Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Collecting a Non-collectible Card Game

It’s time to Enter the Mythos

I am obsessed with Arkham Horror: The Card Game and going mad trying to collect everything related to the game. This is my story. Fantasy Flight Games announced Arkham Horror: The Card Game on August 2, 2016, on their website. Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game® based on H.P. Lovecraft’s stories, monsters, and madness.

 

Collecting a non-collectible card game

A “living card game” means that all of the cards that you need are in the box and the game can evolve over time with add-on packs that add new characters, enemies, and plot points. The game is compelling to me. It feels like the right balance of story and strategy… and luck. I am also a collector. I like to collect things related to things that I like. In this case, it should have been easy to collect all of the Arkham Horror: The Card Game cards since they release all of the cards and they aren’t collectible. In a few cases, Fantasy Flight Games released “promo” cards and early versions of the add-on packs. They released these packs at Gen Con, Arkham Nights, or bundled them with books. This interested me even more, to make sure I attend the events or pre-order things directly from Fantasy Flight Games. I keep up-to-date by following the Arkham Horror: The Card Game blog at Fantasy Flights Games, the FFG Organized Play Facebook group, new eBay auctions, and the Arkham Horror LCG subreddit.

Following Arkham Horror News

It’s hard to follow what’s going on with Arkham Horror: The Card Game without consistently checking out the Fantasy Flight Games blog. Fantasy Flight publishes many posts a month and they cover many of their active game properties. The news articles about Arkham Horror LCG are important. Fantasy Flight often announced special events where they give out promos for participation or when they announce new products where you get promos by pre-ordering directly from them. It is possible to generate an RSS feed of just Arkham Horror: The Card Game news. I use IFTTT to monitor the RSS feed and send me an email when new posts are published about Arkham Horror LCG.

Arkham Nights 2016

The first Arkham Horror: The Card Game promo debuted at Arkham Nights 2016 held at The Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville, MN on October 14, 2016. Attendees who preregistered for the event got several promos including an advanced copy of the Curse of the Rougarou scenario pack.

I didn’t attend this event, but this is when I started to notice the extra promos. I asked someone from Fantasy Flights Games about promos. They said that the promos should be considered prizes for participation in the events. Right after Arkham Nights 2016, I noticed that people were selling their Arkham Horror promos on eBay. This is where avid collectors started their collecting journeys. Very few complete sets of promos exist in the wild making Arkham Horror LCG a fun thing to collect.

The Investigators of Arkham Horror Book Release

Shortly after Arkham Nights 2016, Fantasy Flight Games announced the release of The Investigators of Arkham Horror, a full-sized, premium book about the investigators. If you were able to pre-order this book, you also received promo Arkham Horror: The Card Game cards, a playmat, and four 12″x18″ posters. The promo cards featured Marie Lambeau and included her investigator card, mini-card, and two signature cards. The playmat is extremely rare and features the boundless and chaotic Ancient One known as Azathoth, with art by Brian Valenzuela.

 

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Promo Card Checklist

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Promo Scenario Deck Checklist

  • 2016 – Arkham Nights – Curse of the Rougarou
  • 2017 – Gen Con – The Labyrinths of Lunacy (over-sized packaging, branded with GEN CON 2017 on front, and tagged “NOT FOR SALE” on back)
  • 2017 – Arkham Nights – The Labyrinths of Lunacy (over-sized packaging, branded with Arkham Nights 2017 on front, and tagged “NOT FOR SALE” on back)
  • 2018 – Gen Con – The Eternal Slumber (tagged “NOT FOR SALE” on back)
  • 2018 – Arkham Nights – The Night’s Usurper (tagged “NOT FOR SALE” on back)
  • 2019 – Gen Con – The Blob That Ate Everything

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Promo Playmat Checklist

  • 2016 – The Investigators of Arkham Horror book pre-order – Azathoth playmat with art by Brian Valenzuela
  • 2017 – Invocation – Invoke Thy Name – Eixodolon’s Pet playmat
  • 2017 – Holiday Sale – The Jolly Ancient One playmat
  • 2017 – Holiday Sale – Beyond the North Portal playmat
  • 2018 – Arkham Nights / Invocation – No Rest for the Wicked – Invocation 2018 playmat with artwork from The Night’s Usurper scenario
  • 2019 – Gen Con – The Blob That Ate Everything “The Viscous Blob” playmat with art by Guillaume Ducos

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Promo Poster Checklist

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Book Checklist

Tips

Buying Legit Promos

Some promos have showed up on eBay. Be careful when bidding, buying, or making offers. Some promos get released version by Fantasy Flight Games in later releases. Make sure to check icons at the bottom of the card. For example, Arkham Nights and Invocation promos are marked with a “fire” symbol and the year. The version that got released later has the normal scenario markings. Scenario decks that get released in advanced often have a “not for sale” tag near the UPC on the back but not all.

Protecting Arkham Horror Tokens

Arkham Horror LCG chaos tokens are 1″ (25.4mm) in diameter. I like to put the tokens inside of a coin capsule. This makes for a nice chunky feel in the chaos bag. I recommend 26mm coin capsules to house the Arkham Horror chaos tokens. They are sold in lots of 100 on Amazon. There are many brands of coin capsules and they all vary in quality. Expect 5% of the coin capsules to have issues like scratches or cracks, or they won’t stay closed.

Want to Buy

I don’t have everything related to Arkham Horror: The Card Game, but I am looking for a few things. If you have one of these items, contact me. I have money or we can make a trade.

  • 2016 – The Investigators of Arkham Horror book pre-order – Azathoth playmat with art by Brian Valenzuela
  • 2016 – Arkham Nights – Health tokens (8 pieces per set)
  • 2016 – Arkham Nights – Sanity tokens (8 pieces per set)
  • 2016 – Arkham Nights – Elder sign symbol emblazoned chaos bag
  • 2017 – Arkham Nights – Auto-fail symbol emblazoned chaos bag
  • 2017 – Arkham Nights – Countless Terrors Deck box
  • 2017 – Holiday Sale – The Jolly Ancient One playmat
  • 2017 – Holiday Sale – Beyond the North Portal playmat
  • 2018 – Arkham Nights – Eldritch emblem emblazoned chaos bag

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