Call of Cthulhu

Chaosium, the long time forerunner of the Cthulhu RPG world, has announced a new Kickstarter project, the card game Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection. Chaosium, famous for the Call of Cthulhu RPG, had been out of the board and card game world for quite a while until last year’s release of Reiner Knizia‘s Khan of Khans. Now the studio has returned to the Lovecraftian world with the push-your-luck card game Miskatonic University, also designed by the master, Dr. Reiner Knizia, with Graphic design by Ian O’Toole and art by Victor Leza and Goomi. In Miskatonic University, 2-5 players take turns drawing cards from the library, trying to collect sets of 3 differing Sigil and Grimoire cards. However, if the player draws a duplicate card, they and their students will be expelled from the library, losing their progress that round. Players can use one of their 7 defense cards to mitigate expulsion in different ways, and graduate students can be collected to recharge used defense cards. If players opt to leave the library voluntarily, they earn points for collected sets. The game lasts five terrifying rounds, and the most points from collected lore and saved sanity wins.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection will continue through May 8, and the game is expected to deliver in November 2018.

Fantasy Flight Games isn’t done with Eldritch Horror yet, as they have just announced the next expansion for the game, Masks of Nyarlathotep.  Those who are players of the Call of Cthulhu RPG may recognize that title, as it is one of the iconic adventures that you can undertake in the RPG.  So with that in mind, not only is FFG adding this new expansion to Eldritch Horror, but Chaosium will be updating and reprinting the Masks of Nyarlathotep RPG campaign.  You can read more about the RPG on the Chaosium website, so lets talk a bit more about the Eldritch Horror expansion.

In this expansion for Eldritch Horror you will be getting a ton of new cards in order to fight this horror which can change forms as easily as you change clothes.  In addition to the extra spells, items, allies, as well as monsters and events, you will gain access to character specific back stories.  Each of these back stories have different success and failure conditions, and depending on which you trigger, will either give you a helpful boost, or just drag you down further.  Also new in this expansion is the addition of a campaign system, allowing you to play multiple games in a row, with the state between games not resetting.  This will amp up the stress and theme even more as you will have to deal with the long term consequences of the status ailments you accumulate over the course of the game.  So if you like Eldritch Horror and want even more content, check out the FFG website for more info and look for it on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.

If your sanity can take it Fantasy flight games two day festival of H.P. Lovecraft and tabletop gaming Arkham Nights is coming to Roseville Minnesota on Oct 9-10.  Lovecraftian games such as Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu: The Card game, Mansions of Madness, Elder Sign and Eldritch horror along with many of their expansions will be available to play on both days as well as a sneak peek at the new Eldritch Horror expansion “Under the pyramids”.  Many of the designers, including Richard Launius will be present and Fantasy flight will be posting a full schedule of events soon – including more details on a sixteen player game of Eldritch Horror using all of the game expansions and led by one of the designers Nikki Valens.  You are advised to preregister before the 2nd Oct and you will receive a collection of “invaluable artifacts” which includes custom dice and other collectibles.  Of course, this news item could just be a fevered hallucination brought on by the machinations of the mighty Azathoth……

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Fantasy Flight Games is planning another big year for store championship events with many of their popular miniature and Living Card Games (LCGs) seeing tournament play throughout the year. Will your friendly local game store be involved? Check out the lists of participating stores divided by game:

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
Android: Netrunner
Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
Star Wars: The Card Game
Warhammer: Diskwars
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest
X-Wing

The FFG Games Center in Roseville, MN will be hosting several store championship events as well with five tournaments scheduled through Q1 2015.

  • January 31 – Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
  • January 31 – X-Wing
  • February 28 – A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
  • March 7 – Android: Netrunner
  • March 28 – Warhammer 40,000: Conquest

For more details and to get involved in 2015’s store championships, head over to FFG’s site for the full announcement.

Expansions, expansions, and more expansions

The following has been announced as January releases from Fantasy Flight Games:

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Star Wars LCG: Attack Run Force Pack

The fourth Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle. In this pack you will have the chance to relive the assault on the first Death Star. You will attack the Death Star with new pilot versions from the game to include an Imperial version of Darth Vader and a Rebel version of Luke Skywalker.

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Warhammer 40K: conquest LCG: Zogwort’s Curse War Pack

This is the fourth War Pack in the Warlord cycle. This will include a new psyched leader, new vehicles for Astra militarum, and other wargear. You will have sixty cards to include one warlord and three copies each of seventeen unique cards.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: A House of Talons Chapter Pack

The fifth Chapter Pack in the Wardens cycle. This expansion includes a new Castle plot and characters like Bronze Yohn Royce and Robert Arryn.

