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Announcing Forbidden Alchemy, an expansion for Mansions of Madness
Mansions of Madness | Published 12 September 2011

"The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
      –H.P. Lovecraft

Inside abandoned hospitals, secret laboratories, and forgotten cellars, scientists are conducting depraved experiments that will drag humanity to the brink of the abyss. Only a small group of investigators can discover the truth and put an end to these mad plots before it’s too late...

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Forbidden Alchemy, an expansion that adds even more mystery and horror to your Mansions of Madness experience! This exciting expansion provides players with new investigators, as well as new Trauma, Mythos, and Combat cards for use in any story. Forbidden Alchemy also includes three new tales of scientific horrors, in which investigators will encounter new rooms, monsters, items, clues, locks, and obstacles. Try to solve the new Alchemy puzzles, if you dare. But be warned, the side effects may prove deadly!

New Investigators, New Challenges

Forbidden Alchemy introduces four new investigators to your horrifying tales. Cameraman Darrell Simmons is no stranger to the peculiar goings-on of Arkham, and the bone saw-wielding Doctor Vincent Lee brings the steady hands of a veteran surgeon to your adventures. Meanwhile, the skilled illusionist Dexter Drake aspires to greater arcane powers, and psychologist Carolyn Fern bases her arts in more rational, scientific endeavors. With its range of characters, abilities, and equipment, Forbidden Alchemy further bolsters Mansions of Madness’ already significant replayability.

Ready for new tales of horror? Forbidden Alchemy features three horrifying stories of scientific discovery gone horribly awry.

In “Return of the Reanimator,” the investigators are tasked with entering a vermin-infested manor to seek the whereabouts of Doctor Herbert West, a reportedly insane scientist whose legendary experiments in reanimation led to his untimely demise. Meanwhile, “Yellow Matter” tells the grim tale of research into strange extraterrestrial beings. But who is the experimenter, and who is the subject? Finally, “Lost in Time and Space” takes your Mansions of Madness experience to mind-bending new heights with the introduction of time travel! Travel back to the mid-nineteenth century or ahead to the mid-twenty-first in your search for the truth behind a strange and dangerous device.

Guard Your Sanity

With four clever new investigators, two terrifying monster types, nearly 250 new cards, 40 tokens and markers, and six detailed map tiles, Forbidden Alchemy introduces a host of new enhancements to your Mansions of Madness experience.

Do you dare face the horrors that lurk within the laboratory? Visit our Forbidden Alchemy website, and keep watching in the coming weeks as we present detailed previews. Then, look for Forbidden Alchemy on store shelves in the fourth quarter of 2011!

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: 9/13/2011 9:40:03 AM

Too much good FF expansions during Q4 2011. I`ll be in the red for the holidays.

Published: 9/13/2011 9:08:13 AM

This is a very cool game.

Still... I wonder if the expansion rules or a new FAQ will address the ever-growing heap of exploration cards?  Usually the scenario setup tells you to just plant the remainders randomly.  Should there be a limit?  And if so, is it 1/2 normal, 1/2 nothing of interest?  Are we expected to separate other expansion pack cards from that deck before every game?  Playtesting would sort this problem out too, so I agree it will be interesting to see.

Published: 9/13/2011 8:43:04 AM

Argh, why did it have to be Vincent Lee and Dexter Drake, two of my Arkham Horror's most despised investigators :D ? At least no Amanda Sharpe yet!

Still a must-buy.

Published: 9/13/2011 7:42:10 AM

 Great news!  The alchemy and the new monsters sound great.

Published: 9/13/2011 5:49:34 AM

 While I'm definitely excited about this, what I'd really like to see is an expansion that just has LOT more stories in it.

Richard U. Pickman
Published: 9/13/2011 5:18:52 AM


This is awesome! Keep those expansions coming.
Looks like this one is packed with cool stuff, time travel and Herbert West. What more can you ask for?
Thanks FFG!
Mr. K
Published: 9/13/2011 4:23:00 AM

You FFG guys are insane.  A big box expansion the SAME YEAR as the game is released???

I love you xx

Published: 9/13/2011 2:30:18 AM

Nice. Few days ago Lord of the rings expansion, now this ... I am waiting for Warhammer 40000 LCG :D.

Published: 9/13/2011 2:20:57 AM

Oooh, shiny. Looks great.  

Published: 9/13/2011 2:13:11 AM

 Looks great! Next to Arkham Horror is this my second favourite Living Board Game series! ;-)

Published: 9/12/2011 10:56:37 PM

Looks awesome, and I'm really liking the $35 price tag for it.  Yay for not breaking my mind, not the bank!

Published: 9/12/2011 9:24:23 PM

 After completing the necessary Alchemy Puzzle, you must then roll a test, using the number of correctly placed puzzle pieces as your attribute. If your concoction is not deemed safe (if your roll is higher than the number of correct pieces), it can cause horrific side effects! No longer is it safe to simply fail to complete a puzzle, leaving it to the next investigator to finish. When you dabble in eldritch alchemy, the consequences can be dire indeed, resulting in noxious fumes that cause insanity, pain, or worse...

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