Jacob Nobles
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Looking at both can only pick one. Would like people recommendations and/or experiences, thanks..p.s. this will be a christmas present for my 10/12 year old boys and of course me(Dad)
 
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Beau Bailey
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Hands down I recommend Descent. It may be a bit more difficult, but it will be easier for your sons to get into character. You also have a much more coherent character development and game arc due to the premade adventures.

Edit: To clarify, difficulty in planning a strategy, not in learning the rules. Basically the opposite of WoW, which has more bizarre rules but is a bit more straightforward in planning.
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I just picked Descent up, but after playing World of Warcraft once...GET DESCENT! Its alot better and to me isnt very hard, I doubt you'll have any trouble explaining to your boys.
 
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Descent all the way!
 
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How knowledgeable are your boys regarding WoW? These are theme games, for boys that age what is cool is far more important and provides a lot more incentive than what plays better.
I would ask:

Do they know about the WoW game? (Have you talked to them about it?)
If not, then go for Descent - great theme, better play according to the above posters.

If they do, determine if they pine after the fact that it is WoW; if this is also true then I'd get WoW, as the reviews of it are mostly positive.

good luck
 
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I always enjoy World of Warcraft when I play, but Descent, well - that's a great game! I'd far rather play Descent than WoW. It's probably far more interesting for your kids as well - there's some exploration, some story, a chance to get into the roles you're playing. It's much more involved as well, and you're playing at the same time unlike WoW which does, unfortunately, play like team solitaire most of the time.
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Of those two choices Descent.
If you are looking for a WoW game though, I would also recommend WoW: the Adventure Game.
 
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We have all played WoW online. I would prefer something that I could participate in even though limited as a PC. I know I would be the OL regardless. I will look into Descent. Please keep the comments coming
 
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A good thing with Descent is also that if you play the mastermind, wich you probably will, you can adjust the level of difficulty to fit your sons performance. Ensuring it will always be fun for him.

Another good thing with Descent is that it has a nice campaign mode, wich makes it easy to "keep going" with the same characters over several sessions, thus building a relation to them and increase immersment.

Finally, I believe that Descent simply is a better game than WoW, and the only reason to choose WoW before Descent would be if your son already have a relation to the WoW-universe and loves it.

Good Luck
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I haven't played Descent, but WoW:tBG is a team game that really needs 4 players (2 v 2). Unless one of you is willing to double up (and until you're familiar it's hard enough keeping track of one character, let alone two), Descent may be the better choice.

Also, as others have mentioned, World of Warcraft: the Adventure Game is an alternative WoW game. It's cheap (I got mine for £15 in the UK - that's about $25 i think), and plays out in a couple of hours (unlike the big box games, which you'll need to set aside 6+ for, especially on your first play), and has plenty of familiar WoW flavour.
 
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I'm with Beau and the others: Descent!

It's nicely scalable for up to 5 players. It's a flexible game in many ways. Mostly, it's a blast to play!
 
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Sounds like both would be a good choice: WoW tbg has a good co-op variant, and since you all have played the MMO, you'll probably enjoy playing at least a few times. But I think WoW tbg has a limited replay value. The more you play, the less likely you are to play again.

Descent has, to me, a far greater replay potential. Even though the initial box only comes with 9 quests, FFG still supports the on-line quest editor, so you can make your own, or download those created by others. And the Road to Legend expansion adds a solid campaign game that turn Descent into an epic, months long (depending on amount of time available) experience.

I think you'll get more mileage out of Descent, even if all you get is just the JitD box.
 
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I think both games are great, but as you have read they are both different gaming experiences. I won't repeat everything that has been said already but Descent has its problems too. After a couple of hours it can feel pretty narrow, whereas in WoW you feel like you have plenty of options every turn (especially with the expansions, which are compulsory).
What I'm trying to say is that somewhere down the line you should get both. WoW gets a bad rap here often and I can see why it is disliked by a lot of people, but if you enjoy it and it fits your group then it is a blast.
That been said I haven't played Road to Legend yet. WoW is designed for 6 but playable with 4, Descent is designed for 5 but playable with 3 or 4. I think if I had a couple of kids of the suitable age they would probably prefer Descent to WoW.
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i was thinking about getting both. Its only me and my 2 kids for now. Maybe i can talk the wife into it sometime. I think i may start with Descent for now and see where it goes
 
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Having played both, I'd say go for Descent. The expansions (Well of Darkness and Road to Legend in particular) expands the game hugely including making a really good, long-term campaign system. Also, with the Road to Legend expansion, you can actually have a 1-3 hour game (or less possibly) with your sons and then pack it away for the next scenario.

WoW plays long. Very, very long - between 4-6 hours at a minimum from my experience. I like the game - it does have a lot more control with regard to the character creation. However, downtime is an issue and the lack of interaction between opposing parties makes it more difficult. It's still fun for those into WoW, but the Adventure game is probably better as mentioned.
 
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I own both games. I play WOW online every day. But the WOW boardgame, while looking great, is just OK to play. Descent is by far the best of the genre. So in short...


DESCENT



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It's a lot to take in. I wouldn't be surprised if people 20+ years of age were complicated.

Perhaps it would be wise to purchase WoW: The Adventure Game and determine if they are ready to get up to the level of Descent. It's also cheaper.
 
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I played Descent with my boys (who were 11 and 14 at the time when we first started playing). We had a great time with no problems with the rules. My youngest is fairly game savvy but my oldest boy is more sports oriented. We also have WoW: the boardgame and we have only played it four times or so before moving on. Descent was a much greater value. In addition, we picked up the Hirst tile molds and built our own 3-D set. The project was a lot of fun to do with the boys.

So I highly recommend Descent and can comfortably say that the rules are fine for 12 year olds and cant see any problem even with 10 year olds.

Get is fast before the prices go up though. Huge price increase coming and Descent will be going for about $20 more I think.
 
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I am either going to order Descent tonight or tomorrow morning...thanks for all the replies
 
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