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  1. We've played a few times, and we've got the mechanics down pretty well, but there are still a lot of questions. On top of that, the Far Harbor scenario seems to have some errors, and was much more of a pain to play than any of the others (so far). Has any kind of announcement been made for a FAQ or Errata? I hate having to look up a question in the forums in the middle of playing every time something comes up.
  2. Sadly, no… They do have ziploc bags for each army though, which is nice. I did have to use 3 snack sized ziplocs for the tokens, but I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to organizing my game pieces. Really, we don't miss the tray for storage, but the flat cardboard "graveyard" is a disappointment. I'm considering getting a shallow container to use for a graveyard so the pieces don't just pile up and/or get scattered. The ziploc bags would work fine for the invaders unless you're using the invader cards. Rummaging in the bag for units seems like it would be annoying during the game.
  3. I love the new bombers - hated the old jets. I love the new VTOLs, but I also liked the old helicopters. I like the new tanks, but I think the old ones looked… more… tank-y? I like the new APCs, never liked the old ones. I like the infantry from both games, but I kinda miss the partisans being in the crouching pose. Overall, if I swapped any pieces I would use the old tanks, but probably mix in the old partisans somehow just to get them on the board.
  4. That's been my experience as well. America is the toughest to play, requiring more long-term strategy and dealing with three fronts, and typically has the advantage. I don't feel the Invader Cards unbalance the game, especially given the city/resource requirements. That being said, there's always the option of playing without.
  5. Personally I don't feel they're overpowered, given the requirements on most of the cards are difficult to achieve. In our last game, each of the invaders only ever drew 3 cards, and noone played all 3. Invaders did win, but it was a knuckle-biter, and it could be attributed in part to some bad dice rolls on America's part, as well as drawing "Clear Skies" as on if his first partisan cards, and "Major Airlift" on turn 3. That being said, my group played the original a lot, and so far we all enjoy the new game. I think the Invader cards are an additional advantage, but since the game leaned toward America originally I don't believe it to be unbalancing. Besides, if you don't like them, you can always choose not to use them, or only allow their use by a new/handicap player to help them against more experienced opponents. I would like to see the FAQ come out and confirm what we've decided: If an Invader card is in play, but the invader loses control of a resource/city that is required, what happens to the card? We've ruled it stays in play, but does not have any effect until the requirements are met again, but perhaps the card should be discarded? Long story short (too late!): We like the cards and feel that it does not unbalance the game, and are a welcome bit of angst to throw at America.
  6. Parathion said: 20. If multiple figures with Fear 1 are attacked by an area attack, how many surges must the attacker spend to overcome the Fear ability - one for the whole attack, or one for each figure with Fear 1 that is affected by the attack? I would change that to: If an area attack would affect multiple figures with Fear, how must surges be spent? Are surges required to be spent for each figure with Fear, and if so, will the attack affect those who are "paid for" or does the attack fail if there are not enough surges for all of them. Alternately, will it suffice to spend surges to allow an attack against the figure with the highest Fear rank, which would then affect all of the figures?
  7. In thinking more, I think I'd rather see an expansion that could be added to any (vanilla) Descent game. I'm thinking of an expansion that has generic indoor and/or outdoor encounters. It would have a "room" tiles, maybe with a centralized large one, and probably no "hall" tiles. There would be cards to add to the OL deck to generate these encounters, and they could spawn either new monsters or monsters from whichever set/sets you are using. Also add a few new terran types. Maybe even throw in rules to create random dungeons/scenarios.
  8. Really? And here I've been licking all my map tiles trying to find out which ones are vanilla... Seriously though, the impression I've gotten is that when someone says vanilla, they mean the core game only, without WoD, Aod, or ToI. Like SoylentGreen said, context is your best clue.
  9. That's funny... I suggested the same thing in the "What would you want from a new expansion?" thread. I guess great minds really do think alike...
  10. I wonder if they would consider doing some expansions as an "add-on"... Instead of a whole theme, like Tomb of Ice, maybe they could do smaller expansions of, say, more monsters or terrain tiles. For example, if you had vanilla Descent, and just wanted to add some monsters to it instead of a whole new "campaign", you could get a box that has some of monster A, monster B, and monster C, with a master of each, the stat cards and spawn cards for the OL deck. For a terrain pack, you would get, say, Lava tiles in the different sizes (not all of them, but a few key sizes) and some trap cards to go in the OL deck. What do you think?
  11. That would be a good idea... I've seen books (kid's books) that stand up like an easel, maybe a format like that?
  12. Personally, I would have rather had it be spiral bound, so I could fold it over and lay it flat on the table. Even a softbound (which I would take to Kinko's to be cut and re-bound) would have been preferable. I would love to have it, but I can't see spending the money for a durable binding when I would prefer to fold it. Does anyone want to see more books like this, but with a more user friendly binding?
