|Descent: Journeys In The Dark | Published 16 April 2009|
"Gathering a small number of your most trusted companions, you rode out to search the base of the cliffs. After searching for almost the entire day, you finally found an expertly camouflaged doorway leading into the cliffs. Several small rusty spots clung to the handle of the door, and an aura of evil emanated from the lair. Now, glancing back at your friends, you grit your teeth and pull open the door. Ducking under a tangled mass of brambles, you enter..."
- From "A Deathly Problem" by Teeuwynn Woodruff
Since its release in 2005, Descent: Journeys in the Dark has been the strategy board game of dungeon-exploring adventure, where parties of heroes pit their strength against the vicious machinations of the Overlord, braving quests, winning treasures, and defeating monsters. Descent has taken heroes deep into the Well of Darkness, crushed evil on the Altar of Despair, and laid enemies to rest in the Tomb of Ice. A few brave souls have dedicated their lives to heroism and have walked the Road to Legend.
This Summer, some of Descent's biggest fans in hobby gaming have met at the latest milepost on the road to adventure and have assembled the Descent: Journeys in the Dark Quest Compendium.
Edited by Will Hindmarch (Gameplaywright Press), the Descent: Quest Compendium presents in one full-color 96-page hardbound volume sixteen of Descent's most cunning, deadly, and puzzling scenarios for your gaming table, brought to you by a team of acclaimed and award-winning game designers and authors.
• Monte Cook (D&D 3rd Edition) sounds an angel's plea for help to save the world from being pulled across a dimensional divide and permanently warping reality.
• Keith Baker (Eberron (D&D), Gloom) leads heroes directly into the middle of a deadly blood feud between two restless spirits of hatred embodied. Caught in the epic battle, choosing a side will be the hardest decision to make.
• Kenneth Hite (Where the Deep Ones Are) adapts a classic film to the fantastic setting of Descent and finds an unlikely ally only too happy to help uncover a precious treasure, but for a price...
• Mike Selinker (Yetisburg) entraps the heroes within a demonic puzzle that threatens to destroy the world we know in a whirl of chaos.
• John Kovalic (Dork Tower) takes you back to an old haunt on an unexpected mission on behalf of a former enemy, featuring some of John Kovalic's trademark wit and commentary.
These creators and many more stretch the boundaries of the game into bold new territories, full of challenges and adventure, using the Descent: Journeys in the Dark core set and expansions. Each quest includes an introduction written by the designer of the scenario, with interesting background on the development of the scenario, as well as biographical information for the author.
The Descent: Quest Compendium also includes an essay on Descent by award-winning game designer and Descent fan, Alan R. Moon, as well as a special tribute to Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax written by Descent: Journeys in the Dark's designer, Kevin Wilson.
The road is long, the dungeons are dark, and your enemies are sharpening their weapons. All of this is as nothing to a band of adventurers ready to meet adversity and brave all for adventure. This Summer, open the Descent: Quest Compendium and add new chapters to your story of heroism!
Descent: Journeys in the Dark is a scenario-driven board game that takes a party of adventurers deep into the dungeons of Terrinoth for adventure, treasure, and glory, but beware: the Overlord and his minions stand poised to oppose any heroes foolhardy enough to enter the dungeon. Cross the dungeon's threshold and step into a world of adventure today!
Gameplaywright Press © 2007-2008 by Will Hindmarch, Jeff Tidball, or respective authors.
Gloom © 2004 Trident, Inc., d/b/a Atlas Games.
Where the Deep Ones Are © 2008 Kenneth Hite and Andy Hopp
Yetisburg © 2008 Titanic Games
Dork Tower © 1997-2009 Shetland Productions
Dungeons & Dragons ©1995-2009 Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.
I guess I am in the vast minority...I have gone back to vanilla D after RtL just didn't quite live up to the promise I sought...
Vanilla D is a complete and fun experience for my group.
This book will be a insta-purchase!
A great idea but since the release of Road to Legend, Vanilla Descent just seems so tame. I would have appreciated getting these designers to put together new rumour dungeons or avatar fortresses
That's a prominent list of authors! If the quests live up to the names, this is going to be great. ;)
Hope they're balanced quests though. A lot of the quests that came with the game are so lopsided it's not fun playing them, unless as an introduction mission for newbie Overlords or newbie heroes.
Great idea a must have for Descent fans.
Very interesting. Although it does not appear to have any RtL content. Hopefully there will be more coming down the pike for RtL. I have been mainly playing RtL lately but I'm sure I'll have to get this.
this is totally awesome.
FFG is busting out the big guns in support of one of their flagship boardgame.
Excellent! I'll look forward to this one. I'm especially glad to hear that it will make use of the expansions.
Cool! Can't wait to see what new layers to adventure come from these designers!