One Hour of Arkham Horror in Two Minutes (Or So)

posted in Games, People on Mar 29, 2010

I want to tell you about one of the best board games ever made. It’s called Arkham Horror. It has nothing to do with Batmans, but everything to do with H.P. Lovecraft and also sometimes Cthulhu.

The goal of the game is to work together to destroy monsters and the gates that they emerge from them. If you fail to do so, an Ancient Other (read: super-demon) comes to town and you have a last ditch effort to destroy it else your group of investigators are devoured. It conflates Lovecraftian lore with D&D elements to create an great game that should not be missed. Let me just put it to you this way: there’s the possibility of being a nun with a tommy gun. Buy this game.

The video above is of myself and a group of friends putting some time into the game this weekend. All told it was an hour of footage, but that was really only about half an hour of gameplay. The initial set up of the game takes some time (especially with newcomers), but it’s all worth it. One full game can run from two for four hours, so bring snacks.

  • Michael

    Favorites….
    1. the superfly title card.
    2. the shuffling.
    3. Whiskey Stevens.

  • Garret

    1.) YES. That’s my favorite part of the whole thing. Is it bad to enjoy the things you make to a level that sounds self-serving?

    2.) There’s a part where Cameron adjusts the Arkham Encounters deck that looks really cool. If we do this again (I think we should), I’d like to get more angles of the game. It’s somewhat hard to tell what changes from a top down perspective only.

    3.) I was going to put some text up for Whiskey Stevens, but I forgot. I’m going to re-encode it tonight at a higher frame rate to see if that’ll smooth the video out a bit, so maybe I’ll add that too.