Carnevale of Spiders

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Author/Creator : mattastrophic all credit goes to him.

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Background story:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Visual experience:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Overall experience:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

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Kos

WARNING! Needs a lot of commercial game expansions. @creator: this will not give you points. The idea behind AC is to provide all cards with only the base game needed. Also the writing can use some iterations. What is a hauntingly quick move exactly. How do spiderwebs course. How does a dull chant sound. How do arachnoid webs engulf anything without the presence of the arachnoid actually weaving them. You don’t surrender consciousness, you only lose it. spend 1 clues -> 1 clue, 2 clues. the screams of many more are uncountable – what? On the plus side, not many… Read more »

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Seth Oakman

While there is a desire out there to not need a lot of expansions to play fan scenarios, I’ve also seen requests for more scenarios that don’t require as many cards be printed. It’s very hard to do both. By using existing cards like this scenario and the FFG expansion “Read or Die” do, you can accomplish eliminating the hours of cutting and sleeving more easily while still providing a new experience. I’m actually really intrigued by the design and wonder how much it takes the circular layout that both Carnevale and Weaver uses and then changes/enhances that design space.… Read more »

mattastrophic
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mattastrophic

That’s the idea, Seth! Though it’s a little bit awkward, it’s not impossible to play Carnevale of Spiders using the required encounter sets, a few scraps of paper, and the Spiders images on a phone!

Kos
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Kos

thanks for the perspective. FFG’s publication of Read or Die has a valid commercial reason: it might boost sales of expansions. The convention here at Arkham Central is to provide all cards needed. I’m just saying while the current deviation is reasonable, it should be stated explicitly, hence the warning. You also inherit complexity in separating to set up CoS, and later resorting the cards back to their original expansion – every time you play CoS. With a separate deck there is no such barrier. I have no need for commercial expansions, the base game suffices. I hope you will… Read more »

Seth Oakman
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Seth Oakman

Yes, the warning would be useful to a lot of people, and happy someone made it so it wasn’t confusing to people with less experience (like those that haven’t played Read or Die).

And it is true that while you are not cutting out and printing a lot of cards, you are still required to do a bit of extra collection management to pull all the required cards from your collections, so that’s good to note too.

la_la_lasagna
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la_la_lasagna

Any way that the single images can have bleed added to them?

Folomo
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Folomo

What sets do you need to play this scenario?

Seth Oakman
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Seth Oakman

Don’t quote me, but I believe the Carnavale stand-alone scenario, the Dreamlands Deluxe, and the Weaver of the Cosmos mythos pack.

mattastrophic
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mattastrophic

Yes, in the setup instructions, it says you need Carnevale of Horrors, The Dream-Eaters, and Weaver of the Cosmos. Plus a Core.