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Tom T
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Hey all! Here is another custom expansion - not nearly as intricate or involved as my [geekurl=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/837082/dreamlands-custom-expansion]Dreamlands [/geekurl]expansion - based on the Lovecraft story "At the Mountains of Madness." This one contains another pretty straightforward board and a lot less encounters, items, etc. Hope you enjoy!

Pictures are here: http://s1099.photobucket.com/albums/g392/tomshwag/Arkham%20H...

Ancient One: https://rapidshare.com/files/43554647/Ancient%20One.zip
Board: https://rapidshare.com/files/1636704251/Board.zip
Encounters: https://rapidshare.com/files/3123244628/Encounters.zip
Gate: https://rapidshare.com/files/217124857/Gate.zip
Icons: https://rapidshare.com/files/1137108576/Icons.zip
Investigators: https://rapidshare.com/files/652960331/Investigators.zip
Items: https://rapidshare.com/files/233324717/Items.zip
Locations: https://rapidshare.com/files/2819929694/Locations.zip
Monsters: https://rapidshare.com/files/1915638744/Monsters.zip
Mountains of Madness Icon Plugin: https://rapidshare.com/files/697525298/Mountains%20of%20Madn...
Rulebook: https://rapidshare.com/files/552759456/Rules.zip
Scenario: https://rapidshare.com/files/1787482018/Scenario.zip

Again, if there are any issues, please let me know and I will address them as soon as tomshwagly possible.
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Looks good but I'm having some problems:

In the Encounters folder the files Antarctic 12.eon won't extract, there isn't a background image for the board and in the Scenario folder the At the Mountains of Madness Large.eon doesn't show up in SE.
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Ah, thank you for telling me. I apparently uploaded some of the files that I didn't intend to release(the "Large" file in the board was a prototype for a larger board). I'll fix those and let you know when I'm done.
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Thanks, looking forward to seeing them.
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Ok...we get it man we get it:

Tom T = Machine

I'm just going to go ahead and weld this crown to your head cause somebody is gonna have to melt it off.



As always, keep the updates coming...I'm hooking up the new 3tb exhd tonite so BRING IT ON!
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Oh, btw, is there a rulebook for this one? I noticed an entry for one at FFG forums at the bottom of your post but no link...wasn't certain...

Went ahead and got the photobucket material. I'll wait till you give the rapidshare zips their final tweak.

FFG just needs to go ahead and hire you
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Haha, I would actually love to work for/with them and have applied a couple of times for editing positions but to no avail. I just don't think I could live with more snow. I've had enough for a lifetime.

There WILL BE a rulebook once I get everything else squared away. I'm just working slow on this since I started a new job in a new city, yadda, yadda, yadda. (The collective) You will be the first to know when I'm all done. I don't anticipate it being more than a couple of weeks.

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Sounds good...trying to catch my breath and the pace is just getting crazier. I'll keep an eye out.
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Rulebook and Investigators uploaded and linked above. Enjoy!!

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Can't handle eons. Any chance we'll see pdfs?
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I only have the .png files at the photobucket account. The only .pdf files I have are those for the rulebook. The .png files are set to 300 dpi so if you print them in a full-page they will be the right size for cards, sheets, etc.
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Great work. I have really looked forward to a MoM expansion that has some depth. Any chance to get the Board background image uploaded? If not, a pointer to the image on the web to do it myself?
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Oh, jeez. Forgot the image. Sorry about that. Here's the link to the rapidshare file of that background image: https://rapidshare.com/files/3050469391/MoM%20Board.jpg
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Have you tested this yet? It looks interesting, but then reading through the rules, if I understand correctly there's no way to win unless you get three Elder Signs as Unique Items (and then survive everything else in Antarctica). I'm not crazy about a win condition that requires you to get three items that might not happen to be near enough to the top of the Unique Item deck. (I guess you could start with Wendy Adams to guarantee one, but still...) But maybe I'm misinterpreting something about that?
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There appears to be a problem with the Board zip and the Icons zip. They both show up as 0.00meg at RS and show a 3k size in the download software.

Oh, and did you change anything out at Photobucket? Just wanted to make sure that I kept the previous D/L and what looks like a new layout separate just in case (I track versions).