  13. I would like to see an expansion in a different setting. I chimed in on another thread about this, and I think the consensus was that a desert or jungle idea would be great. More monsters (suitable for the setting) and hazardous terrain tiles would be great as well. I'd also like to see more quests, and rules/guidelines for making your own. I know the editor is out there, but I'd some idea that it's reasonably balanced before I start playtesting.
  14. Dr Zesty said: They look very nice... can show photos if interested. Yes please!
  15. I wish that I could put up the map from the quest... As OL, I attacked with the beastmen, and held the archers out of normal movement. Even without Charge, the guardian was able to attack the slowest character, who lagged a little behind. They could not all run the next turn because the archers still blocked the way, which allowed the guardian to close and finish off the slowpoke. In both games, the heroes were not able to activate and use the glyphs in area 2, so the dead hero had to return through the starting glyph. Easy pickings for the guardian, especially since this was the weakest/slowest hero to begin with. We're thinking of house-ruling that either OL cards can't be played on the guardian, or he doesn't appear till the 2nd turn. Hmm... maybe he can't be killed by normal weapons, but if they do enough damage to kill him, he is stunned?
  16. Veinman said: I have never played this way. I reasoned that Master Beastmen already have +2 damage, and didn't see why they should get a benefit from commanding themselves. Besides, the description of the Command Ability specifically states that it applies to friendly figures within 3 spaces. That's how we played originally, but I thought I saw in a FAQ or some other ruling that it applied to the monster with the ability also. Of course, now I can't find it again...
  17. Antistone said: Turn 4: Heroes open the door to area 2 and activate the glyph. They now have around 10 conquest, and the ability to jump back and forth between linked glyphs means that the Guardian should probably never catch them for the rest of the game. The fight in area 2 should be easy with shop weapons, let alone silver treasures. Hmmm... that's not how I read that. My understanding of them being linked was that they both activated together for 3 conquest total, not that hereoes could move through one and appear at the other. Honestly though, it was moot because they only got that far in the first game, and the hellhound toasted a hero for the last of their conquest.
  18. We played the other night, and I was in a mildly foul mood and wanted to kill something, so I opted to play as OL. I picked Quest 6 because it looked challenging (unkillable beast man chasing down the heroes) but had an interesting relic (Sword of Light) I killed them badly. They had just opened the far door to area 2 and it was over. We played again, and this time I was able to wipe them out while still in the first area. Now, in both games I was lucky enough to get Charge, but I don't think my die rolls were exceptionally lucky or theirs were exceptionally bad. The guardian can only be killed by they relic, so they did try to run from him, but both times I was able to catch a character and kill him enough times to deplete their conquest tokens. Now, we do realize that the best way to beat this is to move as quickly as possible, but one of the players pointed out that the first time you play the quest, you have no idea what to expect beyond the doors. You can only really formulate a good plan once you've already played the quest, which is kind of unfair to the heroes. My questions are: Has anyone else experienced this quest being so one-sided? Command also affects the monster that has the ability, correct? (Though I don't think that one less damage would have saved anyone) Can anyone think of anything else that we might have done wrong that would make the quest go so badly for the heroes?
  19. Try over at www.boardgamegeek.com, search for Descent and check in the files section. I don't recall seeing the one you mentioned, but they have several, includsing the one that I currently use. Keep in mind that it's probably going to be listed as a player's mat or something like that, not as a character sheet.
  20. Parathion said: Feanor said: Nope, Acrobat (and Fly) ignores obstacles and their effects as well as figures - but not the effects of figures like Aura, Grapple, etc. Oh poop. I did that wrong.
  21. Feanor said: definitely amount of damage. Aura only affects an enemy figure that moves adjacent to the figure with aura and does damage equal to the figure's aura rating (ignoring armor). Keep in mind, though that it's for each space adjacent that it moves through... In the case of flying or acrobat, if you pass through a figure with aura, you do not take damage in the space that it occupies...only adjacent spaces. I thought Acrobat ignored effects from figures as you passed? Is that not true? What about Grapple, can an Acrobat not pass by a monster with Grapple?
  22. I played with Grey Ker recently, and I found that his ability is most useful when coupled with a skill, as has been mentioned. I was lucky enough to draw Battle Cry, but even with that I only used it maybe half a dozen times. I would imagine that without a skill like that, I would have only used his ability 2 or 3 times in the whole dungeon.
  23. Funny you should mention that. I tried this strategy in our last game.... Honestly, with the extra power die, I never used the sword. I just stayed back and shot at short to medium range. First decent shield that came up as treasure, I sold the sword in town. I would have been better off using the money to buy another potion.
  24. No... Crossbow is a ranged attack (even if it's adjacent), so you don't get the off-hand bonus from a melee weapon.
  25. Oh yeah, another tip I picked up here (thank you everyone!): Have monsters shut doors. That blocks line of sight so you can spawn, spawn, spawn, or it forces them to come back and open the door to restore the LoS. Granted, the effectiveness depends on the layout, but its another way to slow the heros down or they risk getting shot in the back.
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