I've seen a few complaints about the price point at around $80 for the new edition of Descent. I've been looking at the limited information we have so far, and I have to say I think we'll actually be getting a lot of bang for our buck. Let me explain:
1) Only 8 characters? Normally, the people in my gaming group latch onto one character anyway. In AH, I've got a guy who always plays as "Ashcan" Pete despite the fact that I have all the expansions and nearly 50 characters to choose from. Yes, having a ton of characters gives you more options, but it doesn't mean they'll all get played. I personally enjoy randomly choosing a character and going from there, but to each their own.
2) Less tiles? Yes, there are (technically) less tiles. 48 map pieces as opposed to the 61 in First Edition. However, according to the info page, they are double sided. So (again, technically), you're actually getting 96 map pieces. You just can't use them all at once. Of course, how often do you use all of your Descent 1E map pieces at the same time? Plus, the artwork on the 2E pieces are awesome! Just look at them. Right there, you can see where the extra bucks are going to. Keep in mind, price of a game is more than the number of figures and pieces. It's also the quality.
3) Streamlined rules? Now, I'll be honest, I still haven't played Descent. Friends of mine who have it never want to play it due to the fact that it takes a while to set up. The fact that there are streamlined rules means that there's a higher probability of play. Of course, this time I'll be the one picking up the game, so I'll be sure to host as many as possible. I'm also intrigued with the campaign play right out of the core set. Both Road to Legend and Sea of Blood captured my imagination, so it bugged me even more that I never got to play. It seems that FFG has really taken the time to address some concerns from 1E. Again, this is another thing that your money goes to when you're buying a game. It doesn't seem that the campaign mode will include a map board like either RtL or SoB, but I'm sure that'll be down the line sometime.
4) 2E is cheaper than 1E. So, again, for those complaining about the price point, keep in mind the 2E core set is still about $20 cheaper than 1E's. Despite fewer heroes and monsters, it seems like there's more PLAY involved. You get campaign, streamlined rules, excellent artwork, and I'm sure there will be expansions adding to that down the line. PLUS, if you have 1E you can just get the conversion set for like $25. That means (for all of that are still irked about less monsters and heroes in 2E) you can end up with a massive amount of figures for 2E.
Honestly, I just don't see the downside. Their taking something great and making it better.