|The Continuing Curse
Announcing the revised Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion for Arkham Horror
|Arkham Horror | Published 21 March 2011|
A new exhibit has come to the Arkham Museum of History, featuring some of the oldest and most mysterious relics to be unearthed in Egypt. However, a series of strange events has prevented the exhibit from opening, and now it is rumored that several ancient artifacts have gone missing. The police have increased the number of patrols all over Arkham, and any vigilante investigators will have to evade these bumbling sentries if they hope to get to the bottom of the disappearances...
Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of a revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, an expansion for Arkham Horror. An ancient curse has fallen on Arkham, and it is rumored that several mysterious artifacts have gone missing from the “Legacy of the Pharaohs” museum exhibit. Yet, anyone who seeks these lost treasures finds only horror and madness.
The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) is an updated version of the original The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion released in 2006.
Why a Revised Edition?
The original Curse of the Dark Pharaoh was the first of Arkham Horror's many successful expansions, and has seen a great number of printings since it was originally published almost five years ago. However, as FFG developed the Arkham Horror play experience over the years, this expansion came to become the one that deviated most from our later Arkham Horror design vision, and over time came to stand apart from the Arkham Horror family as a whole.
With this Revised Edition, the Arkham Horror design team has remade Curse of the Dark Pharaoh from the ground up, incorporated errata, re-balanced cards to better fit with Arkham Horror's current ecosystem, and added new game elements.
For those unfamiliar with this expansion, The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion adds the following to your Arkham Horror board game:
The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) lets Arkham Horror players explore ancient powers through Exhibit Item and Exhibit Encounter cards. Exhibit Items are legendary relics of the mysterious past, able to aid investigators in their fight against the Ancient One, and Exhibit Encounter cards let players search for Exhibit Items specifically.
In the original Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, players could only acquire Exhibit Items through random encounters. However, in this new edition, there is a more direct way to get your hands on these cherished artifacts.
The Ancient Whispers marker moves around Arkham, representing rumors and reports pertaining to the museum’s missing exhibit items. Investigators who encounter this marker will draw cards from the Exhibit Encounter deck, potentially finding a powerful weapon or spell. However, strange events often befall all who seek these mystical artifacts, so do not pursue them heedlessly...
The Dark Pharaoh Herald Sheet
The revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh includes a Herald sheet for the Pharaoh himself, the Avatar of Nyarlathotep. His dangerous presence makes it more challenging for investigators to uncover the secrets of his artifacts and origins. While his curse affects the town, players will slowly be driven insane by acquiring his wicked relics.
In light of the strange events happening around Arkham, the police have begun to take notice. No longer can investigators stroll through neighborhoods brandishing their guns and occult paraphernalia without repercussion. Certain Event cards now cause Patrol Markers to be placed on the board, which represent patrol cars keeping a close eye on the neighborhood. Investigators will need to sneak by or risk being arrested.
Other Additions to Arkham Horror
On top of these new additions, The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) also contains Benefit and Detriment cards, which provide investigators with good and bad lingering effects. Also included are 90 Ancient One cards, 21 Spells, and 7 Allies.
This expansion will be compatible with the upcoming Miskatonic Horror expansion, which will add new Exhibit Encounter and Exhibit Item cards.
Listen carefully, the ancient whispers are calling. There is no escaping The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, coming this spring with a retail price of $24.95.
Arkham Horror is a board game of mystery and madness set in Arkham in the 1920's. 1-8 players cooperate to investigate the strange happenings about the town, and race to prevent ancient evil from surfacing.
I'm in. Speaking as one who already has the original the new gameplay mechanics and updated cards are enough for me to plunge on buying the expansion. Thanks for revisiting this FFG. It's going to very difficult to pull my wife away from Mansions of Madness, but things like this certainly help.
Hope FFG offers an "Upgrade" to those of us who own the previous version.
Maybe mail in a certain exhibit item card to prove we each own the expansion.
From the description, it sounds more like a totally revamped expansion. I think I can tough out purchasing a new box, even just to get the great box art.
I echo Blark sentiment. The expansion need an upgrade, but what if I already posses the original?
Sounds like what this expansion needs.
Will those of us who own the original version have a chance to get just the updated components, or will we be foreced to buy a whole new set and replace the old entirely?