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#27224
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hi All,

This is my first post on the forum. I'm considering purchasing a few sets of Dwarven Forge fantasy corridors and rooms to play my Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, here is a link to Fantasy Flight's webpage for the game. It is easily one of the best Dungeon Crawl board games I have played, and this winter they will be releasing a campaign set which I am greatly looking forward to.

www.fantasyflightgames.com/descent.html

I'm curious is there are any players out there who are already using the Dwarven Forge sets to play this game, and if so, what sets they own. I would love to slowly purchase enough sets to build all the necessary board sections (there are quite a few).

Any advice from fellow "Decent-ers" would be welcome.
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#27225
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Welcome to the boards!!!

I've played (and enjoyed!!!) Descent several times, but have never used my DF stuff with it. My friend has the game, and he has always played the DM role while I and others have played the characters. However, I own ALL the DF stuff for our gaming group and DM all of our D&D sessions, so maybe thats the reason why.....

Seems like it would work well. Maybe you should try to map out some of the sections from the game using the Tile System program that someone here developed so you can see exactly what pieces you'll need. I think that thread is under the Forum "How do I use this Stuff"

Good luck, and keep us posted!
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#27226
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I'm considering purchasing a few sets of Dwarven Forge fantasy corridors and rooms to play my Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame.
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I'm curious is there are any players out there who are already using the Dwarven Forge sets to play this game, and if so, what sets they own.

Ok, I did not yet play Descent in my (too many) Dwarven Forge sets since my gaming time has been far too limited in the last 3 years. But still, I built most of the Descent dungeons using Tilesystem to check whether I have enough sets for them. And let me tell you, you will be shocked by the amount of sets you will be needing.

First problem is the size of the tiles. Descent squares are roughly 3 cm, DF squares are only 2,5 cm. This might not seem such a difference, but the big difference are the walls. Descent floor tiles do not have any. So when using one DF square for a Descent square, you will not be able to position most of the Descent miniatures anywhere, because they always hit the walls. Even worse, you will not get some of them into the corridors at all. Also you will not be able to build the Descent dungeons exactly, since you do not have 1-square corners (other structures are missing too). I came to the conclusion that it simply is not a good idea to try to play this way.

So one solution to the problem (and the one I am choosing most times), is to double up the space. So for one Descent square, I intend to use 2x2 DF squares. This way the corridors can only be built using room elements (countless 6" walls are a must...) and you will have more space to position the miniatures.

My Tilesystem files are made exactly this way. Be warned again: You will need huge tables and ridiculous amounts of sets and 6" walls. Even though I own about 30 sets and many additional items, I still miss at least 24 6" walls to be able to build all the setups (Basic game + both expansions).

I will upload a screenshot of one of the setups in the Cool Pictures section for anyone interested at the weekend.


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#27227
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Salem, welcome to the Forum!

I was very drawn to pick this game up quite some time ago after release, but at the last second "chickened out" based on reviews I had read at the time regarding game balance. As I remember, there were some "strong" concerns that the heros became too strong later in the quests...and bottom line, they said that the Overlord would not stand much of a chance in winning the game. Hopefully they got that ironed out with their game expansions...I haven't played it yet, but I'm hopeful that the initial complaints were corrected.

In any case, I am glad to hear your positive comments on the game. Maybe I will have to reconsider my initial concerns and pick a copy up. If I do, I'll let you know how the DF sets tie in with it.

I'm also one of the poor souls that has become addicted here, after purchasing ALL of the Dwarven Forge sets (and then some). My only advice to you before you start buying it...make sure you have a LARGE room that you can devote (lol...sacrifice) for storing all of your sets!

This stuff is like gourmet popcorn! You can't just have a couple of pieces!

~Cheers
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#27228
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I was very drawn to pick this game up quite some time ago after release, but at the last second "chickened out" based on reviews I had read at the time regarding game balance. As I remember, there were some "strong" concerns that the heros became too strong later in the quests...
Well, is there *any* dungeon boardgame like Descent that does not have problems like that? It is rather heavy to design a game that offers advancement for player characters and still keeping the balance all the time, I guess. In my eyes Descent does a pretty good job here, but it depends a lot on the gaming style of the dungeon master (=overlord) and the ability of all players to accept some house rules sometimes to keep the game interesting.

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#27229
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Salem, welcome to the Forum!

I was very drawn to pick this game up quite some time ago after release, but at the last second "chickened out" based on reviews I had read at the time regarding game balance. As I remember, there were some "strong" concerns that the heros became too strong later in the quests...and bottom line, they said that the Overlord would not stand much of a chance in winning the game. Hopefully they got that ironed out with their game expansions...I haven't played it yet, but I'm hopeful that the initial complaints were corrected.

