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Descent 2nd – Still A Favourite

descentDescent 2nd edition is the subject of some speculation at the moment, whether there will be new expansions or maybe it is at an end and there will be a 3rd edition. This game was my top fantasy game for a number of years, but slid a little as new games came out this year. However it has seen a resurgence in my interest of late, largely and strangely since the arrival of Massive Darkness  which came with much expectation but failed to fully deliver. As a result i re-looked at my Descent and started to play it more.

Massive Darkness has great models, although a lot of minions have a similar two handed weapon pose, and painting would take forever. The main problem is there is no engaging campaign or story to draw you in, although the single scenarios are fine in themselves. Treasures are churned too much and and the skills pad which you tick off which is not overly interesting. Descent and Sword & Sorcery are ultimately more engaging for getting new equipment and skills.

Descent is still good enough to fight its corner well against newcomers, and Fantasy Flight Games really should keep it going. A 3rd edition which has an even better app driving it as a co-op dungeon crawler would make me happy too, but the danger is so many already own so much for 2nd edition that some cross compatibility will be needed really. Hopefully it will not be the end of edition two, and i doubt another edition would appear before 2019 anyway. This Christmas i added two expansions to my gift list, Verminous (to use in the seeds of corruption campaign) and the Stewards of the Secret set. It is a slight surprise to me really that this year my present list should return to this old favourite, but i am really enjoying this game again and am even painting some long outstanding models. You can see details on some of the expansions on my dedicated webpage with new painted set pictures added > Descent 2nd Edition