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Descent_JITD_Table1This picture makes me dizzy.

Anyway, it must be dungeon crawl month here at F:AT because we've been talking about RAVENLOFT, DESCENT, DUNGEONQUEST, that terrible-looking game Loter went all Loter on, and we're already discussing WRATH OF ASHARDALON.

All of this got me thinking more critically about DESCENT, and the breakout of anti-DESCENT sentiment in the ASHARDALON thread made me finally come to terms with a fact I've been dodging for a while. I really don't like DESCENT.

Say all you want that it's fun with the right people or played a certain way, but fucking CAYLUS is fun with the right people and in a certain way. The problem is that DESCENT is built wrong from the ground up, the pacing is a nightmare, and the efficiency/optimization angle is a foundational element of the gameplay.

So I wrote about this at Cracked LCD this week just to get it out of my system.

It's probably terrible advertisment, but if anyone wants to buy my DESCENT collection let me know. Base game, ALTAR OF DESPAIR, WELL OF DARKNESS, ROAD TO LEGEND, and a bunch of Plano boxes. Miniatures unpainted. $125 shipped.


Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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