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2005
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2 − 5
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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
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12 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Primary Name
Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Alternate Names
Descent: Die Reise ins Dunkel
Descent: Reise ins Dunkel
Descent: Viaggi nelle Tenebre
Descent: Viaje a las tinieblas
Descent: Voyage dans les ténèbres
Odalent: Kalandok a mélyben
Η ΚΑΤΑΒΑΣΗ: Περιπέτειες στα έγκατα της γης
ディセント 〜闇世界への旅立ち〜
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Descent: Journeys in the Dark is a semi-cooperative game in which two to five players will take on the antagonistic roles of heroes and Overlord. Up to four players will choose characters with a wide assortment of skills and innate abilities to be the heroes who will explore dungeons in search of treasure and adventure. One player will take on the role of the Overlord and will control the dungeon's many traps, puzzles, and monsters.

The heroes' goal will be to cooperatively conquer the dungeon, seize its many treasures, and achieve other objectives as set by the scenario. If the heroes cooperate and achieve their goals, they will all win. The Overlord's objective is simply to use all the means at his or her disposal - from deadly traps and ferocious monsters - to kill the heroes. Each hero has a certain Conquest Point value to the party and if too many Conquest Points are lost through hero death, the party loses and the Overlord wins.

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Components

1 Rulebook (this book)
1 Quest Guide
20 Hero Sheets

  • Vyrah the Falconer
  • Varikas the Dead
  • Trenloe the Strong
  • Steelhorns
  • Sir Valadir
  • Silhouette
  • Ronan of the Wild
  • Red Scorpion
  • One Fist
  • Mordrog
  • Spiritspeaker Mok
  • Mad Carthos
  • Lyssa
  • Landrec the Wise
  • Battlemage Jaes
  • Ispher
  • Grey Ker
  • Bogran the Shadow
  • Runewitch Astarra
  • Andira Runehand

20 Plastic Heroes
60 Plastic Monsters

  • 39 Tan Normal Monsters
  • 21 Red Master Monsters

12 Custom Dice

  • 1 Blue Ranged Combat Die
  • 1 Red Melee Combat Die
  • 1 White Magic Combat Die
  • 2 Green Extra Damage Combat Dice
  • 2 Yellow Extra Range Combat Dice
  • 5 Black Power Dice

180 Cards

  • 24 Monster Reference Cards
  • 36 Overlord Cards
  • 12 Subterfuge Skill Cards
  • 12 Fighting Skill Cards
  • 12 Wizardry Skill Cards
  • 24 Town Store Cards
  • 22 Copper Treasure Cards
  • 18 Silver Treasure Cards
  • 16 Gold Treasure Cards
  • 4 Relic Cards

1 Compass Rose Token
1 Town Marker
61 Map Pieces

  • 10 Room Pieces
    • 4 x 4x4 (2 mossy, 2 cobblestone)
    • 4 x 6x4 (1 mossy, 1 cobblestone, 2 muddy)
    • 2 x 6x6 (1 mossy, 1 cobblestone)
  • 25 Corridor Pieces
    • 6 x L (3 mossy, 3 cobblestone)
    • 8 x 2x4 (cobblestone)
    • 5 x 2x6 (cobblestone)
    • 6 x 2x2 (muddy)
  • 6 Intersection Pieces
    • 2 x Cross-shape (skeleton)
    • 4 x T (2 mossy, 2 muddy)
  • 20 Dead End Pieces

10 Door Markers

  • 7 Normal Doors
  • 3 Rune-locked Doors

10 Plastic Door Stands
49 Prop Markers

  • 23 Obstacle Markers
    • 8 Rubble (5 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
    • 7 Water (4 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
    • 8 Pit (5 single, 2 double, 1 triple)
  • 10 Encounter Markers
  • 10 Glyph Markers
  • 6 Staircase Markers

