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Will Haskell
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I bought Descent a while back and me and my brothers really enjoy playing it. I've been thinking about picking up Doom and Runebound, but am afraid they may be too similar and be a waste of money.

I am most reluctant about Doom because it is essentially Descent with a different theme. If the game play is not all that different then I think I'll pass this one up.

Runebound is a little different. It's a totally different game but it has the same theme. We are big fantasy fans but is it good enough to compete for table space over Descent?

Thanks!

 
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Doom is similar and I think Descent is the better game (mostly because of the theme). Runebound, however, is a much different experience--more like Magic Realm than Descent. That said, I prefer the similar Return of the Heroes. It has a better ruleset, plays faster and doesn't suffer as much from runaway leader syndrone as Runebound does.
 
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WLHaskell wrote:
I bought Descent a while back and me and my brothers really enjoy playing it. I've been thinking about picking up Doom and Runebound, but am afraid they may be too similar and be a waste of money.

I am most reluctant about Doom because it is essentially Descent with a different theme. If the game play is not all that different then I think I'll pass this one up.

Runebound is a little different. It's a totally different game but it has the same theme. We are big fantasy fans but is it good enough to compete for table space over Descent?

Thanks!



Oddly, while I ultimately found it unsatisfying, I'd shill for WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE BOARDGAME.

I was dissatisfied with the PvP element (just not what I was hoping for), found combat a bit too involved, and felt the Quests lacked variety in overall challenge, but if you like these kinds of games, the combat system was different, the potential character development was surprisingly deep, and while the overall level difficulty didn't seem all that varied to me, exactly where, when, and what kind of challenge was definitely designed to be very different each time. I'd swear it's almost guaranteed to be diffeent enough to warrant a look, though I'd be interested in hearing what others more familiar with it than I think about it...
 
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since we play descent, doom never hit the table again.
 
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I bought Doom for $1. I'm sure other people did as well. I have already traded the extras away, but keep an eye out.
 
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I own and enjoy Doom, Descent, and Runebound (I have both the 1st and 2nd editions). As I am sometimes more collector than player I would have to say, get them all.

However seeing that Doom is pretty much Descent with slight different (some say inferior) rules and a different setting, you might want to pass on that one. Runebound is a different game though and with all of the expansions out (and coming out) looks to stay on my gaming table for quite a while.

Now, having said that, I'll second the recommendation of Return of the Heroes. I actually prefer it to Runebound as it has a modular board, changing goals, and slightly better rules (although the rule book could have been written better).

So, the collector in me says buy them all! The more rational part of me says pass on Doom and pick up either Runebound or Return of the Heroes. And of course, get the expansions for whichever one you decide on too.
 
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Of the FFG games, I'd skip Doom and Runebound as your next purchase and go with World of Warcraft the Boardgame instead. It think it's a lot more interesting than the other two.
 
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wow! thanks guys. I think I may skip out on doom. But now that I've eliminated doom, you havee suggested return of the heroes and WoW! I have been looking at both of these and the argument of RotH vs Runebound has been beaten to death already, but I'm gonna ask anyway. Which one? I don’t think I'm in to WoW, mostly because my brother loves WoW for the computer and will probably break someday and buy it himself. My belief now is RotH > Runebound, but I haven’t played either of them. I asked about runebound initially just because of our success with Descent.



Cromaa wrote:
I own and enjoy Doom, Descent, and Runebound (I have both the 1st and 2nd editions). As I am sometimes more collector than player I would have to say, get them all.


..ah if only tuition wasn’t so much(or my pockets weren’t so shallow).
 
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Don't rule out Doom, its pretty good. The improvements made in Descent have circled back to Doom in the expansion. Both are miniature combat games, it really depends on what theme you prefer.

Runebound is quite good also, especially since there are tons of expansions that keep it fresh.
 
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I agree Descent does not really supersede DOOM. DOOM's "balance issues" never bothered me (except for the Dud card, which has been fixed). DOOM is a more intense, desperate experience than Descent, which is a stronger in character development but is also bit more ponderous. Both are excellent in their own way, but they each have very different moods.
 
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