Return to Dunwich Player Card Rundown

There’s a fresh upload over on the video side today:

It feels a little random to be dropping a look at the Return to the Dunwich Legacy player cards this far after the upgrade box’s release, but with the recent arrival of Return to the Path to Carcosa I guess I had upgrade boxes on my mind. I’m taking a look at what I want to tackle next, but it might end up being a long overdue video review of the scenario side of Return to the Night of the Zealot.

Arkham Roundup: 03/03/19

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

The Secret Name

A few days ago Team Covenant began processing subscription charges for The Secret Name, which means the pack’s U.S. release is imminent. If the normal pattern holds we should be getting it on Thursday, March 14. In the meantime, if you’re itching for Secret Name card previews and you missed the stream by the Mythos Busters on Twitch last week, you can check out the video over on YouTube. The new card they previewed is Intel Report, which looks to be a very useful addition to the Rogue toolbox.

Video Content

Over on the video side I’ve posted Part 1 of my player card rundown series for The Circle Undone deluxe box:

That’s it for this week. Good luck in your investigations!

Arkham Roundup: 02/24/19

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

In The Clutches of Chaos Announced

Fantasy Flight has announced the fifth Mythos Pack of The Circle Undone, titled In the Clutches of Chaos. It looks as though this scenario may be drawing inspiration from the gameplay of the Arkham Horror board games, with the investigators racing around the city of Arkham to close breaches as the city destabilizes. That seems suitable given this cycle’s focus on exploring Arkham itself. There are a handful of player card previews in the article, including a very exciting card for the Mystic class, so be sure to take a look at the announcement.

The Secret Name Previews

Speaking of player cards – on their latest episode the Drawn to the Flame podcast had an opportunity to preview a new player card from the upcoming The Secret Name Mythos Pack. You can check out the card image here. Not to be outdone, the Mythos Busters have announced that they too will be previewing a card from The Secret Name over on their Twitch channel tomorrow night (Monday, February 25 at 9:00 P.M. central).

The Circle Undone Errata

An error has been discovered in the scenario The Witching Hour from The Circle Undone where, depending on which random locations are in play, it’s possible for the scenario to be unwinnable in a small number of 1- or 2-player setups (games with 3 or more players are unaffected). An official errata to fix this issue should be forthcoming but for now we have a temporary solution from lead developer Matt Newman, shared in a post on this thread at the FFG forums. Matt recommends setting the scenario up with 5 Witch-Haunted Woods locations in play instead of just 4 (following the usual instructions for distributing the locations as evenly as possible). He says a future edition of the FAQ will either make this change permanent or address the issue in some other way.

Videos

Over on the Atlas Agency YouTube I’ve just uploaded a (belated) scenario impressions video covering The City of Archives:

I also recently pieced together something a little different on YouTube: a sampler playlist featuring one video from each of the Arkham-related YouTube channels. If you’re looking to explore Arkham video content, this should be a good way to get a taste of the different creators who are out there. I limited this to active channels that are specifically focused on Arkham Horror: The Card Game. 

I limited this playlist to English-language channels, but in putting it together I did come across a newly-launched Spanish-language Arkham Channel, Los Archivos de Arkham, which may be of interest to some of you.

Arkham Roundup: 02/12/19 Catch-Up Edition

I’m back from vacation with a roundup of some Arkham Horror: The Card Game announcements, previews, community postings and other items of interest from the past few weeks.

The Circle Undone Released

The biggest news of the past couple weeks is, of course, the long-awaited release of The Circle Undone deluxe expansion (which dropped January 31). So far my experiences with the new content have been positive; I think it’ll probably end up being my second-favorite of the deluxe expansions so far, behind The Path to Carcosa. I’ve had a chance to play through the prologue scenario a handful of times, I’ve run Joe Diamond through both scenarios solo, and I’m planning on starting a second run tomorrow using a Finn and Marie pairing.

