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

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How does losing a turn work in Arkham Horror?

Lost in time and space says I lose my turn but then also says I am delayed and stand up during the movement phase. Does this mean I stay out of an entire turn of the game ignoring upkeep, movement, ...
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What spaces are considered not 'in Arkham'

For the action "All Cthonians and Dholes in Arkham are returned to the cup," does this include the outskirts and sky spaces?
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In Arkham Horror, can “Any Phase” actions be performed multiple times immediately?

The item in mind is the Enchanted Jewelry which can prevent one stamina damage any phase (and gets discarded once 3 stamina tokens have piled up on the card). Does this mean it can only be used to ...
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In Arkham Horror, if I lose a turn and then am drawn into a gate, am I then only delayed?

I am not sure what 'losing a turn' is. Is it identical to being lost in space and time in that nothing, even monsters, affects you or fights you? Does being sucked into a gate that appears then ...
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In Arkham Horror, what are the two symbols at the bottom of location spaces?

The location spaces have two icons, on the lower left and right. What do they stand for, what items you tend to earn in location encounters? And why are some inverted in color (white and black versus ...
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When the ancient one awakens, do we pass the first player token?

Since the token passes at the end of the turn, and the awakening goes immediately to the awakening, do we skip passing the first player token for the first attack?
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What elements of Arkham Horror balance the difficulty across the number of players?

I know the number of open gates that triggers the awakening of the Ancient One reduces as the number of players increase, and the number of roaming monsters in Arkham increases as well, so there is ...
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In Arkham Horror, if a monster surge exceeds the max monsters, do I add the remaining monsters after emptying the outskirts?

If I am one monster away from increasing the terror track and I have to add 5 monsters, do I empty the Outskirts and then add 4 monsters?
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In Arkham Horror, does a third separate instruction after a pair of pass/fail clauses imply that it occurs in both cases?

Here is the text in question from the Celeano world: On a failure, a monster appears from the book. On a success, you are drawn into the book for a time. Stay here next turn. I know the last ...
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In Arkham Horror, can Shrivelling be used to compound bonuses?

Probably the generic question is whether combat bonuses can be compounded at all or if it works like Eldritch Horror where '+' bonuses are only ever used for one item while re-rolls can be compounded. ...
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In Arkham Horror, can my investigator only use Dragon's Eye on the drawn gate if she is the 'first player'?

Dragon's Eye says Any Phase: Exhaust and lose 1 Sanity after drawing a gate or location card to draw a new card in its place Does this mean the investigator owning it must be the 'first player' ...
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In Arkham Horror, do 'leftover' successes after triggering a doom token removal still count? [duplicate]

In a 2-investigator game, if he rolls 3 successes, does the remaining success get accumulated toward the next doom token removal? Along the same vein, if he rolls 4 successes, does he remove 2 tokens? ...
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In Arkham Horror, where do flying monsters in location areas go when no investigator is near?

The rulebook says If the flying monster is in a street area with no investigators and there are no investigators in a connected street area, it moves to the Sky. Does this imply if it is in a ...
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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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Do characters perform Upkeep actions, such as rolls for Blessed/Cursed, during a final battle?

During an Ancient One final battle, do investigators roll for Blessed/Cursed and any other Upkeep rolls? (Not sure if there are any others that matter, since Retainer is useless then). I find that the ...
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In Arkham Horror, do I have to perform the upkeep action for the Blessing card during the fight with the Ancient One? [duplicate]

This question is an added question to here. I thought I'd post it as a separate question. From the rulebook I see At the beginning of a round of combat with an Ancient One, the investigators may ...
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In Arkham Horror, what card is shown on the bottom right of the board display of the rulebook?

The rulebook here shows a board layout on page 4. At the right side are the various investigator items (common and unique items, skills, spells, allies, etc). There are 11 cards stacked there. What ...
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Arkham Horror: Tokens

This is more a question for the big games with a lot of investigators. A few non-critical tokens seem to be able to run out, and I can't find anything about those specific tokens in the rules. Do you ...
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In Arkham Horror, do you ignore counting items that can't be lost or stolen when going insane or unconscious?

