Separate the Investigator cards into decks by type. Shuffle the Damage and Horror decks separately and place them facedown. Organise the cards in the Common Item, Unique Item, Spell, and Condition decks alphabetically and place them faceup.
Organise the map tiles by size. Organise the monsters with their matching tokens. Separate all tokens into pools by type.
Run the app, ensure that all expansions you wish to play with are enabled, and select New Game. As a group, decide which story to play and select it. Alternatively, resume a saved game by selecting Continue.
Each player chooses an investigator and takes its card and figure. Then input the chosen investigators into the app. If playing solo, choose 2 investigators.
Players take the specific possessions as instructed by the app and distribute them among the investigators as they choose.
Read aloud the scenario’s Prologue, place the starting map tile, Investigator figures, and other tokens as instructed, and perform any other steps required by the app.
At any time, players may access a record of all messages displayed by the app by selecting Message Log from the in-game menu.
Players can save the progress of the current scenario, quit, and resume playing during another session. If players intend to resume the game later, they should record their possessions, damage and horror, and the positions of their figures, monsters, and possessions on the board. Map tiles and tokens on the board are recorded by the app. The app records only a single saved game at a time: starting a new game overwrites any previously saved game.
Investigators take turns in the order of their choice. On an investigator’s turn, he performs up to 2 actions of his choice.
You may perform the same action more than once per round.
You may tap any token in the app to inspect it (this does not require an action and the token does not have to be in your space). You cannot select an action preceded by unless you expend an action.
Move your investigator figure up to 2 spaces, one space at a time, from one space to an adjacent space.
You cannot move through walls (solid brown lines) or impassable borders (dashed white or yellow lines) unless an effect specifically allows it.
You may interrupt your Move action to perform another action. After you have finished performing that action, you may finish performing your Move action.
If you attempt to move out of a space that contains a monster, you must first resolve an evade check.
Use the app to reveal an adjacent room. You must occupy the same space as the Explore token, or a space adjacent to the door the token is on. Tap the Explore token corresponding to the area you want to explore, then confirm the action by selecting Explore. Resolve the effects as instructed by the app. After all tiles and tokens have been placed, you may move into the explored area as instructed by the app.
Use the app to search in your space. Tap a Search token in your space, then confirm the action by selecting Search. Resolve the effect as instructed by the app.
You may give any number of possessions (common items, unique items, or spells) to each other investigator in your space and allow those investigators to give you any number of their possessions. Additionally, you may pick up or drop any number of possessions in your space.
Use the app to interact with a person or object in your space. Tap a Person or Interact token in your space, then confirm the action by selecting an action preceded by. Resolve the effect as instructed by the app.
Component actions are described by the component or effect that allows you to perform that action. Those on cards are preceded by the word Action and can be performed by the investigator who has that card.
Some items allow you to perform a component action by using the app. Open the inventory by pressing the Inventory button in the bottom-left corner of the screen and select the item.
Then confirm your action by selecting an option preceded by action. Resolve the effect as instructed by the app.
Use the app to attack a monster. Select the monster you want to attack from the monster drawer, then press the Attack button. Confirm your action by selecting the option that corresponds to your chosen attack type:
If you are using a weapon or spell with the melee icon you can only attack a monster in your space.
If you are using a weapon or spell with the ranged icon you can attack any monster within 3 spaces.
Range cannot be counted through walls or doors unless an effect specifically allows it, but can be counted through impassable borders. Then resolve the effect as instructed by the app.
Use the + and – buttons in the monster menu to record the damage the monster suffers.
After all investigators have taken a turn, one of them presses the End Phase button i n the bottom- right corner of the screen to end the Investigator phase and proceed to the Mythos phase.
There are 3 types of effects the app can generate in the Mythos phase:
The app generates Mythos events: resolve the effects as instructed by the app.
After all mythos events for the round have been resolved, the app generates instructions for activating monsters.
If there are no monsters on the board, the Mythos phase ends automatically instead.
The app generates instructions for activating each monster, one at a time; describing how to move each monster and how each monster attacks.
Resolve the effects as instructed by the app.
After all monsters have activated for the round, the app instructs investigators to resolve horror checks.
The app instructs each investigator to resolve a horror check against a single monster within range with the highest horror rating (choose one if there are several).
If you are not within range of any monsters, you do not resolve a horror check.
Select the monster from the monster drawer and resolve the effect as instructed by the app.
After all investigators have resolved horror checks, one of them presses the End Phase button to end the Mythos phase and begin the next round.
When an effect causes you to suffer damage or horror, draw the top card of the Damage or Horror deck, respectively. Claim the card faceup unless the effect specifies otherwise.
When you claim a faceup card with the Resolve Immediately trait, immediately resolve its effect (this usually includes flipping the card facedown). A card with the Keep Faceup trait has a lasting effect for as long as the card remains faceup. When an effect instructs you to flip one or more damage or horror faceup, select them at random from among all of your facedown Damage or Horror cards.
