, classes, etc. You could play forever and never do the same thing. And with a little imagination you can really get into the game and your character. And there is a sense of discovery and story finding new equipment, encountering new monsters, and when each quest is set up, etc. Combat is varied and fun with lots of special abilities but it doesn't bog down. Components are stellar. Great game.
2015-02-22
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Ramsey Salisbury
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Nov 2012
While there are some issues with LOS, I love the development of this game. As well as the mechanics for leveling up and the choices you can make in the story.
2012-11-14
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Zyly Tajemniczy
Poland
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10
Dec 2012
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2013-02-26
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David B
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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10
Oct 2012
It doesn't see the table nearly as much as I'd like, but that's probably because I want to play it every day. It hits everything I love about a game; it's a dungeon crawler, it is loaded with plastic minis, the components are beautiful and it's just a really fun game to play.
2013-10-29
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Erik Miller
United States
Naperville
Illinois
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10
Jul 2012
This game is a blast. We were looking for a good campaign game, and this fits the bill. Only complaint is some of the scenarios are almost impossible for one of the sides to win.

Every play after from number 8 on includes Lair of the Wyrm. All the plays include the conversion kit.

Also have 1 set of extra dice as well!

Plays from 13 on include Labyrinth of Ruin as well

Play 14 added the 6 lieutenants from the Base game and the trollfens and Valyndra as well

Play 19 on added Shadow of Nerekhall

Play 24 on added Manor of Ravens


Also have 1 translucent blue power die from Game Night as well
2014-09-11
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Mikhail Sokolov
Finland
Lappeenranta
Etelä-Karjala
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10
Sep 2012
Just don't know any dungeon crawler better than this one. Just don't.
2014-02-20
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Drew Thomson
Canada
Stittsville
Ontario
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"We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." - Tennyson
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10
Jan 2013
One of my favourite board games of all time. Few other games in my collection have had the staying power of Descent. I still want to play it just as much as I did when I bought it on the day it was released. It's that good.

It's the game I was waiting for to scratch my dungeon crawler itch, which I've had ever since I was a kid playing HeroQuest. It is so much fun and it plays relatively quickly. There is so much awesome stuff in the box and the Quest Guide is huge. The minis are AMAZING. You can't go wrong with this game.
2015-06-16
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Mike Ditchburn
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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10
Jun 2014
Love all the changes from the old edition: Easier to jump into/teach. Campaign rules right from the start. Streamlined gameplay (by cutting fiddly parts that brought nothing particularly interesting to the game to begin with). Conversion kit from the old edition means I instantly have 40+ heroes and a pile of monsters to use. Quests in the booklet are more customizable.

That anyone would prefer the old edition over this one completely baffles me.

Regardless of comparisons to the old edition, this is one of my all-time favourite board games. It's about as good a dungeon crawl as you'll ever find without jumping up to a full-on table-top RPG system. Loads of fun.
2014-06-26
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George Kizilis
United Kingdom
Ashford
KENT
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10
Mar 2015
Brilliant game. Took a good game (Descent v1) and made it better. A lot more objective focus as opposed to senseless killing and the new co-op scenarious push it to the top
2015-03-27
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Jordan K
United States
Poulsbo
Washington
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10
Aug 2014
I loved first edition despite how long and clunky it was.

Second edition retains almost everything I loved about the original while improving it in many ways. This is a fantastic game that makes it to the table much more frequently than its predecessor.