One of the surprises in The Circle Undone was the inclusion of 2 copies of the card The 13th Vision, the player-designed basic weakness from one of the two Arkham Nights 2017 card councils. It arrives with a few minor tweaks from the Arkham Nights version – its trait has changed from Madness to Omen, its card type changed from asset to treachery, it lost its subtitle, and it lost a sentence preventing it from leaving play due to other effects – but it’s still pretty much the same card designed by the card council. Does this mean we’re likely to see the other Arkham Nights 2017 card, The Council’s Coffers, in this cycle?

Union and Disillusion Announced

Just prior to the release of The Circle Undone we also got the announcement for the cycle’s fourth Mythos Pack: Union and Disillusion, a name I have for some reason found irrationally difficult to remember. There’s a healthy round of player card previews in the announcement article, with one for each class. All of the previewed cards are interesting, but since I’m running a site called the Atlas Agency it’s hard for me not to be excited about a card named Esoteric Atlas.

Drawn to the Flame’s Hundredth Episode

The Drawn to the Flame podcast is one my favorite corners of the Arkham community, so I was happy to see that the show recently hit its 100 episode milestone. If you haven’t given Drawn to the Flame a try, head on over there and check them out.

Decks of the Week Compendium

Over on the Arkham subreddit, user gtcarlson11 has been doing a weekly feature picking out a “deck of the week” from ArkhamDB. These decks have now been compiled over on his blog The ChiLo Horror in a Decks of the Week Compendium. If you’re interested in browsing a curated list of interesting decklists from some of ArkhamDB’s finest deckbuilders, head over there and check it out.

The Atlas Agency

Finally, in case you missed it, here’s my video review of the Guardians of the Abyss scenario pack:

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.

Arkham News Roundup: Week of 12/23/18

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

Announcements

The week’s biggest Arkham news was Fantasy Flight’s announcement of the third Mythos Pack of The Circle Undone, titled For the Greater Good. I love the dissonance between the noble-sounding name “For The Greater Good” and the horrifying, towering abomination gracing the pack’s cover. Let’s hope this isn’t a thing we actually have to face down this early in the campaign.

The announcement includes previews of some new upgrades to the multi-class player cards we first saw back in the announcement for The Secret Name. These new upgrades are no longer multi-class, but instead they branch into separate versions for each of their initial classes. For example, the level 0 Tennessee Sour Mash splits into two different level 3 options, one for Survivors and another for Rogues. I was not a huge fan of the multi-class cards as they were originally announced, but I like this development. Since the game already has plenty of variety between investigators when it comes to which cards they’re allowed to take, and since there’s no resource match requirement when playing cards, the multi-class cards felt a little unnecessary to me. Having them branch into separate upgrades for each class makes the idea of the multi-class cards a little more appealing to me.

Releases

In some places outside the U.S., Return to the Dunwich Legacy has now hit retail shelves. While Fantasy Flight’s Upcoming page doesn’t yet have a release date listed for it, the buzz is that the U.S. street date should be in early January. In the meantime, if you’re curious about the box you can benefit from those lucky enough to be in places where it has hit shelves: Arkham Chronicle has posted a nice spoiler-free preview video showing off the box and its contents; and Cambro has done a video looking at its new player cards.

Podcasts

Miskatonic University Radio’s newly posted Episode 11, “Scary Encounter Card Power Rankings,” talks through some of the nastiest treacheries the game has thrown at us to date. This one has encounter card spoilers up through Forgotten Age.

The Atlas Agency

Finally, I just uploaded a video of my own taking a (belated) look at the player cards of The Depths of Yoth:

Hour of the Huntress

I’ve just finished a new video over on the Atlas Agency YouTube, this time talking about the promo cards for Jenny Barnes included with the Hour of the Huntress novella:

On top of that I’ve also created a page here on the Atlas Agency WordPress that catalogs all of the different promos that have been released for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. The page has actually been live for several weeks, so keen-eyed visitors may have already checked it out.

Down The Path to Carcosa

If you’re like me, odds are you’re eagerly awaiting the September 14 release of The Path to Carcosa, Arkham’s second deluxe expansion. To help prepare you for the cycle, I’ve just posted a new video introducing the cycle and providing some background. It’s a bit different from my usual style of video, but there is a little player card discussion thrown in too.

Hope you enjoy. Stay tuned later this month for more Path to Carcosa coverage!