Ok so I picked up descent about a year ago but never really got to experience the game fully until recently. (this is just the base game with the 1st edition conversion kit).
A lack of friends that want to play forced me to play 2 player, myself controlling all the heroes. (I have been the overlord aswell but never done full campaigns). And quite frankly I prefer this, no argueing between players over strategy/items and seems more balanced, but I might be wrong.
Anyway on to the point. So me and my nephew are experienced board game players, and both are strategists but nature so no problem there.
Base campaign, (forget the name). Won first blood; chose cardinals plight as second quest as I wanted that relic (with have good synergy with my healer).
1st part of the quest went good. The farrow guy got 3 zombies and I got all the treasure tokens; so far so good.
Second part, the cardinal got scragged to death by the 4 zombies (1 is the master one ofc) before I even got to the first room to get the "chance" to get the key, and yes ofc I was healing the cardinal every turn, and succeeded every turn.
Ok so obviously something went wrong and could be a number of factors and I want you more experienced players to point out what it is.
1. Should have chosen an easier quest to build up a bit (fat goblin maybe)
2. Character composition (will list later)
3. Took too long in part 1 and should have ignored the treasure -> less zombies.
4. OL played better/monsters.
5. I don't understand fully how to play descent right. IE; playing too defensive and not wanting to sacrifice characters to achieve a goal.
6. And this is the big one, just out done on dice rolls.
To elaborate on 6. a bit more. I was healing the cardinal about 2 per turn (average) and defensive rolling about 2 shields per turn (below average) and I used some heroic abilities early on and rolled the dreaded blue x thus hampering me a bit.
So which one(s) is it guys? Please help me out here so I can better understand/strategize in the future.
Mordrog - Knight (feels though this was a wrong choice)
Elder Mok - Spiritspeaker (this also)
Widow Tarha - Runemaster
Tobin Farslayer - Wildlander
Apologies for wall of text,