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Under the Pyramids – An Eldritch Horror Expansion

Under the Pyramids Eldritch Horror Box

Welcome to another one of our Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) updates. Today saw the release of new information regarding the latest addition to the Eldritch Horror product line.

Announced at GenCon 2015, the Under the Pyramids expansion has me, quite honestly, frothing at the mouth. Eldritch Horror is one of my all time favourite games, and the addition of the Mountains of Madness late last year ticked every box for me. Let’s hope that Under the Pyramids proves to be equally good!

Here’s what FFG had to say about it.

Under the Pyramids invites you to discover Egypt’s secrets as you battle against the Dark Pharoah’s return. A new side board opens up six Egyptian locations, from bustling cities to legendary archeological sites. Six preludes introduce challenging new horrors, including a lethal, unnatural epidemic and the ghostly return of a fallen investigator. Eight more investigators enter the international fight against evil, armed with mysterious Relics and powerful Glamour Spells that can actually alter fate .  You’ll need a strong and well-equipped team to take on the terrible Ancient Ones who have slept silently for millennia in Egypt’s sands, but now threaten to awake.

Under the Pyramids Eldritch Horror Components

The addition of a new Under the Pyramids side-board is great, I really like the way the side-boards are added via the prelude cards in Eldritch. This mechanism goes dead against the “Hey let’s pile all the boards in and add a few thousand new locations” approach that Arkham Horror took and keeps you focused on the story at hand. I cant wait to delve into the heart of this Egyptian themed world and go in search of the mystery of the Dark Pharaoh.

To keep the Dark Pharoah from enslaving Egypt once more, you and your fellow investigators will have to solve three mysteries. You may have to banish a tempestuous and lethal Black Wind from the Nile Delta, or even fight the reawakened Greak Sphinx of Giza. Nephren-ka’s history itself is a mystery much harder to solve than it may sound. After he was deposed in a democratic uprising and buried alive, the Egyptian people erased virtually all sculptural, pictorial, and hieroglyphic records about the Dark Pharaoh, striking him from recorded history . Such was their desire to purge his terrible and bloody reign from their memories.

As soon as this hits the shelves in Q4 2015, I’ll be posting a box opening and overview of Under the Pyramids, very much like the Mountains of Madness version I did last year, and the Strange Remnants video that will appear on the channel any day now!

For more details on Under the Pyramids and an insight into the story behind the expansion, check out the complete Fantasy Flight Games update here.

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Tom Randell

Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.