My friends tend to prefer various kinds of boardgames – wargames, politically themed, EUROs, etc. – and I really like being able to experience all of them. There is a special group focused almost entirely on H. P. Lovecraft prose and titles connected to this. Believe it or not, I am very eager to jump to any position with this theme. My oldest and favorite one is still Arkham Horror 2nd edition. And just recently Krzysztof and Maciej – two of the most ardent Lovecraft fans in my group – proposed to come back to that great classic (publish date 2005). What could I cay? I of course agreed!
Arkham Horror was my first cooperative game. It is themed around H.P Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Players choose from 16 Investigators and take to the streets of Arkham. Before the game, one of the eight Ancient Ones is chosen and it’s up to the Investigators to prevent it from breaking into our world. Sounds like a fun, doesn’t it?
During the course of the game, players will upgrade their characters by acquiring skills, allies, items, weapons, and spells. It’s up to the players to clean out the streets of Arkham by fighting many different types of monsters, but their main goal is to close portals to other dimensions that are opening up around town. With too many portals open the Ancient One awakens and the players only have one last chance to save the world by defeating the monster in the combat.
Thanks to the many characters to be chose, multiply monster and Ancients types, the game is very re-playable and gives a lot of fun and satisfaction!
The session report
I would like now to present short session report. In the end we prevailed but the path to it was very long and perilous! As always, a photo-session report as picture is worth a thousand word!
That was a great com-back to one of my favorite classics. The result was of secondary importance as the joy from the game was great. Yes, I know there was a third edition later and also the card games. But the sentiment stays and whenever there are willing fellow boardgamers to play Arkham Horror 2nd edition I am all for it!