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Fantasy Flight Games has announced Arkham Nights 2018, the ultimate celebration of Lovecraftian Horror. Taking place at the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville, Minnesota on October 19-20! During this awesome event, you will have the chance to play demos, receive exclusive gifts and meet the masters of madness who bring the Arkham Horror Files games to life.

This year, the event will feature both classic games and new adventures. Experience demos and playthroughs of Eldritch Horror, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness, Arkham Horror: The Card Game and End of the World: Wrath of the Gods. You will also get a chance to look beyond the veil with previews of the highly-anticipated Arkham Horror Third Edition.

The thrilling final chapter of a two-part scenario for Arkham Horror: The Card Game will also be available to experience. This scenario, which began with The Eternal Slumber at Gen Con earlier this year, has already been shaped by the results of the previous investigation. Arkham Nights 2018 is your chance to leave your mark on the game!

“While The Night’s Usurper will have a wide release at a later date as part of Guardians of the Abyss, this event holds a special weight, as the final outcome will shape the future of Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Based on the results of this event, one of three possible basic weaknesses will be added to a future product. Will you be able to lessen the blow for your fellow investigators, or will your actions doom the world to a terrible fate?”

Play games with the designers

Richard Launius (the original designer of Arkham Horror), as well as Matt Newman and Nate French (designers of Arkham Horror: The Card Game), will be special guests during the event. In addition, some of the designers will be leading “Play with the Designer” sessions of their games as well as other exciting special events. Who wouldn’t want to play 1st edition Arkham Horror with Richard Launius on a giant board?

On Friday night, seats will be raffled off to design a card for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Lucky attendees will be able to join a Card Council with Matt Newman and Nate French, granting a rare glimpse into these designers’ deranged minds. The cards designed at Arkham Nights 2018 will be printed and distributed to all attendees before the end of the event, so even if you aren’t chosen for the Card Council, you can still bring a unique piece of the madness home.

Swag bag of horror

All Arkham Nights 2018 attendees will receive a gift bag filled with Lovecraftian loot. These mementos include:
• An exclusive 6” by 9” black velveteen bag, emblazoned with an eldritch emblem
• A collection of acrylic health and sanity tokens
• A set of Arkham-themed dice
• A preview character from Arkham Horror Third Edition and one from Elder Sign
• A deck box
• A copy of The Night’s Usurper Scenario Pack for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

The event costs $70 (worth every penny) and tickets can be ordered here. (If anyone wants to sponsor my trip (from Denmark) to the event, please just let me know.)

Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) has announced the newest expansion to the popular dice-driven Cthulhu game Elder Sign, Omens of the Pharaoh. This expansion adds an Egyptian Mythos to the struggle, as players try to combat the evil despot Nephren-Ka. Omens of the Pharaoh also adds a new mechanism in the form of Relics, powerful items which can be used to bring discarded dice back into play. Some Relics even work in combination with each other for more powerful effects. You can read the full press release regarding Omens of the Pharaoh on Fantasy Flight’s webpage here.

Also announced from FFG is the newest unit for Star Wars: Legion, the T-47 Airspeeder. Legion is FFG’s new ground battle miniatures game anchored strongly in the Star Wars universe, joining the space battles of Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: Armada. The beautiful new T-47 comes with the famous Mo/Dk Power Harpoon, which does minimal damage on its own, but can be used to pivot a targeted vehicle, potentially spinning the target to expose its weaker side. You can read the full press release here.

All three of these games have had many expansions already put out for them, so publishers figured that some more would be just what people want.  First on the list is the Omens of the Pharaoh expansion for the dice game Elder Sign.  What is interesting about this expansion is that it started as an expansion for the digital game only, but proved popular enough to be brought to the physical game as well.  This new expansion will be a new adventure deck to the game of all new horrors you have to face, this time against an Egyptian back drop.  One thing that does work in your favor is that this expansion will bring artifacts into the game, giving you a leg up by being able to re-roll dice without spending clues.  You can read more about the expansion on the FFG website, and look for this release on store shelves in the first quarter of 2018.

Next are two more characters to add to the already long list of characters trying to drink each other under the table at the Red Dragon InnAllies: Adonis vs. The Lich King brings the hunky bard and the undead fiend into the game.  Adonis will be another character you can play as, with several musical instruments at your disposal to either lull your opponents to sleep, or bash them over the head.  Either way you can carry a tune and looking to take everyone else down.  The Lich King is a new boss, and by far the most defensive boss, that you and all your friends can “fight” against.  He brings a lot of magical prowess to the table so you will have to dodge his spells and strike when the time is right to keep him from drinking you all under the table.  Look for this expansion to hit shelves in January of 2018.

