A new Arkham Horror: The Card Game Revised Core Set is coming soon from Fantasy Flight Games.
There’s a new launching point for Arkham Horror: The Card Game with a revised core set coming from FFG. This is great news for new players as it’s the perfect launching point to start a collection and start playing. And FFG has a good breakdown of the new stuff in the box.
“With a revamped system of organization and a number of quality-of-life improvements, this new version of the beloved LCG’s core set is the perfect way for someone to dive into the game. The box comes with everything you need to get your Arkham campaigns started, including enough cards and components for up to three other players to join you in your quest against the Mythos. Read on to learn more about Arkham Horror: The Card Game and why it has captivated players for almost five whole years!”
Did you catch that? There’s enough cards for players in the box to support 4 total players right from the start as well as some additional upgrade cards to improve your deck as the campaign rolls on. This is a nice change from the current box which could really only support 2 players at once. That meant that for a 4 player campaign, you really needed to purchase two core sets. That was okay for having extra tokens but there was a lot of wasted cards (like the extra encounter/campaign cards as well as the investigators – you didn’t need two copies of Roland Banks for example).
If you’re brand new or if you played a few games and wanted to get your own collection started, this new revised set is perfect for that. But what about old veterans? Well I’ve got some good news – you’re good. You don’t need to buy this new set as you’ve probably got all the stuff inside.
“To be honest, nothing about the game itself has changed. This is still the same Arkham Horror: The Card Game that many have come to know and love over the past five years, and none of the cards included in the Revised Core Set are new to the game. The rules are the same, the campaign is the same, the experience is the same. Even the cards are mostly the same, with the only difference being the inclusion of a handful of higher-level cards from some of the game’s earlier expansions to give newer players more options when spending experience. But even then, these cards already exist as part of the game, which means if you already have all the existing Arkham Horror LCG products, then there will not be anything in the Revised Core Set that you need for yourself.”
That said, if you ARE an old hat at Arkham, you might have noticed the new card art for the investigators…and yeah, that’s going to be a thing:
Some of the cards in the revised core set do have new art. However, mechanically and stat-wise, they are all the same. But if you’re a collector I know this is very tempting…
There are a few other quality of life changes, too. For example there are new tokens like the numbered resource and clue/doom tokens as well as a lead investigator token, too:
Oh man… I know I don’t NEED a revised core set…but those extras are kind of nice. Maybe FFG will do a print run of the extra tokens for us veteran players? Maybe a nice metal “Lead Investigator” token? They’ve done things like that before for other games – just sayin!
Anyhow, the new revised set is due out in October of 2021. Maybe just in time for a new Arkham Invocation event? The timing would be just about perfect.
“The boundaries between worlds have drawn perilously thin. Dark forces work in the shadows and call upon unspeakable horrors, strange happenings are discovered all throughout the city of Arkham, Massachusetts, and behind it all an Ancient One manipulates everything from beyond the veil. It is time to revisit that which started it all…”
I’m digging these new changes to FFG’s LCG releases. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store.