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Arkham Horror: The Card Game Starter Decks provide an instant entry point for new players

Your ticket to terror.

Jump into any session of Arkham Horror: The Card Game with the newly revealed Starter Decks from Fantasy Flight Games, makers of unique deck game Keyforge.

Arkham Horror TCG is a living card game set in the Arkham Horror Files universe - which also includes horror board games Eldritch Horror and Arkham Horror - that sees players working together to survive the hordes of cosmic beasts and cultists heralding the awakening of a terrible god.

Based on HP Lovecraft’s series of books and short stories, Arkham Horror TCG involves players investigating a selection of locations in order to solve one of several possible mysteries. During this investigation, player characters will undoubtedly be confronted by any number of frightening creatures or threatening enemies - and will have to survive the battle with their minds and bodies intact, or risk the end of the world as they know it.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game Nathaniel Cho card fan

Usually, players would require a copy of the core Arkham Horror TCG or one of the standalone expansions to begin playing themselves. However, the introduction of Starter Decks means that a player can hop into another person’s game of Arkham Horror TCG - as long as that person has a copy of the core game or a standalone expansion - without having to bring anything else themselves.

These Starter Decks each contain an investigator with their own ability and selection of cards entirely unique to that character. For example, Nathaniel Cho - who is a guardian - can use his ability to deal additional damage whenever he gives damage to an enemy via an event or fight ability. Whereas mystic Jacquline Fine can use spells such as Azure Flame to do damage or cards like Robes of Endless Night to make spells cost less to cast.

Unlike the core experience of Arkham Horror TCG, or any of its expansions, Starter Decks don’t require players to build them - they are entirely complete decks with additional cards to compensate for player upgrades that may come later.

This announcement follows the release of the most recent Arkham Horror TCG expansion, Return to the Forgotten Age, which has players exploring the deepest and darkest jungles of Southern Mexico in search of the terrible Yoth.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game Starter Decks are set to be released sometime in Q3 of 2020.


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Alex’s journey to Dicebreaker began with writing insightful video game coverage for outlets such as Kotaku, Waypoint and PC Gamer. Her unique approach to analysing pop culture and knack for witty storytelling finally secured her a forever home producing news, features and reviews with the Dicebreaker team. She’s also obsessed with playing Vampire: The Masquerade, and won’t stop talking about it.