Eldritch Horror is a cooperative game of terror and adventure in which one to eight players take the roles of globetrotting investigators working to solve mysteries, gather clues, and protect the world from an Ancient One – that is, an elder being intent on destroying our world. Each Ancient One comes with its own unique decks of Mystery and Research cards, which draw you deeper into the lore surrounding each loathsome creature. Discover the true name of Azathoth or battle Cthulhu on the high seas.
While the tasks on these Mystery cards (along with the locations of
otherworldly gates, menacing monsters, and helpful clues) will often
inform both your travel plans and the dangers you confront, you can find
adventure anywhere in the world...even where you least expect it. It is
during the Encounter Phase of each turn that players resolve combat or,
alternatively, build their investigators' personal stories by reading
an encounter narrative from one of several types of Encounter cards. You
might go head to head with a monster in Istanbul or find yourself in a
tough spot with the crime syndicate in a major city. Maybe you will
embark on an expedition to the Pyramids or research a clue you uncover
in the unnamed wilderness. You may even find your way through a gate and
explore a dimension beyond time and space.
Should you fail an encounter, the cost is steep. If you are
fortunate, you will merely incur physical or mental trauma. However, you
might also be compelled to take a Condition card, which represents a
specific injury or restriction gained throughout your journey, such as a
Leg Injury or Amnesia. You could find yourself getting in over your
head to acquire assets and receive a Debt condition – or maybe you'll
owe a favor to something far more insidious than a debt collector, and
enter into a Dark Pact! Whatever your condition, you would be wise to
find a resolution with haste; many conditions have a "reckoning effect"
which, if triggered, ensure a much more sinister fate.
All the while, the arrival of the Ancient One approaches. Its malign influence is manifested in Eldritch Horror as you draw Mythos Cards, which govern the appearance of otherworldly
gates, fearsome monsters, and other ominous elements. Mythos cards keep
your investigators under pressure, introducing new threats, even as the
arrival of the Great Old One draws nearer! Since the investigators draw a
new Mythos card each round, they're certain to have their hands full
battling foul creatures and following up on strange rumors, even as they
work to solve their three all-important mysteries.