Sunday, 18 November 2018

Episode 91: Announcing Arkham in Flames

Join Frank and Peter for real - in the flesh - at Arkham in Flames 2019, a weekend of playing Arkham Horror in London organised by us over here at Drawn to the Flame. Listen to this episode to find out more about what we have in store and our plans for the weekend: 9 & 10 March 2019. 

It's also #thankyoupatrons day, and we'd like to go on record (as we have done on this episode) thanking our patrons for their magnificent encourage and support. We wouldn't be doing Arkham in Flames without you friends driving us on. Thank you!


Tickets are strictly limited. Buy now for Arkham in Flames here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arkham-in-flames-2019-tickets-51408313650

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Episode 90: Frank's First Look at Shattered Aeons

Join Frank - and an end of cycle special guest! - for a first look at the player cards of Shattered Aeons, the sixth mythos pack in The Forgotten Age cycle. Will he go all in? Does he really have the best vantage point from which to survey these cards? Isn't kerosene delicious? 

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Episode 89: Opening Moves

Join Peter and Frank as they talk about opening moves. What's the best way to exploit a mulligan? How important is it to play assets turn 1? What do you even need to keep in mind when getting the best start in a scenario? 

We use four example decks in our discussion, which are:
Mark: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/239498
Ursula: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/160566
Finn: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/230305
Jim: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/237668

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Episode 88: Trick or Treat

Join Peter and Frank as they talk to a special guest from across the ocean - not Matt Newman, but nearly as good, and certainly as friendly. They talk about Arkham Horror (surprise!), what cooperative players want and announce a really cool new Arkham playing augmentation you definitely want to take a look at. Thanks for joining us, Steven!

Find out more about Team Covenant and their incredible Forgotten Age mythos boards here: https://teamcovenant.com/product/arkham-horror-lcg-forgotten-age-mythos-board


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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Episode 87: Think on your Feet IX

Join Frank for the ninth Think on your Feet, in which Calvin Wright – or his successor – continues investigations into the madness and mystery surrounding the King in Yellow.

In Think on your Feet episodes, a live play series of Arkham Horror: The Card Game, I endeavour not to edit much at all. Sometimes I cut a bit of shuffling sounds or abbreviate some of my longer pauses (a chap's got to think!), but otherwise, it's uncut, unaltered and meant to feel like you're with me at the table. There may be mistakes and misplays, but hopefully some successes too. In light of the Patreon support and because I want to enhance listening to Drawn to the Flame, I've added some atmospheric details too. Hopefully they elevate the experience. Toot toot!

Note: there was a microphonic problem in the latter stages of this episode, and I've spent a decent two hours trying to remove it, but I haven't quite succeeded. Think of it as atmospherics rather than just incompetence, and I hope it doesn't spoil your listening experience!

Here's the deck before Black Stars Rise: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/238566.  

Here's the deck before Dim Carcosa: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/238606

During the edit I spotted a misplay I made while playing. At 1hr11 minutes, I believe I played True Survivor even though I had Whispers in Your Head (Doubt) in my hand. Believe me, it didn't matter!...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Episode 86: Thinking about Carolyn Fern

Join Peter and Frank as they talk about Carolyn Fern. This isn't quite a Carolyn Fern investigator-specific episode so much as a 'one deck we made together for Carolyn'-specific episode. We talk about her deckbuilding rules, what sorts of ramifications they have and the challenges they pose for playing the game. 

Here's the deck we built together: https://arkhamdb.com/decklist/view/7593/mind-over-madness-1.0


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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Episode 85: Frank's First Look at The Depths of Yoth

The depths of Yoth! The depths of Yoth! Join Frank for a first look at the player cards of the fifth mythos pack in The Forgotten Age cycle. His mind is well and truly fed!

Howler warning: I called "I've got a plan" "I've had worse" at about 7minutes. What a dummy! I've definitely not had worse than that!

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Episode 84: Decktrospective I

Join Peter and Frank for our first decktrospective (no idea what that name means - hopefully someone will clear it up for us), in which we take a deck sent in by a patron and take it apart, like the restoration of an antique vase or two petrolheads doing automobile fanboying or whatever it is car-people like doing. This time, it's an Ashcan Pete deck: https://arkhamdb.com/decklist/view/5825/pete-duke-and-yaotl-desperate-synergy-3.0

We're also lucky to appear as guests on Unlucky Frog Gaming's podcast. Check out episode 88: https://unluckyfrog.podbean.com/e/episode-88-independence-day-drawn-to-the-flame-podcast/

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Episode 83: Visions of Futures Past IV

Join Peter and Frank for the fourth of Drawn to the Flame's Visions of Futures Past, where we announce a forthcoming player card to the community. We're delighted FFG have asked us to do this again, after Storm of Spirits, Time Warp & Custom Ammunition, and really hugely excited to share this card with everyone. So dive in for a new card that's coming up in The Depths of Yoth!

