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I just got a copy of this game and right away noticed there are a lot of rules and things to remember while playing. I also noticed there are tons of cheat sheets, dials, lists, etc. that people have created to assist in remembering all the rules while playing, or to help track stats, etc.

Which ones work best for you? I would like to be able to streamline the gameplay as much as possible using these tools so that I can keep from referring to the rule book every couple minutes. That tends to turn the game group off and I fear that because this game seems like it will be a lot of fun.

Thanks!!!
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The Universal Head reference is pretty helpful when first learning.
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There's a file of everything you need: cheat sheets, overlays, and more for everything Arkham by Universal Head in the files section. Just click browse, sort by hot, and it should be the top item.
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Just echoing the above posters - Universal Head all day...every day.
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I learned how to play this game due to Universal Heads rules summary. Much clearer than the actual rulebok.

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+1 for the universal head sheets. The fact it has them for pretty much every combination of the game is pretty damn awesome.
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Inquisitorgoody wrote:
+1 for the universal head sheets. The fact it has them for pretty much every combination of the game is pretty damn awesome.


+2.

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Luge wrote:
Inquisitorgoody wrote:
+1 for the universal head sheets. The fact it has them for pretty much every combination of the game is pretty damn awesome.


+2.

L.


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10 Universal Head = Universal Head + 1
20 Goto 10
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Deekow wrote:
10 Universal Head = Universal Head + 1
20 Goto 10


Clever....
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The other option is to do what my girlfriend and I did to learn AH.

We had a throwaway game where we just played to learn. We understood that we would probably lose, followed the rulebook's sequence of play and looked up every possible rules issue that came up. We knew when we went into it that it would probably take the whole evening, but when it was over, we were pretty savvy with how to play.
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So far, we're using Universal Head's flowchart (faster than looking stuff up in the AH rulebooks--if I could dedicate a human sacrifice to the imimortality of this tool, I would), a set of the 8.5x11 playmats (laminated) and an occasional fan made AO or Herald. I'm looking forward to printing up a full fan made expansion one day.

Heck, I'm just looking forward to WINNING one day.
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jackalope wrote:
The other option is to do what my girlfriend and I did to learn AH.

We had a throwaway game where we just played to learn. We understood that we would probably lose, followed the rulebook's sequence of play and looked up every possible rules issue that came up. We knew when we went into it that it would probably take the whole evening, but when it was over, we were pretty savvy with how to play.


Sure, you can do that. And I've played Arkham Horror enough that I do know the rules now. But when we play it after a 6-month hiatus, it's quite easy for the different phases to get confused. So we still use the UH sheets as a guide then.

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Sacrifice a day to play a couple of games solo with Universal Head aid so that you are able to respond to most situations without having to rule check. This really helps so that the other players are not put off by the inner workings of the game's machinery (the Curse of Arkham) but instead see the theme first. I like machinery, but the majority of the people I play games with don't.
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Luge wrote:


Sure, you can do that. And I've played Arkham Horror enough that I do know the rules now. But when we play it after a 6-month hiatus, it's quite easy for the different phases to get confused. So we still use the UH sheets as a guide then.

L.


I'm playing on Saturday after about 4 months. There will be 8 of us 3 will be new to the game the others have played it once or twice before. I will have my Universal head sheet ready (it lives in the game box) as it really helps.

I can't praise that guy(s?) enough for his work on this and other games.
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Definitely use Universal Head's tool. We have it handy at all time, even though we know the rules very well. Keep it in the game at all times.

After all, we could all use a little Head now and then. shake
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Jacky Blue Note wrote:
Sacrifice a day to play a couple of games solo with Universal Head aid so that you are able to respond to most situations without having to rule check. This really helps so that the other players are not put off by the inner workings of the game's machinery (the Curse of Arkham) but instead see the theme first. I like machinery, but the majority of the people I play games with don't.


Same here, the people I play with are sometimes turned off by complicated mechanics. It just as easily could be the fact that I'm always having to stop and dig in the rulebook, etc. I like it when I can run games smoothly. I think I will do this, I'll run a game or two solo before I introduce the game to the group. However, my girlfriend and I played a new game last night and she actually said the words "this game has an interesting mechanic". I just about fell out of my chair. So instead of solo I may run a game or two with her first that way she can help correct me as well. The Universal Head sheets have gotten a resounding response so I will be printing those ahead of time. Thanks everyone for the awesome suggestions!
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However, my girlfriend and I played a new game last night and she actually said the words "this game has an interesting mechanic". I just about fell out of my chair. So instead of solo I may run a game or two with her first that way she can help correct me as well.


Having a second person to ask questions and point out things that don't seem quite right can be a big help in getting the game to run smoothly and to make sure that you actually have the rules down properly.
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Just echoing the above posters - Universal Head all day...every day.


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