A roundup of some recent Arkham Horror: The Card Game announcements, previews, community postings and other items of interest.
The Secret Name Released
Last week’s biggest news was the retail release of The Secret Name, which hit U.S. shelves on the 14th. I’ve had a chance to play the new scenario a handful of times now and overall I’ve found it to be enjoyable experience (even though I’ve yet to achieve a successful resolution). If you have the opportunity, I would encourage you to check out the Lovecraft story “The Dreams in the Witch House” before you play this one, as it draws a significant amount of inspiration (and flavor text) from that story. You can read it here.
If you haven’t seen the pack’s new player cards yet, you can check those out over on ArkhamDB. I’m hoping to have my own player card rundown video for the pack done in the near future, but for now I’ll say I think The Secret Name will go down as a top-tier pack on the player card front. A few members of the community have already posted looks at the new player cards. The blog Though the Gates posted their written impressions of the new cards, and over on YouTube the channel Optimal Play has done a video review.
One thing to be aware of as you dive into the pack: there was a day one errata revising the way the pack’s new multiclass cards interact with the deckbuilding requirements of investigators with access to limited numbers of cards. The printed rules in the pack’s insert explain that if an investigator “has limited access to one of the classes on a multiclass card, that card will still occupy one of those slots, even if the investigator has unlimited access to that card’s other class.” The insert uses Carolyn Fern as an example, explaining that even though Carolyn has unlimited access to Guardian cards, the Guardian/Mystic card Enchanted Blade would still count as one of her 15 Seeker and/or Mystic cards. This has been amended and is no longer correct. You can view the updated text in the online version of the campaign guide in the Support section on Fantasy Flight’s website. The amended rule reads, “If an investigator has limited access to one of the classes on a multiclass card and unlimited access to one of the other classes on that card, it will still occupy one of the investigator’s limited slots unless their deckbuilding options contains the word ‘other’ in it.” Under this new rule, Enchanted Blade would not count as one of Carolyn’s 15 Seeker and/or Mystic cards.
The Wages of Sin Card Preview
Now that The Secret Name is out we’ll hopefully be settling into the typical once-a-month release pattern for new Mythos Packs. That means The Wages of Sin isn’t far off, and we’ve just had our first community card preview for Wages from the folks over at the Mythos Busters podcast. This weekend they got to show off Sixth Sense, an upcoming Mystic card. If you missed the live stream of the preview you can watch the recording over on YouTube.
The Great Old Ones Podcast
Last but not least for this week, I want to point you to a newly launched Arkham-focused podcast, The Great Old Ones. This new show is a collaboration between a few established Arkham content creators from YouTube, so you may already be familiar with some of the voices behind it. One of the ways you can listen is via YouTube; here’s the show’s first episode: