News for November 2011
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A look at the promotional cards in our Arkham Horror and Android novels
The Dark Waters Trilogy | Published 08 November 2011

With last week’s release of Golem and Dance of the Damned, two new novels are further deepening the rich and immersive worlds of Android and Arkham Horror. What you may not know, however, is that each of these novels (as well as Free Fall and Ghouls of the Miskatonic) offers a way to experience a small part of its narrative on your tabletop!

The paperback editions of Free Fall, Ghouls of the Miskatonic, Golem, and Dance of the Damned each feature an exclusive card promotion. By filling out a form on the final page of the book and sending it to FFG for redemption (along with a small shipping and handling charge), you’ll receive cards that bring some of these novels’ most memorable characters and events into your gaming experiences.

Puppets of otherworldly forces

Ghouls of the Miskatonic tells a harrowing tale of eldritch horrors, in which unlikely heroes battle cosmic evil despite the threats to their own fragile sanity. Oliver Grayson is a character who, through luck and determination, manages to escape his doom; his propensity for timely getaways is exemplified by his exclusive Arkham Horror ally card. With it, investigators can avoid (in part) the ill effects of failed Evade checks!

Want to raise the stakes? Dance of the Damned introduces a mythos card of the same name that begins in play, presenting a persistent challenge for investigators. Like a ticking time bomb, the Dance of the Damned is ever increasing in power, growing stronger every time an investigator spends a Clue token or resolves a Headline mythos card. If the team can meet its lofty requirements in time, they can forever seal an inter-dimensional gate... but if they dawdle too long, a grim curse will fall upon them.

A living, breathing New Angeles

But whereas Ghouls of the Miskatonic and Dance of the Damned each transport readers to a gin-fueled, prohibition-era past, Free Fall and Golem portray a more complex time period: a dystopian future in which mankind struggles to reconcile booming technology with its own humanity. The Android universe is simultaneously grim and hopeful, presenting a world of bustling megalopolises in which commerce has spread beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

Android’s event cards were designed to contribute to this sense of a living, breathing New Angeles; important occurrences (which may or may not affect the players’ investigations) are always taking place throughout the city. With the promotional event cards included in Free Fall and Golem, players can add a new level of immersion to their Android games. By referencing climactic events from the books, these cards create the perception that the novels’ plots and your own investigation are unfolding concurrently!

With Free Fall’s promotional event card, Detective Rick Harrison’s dramatic encounters with the Beanstalk have consequences beyond his own mortal danger. Evoking one memorable scene in which Harrison briefly shuts down the Beanstalk (and another in which something far more shocking happens), “We’re Tracking You in Free Fall...” is an event card that both injures important suspects and limits a precious mode of transit.

Meanwhile, “A Golem, to Use the Vernacular” is an event card based on Mel Odom’s gripping thriller. There may be more to billionaire playboy Thomas Haas than meets the eye; Golem describes this prince of New Angeles’ nightlife as a man who “gathers” data for his own inscrutable purposes. With his event card, you can use Haas’ illicit talents to aid your case; discard it at an opportune time to look at another detective’s evidence.

The promotional cards for these four novels each deliver an exciting new way to enjoy your favorite games, while deepening the rich narratives of Arkham Horror and Android. Pick up these novels at your favorite book store, hobby games retailer, or on our webstore today! Remember: electronic versions of these novels do not include promotional card offers. Have a comment? Visit our main article.

The Dark Waters Trilogy is a gripping new series from best-selling novelist Graham McNeill.

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