Arkham Horror LCG – Game of the Week
Welcome to a new, weekly column here at Geek 10. Being massive gamers, we obviously play a lot of games. As much as we love writing up our 10 Thoughts articles when we finish a game, sometimes we are just too excited about a game to wait.
Enter the game of the week.
This article series will be fluid, hopefully adapting over the coming months as we find our groove. But each week, will pick at least one game and briefly talk about why it’s awesome. Since we want to make the appeal as broad as possible, most of the time it will probably be a tabletop game. However, occasionally we will choose a video game, or even do both. It will all just depend on what has currently captured our imaginations. So with that in mind, let’s get into our first game of the week.
I have long been a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos and, thankfully, there are not shortage of games to take advantage of that theme. From Eldritch Horror to Mansions of Madness to Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, I’ve got a lot of options. However for our first Game of the Week, we are going to look at a new Cthulhu title. The Arkham Horror Living Card Game (LCG) from Fantasy Flight Games.
What is the game?
The Arkham Horror LCG is a cooperative card game where players take on the role of investigators trying to get to the bottom of some mysterious happenings in the New England town of Arkham. Expect a healthy dose of investigation, teamwork, and, of course, Lovecraftian monsters. Players will be building a character deck for their investigator, which will contain items, spells, abilities and even weaknesses as well.
Being a living card game, this means that the game will be expanding in set packs, not randomized booster packs. The core set comes with everything you need to for two players (up to four with a second core set) to create an investigator deck and dive into some missions.
Why should you play it?
I’ve played a few games of the Arkham Horror LCG and found the game to be both challenging to win and highly thematic. It feels like the designers were trying to straddle the line between board games and role playing games (RPGs) as the story is great in this game. The Arkham Horror LCG is actually played out over a campaign, not one-off missions. That means that the overall story will be revealed as you play through the game, and possibly evolve as well as you progress through the game.
I expect a ton of support from publisher Fantasy Flight Games on this one, so I’m sure there will be many more missions and campaigns in the future. Check this one out today.