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.. :)