The Arkham Horror errata says on page 6: Q: Some Items state that they cannot be lost or stolen unless you choose to allow it. When does this ability come into play? A: It would come into ...
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In Arkham Horror, are Ally cards treated specially in setup?

The rules say this in setup: The players shuffle the Common Item, Unique Item, Spell, and Skill decks, then return them face down to their places next to the board. Whenever players draw cards, ...
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How prepared will I be to play Arkham Horror after reading just the Rulebook?

I noticed the faq files for Arkham Horror are very large and are partially incorporated into the revised printing, but will I simply be doing some things outright wrong unless I review the faq first? ...
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In Arkham Horror, does the first player look at the drawn monster before deciding how to place it?

What is the accepted procedure for drawing monsters? If I need to draw 8 monsters for 3 gates, it's easy to determine which two will get the extra monster, but do I draw them one by one, looking at ...
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In Arkham Horror, should the newly placed monsters or the final count of monsters be evenly distributed?

The rules state: When placing monsters, they should be divided as evenly as possible among the open gates, with no gate having more monsters placed on it than the gate where the monster surge ...
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In what ways does the Arkham Horror Toolkit app improve or detract from the experience?

In what ways do people find using the Arkham Horror Toolkit reduces the play time, and how much does it further enhance or detract from the experience? I can imagine one negative is that it simply ...
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Who is the male investigator on the cover of Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, and Eldritch Horror?

The 30- or 40-something dark-haired male on the cover of these games appears to be the same character, but it's not clear to me which. Is it one of the in-game characters?
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Voice of Ra: does “all skill checks” apply to all players or just the caster?

Voice of Ra states You may cast and exhaust to gain +1 to all skill checks for the rest of this turn. Is that all skill checks for the caster, or for all investigators?
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Complexity of Eldritch Horror versus Arkham Horror

I have heard Eldritch Horror described as a "streamlined Arkham Horror", as if the makers of AH considered how to make a faster, more accessible successor. Having played and enjoyed Eldritch Horror, ...
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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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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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Can Flute of the Outer Gods be used for monsters “not on the board” like in The Terrible Experiment?

The Flute of the Outer Gods says the following (emphasis mine): Any Phase: Lose 3 Sanity and 3 Stamina and discard Flute of the Outer Gods before making a Combat check to defeat all monsters in ...
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Is it better to close gates or save up clue tokens to seal them?

Imagine that we've got a couple of gates open and every investigator has 3 clue tokens. All other things being equal, is it better to try to immediately attempt to close those gates or would it be ...
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How do you awaken the Ancient One by opening the gate of Kadath?

The Arkham Horror Statistics spreadsheet lists one of the ways to awaken the Ancient One as "Opening the gate of Kadath". To date, it has never been achieved and I'm curious about why. I took a look ...
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Strategies for Bob Jenkins

I'm playing Arkham Horror for the first time and I randomly drew Bob Jenkins as my investigator. With some of the other players' characters, their "purpose" is pretty clear. There's the guy with high ...
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No doom tracker markers when sealing a gate with an Elder Sign

Yesterday we came across a very 'rare' situation in Arkham Horror. We had been lucky with getting one Elder Sign via setup (random possession) and managed to buy another 2 within the first few turns ...
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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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Can other players try to stop you from completing Joining the Winning Team?

The Dunwich Horror expansion of Arkham Horror includes a card called Joining the Winning Team. Basically it's a mission where you have to sacrifice an ally at a number of places. On completion, you ...
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Custom special abilities rules

I know ther are some rules for creating custom Investigators, so new character is balanced and does not ruin the game. It's utilized in Strange Eons. Are there any rules for custom special abilities ...
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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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Eldritch Horror test resolutions in other board games [closed]

I'm new at modern board-games, basically, and I got Eldritch Horror as a present. I love the test resolution system where you through n number of dice and the number of 5 or 6 determines if a test is ...
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Does Harvey Walters' ability to reduce Sanity loss by 1 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 cast “Find Gate” when delayed in Other World?

In Arkham Horror, while delayed, can I cast "Find Gate" in Other World? The spell 'Find Gate', reads: Movement: Cast and exhaust to immediately return to Arkham from an Other World. Can I, for ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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? ...