Descent has been the mainstay of my board gaming for near 4 years now. 2 full gaming groups have played descent, including all of the stand alone quests and both campaigns, in my "Descent Facility" every other week since I bought the base set. And it IS truly a Descent facility. I have painted the ENTIRE set of heroes and monsters (including the new DungeonQuest ones) and they sit on display just in reach of the Overlord seat. I have a huge desk with hutch just dedicated to all of the cards, tiles, and tokens, with each having their own seperate drawers in numerous organizers. And the beer fridge sits fully stocked just next to the gaming table. A table which happens to have an aged and stained top of oak boards and wooden legs with inscribed runes. I wont mention the descent replica potions and shields that adorn the walls. I suppose I ought to post pics of my geek-out area....but in any case: I really like Descent. So when I saw this announcement, needless to say I was a bit excited. My only concern at first was that all my stuff was now void. But that was quickly negated when I read about the conversion set.
In all the time my friends and I have spent playing Descent, the only issue we've had with the game was the lack of clarity and inconsistance regarding pieces of the mechanics. I don't mean the complexity, I quite enjoy that about descent. The in depth strategy and length of play (well not always the length of play) were somthing that kept us coming back. We just didn't like the INability to easily adjudicate many situations with out house rulling.
And now it looks like that part of Descent is going to be vastly improved/recreated. Of course we can't know if it will be done well unitl it is in our hands. However, there is a serious set of material in the first edition and the effort of any second edition writing process is geared toward making a better game (not just creating an entirely new game). I have high hopes!!
This is gonna rock!!