Not every quest is perfectly balanced, but the campaign play overall is outstanding. This game is a blast to play as the heroes or the overlord.
2014-08-25
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Rick Baptist
United States
Highland
California
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10
Apr 2013
I was a huge proponent of Descent (first edition). Dungeon crawls speak to me, and Descent 1e has always stood out to be as the best dungeon crawler available. Personally, 2e has blown 1e away so far. The only flaw I had with 1e was the length. 2e fixes that, and the way it was fixed (that I initially feared) is a stroke of genius, and works, and is highly enjoyable. Being able to integrate 1e into the new edition is a huge plus. Everything is just lovely. I will own it forever.
2013-04-23
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Sander Kammeraat
Netherlands
Nijmegen
Gelderland
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10
Sep 2012
Debates and discussions aside, this is one of my favorite games to date. At the end of the day, I just have tons of fun with it, regardless of issues that I don't really care much about. 10/10 from me.
2012-09-30
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Harley Dixon
United States
Ohio
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10
Jan 2014
I like the new edition, it streamlines the game a lot and has a built in campaign mode. Now the overlord and the heroes are competing to accomplish separate objectives, rather than having the goal be loot and kills. This makes it more about the Tactical Miniature game, so it feel a little different but it's still a great game.
2014-06-13
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Goh Wei Shyong
Malaysia
Kedah
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10
Jan 2013
The most awesome dungeon crawl game. Play it with my friends and got hook instantly. Easy to play and need to get the hang of it. Great game with the campaign progress which I love it so much.
2013-01-05
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Ethan Nicholas
United States
Wake Forest
North Carolina
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10
Jun 2013
A fantasy dungeon-crawl, similar to Dungeons and Dragons in board game form. Unlike D&D, the Dungeon Master is an actual adversary, doing his best to slaughter the players before they manage to defeat him.
2012-11-23
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Simon Neale
United Kingdom
Suffolk
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10
Jul 2012
The first game I have ever rated as a pure 10.
So why?
The game production quality is top notch, with all the cards being linen based (even the smaller ones), the board tiles have fantastic artwork and are made of thick board and fit together exceptionally well.
The rules are well written and laid out clearly, and we only needed a few checks in our first game. There is a learning curve but if you have played RPGs or the Ravenloft D&D game it is quick to get going.
The quests are extremely well written and there is a lot more to this than just hacking your way through monster after monster. Both the heroes and the overlord need to work out how to position their pieces and make the most of the character skills.
The First Blood intro encounter works well and leads nicely into The Fat Goblin which is so finely balanced that it came down to the very last dice rolls. Splig was 3 spaces away from escape and victory with his path blocked by 2 heroes and another 2 closing rapidly from behind.... Splig only needed one surge to throw one hero out of his way but failed....with only 7 health remaining, the heroes then took him down....! Who could ask for more.... Even as the losing overlord it was a great end to a near perfect night of dungeon delving! And that is why this game is a 10 in my opinion!
2012-07-25
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Jim Brooks
United States
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10
Jul 2012
First impression from reading the rules and one game session:

While I loved the original Descent, this is better in almost every way. Most importantly, this will see much more play time as it plays more quickly than the original. I love that the campaign system is built right in. Road to Legend made the orignal Descent much better and the system in Descent 2 I think will work well. About the only thing I don't like are the LOS rules. I don't see how the new rules are better than "center to center" los.

I appreciate the fact that the upgrade kit will allow the use of the original monsters and heroes. I wish the tiles were compatible, but I suppose there's nothing stopping you from just using the Descent 1 tiles in home-made or fan-made scenarios.

