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Welcome to Deciphered Reality, my look at the data behind Arkham Horror The Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games.

I’m a 100% data geek. I’ve been working for Tableau for 8 years, my role is “Evangelist”: basically, I get paid to make people excited about data, which is an honour and privilege. I’m also the author of The Big Book of Dashboards, which, if you do data analysis at work, then I’d recommend you check it out.

My goal for this blog is to seek answers about AH:LCG by looking at data, primarily from ArkhamDB.com.

Visual Analytics: my strength!

Finally, you might wonder what the site icon is all about. It’s what I use on Twitter (@acotgreave), Facebook, Reddit and Discord:

This awesome picture is from Alfred Yarbus’ seminal eye-tracking research from the 1960s. I do eye-tracking research today. It’s easy: you sit a volunteer in front of an infra-red camera, and it scans your eyes. But not in Yarbus’ day. Oh no: eyes-strapped open, you’d then have a suction cup applied to your eye. That had a prism and lights (and wires) attached to it. “Ten minutes with each volunteer won’t cause much pain,” Yarbus claimed in his book.

More of Yarbus’ eye-tracking “torture” equipment

Yikes! I also think the icon fits the site’s theme pretty well, don’t you think?

So that’s me: data geek and Arkham Horror fan.

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