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  • #96688
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    I have just published a review of Arkham Horror the Card Game on my blog. I bought it recently and was very chuffed with the RPG aspect of the game and the atmosphere of the Cthulhu Mythos that it evokes. It’s a game that looks set to keep my interest for a while yet and is reasonably priced as well! Have a look at the post for a full break down of what I liked about the game here:

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.com/2018/08/arkham-horror-card-game-review.html

    Thanks for reading!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96705
    RhodericRhoderic
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    Thanks for the review. I’ve seen this game around but had no idea what it’s like. The notion of RPG-style elements in a card game is very attractive, as it addresses one of my pet peeves with card games (not enough immersion, too much cold, mechanics-based strategising). Will probably buy.

    #96711
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    No problem Rhoderic, I’m glad it was of some help. It has a good RPG element attached to it, but you really don’t need the time and investment of a typical RPG, so it can be picked up and played easily.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96712
    Guy FarrishGuy Farrish
    Participant

    Hmmm- looks interesting. Might have a go at this.

    Just a thought – the links on your blog to 365games end in what appears to be a blank page – not bothered myself, I can get the game elsewhere by the look of it, but is the company still going? It happens however I try to access 365games – via your links or search engines using Chrome or Edge.

    #96714
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    Good review. I may have to buy it now…

    FFG’s Cthulhu Mythos games are all very well realised, and the artwork is excellent.

    I have played the Arkham Horror boardgame which is rather complex and goes on a bit.

    I own Eldritch Horror and some of its expansions. It’s brilliant! It’s like playing a CoC RPG campaign as a boardgame, well almost. Also, like CoC it’s tough on the investigators, and hard to ‘win’. It plays well solo too.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/eldritch-horror/

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96716
    Guy FarrishGuy Farrish
    Participant

    Aargh!

    Now I want to buy that as well!

    Stop it!

    #96719
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
    Participant

    Aargh! Now I want to buy that as well! Stop it!

     

    the voices say doitdoitdoit  🙂

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96720
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Thanks guys, I am glad you liked the review.


    @Guy
    , I just checked the links through Firefox and they go straight to 365games.co.uk, maybe it’s a Chrome thing. I’ll have to have a look into it as I have an affiliate association with them through those links…

    @Not Connard Sage, I know of the other games you mentioned, but I have never played them. This can be played in a few hours if running the full campaign, each scenario runs at about an hour, so it is a lot shorter in time than the others if they go on for a while. Yes, the graphics and production levels are very high as well!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96728
    kyotebluekyoteblue
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    Just started a Pulp Cthuhlu campain…I don’t need….. Oh, Shiny!!!

    #96729
    Gone Fishing
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    I’ve always been tempted to get either AH or EH and replace the counters with minis. It could be a fun, focused project. So thanks a lot, now I’m tempted again…

    #96730
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I’ve always been tempted to get either AH or EH and replace the counters with minis. It could be a fun, focused project. So thanks a lot, now I’m tempted again…

    FFG had a range of minis for AH and EH. They weren’t cheap though, and I don’t know if they’re still in production.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96731
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    I didn’t realise there were minis for the games as well! *Googles furiously*

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96733
    MikeMike
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    Made me think of The Fury of Dracula, the old GW game.

    #96734
    Gone Fishing
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    I’d probably just use the old RAFM sculpts. They’re still my favourites even after all these years!

    #96735
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Mike, are you aware that there is a modern version of the Fury of Dracula? It’s been on my want list for a while. I think the rules were streamlined and the game looks fantastic.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96748
    RhodericRhoderic
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    Made me think of The Fury of Dracula, the old GW game.

    Does this also have RPG-like elements, or is it something else that brings it to mind?

    I feel like my usual board and card gaming group is finally coming around to adventure-oriented games like I’ve been wanting them to for the last decade (our old fare being grand strategic area control type games and wholly inoffensive Eurogames, both of which are fine by me but I do crave a bit more storytelling and adventure) so all this talk about AH, EH and FoD is really resonating with me right now. Oh, I can already see myself loping in blind panic down dark alleys, chased by something hungry 

    #96753
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    From what I know of the Fury of Dracula, it is very much a board game chase across Europe, but has a strong story element to it. So although it’s not as immersive as a RPG proper, it has a strong narrative. There’s a good review by Table Top that is a play through, so watch this and you’ll probably have a better idea of the game:

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96754
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
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    I didn’t realise there were minis for the games as well! *Googles furiously*

     

    Did you find them?

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/arkham-horror-premium-figures/

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96755
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Unfortunately, unavailable unless you re-mortgage your house…

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96756
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
    Participant

    Unfortunately, unavailable unless you re-mortgage your house…

     

    I did say they weren’t cheap. Against GW product they seem almost reasonable 🙂

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96758
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Well, both parts of that are true…

    I bought Mansions of Madness for my wife for her birthday last year, and although I’ve asked, she resolutely won’t allow me to paint the figures. She wants to keep it as it was bought. I’d divorce her, but I don’t think I’d win it in the settlement.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96900
    Guy FarrishGuy Farrish
    Participant

    By the way – the link on your page to 356games is now working for me too!

    #96904
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Thanks for letting me know Guy, I tested it through Firefox and Chrome and it worked for me, so I wonder what happened with your link!?

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #96943
    Darkest Star GamesDarkest Star Games
    Participant

    Now I want to buy that as well!

      I guess “the lurker on the threshold” will turn out to be the Amazon delivery person!  (and maybe for more than 1 of us!)

     

    Just read some other reviews and blogs and pitched it to my friends.  Looks like we will be gaining some insanity points soon ourselves!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #97226
    Guy FarrishGuy Farrish
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    Took a trip to Firestorm Games in Newport today and succumbed to Arkham Horror, Card Game.

