The Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) Wiki
For the epic campaigns, see The Shadow Rune and Heirs of Blood.

Box art of Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition).

Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) is a board game in which one player takes on the role of the treacherous overlord, and up to four other players take on the roles of courageous heroes. During each game, the heroes embark on quests and venture into dangerous caves, ancient ruins, dark dungeons, and cursed forests to battle monsters, earn riches, and attempt to stop the overlord from carrying out his vile plot.

With danger lurking in every shadow, combat is a necessity. For such times, Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) uses a unique dice-based system. Players build their dice pools according to their character's abilities and weapons, and each die in the pool contributes to an attack in different ways. Surges, special symbols that appear on most dice, also let you trigger special effects to make the most of your attacks. And with the horrors awaiting you beneath the surface, you'll need every advantage you can take...

Featuring double-sided modular board pieces, countless hero and skill combinations, and an immersive story-driven campaign, Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) transports heroes to a vibrant fantasy realm where they must stand together against an ancient evil.

Earlier versions of the base game included The Shadow Rune campaign, and later versions include the Heirs of Blood campaign instead (in two paperback booklets, not the hardcover version that is sold separately).

It was first announced on 7. August 2011[1], and released on 18. July 2012[2].

Component List[]

This game includes the following:

  • Act I Quest Guide
  • Act II Quest Guide
  • 8 Hero Figures, consisting of:
  • 31 Monster Figures, consisting of:
  • 9 Custom Six-sided Dice, consisting of:
  • 7 Plastic Stands
  • 8 Hero Sheets
  • 1 Pad of Campaign Sheets
  • 152 Small Cards, consisting of:
  • 84 Class Cards
  • 20 Act I Shop Item Cards
  • 14 Act II Shop Item Cards
  • 16 Condition Cards
  • 12 Search Cards
  • 6 Relic Cards
  • 84 Bridge-sized Cards, consisting of:
  • 205 Tokens, consisting of:
  • 48 Map Tiles
  • 45 Damage Tokens
  • 35 Fatigue Tokens
  • 7 Doors
  • 16 Hero Tokens
  • 9 Search Tokens
  • 6 Lieutenant Tokens
  • 10 Objective Tokens
  • 8 Villager Tokens
  • 20 Condition Tokens
  • 1 Reanimate Familiar Token


The base game includes 8 classes that can be selected by one hero at a time. They consist of:


Included in the base game are 4 negative conditions which can be inflicted. They are:


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