But that's not all: we're also announcing the results of our competition, where we asked listeners to pair an investigator with a scenario in a thematic way. The entries were all excellent and deeply enjoyable, so tune in as we go through some favourites, and award a copy of Carnevale of Horrors, a live play episode and player tokens and board from Buy the Same Token! 

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Episode 82: Think on your Feet VIII

Join Frank for the eighth Think on your Feet, in which Calvin Wright – or his successor – continues investigations into the madness and mystery surrounding the King in Yellow.

In Think on your Feet episodes, a live play series of Arkham Horror: The Card Game, I endeavour not to edit much at all. Sometimes I cut a bit of shuffling sounds or abbreviate some of my longer pauses (a chap's got to think!), but otherwise, it's uncut, unaltered and meant to feel like you're with me at the table. There may be mistakes and misplays, but hopefully some successes too. In light of the Patreon support and because I want to enhance listening to Drawn to the Flame, I've added some atmospheric details too. Hopefully they elevate the experience. Toot toot!

This is the first episode recorded with my new microphone. I hope the sound is crisper and clearer, but I welcome any feedback - not of an audio kind...! If you're not sure about any of my lines of play or otherwise confused, ask away.

Here's the deck before A Phantom of Truth: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/214987.  

Here's the deck before The Pallid Mask: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/215018

During the edit I spotted a misplay I made while playing. At 1hr17 minutes, I believe I spawned a docent at 'any unrevealed location' rather than the nearest unrevealed... I'm not 100% sure on that though.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Episode 81: Frank's First Look at The City of Archives

Will Frank be on his own, a sacrifice to the elder gods, as he tries to fathom the player cards from The Forgotten Age's fourth mythos pack, The City of Archives? Or perhaps this will be his pay day, as he may just have a special guest on the line...

Of note: we talked a smidge about Pay Day + Fence as a post-final action play, and playing events with On Your Own with zero resources. We're not sure if we got the rules right on either and as soon as we know, we'll let you know... STOP PRESS: Matt tells us we got it right on both! Phew.

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Friday, 7 September 2018

Episode 80: Return to... Drawn to the Flame?

Join Peter and Frank for a brief Good Question style episode, in which they try out their new microphones (thank you so bloomin' much, patrons!), look at the newly announced Return to the Dunwich Legacy box, and ask each other Good Questions (TM), the answers of which prove... interesting!

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Episode 79: Slumber Party

Join Frank and Peter for a little slumber party (lol!), as they settle in, after playing The Endless Slumber together, to discuss their investigators and talk about the competition that's still ongoing (entries can be sent in to the details below). This is just a short, spoiler-free episode because we were together in the flesh and didn't want to pass up the opportunity to record!

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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Episode 78: Think on your Feet VII

Join Frank for the seventh Think on your Feet, in which Calvin Wright continues his investigations into the madness and mystery surrounding the King in Yellow.

In Think on your Feet episodes, a live play series of Arkham Horror: The Card Game, I endeavour not to edit much at all. Sometimes I cut a bit of shuffling sounds or abbreviate some of my longer pauses (a chap's got to think!), but otherwise, it's uncut, unaltered and meant to feel like you're with me at the table. There may be mistakes and misplays, but hopefully some successes too. In light of the Patreon support and because I want to enhance listening to Drawn to the Flame, I've added some atmospheric details too. Hopefully they elevate the experience. 

Here's the deck before Echoes of the Past: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/203093.  

Here's the deck before The Unspeakable Oath: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/203111

During the edit I spotted a misplay I made while playing. At 26 minutes, I believe I take a 4 action turn. Little good it did me anyway!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Episode 77: Frank's First Look at Heart of the Elders

Take heart! Intrepid Frank dives into another first look, this time for Heart of the Elders, the third mythos pack in The Forgotten Age cycle. And he's not doing it alone, joined by a friendly voice (not Olive's, not Lola's) from across the pond. Thank you for taking the time to be on the podcast!

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Episode 76: Triple Threat

Join Peter and Frank for a bag of Arkham allsorts: we look at Then It Multiplied, the first designer challenge laid down by Matt Newman, then some fantastic tokens and player boards by Buy The Same Token, and finally: a competition! Your chance to win prizes (plural! more than one prize!).

Check out Buy The Same Token on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BuyTheSameToken#about or Ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/buythesametoken

They very generously gave us player boards to try out, and in return we provide our honest assessment of these accessories to help you decide if they're for you!

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Episode 75: Visions of Futures Past III

Join Peter and Frank for the third of Drawn to the Flame's Visions of Futures Past, where we announce a forthcoming player card to the community. We're delighted FFG have asked us to do this again, after Storm of Spirits and Time Warp, and really excited to share this card with everyone. So dive in for a new card that's coming up in Heart of the Elders! 

