Arkham Horror Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Arkham Horror RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 10 Most Anticipated Board / Tabletop Games Coming in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/gv6qr/the-10-most-anticipated-board-tabletop-games-coming-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/gv6qr/the-10-most-anticipated-board-tabletop-games-coming-in-2017 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 Ty Arthur

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In the ever-expanding realm of tabletop games, there's always more high quality entries on the horizon, and these are just 10 of many, many titles set to arrive next year.

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What did you think of our picks, and what board, card, or tabletop game are you most looking forward to playing in 2017?

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Want to get started on tabletop gaming and not sure where to begin and what's worth spending money on? Check out some of these excellent entries:

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Massive Darkness

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From Wrath Of Ashardalon to Descent: Journeys Into The Dark, several of the big, expensive board game series have worked hard to recreate the typical tabletop roleplaying experience in a more structured form.

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Adding to that lineup now is Massive Darkness, a board game from Cool Mini Or Not - the company behind the Kickstarter smash hit Zombicide. For 1 - 6 players, this one pits a group of heroes against a dungeon full of enemies but requires no game master, as the rules are built around fighting the environment without a player controlling the antagonists.

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Massive Darkness is slated to land August 31st according to Amazon, and will carry a hefty $119.99 price tag.

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Elder Sign: Omens Of The Deep Expansion

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Finally we arrive at Elder Sign, a board/card mashup game that still has a ton of pieces and a decent level of complexity, but is much easier to learn and setup than the average Fantasy Flight game.

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Elder Sign is also notable for being a cooperative game rather than a competitive one - you all want to work towards staving off the apocalypse, rather than battling each other.

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While the base game takes place within the confines of a museum, Omens Of The Deep sees the investigators heading into the murky depths of the Pacific and the city of R’lyeh itself to take the fight to the deep one hordes and stop the Great Old Ones from rising.

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Just announced last month, there's no official release date yet, but expect one to come soon!

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Arkham Horror: The Dunwich Legacy Expansion

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Can you tell I'm a Cthulhu mythos fan yet? The Arkham Horror card game is a newer rendition of the complex board game of the same name, offering a really engaging way to explore the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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Diving into a truly classic story that even got a decent (if a bit cheesy) movie adaptation back in 1970, the Dunwich Legacy expansion adds in 156 new cards in addition to two new scenarios to play through with your Arkham Horror crew. This one will be landing in early 2017.

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Eldritch Horror: The Dreamlands Expansion

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If you aren't familiar with Fantasy Flight games and want to get into serious board gaming, that's the one company you should most be paying attention to in any given year.

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They put a ton of quality games covering everything from sci-fi to fantasy to horror, and have become famous for a line of Cthulhu mythos games, including Eldritch Horror, which is a globe-trotting board game for 1 - 8 players that's more complex than the stripped-down Elder Sign.

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A new expansion focused the Dreamlands area of Lovecraft's writing is set to arrive in 2017, featuring eight new investigators to employ, as well as two new ancient terrors based on the realm of dreams.

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Doom

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OK, full disclosure: much like Secret Hitler, this one actually just came out this week at the tail end of 2016, but I'm including it anyway because of how fantastic it looks, and because it was originally expected for an early 2017 release.

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A totally re-worked re-imagining of the 2004 game (which itself led to the creation of famous fantasy board game Descent: Journeys Into The Dark) this new version is meant to be inline with the updated Doom video game that launched in 2016.

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An asymmetrical entry, this edition of Doom is for 2 - 5 players and pits one player as the invading demon hordes versus the other players taking the role of respawning Doom Marines.

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Secret Hitler

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A very different entry from anything else on this list, Secret Hitler is a party game where you and your closest friends all accuse each other of being fascists until the real Hitler is revealed. What could be a better icebreaker for new acquaintances?

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Technically the game has already been released now at the very end of 2016, but it keeps going in and out of availability on Amazon as they run out of product due to the popularity, so it may be until 2017 until many are able to get the full finished version.

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Don't want to wait for the finished product? The full rules are available for free download so you can print off your own cards at home!

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Must Eat Humans

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Billed as a "reverse deck building" entry, there's a certain humor to the fact that the game's acronym is MEH, a decision that Solar Flare Games seems very cognizant of in its marketing.

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There's been a ton of zombie board / card games already: Zombicide, Last Night On Earth, Zombies!!!, Zombie Town, etc. etc. So what sets this one apart?

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This time around you ARE the zombie horde, seeking to eat the remaining survivors and build up a bigger undead army before they can regroup and wipe you out with superior weaponry.

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The game is still in development and is expected out in 2017 to be playable by 2 - 6 players at a time.

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Dark Souls: The Board Game

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Long rumored but not officially announced until a crowd funding campaign back in April, the devastatingly hard Dark Souls series is now making the transition to the tabletop world.

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Playable either solo or in multiplayer co-op mode, the game will have you exploring new tile areas of the bard as iconic classes from Dark Souls and engaging in extremely difficult battles... and yes, you are expected to die and be reborn at a bonfire to tackle those challenges again.

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While the Kickstarter campaign estimated an April 2017 release date, Amazon is showing that Dark Souls will be available at the end of July.

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Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains

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As an old fogey, I remember when The Red Dragon Inn was only a single box set from a then-unknown Slugfest Games. I had to travel far to track down a copy at a game story several towns over after hearing about it via word of mouth. Needless to say popularity has exploded in the intervening years in this hilarious, hard-drinking riff on the typical fantasy party of adventurers.

