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  1. Hate on me if you want but here's a karma balancer: Enjoy.
  2. Hey, if I need any shit out of you two I'll squeeze your heads.
  3. And I just want to make this clear - this is not about Arkham Horror at this point. This is about a company who has repeatedly shown a lack of respect for the customers who helped build their company. Being an Elder Sign fan I was disappointed that it took 2 YEARS to get a mediocre expansion for the game when Richard was quoted at Arkham Nights saying there would be not one but two expansions. So a two year wait and who is going to do the second expansion? Kevin is gone and Richard appears to have moved on with new projects as well (as noted by his recent Kickstarter success). Another item is the attitude taken by the company of not informing the fans about what is going on with AH and even last year after being asked twice about AH said they don't talk about product lines' future and then proceeded to spend the next hour talking about other product lines' futures...that's BS. There are other items I could list but won't out of the respect I have for others in the AH community but I believe those items are wrong as well. This rant has been a long time comin' so before I am dismissed as just another 'Arkham fanboy' understand that this is about the way a company treats its customers in general not just a single product line.
  4. So another year and Arkham lies abandoned at the end of a dark and lonely alley. Just did the In-Flight video for GenCon 2014. They really need to change the name of the company to Fantasy Flight Toys. They even put up a graphic showing how 'toy' games are their big sellers now, followed by box games. I have to admit I haven't been as pissed at a company as I am at FFG for years. First they turn out the EH abomination, then they drop an expansion for all the whiners who never stop bitching, even when they get their 'version' of AH and the final slap in the face - Mountains of Madness. AH fans BEGGED for this expansion and nobody listened. I guess for their next level to piss me off they might as well rent a bus or plane, fly up to Providence, go out to the cemetery and just piss on Howard's grave. That would make the scene complete. I just thought that TSR and WoTC sucked but they could take lessons from these guys. F.u.c.k. you FFG and thanks for nothing. You have taught me a costly, but valuable, lesson.
  5. Dear Fantasy Flight Games I see you have decided to release Mountains of Madness for Eldritch Horror...the expansion Arkham Horror fans waited on for YEARS. I hate you. P.S. I would like a refund for this pile of game boxes stinking up my gameroom.
  6. Unseen Forces has been very popular...everyone waited up to two years for it. It sold out on it's first stocking at Cool Stuff Inc in 48 hours and they order in bulk. Arkham is awesome solo. And with all the material available you can try new things all the time. I run 3 Investigators at a time others have run 1 up to about 4 and then it gets a little crazy And with Miss Julia here you have been speaking to one of the most knowledgeable in the scene (and a creator of excellent custom content as well).
  7. See, even in this post which says that they are 'games to be played for pleasure. No game is objectively better or worse than the other.' there is a slap at Arkham being a 'bloated beast' which is an insult. If you had just made your post and left that out it would be one thing but I'm not a 'boardgamer' I'm a wargamer of 41 years and quite frankly if you hand me a game with a one page rule sheet I'll hand it back. I look for depth and replay value in a game. I'm not interested in learning a set of rules that I will be bored with after the first day of play and have to turn around and learn a new set tomorrow. Arkham is the only board game I have bought in decades because it provided that depth and variety of play. Besides wargames I am a long time player of RPGs and I think that is why Arkham really caught on with me. It is very much a lite RPG boardgame which is almost impossible to do. And I had looked at a number of games that I realized I would burn through in short order before deciding on Arkham. If you want to understand what is going on in the 'versus' situation notice that threads everywhere, not just here, are being started by new Eldritch players and not by Arkham players. The response usually comes from an Arkham player and I'm afraid until the Eldritch fans get it through their heads that they can play their game without being condescending to players of other games that this will just continue. It truly has sucked the fun out of playing Arkham for me and I honestly question how much longer I will keep it on the shelf. If the bickering continues I believe I will just sell mine and invest the cash back into games that people aren't fighting over. It's no fun when the community that once was helpful and peaceful has turned into a mud slinging contest (and community was 50% of what convinced me to buy the system). Cool. I'm an RPG guy since the late seventies and I agree that AH has some great RPG elements. I think EH does too. I stand by my comment that, for me, AH is a bloated beast. Sometimes less really is more; at least for me. I'm really not concerned about "insulting" a board game. To be clear, even though I know you're not espousing this, I'm certainly not insulting those who prefer AH over EH. Again, it's all subjective in the end. I respect your opinion and can tell that you're passionate about AH. That's awesome. Gaming is a great hobby whether it pertains to RPGs, board games or war games. As I said, I've been an RPG guy for a long time and it has only been the last few years that I've discovered the plethora of fantastic board games available. In fact, I actually prefer board gaming now because it's something that my wife and I share together. I do think it's silly to sell/stop playing a game because people are bickering over it. I will enjoy EH regardless of whether or not people think it's a dumbed down version of AH or simply a horrible game. It's not going to affect my life or gaming habits. See, the community is at least 50% of the game to me and all that happens now in places like BGG is bickering and fighting. You can't start a thread in the AH forum without someone coming in claiming that EH is better or that's why they made EH. And no one stops off topic posting so it turns into a fire fight and someone ends up suspended. (I've been suspended three times since the game was released and I haven't let loose on anyone to any degree). The sad part is how many of the veterans are disappearing because they are tired of the whole mess. So I guess it's done, at least for me. Wargames are a whole different story for me. I prefer to play solo, most grogs are grumpy butts and you can't stop a game you're playing with someone to watch a documentary right in the middle of the game on the topic to better understand the conflict (which I often do). It's a completely different head for me. Arkham was a social thing. Now it's turned into something like the D&D edition wars over at Wizards and I'm just not interested in that type of scene.
