FFG: Mansions of Madness

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It’s Fantasy Flight Games Second Edition of Mansions of Madness – Eldrich Horrors await…

This year at GenCon 2016 we stopped by the Fantasy Flight Games booth and had a look around. Now, one of the things we didn’t show off was the new Mansions of Madness board game. Well let’s just skip right to the unboxing then!

If you’re a fan of Mansions of Madness then I’ve got some great news for you – this game builds on that foundation but changes things up to keep it even more interesting! Plus, because the App takes on the role of the Keeper, everyone can play as an investigator and all go crazy together – isn’t that nice?!

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I do want to mention that the box also has cards and punch-outs for all the old characters, too. If you have the First Edition box, scenarios and expansion FFG has you covered.

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The Cards come in a new format as you see here and there are a handful of new investigators as well. The miniatures are the same style grey plastic we’ve seen in previous versions of the game as well. They come with bases for all the creatures as well as cardboard punch-outs that slide into the bases:

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As far as the App goes – it’s pretty slick. I think FFG did a pretty good job of integrating the App and the Board Game. Not many games manage to pull of the combination of Digital & Analog gaming but this one does it better than I was expecting. I think they learned a lot from X-COM and even the previous Mansions game. The App is mandatory for play, but if you still wanted to have a Keeper, you could have them manage the App while the other players investigate. On top of that, because the App can handle everything, you can also play solo. That’s something I might give a try. On a bright, sunny day. With the lights on. And a friend in the next room… It’s scary I tell ya!

Where can you get the app? Good question:

The Mansions of Madness app is available for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows. Tablet and mobile Apple iOS users can download the app in iTunes. Android users can download the app via Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android. Mac and PC users can download the app on Steam.

It’s nice to see that FFG has everything ready to go day ONE! That’s how you launch a digital product with a board game!

Mansions of Madness Second Edition

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Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a fully cooperative, app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldrich Horror and Elder Sign. Let the immersive app guide you through the veiled streets of Innsmouth and the haunted corridors of Arkham’s cursed mansions as you search for answers and respite. Eight brave investigators stand ready to confront four scenarios of fear and mystery, collecting weapons, tools, and information, solving complex puzzles, and fighting monsters, insanity, and death. Open the door and step inside these hair-raising Mansions of Madness Second Edition. It will take more than just survival to conquer the evils terrorizing this town.”

 

 

If it’s just a board game then why do I feel like my iPad is trying to summon the Ancient Ones?

  • Aezeal

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

  • bobrunnicles

    So when my phone runs out of power I can no longer play the game? That’s the biggest issue I have with ‘app-driven’ games.

    • Aezeal

      Just bring a charger with you if you want to play that game? Whenever I move in my house I’m tripping over chargers so I don’t really see the problem.

      • bobrunnicles

        Not always easy to pull off when playing at a store with a fairly open plan layout, which is where I do the majority of my gaming. So now I need to take my charger, an extension cord and possibly a multiple socket adaptor? I just find it unfortunate that the game is simply NOT PLAYABLE without the app to drive things 🙁

        • Aezeal

          Ow store play… I don’t tend to play board games in store so didn’t think about that.