Tomb of Ice (TOI)
The Tomb of Ice is the fourth and latest expansion to Descent: Journey in the Dark. It introduces a new system of Feats. With feats, heroes now have a few cards in their hand to surprise the Overlord and try to counter his plans. Feats give more power to the heroes regarding game balance.
Heroes. The new heroes introduced in the Tomb of Ice are quite creative compared to the previous expansions. Using the new rules with feat cards, they created a hero that can use them more than other characters, Arvel Worldwalker, and some kind of yeti that has 5 Melee traits but only 2 starting skills, Karnon. Then comes Laughin Buldar, a bearded warrior who can use a two-handed weapon with a single hand, the sneaky Okaluk and Rakash, the dreaded Shiver with aura 4 and Zyla, a little fairy or sprite who can fly and ignore attacks made by adjacent enemies.
Monsters. The new minions have interesting concepts but are not the most powerful. Well, it is true that the Ice Wyrm can swallow heroes... Lava Beetles, can do blast attacks, Medusae can stun with their gaze but are easily destroyed and Wendigos are just big, furry and vicious dogs. The last monster, the Shade, deals really low damage but is really difficult to kill and makes just the perfect guardian for unactivated glyphs and chests.
The Tomb of Ice also introduces new special abilities such as Ghost, Stealth, Swallow and Thread Ice, new props, items and map pieces.
The full rules (without the quests) can be downloaded in PDF format on the Descent support page of Fantasy Flight Games' website.
Note: after buying this new expansion, make sure you have all the components listed below. Some players have reported missing or wrong components. However, it is said that Fantasy Fligh Game's service is really good and that they will send you the missing ones.
1 Rulebook (the second half of which is a Quest Guide)
6 Hero Sheets
6 Plastic Heroes
- 2 Tan and 1 Red Plastic Ice Wyrms
- 2 Tan and 1 Red Plastic Medusae
- 2 Tan and 1 Red Plastic Wendigos
- 4 Tan and 2 Red Plastic Shades
- 4 Tan and 2 Red Plastic Lava Beetles
- 10 Monster Reference Cards
- 12 Overlord Cards
- 17 Fighting Feat Cards
- 17 Subterfuge Feat Cards
- 17 Wizardry Feat Cards
- 2 Town Store Cards
- 4 Copper Treasure Cards
- 4 Silver Treasure Cards
- 4 Gold Treasure Cards
- 1 Relic Card
- 10 The Road to Legend Monster Reference Cards
- 5 The Road to Legend Incident Cards
- 2 The Road to Legend Location Cards
- 4 The Road to Legend Dungeon Cards
- 1 The Road to Legend Rumor Card
1 Stomach Tile
43 Map Pieces
- 9 Room Pieces
- 20 Corridor Pieces
- 4 Intersection Pieces
- 8 Dead End Pieces
- 2 Inside/Outside Transition Pieces
26 Prop Markers
- 1 Sarcophagus Marker
- 19 Ice Obstacle Markers
- 6 Monster Egg Markers
1 Clear-colored Stealth Die
10 Treasure Markers
- 9 Invisibility Potion Markers
- 1 Relic Marker