Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Episode 21: A look back at the Dunwich Legacy


SPOILER POLICY: We're talking about player cards up to and including Lost in Time and Space mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Where Doom Awaits.

In this, episode 21 of Drawn to the Flame, a podcast for fans of Arkham Horror: The Card game, join Peter and Frank as they discuss the conclusion of the Dunwich Legacy cycle. They look back at the four traits 'spell', 'weapon', 'ally' and 'talent' and see what new cards have been added to those, as well as pondering their favourite cards and moments of the cycle. The duo almost get through a whole episode without screwing up.

We're nearly done with the Dunwich Legacy now, aside from (hopefully!) a special treat next time...!

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Episode 20: A First Look at Lost in Time and Space

WARNING: Discussion of Lost in Time and Space player cards in this episode!

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Lost in Time and Space mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Where Doom Awaits.

In this episode, it's a look at the player cards from Lost in Time and Space, which is how you may feel when your reality comes unhinged and you try to make sense of what the heck it is you're listening to... As with all first look episodes, this episode isn't meant to be a definitive review, just a glance at the madness that waits once we decipher reality...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Episode 19: The Story So Far II (Storier Farer?)

SPOILER WARNING SPOILER WARNING All packs up to *Where Doom Awaits* mythos pack discussed! The full encounter set of Where Doom Awaits discussed! SPOILER WARNING ENDS

Join Peter and Frank for episode 19 of Drawn to the Flame. This is another spoiler-policy-breaking episode in which your hosts settle down with a cup of tea and a large dose of trepidation to discuss everything in the Dunwich Legacy that's brought their investigators to this point, everything they must face in Where Doom Awaits, and what may be lurking in the final, as-yet-unreleased scenario of the Dunwich Legacy cycle, Lost in Time and Space. This episode is a conversational, "watercooler" discussion, taking in the larger themes and story of the campaign, as well as sharing some of the hosts' favourite / least favourite moments. (Shoggoth, anyone?)

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Episode 18: Guidance from a Research Librarian

There are signs and sigils etched upon the ground at your feet, and they comprise a rough, hastily marked circle... a circle in which you stand captive. A... magic circle.

In this episode, Frank and Peter are trapped inside a magic circle and they've enlisted the help of wayward research librarian John to help them get free. Join them as they talk to John about play and games, about how Arkham Horror messes with the commonly accepted expectations in a card game, and hear how Frank forced John to play Eldritch Horror repeatedly.

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Where Doom Awaits mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Undimensioned & Unseen. Note: we don't get too specific about scenarios this episode.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Episode 17: Frank's First Look at Where Doom Awaits

WARNING: Discussion of Where Doom Awaits player cards in this episode!

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Where Doom Awaits mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Undimensioned & Unseen.

In this episode, Frank looks at the player cards from Where Doom Awaits, which feels pretty grim and depressing on this, British election day, aka where doom awaits... The pack came out on 8th June, and Frank gives his first impressions of the player cards. As with all first look episodes, this episode isn't meant to be a definitive review, just Frank, with his gifts from the homunculi and an ace in the hole trying not to think of how he's had worse and instead trying to come to some conclusions.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Episode 16: Approaches to Deckbuilding

You can throw thirty cards together smartly enough, but you want to up your deckbuilding game, from simply knowing the rules that govern decks in Arkham Horror all the way to making scintillating creations that fizz with ingenuity and versatility. How?

In this, the sixteenth episode of Drawn to the Flame, join Peter and Frank as they get stuck into the tricksy topic of deckbuilding. This episode isn't meant purely as a beginner's guide to deckbuilding. Instead, it's packed with approaches to have in mind when wrestling with your cards on your living room floor and tips for how to evaluate the choices you've made and enhance your deckbuilding expertise. As ever, this episode isn't meant to be exhaustive, just Frank and Peter's tuppence on the subject.

