Descent Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition
I love having alot of the work taken out of a role playing. Therefor players can get down to the fun stuff with little work. More fun for all.
I played a friend's copy of Descent a few years back, for several campaigns, and wanted to introduce it to some new buds I've made - normally we play D&D, but being house-bound means too much time gaming and the DMs falling behind on prep. So we figured we'd try Descent.
We played one campaign with just the base set, and are now on our second, incorporating Trollfens. The plan is to keep going til we collect everything. It's been a lot of fun, but I'll admit - it's not for the faint of heart. Sometimes it's really dispiriting to be playing heroes in an encounter you seem doomed to lose from the first moment - or when you're so close to victory thanks to tactics and teamwork, only to have it snatched away by a series of bad dice rolls. Both of which have happened to us a lot. But we're beginners, and learning to get the rules right, and find a balance, so we're all keeping our wits about us and having patience. We have the misfortune of being a 4-person group (3 heroes, 1 OL), which means the game is weighted towards the Overlord a little more than other party size options. But despite frustrations when it seems like nothing is going right, or feeling like our choices are all wrong, we're still coming back to it. Because the mechanics, the core of the game, is still fun, and interesting. And, like many things, it's what you bring to it. When the game isn't going our way, and we're stuck in a death cycle, we just start role-playing to get through the frustrating parts.
Much as I love it, though, a fair warning - there are a *lot* of expansions, and the base game alone will get old quickly. This isn't to say don't get it - either you'll not fall in love with it, and it's nothing more or less than any other board game of the same price you dip into from time to time (albeit, with some nice minis you can use in other games), or you'll get right into it ... and pretty soon need to start buying the additional content. Well worth every penny, but be prepared for the investment.
Fortunately, Gameology has most of the expacs in stock, and had the best prices on them (from the shopping around I did). As always, they're cheap, with prompt delivery, and good customer service. So not the worst long-term relationship to get into during lockdown ;P
Great game and the miniatures for the game are amazing