Arkham News Roundup: Week of 12/09/18

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

On Tuesday Fantasy Flight ran a new preview of The Circle Undone introducing 2 of the box’s new investigators: athlete Rita Young and psychologist Carolyn Fern. Thanks to some teaser images from a trade magazine and a foreign-language publisher the community had already been aware we’d be seeing these 2 investigators in this box, but it’s nice to get official confirmation and it’s even nicer to get previews of their signature cards. Thanks to the novella promo we’ve already had Carolyn available for a while now, but with this preview we can finally see what her “real” signature cards Hypnotic Therapy and Rational Thought do. We know The Circle Undone will have 6 new investigators total and with this article we now have 3 officially previewed (a fourth, Marie Lambeau, has been spotted in an outside teaser but hasn’t been officially announced, and we’re still in the dark on the remaining 2).

Developer Interview

One of the highlights of every expansion cycle for me is getting to listen to the Drawn to the Flame podcast’s end-of-cycle interview with lead Arkham designer/developer Matt Newman. They’ve been able to do these interviews following each cycle, and this past week Drawn to the Flame episode 93 went up with their post-Forgotten Age interview. It’s about a 2-hour episode, but it’s well worth the time if you’re at all interested in hearing about the thought processes behind the design of this latest cycle. It includes discussion of the player cards, gameplay mechanics, and scenarios, and they don’t shy away from discussing how the cycle has been received by the community. And if you haven’t listened to Drawn to the Flame’s interviews from the previous cycles, I highly recommend both of those as well (the interview for The Dunwich Legacy is episode 22 and The Path to Carcosa is episode 57). The post-Dunwich interview, if I remember right, had some excellent explanations of the basic themes of the player cards for each of the game’s classes.

Fantasy Flight Merchandise

Last month Fantasy Flight released a series of 2019 calendars featuring artwork from 5 of its game lines, and it wasn’t long before the Arkham Files calendar sold out. I noticed this morning that the Arkham calendars have been restocked in Fantasy Flight’s online store, so if you were trying to pick one of those up and you missed out before you might want to head over there now and pick one up while you can.