|Call of Cthulhu LCG | Published 09 January 2012|
When I drew nigh the nameless city I knew it was accursed. I was traveling in a parched and terrible valley under the moon, and afar I saw it protruding uncannily above the sands as parts of a corpse may protrude from an ill-made grave. Fear spoke from the age-worn stones of this hoary survivor of the deluge, this great-grandmother of the eldest pyramid.
–H.P. Lovecraft, The Nameless City
Ebla Restored adds new characters, locations, events, and Tomes for the different factions of Call of Cthulhu. Relic Hunters, cultists, scientists, and lunatics race to obtain power from the ancient Tomes of forgotten cultures, and their struggles may well determine the fate of the world as they either prevent the rise of the Ancient Ones or hasten the end of all humanity.
Glimpses of the future
The Revelations cycle continues to reveal the true power of knowledge within the world of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, and many of the new cards within Ebla Restored provide players with new incentives to hunt down ancient Tomes, visit remote Libraries, and prevent rival Relic Hunters from fetching powerful artifacts for their respective factions.
Of course, each faction goes about the matter of obtaining power in its own way, and followers of the King in Yellow willingly submit themselves to madness in order to gain greater control of the world around them. To that end, Ebla Restored gives us Alyssa Graham (Ebla Restored, 46) and The Parlor (Ebla Restored, 47).
An ability like Alyssa’s that can limit your opponent’s draw is always powerful, but it becomes even more potent when combined with knowledge of the cards your opponent is bound to draw. When Alyssa Graham communes with the spirits of the dead in her Parlor, she allows you to selectively discard your opponent’s best cards as he draws them. With some copies of Eldritch Nexus (Core Set, 154) and Arkham Asylum (Core Set, 146) in your deck, you gain the ability to restore Alyssa and can drive her insane each time your opponent draws cards.
You’ll have to mind your tactics when you use her ability, however, as she can’t discard both your opponent’s cards in the draw phase. Players draw two cards in the draw phase one at a time, but as a single framework action, and her response can only trigger once during that draw. Likewise, the active player gets the first action in each phase, so if you drive Alyssa insane to discard a card your opponent draws through the rules, he’ll still be safe from her ability if he triggers any draw effect with his first action of the phase. But that’s why The Parlor serves you so well; when you know what your opponent is bound to draw, you can decide if it’s a card you need to send to your opponent’s discard pile or if it’s something relatively harmless that you can let him take into his hand.
Where truths are revealed
In short time, Alyssa Graham can provide Hastur decks with tremendous card advantage. As you draw into more and more cards and tactical options, all while controlling your opponent’s draw and monitoring his resources, you’ll find how the King in Yellow gains power through glimpses of the future.
Look for Alyssa Graham, The Parlor, and a host of other great cards to enhance the struggles between the different factions of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game with Ebla Restored.
Based on the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and his literary circle, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game takes two players deep into the Cthulhu Mythos where investigators clash with the Ancient Ones and Elder Gods for the fate of the world. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Asylum Pack expansions to the core game.
Hastur is seeing some nice control type cards. I'd like to see some of that loving spread over some of the other factions as well, but seeing as how I'm a Hastur nut I'm still perfectly content >:-)
Alyssa + Dr. Carson = Profit?
The Parlor is pretty cool too, always handy to know what your opponent is up to.
Wikipedia says it was an ancient city in what is now Syria. Famous for the Ebla Tablets. Hm...