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The sixth base game set is now on the horizon, having just been successfully crowd funded for $130,000, and this time around instead of adding new heroes to lose all their gold via gambling, the game will focus instead on villains like a vampire, goblin king, mummy, and medusa.

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The tavern wench is also getting a demonic makeover in this good-to-be-bad sequel. I wonder if Obsidian's Tyranny RPG had any influence here? There's not a specific release date yet, but early 2017 is expected.

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Bears Vs. Babies

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If the artwork didn't tip you off, yes, this is from popular web comic The Oatmeal, again bringing us some horrifying nonsense shenanigans in the vein of previous card game Exploding Kittens.

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Bears vs Babies is a card game where you build handsome, incredible monsters who go to war with horrible, awful babies. Whoever eats the most babies wins! Expect a fast-paced entry where you'll laugh more than engage in any sort of strategy.

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Netting a respectable $3.2 million via Kickstarter, this card game is expected to arrive in June of 2017.

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While we are focused primarily on PC and console games, most here at GameSkinny are dedicated gamers of all stripes, with more than a few Magic: The Gathering, D&D, or Arkham Horror players among our writers and editors.

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We've extensively covered many of the most anticipated video games coming next year, from horror titles to shooters and everything in between. Now it's time to move away from the TV screen and over to the tabletop for a peak into the future at 10 board / card games you should be playing next year!

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Five board games you can play by yourself! https://www.gameskinny.com/2f5c8/five-board-games-you-can-play-by-yourself https://www.gameskinny.com/2f5c8/five-board-games-you-can-play-by-yourself Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:17:27 -0400 Engela Snyman

Getting a group together to play board games is not only a hassle, it can be downright impossible -- and oftentimes discouraging. So for us lone gamers, here are a few top-notch board games we can play when our friends ditch us for a LAN party.

5. Arkham Horror

For any fan of H.P. Lovecraft, this game will scratch that itch for Cthulhu awesomeness.

The game is set in Arkham City during the 1930's, where gates are opening to other realms, unleashing madness and chaos upon the world. And now it's up to a randomly-selected team of heroes to go up against a randomly-selected Great Old One for some random ass dice roll fun.

Dice rolls are the core of the game -- and most times you'll be losing, which is what you should expect from any Lovecraft game. Arkham Horror tells great stories, and does so in both amazing and painful ways -- mostly painful, because the game is hard. It's complicated and convoluted and crazy, and that's what makes it such a fun and memorable game.

In play time it easily clock in at 2-3 hours for the average loner. It's sister game, Eldritch Horror is another good pick, but Arkham has the stronger theme of the two, and it really pulls you into the dark streets of its city.

4. Ghost Stories

Complicated yet sleek, Ghost Stories is probably one of the best solo games you will find.

Playing as a group of Taoist monks, you will attempt to exorcise Ghosts that are trying to destroy the village -- and stop the incarnation of Wu-Feng from destroying the world. There is a lot to learn in the game, from QI points to Tao tokens to Ying Yang tokens to ghost abilities to Taoist abilities...and the list just drones on. But once you get all this down, it really flows quickly and can clock in at about and hour -- even less for a solo game.

Hands down, the artwork is some of the most energetic, flowing, and vibrant you will find in a board game, and is honestly worth a buy solely for that. But beyond that, Ghost Stories is tactical and challenging, and with a theme to die for.

3. Mage Knight

Dive into the world of magic, exploration, and a shit ton of rules to remember. Mage Knight has all this in spades, and is a fun ride to boot. Taking place in the world of Mage Knight, this game has some fun exploration elements mixed with strategy drafting and battles. It has one heckuva learning curve, but if you're going to be playing alone, why not make the most of it?

The game has you build your strength with leveling and card-drafting, which can make it a lengthy game on a good day. The exploration phase in the game has you diving head long into dungeons running over fields, taking over territory and fighting for every piece you claim. It's a slow burn which forces you to think, and think damned hard.

But for anyone looking for a complicated fantasy theme, Mage Knight is probably the game for you.

2. Onirim

This game is short, fast, and the theme is unique -- almost beautiful in nature. Onirim captures the essence of dreams in cards. You are trying escape a dream realm while searching for keys and doors.

Essentially a match three game, Onirim has you combining cards to create said doors -- and then using keys to open them. But beware, the Nightmares are everywhere in the game, and they won't make life easy for you.

Onirim is small, quick and easy to learn -- and to play. Game-time is no more than 15 minutes at the most. It's something to do while waiting, or just to have some fun, and it really is a lot of fun.

1. Kingdom Death: Monster

And the mother of all solo games -- Kingdom Death: Monster is probably the biggest, heaviest and most awesome game on this list.

A story-driven game based on Kingdom Death, the game offers choices, RPG elements, characters, leveling up and epic gear -- it's the D&D game for people with no D&D.

Essentially this is three games in one: hunting, fighting and building. Each 'phase' has different rules and gameplay, so every campaign you attempt will work out a lot differently. You can craft gear, create villages and duel epic monsters all through one game. And like D&D, the campaign is ongoing.

The monster miniatures are beyond epic, and the board is dark, gritty -- though maybe a little dull -- and fits into the theme well. With eight full monsters to battle -- each with unique cards and abilities -- and more expansions already underway, Kindgom Death: Monster is the best game for any solo player to own.

At least next time you're ditched for a girl, movie, or outing, you'll have a few games to pick from that will let you have a blast all by your lonesome.

Which loner games do you guys recommend that weren't on the list? If you're more of an eSports person, you can also check out our top eSports games for single players

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