|A Glimmer of Pale Yellow
A preview for Miskatonic Horror, an upcoming expansion for Arkham Horror
|Arkham Horror | Published 29 March 2011||Rating||44 votes|
Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa
-The King in Yellow, Robert W. Chambers
Miskatonic Horror introduces new content for all of your Arkham Horror expansions. Now you can experience new terrors in each neck of Arkham’s outlying woods. Previously we looked at what Miskatonic Horror has to offer in combination with the Dunwich Horror expansion. Today let’s explore what you can expect when combining The King in Yellow with your copy of Miskatonic Horror.
The Tattered King
The King in Yellow expansion introduces the Herald mechanic to Arkham Horror, providing the Ancient One with a malevolent being to serve as its henchmen. The Tattered King himself appears as the expansion’s Herald, the titular character from the blasphemous play that has come to Miskatonic University. With the King lurking in town, the curtains of oblivion threaten to wash Arkham from existence.
Act cards represent the inevitable doom that follows this maddening play. In The King in Yellow three Act cards are put into play, and if Act III is ever revealed, it’s curtains for Arkham.
Miskatonic Horror adds in four new Act cards, with an all-new Overture card. There are still three Acts to the play, and players still lose if the final Act begins. However, with the Overture card starting in play, presenting new rules, Act cards are revealed in different ways. This provides a new game experience for those who have seen this play before.
A Fervent Audience
The King in Yellow is now growing in popularity. Not only are Arkham’s citizens falling for this mesmerizing play, now the towns of Dunwich, Kingsport, and Innsmouth are all experiencing the phantasmic performance for themselves.
Blight cards represent important people in Arkham who have been driven insane by bearing witness to the play. These cards present negative global effects when they enter play. Additionally, since there are only Blight cards for formidable citizens in Arkham, whenever a player draws a Location card that specifically mentions a character who now has a Blight card in play, that player faces an additional penalty.
To represent the growing popularity of the haunting play, Miskatonic Horror introduces new Blight cards that now effect citizens of Arkham’s outlying towns. These Blight cards are shuffled into your existing Blight deck when combining The King in Yellow with Dunwich Horror, Kingsport Horror, and Innsmouth Horror.
The curtains are slowly falling, and Miskatonic Horror will soon give you an encore performance of The King in Yellow. Are you prepared?
Arkham Horror is a board game of mystery and madness set in Arkham in the 1920's. 1-8 players cooperate to investigate the strange happenings about the town, and race to prevent ancient evil from surfacing.
I'm going with Two Overtures, and a new act 1 & act 2; there's no need for a new act 3 - it ends the game.
Looking forward to the release !!
So far all new additions are looking promising.
And I agree with Kenrick822, a new updated rulebook would be nice.
Lots of extra rules and explanations are now scattered on the fora, in expansion rulebooks, ...
I agree; it's probably an Overture with the three new Act cards.
Overture triggers Act I on a Mystic draw.
Act II probably triggers on a Weather and Act III on an Urban. The "Next Act" cards probably aren't needed at all, you're right—and the dilution factor will be MUCH less now.
Though, acts will now be far more common. Do you suppose the "cost" to return an Act card has probably dropped to 1 doom and 1 seal (for Acts I and II respectively)?
Notice that the article says there are 4 new act cards, so the act 1, 2 and 3 cards will likely be replaced by these new cards, so the next act begins mythos cards aren't needed at all to propel the play to it's horrifying conclusion.
I think the Overture card is the answer to the dilution of the Act cards, which seem frighteningly likely to take you Act III with just the Arkham deck (though I only got to play the expansion once). But I see your point. It might be too diluted with all three expansion boards being added, or even just two.
So, the Overture seems to force Act I to enter play earlier. Hope there is something to counter dilution of the "Next Act begins" cards, otherwise it's very likely to see Act I in play and nothing more, when playing with all expansions mixed in
I think this would be a great time to bring out a 'complete' rule book too - the core game etc has been around long enough to see it have a good complete rule book published - very much like the Tanhauser rule book !
Any comment FFG ??
This first preview looks really good, I hope that the rest is up to it.
I can't wait to get my hands on this new expansion!! Yet with all of the rules for other expansions I'm not looking forward to having to dig out yet another rule book when I'm learning to play the rules for this one. It would really be great if FFG could release a consolidated and revised rule book, like they did for Tannhauser.
This expansion sounds better & better the more I hear & with the revised Curse gameplay will be even better!
Can't wait to see what it brings to the Innsmouth and Dunwich Horror expansions!
Honestly, I think this could be really interesting. I've always like KiY - I think one of the stronger "small box" expansions - and something like this is something I've really wanted.