Arkham News Roundup: Week of 12/02/18

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

Guardians of the Abyss

Releases

As hoped for, the Guardians of the Abyss scenario pack did get its release in the U.S. this week. I’ve got my copy sleeved and I’m hoping to get a chance to play through it this weekend. If all goes according to plan, I should have a scenario impressions video for it done sometime before the end of December. I’m excited to get into it – since I haven’t played Labyrinths of Lunacy (I’m saving it for when I can do Epic Multiplayer), it’s been nearly 2 years since the last time I got to experience a new standalone scenario. With the exception of the Guardians of the Abyss release this was a pretty quiet week as far as official news from Fantasy Flight, with no new previews or announcements.

Player Card Discussion

I know I linked to a Henry Wan analysis last week but I have another good one to point you to this week, this time by blogger Curtis Miller. At this point things aren’t looking that great for Henry Wan’s career, and we may already have a good candidate for one of the cards to be revisited in the inevitable Return to the Circle Undone upgrade expansion.

If you’re interested in hearing some thoughts on the other previewed Wages of Sin player cards (and the scenario info too), you can catch preview videos over at both The Whisperer in Darkness and Lost in Time and Space on YouTube.

Leaks & Spoilers

Here’s a big one – due to some kind of shipping mix up, a rogue copy of the not-yet-released Return to the Dunwich Legacy expansion was spotted in the wild this week by Australian user defiance718. They posted about it in this thread on BoardGameGeek and provided links to galleries showing all of the new player cards and the expansion box itself. The bottom of the box lists the expansion’s contents as: 81 scenario cards; 23 player cards; 32 divider cards; and 1 rules sheet.

Mythos Lore

If you’re interested in exploring some of the background behind The Circle Undone in advance of its release, allow me to direct you to this excellent Reddit post on the history of the Order of the Silver Twilight. User DaiInAFire walks through the organization’s different appearances over decades of roleplaying and board games. I’m always looking to learn about the inspirations behind each cycle and it can be difficult to find this sort of information online, so I find this work very helpful.

Artwork

Here’s a small item I meant to include in last week’s post but forgot. If you’ve been following the previews for The Circle Undone, you may have noticed the tarot theme running across the 2 agenda cards that have been previewed so far. It seems likely that all of the agenda artwork in this cycle will be pulled from the tarot series by artist Lenka Simeckova that Fantasy Flight teased out on Twitter back in October. Over on Fantasy Flight’s official forum, user Antimarkovnikov has compiled the links to those tweets and started mapping them to the cycle’s expansions. It’s a great series of images, well worth checking out if you didn’t see them when they were first revealed.

Arkham News Roundup: Week of 11/25/18

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

Expansions

Fantasy Flight kicked the week off on Monday with a new preview article for the upcoming upgrade expansion Return to the Dunwich Legacy. This was the first preview since the expansion’s initial announcement back in September, and I have to say I like what I’m seeing of this one so far. This preview focused on the expansion’s updated version of the scenario The House Always Wins, and it showed off a couple of interesting new scenario cards that seem to build well on the original experience.

If Monday’s official preview article wasn’t enough Return to the Dunwich Legacy to satisfy you, you can supplement it with an unofficial look ahead over at the newly formed Arkham blog The ChiLo Horror. They ran an article last weekend that outlines the issues they are most eager to see “patched” in Dunwich’s upgrade expansion. I think the article does a good job of identifying some of the rough edges in the Dunwich experience that could stand to be smoothed out in the return trip, and I hope some of the items brought up in the post really do get addressed in the expansion (Return to the Night of the Zealot didn’t end up doing as much of this sort of patching as I would have liked).

In non-Dunwich news, it appears the Guardians of the Abyss scenario pack will be out very soon. This is the retail release of the 2 scenarios from this year’s Gen Con and Arkham Nights events. Although Fantasy Flight’s Upcoming Products page still lists Guardians of the Abyss as “On the Boat,” Team Covenant subscription charges for the product ran around November 26 and that’s usually a good sign that a release is around 2 weeks away. If it’s not out this coming week on December 6 then it will probably land on December 13.

The Wages of Sin

Last but not least, on Friday Fantasy Flight announced The Wages of Sin, the second Mythos Pack of The Circle Undone cycle. This pack leads the investigators to Hangman’s Hill in Arkham’s Uptown district (recently featured in the new edition of the Arkham Horror board game – Hangman’s Hill is described in the deluxe rulebook as a potter’s field where “vagrants, criminals, and unidentified bodies are interred”). The announcement article included previews for 3 new player cards, all of which happened to be allies. Will all 5 classes get new allies in this pack? It might be the case, but I’ve been burned making assumptions like that in the past (the incomplete suite of Patron allies from The Path to Carcosa cycle comes to mind – poor Guardians). One of the new allies previewed in the article, the Rogue ally Henry Wan, has already been the subject of a mathematical analysis by user Auckmid over on the Arkham subreddit.

Artwork

This isn’t directly tied to the Arkham LCG, but Arkham fans may remember the excellent Jeff Lee Johnson art piece “Blue Plate Special” which originally appeared with the Gloria Goldberg story in The Investigators of Arkham Horror (on page 41 of the book, or online here). At first glance the image presents a fairly ordinary diner scene but closer inspection reveals numerous unsettling details. Searching for all of the hidden horrors makes for a fun activity, and the image achieved some popularity even outside of the Arkham community. This week Johnson posted “The Grand International Hotel,” a follow-up piece in the same spirit which he calls “the next image in the series.” It appears this new piece is not an Arkham Files commission (he mentions owning the rights to it himself), but if you enjoyed hunting through “Blue Plate Special” (I know I did) then you should definitely check it out.