Fantasy Flight Games Mansions of Madness (Second Edition)

Fantasy Flight Games Mansions of Madness (Second Edition)

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Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a fully cooperative board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign.

Explore the veiled and misty streets of Innsmouth and stumble through the haunted corridors of Arkham’s cursed mansions as you search for answers and respite. Eight brave investigators stand ready to confront four scenarios of fear and mystery, collecting weapons, tools, and information, solving complex puzzles, and fighting monsters, insanity, and death.

Open the door and step inside these hair-raising Mansions of Madness Second Edition. It will take more than just survival to conquer the evils terrorizing this town.

New to the second edition is an immersive companion app which guides players, step by step, through each scenario.

Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) Features four campaigns of varying length and difficulty and over 500 detailed components, including 32 plastic figures. Also included is a conversion kit to integrate first edition game components.

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Already owning the original edition, I wasn't too sure that I needed to spend even more money buying this second edition, but I do enjoy solo play and figures and then there are the 4 brand new (to the whole Fantasy Flight Arkham World) investigators...so yeah, I had to.

The monster and investigator figures are just what you'd expect. I believe at least most of the monsters have already been available to buy as painted figures and I think one of the old Arkham Horror investigators that's included has a new pose, but as I already said, the 4 brand new ones were a big draw to me, so figure wise I was happy enough. You also get the conversion kit which is basically new cards for the investigators and new tokens for the monsters from the first edition base game + large expansions.

But the big star of this new edition is definitely the app; I have read that initially people were having some problems, but I'm guessing these teething troubles have been worked out now because I've played 10+ times now without a single game breaking problem (I did have one possible freeze, but that may have been my laptop and either way it continued eventually). Using the app makes the gameplay flow much better and has the added bonus of keeping track of things like monster damage and even reminds you of some things you might easily forget from time to time, like fire spreading. It doesn't feel as random as they might want you to believe, but there are probably enough small changes to layouts and monsters to make multiple playthroughs of scenarios acceptable, at least until you beat them.

And that's the only possible downside; this base game alone only comes with, I believe, 4 scenarios. I actually have 6 from having all the original game/expansion tiles which unlocks 2 more, you can also get these if you don't have the originals by buying the 2 new figure and tile collections. This really doesn't seem like a lot of scenarios and it remains to be seen how well/often they're going to be releasing new content, although there has been a new scenario download announced for $2.99. That's certainly going to be an interesting way for them to support the game, more video game than traditional board game, but how well they do with that will end up determining how well this re-imagining of Mansions of Madness ultimately goes.

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Having played Elder Sign, Arkham Horror, and Eldritch Horror, I was questioning whether I needed to get involved in another Akham Files game, but I am so glad I did.
Of these games, Mansions of Madness (2nd edition), has definitely been the most intense and immersive gaming experience I've had. The main criticism I've heard about this game is the use of the app, however this mainly seems to be a matter of "principal" for people. While I sort of understand this point of view, it seems like such a shame that people are missing out on a wonderful gaming experience because of this. The fact is that they could have designed this game without the app, but it would probably have involved a series of incredibly complicated randomised decks and card draw, with lots of note taking etc. I find the app massively adds to the experience with its eerie music/sound effects, great voice acting/script and the usual Fantasy Flight quality artwork.

Others areas in which it surpasses the other Arkham Files games include:
Set up is quicker, although strangely it takes longer to pack away as most of the decks should be alphabetised for ease.
It feels less random, particularly discovering items (specific as opposed to top of the deck) and monster spawn (there's no monster cup in this one!)
I prefer the test/dice system. In Arkham and Eldritch if you spent enough clues you could pretty much make anyone do anything. Here clues are used to "improve" already rolled dice.
Finally, although I love the "Doominess" of the other games, occasionally you do find yourself half an hour in, looking at he doom counter and how little progress you've made trying to decide whether its worth continuing. With MOM 2nd, you can sense when you need to get a move on, but it seems to just make the ending harder the longer you take, which I prefer.

My main/only issue with this game are the monster models. Although it's nice to see how big a Star Spawn really is and what a Deep One really looks like, they are really fiddly, don't stay in their bases and a bit clunky. They just don't seem to fir it with how the rest of the game looks. I think I would have been happier if they'd just used cards like Arkham/Eldritch.

The last thing worth mentioning is replay value. There are only 4 scenarios with the core set, one of which has 4 map configurations, the other three have 1 or 2. However it doesn't seem to be as much of an issue as you might think. I've played the first mission twice, and ended up getting the same map twice, and to a small extent I did have a couple of spoiler moments. However there were considerably more surprises, such as different monsters spawning, things in different places, different mythos effects, an we even had a different ending. The tile packs apparently add new maps and events, and a new scenario each, plus being FFG there will no doubt be plenty of expansions.
To cut a very long story short: BUY IT, BUY IT BUY IT!!! It's brilliant!!

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