Arkham Roundup: Week of 01/13/19

A roundup of some Arkham Horror: The Card Game announcements, previews, community postings and other items of interest from the past week.

The Circle Undone Approaches

I thought last week that we were at the end of the previews for Circle Undone but we were treated to one (presumably final) preview this week, this time unveiling some of the encounter cards we’ll be facing. There weren’t any new player cards previewed in this article, so feel free to skip it if you’re someone who likes to avoid encounter card spoilers

The wait for this set is almost over – it looks like the U.S. street date for The Circle Undone will be January 31.

The Deep Wait

This week finally saw a restock of all 5 of the Arkham Files novellas, but frustratingly they seem to have disappeared just as quickly as they arrived. You may have luck finding copies at your local store, but Fantasy Flight’s web shop already shows all 5 novellas as back out of stock and it looks like it may be months before another printing rolls in. I think the situation with the novellas was probably the biggest Arkham-related disappointment of 2018, and it’s unfortunate to see it still hasn’t been resolved.

Popularity Contest

We’re now up to a total of 25 playable investigators in Arkham (soon to be 30 when Circle lands). If you’ve ever wondered which of those investigators are the most popular among players, Andy at GravyAnecdote has you covered with the article “Which investigators are the most popular on ArkhamDB.com?” There are several interesting charts in the article, including one mapping out the investigators’ shifts in relative popularity over time (for example, you can see interest in Jim Culver spiking during Forgotten Age).

If you’re just starting to explore these investigators for yourself, you may want to check out the primer “The 4 Investigator Roles” posted this week over on the ChiLo Horror blog. This is a beginner-friendly look at the different gameplay roles that investigators can serve within a party.

Space and Time

That’s it for this week. A programming note – there will not be a roundup post next week or the week after, as I will be away on vacation. Look for the next one to be around February 10.

Arkham News Roundup: Week of 01/06/19

A roundup of some Arkham Horror: The Card Game announcements, previews, community postings and other items of interest from the past week.

Return to the Dunwich Legacy Release

The biggest news of the week was that the Return to the Dunwich Legacy upgrade expansion released on Thursday. I’m currently working on my first run through the updated campaign, using a Minh and Leo pairing to play two-handed solo. It’s still early – I’m only through The Miskatonic Museum – but so far I’m enjoying the experience. I’ve especially liked what I’ve seen so far of the set’s “replacement” encounter sets.

Return to the Dunwich Legacy does have an unfortunate production issue that was spotted pretty quickly after its release, discussed over on this thread on BoardGameGeek. It’s not so much an issue with Return as it is with the Dunwich Mythos Packs; it has to do with a cosmetic change that was made at some point in the past to the unrevealed sides of certain location cards in The Miskatonic Museum, The Essex County Express, and Where Doom Awaits. Early printings of these Mythos Packs featured “blank circle” symbols in the upper left-hand corners of certain locations. These circles were removed in later printings. Return to the Dunwich Legacy uses the “no circle” design for its location cards, so if you have an early printing of one of these Mythos Packs then you’ll be able to tell when an unrevealed card is from Return

On the left is an Exhibit Hall from Return to the Dunwich Legacy. On the right is an Exhibit Hall from an early printing of The Miskatonic Museum. Note the tell-tale circle in the upper left.

See the image above for an example of what this looks like. We don’t yet know what Fantasy Flight will offer as a fix for players impacted by this, but fortunately it’s only a small number of cards that’s affected.

The Circle Undone Previews

We were treated to a couple of new previews for The Circle Undone this week. First, over on FFG’s site they previewed the box’s sixth and final new investigator (with a bonus look at 1 new Mystic player card). Then, over on Drawn to the Flame, Frank and Peter got to preview another of the expansion’s new Mystic cards. And, though I think this one was technically last week, the Mythos Busters also recently got to unveil a new Survivor card.

At this point it’s likely we’re near the end of the official previews for The Circle Undone. We’ve had quite a bit previewed:

  • We know all 6 of the box’s new investigators along with all of their signature cards (though we still don’t know the deckbuilding restrictions for a few of them).
  • Between the official previews and the Mythos Busters preview we’ve now seen all 4 Survivor cards.
  • We’ve had previews for 3 Mystic cards. In addition, the fourth card is partially visible in a card fan on the Spanish Fantasy Flight site.
  • We’ve seen 2 Seeker cards and 2 Rogue cards.
  • We know the least about the new Guardian player cards. We know their Tarot asset and we have some partial information on one card (Delay the Inevitable, from the card fan in the initial announcement). We don’t know the main text of Delay the Inevitable and we don’t know anything about their remaining 2 cards.
  • We saw 1 Neutral card and 1 new Basic Weakness in the Tarot preview.

As far as I know we don’t have a final release date for the box, but I expect it’s not far off. A January release doesn’t seem to be outside the realm of possibility.

Articles

Just yesterday the blog The Strange Solution posted an excellent wrap-up/debrief on the Forgotten Age campaign. It’s a great discussion of what worked and didn’t work this cycle, and I’m in agreement with most of the author’s points about the scenarios and the campaign’s overall mechanics.

That’s it for this roundup. If you’re out there playing Return to the Dunwich Legacy this week, I wish you good luck in your campaign.

Arkham News Roundup: Week of 12/30/18

A roundup of some Arkham Horror: The Card Game announcements, previews, community postings and other items of interest from the past week.

Official Previews

Fantasy Flight ended the year with another preview for The Circle Undone, this time showcasing the set’s new Tarot player cards. We’d already seen Rogue’s The Moon • XVIII in an earlier preview, and now we know it’s part of a full suite running across all 5 classes. There’s some excellent artwork on these (the Chris Peuler pieces for the 5 class-based cards previously appeared in The Dreamlands expansion for Eldritch Horror), and I always like it when player cards reinforce the themes of the cycle like this.

Designer Journal

Friday’s Designer Journal by Matt Newman on the Fantasy Flight site is filed under Arkham Horror: The Card Game, but it touches on several of Fantasy Flight’s Living Card Games as it discusses interpreting the abstractions of card games from a storytelling perspective. If you’ve ever wondered how to interpret your investigator suddenly acquiring a new Baseball Bat in the middle of the jungle, this article will give you some ideas.

Community Content

Arkham Chronicle has kicked off #AllYellowAllTheTime, a series where several Arkham content creators will experiment with building decks for parties of investigators who all come from the same class (this time, the Seeker class). This is the follow up to their previous #AllPurpleAllTheTime event, which did the same for the Mystics. The first 2 videos, the intro by Arkham Chronicle and Minh Thi Phan from Twisted Tentacle Inn, are already up.

The Atlas Agency

In honor of the new year, I took a quick look at the Arkham Files 2019 calendar over on the YouTube side of things:

And that’s all for this week.