    With any luck tomorrow will see a first attempt to go stark staring mad with my investigations.

    Ta for the heads up!

    (still fighting the Eldritch Horror – see what I can throw on my Will!)

    #97227
    RhodericRhoderic
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    So are we basically a cult now? This is how cults start?

    Just tell me what to chant and I’m good to go.

    #97238
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Good luck, Guy, let us know how you got on with it!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #97766
    Guy FarrishGuy Farrish
    Participant

    Took  a bit longer than I expected to be able to sit and play the first episode of this: daughter arranging university stuff, two family birthdays, sick cat etc but eventually got round to it after one false start/quick run through the mechanism (major error while being distracted – forgot to draw a card from the Encounter deck at the end of the first turn – wondered where the bad guys were!).

    I emerged eventually without major trauma (despite several unpleasant encounters this time!), a bit skill test jaded, but feeling okay about the game.

    I played solo and wondered (and still wonder) if this was a mistake and if should I have waited to corral a friend to play along. I’d be happy to restart with company although, having played the first scenario through, it would remove the tension of where the thing is heading and the enjoyment would have to rely on the card draws and interaction with the other character/person.

    It’s a great looking game, it moved along quite well but a couple of things are niggling away in the back of my mind:

    The price is pretty good for the basic set but I can see clipping through the story quite quickly and then the expansions look like a commitment to potentially two hundred quid or so.

    Now it was quite fun but I can’t help the feeling that the mechanism ends up being a bit like a Wizard of Firetop Mountain type game which could be done much more reasonably priced in a different format. I wonder if part of my problem with it (I wouldn’t overstate this – I enjoyed playing) is that I wasn’t in an immersive environment – lots of family interruptions – and I may have lost my Cthulu mojo. I read a lot of Lovecraft when I was c19, which is a very long time ago, but not a lot since, and the inherent problems with the genre may worry me more now than they did then.

    I’m looking forward to playing the next two scenarios of the campaign and the ability to tweak the investigator’s deck looks interesting but at the moment I am not sure whether I will go on to buy The Dunwich Legacy.

    But thanks for the heads up on this and if nothing else it has been fun exploring it.

     

    #97770
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Thanks for the update Guy. As for solo play, I agree with you, with two investigators you do cover more ground, but the flip side being your are drawing two cards from the encounter deck per turn! However, you get the chance to interact together against the enemies, so that also helps.

    Price wise, that is FFG’s model, unfortunately, they even say in the rules that a second core box would be useful. If that’s the case, they should just include it all in one box and increase the price slightly. It’s a complaint often levelled at FFG, TBH.

    The first scenario is sightly vanilla, but that is because it is an introduction game and I know what you say about losing tension after the first run through. However, the next two scenarios are more involved and I haven’t bean able to explore every location in either of them yet! Plus there are randomised elements, which is not present in the first scenario, adding to the replayablility. Let me know how you get on with the next ones.

    I also agree about Lovecraft’s dodgy issues, but I see it as of its time and none of this is evident in the games.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #97782
    Darkest Star GamesDarkest Star Games
    Participant

    I broke down and bought it over the weekend.  A friend told me that he thinks it’s a great “gate way” for board and card gamers to be pulled into RPGs, though I also understand that most would not as they prefer to stick to their media and tend to avoid sandbox products.  This dovetails with what has been a major issue cropping up in the wargaming world: people want scenarios that are already worked out rather than having to do the head work themselves.

    I had hoped that this game was more sandboxy.  I’ll give it a spin and see how it goes!

    T’kalili!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #97783
    Darkest Star GamesDarkest Star Games
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    So are we basically a cult now? This is how cults start? Just tell me what to chant and I’m good to go.

    I believe in one of the nyarlehothept stories there’s a bit of chanting, we can just take their cue and run with it!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #97796
    RhodericRhoderic
    Participant

    I’ve ordered mine from a place that has it considerably cheaper than the other alternatives hereabouts, but they seem to be having trouble getting it back in stock, so I’m still waiting 

    I’m not sure I’m going to buy many of the expansions. For now I’m just intrigued by the novelty of RPG elements in a card game. If I love it, I’ll invest myself deeper.

    #97802
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
    Participant

    Now it was quite fun but I can’t help the feeling that the mechanism ends up being a bit like a Wizard of Firetop Mountain type game which could be done much more reasonably priced in a different format.

     

    Buy Eldritch Horror. Play it. It is slightly more like a narrative RPG than any card game. Although if you try to peek behind the curtain, it comes crashing down…

    Sell your children to buy the ever growing number of expansion modules.

    Thank me later.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #97816
    Darkest Star GamesDarkest Star Games
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    Buy Eldritch Horror. Play it. It is slightly more like a narrative RPG than any card game. Although if you try to peek behind the curtain, it comes crashing down…

    But doesn’t there come a point when you may as well be playing the RPG instead…?

    Of course, that requires other humans to interact with and I totally understand the advantage these FFG games have with the solo element.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #97827
    Not Connard SageNot Connard Sage
    Participant

    Buy Eldritch Horror. Play it. It is slightly more like a narrative RPG than any card game. Although if you try to peek behind the curtain, it comes crashing down…

    But doesn’t there come a point when you may as well be playing the RPG instead…? Of course, that requires other humans to interact with and I totally understand the advantage these FFG games have with the solo element.

    Well of course you may as well play the RPG instead, but rather than have to prepare a scenario or a campaign with all that entails and then find players who are prepared to commit to playing over several days/weeks/months/years, EH and its ilk allows a group of players to play a campaign to a conclusion over a (maybe long) eveningn without a GM.

     

     

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #97831
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    +1 Not Connard Sage

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

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