And finally, we have some upcoming releases for the Hero Realms deck building game.  First of those is a new campaign box called The Ruin of Thandar, which turns this competitive game into a cooperative adventure style deck building game.  You will be working together with your friends to defeat these new evils, acquiring experience points and better cards as you go along until you can defeat the final boss.  Look for this in the last quarter of this year.

The other two expansion are boss decks which add new characters that you can play as to the game.  One is the Dragon Boss Deck and the other is the Lich Boss deck, each giving you a full starting deck for the respective bosses, allowing you to play as them instead of a hero.  Look for both of these to hit stores in the fourth quarter of this year.

Fantasy Flight Games has begun following the antics of your favorite Arkham Horror investigators in a new series of novellas as they confront the unknowable horrors that drive people to madness. Hour of the Huntress, the first title in the series, is available now.

In addition to the story, each novella will also come with a full-color insert filled with notes, fliers, newspaper clippings, book excerpts, letters and more that the investigators in the book have used to find their clues. Each novella will also include five exclusive cards for us in Arkham Horror: The Card Game. The cards will feature one rules card, one alternate art investigator and alternative art mini-card, and two investigator signature cards that feature the “replacement” keyword that allow you two use them in place of the normal signature card.

You’re possibly already familiar with the investigators through their impressive work in Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness (2nd Edition), and the Arkham Horror: The Card Game LCG.  The new novellas will follow the investigators popular in all these games into rich new stories.

Heavily influenced by the work and world of H.P. Lovecraft, the new novellas are also set in the roaring 20s, placing investigators in New England where they investigate the truths revealed when the thin veil between our world and another constantly shifts. Unlike so many Lovecraft novels, the protagonists in these stories are willing to face this danger and see just how immortal the old ones really are.

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The first novella features “Jenny” Barnes.

Guinevere “Jenny” Barnes never guessed that she would be returning to America so soon, or under such circumstances. Arkham, Massachusetts, is a far cry from Paris, but after her sister’s regular correspondence became increasingly deranged—then ceased entirely—Jenny couldn’t shake the feeling that something terrible had happened to Ozzie. As Jenny begins the search for her sister, she quickly realizes that Isabelle isn’t the only girl in Arkham who has gone missing. How might the disappearances be connected? And why do the flyers for the local harvest festival depict the face from a medallion Jenny sent to her sister?

Written by Dave Gross, the novella follows Barnes on her quest to find her missing sister in the mysterious town of Arkham.

A new gamemat is available for Elder Sign from Fantasy Flight Games. Printed atop all-natural, no-slip rubber, this beautiful gamemat adds the “wow factor” that further enhances the theme and experience of the game.

“Protect your cards and dice from the horrors of Elder Sign—as well as the imperfections of your tabletop—by playing atop the Museum Gamemat! With its map of the Miskatonic Museum and its occult exhibits, the 26” by 26” Museum Gamemat brings you a step closer to the investigations you’re attempting in your game. You’ll find line illustrations of some of the Museum’s stranger and more terrifying objects, as well as an art nouveau border that encourages you to action with heroic art of two investigators and two monsters.”

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Fantasy Flight Games just released a new “small box” expansion for Elder Sign, Grave Consequences, which adds a couple new elements to help spice up your game.  Unlike the previous expansions which altered the game significantly, this expansion just adds three new decks of cards, Phobias, Epitaphs, and Epic Battles to add to your game as you like.

Phobias add an extra layer of difficulty by giving you a phobia that will drain your sanity each time it is triggered.  Epitaph cards add a new random effect to your death, they start out face down showing a tombstone on the back, and when you are devoured you flip it over to see if the effect is good or bad.  Good effects can be things like healing everyone else’s stamina and sanity, bad effects can be adding more monsters to locations.  Last are the Epic Battle cards. These are cards you start drawing if the ancient one has woken up and add new challenges or change up the battle order for your final showdown.

All in all these cards will certainly add variety and difficulty to your game, you can head over to the FFG site to read more about the expansion and to read an interview between FFG and Elder Sign designer Richard Launius.

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Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) would like to announce its upcoming product list for March, 2016.  The list of products includes the following:

  • A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition
  • A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground
  • Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths
  • Elder Sign: Omens of Ice
  • Talisman: The Cataclysm
  • Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

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A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition

Long ago, before the dragons came, the Kings of Winter ruled from Winterfell. Perhaps it’s past time those days returned. Call upon the iconic characters and unyielding strength of House Stark, and enter a new era of the war for Westeros!

This deluxe expansion focuses on House Stark, as well as additional plots and allies for various factions.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground

In the aftermath of the Tourney for the Hand, Eddard Stark searches for answers to the questions that caused Jon Arryn’s death. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen rides across the Dothraki sea to Vaes Dothrak with a massive khalasar and her husband, Khal Drogo. The Great Houses stir restlessly across Westeros, watching and plotting their own bids for power. From the sands of Dorne to the icy forests beyond the Wall, tension grows with every passing day.

