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If I have a net negative number of dice, how many clue tokens do I need to spend to attempt a roll?

You always gain bonus dice from clue tokens spent, regardless of how negative your actual ability check is. So in your example you do not have to spend one to overcome the negative, then another to ...
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Arkham Horror - Are you allowed to take injury/madness while fighting with The Great Old One

No, you can't do that. Short version: the Ancient One devours you as soon as you're reduced to 0, so by the time the Injury/Madness tries to change how you recover after your're reduced to 0, you're ...
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Arkham Horror Put a Clue Token on this card?

They're just markers; effectively you have to draw three unique items to pass her story. Rules-wise, there's nothing that explicitly says this, it's just that the tokens are on the card, not in your ...
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Do characters perform Upkeep actions, such as rolls for Blessed/Cursed, during a final battle?

This is clarified/fixed in the FAQ in the Dunwich Horror rules: Battling the Ancient One Q: In combat with Ancient Ones, do investigators get a full Upkeep Phase, or is the Upkeep Phase limited in ...
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Is The Next Act Begins a valid first mythos card during setup?

If a mythos card with no gate is drawn during step 14 of Game Setup, discard it and draw again until you draw a mythos card that depicts a gate. Source: Arkham Horror Core FAQ or Complete Arkham ...
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Gate and monster appear when returning to Arkham from Other world

I think the "Gate and a monster" effect still needs to follow the basic rules on placing a gate. This means if you are at a location with an Elder Sign, the gate doesn't open, and if you are at a ...
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Does an increase in monster Toughness also mean an increase in monster trophy value?

You always apply whatever toughness modifiers are in effect when you exchange the trophy, the trophy's worth when you gained it is irrelevant. To refer to your examples, a Fire Vampire killed before ...
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Complexity of Eldritch Horror versus Arkham Horror

I own both AH and EH. I have the Kingsport, Innsmouth and Black Goat of the Woods expansions for AH. Only have the base game for EH right now but those four expansions call me pretty loudly. I really ...
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Ancient one awakes and battle

During the final battle, the only thing that matters is the Ancient One and any Investigators who were not lost in time and space. Everything associated with the old board is irrelevant. Take a look ...
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Complexity of Eldritch Horror versus Arkham Horror

It has been a while since I played Arkham Horror, but I own Eldritch Horror myself. There are a few very obvious differences. The gate encounters in Arkham take multiple turns to complete. In ...
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Arkham Horror: Is there any thematic introductory text out there for first time players?

Each of the investigators has some flavour on the back of their investigator card. I've found using that gives the player some insight in to the strange going ons in Arkham, but leaves them just ...
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Are tasks and missions considered items?

Tasks and missions are considered "items" as per the Dunwich rulebook (Page 5): Tasks are a type of item found in the Common Item deck, while Missions are items found in the Unique Item deck. If ...
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Mythos Card Resolution During Setup

Yes, you do as per the setup rules (page 5): 14. DRAW AND RESOLVE MYTHOS CARD Finally, the first player draws the top card of the mythos deck and resolves it as described in the Mythos Phase section ...
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Can Arkham Horror be played with both The King In Yellow herald, and The King in Yellow ancient one?

As far as I can tell, there is no specific King in Yellow great old one. If you're talking about Hastur as the great old one, that's a different story. Thematically, The King in Yellow is actually ...
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Is the only time a monster encounter occurs during the movement phase or when 'a monster appears'?

If you start your movement phase on a location or Street with any monsters, you must either evade them all or fight them. If you attempt to pass through a location or street with a monster on it, ...
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Sent from one Other World to another. Another encounter in the same turn?

Your character moves to the Dreamlands, no further encounter that turn. As the card says "Move to the Dreamlands" the character is not delayed. If it had said something like "A Gate Opens and pulls ...
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Does the Retainer card grant $2 on the first Upkeep phase?

It means you merely skip the roll (you do not skip all upkeep instructions) "It's like a salary. You usually get them through encounters. Darrell Simmons and Rita Young also start with one." https://...
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Do some combat checks occur without monsters?

You don't draw a monster. Like you said, you just make a combat check - except there is a modifier, the (-1) specified by the encounter. And it really is a combat check, not a weird fight check; that'...
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Can other players try to stop you from completing Joining the Winning Team?

There's no direct way people could try to stop you. They can't attack you; there's nothing in the rules about players attacking players. There are at least a few ways they could try to indirectly ...
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Can Flute of the Outer Gods be used for monsters "not on the board" like in The Terrible Experiment?

No, While I'd be tempted to allow this as it would be a very cool thing to do and it is hard to find a good use for the Flute of the Outer Gods, this question is addressed directly in the FAQ, pg 10. ...
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How many monsters should be drawn in a 5 player game during an encounter?

No. The draw 2 rule for 5+ players only affects the number of monsters placed on newly opened gates in the Mythos Phase. It does not affect the number of monsters drawn at any other time in the game. ...
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In Arkham Horror, can you pay sanity costs to go insane on purpose?

Yes you can. Look at the Official FAQ: Q: When an investigator casts a spell, can he spend all of his Sanity to pay the spell’s Sanity cost? A: Yes. If he does so, once the Sanity cost has ...
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Exceeding the monster limit due to an encounter

I know there is a card listed in the FAQ that does exactly this but in the graveyard, I don't remember one from the library, but the ruling would be transferable. From the Arkham Horror FAQ Q: A ...
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In Arkham Horror, do you ignore counting items that can't be lost or stolen when going insane or unconscious?

While the ruling may seem a little bit weird, everything they say in the errata section makes sense. During an unconscious or madness scenario, you are the one looking at your items and choosing to ...
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In Arkham Horror, if a monster surge exceeds the max allowable monsters, does the monster that caused the max to be exceeded get discarded?

Yes. See this example from the official Arkham FAQ, p.12 (emphasis mine): In a 3-player game, the monster limit is 6 and the maximum number of monsters in the Outskirts is 5. There are 3 ...
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Do I immediately get any clues at a location I jump to from the "Lost In Time And Space" location?

No you don't. Moving from Lost in Time and Space happens during the Upkeep phase, and you may only pick up clues at the end of movement that happens during the Movement phase. From the Arkham Horror ...
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Can I trade exhibit items from the Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion with other investigators?

Yes, Exhibit items can be traded like other items. From the Curse of the Dark Pharaoh rules: The Exhibit Item cards represent the ancient Egyptian artifacts brought to Arkham as part of the "...
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Can I use Duke to immediately restore sanity right after I discover I'm going to lose it?

No, you couldn't use Duke in that situation. Certain cards such as Flesh Ward specifically allow interrupting the order of things to prevent you from taking damage, but Duke does not. You would need ...
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Can a player take both a madness and injury card if his investigator gets reduced to zero stamina and sanity?

The investigator is devoured. The Dunwich Horror rulebook reiterates the basic rule If an investigator is reduced to both 0 Sanity and 0 Stamina at the same time, that investigator is devoured.
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Do I add all Mask monsters from the base game and expansions when Nyarlathotep is the Ancient One?

You use them all. The closest the rules get to directly saying this is things like this from the Dunwich Horror rules: As with the “Mask” monster markers from Arkham Horror, do not place the Spawn ...
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