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Undimensioned & Unseen mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards up to Blood on the Altar. NOTE: in this episode we don't talk about encounter cards much at all.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Episode 15: Talents

You always pack bandages. You're a dab hand at lightening someone's pockets. You do your best work alone. You can read a map really really well. You seek forbidden secrets. You adapt to situations around you.... You are: talented.

In this, the fifteenth episode of Drawn to the Flame, join Peter and Frank as they discuss another trait in Arkham Horror. In earlier episodes we've covered weapons, allies and spells, and now we turn to talents to discern what makes an investigator talented, what place talents have in the game and whether we could all use a bit more scavenging in our lives.

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Undimensioned & Unseen mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards up to Blood on the Altar. NOTE: in this episode we don't talk about encounter cards much at all.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Episode 14: Frank's First Look at Undimensioned and Unseen

WARNING: Discussion of Undimensioned & Unseen player cards in this episode!

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Undimensioned & Unseen mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Blood on the Altar.

In this episode, Frank looks at the player cards from Undimensioned & Unseen, which is incredibly hard to type repeatedly, released 11 May, and gives his first impressions. This episode isn't meant to be a definitive review, just Frank the dark horse with his inquiring mind and quick thinking trying to come to some conclusions. And, stay tuned, because he's joined by a special guest at the end of the episode!

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Episode 13: Jenny Barnes

A life of luxury, furnished by material wealth and a resourceful spirit had Jenny Barnes want for nothing. Like so many of her class and means, she travelled to Europe to sample the finest delights of the Old World - its culture, heritage, cuisine and charms... until word reached her: her beloved sister was missing.

So Jenny Barnes finds herself back in Arkham, relying on her wits (and a little bit on her wealth). In this episode of Drawn to the Flame, Frank and Peter discuss this tough cookie of an investigator. How does she handle the dangers of Arkham Horror? What talents does her roguish nature provide? And will she ever find Izzie?

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Blood on the Altar mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards up to Essex County Express. NOTE: this episode was recorded before Blood on the Altar was released. We discuss some BotA cards at the end of the episode.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Episode 12: The Story So Far

SPOILER WARNING All packs up to *Blood on the Altar* mythos pack discussed! The *story* of Blood on the Altar discussed! SPOILER WARNING ENDS

Join Peter and Frank for the twelfth episode of Drawn to the Flame, in which they take a brief moment - a respite from the storm of horrors, if you will - to reflect on what their steadfast investigators have endured so far, and to ponder what fresh devilry the Dunwich Legacy campaign holds for them. This episode is a conversational, "watercooler" discussion, taking in the larger themes and story of the campaign.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Episode 11: Agnes Baker

She leads a peaceable life, waiting tables and getting by - at least she used to. But lately her dreams have spoken to her of times long past and places distant and terrible to behold. In that Hyperborean world, in those visions, she is no mere waitress, but a sorceress of fey and dreadful power. And now she feels that power stir within her blood...

Yep, that's right, ladies and gents, she's Agnes Baker, everyone's favourite waitress/witch. In this episode of Drawn to the Flame, Frank and Peter discusses this mysterious and deadly mystic. What does she do? How does she do it? And should she ever delve too deep?

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Blood on the Altar mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards up to Essex County Express.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Episode 10: Frank's First Look at Blood on the Altar

WARNING: Discussion of Blood on the Altar player cards in this episode!

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In this episode, Frank looks at the player cards from Blood on the Altar, released 13 April, and gives his first impressions. This episode isn't meant to be a definite review, just Frank working some hunches and running his keen eye over what he finds. Tune in to snatch some first impressions. 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Episode 9: Esoteric Devices I

SPOILER POLICY: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Essex County Express mythos pack (still a mouthful). We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Miskatonic Museum (we don't discuss the museum scenario in any detail in this episode though).

Esoteric Devices I: Adaptable & Delve Too Deep

In this episode of Drawn to the Flame, Peter and Frank start a new occasional series on the podcast: the close consideration of just a couple of player cards in Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Working title for these sorts of episodes is 'Esoteric Devices' and they're a chance for us to consider some of the mechanics and structuring of the game in greater detail, as well as the ways that particular cards can warp our expectations of how a card game works.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Episode 8: Spells

Peter and Frank are back with another trait-focused discussion, and this time it's all about spells. Spells, huh, yeah? What are they good for? Who can run them? Why should they? Is magic really bad??? All this and more in this episode of Drawn to the Flame.

