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Subject: How can you tell which edition of Arkham Horror you have? rss

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Graham Martin
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Title says it all. Do I have an original or a revised edition? I searched online for a while, but did not find a definitive answer.
 
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Byron Campbell
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If I understand correctly, the original edition of the FFG game has a dark-colored map; all subsequent editions have a light-colored map. The real original from the '80s is a totally different beast.
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Matthew McFarland
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Look on the barcode on the bottom of the box; in one of the corners there should be a three digit month and two digit year that will tell you when it was printed. I don't think they do it anymore (annoying, since I would check in conjunction with FAQ releases), but Arkham Horror was printed when they still were.
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John Moore
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Is there a difference in the editions gamewise?
 
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Mine was the lost box of Nubbuchuubbu.. it still has his ichor all over it
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Bern Harkins
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belibutn wrote:
Is there a difference in the editions gamewise?


Several item and spell cards went through minor changes. Updated cards are included with Dunwich Horror. (Yes, still.)

The rulebook was subtly changed, and the term "monster surge" was added for clarity.

At this point in time, it's pretty unlikely that you have a unrevised edition (though not impossible). As mentioned above, you can tell by the first edition's much darker board, with street location spaces colored to match their neighborhood (instead of just being bordered in that color).




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Second (Revised) Edition
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Huh, until you posted that pic of the old board, I didn't realize Arkham was supposed to be pictured under the game spaces. I think they should have stuck with the old map.
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Seahawk wrote:

Huh, until you posted that pic of the old board, I didn't realize Arkham was supposed to be pictured under the game spaces. I think they should have stuck with the old map.


Absolutely. I kinda like what they did with the text boxes as the old ones are a bit hard to read, but the map itself should have stayed dark.
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Not to get too far off topic, but I second the darker map. Seems they could have done something else to make things stand out while keeping the old color.

That said, even better, I think they should have done a more realistic map where you're actually moving along roads and visiting buildings instead of the weird overlay they went with.
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Graham Martin
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Thanks to everyone for your help!
 
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