Gen Con News—At Gen Con Fantasy Flight Games announced early 2012 release of Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition (MSRP $79.95), a new version of the 2005 semi-cooperative fantasy adventure board game that was a 2006 Golden Geek Best Gamer’s Board Game nominee.  The Second Edition which was designed by Adam Sadler, Daniel Clark, and Corey Konieczka, features many improvements including 8 new heroes, 38 new monsters, a revised experience system for upgrading heroes, a class-based hero system, campaign play, and more detailed hero summary cards.  But may be the best news is that FFG is also producing a Descent: Journeys in the Dark-Second Edition Conversion Kit (MSRP $24.95)so that those who own the First Edition of the game can bring their vintage game up to speed with Second Edition compatible cards for every monster and hero yet produced for the game.
Descent is a semi-cooperative game in which one player takes on the role of a treacherous overlord while up to four other players portray courageous heroes who attempt to liberate treasures, fight monsters, and prevent the overlord from carrying out his evil designs.
The Second Edition of Descent: Journeys in the Dark features faster setup for each encounter and simpler rules for determining line of sight, plus defense dice to mitigate the tendency to “math out” attacks, as well as shorter quests with lots of natural stopping points.  The cards in the new edition list all the necessary statistics, conditions, and effects, plus there is a new mechanism for controlling the overlord’s powers, and an enhanced hero selection and creation process.  Best of all is the easy setup out-of-the-box campaign system.
The Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition includes a rulebook and quest guide, 8 hero figures and 38 monster figures, 9 custom die, nearly 250 cards, 48 double-sided modular map tiles, and more than 150 tokens.