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Danny Wu
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Hi,

I'm planning to place an order in the near future and wondering if the two games are similar enough where I would need only one or both. For example, if my friends were to ask or I were to choose a fantasy, adventure, dungeon crawl type game to play, would I choose one game more frequently/all the time, than the other. I've been watching some reviews on both games and they both have a fantasy theme which includes leveling up, gaining new abilities, getting equipment and fighting monsters. I know descent have an Overlord player but as for the heroes side, it seems similar with few differences. Both games are pretty pricey therefore I don't want a game sitting on the shelf most of the time while the other gets all the play.

Thanks again in advance for all your input and help as always.
 
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I have only played Descent. I will tell you the one thing I know about both games. Descent has lots of unpainted miniatures. Mage Knight has 4 (maybe 5) nicely painted miniatures. Thats all the help I can offer.
 
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Mage Knight is ideal for 1-3 players. Descent will be better 4-5 players. Descent is much more in the classic dungeon crawl type of game as where Mage Knight is more geared towards the thinking man's D&D type of game. They may be from the same coin, but they are clearly on the opposite sides.
 
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Daniel Geuss
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Descent should be a bit easier to teach. How well does your group absorb rules?
 
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I have to agree with Matt. I own both Mage Knight and Descent (both editions) and can say it's worth it to own both. Mage Knight is more of an epic fantasy where Descent satisfies the dungeon crawl fantasy. There is more luck in Descent due to the Die rolls for combat. I like the deck building component of Mage Knight. I can't realy say I would choose one over the other unless there were time constraints / newer players. For newer players or a shorter play time I would pick Descent. For more experienced players / longer times I would pick Mage Knight. I personally vote owning both to give the flexibility. With both I think you would have pretty good coverage of the fantasy genre.
 
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I would not describe the games as so similar that you should avoid owning both, but people have different opinions about what kind of collection they want to build. Have you come across these threads?

This or Mage Knight?
Descent fan = Mage Knight fan?
Descent 2 or Mage Knight
Mage knight vs Decent re-release (decent 2)

I generally agree with the view that Mage Knight is a heavy Euro with an adventuring theme. If you're concerned about overlap in theme, then you might want to choose one or the other. Their actual gameplay, however, is quite different.
 
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Agustin Kapuno
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Although both are thematically similar, their mechanics are vastly different. In wargame terms, Mage Knight is operational while Descent 2ed is tactical IMHO. If money is not an issue then I would suggest to get both since they are excellent games.
 
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