Eldritch Horror

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Eldritch Horror

Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal encounters, and obscure mysteries will take you to your limit and beyond in the Eldritch Horror boardgame. All the while, you and your fellow investigators must unravel the otherworldy mysteries scattered around the globe in order to push back the gathering mayhem that threatens to overwhelm humanity. The end draws near! Do you have the courage to prevent global destruction?

Eldritch Horror is a co-operative game of terror and adventure in which one to eight players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to solve mysteries, gather clues, and protect the world from an Ancient One – that is, an elder being intent on destroying our world.

Each Ancient One comes with its own unique decks of Mystery and Research cards, which draw you deeper into the lore surrounding each loathsome creature. Discover the true name of Azathoth or battle Cthulhu on the high seas.

While the tasks on these Mystery cards (along with the locations of otherworldly gates, menacing monsters, and helpful clues) will often inform both your travel plans and the dangers you confront, you can find adventure anywhere in the world…even where you least expect it. It is during the Encounter Phase of each turn that players resolve combat or, alternatively, build their investigators’ personal stories by reading an encounter narrative from one of several types of Encounter cards. You might go head to head with a monster in Istanbul or find yourself in a tough spot with the crime syndicate in a major city. Maybe you will embark on an expedition to the Pyramids or research a clue you uncover in the unnamed wilderness. You may even find your way through a gate and explore a dimension beyond time and space.

Should you fail an encounter, the cost is steep. If you are fortunate, you will merely incur physical or mental trauma. However, you might also be compelled to take a Condition card, which represents a specific injury or restriction gained throughout your journey, such as a Leg Injury or Amnesia. You could find yourself getting in over your head to acquire assets and receive a Debt condition – or maybe you’ll owe a favor to something far more insidious than a debt collector, and enter into a Dark Pact! Whatever your condition, you would be wise to find a resolution with haste; many conditions have a “reckoning effect” which, if triggered, ensure a much more sinister fate.

All the while, the arrival of the Ancient One approaches. Its malign influence is manifested in Eldritch Horror as you draw Mythos Cards, which govern the appearance of otherworldly gates, fearsome monsters, and other ominous elements. Mythos cards keep your investigators under pressure, introducing new threats, even as the arrival of the Great Old One draws nearer! Since the investigators draw a new Mythos card each round, they’re certain to have their hands full battling foul creatures and following up on strange rumors, even as they work to solve their three all-important mysteries.

With twelve unique investigators, two hundred-fifty tokens, and over three hundred cards, Eldritch Horror presents an epic, world-spanning adventure with each and every game.

Eldritch Horror is a popular cooperative board game designed by Corey Konieczka and Nikki Valens and published by Fantasy Flight Games. It is part of the “Arkham Horror” series, which is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.

In “Eldritch Horror,” players take on the roles of investigators who travel the globe to uncover mysteries and confront ancient, cosmic horrors. The game is set in the 1920s and is known for its deep immersion into a Lovecraftian world filled with unspeakable terrors and eldritch beings.

Key aspects of the game include:

  1. Cooperative Gameplay: Players must work together to solve mysteries and prevent the awakening of one of the Great Old Ones, ancient and malevolent cosmic entities. The game is challenging, and teamwork is essential for success.
  2. Global Adventure: Investigators travel to various locations around the world, from Arkham to Tokyo, to gather clues, acquire assets, and battle monsters. Each location has unique encounters and events that contribute to the unfolding narrative.
  3. Mysteries: The core objective of the game is to solve three mysteries related to the impending return of a Great Old One. These mysteries often involve deciphering cryptic clues, battling monsters, and closing portals to otherworldly dimensions.
  4. Character Development: Players choose from a diverse roster of investigators, each with unique abilities and weaknesses. As the game progresses, characters can acquire skills, items, and allies to aid in their quest.
  5. Ancient Evils: The game features a deck of Mythos cards that introduce unexpected and often dire events, such as the awakening of ancient evils and other calamities. These cards keep the game unpredictable and maintain tension.
  6. Eldritch Horrors: The Great Old Ones, like Cthulhu and Azathoth, are central to the game’s theme. If a Great Old One awakens, players must face a final confrontation to save the world from their apocalyptic influence.

“Eldritch Horror” is known for its rich storytelling, deep thematic immersion, and the need for strategic planning and coordination among players. It can be a challenging and lengthy experience, making it a favorite among Lovecraftian horror enthusiasts and board game aficionados who enjoy cooperative, narrative-driven gameplay.

 

Eldritch Horror is een populair coöperatief bordspel ontworpen door Corey Konieczka en Nikki Valens en uitgegeven door Fantasy Flight Games. Het maakt deel uit van de “Arkham Horror” serie, die geïnspireerd is op het werk van H.P. Lovecraft en de Cthulhu Mythos.

In “Eldritch Horror” nemen spelers de rol aan van onderzoekers die de wereld over reizen om mysteries te ontrafelen en eeuwenoude, kosmische verschrikkingen te confronteren. Het spel speelt zich af in de jaren 1920 en staat bekend om zijn diepe onderdompeling in een Lovecraftiaanse wereld vol onuitsprekelijke verschrikkingen en eldritch wezens.

Belangrijke aspecten van het spel zijn onder andere:

  1. Samenwerkend Spel: Spelers moeten samenwerken om mysteries op te lossen en te voorkomen dat een van de Great Old Ones ontwaakt, oude en kwaadaardige kosmische entiteiten. Het spel is uitdagend, en teamwork is essentieel voor succes.
  2. Wereldavontuur: Onderzoekers reizen naar verschillende locaties over de hele wereld, van Arkham tot Tokyo, om aanwijzingen te verzamelen, bezittingen te verwerven en monsters te bestrijden. Elke locatie heeft unieke ontmoetingen en gebeurtenissen die bijdragen aan het zich ontvouwende verhaal.
  3. Mysteries: Het kerndoel van het spel is het oplossen van drie mysteries die verband houden met de naderende terugkeer van een Great Old One. Deze mysteries omvatten vaak het ontcijferen van cryptische aanwijzingen, het bestrijden van monsters en het sluiten van poorten naar anderewereldse dimensies.
  4. Karakterontwikkeling: Spelers kunnen kiezen uit een diverse selectie van onderzoekers, elk met unieke vaardigheden en zwaktes. Naarmate het spel vordert, kunnen personages vaardigheden, voorwerpen en bondgenoten verwerven om hen te helpen in hun zoektocht.
  5. Oude Kwaadaardigheden: Het spel bevat een deck met Mythos-kaarten die onverwachte en vaak ernstige gebeurtenissen introduceren, zoals het ontwaken van oude kwaadaardigheden en andere rampen. Deze kaarten houden het spel onvoorspelbaar en handhaven de spanning.
  6. Eldritch Horror: De Great Old Ones, zoals Cthulhu en Azathoth, staan centraal in het thema van het spel. Als een Great Old One ontwaakt, moeten spelers een laatste confrontatie aangaan om de wereld te redden van hun apocalyptische invloed.

“Eldritch Horror” staat bekend om zijn rijke verhalende elementen, diepe thematische onderdompeling en de noodzaak van strategische planning en coördinatie tussen spelers. Het kan een uitdagende en langdurige ervaring zijn, waardoor het een favoriet is onder liefhebbers van Lovecraftiaanse horror en bordspelfanaten die genieten van coöperatieve, op verhalen gebaseerde gameplay.

 

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