There's not a ton of weapons/armor/spells/equipment in the base game, but I imagine that this will be rectified throgh expansions.
2012-07-31
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Steve Reynolds
United States
West Chester
Ohio
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10
Jul 2012
Played several quests in the Pre-release Preview sessions. Rules are straightforward and easy to follow. Quests are fun, interesting and well balanced. I don't play many "Dungeon Crawlers" but I will buy this game and I'm sure it will see plenty of playing time.
2012-07-08
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Erik Stanfill
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Oct 2013
Best dungeon game ever. I wish I had this when I was a kid.
2013-10-12
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Heath Doerr
United States
Farmington Hills
Michigan
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10
Aug 2012
I've been playing for 4 hours, and I want to play again, even though it's 1am? Yeah, that's a 10.
2012-08-21
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Thue Eriksen
Denmark
Herning
Jylland
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10
Jul 2012
AWESOME update! The game feels faster, more streamlined and easier to get into! And the build-in campaign system is a blast to play
2012-07-19
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Sean P
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Oct 2012
My favorite dungeon crawl of all time. Plays fast and fun and everyone enjoys it. I highly recommend this game.
2013-03-14
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AMERI-THRASHER!
United States
Milford
Connecticut
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10
Oct 2013
DESCENT: JOURNEYS IN THE DARK
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A stellar production! With easy to learn rules and fantastic components this immersive game will have you deep into adventuring in minutes!
2014-01-09
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The Galaxy is Just Packed!
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Jul 2012
The definitive dungeon crawling baord game, made even better by new, efficient rules and faster play. The new edition improves almost every aspect of the 1st edition (with a few minor exceptions), adds a campaign system, and does a great job eliminating all the "junk" that turned the 1st edition into a multi-hour grind. A brave move by FFG to make such drastic changes, and an extremely wise one.
2012-07-21
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Aaron Sibley
United Kingdom
Margate
Kent
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10
Jul 2012
When I first looked at I was underwhelmed. I run the demo at the local store and was fairly impressed. After starting the campaign I am hooked. This is excellent fun and my kids love it to, where as Descent 1 was to long and complicated for them.
2012-07-22
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Giacomo Leoni
United States
Providence
RI
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10
Sep 2012
The game hits the right balance between story driven scenarios (each sensibly tuned to give the players a good impression of what the scene is supposed to be), tactical combat and various power richness.

Every hero class plays quite differently, but at the same time they all belong to one of four archetypes (Healer, Fighter, Mage, Rogue), giving flexibility, variety AND reliability.

No scenario is even similar to the others, and playing the same scenario twice with different heroes and monsters feels like a totally new experience.

2 players with the full complements of 4 heroes gives a wonderful playing.
2014-02-06
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Dave Callahan
United States
Goose Creek
South Carolina
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Jul 2012
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David S
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Jun 2013
This game is great fun and thoroughly entertaining!
2012-08-16
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Sharaazad Lord
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10
Aug 2012
Best game ever.
2012-08-06
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Paul

Wisconsin
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10
Aug 2012
Not that I mind hack and slash dungeon crawls, but I really enjoy the structure of the new quests, specifically the variety of objectives.
2012-08-11
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Mark Balawender
United States
Lansing
Michigan
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10
Aug 2014
got in trade for dungeon run
2014-08-22
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Nelson Chandler
United States
San Tan Valley
Arizona
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10
Aug 2012
The quests in this game are superb! The themes bring flavor to the tactical objectives and both are interesting!
2012-08-13
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Chris Sanderson
Thailand
Bangkok
Bangkok
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10
Aug 2012
While I enjoyed 1e, it was often a pain to set up and run. 2e gets rid of every single complaint I had with the game, fantastic rules upgrade and change to the adventure system!
2012-08-14
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Kyle S
United States
Saint Johnsbury
Vermont
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10
Aug 2012
I'm one of the few who likes both the original and second edition equally. They scratch different itches. If I could only take one to a desert island, however, I think I would take the second edition. Very approachable yet just as fun. The best dungeon crawl out there.
2012-09-27
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Australia
Adelaide
SA
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10
Jan 2015
Loving this. Cleans up most of the bloat from first edition while keeping the feel much the same with much more compelling quests, particularly played as a campaign.

