|Number of Game Players||8|
|Number of pieces||1|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||8 September 2011|
|Mfg Recommended age||13 - 99 years|
|Item Model Number||SL05|
|Product Dimensions||24.77 x 5.08 x 24.77 cm; 839.15 Grams|
Fantasy Flight Games SL05 Elder Sign Card Game Card Game
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- A fast-paced, cooperative dice game
- Designed by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson
- Cooperative game for 1-8 players
- Standard game duration of 1-2 hours
- Suitable for children's 13 years and above
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Elder Sign is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game of supernatural intrigue for one to eight players by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, the designers of Arkham Horror. Players take the roles of investigators racing against time to stave off the imminent return of the Ancient One. Armed with tools, allies and occult knowledge, investigators must put their sanity and stamina to the test as they adventure to locate Elder Signs, the eldritch symbols used to seal away the Ancient Ones and win the game.
1 Cardboard Clock
8 Customized dice
1 Entrance Reference sheet
80 Oversized cards
76 Small cards
144 Cardboard tokens and markers
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Fantasy Flight Games Elder Sign
Elder Sign is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game of supernatural intrigue for one to eight players by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, the designers of Arkham Horror. Players take the roles of investigators racing against time to stave off the imminent return of the Ancient One. Armed with tools, allies, and occult knowledge, investigators must put their sanity and stamina to the test as they adventure to locate Elder Signs, the eldritch symbols used to seal away the Ancient Ones and win the game.
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I love this expansion as it creates more of an adventure like theme to the game, as you feel as though you are really venturing through unexplored and mysterious locations, as apposed to the confined space of an old museum ,but saying this, I am already thinking of new ways of how to incorporate the museum cards into this expansion !
I dont think that you could memorise all the cards, as the game comes with 78, also I tried to use the gate stands, but this damage the gate markers, so I just lay them flat.
Overall, if you are into Elder Sign then just get this, you will love it :)
Initially I was interested in Arkham Horror because I really love the theme of the game but its so huge and detailed I wanted something a bit lighter that still had the feel and atmosphere that Arkham brings, which is where Elder Sign steps in. This is set in the same Lovecraft universe as Arkham but takes that rich theme and condenses it into a 60 to 90 minute gaming experience instead of the colossal 240+ minute marathon that Arkham delivers. So obviously this makes Elder Sign a much less intimidating game for somebody who is just getting started in gaming but wants a taste of that dark horror/sci-fi vibe, also at a much lower cost.
Just in case you don't already know in Elder Sign you and the other players work together as a group of 1920's pulp investigators making your way around an old museum and completing adventures in the many different areas of the building in a collective effort to stop one of the ancient evil gods from entering our world and basically destroying everything.
Overall for me this game ticks so many boxes, firstly it sets up quickly and the various cards and components are all beautifully made with great artwork. Secondly its easy to learn and teach which makes it perfect to pick up and play in a fairly short space of time. Thirdly it plays at a good speed and doesn't ever feel boring, thanks to the fast paced dice rolling nature of the game it gets really exciting at times. And finally the whole thing is dripping with that great Lovecraftian theme, everything from the monsters and investigators right down to the items you collect - it's very satisfying going into a creepy old museum armed with The Necronomicon and a tommy gun.
So if you're interested in Arkham or Eldritch Horror but like me you want something more accessible then have a look at Elder Sign. Also even if you have no interest in these other games but want a fun cooperative game that plays quickly and has a solid theme then definitely pick this up.
First off I have to say that the production quality is absolutely excellent. All of the tokens are sturdy, and well designed with great artwork. The same goes for the cards which definitely feel robust (although I might get sleeves for them later down the line).
Elder Sign can be played with anything from 1 to 8 players. I have only played 1 and 2 player games at the moment, but would definitely like to get some more players involved. Even as a 1 player game, this really stands up well, but I roped my daughter into playing and we had a blast. The games so far have lasted 1-2 hours, with the first taking the longest as I was constantly referring to the rules, but once I had the basics down it got a lot quicker.
I mainly bought this, as my daughter has recently started enjoying games, but doesnt cope well with the competitive side of things, so we play as a team. Both the games I have played have been very difficult, but we won both times.
I really enjoy the fact that by shuffling and randomly dealing the demon/adventure/investgator cards you can have a completely different game every time.
Although this is initially a deep game to get in to, it doesnt take long, and Im pretty much hooked already. Im already looking into the expansion packs.
That is perhaps simplistic but is essentially at the heart of the matter.
However, there are a variety of methods to manipulate the rolls, from saving dice rolls to changing some results. Once that's done those not saved (and options are limited) are re-rolled in the hope of hitting the required results. The whole theme is based around the Cthululu mythos and has a decent atmosphere.
Bottom line. If you hate dice rolling this isn't for you. Most board games though involve at least a few dice and/or card drawing so are inherently luck biased.
If this is ok by you, then this us a good little game, quick to set up and play, relatively rules light and very nice components. Nowadays there are a good few expansion too so if it turns out to be your bag there is extra longevity in it.
I recommend it as a not too taxing enjoyable game. Go for it.