This topic was posited for those of us who are left scratching our heads, pondering why we continue to buy into this game. Now, before anyone rolls their eyes and dismisses this as a rant, let me explain.
I want to begin by saying that Descent 2 is a great game overall. I like the high quality boxes the contents are packaged in, I like the material that I get when I open the box (does anyone else feel an overwhelming impulse to inhale the fresh goodness of the goodies inside the first time the box lid is removed) and never have I purchased something from FFG where I felt the quality of the merchandise had been compromised over monetary decisions to keep budgets at X level.
However, after pausing to consider everything that I currently own, I am compelled to ask myself why I continue to purchase expansion after expansion when time and again I ask myself this simple question: "Is this the right game for me"?
It is my opinion that this game seems to miss the mark (albiet slightly) when it comes to my interpretation of what a great dungeon crawler is all about. However, I cannot discern what it is about this game that elicits this feeling. I cut my teeth in the early days of gaming on Hero Quest and Warhammer Quest. I always enjoyed the visuals that the board game dungeon crawler experience provided over D&D and the like.
Now, twenty-five years later and with a wife and two children living under my roof, I look back to those early gaming days with nostalgic fondness. Never do I feel compelled to crack open those game lids and play them, for when I do, I feel my childhood essence traped within and "hear" those happy memories attached, crying out to me. The time is fast approaching when my kids will be playing games with their old man; I want them to play fresh new games with which we can create new memories without me reciting old memories of times long gone.
So....maybe this was a rant, but I ask you the reader this question: "why is Descent 2 a good game and yet, when all is said and done you feel as though you have an itch that wasn't quite scratched"?