FFG continues to expand and improve Descent with the release of another Lieutenant Pack. This time Ardus Ix’Erebus gets upgraded. The pack contains the usual mini to replace the Ardus Ix’Erebus token in the Bilehall set and a new set of 10 plots cards to be used by the overlord in any Descent campaign. This set of plot cards focuses on beefing up small monsters by using tactics and positioning to improve their strength. Cards like Strength in Numbers, which gives monsters pierce X where X is the numbers of monsters adjacent to the hero being attacked, or Rise to the Challenge, which transforms all minion monsters into master level when a fellow monster is slain, makes those small monster feel much bigger. You can head over to the FFG page to read more about these new cards and preview some of them, then you can pre-order the pack at your local game store or online.
Descent continues to be a highly rated game and the dungeon crawl game that most others look up to. It therefore comes as no surprise that Fantasy Flight Games has announced another boxed expansion for it. Mists of Bilehall will be an expansion that heroes will hate, and overlords will love as it is geared more towards powering up the overlord. No new heroes or hero classes are included in this expansion, but 12 new monsters (six reanimates, three broodwalkers, and three bone horrors), map tiles, new overlord cards, and a full one act campaign.
This expansion can also be further enhanced with the addition of the three newest lieutenant packs designed for this campaign which will be reported on separately. Some additional changes that will bring extra challenge for the heroes are the addition of tainted cards and unstable terrain. Because the Mists of Bilehall have been so tainted by evil and the undead, no hero can escape it’s malignant effect. Thus, the overlord will get to pick tainted cards and give one to each hero. While faced-down, the card will give the hero a boost of two health .But if you ever get knocked out, the card will flip over and activate it’s ongoing effect making it even more difficult for the heroes.
As for the terrain, because some areas are so old and run down they are on the verge of coming apart. If a hero tries to travel through a patch of unstable terrain they will have to pass a “knowledge of awareness test.” If they succeed they more on. if they fail they fall and will have to contend with any number of bad things. Add in the three new monster types with abilities that allow them to ignore friendly figures for line of sight or extend out an additional 3 spaces to attack and you have an expansion that will put a smile on any overlord’s face. Head over to FFG’s website to see more, expected release date is in the 4th quarter of 2015.