In any case, I am glad to hear your positive comments on the game. Maybe I will have to reconsider my initial concerns and pick a copy up. If I do, I'll let you know how the DF sets tie in with it.

Thanks for all the great advice! The expansions to Descent are amazing. Lots more options and some people say it makes the game slanted in favour of the Overlord now! I always like a heavy challenge for the players!

The biggest news will be the newest expansion to come out "Road to Legend". This is to be a full on campaign, complete with a world map, travel, training, dungeon generation system, wilderness encounters, etc, etc. As an added bonus, the overlord player can actually take to the field with an avatar, and there is actually an Overlord objective (besides slay the heroes). I only know what I have read about the expansion on Fantasy Flight's website, but I can tell you that my gaming group is really looking forward to this!

I'm doing some research to see what 3d dungeon system will work best for my games of Descent. I reallllllly like the Dwarven forge stuff.... I run a print department two large format offset presses and two digital colour printers), so my spare time is at a premium. I love to paint figures and model scenery, but needless to I would just as soon purchase my dungeons pre-painted and assembled.

It would be incredible if DF had a "Descent set" with all the rooms, corridors, doors, pits etc. that was required to play... but I suppose that it would be a fairly pricey set!
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#27230
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
You know I have considered this game. But I to have had review concerns. The thing about the overlord having too hard a time though does not bother me too much because I was thinking about using the game as a sort of " D&D Lite " and not have the main goal of winning against the characters but just making it entertaining for all " like a DM would do in D&D ". Can anyone tell me if this is even possible to play this game like that??? Thanks.
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#27231
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Don't worry about the overlord, he never seems to have problems in our games, if he does, get a tougher overlord... We choose characters and abilities randomly and while someone is likely to have a strong character, someone else may not have the same luck. I have thought about doing Descent and DDM on dwarven forge, just haven't got around to it.

Descent is a fun game, has a limited number of adventures (though the overlord could keep killing the characters), though more are on-line and in the expansions, and you could always develop them yourself. If you do get the game, I recommend purchasing a second set of dice. You will be glad that you did if you have a group of friends playing.
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#27232
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Don't worry about the overlord, he never seems to have problems in our games, if he does, get a tougher overlord... We choose characters and abilities randomly and while someone is likely to have a strong character, someone else may not have the same luck. I have thought about doing Descent and DDM on dwarven forge, just haven't got around to it.

Descent is a fun game, has a limited number of adventures (though the overlord could keep killing the characters), though more are on-line and in the expansions, and you could always develop them yourself. If you do get the game, I recommend purchasing a second set of dice. You will be glad that you did if you have a group of friends playing.

Hey thanks, WillOH and salem...

...I've been looking for a fun, new "board game" to delve into, to sqeeze inbetween our extended D&D/DF campaigns. I'm probably going to pick this one up w/ expansions in time for Christmas :)

If it looks to me like this game might be fun to incorporate a full-blown DF set-up -- heh, leave it to me to give it a try! GOD knows, I have the collection for it. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

Best of holidays to all out there ~
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#27233
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
You Guys ROCK!!! I just looked at teh website seriously and read some reviews etc. This is a new christmas gift for dad from my 7 yr old. And I think I am fine with my DF collection. More reasons to buy more DF. This Rocks!!!

-Shadox
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Over 143 Sets (Expanding), 300+ Loose Pieces (Expanding), 11,000 plastic figures (Expanding), 1,000 metal figures (350 actually painted)
 
#27234
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
Well have you tied the game yet Shadox? I've been looking that game over for about a year. My Daughter loves to play Dungeon Quest but this does seem cool. " I'd just have to paint of those mini's that comes with the game ".....
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#27235
Any Descent Players Out There? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
Atlas we did not pick it up for Christmas. We got the new Talisman instead and we have not yet had a chance to play it. My son got a wii the year before and this year we got the Olympic game for it and that has consumed all of our Christmas time. We also had a big party on Christmas eve and Day so not much time to play games. Plan on playing Talisman this weekend. As for descent, rumor has it that I will see it for my birthday from my son. I think it could be a gift intended to give dad that he wants that he knows I will play with him. So I guess it works out. My son will probably grow up to be a rogue. His charisma checks are unbelievable and or at least a rogue/wizard because I never detect his illusions until it is to late. I will let you know how talisman goes and once I see descent I will update the thread.

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