Arkham Horror is an atmospheric, cooperative adventure game set in the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.

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Is it valid to start a game without an open gate?

Played a game yesterday where, during setup, the first gate was supposed to open on the Science Building. However, Kate also starts there and her special ability is that gates do not open on her ...
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Can Arkham Horror be played with both The King In Yellow herald, and The King in Yellow ancient one?

When playing Arkham Horror, and using The King In Yellow expansion and herald, can The King In Yellow be used as the ancient one as well, or does using it as the herald mean it should not be the ...
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Gate and monster appear when returning to Arkham from Other world

A gate and a monster appear when returning back to Arkham from Other world. I want to close the first gate which I came from, so I wait a round. Does the other gate draw me in next round or can I ...
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Does an increase in monster Toughness also mean an increase in monster trophy value?

There are several things that change a monster's Toughness. For instance: Azathoth gives +1 Toughness to all Maniacs for the duration of the game Heat Wave gives +1 Toughness to all Fire Vampires ...
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What is a “Dual-Color OW Battle”?

I've come across the incredible Arkham Horror Statistics spreadsheet that fans have contributed to. I have played a few expansions and I understand most of what is on there, but I'm confused with the ...
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Mythos Card Resolution During Setup

When setting up for Arkham, you are instructed to draw a Mythos card in order to place the first gate and monster(s). Is it correct to resolve any headline that causes additional monsters to spawn? ...
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Does an item effect still occur if you go insanse/unconscious using it?

As an example, an investigator had the item Flute of The Outer Gods, which takes 3 stamina and 3 sanity to use and immedietly defeats all monsters in the investigators location. If using the item ...
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Which effect takes precedence?

I was in an Arkham location when I drew an encounter that stated: 'Go to the Dreamlands, have an encounter there and then immediately return' The encounter in the Dreamlands required a skill ...
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After being drawn into a gate during an Encounter, do you have an Other World encounter in the same turn? [duplicate]

The encounter phase is split into two, 1st the locations, then the otherworlds. So you do all the locations, then after that you do all the otherworlds. So, if you are drawn through the a gate in the ...
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Do spells continue to use hand(s) on following rounds of combat?

If I use a spell in combat (eg: Shriveling) on one turn of combat, and it succeeds, on a subsequent round of combat, does the spell still use up any "hands" for combat? OR After casting a spell, on ...
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Arkham Horror - Are you allowed to take injury/madness while fighting with The Great Old One

last game we were playing, we were forced to fight with The Great Old One - Ithaqua. We came to a point, where a player lost all his stamina(and later, sanity). However, the question arised - are you ...
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How many monsters should be drawn in a 5 player game during an encounter?

When playing with 5 or more players, you should draw 2 monsters when opening a gate during the Mythos phase. Should you also draw 2 monsters when an encounter says that "a gate and a monster appear"?
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When multiple monsters enter a Vortex during a turn do multiple Dunwich tokens get added?

From the Dunwich Horror rule book: For each monster returned to the cup in this fashion, raise the terror level by one. In addition, if there are fewer than three Dunwich Horror tokens on the ...
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Exceeding the monster limit due to an encounter

In the "The King in Yellow" expansion, there is an encounter card for the library that results in all monsters of a certain type, including those in the outskirts, relocating to the investigators ...
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Failing an attempt to cast Mists of Releh

The card 'Mists of Releh' allows you to pass an evade check upon succesfull cast. Should your attempt to cast the spell fail, can you then proceed to do a regular evade check or does it count as ...
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Drawn through gate during an Arkham encounter

Two investigators were in the same location in Arkham. The first investigator drew an encounter 'A monster and gate appear!'. He resolved that encounter by fighting the monster and then getting drawn ...
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Do two monsters spawn on gates when playing with five or more investigators?

Do two monsters spawn on gates when playing with five or more investigators, or is this just a house rule?
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Arkham horror expansion compatability diagram

I once came across a nifty little diagram that had all the Arkham Horror expansions on it with lines drawn between them showing which ones worked well together. For the life of me, I cannot find this ...
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Do investigators who start with blessing need to check for discard in their first turn?

For investigators that start with a Blessing or a retainer, do they need to roll to check if they discard the blessing or retainer during their first upkeep? Also, do investigators that gain one of ...
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Do you only get one chance at casting a spell?

There is an Encounter card that was drawn that caused Stamina damage. The player has a spell that negates any Stamina damage at the cost of one Sanity if roll is successful. If that roll fails is ...
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Does movement end when you land on an open gate?

If you have 5 Speed and use 1 to move into a location that has an open portal does your movement end or do you continue on into the gate? Similarly if you use your last movement point and land on an ...
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What happens when you want to close a gate but there's another investigator in Other World?

What happens if you enter a gate and, later before closing, another investigator enters the same gate? You are returned to Arkham but the other investigator would be in the Another World trying to ...
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Can I roll more than 5 dice in Combat?

Suppose that my investigator currently has a fight of 4, and a Rifle (Combat +5). Is the number of dice I get to roll during combat limited by the in-box equipment (5), or can I roll 9 dice (5 dice + ...
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Is Harvey Walters immune to the Man in Black?

Harvey Walters has an ability which lessens each sanity loss by one point, which means that single point sanity losses have no effect on him. The Man in Black, a mythos card, causes one sanity loss ...
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The cost/benefit of Changed?

