I have a couple of things I wanted to ask here.
First, here is a quick background on where I am coming from. My friends and I have played through the base Descent Journeys in the Dark quest. We finished Well of Darkness, Altar of Despair, and are just about to begin playing Tomb Of Ice, and begin introducing Feat cards.
I wanted to start off by saying that we thoroughly enjoyed playing Journeys in the dark, however after playing WOD and AOD that has left a very bad taste in our mouths. We feel that those two expansions are completely broken, and completely tilted towards the Overlord. Out of all of the games in both of those expansions I believe the heroes only won 2 - 3 total quests (one of these quests was only won because we played going into negative conquest and won at the final boss battle). The remainder of these quests were complete lopsided wins for the Overlord (the heroes were destroyed, many times not even getting to see the final boss room).
We have one player in our party who enjoys playing as the Overlord, and will most likely be our Overlord for when we begin playing RtL. We take turns playing overlord, so it isn't that the Overlord is just that good. I am probably the weakest Overlord in my party, and I still was able to completely destroy the heroes. We are really hoping that introducing feat cards will balance the game out, otherwise I fear we will lose interest in the game. With that said I will move along, bringing me to my following questions (pertaining to RtL campaign).
1. Since we are just starting TOI we have not read through all of RtL instructions, but I wanted to ask a few questions regarding some concerns we are having. I know there are many heroes to pick from, but what are some of the communities favorite heroes for RtL? We are thinking about the heroes picking their own heroes and skill cards for our first crack at this. We have never played this way before, but our thoughts are if we are going to play a campaign that may last several months, we would like to pick our heroes and not get stuck with crap cards and crap heroes. So your thoughts on your favorites and why? Any tips you can offer would be fantastic!
2. A concern that we have with RtL is Acrobat. Has this skill card been nerfed at all from the base game? Our Overlord is completely against playing with this card, almost to the point where he does not want to be overlord if we play with this card. Has anybody run into any issues with this card, or does it completely unbalance the campaign? Any thoughts or opinions or work arounds on this? I know from the little reading I have done that they have removed Poltergeist and Telekenisis from the campaign.
3. Another huge concern that my friends are having is playing with the hero Tobin Farslayer. We are all under the impression that he is broken. He is literally able to hit for 15-17 damage with copper weapons due to his ability. I personally like him (who wouldn't if you're a hero) but trying to keep the game as balanced as possible I can understand the distaste for him. I know in RtL from what I have read that the Line of sight rule is no longer 8 spaces, rather 5 spaces. If this is in fact correct, I know this would limit the amount of damage he would due, however is it enough to balance him out? What have you folks done to balance him out. Their biggest argument is that he is a promo hero and not part of any of the expansions, so we don't "have" to play with him.
Please correct me if I am at all wrong about any of the above information. I'm sure I will continue to ask many questions as we progress, however I wanted to start with these. Any tips in general on RtL or TOI would be very much appreciated as well!
Thank you for your time, and your help.