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A card game that feels nothing like a card game. An entire story unfolds with unique interactions and exploration of a world -- all just with cards. It's very impressive and almost always a tense experience.
Fun, elegant, and not only has a story, but has a big focus on story. I've yet to really get into the deckbuilding, but the core mechanics are brilliant and evocative. Need more plays to better judge story arcs and campaign play.
Initial rating of 7. Like it , but need to play more to know if it's great. Scenarios that come with the game are, ok, but dont rate the game on them. Playing Dunwich - now an 8 Verical option , select fit to page https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/155987/arkham-horror-lcg-dividers-ryno-style-path-carcosa
A much better game than its inspiration. While Arkham Horror (the board game) tries to force systems and modules into the same mold, the Card Game is smart enough to have different set ups for each different scenario. All of the active pieces feel valid and important, which helps alleviate the aimlessness of the predecessor. My criticisms are less about the mechanics and more about the storytelling design of this storytelling game. Firstly the game offers little potential for emergent stories to come out. There is a lot of script to read and not a ton of room for interpretation, so at times the game feels like a choose your own adventure book. I understand this is the design of the game, so it's not really a misstep, but rather a style that doesn't appeal to me. Additionally at times the mechanics get in the way of the atmosphere that the game is trying to convey. Monsters are rarely threatening but instead feel like mechanical ways to control the pace of player movement and momentum. For a game built on atmosphere I think the presence of combat at all hurts more than it helps.
Just the first box - I hate the business model for LCGs and wish I knew more when I bought this. While the stories were fun, I'm the type of gamer to not replay the campaign the different deck builds. I disliked the "finding clues" mechanism - felt like it should have been something a little more clever. Going around and discovering an abstracted clue was missing the thematic flair that could have made is more interesting. Maybe a deck of interesting clue cards. Imagine picking up an amulet, a spell book, tentacles, a chemistry kit, a journal, scratch marks, potion materials, sulfur smell, etc., some of which give you extra clue tokens, some of which give you none but maybe a special ability. I just wish it was more. Maybe the expansions did cool things. Maybe the Arkham Horror game does it (I have not played it). I also wish I could cycle my deck better. And the fact that people recommend that you get two core sets is just infuriating. Borrowed by Alex.