  8. Just checked out the website. If that artwork is anywhere close to the actual production they have a winner on their hands. Great map/counter contrast. Very nice. I have been meaning to pick up something from them. Now I'll have to start paying attention. Oh, and it would fall toward the AWaW end a little more than the Totaler Krieg! version I have (The latest version of TK! is the Axis Empires:Totaler Krieg and is twice as big as the first DG version and now has a PTO standalone that you can hook the two together...The 'mini monster' size seemed like a good place to start ) Thanks for the heads up on this. It hits a lot of the right buttons for me.
  9. Thanks Professor...and yes...CSW is my home away from home I'll take a closer look at it...I'm currently trying to get the 2nd version of Totaler Krieg! to the table...a LOT of work to get it playable. Would you say that TW:E falls closer to A World at War (the latest version of Third Reich...and a real beast - 216 page rulebook...plus other supplements...man o man) or Totaler Krieg! (more of a mini-monster with an alternate history generator to play 'what ifs' with) ?
  10. See, even in this post which says that they are 'games to be played for pleasure. No game is objectively better or worse than the other.' there is a slap at Arkham being a 'bloated beast' which is an insult. If you had just made your post and left that out it would be one thing but I'm not a 'boardgamer' I'm a wargamer of 41 years and quite frankly if you hand me a game with a one page rule sheet I'll hand it back. I look for depth and replay value in a game. I'm not interested in learning a set of rules that I will be bored with after the first day of play and have to turn around and learn a new set tomorrow. Arkham is the only board game I have bought in decades because it provided that depth and variety of play. Besides wargames I am a long time player of RPGs and I think that is why Arkham really caught on with me. It is very much a lite RPG boardgame which is almost impossible to do. And I had looked at a number of games that I realized I would burn through in short order before deciding on Arkham. If you want to understand what is going on in the 'versus' situation notice that threads everywhere, not just here, are being started by new Eldritch players and not by Arkham players. The response usually comes from an Arkham player and I'm afraid until the Eldritch fans get it through their heads that they can play their game without being condescending to players of other games that this will just continue. It truly has sucked the fun out of playing Arkham for me and I honestly question how much longer I will keep it on the shelf. If the bickering continues I believe I will just sell mine and invest the cash back into games that people aren't fighting over. It's no fun when the community that once was helpful and peaceful has turned into a mud slinging contest (and community was 50% of what convinced me to buy the system).
  11. And yes, sleeving any card with any sleeve does add to the difficulty in shuffling. But I think of that cup of coffee and I don't mind
  12. They all came from Amazon. I even bought the FFG tarot size for ES from Amazon. Those were expensive and not packed in 100s but 50s so you had to buy two packs for the game. The small cards are the same as AH.