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Call of Cthulhu LCG: For the Greater Good Expansion

This is the eighth deluxe expansion for the game and it will reinforce the Agency faction’s role as humanity’s defenders. You will have 165 new cards to play with and hopefully be able to ward off the Ancient Ones from awakening.

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Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham Expansion

In this expansion you will have access to a new deck which will replace the core deck. You will be traveling to locations such as Velma’s Diner, the Curiositie Shoppe, and the Univited Isle. This expansion also includes eight new investigators with new skills.

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Android: Netrunner LCG Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Bring the high-stakes cyberstruggles of Android: Netrunner to your store, and tap into your local player base with Winter 2014 Tournament Kits! Based on Netrunner, Richard Garfield’s classic card game, Android: Netrunner pits runner against megacorp in a near future dystopian society.

The Winter 2014 Android: Netrunner Tournament Kit contains everything you need to run an Android: Netrunner tournament or league, including alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Plascrete Carapace and the corp ID Weyland: Building a Better World. Along with these exclusive cards, the Winter 2014 Tournament Kit also contains a custom playmat, four deck boxes featuring Weyland, a promotional poster, and an informational pamphlet.

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Call of Cthulhu LCG: Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Summon powers from beyond space and time! The Winter 2014 Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game Tournament Kits support your local Call of Cthulhu player base.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Victoria Glasser and Terrors in the Dark, plus four Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game deck boxes featuring investigators grappling with a Dark Young. Inside each kit you’ll also find a custom Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game playmat, an informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: Winter 2014 Tournament Kit
Winter 2014 Tournament Kits for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game transport players to a Westeros scarred by warring kings. Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: The Winds of Winter and Jon Snow, along with a custom playmat.

You’ll also find A Game of Thrones deck boxes featuring the Wildlings, as well as an informational pamphlet and a promotional poster.

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Star Wars LCG: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Make your store a hub of excitement and galactic confrontation with Winter 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kits! Each Tournament Kit comes with materials to run a tournament in your store. In addition to a custom playmat, informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster, the Winter 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kit features alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Leia Organa and Emperor’s Royal Guard. Inside each kit, you’ll also find four Star Wars deck boxes featuring the Scum and Villainy faction.

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Star Wars X-Wing: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Climb into the cockpit and lead your local X-Wing player community into a dogfight! The Winter 2014 X-Wing Tournament Kit includes a range of prizes and resources to help you run a tournament in your store. Reward the top competitor with an attractive medal, and offer other contenders custom acrylic tokens or alternate art cards for Imperial and Rebel pilots featuring stills from the Star Wars movies!

The Winter 2014 Tournament Kit also includes four X-Wing card boxes, featuring the Millenium Falcon. What’s more, you can learn how to run your own tournament with the included informational pamphlet and draw players in with the included promotional poster.

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Warhammer: Diskwars: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
Brand new in 2014 are Tournament Kits for Warhammer Diskwars. Support and expand your local player base with prize support and materials designed for running a Warhammer: Diskwars tournament in your store!

Each kit contains eight copies of the exclusive Witchfate Tor scenario and four Dwarf card boxes, along with alternate art disks: Alarielle the Radiant and Orc Boys. Bring order to the Old World with the included informational pamphlet, and recruit new players to your tournament with a promotional poster.

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Warhammer: Conquest: 2014 Winter Tournament Kit
The Winter 2014 season marks the addition of Tournament Kits for a new game: Warhammer 40,000: Conquest! Support and expand your local player base with prize support and materials designed for running a Warhammer 40,000: Conquest event in your store.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Captain Cato Secarius and Goff Boys, plus four Space Marine deck boxes. Inside each kit you’ll also find a custom Warhammer 40,000: Conquest playmat, an informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster.

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Android: Netrunner LCG Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Bring the high-stakes cyberstruggles of Android: Netrunner to your store, and tap into your local player base with Summer 2014 Tournament Kits! Based on Netrunner, Richard Garfield’s classic card game, Android: Netrunner pits runner against megacorp in a near-future dystopian society.

The Summer 2014 Android: Netrunner Tournament Kit contains everything you need to run an Android: Netrunner tournament or league, including alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Aesop’s Pawnshop and the corp ID Jinteki: Personal Evolution.

Along with these exclusive cards, the Summer 2014 Tournament Kit also contains a playmat, two deck boxes, a promotional poster, and an info booklet.

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Call of Cthulhu LCG: Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Summon powers beyond human comprehension! The Summer 2014 Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game Tournament Kits support your local Call of Cthulhu player base.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art editions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Snow Graves and Cthuloid Spawn, plus two Call of Cthulhu deck boxes featuring the Cthulhu and Agency factions. Inside each kit you’ll also find a custom Call of Cthulhu playmat, an info booklet, and a promotional poster.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Summer 2014 Tournament Kits for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game transport players to a Westeros scarred by the War of the Five Kings.

