News for October 2011
A Traveling Exhibit 36
Announcing Elder Sign: Omens, an application for your digital device
Elder Sign: Omens | Published 19 October 2011

Then suddenly he began trying to keep the hideous images he had formerly been trying to banish. He tried to keep them because they were giving place to still more hideous ones. In spite of himself his memory began reconstructing the utterly non-human blasphemies that lurked in the obscurer corners, and these lumpish hybrid growths oozed and wriggled toward him as though hunting him down in a circle. Black Tsathoggua moulded itself from a toad-like gargoyle to a long, sinuous line with hundreds of rudimentary feet, and a lean, rubbery night-gaunt spread its wings as if to advance and smother the watcher.
      – H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, The Horror in the Museum

Unfathomable horrors are entering our world, using a museum’s long-forgotten relics as focal points for their dark plots. Can you gather the ancient weapons necessary to send them back to the abyss from whence they came?

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Elder Sign: Omens, a digital game for your iOS, Mac OS X, and Android device! Approximating the popular dice game’s addictive experience in a portable new medium, Elder Sign: Omens ensures that there’s no escaping the horrors of the Ancient Ones.

The beta version of this exciting new application was unveiled at last weekend’s Arkham Nights convention, where attendees commented on its sharp, detailed graphics. FFG staff was on hand to help with the basics of the application, but after just a couple of turns, Omens’ intuitive interface had players solving tasks and vanquishing monsters on their own!

Even special guest Richard Launius stopped by for a quick demo... but ended up playing Elder Sign: Omens for nearly two hours, reluctantly setting our iPad aside only when his seminar schedule finally demanded it.

A familiar challenge, and all-new experience

Elder Sign: Omens allows players to build the perfect team of up to four intrepid investigators as they work to prevent the emergence of Azathoth, the demon god of the unnamable void. His arrival will surely spell the end of human existence, but if you can use your investigators’ skills wisely, you’ll stave off destruction. All sixteen of Elder Sign’s unique investigators stand ready to face these otherworldly horrors; control any number of them in your own solo game, or “pass and play” with your friends!

But while Elder Sign: Omens brilliantly conveys the spirit of the Elder Sign dice game, a few noteworthy differences were adopted to optimize the mobile play experience:

  • Arguably the most powerful Ancient One in Lovecraft’s Mythos, Azathoth’s awesome power is indisputable. This infinitely destructive deity is therefore the focal point of Elder Sign: Omens, and the only available Ancient One.
  • A number of subtle changes increase the peril of defending humanity. For example, the random negative effects drawn every midnight are more challenging, and the frequency of “no effect” results has been decreased. Monsters have likewise been altered to make them more difficult.
  • Finally, there are no Ally cards in Elder Sign: Omens, which further streamlines play while increasing the overall challenge.

Want to see the results in action? Click the link below to view the first installment of Elder Sign: Omens’ in-game instructional guide. The first of four videos accessible within the application, this short overview presents the basics of Elder Sign: Omens.

A Gate is Opening

Can you stand against the impending arrival of Azathoth? Keep checking back for more, and look for Elder Sign: Omens on the App Store, Mac App Store, and Android Marketplace in the coming weeks.

Elder Sign: Omens is a digital device application that lets you recreate the horrifying tension of Elder Sign wherever you go. Pass and play with up to three of your friends, or try to best your previous attempts with the detailed scoring system. With Elder Sign: Omens, there’s no escaping the horrors of the Ancient Ones.

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Published: 11/1/2011 8:17:52 PM

 I'm still waiting for the iPad version. 

Published: 10/31/2011 4:27:42 PM

 The iPhone version is out on the App Store right now!

Published: 10/31/2011 10:50:33 AM

I would also like to hear of any release date set.   All I see everywhere is "In a few weeks." More news would be great!

Published: 10/31/2011 9:31:29 AM

 I heard rumors of a Halloween release date. I assume that was wrong. Any rough idea of a release date so that I don't waste time checking the app store every night? ;-)

Published: 10/26/2011 3:04:44 PM

Yes. Now how about an Android app for the Android? That'd really be something...

Published: 10/24/2011 2:31:43 PM

This is a great start, but I would love to see other games ported over to iOS and Android.

Decent, Mansions of Madness, Arkham Horror, LotR:LCG....there are so many.

Published: 10/22/2011 9:29:24 PM

This looks great. I've been tempted by the analog version of the game but this would be a good way to try before I buy. My only problem is that my Android Tablet can't access the Android Market ... so my only option is to buy it via an Android emulator and then side load it. That is unless FFG makes it available on more than one market ... say the Amazon app store (hint, hint). Of course, its all moot unless it runs on an older version of Android. The info page didn't list the supported version. Anybody have an idea?

Published: 10/22/2011 3:19:47 AM

 Android!....finally. Lets hope it sells well so FFG decide to make the toolkits for Arkham Horror on android too

Published: 10/21/2011 9:21:51 AM

Although cthulu isnt my cup of tea, i will buy this as i buy every boardgame adaptation to the ipad, its become my preferred way to play as i can bring my entire collection to the table

Published: 10/21/2011 4:09:37 AM

 excellent, cant wait to get this for the ipad and iphone, wish they were multi platform as buying twice is a bit bad, but not to expensive so a must buy..

Published: 10/20/2011 7:53:40 PM

Nook color app is kind of the oddball of the Android app world (it claims to be its own thing or something stupid like that), so I hope FFG considers hosting on the Nook Color app store. I know I'll instantly buy it! *hint hint*

Published: 10/20/2011 1:20:01 PM

I am pleased as punch to see FFG finally really taking a look at doing some electronic versions of their games. Elder Sign is a great first choice, but I really, really hope to see you work on more of this. Being able to play Arkham Horror on the computer with my friends would be great, and I'm sure there are many other games that would have a pretty big audience. I could see games like Descent or Mansions of Madness being pretty interesting this way too, or Battlestar Galactica seems well-suited for an online game.

I'm also glad to see that this isn't just for mobile devices. I'll be picking up the Mac version for sure, but I hope you guys will also consider some of the other systems that have been suggested: PCs could use some love here, and X-box Live Arcade, Playstation Network, or WiiWare would seem to be good fits for a game like this (heck, so would the DS store, to add another mobile device to the list).

Really, really hoping that this isn't a one-shot attempt (though if it is, I'm glad we're at least getting it and as I said Elder Sign is a terrific choice)...I would love to see more video game versions of Fantasy Flight stuff!

As someone else commented, the recent Magic: The Gathering video game releases prove that you can actually put a complex board/card game out on video game consoles or computers and people will play it...I'd adore seeing this turn into a trend.

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