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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arkham Horror — multiple investigators assisting in a combat?

Despite Arkham Horror being a cooperative game, one of the glaring holes I noticed the first time I played was that it doesn't appear that multiple investigators can attack a single monster, and vice ...
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How long does it take to play Arkham Horror?

BoardGameGeek says 4 hours, I've heard a lot of people say 5 hours, but some of my friends say they've played it several time in less than 2. How does the game time vary with different numbers of ...
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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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Can you sacrifice yourself to use an Elder Sign in Arkham Horror?

The cost to use an Elder Sign to seal a gate is 1 Sanity and 1 Stamina. If you are at 1 on either one of these (or both), can you essentially sacrifice yourself in order to use it? Will the sealing ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 should be considered in constructing a balanced team of investigators?

I haven't played much Arkham Horror, but from what I've seen it's important to have a balanced team of investigators. What key attributes need to be represented by the team as a whole to have at least ...
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If I wanted to buy a card protector for every card in Arkham Horror (and expansions), how many would I need of each type?

I've been considering purchasing a whack of Fantasy Flight Supply board game sleeves for my Arkham Horror game and expansions. Does anyone know how many of each type of sleeve I would need to ...
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What can I do to ensure that my friends' first game of Arkham Horror with me is as awesome as possible?

I bought Arkham Horror about 2 months ago and have played 2 practice rounds by myself. I'm confident I know all the rules and understand the game well enough to be able to explain them. However, I ...
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How much control does the first player have when placing multiple monsters?

When drawing multiple monsters and placing them is there a choice in which monsters go to the outskirts? Do we get to pick what monster goes on what gate?
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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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Hound of Tindalos tiebreaker?

The Hound of Tindalos says that it automatically moves to the closest investigator. Which investigator does it target in the case of two equidistant investigators in different locations?
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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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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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In Arkham Horror, how many gates wakes the Ancient One?

If the max number of gates allowed on the board is, for example, 6, does the Ancient One wake up on the 6th or 7th gate? I'm pretty sure that the answer to that should be that the Ancient One wakes ...
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Is the Deputy Card an Item?

Does the "Deputy of Arkham" card count as an item, for the purposes of counting up your total items when forced to lose half your items?
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Do Monster Surges Count as a Prevented Gate Opening for the Purpose of Increasing the Deep One Rising Track?

Does a token get added to the Deep One Rising Track for a Monster Surge? Rule in question: "There are two primary ways for the Deep Ones rising track to advance. Each time a Gate is prevented from ...
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What do you recommend putting in an Arkham Horror quick reference sheet?

I've played Arkham Horror twice and am still boggled by the complexity of the mechanics and the number of rules. During both games I wished for a quick reference guide to summarize the turn order and ...
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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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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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Does Finn Edwards have to pay to upkeep his Bank Loan?

Finn Edwards has a power called Holdout: Any Phase: Finn never has to discard items or lose money, even when he is knocked unconscious or driven insane. He must still pay costs as usual. He also ...
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How do the Investigators Collectively Decide?

So in Arkham Horror, we're playing with the "Lurker on the Threshold" expansion. It introduces the idea of 'pacts'. When these pacts are received, cards from the 'reckoning' deck are resolved. We ...
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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 does Flute of the Outer Gods work in Arkham Horror and when should I use/buy it?

First of all, what's the sequence of events in using this item? If I would go insane/unconscious before using the flute, does that mean it would be useless to use the flute as I would be unable 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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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 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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Arkham Horror - Tips for making the game more dynamic and fun when you play with more than 5 players?

I'm new to this game, but I recently hosted a play with friends. With 8 people the game was very slow and difficult to play. What would you recommend to make the game a little more dynamic and fun ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...