When an effect allows you discard a damage or horror, you may discard a faceup card of your choice or a random facedown card. Shuffle it into the appropriate deck.
When you suffer damage (faceup or facedown) equal to or exceeding your health, you become wounded. Gain a Wounded condition and discard all of your facedown Damage cards.
While wounded, you cannot perform the Move action more than once each round.
A wounded investigator that suffers damage equal to or exceeding his health is eliminated.
When you suffer horror (faceup or facedown) equal to or exceeding your sanity, you become insane. Gain an Insane condition and discard all of your facedown Horror cards.
Read the back of your Insane condition (you cannot reveal the back of the card to the other investigators).
Your Insane condition might alter how you win and lose the game. In such a case, you may want to perform one or more of the rarely used actions ( Push, Set Fire, or Steal ). Each Insane condition has a required number of investigators on the bottom-right corner on the card back. When you gain an Insane condition, if the number of investigators is less than the required number of investigators, discard that card and gain a different copy of the Insane condition.
An insane investigator that suffers horror equal to or exceeding his sanity is eliminated.
When you are eliminated, drop all your possessions in your space and remove your figure from the board. The remaining investigators have a single additional Investigator phase to attempt to complete their investigation. At the end of that Investigator phase, if the investigators did not complete the investigation, they lose the game.
A player then selects the Investigator Eliminated option from the in-game menu to end the game.
To push a monster or another investigator, choose an adjacent space and either a monster or another investigator in your space.
If a chosen investigator chooses to move willingly, resolve the movement.
If pushing a monster, the test difficulty is equal to the monster’s brawn. If pushing another investigator, that investigator tests strength ; the test difficulty is equal to the test result plus 1.
Test your strength : if the result equals or exceeds the test difficulty, resolve the movement. If the result is less than the test difficulty, then you forfeit this action without resolution.
When moved, the monster or chosen investigator moves 1 space toward the chosen space. Then you may move 1 space toward the chosen space.
You can perform this action only if you have a light source. If there is not already fire on the board, select the Set Fire option from the in-game menu.
To take possessions from another investigator, choose another investigator in your space and choose strength, agility, or observation. Then both investigators test that skill.
You may take 1 possession from the chosen investigator for each you roll in excess of the chosen investigator’s result.
If the chosen investigator’s result equals or exceeds your result, you forfeit this action without taking any possessions.
When you are resolving an effect that includes a skill icon in the text, you must immediately test that skill.
Roll a number of dice equal to your value in the indicated skill (+/- any modifiers). Roll a minimum of 1 die.
After rolling, you may spend a clue to convert a single investigation result to a success result. You may do so multiple times as long as you spend a clue for each result you convert. Determine your test result after resolving all conversions.
The number of success results rolled is the test result.
Skill Test Difficulty Skill tests may include a test difficulty in parentheses separated from the skill icon by a semicolon. This number indicates the number of success results required to pass the test. If you do not roll enough, you fail the test.
Negating Damage & Horror Some effects cause you to suffer multiple damage or horror at the same time but allow you to resolve a skill test to negate some or all of it. To do so, test the indicated skill. You prevent 1 damage or 1 horror for each rolled.
Skill Tests in the App Some skill tests in app instructions require you to input your test result (the number of success results required to pass is unknown). Even if you fail the test, the app remembers how many were previously rolled. Future attempts to pass the test will require fewer.
When an effect spawns a monster, place a copy of that monster as indicated. Each monster token includes the following information:
Awareness (top right-hand corner): Referenced when an investigator resolves an evade check in a space that contains multiple monsters.
Horror Rating (bottom right-hand corner): Referenced when an investigator resolves a horror check within range of multiple monsters.
Brawn (bottom right-hand corner on reverse): A monster’s physical prowess; referenced by various effects.
Use the ID tokens to mark unique monsters and to differentiate monsters from others of the same type. The app may indicate one of the ID tokens to be assigned to a newly spawned monster; place the specified ID token in the figure’s base. A monster retains its ID token for as long as it remains in play.
If you are in a space containing a monster and attempt to leave your space or perform an action other than the Attack or Move actions, you must first evade the monster. If there are multiple monsters in your space, you must evade only the monster with the highest awareness (choose one if there are several). Select the monster from the monster drawer, then press the Evade button and resolve the effect as instructed by the app. After evading a monster, perform your action as normal unless the effect states that your action is forfeit. If you forfeit your action, you lose your action without resolving any part of its effect. If you forfeit your action while moving, you lose any remaining movement and do not leave your space. If you move out of a monster’s space involuntarily you do not resolve an evade check.
When you discard a common item, unique item, spell, or condition, return it to its respective deck.
Items and spells are possessions and may be dropped, picked up and traded.
