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This Was The Shark-Jumper For Me
on April 10, 2013
Arkham Horror had become a "dolls house" game by the time this was put out, with people (me included) queuing up to buy the latest expansion (sometimes twice if early adoption produced poor rules).
Well, thank Azathoth Itself this was the last expansion for the game because FFG would have gotten no more money from me afterward anyway.
My own fault in a way, because I pre-ordered it based on the fact it was a new expansion and the box was one of the big ones. I was expecting a board-based expansion.
Yes there are a lot of cards in the box, but most of them have such specific prerequisites that you'll only usually be playing with a fraction of them (unless I've completely misunderstood the purpose).
The box is the same size as the "board" expansions, but could have been an Elder Sign sized one as most of the internal space is air. I opened mine in front of my LFGS owner and we both just stared and said "What the..."
The cards are beautiful, the usual high quality affair and that does cost to put in front of people, but the fact is that each of the subsets of these cards could have been made available for those who felt the need at a fraction of the cost of the full "one-size fits nobody" version, maybe in sachet packaging.
My overall feeling was that I'd been royally taken and I decided right there that I'd not buy anything else from this game series again.
I also question the utility of cards that can only be used if more than one expansion is used, since adding two extra boards to the basic set would require something the size of an English billiard table to accommodate, a footprint I doubt very many can achieve in the home. I stand ready to be contradicted.
Your mileage will certainly vary, of course, and if you've exhausted the possibilities of AH, AH+DH, AH+IH, AH+KH, AH+DH+IH, AH ...... AH+IH+KH+TBGOOW+TLATT+TCOTDP+TKIY then you have no other choice but to either buy this box and double your options or to play a different game altogether.