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February 28th, 2007


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10:23 pm - Games (1) : Arkham Horror
On Sunday night at Redemption, rwrylsin and I joined in a game of Arkham Horror, a Call of Cthulhu boardgame. It is quite neat - many of the basics are similar to games like Talisman or Munchkin - you have a character card with various stats on it, you move around a board and collect items, weapons, spells, followers, and have random encounters in various places. The main difference is that the game is cooperative rather than competitive between the players. You are all working towards a common goal, surviving in a town where one of the Old Ones is about to pay a visit. This makes the game friendly towards beginners, if there are enough players involved, as you can avoid quite a bit of trouble and just go wandering around and exploring by yourself.
Our game pitted 8 of us (the maximum) against Hast... ahem, you know who I mean. Various gates to other planes of existence opened up around the town of Arkham, and then monsters started popping out of them, but we managed to deal with them fairly well, and managed to finish the game (by sealing 6 gates) about 4 hours after we started. I think we might have to keep an eye out for this one, and seek out a bunch of people to play it with sometime (the only drawback might be that the game gets harder with fewer players, down to the recommended minimum of 4, so we'll need a big group).
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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From:leonhard
Date:March 1st, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
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cool! I must investigate picking this one up.

One question: how are you supposed to read the instructions without going irretrievably insane? :P
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From:rwrylsin
Date:March 3rd, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
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It's probably assumed that if you're reading the instructions, you're already insane.
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From:acmarita
Date:March 1st, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)

... friendly towards beginners?

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even if all the players are absolute beginners?

Sounds like fun, but I've almost no experience of these games.
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From:gaspode
Date:March 1st, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)

Re: ... friendly towards beginners?

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If ALL the players are beginners then it can be a little difficult to get started - but as long as someone knows the rules then its not as complicated as it looks ...
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From:reverancepavane
Date:March 1st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)

unspeakable bargains ... it all hastur go...

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Was it the first edition or the revised edition? And if it was the revised edition, did it also include the Curse of the Dark Pharoah (the travelling egyptian exhibition hits the museum) and The King in Yellow expansions. And for those who venerate old Yog Sothie one musn't forget little old Dunwich, just down the road, now ably served by it's own Dunwich Horror.

I've only played the playtest and first editions of the game, but it's definitely more fun with more players. With fewer players it often feels like you are actually playing Dark Conspiracy instead (a game where it is often more dangerous to go to hospital than to lie bleeding on the street). [1]

[1] This is not to be confused with a reccomendation for Dark Conspiracy, unless you really really like hospital food

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From:gaspode
Date:March 1st, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)

Re: unspeakable bargains ... it all hastur go...

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It was Second edition with no expansions - We were basically playing with 4 experienced and 4 newbies so it seemed the way to go ...

I always liked Dark Conspiracy BTW ;) ....
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From:gaspode
Date:March 1st, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)

Re: unspeakable bargains ... it all hastur go...

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Hang on - what is this King in Yellow expansion of which you speak ? I have curse and Dunwich Horror - I didnt know there was another ?
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From:gaspode
Date:March 1st, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)

Re: unspeakable bargains ... it all hastur go...

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OOO - Just checked the web site ... SIgh - another expansion to get lol
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From:reverancepavane
Date:March 2nd, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)

Re: unspeakable bargains ... it all hastur go...

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<Bwah hah hah ha ha ha ha ha>

My work here is done.


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