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What Do You Mean You've Never Played... Arkham Horror

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read this carefully before adding yourself to the meetup!

I'm trying out a new suggested meetup series here. You know when you are playing with a group of people and some of you start discussing one of those games you just assume everyone has played and someone at the table has never played it or (gasp!) never even heard of it? And then you are all "How can you NOT have played...?"

Thus the "What Do You Mean You've Never Played..." series.

I am recommending anyone in the group start a meetup in the series, not just me. Just add a game title at the end, set a date and place and lets teach these newbs the basics of gamer geekdom. If you want to host a game but don't want to do it at a local game shop and also can't host at your place, check with me. My place might be available - particularly if it will be on the same day I am already hosting one, since my upstairs game room will be available. It can seat up to a 5-player game comfortably.

Now the idea here is for players who have actually NEVER played the game to sign up, not just anyone who loves the game and wants play it again. Sign-up slots should be reserved for those people who haven't played. The host should know the game and be willing to teach others. It should be planned on it taking time and patience while everyone learns, and this ideally will be a nice way for newbs to learn the game in a more casual atmosphere without the vets harrumphing because they are having to wait for someone to finish their turn.

So, my first admission to the series: Arkham Horror. If you are at all interested in horror themed stuff or H. P. Lovecraft in particular (jeez, if you've never heard of him, look it up for elder god's sake!) then you really should try this game. Besides, it's pretty much a must-have-played game for any real boardgamer geek. It was one of the first co-operative games that really changed the market. It has spawned all kinds of similar themed games and knock-offs but remains (sort-of like Magic:the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons - Meetups anyone?) the reigning go-to game in that genre/game-style.

I am actually going to set 2 different dates. There seems to be enough people interested in trying it and I want to limit the number of total players to 6 (including myself) to (somewhat) shorten the playing time. If you are interested in joining the meetup plan for a minimum of 5 hours to play. Also please be on time and plan to stay for the whole game. I plan to use the basic set and maybe one of the smaller add-ons.

Lastly, plan to have eaten or bring lunch with you so we can get going right at 1:00 PM. Having to explain the rules multiple times because of stragglers will be discourteous to everyone. I have a lot of food options within close walking distance from my place. Given the length of Arkham Horror we will likely take a snack break midway, also.

all right, there you go! Let the ejeemikayshun begin!

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  • steven

    The investigators handled it well, defeated the Great Old One and saved the World!

    June 2, 2013

  • Tony d.

    Great time! Had fun and we even won with only one casualty! Will do it again!

    June 1, 2013

  • Caleb

    Had an... interesting time learning that game. I don't think I'll be up for another round of AH but maybe some of the simpler games in that same vein. The company and host were fantastic. Thank you for the hospitality, Steven!

    June 1, 2013

  • Frank

    I'm on my way! Don't start without me!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got stuck in Denver and won't be able to make it sorry!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is a shame. I am new and would like to attend, however I work on Saturday and simply could not make it:(

    May 31, 2013

    • steven

      Keep an eye out Justin, I am sure there are bound to be other Arkham meetups

      May 31, 2013

  • PCBenjima

    Played this game last night at my local comics/game store. Lost quite severely. It's Call of Cthulu, so nobody should ever ever ever actually expect to come out of it alive, even if you do win. ;)

    May 31, 2013

  • Tony d.

    Is there room for one more newbie???

    May 30, 2013

  • steven

    HI all. Just a reminder that the meetup tomorrow starts at 1:00. Since the idea behind the "What do you mean you've never played..." meetups is to teach players new to the game, its important that you arrive on time so i don't have to repeat the rules multiple times. Also, many elements of Arkham are dependant on how many players there are, so people will not be able to join after we have started. My intention is to go over that rules and start the game by 1:30. Feel free to bring food and munchies. See you tomorrow Steve

    May 30, 2013

    • steven

      (sorry, Meetup is Saturday, not tomorrow)

      May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the day after I get home from a three week trip. I'm going to try to make it but no promises.

    May 4, 2013

  • Frank

    I have never played Arkham horror and set aside Saturday just incase fun might happen. Count me in!

    April 30, 2013

    • steven

      Actually I changed the date because I have to work on may 18, but hopefully this will mean Jordan can make it. BTW Frank, I don't see that you have actually rsvpd for the game. Are you planning to come?

      May 1, 2013

    • Frank

      Whoops! Done. <---new at this

      May 1, 2013

  • steven­ changed the date and time from Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM to Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'll be in out of the state from May 10th - 31st I won't be able to join you guys darn it!

    April 28, 2013

  • Randal S.

    I've got a prior Mansions of Madness commitment on this day.

    April 28, 2013

  • Tsoli

    Still a bit into the future, but I would like to say I'll probably be attending.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Long live Cthulhu!

    April 28, 2013

  • ErikFC

    Sorry, still working Saturdays. :(

    April 28, 2013

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