News for February 2011
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Announcing the first update for the Arkham Horror Toolkit
Arkham Horror Toolkit | Published 03 February 2011

The streets of Arkham teem with the foul sorcery of the Ancient Ones. No one is safe while these ageless powers stir in their slumber, and it is up to you to rid the world of their presence. Do you want to face such opposition empty-handed?

The Arkham Horror Toolkit is the latest addition to the Fantasy Flight Games media catalog, now available on the iTunes App Store. This useful app gives gamers a way to utilize the exciting capabilities of their iPhone and iPad when joining their friends to combat the Ancient Ones in Arkham Horror, the classic cooperative board game of Lovecraftian horror.

This highly functional application reduces setup time, saves table space, and provides easy-to-navigate menus to help keep your games of Arkham Horror moving along smoothly. The latest Arkham Horror Toolkit update ensures that users have even more control and more options when exploring the streets of Arkham.

Expand Your Limits

One of the biggest additions to the app is the ability to control how expansion content is added to your game. All of the Arkham Horror expansions to date are available as in-app purchases, giving users access to expansion Location cards and Investigators. While expansion Investigators are always available, the new Version 1.1 update now lets you choose whether or not to add the expansion Location cards to your game, giving you greater customization of your Arkham Horror experience.

A Fist Full of Elder Signs

The dice roller has also been improved with the addition of available presets. Normally users simply press the die icon multiple times to add more dice to the virtual tabletop. Now you can hold your finger on the die icon to bring up the dice preset menu (pictured to the right). Using this menu, you can immediately add from three to ten dice to the table with the touch of a single button.

Follow the Clues with Ease

Finally, the Version 1.1 update also makes the Arkham Horror Toolkit even easier to use, with added features for improved navigation and a streamlined options interface. This makes browsing the available Investigators and navigating the streets of Arkham a breeze. Now is the time to equip yourselves and save Arkham from its impending doom. With expanded help menus, added versatility, and regular updates to meet the demands of users, the Arkham Horror Toolkit is constantly improving.


(And you thought picking your Investigator and double-tapping for Location cards was already easy...)

For more information, be sure to check out the support page, where a compiled FAQ will supplement the in-app help menus.

So what are you waiting for? Cthulhu’s awakening? Head to the App Store and discover the Arkham Horror Toolkit today!

The Arkham Horror Toolkit is a full suite of tools designed to augment and enhance your Arkham Horror experience. Whether you use the Dice Roller, Investigator tool, Location Deck, Map Display, or all of the above, the Arkham Horror Toolkit will take care of the bookkeeping for you. This wide range of time-saving functions will let you concentrate on what’s most important: ridding Arkham of the dark forces that seek to overtake it.

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Marpa
Published: 1/12/2012 10:53:33 AM
#26

  +1 for an android version!

Sebastian DuArgo
Published: 7/16/2011 12:14:56 PM
#25

Android App, please!

BryceS
Published: 6/5/2011 3:01:02 PM
#24

 @ Ken the Kat

Android is currently the market leading operating system for smartphones (like Windows for PCs) - 36% of the smartphones sold worldwide in Q1 2011 run Android. Lots of manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, LG, etc. use Android as the operating system for many of their phones.

The next biggest selling operating system was Symbian, used on Nokia phones with a market share of 27.4%

Apple devices such as the iPhone run an operating system called iOS - with 16.8% market share.

Following that was RIM (Blackberry) on 12.9% and finally Windows Phone (3.6%).

So by writing this application only for iPhone, Fantasy Flight is ignoring not only the operating system with the largest market share (Android), but a whopping 83.2% of the people who bought a smartphone in the first quarter of 2011.

Looking at the raw numbers you'd think that Fantasy Flight were completely bonkers to target Apple devices to the exclusion of the market leader, but it's not quite as barking mad as it first sounds. Blackberry devices have traditionally been aimed at business, and Nokia devices have been broadly aimed at the business and low-end smartphone market. Indeed Nokia have ceased development on Symbian and will now be using Windows Phone on their new high-end devices, so it is understandable that Fantasy Flight are not targeting these platforms. It is also the case that the surge in Android popularity has been relatively recent, so there are still more users of iPhones out there, even though Android is currently outselling them.

Also although Android is the clear market leader, many people do not go out specifically to buy an Android phone, it's just that most of the best phones on the market today from many manufacturers run Android. Many people who bought iPhones, deliberately bought an Apple product and were willing to pay a premium to do so. Current evidence is that people who buy iPhones are generally more likely to pay money to download apps, whereas people with Android phones tend to go for free apps. However there are also many reasons behind this - there are fewer big-name companies developing paid-for apps on Android, so there are less to buy. Also as the tools to develop for Android are free, there are lots of people who are willing to produce Apps for free, undercutting anybody who wants to make money - a paid-for app needs to offer something very special.

As iOS only runs on Apple devices, there is a very limited number of hardware variations. Android runs on lots of different phones with different screen sizes and resolutions, different processor speeds and different amounts of memory. It is therefore a lot simpler to develop an application for iPhone, as lots less effort needs to go in to dealing with the different permutations of devices.

Having said all that, there is a significant market of people like me who are idealogically opposed to the way that Apple locks down their devices and deliberately choose Android as an alternative. It could be argued that these sort of people overlap with the sort of people who avoid traditional board games and look out instead for the more niche market of games based on early 20th Century horror...

Ken the Kat
Published: 5/22/2011 7:58:42 AM
#23

As a non-technoid, can someone explain what an Android version is.

Toad
Published: 5/18/2011 5:16:18 PM
#22

Another request for an Android version.

Thanks.

praxil
Published: 4/3/2011 11:59:51 AM
#21

I would really like to be able to see the last few location cards picked up instead of just seeing the last card picked, for those investigators who can choose between two different locations.

titorez
Published: 3/31/2011 3:23:27 PM
#20

I go for the android version!! Pretty Please??

Komodo
Published: 2/21/2011 11:47:30 PM
#19

Android PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mason240
Published: 2/16/2011 10:11:02 PM
#18

 Why no Android app?

 

Did you want to test on the inferior platform first?

Nekrobarr
Published: 2/9/2011 1:27:11 AM
#17

Looks pretty neat. 

Another for Android here!

Metatron
Published: 2/8/2011 7:07:51 AM
#16

Another one votes for an Android Version!

Hein99
Published: 2/6/2011 10:56:48 AM
#15

Yes! I'm also geeked up for an app like this for Android.
+1

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