Arkham Horror: The Card Game Core Set Review

16 thoughts on “Arkham Horror: The Card Game Core Set Review”

  1. That is quite the comprehensive review mate! I can not see myself getting into card games at this stage with so much of my free time committed to other projects but this sounds like a good time and it is cool to see you so enthusiastic about it.

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    1. Sadly, I’m sure there is even more detail I could add to this if I gave it more thought and time! I totally understand and card games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea as well. Thanks for giving it a look and for the kind words, mate!

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  2. What an in depth and great review Jeff, I think you have covered every angle well, and your added thoughts about protecting the cards would be very useful to anyone thinking of getting into this.

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  3. Your skills as a tech writer is evident in your comprehensive review of this game. Not playing card games such as this, I have a question – what size playing area do you need? Coffee tray size on your lap, bigger?

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    1. Thanks, Bret though I will admit that this was a lot more fun to write than literally anything I’ve done professionally!

      To answer your question, I would say it depends (as it always does!). If you play solo but you control two investigators which is what I would generally recommend, it will take up more space. You might be able to fit a game with one investigator on a coffee tray. The other factor is how many location cards are in play for a particular scenario which varies. One of the scenarios in the Core Set has you place nine locations in a 3×3 grid for example so that takes up some room. So you have some control over the game’s footprint but you’ll probably also find it more comfortable and easier to play on a regular table.

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  4. Very nice review and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. It’s hard to find a good adult board game that offers several hours of game play for less than 100.
    I like board games but hardly ever seen to get them on the table. 😀

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    1. Thanks Stew! I would agree, especially if you like board games with lots of extras like cards and miniatures like I do. Thanks for giving it a read and I’m anticipating some kind of update from you soon since you’re clearly back now 🙂 Don’t make us wait too long!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and for reading 🙂 Board, card, and wargames go well together so you might as well dabble as you please! And no need to worry, I’m hard at work and will have another exciting update this weekend 😀

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  5. Great review Jeff and spot on in my eyes.
    I love the theming of the game, right from the way the characters play, through the scenarios, and on to the skill progression at the end.
    Part of the fun is that every scenario offers something different, from racing along trains to checking out an illegal den – the variation really keeps you coming back.
    That said, I fully agree with you regarding the up-front purchasing, as I got caught out having played through several scenarios only to find the rest had become unavailable awaiting reprint. And the upfront cost can put you off.
    Overall though, a great and addictive game that’s so much better than the previous LCGs.

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    1. Thanks for giving it a read and I’m glad to hear that I was fair to the game as well! It sounds like FFG is going to switch all of the campaigns to require two purchases instead of 7 which should be a huge upgrade for those of us who don’t own them. I wonder if it will be a little cheaper too since it saves FFG on packaging. Regardless, I anticipate Arkham being a game I play a lot in the future because it is so good 🙂

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