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Episode 74: Frank's First Look at The Boundary Beyond

Join Frank - and special guest! - for a first look at the new player cards of The Boundary Beyond, the second mythos pack in The Forgotten Age cycle. We're heading back to Mexico and I for one can't wait to take the initiative and cuddle a snake again! Hooray for snakes! Hope you're well prepared, totally a high roller and never cornered in this new scenario...

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Episode 73: Think on your Feet VI

Join Frank for the sixth Think on your Feet, in which Calvin Wright finds himself in the sleepy town of Arkham, taking a trip to the Ward Theatre for the premiere of The King in Yellow. I must say, it sounds delightful!

In Think on your Feet episodes, a live play series of Arkham Horror: The Card Game, I endeavour not to edit much at all. Sometimes I cut a bit of shuffling sounds or abbreviate some of my longer pauses (a chap's got to think!), but otherwise, it's uncut, unaltered and meant to feel like you're with me at the table. There are mistakes and misplays a-plenty, but hopefully some successes too. But in this episode, in light of the Patreon support and because I want to take Drawn to the Flame to the next level, I've added some atmospheric details too. Hopefully they elevate the listening experience. 

Here's the deck I started with: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/181479.  

Here's the deck before The Last King: https://arkhamdb.com/deck/view/181498

During the edit I spotted a couple of misplays I made while playing. At about 39 minutes I put a damage on 'the fire axe'. I meant fine clothes! My mind was addled by all the damage! And then another fine clothes bloop: when I'm hit by corrosion at 1hr14 or so, somehow I behave as though it's 2 cost rather than 1. Which is... weird. No wait, even weirder - I've convinced myself the gallery is 2 rather than 1 shroud, which is incredibly odd! So the fine clothes discard was correct. And at 1hr25 I seem to have forgotten how Dianne works, and I suggest I'd be cheating to move her to the bystander with the fewest clues, which is funny, since that's exactly what she *should* do! Aaaand at 1hr33 I forget to draw an encounter card... hypergah!


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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Episode 72: Jim Culver

He's a dab hand on the trumpet and his music has the power to wake the dead. In the face of unspeakable creeping doom, he's unfazed, even cool. He's a mystic with the power to move you... ladies and gentleman, Mr Jim Culver! Join Peter and Frank for another investigator-specific episode in which they talk about the second mystic we received in the game, the Dunwich Legacy's very own Jim Culver. Jim has a trumpet and loves skulls, but is there more to this musician, particularly in light of the seal mechanic and the expanded cardpool? Let's find out! 

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Episode 71: True Solo

Join Frank and Peter as they talk about playing Arkham Horror solo... and not that two-handed malarkey we've been hearing rumours of, but the true solo, real solo, all by myself solo that's all the rage these days. Which investigators are good by themselves? What pitfalls might you want to avoid? Why am I still talking to myself? 

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Episode 70: Frank (and Peter)'s First Look at Return to the Night of the Zealot

Join Frank for a brief look at the new player cards in Return to the Night of the Zealot, and then hear Peter's Perspective on the cards, which is very interesting indeed! And we have a smidge of community news as try to add more things our listeners (and our patrons!) might enjoy! 

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Episode 69: Lore of the Jungle

Most people have had a chance to stray into the wilds of southern Mexico, or are in the final stages of planning an expedition this very minute. Either way, you'll probably want to gen up on what's ahead... So join Peter and Frank as they talk about what they've been reading in anticipation of The Forgotten Age, including Lovecraft's jungle adventure stories, some jungle textbooks and a field guide to swinging on vines and creepers. In the jungle. 

There's not too much discussion of the scenarios themselves, but if you've not yet cracked open your deluxe box, maybe do that first, just in case! (And play the scenarios...)

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Episode 68: Frank's First Look at Threads of Fate

Join Frank for his first look at the player cards of Threads of Fate, the first mythos pack in The Forgotten Age cycle. To glance or not to glance, too too solid flesh, toot-toot.... there were a lot of cards with 2 cost in this pack and that felt like a thing! 

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Episode 67: Welcome to the Jungle

The Forgotten Age deluxe expansion is still out, so join Peter and Frank as they talk about their first impressions of the scenarios, including: how to get lost in the jungle; what snakes lurk in the jungle; is it nice in the jungle; and who's that Alejandro fella? 

Spoilers for the first two scenarios abound, and towards the end of the episode Peter and Frank look ahead to what's been announced about the campaign so far, too, so watch out for that.
 

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Episode 66: Laws of the Jungle

The Forgotten Age deluxe expansion is out, and with it came a slew of new rules and some new, rather terrifying basic weaknesses. Join Peter and Frank as they look at the challenges these new cards and rules might pose, the possible interactions they might provoke, and how they might be used in later scenarios. 

Spoilers for the new rules and weaknesses incoming, as well as some vague Forgotten Age chatter! 


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