We’re back to Lovecraft and games today, with E for Eldritch Horror. Unlike Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror is one of the newer games to come out of Fantasy Flight’s Licence to all things Lovecraftian.
The basic board game premise is that instead of being confined to Arkham, you are traveling the world, with a global cadre of experts, all of whom have been touched by the horror that is the Old Ones or their disciples. Each character has, as ever, pros and cons to each character.
My favorite is Diana Stanley, the redeemed cultist. She’s an ex Silver Twilight Lodge member, which has been a perennial part of the background (first appearing as Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight, who are the primary antagonists in the Call of Cthulhu campaign Shadows of Yog Sothoth, back in the RPG books, and having nods to them in Arkham Horror (2005 onwards definitely) and the card game of the same name). Though she has a will of only 1, she’s powerful in her own way, and the back story text – as I’ve found on almost all of the characters in the game – was rich, evocative and interesting. She also plays well with my style, which is something we’ll be discussing in the coming weeks in the blog, and why it’s so important for the enjoyment of games.
And also, it’s nice to see that it strays the grey line of people being redeemed. Cultists in the games are ‘bad guys’ for the most part, so it was
There are several paths to victory, or failure, which also means that the game is amazingly fun and endlessly repeatable.
It’s possible you’ll find one of my favorite mechanics pretty quickly, depending on how unlucky you are. That mechanic is that once your character dies, not only do you drop your equipment, but your character card is left behind, and depending on if (a) someone visits, and (b) whether you died by physical or mental depletion. Each then gives a ‘grace note’ or end of
Overall, it’s a really great game and one of our favorite additions to the games shelf, and one I rate very highly in the Lovecraftian Universe.
Grab your copy here, if it sounds interesting!