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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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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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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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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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Do skill check re-rolls include dice gained from spending clue tokens?

Reroll all 4 dice. It's important to do things in the right order though. Using the cigarette case and then clues results in fewer total rolls. This is clarified in the FAQ contained within the ...
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Can I use Sir William Brinton's ability immediately after discovering I have to lose Stamina?

You can use powers like that before drawing the encounter, or after resolving it (if you are not yet unconscious/insane), but you cannot use it during the resolution of an encounter. From the Arkham ...
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Can "Healing Stone" be used to gain Stamina or Sanity beyond the investigator's initial values?

Your copy of Healing Stone may differ depending on what version of the game and/or which expansions you have. In particular, Dunwich Horror comes with a new version of this card. However, according ...
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What happens if you go insane as a result of casting a spell during the final battle?

TLDR - You are devoured immediately after casting the spell. Reasoning: So you can spend all your sanity to cast a spell (provided it matches the exact cost and does not exceed it, but there's some ...
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Do you keep monster trophies when defeating a monster in an "A monster appears" encounter?

Fantasy Flight has a Complete FAQ that seems to answer this. The short is that you do get a trophy. Many encounters state that “A gate and a monster appear!” For these encounters, both the monster ...
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Can "Healing Stone" be used to gain Stamina or Sanity beyond the investigator's initial values?

The card may not have that restriction, because it's built into the game itself - a character's sanity and stamina start at the maximum values for that character - while they will go up and down over ...
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What is the maximum number of dice you can roll in Arkham Horror 2nd Edition?

There is no maximum number of dice you can roll - it is infinite as the rules never explicitly call out a maximum dice total. Considering the mechanics of the game though the extreme theoretical ...
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Does entering a fight prevent use of cards with effects during movement phase afterwards?

No, it is not against the rules, and the sequence of events you followed is acceptable within a single Movement Phase. Being drawn into combat of any kind only ends your movement - it does not end ...
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"The Terrible Experiment" Mythos Card - How to deal with it?

The first time we encountered this rumor, we used Flute of the Elder Gods on it. On reread, I suspect we were cheating but if you don't agree then that might be a strategy...which could be ...
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How can I houserule Arkham Horror to include having one player character attacking another player character?

There are no rules for players attacking other players, not to say you can't devise your own to make the game even harder to win cooperatively than it already is. I would imagine you might want to ...
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Is a yellow sign marker still added if the terror level increase is reduced to 0?

Using this card when the terror level is increased by 1 would effectively make it increase by 0 and prevent the requirement to place the yellow sign token. Notice the wording of the card is to ...
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Can I use the Injury and Madness cards from Miskatonic Horror without Dunwich Horror?

It's possible to houserule anything, and these cards aren't an exception. Just have in mind that if you want to add these in using just the Dunwich Horror rules, it will decrease the game's difficulty ...
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"The Terrible Experiment" Mythos Card - How to deal with it?

There are a lot of variables you need to consider before fighting any monster. Number of players vs Number of Monsters Number of items player(s) have collected to help them in the fight How tough are/...
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"The Terrible Experiment" Mythos Card - How to deal with it?

It says you may fight one or more monsters on the card from Miskatonic U, so you don't need to clear it immediately, you can just keep it in check with one player defeating monsters while the other ...
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How can I houserule Arkham Horror to include having one player character attacking another player character?

In fact there is a possibility to play against other players. In Dunwich Horror expansion there is a mission card Joining the winning team. You have to sacrifice allies in some locations. If you ...
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Does entering a fight prevent use of cards with effects during movement phase afterwards?

If the rules are not clear, it's good to feel the climat of the game. You're walking on the streets Arkham, trying to sneak in the shadows and avoid monsters. Suddenly the wild Nightgaunt appears ...
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Can I cast a spell in combat check after having rolled?

From the Rules (Page 13) Skill Checks / Modifiers This number is added to or subtracted from the investigator’s skill value before the player makes the check. The result is the number of dice ...
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Voice of Ra: does "all skill checks" apply to all players or just the caster?

You may cast and exhaust to gain +1 to all skill checks for the rest of this turn.
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How long does it take to play Arkham Horror?

The Arkham Horror Statistics project has compiled data from over 15,000 player-submitted games, including the amount of time it took. As of this writing, the project has calculated that a game of ...
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