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Dangerous Games: ‘Eldritch Horror’ Board Game Review

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The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games!
 
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Eldritch Horror
 
Strange things are brewing in this world of ours. Somewhere on the streets of San Francisco, a mob boss is sealing a deal with a strange man in yellow robes. In the peaks of the Himalayas, something vile stirs in the snow. In Rome, a holy man succumbs to the voices in his head. And that’s all just the start of it...
 
In Eldritch Horror, the soon-to-be-released H.P. Lovecraft-based game from Fantasy Flight, players take on the role of intrepid explorers and investigators in a Cthulhu Mythos-packed world of ancient horrors and unknown threats. An Ancient One stirs in the darkness, waiting to devour our world, and it’s up to you and your friends to save us all.
 
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Gameplay Mechanics
 
Eldritch Horror is a game for one to eight players. Each player will take the role of an adventurer helping to investigate a globe-spanning terror. With twelve heroes to choose from, each with different abilities and storylines to follow, the variance looks like it will be very high.
 
At the beginning of the game players will choose an Ancient One from the options presented (we’re betting on Cthulhu, Nylarthotep, and a few choice others) and try to solve mysteries specific to that foe. There are lots of different problems that can occur when you go out adventuring, from physical injuries and mental injuries to problems like debt and a shrinking spell! Eventually, if the adventurers are able to complete all the mysteries and fend off the evil, the world will be saved once more... easier said than done.
 
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Replay Value
 
This game looks like it will have tons of replay value. There are several different Ancient Ones to choose to fight, and each has its own style of missions to complete and mysteries to solve. Also, there are tons of different characters to play, thus enhancing the replay experience. And with over 300 different events that could unfold, each game seems utterly different from the last.
 
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Overall Impressions
 
I can’t wait for this game to come out. From everything I’ve read, watched, and heard about this game it seems like a perfect addition from the company that brought us Elder Sign, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, and Arkham Horror. If you like Cthulhu, Lovecraft, or globe-trotting games, you’ll probably love Eldritch Horror.
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