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 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? ...
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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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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 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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Is it possible to play 2-player, 2-character Arkham Horror successfully?

I've tried playing Arkham Horror with 1, 2 and 4 players. I've found that the game seems extraordinarily difficult with less than 4 characters. Simply put, you don't have enough gos to do everything. ...
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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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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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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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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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How do the various expansions for Arkham Horror change the game? In what order would you recommend buying them?

Currently there are 7 different expansions for Arkham Horror, and I'm need some advice as which to buy. How does each expansion change the game? What new components does it offer? In what order and ...
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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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Is there a “Campaign Mode” set of rules available for Arkham Horror?

Are there any rules (official or otherwise) that would govern trying to string together multiple games of Arkham Horror into some sort of a campaign structure? The idea would be for the investigators ...
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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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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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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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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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Tweaking the difficulty in Arkham Horror?

Most cooperative games have methods of altering the difficulty listed in the rulebook, but Arkham Horror doesn't (although it does mention that Cthulu tends to be harder than the other ancient ones). ...
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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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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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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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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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Arkham Horror: dominant personality issue?

I recently experienced the problem mentioned here, with myself being one of the enthusiasts pushing other party members around. It wasn't intentional, it's just that the structure of the game lends ...
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How can I play Arkham Horror remotely?

Having recently moved quite a long distance away from a friend who owns Arkham Horror, we have decided to continue playing games via telepresence (supplied by google+ hangouts). My first go at ...
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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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What happens when a gate moves onto a vortex?

If a moving gate (from the Lurker at the Threshold expansion) would move into a vortex in Dunwich, what happens? My best guess is that, since the rules say it moves as a normal monster, it moves into ...
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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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It was the end of the world…but we didn't know it!

We played our first game of Arkham Horror last night with the new Miskatonic Horror expansion. Pretty much all the new stuff was used, and we were playing along. All the usual stuff was going wrong: ...
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What are the changes in the Revised Edition of Curse of the Dark Pharaoh?

I recently picked up a copy of the Miskatonic Horror expansion. In the rules, it says Note: Miskatonic Horror is designed to be used with the revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh. If ...
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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 ...