Arkham Horror Meets Cthulhu Live(?)

Have I mentioned that I'm a huge fan of the works H.P. Lovecraft?

Oh, yeah, that's right: I have. Twice.

Well, it's probably no surprise then to find out that I'm also a huge fan of Fantasy Flight Games' Arkham Horror board game. And so is everyone else in the family. It's the go-to board game in our household - when we've got the stamina for it. And the space available in which to play it.

I'm also totally enamored of the idea of doing a Lovecraftian LARP (live-action role-playing, for those of you who live under a rock) game, a la Cthulhu Live. I think this concept was something I initially fell in love with upon reading the session reports of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's live-action games. While I generally find the idea of a LARP game too "fringe" even for my tastes, I've run a short Lovecraftian LARP game in the past - and have a hankerin' for more.

But I have to admit that, even for my love of both of these things, I'd never considered doing them both together. Until I saw this on BoardGameGeek, that is:

"Arkham Horror Dress Up Night?" Oh, now that's just too cool. I wish I had thought of this. And had friends who would be into doing something like this. Or even had friends who would play Arkham Horror.

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  1. Arkham Horror, in both forms, is fantastic.

  2. If there's anything I can do to help, just drop me a line.

  3. @lokipan: Sadly, I've never had the opportunity to play the original. It looks like a real blast - too bad a decent copy of the game is so expensive. It looks like it'll be some time before I get the chance to give it a go.

    Who knows... maybe when I'm rich and famous? (Or even just rich - I'm not picky. :P)

  4. The most fun I have ever had at a convention was playing a weekend long Cthulhu LARP. It was the most amazing thing ever. Even after all these years people are still talking about it who played in it.

  5. @Steve V: If you're trying to make me feel better about not having the opportunity to do this sort of thing, it's not working - please stop. :P

    Seriously, though, I bet it was a lot of fun. I'd love to do a period Lovecraftian LARP that spans several days, with players in-character 100% of that time. With full props, costume, setting, etc.

    Yeah, I definitely need to work on getting rich. :D

  6. I was lucky enough to buy my copy 15 years ago from a friend whose parents were making him get rid of his "satanic" games, Arkham Horror included.

  7. @lokipan: Oh, it's satanic? I'm glad you warned me! ;D

    BTW: Excellent job of cashing in on your friend's misfortune - how very chaotic neutral of you. (Sorry - just poking fun :D)

    In all seriousness, though, I somehow missed this game when it originally came out. Maybe that's because if it wasn't in Walden Books or Kay Bee Toys, I had little chance of discovering it. Or maybe I just don't remember it - it seems to me I had a Chaosium catalog from this time-frame, so it's entirely possible that I'm just having a "senior moment." (And I'm not even a senior yet!)


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