Hello, I am new here and registered immediately after hearing that the 1ed products are being taken out of print. Is this actually true?
Yes, all of the 1e products have been removed from FFG's printing schedule, so it would seem that whatever's out there is the last of it.
If so, should I get all of the expansions I have missed on as quickly as possible, is this my last chance to get these products, or will they be printed again at some point?
I sincerely doubt that they will be reprinted again. Similar elements will likely find their way into 2e eventually (ie: If there are no boulders in the base box then there will probably be boulders in an expansion eventually,) but these exact combinations and rules are likely gone forever.
Reading material about 2ed, I've figured that 2ed will be so different from 1ed that their quite different games, so I will probably play both. (and as a side note, it seems I'll prefer 1ed since 2ed seems more streamlined and less "gamey", which is the reason I even play descent)
"Streamlined rules" is a term that FFG has used to promote the second edition rules forthcoming. "Less gamey" is a term that fans (particularly sketpics of 2e) seem to have adopted when describing their interpretation of what "streamlined" means. I, for one, am not convinced that that word means what they think it means.
The bottom line is we don't know much about how the rules are changing, so we don't really know how "gamey" the second edition will be yet. Personally, I don't think that simple rules necessarily equals simple game play. I've seen plenty of games with simple rules that have complex strategic implications once you get rolling. But for now we'll have to wait and see.
Even though I would have better things to invest into right now, I wouldn't want to miss my last chance to get the expansions I'm missing. (I only have the base game and wod)
Is this my last chance?
I know that Road to Legend has already become quite scarce, and I expect SoB will become so in time as well, as fans who can't buy RtL will probably snap that one up as a substitute Advanced Campaign. I'm not so sure the vanilla expansions will disappear that quickly, but I also wouldn't count on them being around forever. The question you really need to ask yourself is whether or not you're willing to drop $60-$80 a pop for whatever expansions you still need. If you're willing to spend the money, then I would suggest acting now. However, if it's too rich for your blood, I wouldn't worry too much about breaking the bank to make it happen.
Also, keep your eye on the used market. There are bound to be some people who will drop all their 1e stuff even after 2e comes out (heck, I've already seen a couple over on BGG.)