This fourth chapter pack in the Westerns cycle offers five new plots that follow the events in the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire–three faction-specific plots, and two neutral.

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Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths

Having finally caught the Stormcaller after a harrowing pursuit across troubled seas, several of Middle-earth’s heroes prepare to board the Corsair ship in The Thing in the Depths, the second Adventure Pack in the Dream-chaser cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Their efforts to reclaim the Númenorean artifact the Corsairs had stolen erupt into fierce battles that quickly spiral into nightmare when the waters beneath the Stormcaller begin to churn and massive, tentacled arms erupt from the sea to grapple the ship and the sailors aboard it!

This expansion pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG offers sixty new cards, including a new Spirit hero and new allies for each of the four spheres.

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Elder Sign: Omens of Ice

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness Ancient Ones are awakening whose diabolical forces cannot be fought within the safe confines of the Arkham Museum. You must brave the Tundra, solve the mysteries of native Inuit traditions, and make the treacherous ascent up the mountains of the Alaska Range. There, wild animals and monsters are far from the only dangers you’ll encounter, for frostbite and starvation are among the Ancient Ones’ deadliest weapons.

In this expansion for the cooperative dice game Elder Sign, players will receive a complete deck of sixty Alaskan Adventure cards and a new deck of Mythos cards.  For the first time in this game, the season will matter as much as the time of day.  This expansion also offers eight additional adventurers, as well as new allies, items, and spells.

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Talisman: The Cataclysm

Decades ago an apocalypse destroyed the world, wrecking its cities, ravaging the land, and devastating the population. Now, after more than a generation, a new age dawns with The Cataclysm, an expansion for Talisman Revised 4th Edition. People are returning to establish settlements, nature is evolving in bizarre, unprecedented ways, and traces of the former civilization can be found everywhere. This is a time of chaos and possibility, of challenges and heroism.

FFG is proud to announce a new expansion for the classic game Talisman, that takes place one generation after a terrible apocalypse has devastated the land.  A new center board opens up into an apocalyptic realm for players’ exploration.

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Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

The planet of Sacaellum is torn asunder by warring factions. The Imperial Guard battle Dark Eldar raiders, Tyranid Genestealers ambush an Ork warband, and the warriors of Khorne battle any who stand in their bloody path. Which faction will you support in its battle for victory?

“What Lurks Below is the fourth pack in the Planetfall cycle, bringing another faction to bear on the fight for Sacaellum. Here, you’ll find cards that support the main themes of the cycle by bringing new significance to the planet type symbols and inviting you to fight for your faction’s unique goals.”

For more information on these exciting new releases, visit Fantasy Flight Games’ website here.

Something is stirring in the Alaskan wilderness. Waves of freezing ice and terrible hunger roll across the land. The Ancient Ones have returned!

Omens of Ice is the latest expansion for Fantasy Flight’s cooperative horror dice game, Elder Sign, in which players must protect their sanity as they race to discover the eldritch symbols that they need to seal the Ancient Ones out of our world. In this expansion, players will embark on an Alaskan Expedition, with a whole new adventure deck, searching the wild places for clues about the source of these strange disturbances. Danger appears at all sides, from terrifying beasts to icy storms and freezing temperatures, all tearing at your sanity and your all-important supplies.

The expansion also includes a new Alaskan Mythos deck, new investigators, and two difficulty levels for your expedition – the relative calm and warmth of Summer, or the dark, foreboding, unforgiving winter.

Look for the Omens before the snows melt and the ice thaws! You can find it in your friendly local game store some time in the first quarter of 2016.

Read the full announcement here.

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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Thinker Tinker Maker (TTM), an Oregon based duo that creates custom game components, is now planning on starting up a company to sell laser-cut board game inserts, accessories, and components. For their first project, they’re creating a Kickstarter for board game inserts. According to TTM, their inserts will accomplish the following:

  1. Consolidate shelf space to make room for more games
  2. Decrease setup and pack up time
  3. Enhance presence, interaction, and organization of components
  4. Draw envious eyes of other gamers

From the gallery of their current inserts, I’ll definitely agree with point 4, since the inserts are filled with nice thematic laser-cut designs.

Currently, you can get inserts from the following games on the Kickstarter:

TTM plans to use the Kickstarter funds to get its own laser cutter for future inserts. After the Kickstarter, TTM will launch an online store with the items at standard prices (the Kickstarter has discounted prices based on bulk). If you want to get an insert for one of your games (or just want to see some neat inserts), check out the Kickstarter here!