Just glad the rules are here
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Have not yet playtested but I plan to as soon as possible (probably not for a couple months yet. I haven't changed anything about the photobucket stuff or the RS stuff yet but if/when I do I will post it up here. I'll see what I can do about the downloads.

As for the three Elder Signs win condition, the Mountains of Madness board offers a mechanic for "discovering" Elder Signs at the Drill Site and the Unique Items with the expansion has four additional Elder Signs to up the chances of drawing them in other ways. I thought that it added to the "suspense" if people wanted to seal another gate or save it for the MoM gate. On the flip-side the additional Elder Signs and location-ability make gaining them more-likely/easier so I had to combat that with the conditional win. If necessary, you can always add or remove game conditions from winning if you like certain elements but not others. And I won't even get butt-hurt about it!!

Mountains of Madness has kind of been the bookends of my expansion work up to this point, in that I started with it, worked on the Dreamlands, then went back to MoM after that year so it probably has a LOT of kinks in it. I do appreciate the feedback and since I am unable to playtest as yet, I've been hoping to crowdsource some of it. As always, I appreciate the insight and will continually look at the stuff to make it more fluid and in keeping with the original Arkham intentions.
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Have not yet playtested but I plan to as soon as possible (probably not for a couple months yet. I haven't changed anything about the photobucket stuff or the RS stuff yet but if/when I do I will post it up here. I'll see what I can do about the downloads.

As for the three Elder Signs win condition, the Mountains of Madness board offers a mechanic for "discovering" Elder Signs at the Drill Site and the Unique Items with the expansion has four additional Elder Signs to up the chances of drawing them in other ways. I thought that it added to the "suspense" if people wanted to seal another gate or save it for the MoM gate. On the flip-side the additional Elder Signs and location-ability make gaining them more-likely/easier so I had to combat that with the conditional win. If necessary, you can always add or remove game conditions from winning if you like certain elements but not others. And I won't even get butt-hurt about it!!

Mountains of Madness has kind of been the bookends of my expansion work up to this point, in that I started with it, worked on the Dreamlands, then went back to MoM after that year so it probably has a LOT of kinks in it. I do appreciate the feedback and since I am unable to playtest as yet, I've been hoping to crowdsource some of it. As always, I appreciate the insight and will continually look at the stuff to make it more fluid and in keeping with the original Arkham intentions.


No, that all makes sense. I didn't look closely enough to realize that Elder Signs can be obtained other ways, so that's fine. I just wanted some clarification on that. I'll definitely try to give it a run through at some point.
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Getting the same here. Reupload, please?

Edit: got it working. You have to manually point to the location files individually when SE throws it's error, and add the background manually, but do so and save, and everything works again.
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First of all thank you for your great addobs.

I'm going to try to implement this set in vassal, Tom T, will be personal histories added to this set ?
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Hey there,

sadly everthing is offline. The pictures on photobucket are incomplete, right? I havent found gates for example. Could you upload the stuff again please? or maybe dropboxing the stuff?
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I second that is there any way to upload it to BBG for future users?
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I have big time trouble using .eon files. How do i get the printable version out of it. I havent found anything mac osx related.

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All the links seems to be broken :-(

Can you upload it again?
Would be very happy :-)
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I don't mean to knock this, but everything in this expansion just seems so extreme. The items, allies, benefits, detriments etc all just seem to be way more severe or powerful than anything from the base game. Even the penguins (who were placid livestock) are deadlier than most monsters from the base game.

Like I say, this doesn't make it a bad expansion. I'm just wondering if it's supposed to take center stage when you play or if it's just meant as another location you may visit or have to deal with like Dunwich/Kingsport/Innsmouth. Mountains is my favorite Lovecraft story and it'd be cool to print off an expansion for it, but I'm looking for more of a sideshow than this.
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Yes, in a nutshell, it is a bit more extreme. I was thinking that it is an extreme environment that makes for deadly encounters at almost every turn. The basic idea is that you are on an expedition to possibly end all this Lovecraftian business once and for all. High payoff necessitates high risk. My intent behind creating this expansion was to provide an alternative (albeit single-minded) win to the game but it will take a lot of dedication (and maybe even teamwork) to complete. Also, I put more effort into the Dreamlands expansion (cop-out).

I'm working on uploading finished work on this and my other Dreamlands-based expansion to BGG for future users. Both of which should be more balanced than what I have uploaded here.

I appreciate the criticism.
 
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