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Subject: A nailbiter, where thankfully we played long enough to grow new nails rss

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Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan
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This was a four player game with two pairs of friends who hadn't met the other pair before. Over the course of the next four and a half hours, we got to know each other and had a great time - and that's what it's all about, isn't it?

Game: AH + DH
Big Bad: Yog
Investigators: Hank "Killing Machine" Samson, Leo "Everyone's Nurse" Anderson, Finn "Scaredy-Cat" Edwards, Jim "Obsessed with Trumpets" Culver.
Herald: None
House rules: Encounter before 1st Mythos, only 1 Elder Sign card allowed, Madness/Injury cards, Personal Stories, 1d6 for Mythos cards (1-4 AH, 5-6 DH), Semi-Random Investigators (select 3, choose 1).

Environment played a huge part in the latest adventures of the Arkham gang. The atmosphere seemed particularly electric tonight as streets were closed, roads became icy, spells could not be cast and all other manner of oddities permeating the night. Hank wisely designated himself the slayer, and spent all night perfecting his butchery. From memory, when the night was over he was the collector of 27 monster toughness which, combined with Finn, gave them a total of...27 monster toughness.

While Hank ploughed through, Finn sneaked, evaded and cowered under cardboard boxes with little eyeholes cut out of them on his way to closing two gates. One was sealed with a fortuitous Elder Sign, and the other *should* have been closed with his stockpile of seven clue tokens. This was not to be, though, as Finn decided for reasons best known to himself to donate these clue tokens to a little girl he met at Gardner's Place. This was to prove fateful.

The one gate Finn did manage to close was sadly reopened by a gate burst. This was to prove fateful.

Meanwhile, Leo tried all he could to 'tool up', but found obstacles in his path wherever he turned. Without much enthusiasm, he jumped into Carcosa and was rewarded with a sealed gate some time later. Even with Hank's best slaughtering intentions, there were still plenty of monsters around to terrify the locals and, just to add to their woes, these locals began turning up dead; strangled by persons unknown. Leo was worried. He knew that if his faithful ally deserted him, he would be devoured. Whispering sweet nothings into ally Malone's ear, he continued his fruitless search for anything that might prove useful later. This was to prove fateful.

Jim's trumpet playing was having peculiar effects. Bizarrely, any undead monster who happened upon the streets of Arkham became captivated with his tuneless Kenny G impersonations and succumbed to him immediately. Without any need to use weaponry Jim, too, became a monster magnet (perhaps he was playing Monster Magnet covers?). Generously, he bestowed a blessing upon scaredy-cat Finn but, true to form, the bootlegger lost it again within two turns. This was to prove fateful.

Doom was almost upon us. Five gates had been sealed, one more enticingly sat in Dunwich. "Leave this to me", muscled Hank on his way to Whateley's Farm, "but first, let me see if I can pick up that fairly useless item at Dunwich Village. I don't really need it, but what's the worst that could happen?". This, needless to say, was to prove fateful.

Hank was delayed one turn. One vital, crucial, was-it-really-worth-it-for-that turn.

Three turns later: Five gates sealed, every ally gone, terror on 7, two on the Dunwich Horror track, Doom track on 11 (out of twelve), Hank on the second part of the Otherworld adventure. One more turn needed for victory, after an ass-numbing five hour game. Still, it'll all be worth it when he seals that gate...

And then, a new gate opens. Doom track full, Yog slips out of his onesie, into his serious face, and batters us. We lasted one combat round in our Yahtzee vs the Gods.

And that was that.
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Vernon Evenhuis
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Sounds like an epic...er...fateful evening! Thanks for posting.
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Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan
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Yes indeed. A bit long, but the company made it very enjoyable and if you can enjoy yourself when you come close to winning, only for it to be snatched away from you not once but twice, then that's what I call a success!
 
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Fred Cromer
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This sounds like fun.
Great write up.

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