55 Wound Tokens

  • 45 x single heart
  • 10 x yellow 5 heart

24 Fatigue Tokens
52 Money Tokens

    • 34 x 25-value
    • 12 x 100-value
    • 6 x 500-value

16 Hero Order Tokens

  • 4 Aim Orders
  • 4 Dodge Orders
  • 4 Guard Orders
  • 4 Rest Orders

32 Threat Tokens

  • 23 x red single
  • 9 x blue 5-value

24 Conquest Tokens

  • 18 x blue single
  • 6 x green 3-value

1 Breath Template
55 Effect Tokens

  • 12 Web Markers
  • 14 Stun Tokens
  • 13 Burn Tokens
  • 16 Poison Tokens

39 Treasure Markers

  • 9 Healing Potion Markers
  • 9 Vitality Potion Markers
  • 9 Money Markers
  • 8 Chest Markers
  • 4 Relic Markers

3 Rune markers (red, blue, yellow)
4 Hero Turn Tokens
12 Training Tokens

  • 4 Melee Training Tokens
  • 4 Ranged Training Tokens
  • 4 Magic Training Tokens

6 Miscellaneous Markers

  • 1 Boggs the Rat Marker
  • 1 Kata the Ferret Marker
  • 1 Mata the Ferret Marker
  • 1 Pico the Empos Marker
  • 1 Skye the Falcon Marker
  • 1 Monkey Marker

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Descent: Journeys in the Dark
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Fantasy Flight Edition 2010
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2010
Product Code: VA11
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
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Fantasy Flight Edition 2009
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Product Code: VA11
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
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Kaissa Greek edition
Publisher: Kaissa Chess & Games
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Size: 11.60 x 23.25 x 4.00 inches
8.00 pounds
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Descent: Die Reise ins Dunkel
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Heidelberger German edition 2009
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: Jesper Ejsing, John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2009
Product Code: 900OCT10GE
Size: 11.65 x 23.54 x 4.09 inches
9.04 pounds
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Edge Spanish edition
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: John Goodenough, Frank Walls
Year: 2007
Product Code: EDGDE02
Size: 11.80 x 23.60 x 3.90 inches
3.00 pounds
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0 PBF Dice Rolls
A word document that allows for easy copy and paste formulas to rolls in PBF. http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/388217/descent-journeys-dark/play-forum
English
2015-02-05
0 First Edition Summary/Aid No Expansion
This summary aid is for first edition Descent with no expansion. Seeing as I get this game out on the table about once a year I needed to create a single page (double sided) summary to "refresh" turn structure, orders, effects, etc. and all the little rules/info that slip through the cracks.
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2015-01-11
2 Monster Template for Campaigns
This was intended for personal use, so may not be the easiest to use, but I am uploading it by request.
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2014-02-28
2 Character Template
Use this to make characters of your own. For use with Photoshop.
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2013-11-13
4 Character Cards Reskin
I have changed the character cards to the layout and style of the second edition character cards. I have made some revisions to clarify the hero's Abilities. I have changed Grey Ker's ability as to be honest it was pants, it is now the same as his second edition abilities. I have also included a character card back. Part 1 This is the base Descent, Well of Darkness and Sea of Blood First Edition Characters.
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2013-10-21
12 A New Journey in the Dark
A revised version of the second Scenario of the core set, The brothers Durnog. The original Scenario was designed to teach players the importance of running; now the structure of the key elements has been twisted a little, making the job of the runner a lot tougher. Some monsters and traps from expansion sets are featured as well, trying to offer a better Descent experience. The archive contains both the revised map and the rules necessary to play with it.
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2013-10-18
3 Revised Official Terrinoth Character List
This is an updated version of the Official Terrinoth characters from Fantasy Flight listing which expansions the characters appear in. The prior one was from 2011. This adds Descent 2nd edition and expansions.
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2013-08-27
5 1st Edition Versions of 2nd Edition Monsters
File updated to include simple explanation of use.
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2013-08-22
4 1st Edition Versions of 2nd Edition Heroes
A simple document translating as fairly as possible the hero statistics and abilities from Second Edition into First Edition
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2013-08-22
1 Bonebreak Peaks
Rulebook for unofficial Descent expansion, "Bonebreak Peaks." This is version 0.1 and entirely unplaytested. Play Testing to begin in September. Version 1.0 to include Rulebook and Quest Guide.
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2013-08-21
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