Cthulhu Crafts

On BoardGameGeek, each game in the database has a files section where thrifty users upload anything from rules summaries and player aids to fan-made scenarios and solitaire variants. I found some great accessories for Arkham Horror: The Card Game and Mansions of Madness, and spent a cold winter evening indoors with my two cats and a pair of scissors.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game is constantly growing. Storing everything can be a challenge. The Return to… boxes are great, but they come with dividers only for the cycle in question. Tom Lawrence has made some great looking dividers that are available for download as a PDF. I laminated them before I cut them out and I’m very happy with the result. For storage I repurposed the insert from the Return to the Path to Carcosa box.

I’m unhappy with the enormous slabs of black plastic that are used as bases for the miniatures in Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. These quadratic monstrosities also have room to slide in the monster tile for the respective miniature and display the monster’s stats. I’m not alone in finding this arrangement displeasing. There are two common solutions: either mounting the miniatures on clear, round bases, or using only the tokens just like in Arkham Horror.

If you decide to mount the minis on smaller, clear bases you’ll need to keep the monster stats at hand. Finding the monster tile and placing it next to the board is an option, of course, but Jamie’s telegram style reference sheet is even better.

I also found Roger Edwards’ convenient Investigator Actions Handouts and printed them on thick, yellow paper. They are great for somebody like me, who’s learning the game.

Through Stephen Farquhar’s Geeklist of Fanmade Scenarios for Arkham Horror: The Cardgame I found The Collector, an adventure by Mike Hutchinson that requires a single core set and 12 custom cards in a PDF.

The backs and fronts of the cards connect at the bottom and the cutouts are folded where the backs and fronts meet. I found that cutting perfectly straight and folding for perfect alignment of the edges was hard. This meant that on some of the cards I could see some of the white, non-printed side of the paper along the edge.

I solved this problem by using a black marker along the edges of the non-printed side. Then I re-folded the cards and sleeved them.

Mike Hutchinson has made the cards using templates by Vardaen Caruag and they look great. I ended the evening with an attempt to play through the scenario. Since I was too lazy to create a new deck, I used an investigation-focused Daisy Walker-build made to be played in tandem with Mark Harrigan. I was crushed. I’ll have to give it another go, but next time Mark has to come as well.

If you haven’t explored the files sections of your favorite games on BGG, you should.

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