In Kingsport, you can become Changed which confers rather a lot of nice abilities. However, I am not sure that the balance is right. It takes 10 toughness or 2 gates or 1 gate & 5 toughness to ...
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Diana Stanley dreams of a sunken city

Does Diana Stanley gain sanity from doom tokens when the environment "Dream of a Sunken City" is in play? Diana Stanley's unique ability: Dark Insight - Any Phase: Gain 1 Sanity or 1 Stamina each ...
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Playing Arkham Horror in a counter-players role as the Herald of the Ancient one or something similar? [closed]

For those that have played games like Descent: Journeys in the Dark where an Overlord player is pitted against a heroic party, actively working against the players and laying down traps and other such ...
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Ensuring a game of Arkham Horror runs quickly even with new players [duplicate]

I am teaching the game to a ton of new people this week. I was going to be playing with only 3 others and planned to join in myself, but now that we're up to 8 players including me, I figured the game ...
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Teaching Arkham Horror to new players

I am teaching the game to a ton of new people this week. I was going to be playing with only 3 others and planned to join in myself, but now that we're up to 8 players including me, I figured the game ...
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Playing the Role of an Arkham Master in Arkham Horror? [closed]

I am teaching the game to a ton of new people Thursday. I was going to be playing with only 3 others and planned to join in myself, but now that we're up to 8 players including me, I figured the game ...
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Arkham: Harvey Walters Sanity loss for tome or elder sign

Does Harvey Walters prevent the loss of one Sanity when he: uses an elder sign? succeed in reading a tome? Which part of The Dunwich Horror Rulebook (page 10) apply? The Strong Mind ability ...
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Does Harvey Walters break the game?

The professor has an ability to reduce san loss by 1. Therefore, he is able to cast any number of spells for free! Is this meant to be so overpowering?
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Can I read a tome in Other Worlds?

In Arkham Horror, tomes require movement points to use, e.g. Old Journal: Tome Movement: Exhaust and spend 1 movement point to make a Lore (-1) check. If you pass, gain 3 Clue tokens and discard ...
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How can we play a shorter but satisfying game of Arkham Horror?

I've only played about half a dozen games of Arkham Horror, and they ranged in length from about 3 hours to aborting after 8. These were all games with 5-6 players, with just the base game (no ...
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When during your upkeep can you cast upkeep spells?

Certain spells in Arkham Horror can only be cast on upkeep. One example is "Voice of Ra": Upkeep Phase: You may cast and exhaust to gain +1 to all skill checks for the rest of this turn. The ...
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When can you cast spells?

In Arkham Horror, are there any restrictions on when spells can be cast? My specific question is about the spell 'Find Gate', it reads: Movement: Cast and exhaust to immediately return to Arkham ...
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How much space do I need to play with all the Arkham Horror expansions?

How much table space do I need to play with all the Arkham Horror expansions? The main game Arkham Horror and the expansions Dunwich Horror, Kingsport Horror, Innsmouth Horror and Miskatonic Horror, ...
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What's the relation between Mansions of Madness, Elder Sign and Arkham Horror?

What's the relation between Mansions of Madness, Elder Sign and Arkham Horror? All of them are published by Fantasy Flight Games and they are based of Cthulhu Mythos. So my question is, is it ...
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Exchanging items during movement phase

In Arkham Horror is it possible to exchange items during the movement phase? What are the rules? (people on same place?)
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The Ancient One awakens fast!

At the end of each player's turn, you draw a Mythos card. The Mythos card (among other things) opens a gate to an Other World. This increases the Doom counter on the Ancient One. For two players, ...
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Arkham Horror: Enchant Weapon, Intervene (et al) use for other investigators

In the Arkham Horror base game, the spell Enchant Weapon has the ability to make a Physical Weapon into a Magical Weapon until the end of this combat (assuming that one such combat exists). ...
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Red Sign of Shudde M'ell hands use and timing against Nightmarish X in Arkham Horror

In Arkham Horror, players may use the spell Red Sign of Shudde M'ell to lower a monster's toughness by 1 (to a minimum of 1) and ignore a monster's special ability until the end of this combat. Can ...
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Stateful equipment use for Red Sign of Shudde M'ell in Arkham Horror

In Arkham Horror, players may use the spell Red Sign of Shudde M'ell to lower a monster's toughness by 1 (to a minimum of 1) until the end of this combat. In the event that an investigator has ...
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In Arkham Horror, can you pay sanity costs to go insane on purpose?

In Arkham Horror, an investigator must pay the sanity cost of a spell before making a spell check to see whether it would succeed. If the spell's sanity cost is X, and the investigator has only X ...
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Immunities/Resistance, Red Sign of Shudde M'ell and Equipment Timing

The spell Red Sign of Shudde M'ell allows an investigator to ignore one of a monster's special abilities other than Magical Immunity, such as Magical Resistance. I would like to know how the timing ...
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Sources for scenarios for Arkham Horror

We've been enjoying playing Arkham Horror a lot but it seems to be lacking in narrative. I've read that there are scenarios that add a story element to the game Is there a good resource for these?
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How are skill check modifiers prioritized and ordered in Arkham Horror?

Time and time again, skill checks in Arkham Horror have been made without remembering to include certain factors, such as environments and the presence of stat-modifying items. For organizational ...
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When you reset the counter for successes against an Elder God do you stop counting successes for that dice roll?

In Arkham Horror you have to roll a cumulative number of successes equal to the number of players to knock off a doom token from the Elder God's health. If you reach the number of players worth of ...
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If you are moved to a location with a clue do you pick it up?

In Arkham Horror I was moved by an encounter to another location. This location had a clue on it, should I have picked up the clue?
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What is a solid basic strategy for surviving Arkham Horror?

First, I should note I've only played Arkham Horror once in a 2 player game and loved it. I am curious if the game is even survivable, and if so, what factors contribute to that success? I am ...