Universally loved in my main group, which is an uncommon occurrence.
2013-01-31
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Rachel Vacek
United States
Houston
Texas
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10
Dec 2012
One of my favorite games ever.
2013-12-13
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Magnus Rydin
Sweden
Helsingborg
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10
Sep 2012
Never had so much fun playing a game with my son!
2012-09-01
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Lucyna Markowska
Poland
Gdańsk
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10
Nov 2012
Po rozegraniu kilku partii – czas na wrażenia: O wykonaniu nie ma co się rozpisywać, bo gra jest śliczna. Idealna na prezent. Jeden skrzywiony Merriod został potraktowany wrzątkiem, co przywróciło jego naturalne piękno. Szkoda, że figurki bohaterów są trochę małe, ale to tylko dodatkowe wyzwanie podczas malowania. Żetony dla popleczników mi nie przeszkadzają, bo pewnie i tak poszukam sobie zamienników. O dziwo, mimo że rozbudowana, gra ma o wiele bardziej przejrzyste zasady niż podobne jej przygodówki. Po ich opanowaniu niewiele było sytuacji z nerwowym kartkowaniem instrukcji. Oznaczenia na kartach i przepisy są czytelne, więc rozgrywka nie traci na dynamizmie. Martwię się tylko czy jedna kampania nie pozostawi niedosytu. Przydałoby się więcej przygód… Zdecydowana obowiązkowa pozycja w mojej kolekcji.
2014-09-08
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Ben Bailey
United States
West valley
Utah
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10
Nov 2012
I sat on the fence for a long time on this one thinking things like, "i already have a dungeon crawler i never have time to play", and "it looks too complicated". Well, i am happy to report that i feel this game needs to be in every home of a dungeon crawler. It has the easiest setup compared to any of my other dungeon crawlers (except dungeon run). And it is simple to play and teach to friends.
2012-11-27
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Ian Werts
United States
Union
Ohio
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10
Oct 2012
An amazingly fun game with easy to learn mechanics and tremendous replayability.
2012-10-16
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Federico Trippini
Italy
Orvieto
Italy
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Sep 2012
I played only the First Blood quest as betatest with my wife. I was the overlord and she guides two PG. In 15 minutes i make the general setup, for me, for her, assembly the map and i explain the rules (we are Italian but the game i bought is in english language), in 15 minutes? Great!
The game was very beautiful to play! Fast rules, fast plays (40 minutes), funny, fantastic artwork! I'm waitng to play it also with my firend in 4 players and wiht complete campaign! The winter is coming and we have lot's and lot's of cold days to play Descent...wonderful!!!
2012-09-21
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Cedric Chong
Singapore
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10
Jul 2013
Descent 1.0:
- Long setup time.
- Unnecessarily fiddly.
- Long down time between turns.
- Mindlessly repetitive.
- Incredibly imbalanced (!!!).
- Tedious, boring, monotonous.
- Long take down time.
- "Too much time packed in little fun"
- Might as well play D&D.

Descent 2.0:
- Much shorter setup time.
- Stream-lined rules.
- Very little downtime.
- Not repetitive due to excellent Quest design.
- More balanced.
- Opportunity to plan and strategize.
- In-game timer due to quest and mechanics forces short high-intensity games.
- Still retain RPG elements in between encounters. Isn't it the same as D&D? You level up after encounters?
- Fat juicy theme!
- Flexible game duration.

Updating: 9 to 10. This game is amazing.

This week, Descent 2.0 has officially become my #1 game. Check out my review:

RPG in a box (An extremely long-winded review of my #1 game)

I've also created a comic-style guide as an aid for new players to get them started on their first game of Descent 2.0 as the heroes. This is meant to be played with 1 experienced player as the Overlord:

Heroes Quickstart Guide to Descent 2.0 (comic-style)


TV: 10.
2013-07-29
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Arsen Shogenov
Russia
Nalchik-Russia
Kabardino-Balkarian Republic
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10
Nov 2012
Лучшая полукооперативная игра №1, с отличной атмосферой!
2013-01-24
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Isidoros Sarantinos
Greece
N.Smyrni, Athens
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10
Dec 2013
Great dungeon-crawler, light enough to explain and start playing in 10 minutes. Developped clearly around a campaign mode, which is where the game shows its potential.
2013-12-09
Owned
JH
United States
Albany
California
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10
Oct 2013
Played a lot at this point, and just love it. Would like to play more as heroes, though!
2013-10-13
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