  13. I sleeved all the cards, including GOO's and Investigators. It paid for itself one night when a cup of coffee I was drinking spilled into the card storage container I was using at the time. It saved every card. I would have had to buy everything over and that wasn't possible. Here's what I worked with (from Amazon): There are 959 small cards There are 1456 normal cards For the GOO and Investigators I used Ultra Pro 5" x 7" Soft Sleeves (100) $4.93 For small cards I used Mini Euro Game Play Card Sleeves (100 Sleeves/Pack - 45 MM X 68 MM) $1.75 For normal size I used 10 (Ten) Packs of 100 Sleeve(s) (Penny Sleeves) per PacK (currently $10.99 normally under $10/1000...that's why they call them 'penny sleeves' Prices have varied a little but it cost me less than a big box expansion to do it. I'm not a big fan of sleeves but I am very glad I sleeved mine. Those include the shipping through Prime or included by the shipper. So total price (with extras left over) small=$17.50 (10 packs) normal=$16 (2 boxes/1000 per box) Large=$5 ( 1 pack) Total $38.50 NOTE: The size sleeve often recommended for the small cards is incorrect from many companies and the cards don't fit. The Mayday 45x68s were the best fit for the money.
  14. I don't know about "mostly random". It's not like you're playing Sorry. There's still a strategy to how you play and the goals that you choose to pursue (and how you pursue them). But the success or failure of the encounters you need to attempt in order to win is massively random in a way that Arkham Horror is not. Personally, I'm finding that the outcome of EH appears to be a lot more random than I would prefer for a game with a playing time of 3-4+ hours. There's a lot of really nice things about the game, though, so I'm probably going to keep experimenting a little while longer to see if there's still something I'm not quite grokking. But it's looking dim. (The clue tokens are behind the same random wall as everything else, so they can't solve the random wall problem. Skill improvement initially looks appealing, but the hard time limit imposed by the limited Mythos deck seems to make it impossible to actually pursue that as a systemic strategy for mitigating the randomness of the cards.) I didn't actually do any of that analysis until I decided to post in this thread. At that point I'd played the game more than a half dozen times and seen all of those Other Worlds encounter cards at least 30 times each. So: a) I wasn't really spoiled anything for myself; and b) It was just mathematically confirming what playing the game had already made obvious But, in general, I agree with you. Which is one of the reasons I'm quickly reaching the conclusion that EH is not a great game: It looks like the only way you can begin to even mitigate the randomness of the game is to dissect the game to determine which encounter decks require which skills (and even that only seems to get you down to a coin flip). And, for me, that's not fun. I'd much rather play a co-op game like Arkham Horror or Knizia's Lord of the Rings or Space Alert where effective strategies can be made by simply looking at the board. I really can't agree with that assessment. While having thematically similar mechanics (clue tokens, Ancient Ones, etc.), Eldritch Horror is a completely different game than AH in terms of how those mechanics actually work. They really are two completely different games and not simply two different flavors of the same game. As for the AH vs. EH issues that Ken at Sunrise has mentioned, I think comparing Arkham Horror + All of Its Expansions to just the base game of Eldritch Horror is ridiculous. For one thing, EH is guaranteed to have expansions. If you're just comparing the base game of AH to the base game of EH: - The difference in price is inconsequential ($5). - Both games feature a similar amount of complexity. - Both games feature a comparable set-up time. - Both games feature a similar play dynamic (co-op vs. AO). - EH has more mechanical variety between Ancient Ones (due to all the AO-specific components). - AH has more variety overall (due to the larger number of encounter cards). It's apples-and-oranges, frankly. If I had to choose only one or the other, however, I'd currently go with AH. I'm referring more to the re-cycling of the components more than a direct rules pull, but you have to admit that most of the rules and mechanics are altered or mashed together elements from Arkham. I've been using fixed stats since day one, it's nothing new. I feel the greatest disservice is that they don't bother to make a 'new' game but just keep re-cycling AH over and over into other packages. Give us a Gaslight era game with all new everything and that's worth taking a look at. Be bold, add a little steam punk element or something. I may not like it, but it wouldn't be for the reasons I dislike Eldritch.
  15. Wrong again. If this had been a new game it would make a difference. It's not. And go look in any forum for ES or MoM or CoC:LCG and you won't find anyone posting 'suck it up' posts. This is half of Arkham shoved in a box and retitled. This Cult of The Proper Number of Expansions is the thing I don't get and never will. There's not an Arkham fan who wouldn't pick up a new expansion. That's an Arkham fan. Arkham fans are not tired of the game, the number of expansions or how many more they might release. Just the opposite. We make MORE material. More than FFG at this point I believe. The problem is a lot of Arkham fans are dropping out of the conversation because of topics like these. And honestly it's time I let this whole mess collapse upon itself and get back to the whole point of my game collection...fun... enjoy the 'buttercup sucking'...I guess...