As yesterday was far too hot to carry around big boxes of lead we tried a new board game: Arkham Horror. Based on the Cthulhu Mythos books of H.P. Lovecraft, it is another co-operative game (see Shadows over Camelot).
Set in the 1920’s, players take the roles of Investigators attempting to stem the tide of horror entering Arkham. They achieve this by killing monsters, exploring gates to other worlds, then (hopefully) closing them.
The game uses several (at least 10) decks of cards, each for a particular set of loactions which reveal random encounters. There’s a good deal of luck involved at this stage. The other players seemed to have an endless series of nice encounters, being give all kinds of useful stuff by urchins, gypsies and other locals, whilst I was being dragged off accross time and space, jumped by ghouls and generally given a hard time 😦
Sadly we started a little late and didn’t get the game finished, but it was fun and will be one to try again sometime soon.
Here’s a picture of the box:
And here’s another of the board: