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A Print on Demand expansion for Mansions of Madness is now available

He was in the changeless, legend-haunted city of Arkham, with its clustering gambrel roofs that sway and sag over attics where witches hid from the King's men in the dark, olden years of the Province. Nor was any spot in that city more steeped in macabre memory than the gable room which harboured him - for it was this house and this room which had likewise harboured old Keziah Mason, whose flight from Salem Gaol at the last no one was ever able to explain.
      –H.P. Lovecraft, Dreams in the Witch House

A bright young Miskatonic University student has disappeared, having checked in to an infamous Arkham boarding house to study its reported supernatural properties. Now, as the celebration of Walpurgis Eve approaches, you and your fellow investigators are tasked with venturing into the decaying Witch House and solving a mystery that has plagued Arkham for generations. But are you prepared to face the horrors that await you?

Season of the Witch, a Print on Demand story expansion for Mansions of Madness, is now available through our webstore! Designed by Richard Launius (Arkham Horror, Elder Sign), Season of the Witch is a single-scenario expansion that sends players on a tense and terrifying race against the clock. Can you solve the mysteries of the Witch House before they consume Arkham forever?

What is Print on Demand?

Debuted back in March with our announcement of expansions for Space Hulk – Death Angel: The Card Game, Print on Demand is an exciting new process that allows Fantasy Flight Games to produce professionally finished cards on a made-to-order basis, which opens up new opportunities for expanding existing games.

This process (not to be confused with Print and Play), results in smaller print runs of professionally manufactured products, allowing publishers to provide fans with content that would otherwise not be commercially viable. If you’re a retailer interested in carrying our Print on Demand products, visit our Professional Zone website to learn more.

No stranger to the horrors of Arkham...

Season of the Witch is an engrossing story expansion from the mind of celebrated game designer Richard Launius, whose other Lovecraft-inspired titles (as well as his many non-FFG publications) have cemented his reputation in the hobby games industry. Mr. Launius agreed to share a few words on this exciting story:

The opportunity to write an adventure for Mansions of Madness enabled me to focus on a game setting from one of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft stories, Dreams in the Witch House, and this is the main premise for The Season of the Witch. While having a good base story is essential, I think it is even more essential to ensure that players have a compelling mystery. So rather than just recreate Dreams in the Witch House in game form, I took another Lovecraft tale (one that will remain nameless here) and entwined the two (as well as a few twists of my own) to create Season of the Witch.

The setting is one that I love – the Old Witch House and the strange events that have recently been occurring within. I believe players will enjoy Season of the Witch as there are a lot of new things going on: the flash of the witch light, a missing young mathematician, the hideous appearance of the rat-like familiar Brown Jenkin, and a mystery that must be solved before the Walpurgis ceremonies are completed.

Hopefully all of the players will feel the story come to life as they sense the evil presence of the Witch House and the ancient witch that built it, Keziah Mason. In the meantime, all I can say is that something terrifying may be hidden beyond the rat-infested walls of the old boarding house. Something sinister that haunts those that enter and threatens to steal their very souls. Who can say what horrors the loathsome mark of the witch may bring to the poor unfortunate investigators that brave the shrouded mysteries of the Witch House?

Your first clue is near

This exciting story expansion is available for order now, so visit our Season of the Witch website to learn more, then head to our webstore and be among the first the explore the terrifying mysteries of the Witch House!

Note: Due to variations in the printing process, cards from Print on Demand expansions will be subtly different in appearance and texture from base game cards. For this reason, any necessary base game cards (such as “nothing of interest” Exploration cards) are reprinted in each expansion, to retain a consistent appearance when shuffled.

Mansions of Madness is a macabre game of horror, insanity, and mystery for two to five players. Based on the beloved fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, Mansions of Madness tells a story in which one player takes on the role of the keeper, a malevolent force working to complete a sinister plot, and all other players take on the roles of investigators, the unlikely heroes who gather to oppose him.

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Published: 7/28/2011 3:02:15 PM

 got mine today and it's missing the clue 1C. THANKS PRINT ON DEMAND!

Published: 7/6/2011 8:22:57 PM

I ordered, my copy already and said they would be shipping in mid July

Published: 7/2/2011 9:43:52 PM

$15 bucks for one mission?

... No thank you :(  Was pretty excited until I saw the price tag!

Published: 6/28/2011 6:34:57 PM

Just curious - when are orders suppose to ship?

Published: 6/27/2011 6:15:21 PM

FFG's shipment costs to European countries are too high, so I hope some big retailer will order some copies, as otherwise the shipment cost will make this product prohibitive (a pity, as I love Mansions of Madness).

Is FFG investigating some way of reducing their shipment costs to countries outside the US (in my case, I live in The Netherlands).

Published: 6/27/2011 3:41:59 PM

@Fryd Pickles - No, the fixed cards will be in the first non-POD expansion, as stated in the FAQ.

Fryd Pickles
Published: 6/27/2011 2:15:16 PM

Are the new revised cards from the original game going to be in this expansion?  I remember hearing that the fixes from the original game would be in the first expansion.

Published: 6/27/2011 1:54:40 PM

I did purchase the Space Hulk PODs when they first came out as the packs were clearly small, I believed the shipping costs would not be extortionate shipping them to the UK and I didn't want to wait the several months until/if they were to appear in my local shop.

The total (including shipping) came to just over £10 ($16) which was below the minimum level at which we British have to pay import taxes and the packs arrived in 14 days. These packs (after some 3 months!) have now just appeared in my local games shop. If I had waited I would have saved myself less than £1. Hardly breaking the bank and I am pleased I didn't wait 3 months before getting my hands on them. This (Space Hulk) type of POD works for me.

The "problem" I have with the MoM POD is that because of its size (and therefore its price) together the higher shipping costs and the resultant import taxes it is financially unviable for me to order this pack. I'll just have to wait several months, and hope, that the shops over here in the UK will stock it at some point in the future. Which given past history means not until Halloween!

If future PODs are to be along the lines of MoM's POD then, considering the comments of other non-US gamers as well as my own, FFG are likely to miss out on our custom.

Published: 6/27/2011 10:20:30 AM
FFG Staff

We have looked into the Canadian shipping issue, and it is due to the Canada Post strike that has been taking place for the last week.

Unfortunately, as long as Canada Post is on strike, there are no reasonably-priced shipping options for FFG POD products. It looks like the strike should be over this week, and the cheaper postal shipping option will be available to Canadians. As soon as the United States Postal Service begins accepting mail bound for Canada again, the shipping costs will be lower.

Thanks, and we're sorry for the inconvenience.

 - Jeremy @ FFG

Published: 6/27/2011 10:14:06 AM

As a Canadian, I agree with the other Canadian and international commenters, that Print On Demand really only works for those living in the continental US.  To ship that little deck of cards up here is costing me more than I paid for a lot of the base games in my collection, but I did order it anyway.  How's that for madness?

My wife and I love Mansions of Madness, but due to it's story-based gameplay, it has less replayability than other FF games, so expansions are a must.  Since this is the first expansion (POD or otherwise) and Richard Launius was involved, I had to have it regardless of cost.  Such is my insanity.

However, I may yet come to my senses by the time the next POD expansion comes out, and resist the Madness . . . unless FF comes up with a plan to ship a few box loads of POD expansions to game stores outside the US.  Either way, I'm certain game stores everywhere will see "normal" expansions with new rooms, monsters, and investigators in the future, so we must be patient.  The story continues . . .

Published: 6/27/2011 8:16:18 AM


Published: 6/27/2011 7:54:08 AM

Wow, $15 for the small expansion and almost $28 to ship it to Canada. The total of this little expansion would cost me almost $43 US!!! Forget it.

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