Descent Journeys in the Dark Second Edition board game box
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition

Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition

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Quick Takes:Crowd icon 2-5 players Clock icon 120-140 minutes per game Adult and child icon Ages 14+ 3 of hearts Level 3 (Ready for a new challenge? Try this advanced game)

About the game:

Descent is a semi-cooperative (new category for us here!) campaign game in which one player is the evil overlord while the rest are the courageous heroes. Each of the heroes has their own unique powers and in what is a common theme among fantasy games, the goal is simple: heroes need to work together to defeat the evil lord by successfully conquering the dungeon and taking its main treasures while the overlord wins when the other players all effectively die. Seems simple right? Wrong! This game is very complex with many rules to learn, and it's a campaign game designed to be played over several different sessions. Each campaign has its own map made up of tiles. If you don't have time for a full campaign, you can also play a single quest. Overall, the quests are very creative, story-driven, and thematic. It's not hard to see why this game has been such a success. It perfectly implements the feel of a tabletop role-playing game ("RPG").

This is the second edition of Descent: Journeys in the Dark, which is more streamlined than the original from 2005. We use the word "streamlined" lightly, as there's plenty to keep track of in this second edition ("2E"). With over 40 hours of play to complete the campaign, we highly recommend this game for people that like making a commitment to board games.

Another great feature of Descent 2E is the companion app, Road to Legend (available on Steam). When you play with Road to Legend, the app assumes the role of the evil overlord. This allows Descent to play as a fully cooperative game. The app also has a tutorial mission to shorten your learning curve.

Love RPGs? You might also like Gloomhaven.

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge Games:
  • Meets the challenge - the twists in this game make it a great new game for an advanced board gamer
  • Campaign game - great for a regular board game group
  • Flexible playing - you can play it as a full co-op with the app, or as a semi-coop with a larger group
  • One of the most successful fantasy board games out there
Selected Awards and Honors:
  • Golden Geek Best Gamer's Board Game Nominee - 2006