Lord help me, but…
…I kinda think – other than the LCG – that Elder Sign might be my favorite mythos Fantasy Flight game right now.
I have been trying to get an exceptionally difficult game with some very under-written rules to the game table over the last 3 weeks, and it has been pretty frustrating.
Along comes Elder Sign, a game I know only from the iPad app. I enjoyed the app, but found the gameplay really simplistic. Almost stupidly so. Tom’s description of “timewaster” is perfect.
And so I discover that the boardgame of ES has a bit more going on than does the app. Cool. That’s neat. I end up adding Gates of Arkham and Unseen Forces. And I find myself really, really enjoying the overhaul and fleshing out of the game systems in those two expansions.
And so here’s the deal:
I really like chucking dice. I can’t help it. The heart wants what it wants. And mine loves to throw dice around.
I am coming from trying to play a game where there’s almost no discussion or videos to watch on youtube and trying to parse rules and contextual meaning and ambiguous ideas. Here’s ol’ Elder Sign and it is a game that is basically feature complete and mature now with a gajillion videos and all the rules answers I could ever want – if I even needed them, because glory be the basic mechanics here are wonderfully simple – all laid out wherever I want to look for them.
The simplicity of the core mechanics here sets my imagination loose in ways that Eldritch horror or Arkham Horror really never did, or at least didn’t do often enough.
Thanks @tomchick . I didn’t realize how much I wanted to play this game. I’m having a blast with it.