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FFG: Elder Sign Omens of the Pharaoh Preview

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Dec 27 2017

Fantasy Flight Games shows off the new investigators and other surprises in the Omens of the Pharaoh expansion!

Elder Sign is a fast-paced cooperative dice game where a team of 1-to-8 players are attempting to stave off the return of the Ancient Ones. It’s latest expansion takes the place in Egypt as an ancient evil named is attempting to return. Omens of the Pharaoh pits the players against the forces of Nephren-Ka, known as the Dark Pharaoh, and they must defeat him or his terrible presence will come back and bring Egypt to it’s knees…

Cairo, Dashur and Beyond

The Expansion will introduce two new locations in Egypt: the relatively safe Cairo and the dangerous Dashur.


Cairo will function as a “homebase” of sorts. It’s not completely safe – but it’s farther away from the Dark Pharaoh’s presence. Most parties will want to stock up in Cairo before venturing for to Dashur to test their strength.

According to FFG:

The sepulchral excavations at Dashur have unearthed spectral horrors that grow in numbers and strength with every passing moment. Unfortunately for the investigators, the keys to defeating the Dark Pharaoh are secreted within these ruins. Elder Signs and powerful Relics are much more abundant in Dashur’s adventures, and your team will need to risk spending time among the ruins to stop Nephren-Ka’s return.


Players are going to have to go to Dashur if they want to defeat Nephren-Ka…but going there ill equipped is a recipe for disaster.

Dark Pharaoh Special Adventures

The Forces of the Dark Pharaoh are represented by 4 new Special Adventure cards. These are a direct threat to the players and they must be dealt with because if all 4 of them happen to come into play at the same time then Nephren-Ka himself is immediately summoned! Players will want to delay that encounter for as long as possible – facing an Ancient One is no easy task!

New Investigators

It wouldn’t be a proper expansion with out new investigators. Preston Fairmont “The Millionaire” is joining the expedition into the Desert. After acquiring a new relic from Egypt he began to have nightmares. Those have created an intense urge to go to Egypt and seek out a cause. Thankfully, he’s got more money than sense and can travel in style. Anytime Preston get a new common or unique item, he may regain one sanity or one stamina. If money can’t buy you happiness, it can at least keep you alive…

Carson Sinclair “The Butler” is a loyal servant and has followed Preston into the Desert as well. His previous employer was the owner of the relic that has apparently started to give Mr. Fairmont nightmares. It, apparently, also caused his former master to go a bit mad and sent him on a quest to Egypt. Now Carson Sinclair wants to learn what happened and hopefully prevent it from happening again.


As a Butler, Carson has become quite resourceful and can be a great aid to other investigators. When he spends a trophy on entrance, the cost of each option is reduced by 1 – this can really add up!

If you’d like to learn more about Elder Sign you can check that out HERE. If you want to learn more about the Omens of the Pharaoh Expansion FFG has an announcement article and a preview HERE.

Omens of the Pharaoh $24.95

Elder Sign: Omens of the Pharaoh is an expansion for Elder Sign, a dice game for one to eight players filled with Lovecraftian horrors. Based on the Dark Pharaoh expansion for the Elder Sign: Omens app, a team of investigators must join an expedition into Egypt to stop the rise of the Dark Pharaoh Nephren-Ka!

In Omens of the Pharaoh, the investigators will discover that there are some mysteries best left buried. An archeological expedition in the deserts of Egypt has brought your team of investigators face to face with the threat of the Dark Pharaoh, Nephren-Ka, who seeks to once again stalk the earth after being struck down centuries ago. The Lightless Pyramid game mode lets the investigators travel back and forth between Cairo and Dashur to gather supplies and gain special gameplay advantages by advancing the party’s Expedition. Gather powerful Relics to bolster your chances of stopping Nephren-Ka and explore Hidden Chambers to reveal the powerful Elder Signs that you’ll need to stop the rise of the Ancient One!


Sand…so much sand…

Author: Adam Harrison
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