When you gain a common or unique item, claim the card (art side faceup). If the item has a unique back, you may read the back at any time unless an effect states you cannot.
When you gain a spell, claim a random copy of that spell (art side faceup). You cannot look at the back of a spell until an effect causes the spell to flip. Whenever you cast a spell, its effect instructs you to flip the card. When you flip the card, immediately resolve the effect on its back.
Occasionally, an effect will cause you to gain a condition. When you gains a condition, claims a copy of that card (art side up). You cannot gain multiple copies of the same condition.
Some conditions are double-sided (if so, claim a random copy of that condition). You cannot look at the back of a condition unless an effect allows you to do so.
All features are square tokens. Interacting with a feature does not require the app.
As an action, an investigator in a space containing a barricade may move the barricade against a door/secret passage or move the barricade away from the door/secret passage it blocks.
You cannot move a barricade to another space unless an effect specifically allows it.
Investigators cannot move through blocked doors/secret passages.
You may try to move a barricade on the other side of a door/secret passage by testing strength. If you roll 2 or more, move the barricade away, then move 1 space through the door/secret passage.
If a monster attempts to move through a blocked door/ secret passage, it rolls a number of dice equal to its brawn (+/- any modifiers). If it rolls 2 or more, the barricade is discarded and the monster moves as normal. Otherwise, the monster forfeits its movement.
An investigator in a space containing darkness cannot spend clues to convert dice results or perform additional puzzle steps.
Each investigator in or adjacent to a space containing a light source or fire ignores the effects of darkness.
Darkness cannot be placed in a space that contains darkness.
Whenever an investigator moves into a space containing fire, performs an action other than the Move action or forfeits an action in a space containing fire, he suffers 1 facedown damage.
Whenever a monster starts its activation in a space containing fire or moves into a space containing fire, it suffers 1 damage. As an action, you may attempt to extinguish fire by testing your agility. For each you roll, you may discard 1 Fire token from your space or a space you move into later during the round. Fire discarded this way does not damage you.
At the beginning of each Mythos phase, fire spreads. If one or more spaces contain fire, place 1 Fire token in a space adjacent to a space that contains fire.
Fire cannot be placed in a space that contains fire.
An investigator or monster in a space containing a secret passage can move to any other space containing a secret passage as if those spaces were adjacent (unless it is blocked by a barricade). Range cannot be counted through a secret passage.
Puzzles are resolved entirely using the app. A puzzle step is a single unit of progress toward solving a puzzle; the types of puzzle steps you can perform are defined by the type of puzzle.
When you attempt a puzzle, perform a number of puzzle steps equal to your value in the skill indicated by that effect.
While attempting a puzzle, you may spend any number of your clues to perform 1 additional puzzle step for each clue spent.
After you have has performed all of your allotted puzzle steps, if the puzzle is not solved, press the Close button. Your progress will be saved so that you or another investigator can continue solving the puzzle at a later time.
The app automatically detects when a puzzle is solved. At which point, the investigator who solved the puzzle continues resolving his action as instructed by the app.
Attempt to assemble an image that has been split into 6 or more pieces. The pieces of a slide puzzle are displayed in a grid and randomized.
As a puzzle step, you can swap any 2 adjacent pieces by dragging one of them over the other.
The puzzle is solved when all pieces of the puzzle are in the correct position and the puzzle’s image is properly displayed.
Attempt to determine a code made of 3 or more pieces (numbers or runes). The pieces that can make up the code are displayed at the top of the screen, and each can be used any number of times. As a puzzle step, you can guess the code by dragging one piece into each of the current guess brackets and selecting Guess.
If the guess is incorrect, you receive information about your guess. The app marks each incorrect guess with a number of success and investigation results. Each indicates that a single piece of the guess is the correct piece and is correctly positioned within the code. Each indicates that the guess contains a single correct piece, but that piece is not in the correct position.
The puzzle is solved when you guess the correct code.
Attempt to maneuver pieces in a grid to allow the visually unique goal piece to be removed. As a puzzle step, you can move any piece by dragging it in the direction of its orientation—vertically or horizontally. No 2 pieces can occupy the same space of the grid, and a piece cannot be moved through other pieces.
The puzzle is solved when the goal piece is moved to the far right side of the grid.
The scenario determines what the investigators need to do to win the game, but this objective is hidden from the investigators. The investigators must unravel the mystery and discover their ultimate goal. After the investigation has progressed enough, the objective will be revealed, giving the investigators one final task to complete the investigation. When the investigation is complete, investigators win the game.
If the investigators take too long to complete the investigation, the scenario’s objective might change or become more difficult to accomplish. If the investigators continue to take too long, investigators lose the game. When an investigator is eliminated, the game ends at the end of the next investigator phase. At the end of that investigator phase, if the investigation is not complete, investigators lose the game.