‘Eldrich Horror’ Board Game Offers New Lovecraft Adventures
The train to Istanbul has afforded me a few moments to record my thoughts, but after my experiences exploring the tomb of Nephren-Ka, I find it difficult to concentrate. This most recent expedition has confirmed my deepest fears: there is an undeniable pattern, a malevolent intelligence that moves against us. Rumors tell of strange creatures, drawn from other worlds, converging on the streets of Shanghai, San Francisco, and Buenos Aires. I must dispatch letters to my colleagues, warning them of my findings. Perhaps, if we can pool our knowledge, we will solve this mystery and save the world from the catastrophe I know to be imminent. I only pray that the dark forces pursuing me have not already overtaken them.
Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, obscure mysteries, and brutal challenges will take you to your limit and beyond. All the while, you and your fellow investigators must unravel the otherworldy mysteries scattered around the globe in order to push back the gathering mayhem that threatens to overwhelm humanity. The end draws near! Do you have the courage to prevent global destruction?
Eldritch Horror is a cooperative adventure game in which one to eight players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to gather clues, solve mysteries, battle terrifying monsters, and protect the world from otherworldly threats. With twelve unique investigators, two hundred-fifty tokens, and over three hundred cards, Eldritch Horror presents an epic, world-spanning adventure with each and every game.
Inspired by the bestselling board game Arkham Horror, and set in the same eerie mythos, Eldritch Horror presents a unique, globe-spanning adventure for those intrepid souls brave enough to embark on the journey.
While fans of Arkham Horror may recognize some shared mechanics between these two sister games, these familiar mechanics take on new twists. Eldritch Horror is not an expansion, nor does it replace Arkham Horror. It is a brand new game, which stands alongside Arkham Horror and the rest of FFG’s library of Lovecraftian games, filling its own distinct niche.
Combat Ancient Evil on a Global Scale
With terror spreading across the globe, you and your fellow investigators will venture to the far corners of the world. From the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas to the bustling streets of San Francisco, you and your group of investigators will travel to the world’s major cities, its most remote wildernesses, and everywhere in-between to prevent an impending global catastrophe…the awakening of an Ancient One whose arrival will cast the world into eternal darkness.
Every element of Eldritch Horror is designed to immerse you in its narrative theme of world-spanning horror and adventure. As the game unfolds, the narrative woven throughout each and every mechanic intensifies the pressure.
With tensions running high, and the fate of the world in your hands in these last, desperate days, the choices your group makes could have devastating consequences.
Even the components of Eldritch Horror add to the story and are designed to further immerse you in this epic, world-spanning adventure. From character sheets that resemble well-worn passports, tokens made to look like train and ocean liner tickets, and a board that displays a yellowed map of the world, Eldritch Horror weaves an engaging tale of a global odyssey to save civilization.
Hop a train from Shanghai to Istanbul, hire a witchdoctor in Buenos Aires, or stock up on holy water in Rome…just make your preparations count. You’ll need to work efficiently to defeat the horrors that await you. After all, with each passing day, an elder being of untold power draws closer to devouring our world. Only by solving three unique mysteries, represented by the tasks on Ancient One-specific Mystery cards, can your team of investigators save humanity and win the game!
Face Unimaginable Terrors at Every Turn
While the tasks on these Mystery cards (along with the locations of otherworldly gates, menacing monsters, and helpful clues) will often inform both your travel plans and the dangers you confront, you can find adventure anywhere in the world…even where you least expect it. It is during the Encounter Phase of each turn that players resolve combat or, alternatively, build their investigators’ personal stories by reading an encounter narrative from one of several types of Encounter cards. You might go head to head with a monster in Istanbul, or find yourself in a tough spot with the crime syndicate in a major city. Maybe you will embark on an expedition to the Pyramids, or research a clue you uncover in the unnamed wilderness. You may even find your way through a gate and explore a dimension beyond time and space.
Should you fail an encounter, the cost is steep. If you are fortunate, you will merely incur physical or mental trauma. However, you might also be compelled to take a Condition card, which represents a specific injury or restriction gained throughout your journey, such as a Leg Injury or Amnesia. You could find yourself getting in over your head to aquire assets and receive a Debt condition. Or, maybe you’ll owe a favor to something far more insidious than a debt collector, and enter into a Dark Pact! Whatever your condition, you would be wise to find a resolution with haste; many conditions have a “reckoning effect” which, if triggered, ensure a much more sinister fate.
All the while, the arrival of the Ancient One approaches. Its malign influence is manifested in Eldritch Horror as you draw Mythos Cards, which govern the appearance of otherworldly gates, fearsome monsters, and other ominous elements. Mythos cards keep your investigators under pressure, introducing new threats, even as the arrival of the Great Old One draws nearer! Since the investigators draw a new Mythos card each round, they’re certain to have their hands full battling foul creatures and following up on strange rumors, even as they work to solve their three all-important mysteries.
Expansion Packs Available: Forsaken Lore & Mountains of Madness