Each kit contains exclusive alternate art editions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Crossing the Ruby Ford and Castellan of the Rock, along with a custom playmat. You’ll also find A Game of Thrones deck boxes featuring House Martell and House Greyjoy, as well as an info booklet and a promotional poster.

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Star Wars LCG: Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Make your store a hub of excitement and galactic confrontation with Summer 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kits! Each Tournament Kit comes with materials to run a tournament in your store.

In addition to a custom playmat, informational pamphlet, and a promotional poster, the Summer 2014 Star Wars: The Card Game Tournament Kit features alternate art versions of two of the game’s most popular cards: Grand Moff Tarkin and Rogue Three. Inside each kit, you’ll also find two Star Wars deck boxes featuring the Rebel and Imperial factions, an info booklet, and a promotional poster.

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Star Wars X-Wing: Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Build your local player community for X-Wing, the tabletop miniatures game of fast-paced Star Wars dogfights! The Summer 2014 X-Wing Tournament Kit includes a range of prizes and resources to help you run a tournament in your store. Reward the top competitor with an attractive medal, and offer other contenders custom acrylic tokens or alternate art cards for Imperial and Rebel pilots featuring stills from the Star Wars movies!

The Summer 2014 Tournament Kit also includes two X-Wing card boxes, featuring a TIE Bomber and B-Wing. What’s more, you can learn how to run your own tournament with the included info booklet, and draw players in with the included promotional poster.

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Warhammer: Diskwars: Summer 2014 Tournament Kit

Brand new in 2014 are Tournament Kits for Warhammer: Diskwars. Support and expand your local player base with prize support and materials for running a Warhammer: Diskwars tournament in your store!

Each kit contains acrylic damage tokens, and two card boxes, along with alternate art Command cards: Arcane Assault and Rally. Bring order to the Old World with the included info booklet, and recruit new players to your tournament with a promotional poster.

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Call of Cthulhu LCG: “The Sleeper Below” Expansion

The Sleeper Below is the seventh deluxe expansion for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game.

With its 165 cards (three copies each of fifty-five individual cards), The Sleeper Below explores the hidden cults and dormant evils that reside at the heart of H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional world. It also introduces players to those secretive societies that share pieces of information related to the Old Ones and the slumbering terror, Cthulhu.

Roughly two-thirds the cards in The Sleeper Below focus on the Cthulhu faction and its nefarious Cultists, immersing players into a world of frantic struggles against a host of countless evils, forever roiling just beneath the superficial veneer of mundane existence. You’ll also discover some of H.P. Lovecraft’s most nefarious and powerful evils, and a host of Explorers and other unique characters drawn straight from the pages of his classic short story, “The Call of Cthulhu.”

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Android Netrunner LCG: “Up and Over” Data Pack

A lot of your standard Runner tricks don’t work on the moon. The Corps have the place locked down tight. Wave fields may fry your brain. Ice may change shape on you mid-run. Corps expand and contract their servers at will. It’s a tricky environment for any Runner to navigate, and the further you remain from your target, the more likely you’ll be caught off-guard.

With its sixty cards (three copies each of twenty different cards), Up and Over further develops the theme of lunar exploration that pervades the Lunar Cycle. In search of new means to bypass the Corporations’ ubiquitous defenses, the game’s Runners push further away from the center of Heinlein, out toward the Docklands, where illicit dealers supply anything to anyone… for the right price.

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The Lord of the Rings LCG: “Celebrimbor’s Secret” Adventure Pack

The sixty new cards in Celebrimbor’s Secret introduce a new scenario, in which Middle-earth’s heroes must search through the ruins of Ost-in-Edhil, even as they are beset by a host of Mordor Orcs that have somehow made it to the ruins ahead of the heroes. But even as you stand against the Orcs, you’ll gain new strength from the Adventure Pack’s player cards, which lend greater strength to the Silvan and Noble traits, as well as the Doomed X mechanic. You’ll also be able to call upon a new hero, one who has closely guarded Celebrimbor’s secret for hundreds of years.

warhammer conquestWarhammer 40,000: “Conquest” The Card Game

In Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, a two-player Living Card Game, you take the part of a warlord, leading your armies into battle against your opponent in a bid to claim glorious victory. Even as you lead your bravest warriors into battle, you must plan for the future, establishing a presence on planets before the tides of war consume them in blood and fire. You must conquer the Traxis sector by strength of arms for in the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.

