This topic and similar astounds me...
New BL player goes into store and buys Heroes / Creatures or Dragons.... He wants to play as many of the scenarios out of the base game and his new expansion.. He doesn't want games where he needs to find out of print expansions.
Old BL player goes into store and buys Heroes / Creatures or Dragons.... He wants new adventures and since he has the old expansions... he can use any specialist cards to play with his new and old toys at the same time. Also, FFG have given him 1 or 2 out of 4-6 adventures where he does need to dig out his older expansions and mix them up.
FFG make games... their support for these games varies from great (parts etc) to non-existant (web based tools etc) They'll state it time and time again.... they will not waste the time and money developing a site that looks like and reminds you of the good old days at DoW. Whilst we can all dream... those days are over people !
The old scenarios are still out there.
should keep the average player happy for a very long time.
DoW sold us BL as a KIT... heck - I had 2 base games on pre-order. Use your imagination and use it as such. Don't like a rule ? CHANGE IT. !! I wanted Epic from the start, I was never sure why DoW gave me a free Epic, as I didn't need the maps and had more than enough of most of the counters.. but they did... and that was nice of them, but don't expect similar service from FFG.
Want to use all the minis in the box in a campaign ? Go for it.. get a Kingmaker or similar map out and move tokens around on there and fight any battles that happen. You have a base game and Heroes ? You have ten plus six scenarios.... now, throw in a varying War Council and different Heroes, the possibilities are almost endless.
Elberon has an interesting set of ideas for home brew expansions - I suggest you all take a look and see what can be done with some thought and play testing. I didn't like some of them, and have used others.
If we are lucky, Descent gets one expansion per year - we were spoilt at DoW, yep - the releases weren't always the best (troll map anyone..) but BL was a big deal to DoW and is 'just another game in the catalogue' to FFG.
I'm not pro DoW or pro FFG - I still feel annoyed at having to wait over a year before DoW told me what was happening with BL Both companies policy's of not announcing future plans / releases is something I will never be able to understand. IF FFG tells me that they are releasing an elven army pack next year... I'll start saving now. I'd probably buy more goblins / dwarves and I'll be hitting the website everyday for info. If we are lucky - we may get a state of the game' posting but don;t hold your breath.
Battles of Westeross is one I'll skip however, the books actually have very few battles in them, no LORE worth bothering about and I wanted FANTASY - not seven variations of human medieval. I'm not unhappy its coming out though, hard to market a 'battlelore game system' where the base set isn't supported anymore... Yes, it might take developement time away from BL - but I can live with that.
now, Battles of Middle Earth.... I'd buy that in a heartbeat !
Looking forwards to seeing replies !!