Game Profile: Elder Sign

A game of suspense and supernatural investigation.

Mechanics Co-Operative, Dice Rolling, Variable Player Powers
Theme Fantasy Adventure
Publication Fantasy Flight, 2011
Ages 14+
Time 60 – 120
Players 1 – 8


Elder Sign is a cooperative game in which 1-8 players are
investigators in the Miskatonic University Museum striving to get enough Elder
Signs to seal up one of the Ancient Ones before it awakens and goes on a
devouring rampage.

On each turn each
investigator will have the opportunity to explore one of the museum rooms
currently in play.  Sometimes a portal
gate will open to another dimension of Other Worlds providing additional locations
for investigative exploration.  Each room
or Other World locale consists of a series of tasks that when completed will
yield rewards.  Upon entering a room an
investigator will try to complete the task requirements by rolling a series of
dice from the dice pool.  If all of the
task requirements are met than he/she receives the indicated rewards. However,
if the investigator fails to meet all the requirements they must suffer the
indicated penalties that can include loss of stamina, loss of sanity, incur doom tokens, etc.  Just to keep the
game play interesting, from time to time monsters will appear in the rooms and
Other World locations adding more challenges that the investigators must

Another element in the
game is the Time Clock.  After each
player’s turn the clock advances by 3 hours. 
When it strikes midnight mayhem is inevitable – – appearance of monsters
or doom, loss of weapons or allies or stamina or sanity or any combination
thereof – – in any event nothing good will happen!

Each Ancient One has a prescribed
number of doom that if it reaches will awaken. 
An awaken Ancient One will start attacking and devouring the
investigators.  Winning in this scenario
is extremely difficult.  Additionally,
each Ancient One has a prescribed number of Elder Signs that the
investigators must collectively obtain in order to it seal up and
win the game.

We have an open copy of Elder Sign is available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try out.

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