Terrinoth’s Greatest Villains Come to Life

on August 30, 2013 | 0 Comment

In November Fantasy Flight Games will bring us six Lieutenant Packs for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition!

Descent Leuitenants Packs

These Lieutenant Packs allow you to replace your Core Set lieutenant tokens and bring the overlord’s most powerful agents to life. Each pack features a detailed plastic figure at the same 28mm scale as the game’s hero figures. Moreover, each lieutenant comes with a personalized Plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to summon him to service in nearly any campaign!

Descent Leiutenant packs spread

A Change of Plans

The sculpted plastic figures that come in each of these Lieutenant Packs allow you to further immerse yourself in your heroic journeys through Terrinoth, but the figures aren’t the full story of these packs. Rather, they’re just the beginning…

You may remember FFG had announced plans to release these lieutenant figures in pewter; however, they came to realize though that those pewter figures wouldn’t deliver on one of the core design principles of Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition: Every Descent release should broaden the whole game. While the pewter lieutenant miniatures would have offered players deeper immersion into the quests in which those lieutenants appeared, they would have been limited to those quests. They wouldn’t broaden the entire game, so they went back to the design team.

What’s the Biggest Change?

The goal was to find a way to develop lieutenant figures that could improve the quests in every campaign, not just the quests from the Core Set.

They needed a way to make these new Lieutenant Packs fully compatible throughout the game, playable both with all existing campaigns and with all campaigns yet to come. This led to the development of the Plot deck and new rules that allow the overlord to spend the packs’ new threat tokens to summon a single lieutenant of his choice into any campaign, excepting those in which that lieutenant already appears.

Descent Leiutenant Packs Cards

The result is that your Lieutenant Pack is far more than just an attractive replacement for your lieutenant tokens; it’s a portal to a whole new, tactical play experience.

Why Introduce Plastic Figures?

The ability to use your lieutenants in additional campaigns makes these new Lieutenant Packs a better value than lieutenants that would have been limited to the Core Set quests. Still, FFGs examination of the overall value of each of these Lieutenant Packs also led them to move from pewter to plastic.

Descent Leiutenant packs Dragon

Casting these figures in plastic allows them to provide the packs at a greatly reduced price. For example, the sculpt of Valyndra that they plan to release at a later date would retail for approximately $30 in pewter, but as a plastic figure, they expect to be able to release it for roughly half that price.

While the pewter miniatures would have been fine token replacements, these detailed plastic figures offer you a broader game experience, and at a lower price, even after they factor in each lieutenant’s Plot deck, tokens, and rules. All told, these new Lieutenant Packs add a lot more to your overall experience of Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition.

How Does a Plot Deck Work?

Each lieutenant comes with a personalized Plot deck of ten cards, and at the start of a campaign, the overlord can choose a single lieutenant’s Plot deck to use throughout the entirety of the campaign.

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Then, in addition to its Plot deck, each Lieutenant Pack introduces rules that allow the overlord to gain and spend Threat to buy Plot cards and trigger their abilities. Thus, each Plot deck offers the overlord a number of choices to make as the campaign progresses. He can focus on his class and overlord deck, or he can buy Plot cards and spend Threat to trigger them. For the overlord player who prefers to gain more consistency in his approach, the Plot deck offers tactical alternatives to the randomized overlord deck.

It’s worth noting, too, that the packs’ new threat tokens are double-sided. Once the overlord spends them to trigger Plot cards during a quest, they’re flipped over and become fortune tokens. The heroes can then spend these fortune tokens to trigger their choice of a variety of beneficial abilities.

How Do I Summon My Lieutenant?

Each Plot deck features a “Summon” card that allows you to swap a number of specified monsters out of any quest to gain the pack’s lieutenant (with specific restrictions identified on each “Summon” card). For example, the overlord could spend three threat tokens to buy the Summon – Zachareth Plot card, and they could trigger it at the beginning of a quest by spending another two Threat. Then, they could bring Zachareth to the table by swapping out one master and one minion monster from an open monster group.

Descent Leiutenant Packs card 2

Combined with the way the Plot deck allows the overlord to build his power in a fashion similar to the heroes, the ability to summon your lieutenant to almost any campaign means that Descent becomes a far more versatile game. Each lieutenant has a strong personality, and by changing the personalities and tactics you associate with different campaigns, you gain tremendous replayability.

Which Lieutenants Will Be Available?

Descent Leiutenant Packs Minis

 

Lieutenant Pack: Splig

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The Splig Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, the “King of all Goblins,” on equal footing with Terrinoth’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies, inserting this fat and cowardly goblin into any quest as his nefarious agent!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013 

Lieutenant Pack: Belthir

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The Belthir Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, the mercenary Belthir, on equal footing with Terrinoth’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies, inserting this fierce dragon hybrid warrior into any quest as his nefarious agent!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013

Lieutenant Pack: Zachareth

Descent-Lieutenants-Zachareth

The Zachareth Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, the core game’s primary protagonist, on equal footing with Terrinoth’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies, inserting the evil baron into any quest as a devious agent bent on harrying the heroes at every turn!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013 

Lieutenant Pack: Alric Farrow

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The Alric Farrow Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, an undead knight, on equal footing with Terrinoth’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies, allowing the overlord to take advantage of Alric Farrow’s combat abilities in any quest!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013 

Lieutenant Pack: Merick Farrow

Descent-Lieutenants-Merrick-farrow

The Merick Farrow Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, one of Terrinoth’s greatest necromancers, on equal footing with the realm’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies, allowing this power-hungry magician to challenge Terrinoth’s heroes throughout any campaign!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013

Lieutenant Pack: Eliza Farrow

Descent-Lieutenants-Eliza-Farrow

The Eliza Farrow Lieutenant Pack features a detailed plastic figure that places its deadly operative, a brutal and bewitching vampire, on equal footing with Terrinoth’s champions. Moreover, it includes a plot deck and rules that allow the overlord to pursue devious new strategies and allow the bloodthirsty Lady Eliza Farrow to pursue the heroes’ downfall through any campaign!

Code: TBA
MSRP: $8.95
Release: November 2013 

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