|Through the murky streets of Arkham, unnatural gates are opening to connect our world with strange other dimensions. Out of the depths of these eldritch pathways have begun to crawl profane creatures that even now haunt the innocent, dragging away the unwary and causing havoc on silent midnight streets. At the epicenter of this living nightmare roil whispers of arcane magic cults, ancient family secrets, and a truth too terrible to behold. Join as one of a team of intrepid investigators committed to rooting out these otherworldly portals before an ancient evil reawakens, bringing its ancient horror back to destroy the world as we know it. Welcome to the horror of 1920s Arkham, Massachusetts!|
This expansion brings new levels of dread to your table top, with the addition of a brand new Herald Sheet for "The Lurker at the Threshold" – a powerful and malevolent being that has appeared to prepare the way for the Ancient One, plus more than 200 components and some extraordinary new game mechanics to boot.
One of the highlights is the full set of 18 Gate markers that are designed to replace those from the Arkham Horror core set, as well as those from The Dunwich Horror and The Kingsport Horror. They are treated exactly the same as the previous Gate markers, except that each Gate now has an additional characteristic. For example, the "Gate of Madness" will cause an investigator to lose one Sanity when they fail to close the Gate, and a "Moving Gate" that can move along with monsters during the Mythos phase.
Brand new to The Lurker at the Threshold are Relationship Cards for use in games with two or more players. Each player draws one Relationship Card at the start of the game, which describes some advantage gained due to how the investigator to your left is related to you. Perhaps you are business associates and mutually reap the benefits of income, or both are Students of the Arcane and gain more frequent access to the Spell deck. No matter how you're related, these will bring a more interesting back-story to your game, involving your characters in more interesting ways than ever before.