woah, that totally changed how I see a descent's party. It makes sense, we choose the heroes all together, then if we really want to make progress with the current campaign, whoever is present will play them. Thanks a lot!
However, is the game really different when playing with just three heroes, to the point that you would advise first time players (I'm the only one who already played descent) to have one of them play with two heroes instead of one like the others?
The game can be very different, as the ratio of hero actions to monster actions changes. This is very subjective, but from my experience (and what I know from the experiences of others) a 2 hero game is very difficult for the heroes. A 3 hero game tends to favor the heroes, and a 4 hero game tends to balance the two sides the best. However, the main difference is in victory. If your group is not very competitive and is more interested in story/adventure, the game works just fine with two or three heroes.
However, as you point out, first time players may want to get their bearings with a single character, rather than immediately juggling two. You could either play a single quest with them to get the feel of the game (and the classes,) or you could just jump right into a two player campaign- however, if things go poorly for the heroes and they get discouraged, it may be worth considering restarting the campaign with a different number of heroes.
Edited by Zaltyre, 12 May 2014 - 05:31 PM.