Touring Performance Style
In this play style, the "King in Yellow" has come to Arkham as a touring play, and will eventually pass on to its next stop. While it's in town, however, the strange events surrounding the play will occupy most of the investigators' attention.
This variant is for experienced players. The terror level may rise rapidly and the Act deck poses a constant threat to the city. Such are the subtle and terible effects of the Yellow Sign.
Set up the Arkham Horror base board game as normal, performing the following extra steps during Step 6: Separate Decks.
- 6a. Shuffle the base game Investigator cards separately, and place them into their respective decks. Then shuffle the new Spells, Common Items and Unique Items, into three separate decks, and place them on top of their respective decks (so the new Spells are on top of the original Spell deck, the new Common Items on top of the original Common Item deck, and so on).
- 6b. Shuffle the base game Mythos cards, Gate cards, and Location cards separately, and place them into their respective decks. Then shuffle the new Gate cards, Mythos cards, and Location cards into separate decks and place them on top of their respective decks (so the new Mythos cards are on top of the original Mythos deck, the new Gate cards are on top of the original Gate deck, and the new Location cards are on top of the original Location decks).
- 6c. Place the Magical Effect cards in a deck near the other Special Investigator card decks. Then take the three Act cards and place them facedown (so that the large Roman numeral is showing) in a pile in numerical order (Act I on top, Act III on bottom) next to the Mythos deck.
Then proceed with Step 7: Receive Fixed Possessions.
In this variant game, all of the first few encounters in Arkham will be new. Likewise, the majority of the Other World encounters and the Mythos cards will be new. Most of the game rules remain the same, as do the game's victory conditions.
The only new rule is that when having encounters at locations in Arkham, do not shuffle the Location deck beforehand. Simply take the top card from the Location deck, resolve it, and then place it faceup on the bottom of the deck. Only once you've gone through a Location deck should you shuffle it, turning the cards facedown once again.