Warhammer 40,000: Conquest introduces seven distinct factions: Space Marines, Imperial Guard, Orks, Chaos, Dark Eldar, Eldar, and Tau. Each of these factions possesses a unique flavor and style of play, and an alignment wheel introduces the possibility of forming an alliance between two factions.

At the start of play, the Traxis sector lies open before you, with planets awaiting the tramp of armies on the road to war. Each round begins with you and your opponent preparing for battle. Planet cards are arranged in a row between the players at the beginning of the game, and the planet farthest to the left of the starting player is the first planet. Each round, you or your opponent will clash at the first planet, and the victor will capture the first planet.

Capturing planets is your ultimate goal. Some planets possess essential materials necessary for the armies of the 41st millennium. Others offer strategic advantages to those who hold them, while yet others are home to great technological wealth. Each of the planet cards possesses one or more symbols in the upper left hand corner, designating that planet’s assets. These symbols grant no abilities by themselves, but the first player to collect three planets sharing a common symbol dominates the sector and wins the game.

Your warlord grants powerful special abilities, determines your starting resources and hand size, and serves as a vital part of your army, so you’ll want to build your deck around your warlord to take full advantage of his strengths — and cover his weaknesses as defeating the opponent’s warlord is another way to victory.

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Descent 2nd Edition: “Crusade of the Forgotten” Hero & Monster Collection

The cult of the Forgotten has risen once more, but Terrinoth’s finest have stepped forward to oppose it. You’ll find eager adventurers and deadly monster groups in Crusade of the Forgotten, the third Hero and Monster Collection expansion for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition. The thirteen heroes and monster figures within feature completely reworked artwork and figure sculpts, bringing them in line with the aesthetic of the second edition. In addition, Crusade of the Forgotten offers two brand-new quests, telling the tale of the heroes’ battle against the resurgent cult of the Forgotten.

Crusade of the Forgotten offers four noble heroes, ready to stand against the Forgotten as a light to the people of Terrinoth: Tahlia, Tetherys, Astarra, and Andira Runehand. These heroes are opposed by some of the overlord’s most evil monsters: golems, medusae, and sorcerers, all serving the cult of the Forgotten!

Crusade of the Forgotten contains:

Four heroes of Terrinoth, with detailed figures and character sheets
Three complete monster groups with monster cards
Two brand new quests: Crusade of the Forgotten and Shadowside Watch

Talisman: “The Woodland” Expansion

The unearthly Woodland is the home of the fae, and beneath its watchful boughs, you’ll uncover treasures and threats beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll find new Alternative Endings as five new characters join the quest for the Crown of Command, but will your path through the Woodland lead you to your destiny, or does your fate hold something far different in store?

Journey to the realm of the fae in The Woodland, an expansion for Talisman Revised 4th Edition! In this new expansion, you can walk your own path through the Woodland corner board, encountering strange new creatures, events, and dangers. At the end of your path, a meeting with destiny awaits, transforming your character’s future and developing your story further.

Even more waits beneath the boughs of the Woodland, however. Redesigned rules for fate tokens allow you to either help yourself or interfere with others, and your fate will shape many of your interactions within the groves and glades of the Woodland. Prepare yourself for a world different than anything yet seen in Talisman and enter the Woodland!

Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG: “Far Horizons” Sourcebook

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Far Horizons, a sourcebook for Colonists making their living at the galaxy’s fringes in Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™. Far Horizons offers new options for Colonists, along with new gear, spaceships, and species that all players (and GMs) will find useful.

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Cosmic Encounter: “Cosmic Dominion” Expansion

The fifth expansion set for the Fantasy Flight Games version of Cosmic Encounter, Cosmic Dominion has the unique distinction of having been designed and developed by the fan base of Cosmic Encounter, comprising nearly two years of collaboration on both Facebook and BGG.

Cosmic Dominion will add more than two dozen new aliens to the FFG canon. These will include a few favorite classics from the good old days, with a large number of new alien powers contributed by a wide variety of fan designers.

Finally, the set is expected to include a brand-new Reward Deck that can stand alone or be mixed with the one in Cosmic Incursion, but that is composed almost entirely of new cards, many with interesting twists on standard ones.

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Fantasy Flight Games announced the revised second edition to their 2010 expansion, Secrets of Arkham available today. Secrets of Arkham is designed by Nate French (Star Wars: The Card Game & Lord of the Rings: The Card Game) and Eric Lang (Quarriors! & Game of Thrones: The Card Game) and takes players deeper into H.P. Lovecraft’s horror filled world.

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This expansion to Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game does require the base game to play and will include 165 cards, a twelve story card deck and 3 copies of 51 player cards.