Spoiler policy: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Essex County Express mythos pack (still a mouthful). We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards from the core set up to Miskatonic Museum (don't worry, we don't discuss the museum in any detail in this episode).

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Episode 7: Frank's First Look at Essex County Express

SPOILER WARNING: Drawn to the Flame's spoiler policy states that player cards from the most recently released mythos pack are fair game for discussion, and today, Thursday 16th March, was the release date of the second pack in the Dunwich Legacy cycle, the Essex County Express. SPOILER WARNING

So Frank's not really breaking the policy, but there may be players out there who want to wait until they have the pack in their hands, as Frank has done, before looking at the player cards. If you're one of them, maybe don't listen. Otherwise, jump in and hear Frank's first impressions of cards in his hands.

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Episode 6: Rex Murphy

Drawn to the Flame, episode 6: Rex Murphy

He's got a nose for a good story, and wherever he goes, he finds clues of a more pressing conspiracy... if only he could catch a break. It feels like Rex Murphy is the unluckiest reporter alive. Today, Peter and Frank discuss another investigator, and this time is the seeker Rex, who's a veritable bloodhound when it comes to clue collection, but things don't always go his way...

Note: this podcast has audio recorded in a slightly different way. We hope you like it.

Spoiler policy: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Miskatonic Museum mythos pack. We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards in the core set and Dunwich Legacy.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Episode 5: Zoey Samaras

Drawn to the Flame, episode 5: Zoey Samaras

She was called by God to smite the wicked. She masquerades as a humble chef while stalking the night to fulfil His plan. That's right, this episode Frank and Peter are doing something a little different and dedicating the episode to discussing Zoey Samaras, the chef.

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Spoiler policy: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Miskatonic Museum mythos pack.We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards in the core set and Dunwich Legacy.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Episode 4: Allies

Drawn to the Flame, episode 4: Allies

Peter and Frank continue a discussion of the sidekicks and supporters of investigators of Arkham Horror: The Card Game. This episode we're continuing to talk about... allies.

Note: this podcast was recorded in mid-January 2017, at the same time as episodes 1, 2 and 3. Thank you for audio-quality feedback; we'll fix it from episode 5 onwards. We've got things to try and hexes to cast to make it a tad better, and we've got a new intro and closing segment with (hopefully) better audio quality in this episode.

Spoiler policy: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Miskatonic Museum mythos pack.We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards in the core set and Dunwich Legacy.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Episode 3: Allies

Drawn to the Flame, episode 3: Allies

Peter and Frank begin a discussion of those unlikely men and women (and creatures!) an investigator of Arkham Horror: The Card Game might want to keep around. That's right, this episode we're talking... allies.

Note: this podcast was recorded in mid-January 2017, at the same time as episodes 1 and 2. Thank you for audio-quality feedback; we'll fix it from episode 5 onwards. We've got things to try and hexes to cast to make it a tad better, and we're trying a new intro with (hopefully) better audio quality in this episode.

Spoiler policy: we'll happily discuss player cards up to and including the Miskatonic Museum mythos pack.We'll skirt around encounter cards included in that pack, but talk freely about encounter cards in the core set and Dunwich Legacy.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Episode 2: Weapons

Drawn to the Flame, episode 2: Weapons (continued)

Peter and Frank continue to discuss the weapons available to investigators of Arkham Horror: The Card Game.

Note: this podcast was recorded mid-January 2017, at the same time as episode 1. Thank you for audio-quality feedback - we'll fix it from episode 5 onwards! We've got things to try and hexes to cast to make it a tad better.

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Episode 1: Weapons

Drawn to the Flame, episode 1: Weapons

Peter and Frank discuss some of the weapons available to investigators of Arkham Horror: The Card Game.

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