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Barkham Horror is Fantasy Flight's April Fool's Joke Come to Life

Tabletop article by Robert N. Adams on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 09:30
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Every now and again, a company creates a joke product and is subsequently stunned by the response of people who would actually like to buy it. That's exactly what happened with Barkham Horror by Fantasy Flight Games. What was once an April Fool's gag is now coming to life.

Back on April 1, 2019, Fantasy Flight Games announced a fake expansion called The Dogwich Legacy for an equally-fake game called Barkham Horror: The Card Game.

 

In The Dogwich Legacy, the Order of Dead Rodents on the Doorstep has taken hold of Barkham, tipping the scales in the unseen war that has raged on for centuries. While the struggle is old as time itself, a newly unearthed book, the Necro-nom-nom-nom-icon, has given the Order unnatural abilities—turning select members of their feline ranks into horrific creatures that now hunt for flesh. Barkham’s only hope is the brave puppers, doggos, and good boys who will tirelessly dig for answers and sniff out the truth.

They created some adorably amusing art showcasing a war between cats and dogs, and thought that was the end of it. Except no, no it wasn't — a ton of people chimed in to say that they actually want to buy this game, so the absolute madlads at Fantasy Flight Games went and made it.

Barkham Horror cards

 

The Very Real Barkham Horror Now Available for Pre-Order

Following fans' fawning response to their April Fools joke, Fantasy Flight Games has announced Barkham Horror: The Meddling of Meowlathotep. Mechanically, this is a standalone adventure for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Thematically, though? It's taking the war between cats and dogs to a whole new level.

The forces of mankind are replaced with dogs and the forces of the Mythos are replaced with the equally dark (and possibly demonic) cats. Certain locations in the world have become "lousy with cats", and it's up to you and the other dogged investigators to root them out.

 

Unlike some other side adventures in the Arkham Horror franchise, Barkham Horror is solely intended to be played as a standalone title.  (I'm sure people will mix and match these cards with those of Arkham Horror anyways). If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd love to play, you can pre-order a copy right now. Make sure to check out the news post announcing this game for more details!

What do you think of Barkham Horror: The Meddling of Meowlathotep? Do you think this is the sort of game your tabletop group would love to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!