News for March 2011
The Continuing Curse 41
Announcing the revised Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion for Arkham Horror
Arkham Horror | Published 21 March 2011

A new exhibit has come to the Arkham Museum of History, featuring some of the oldest and most mysterious relics to be unearthed in Egypt. However, a series of strange events has prevented the exhibit from opening, and now it is rumored that several ancient artifacts have gone missing. The police have increased the number of patrols all over Arkham, and any vigilante investigators will have to evade these bumbling sentries if they hope to get to the bottom of the disappearances...

Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of a revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, an expansion for Arkham Horror. An ancient curse has fallen on Arkham, and it is rumored that several mysterious artifacts have gone missing from the “Legacy of the Pharaohs” museum exhibit. Yet, anyone who seeks these lost treasures finds only horror and madness.

The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) is an updated version of the original The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion released in 2006.

Why a Revised Edition?
The original Curse of the Dark Pharaoh was the first of Arkham Horror's many successful expansions, and has seen a great number of printings since it was originally published almost five years ago. However, as FFG developed the Arkham Horror play experience over the years, this expansion came to become the one that deviated most from our later Arkham Horror design vision, and over time came to stand apart from the Arkham Horror family as a whole.

With this Revised Edition, the Arkham Horror design team has remade Curse of the Dark Pharaoh from the ground up, incorporated errata, re-balanced cards to better fit with Arkham Horror's current ecosystem, and added new game elements.

For those unfamiliar with this expansion, The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh expansion adds the following to your Arkham Horror board game:

Exhibit Encounters
The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) lets Arkham Horror players explore ancient powers through Exhibit Item and Exhibit Encounter cards. Exhibit Items are legendary relics of the mysterious past, able to aid investigators in their fight against the Ancient One, and Exhibit Encounter cards let players search for Exhibit Items specifically.

In the original Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, players could only acquire Exhibit Items through random encounters. However, in this new edition, there is a more direct way to get your hands on these cherished artifacts.

The Ancient Whispers marker moves around Arkham, representing rumors and reports pertaining to the museum’s missing exhibit items. Investigators who encounter this marker will draw cards from the Exhibit Encounter deck, potentially finding a powerful weapon or spell. However, strange events often befall all who seek these mystical artifacts, so do not pursue them heedlessly...

The Dark Pharaoh Herald Sheet
The revised edition of The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh includes a Herald sheet for the Pharaoh himself, the Avatar of Nyarlathotep. His dangerous presence makes it more challenging for investigators to uncover the secrets of his artifacts and origins. While his curse affects the town, players will slowly be driven insane by acquiring his wicked relics.

Patrolled Neighborhoods
In light of the strange events happening around Arkham, the police have begun to take notice. No longer can investigators stroll through neighborhoods brandishing their guns and occult paraphernalia without repercussion. Certain Event cards now cause Patrol Markers to be placed on the board, which represent patrol cars keeping a close eye on the neighborhood. Investigators will need to sneak by or risk being arrested.

Other Additions to Arkham Horror
On top of these new additions, The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (Revised Edition) also contains Benefit and Detriment cards, which provide investigators with good and bad lingering effects. Also included are 90 Ancient One cards, 21 Spells, and 7 Allies.

This expansion will be compatible with the upcoming Miskatonic Horror expansion, which will add new Exhibit Encounter and Exhibit Item cards.

Listen carefully, the ancient whispers are calling. There is no escaping The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh, coming this spring with a retail price of $24.95.

Arkham Horror is a board game of mystery and madness set in Arkham in the 1920's. 1-8 players cooperate to investigate the strange happenings about the town, and race to prevent ancient evil from surfacing.

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Published: 4/26/2011 4:12:12 PM

What about Dunwich :(

Published: 3/24/2011 6:00:54 PM


I appreciate the additional information The Spaniard, thank you.

I have no ill feelings toward FFG for the revised edition, I'm only frustrateddisappointed with my own poor timing; who could have guessed that buying a product five years after it's release would turn out to be 1 day too early?

Even though I wish I could still get as much enjoyment out of the old version as I would have without the revised version available, that is sadly not something my obsessive compulsive brain will allow, but again, I won't blame FFG for that.

The Spaniard
Published: 3/24/2011 5:55:14 PM
FFG Staff

Here are FFG's comments on this

Published: 3/24/2011 4:32:03 AM


I bought the old version this sunday (the 20th), the very day before this announcement. I really hope there will be an update pack for sale, but I doubt it.

Published: 3/23/2011 2:29:16 PM

I hate to be pessimistic about it, especially since I'm quite the fan of the game, but I can't help but be a little disappointed that they've decided to back up and revise an edition instead of simply moving forward.  It's nice that they want to help improve the mechanics in one version but I'm afraid that it might be setting a standard of what is to come.  I would hate to see a line of "revisions" to be released.  I can't help but feel a little cheated over buying a revision of the same game expansion.

Published: 3/23/2011 1:16:01 PM

I have to admit that I do not wait in line for FFG products anymore. I will wait a while to see what if anything is wrong with a game before purchasing it. In the past I would preorder and get the stuff first day. I think it is a combination of being disappointed with a few products and their huge FAQs, and that FFG is not putting out the huge "must haves" they used to. I love FFG, customer service is exceptional, but something has changed, maybe it is me, but it is different.

Published: 3/23/2011 10:24:24 AM

 Yay! I bought this expansion (as my first for Arkham) two days ago just to see this. Great news! :-/

Published: 3/23/2011 1:50:03 AM

I remember unpacking the Dunwich or Innsmouth expansion box and finding a small bundle with revised spells which improved gameplay. They were included to replace the same spells from the base AH game.

So if this revised edition of CotDP would only contain typo corrections and a new Herald, they could and probably would have included them in the Miskatonic expansion. As this is not the case I would say the new revised expansion will offer enough improvements of items, mythos cards, locations cards, mechanics, etc to prefer and justify an entirely new release over an update.

The only drawback I see is playing a combination of AH, MH and the first release of CotDP won't be possible.
At least that's what I expect due to the revised mechanics in the new verison of CothDP.

So I will probably end up buying this revised version and looking forward to test the new mechanics, herald, .. .

And yes, I do own all the expansions.

Published: 3/22/2011 6:34:19 PM

As it sounds new & improved I'll happily buy and replace my existing set.

Published: 3/22/2011 4:51:33 PM

i also hope there'll be something like an upgrade pack for those who already have the original expansion. or at least if you prove you have the original expansion then the revised should be at least 50% cheaper. if not then i would prefer to buy a completely new expansion rather than this. i really hope FFG isn't going to do revised versions of all the expansion instead of focusing on new ones. is the miskatonic expansion compatible with both versions of the CoTDP?

Published: 3/22/2011 4:23:39 PM


Yeah...  I don't know.  It really depends on how drastic the update is.  40% 50% of the materials being changed would be significant and might justify it.  Two of the three cards shown in the preview were altered from their original versions.

The GIT!
Published: 3/22/2011 4:00:14 PM

I'm normally one to complain about FFG and their marketing tactics but, on this occasion, I'm actually happy that they've revised CotDP. As they pointed out the original expansion came out at a time when AH was still quite new and, now that they have established a solid style for their expansions, CotDP is overdue for an update.

For those less happy amongst us, just be thankful they haven't decided to do a 2nd edition of Arkham Horror ala Twilight Imperium.

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