Rating: 7.5 Very Good
Popularity:29
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2011
Players: 1-8 players
Playing time: 90 minutes
Age:13+

Official Site: Game page (English) – Fantasy Flight Games


Created by: Richard Launius, Kevin Wilson, Dallas Mehlhoff

Published by: Fantasy Flight Games, ADC Blackfire Entertainment, Arclight

Alternate Names: Das Ältere Zeichen, Il Segno degli Antichi, Le Signe des Anciens, El Símbolo Arcano, Znak Starszych Bogów

Description:

I know I will be called insane for what I am about to do. But you must believe me when I tell you that this museum is alive, infected with an ancient evil. Once these diabolical forces become manifest, they will reduce humanity to cinders.

Night after night, I have scoured the exhibits and relics, fighting to keep the horrors at bay and learning what I can. I believe I have discovered a way to prevent our doom. Ancient cultures crafted a strange symbol to drive off these creatures. They called it the Elder Sign.

It is 1926, and the museum's extensive collection of exotic curios and occult artifacts poses a threat to the barriers between our world and the elder evils lurking between dimensions. Gates to the beyond begin to leak open, and terrifying creatures of increasing strength steal through them.

Animals, the mad, and those of more susceptible minds are driven to desperation by the supernatural forces the portals unleash. Only a handful of investigators race against time to locate the eldritch symbols necessary to seal the portals forever. Only they can stop the Ancient One beyond from finding its way to Earth and reducing humanity to cinders.

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.

To locate Elder Signs, investigators must successfully endure Adventures within the museum and its environs. A countdown mechanism makes an Ancient One appear if the investigators are not quick enough.

The investigators must then battle the Ancient One. A clever and thematic dice mechanism pits their exploration against monsters and the sheer difficulty of staying sane and healthy, all within the standard game duration of one to two hours.

Prices:
Retail Price:$31
Amazon:$24
Ebay:$34
Expansions:
Elder Sign: Arkham Nights 2011 Promotional Ancient One Card
Elder Sign: Arkham Nights 2012 Promotional Ancient One Card
Elder Sign: Arkham Nights 2013 Promotional Ancient One Card
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Awards:
Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee 2012

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