Realising that Chris had Eldritch Horror, I expressed an interest a few weeks ago in giving this a go at the club having already played it a few times with Dave C and co. The game is FFGs latest game focusing on the Cthulhu mythos of H.P Lovecraft and others, following Arkham Horror, Elder Sign and Mansions of Madness, 2 of which have already been played at HBG this year. This one follows a similar pattern to Arkham Horror and Elder Sign being fully cooperative with the goal being to prevent the awakening of a Great Old One (or defeat it if it should wake up), as opposed to Mansions of Madness which is a one vs. the rest affair.
In this game, the GOO was Azathoth, so 3 mysteries would have to be solved before the Doom track reached zero, I'd seen this one before in one of my earlier games and we just failed, not quite managing to solve the final mystery before time ran out. Things went much better on this occasion.
Every one picked an investigator, Chris S taking Charlie Kane the politician, I had Leo Anderson the Expedition leader, Ian had Jacqueline Fine the psychic and Chris H Norman Withers the Astronomer (all the characters have appeared before in expansions to Arkham Horror/Elder Sign but in this version new artwork has been used). This seemed to be a great team as Jacqueline collected clues and was able to hand them to to whoever needed them using her ability, Charlie was able to gather a whole load of assets and hand some of those out to those who needed them Norman and I (Leo) spent a fair amount of time closing gates and solving mysteries, along with Charlie.
Between the four of us we were able to solve the mysteries and win the game with Doom still standing at 9 (I think it was), I think the difference between this and my other games was that we spent time closing gates and the more gates that are open, the faster the doom track tends to move. In all three games, there was a rumour that came up preventing gates from being closed while it was in play, in this game we able to shut that one down quickly, in the others not so much. I don't recall the exact details of those other games, maybe we were unlucky or maybe we just didn't handle it as well.
I really enjoyed this game and have done every time I've played, the only problem is that there are a limited number of encounters so that some I have seen several times in the three games, some even within the same game. That said, the same is true of Arkham Horror with just the base game, the problem has been solved with expansions and the first expansion for this has just been announce due in Q2 this year. In the meantime I think I may well get a copy of this myself.
Also played this evening was the original Ra
All the games played as follows:
|Eldritch Horror - 120 Mins.|
|Ra: The Dice Game - 60 Mins.|
|Ra - 60 Mins.|
|Caylus Magna Carta - 90 Mins.|
|Caverna: The Cave Farmers - 115 Mins.|
|Love Letter - 30 Mins.|
|King of Tokyo - 20 Mins.|
|Terra Mystica - 150 Mins.|
|Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - 180 Mins.|