Arkham horror Arkham Horror

  • Designers: Kevin Wilson and Richard Launius
  • Manufacturer: Fantasy Flight Games
  • Artists: Brian Schomburg and Scott Nicely
  • Year: 2005
  • Players: 1 – 8
  • Time: 120 – 180 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up

The town of Arkham, Massachusetts is in a panic. Horrific and bizarre events have begun to occur with increasing frequency — all seeming to point Arkham dice towards some cataclysmic event in the near future that may spell disaster for everyone. Only one small band of investigators can save Arkham from the Great Old Ones and destruction! No fan of the Cthulhu Mythos will want to miss this opportunity to acquire this classic Call of Cthulhu boardgame!

Fair warning- this is a tough game. We’ve only played a couple of times.  There are a lot of rules, which is tough for David, and his character spent two-thirds of the first game we played insane.

H. P. Lovecraft, 1934

H. P. Lovecraft, 1934

I enjoy it, even if we don’t play it often.  Basically, each player has a character and all the characters work together to kill an assortment of monster, close the portals to the other worlds and defeat the Ancient Ones. No small task. There are several expansions, but we don’t have any of them.

Part of the reason I love it is the theme. How many board games have you played that have such a direct literary reference? It actually inspired me to read several of H. P. Lovecraft’s short stories, so I could understand what the game was talking about. The stories were great, by the way, if creepy as all get out.  Wikipedia has a list of his works, if you’re interested.