Friday, March 2, 2012

Oh, the Horror!

OK, I guess I lied about that Risk Legacy update. I will eventually write a big thing about that, but not yet.

So.. I'm in the process of selling a bunch of VTES cards, but that isn't important. What is important is that as payment for some of the cards, someone gave me a copy of Arkham Horror.

Now, of course I had heard of this game before. But I wasn't interested in it. While I do like Pandemic, the "pure co-op" aspect of Arkham was a turn-off. I'm a BSG fan, I like a game with a traitor. And without ever playing Arkham, I assumed that the game would fall flat without a "bad guy" player representing the Elder Gods.

But hey, a new game is a new game, so I gave it a shot.

We were 3 investigators: Ashcan Pete the Drifter (me), Darrell Simmons the Photographer (Max), and Bob Jenkins the Salesman (Mike).

Our adversary was Azathoth, which means that I wasn't going to get a chance to see the "end battle" no matter what.

Ashcan Pete somehow ended up being the Mage of the group. They were dumping spells on me, and I was collecting Clues preparing to close some gates.
I felt like I was actually making a difference, and knew what was going on, which is rare when I'm the newbie to a game. :)

The game ended up being pretty fun and it made for a cool story.
Monsters started popping up all over the place, and the atmosphere was tense. No real need for a traitor.

In the end, 7 gates opened, Azathoth awakened, and the game instantly ended.

I'm willing to try again...
Now I just have to resist the Completist Urge to buy an expansion or two or seven.. :)


  1. Hey, if you'll decide to buy an expansion, I strongly recommend the large ones - Dunwich Horror, Innsmouth Horror and even Kingsport Horror. The small expansions don't add that many new features and only make the game a)harder and b)more complicated. If you'll ever think Arkham is too easy for you, try implementing some house rules, there are some that make the game harder and at the same time feel natural when applied (eg. unrevealed gates, two monsters when gate opens and so on). Anyway, enjoy! :-)

  2. I might at least print out the "free promo stuff" that is hanging around on Boardgamegeek.. Some new/alternate Ancient Ones, some new Investigators (including Gabe and Tycho!), some "scenarios" that give alternative setups and goals..
    But I'm not too excited about spending more actual money on this game quite yet...


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