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Steve LoBasso

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Steve's Descent and Descent II Page


My Descent Page

Descent Controls

Building a Descent Control Center

Descent Tactics

My approach to Descent has taken a while to develop. It includes custom made controls and tactics that I have learned by playing multi-player games. Many of the items discussed here are useful with both Descent and Descent II, although I almost exclusively play Descent II currently.

When I started playing Descent, I used the default keyboard only settings. I found this worked well enough for single player games, but multi-player games were quite difficult. We were not attacking and avoiding simultaneously.

At this point we started escalating. One person went to a custom (touch typing) keyboard setup. While I had no touch typing skills, I moved to using the mouse (left hand) and the keypad and arrows (right hand). This worked well except that I had moved so many controls to my right hand in order to allow my left to control the mouse. My right hand was having difficulty keeping up, and there were limits in the keyboard that disallowed some very important combinations. My hand also started to cramp after longer fast paced games.

I wanted to reduce the number of controls on my right hand while also making the controls more intuitive and hence combination maneuvers fluent, fast, and easy. At this point I came up with my Descent Control Center. At first using the control center caused my playing to get worse, but this was expected. After only a week or two I surpassed my previous skill level. Included in these pages are a description of my Descent Control Center and directions of how to build it. I have also tried to list all of the tactics that I have seen, although this list falls short. After fluent movement is possible, more time can be spent on developing strategies.


The Ultimate Descent Ring