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Cthulhu Wars is the premiere horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
Cthulhu Wars is the premiere horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
Cthulhu Wars is the premiere horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
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Cthulhu Wars : Onslaught Two

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Cthulhu Wars : The premier horror strategy game

38 Stretch Goals Unlocked So Far With an Estimated Retail Value of over $200

The Great Old Ones have returned to claim the ruins of Earth, and you are one of them! Cthulhu Wars is a competitive strategy game in which 2 to 8 players face-off to determine the fate of the planet. You'll recruit cultists and summon monsters, cast spells, open interdimensional gates, and awaken your Great Old One! 

Every game is different - as you play, you unlock new spellbooks, giving you new amazing powers unique to your faction. Play is highly asymmetric - every faction has a unique set of spellbooks and creatures. A strategy that works for Opener of the Way will not work for Windwalker.

Cthulhu Wars’ original Kickstarter campaign launched in 2013 to stellar success. Now it returns, with seven new expansions, plus fourteen of our original expansions. If you’re already a fan, now is the time to complete your collection! If you have been waiting for the opportunity to get in on Cthulhu Wars, this is your best opportunity!

The core game offers an asymmetric, two to four player strategy experience (up to eight players with expansions). Each player controls a faction of cosmic evil competing with its rivals for the remains of the defeated, dying Earth. Players push and battle each other to control areas, build gates, gain power, achieve personal goals, and unlock special abilities in the form of spellbooks to render their own faction supreme. The player wins who, having acquired all six of his spellbooks, accumulates the most Doom Points by controlling gates on the board and gathering Elder Sign trophies. The miniatures are conspicuously monstrous, appealing and evocative.

                                                                                                                  

 Expansions Per Pledge Level

Next Stretch Goals

38 Stretch Goals Unlocked So Far With an Estimated Retail Value of Over $200

The Tomb Herd

Not only does this entitle you to all updates, but you can pick and choose from dozens individual add-ons. If your add-on total reaches a total of $150, you'll also get all of the stretch goals unlocked!

Already a Fan? - the Million Favored Ones

If you backed our earlier campaign, you might want the Million Favored Ones pledge. This gives you all the new expansions. If you missed out on any items from the original campaign, you can also grab any or all of them as add-ons. Plus this pledge level includes all stretch goal reached!

A newcomer to Cthulhu Wars? - the Pnakotic Manuscripts  

This pledge gets you the famous original game AND it ships to your house immediately post-campaign, so the terrifying fun starts right away! You can also individually select those add-ons that most interest you, plus you're automatically entitled to all the stretch goals!

Own Cthulhu Wars core game, but want more? The Nameless Cults

If you already have the core game but want all of the expansions, you can get every single one (plus the stretch goals) in one monstrous bundle with this pledge! 

Need it All? - the Mysteries of the Worm

You can go all-in with the Mysteries of the Worm pledge, and get every single item available for the Cthulhu Wars game system, plus all stretch goals as they become available.

Amis francophones, grâce à votre soutien et l'acharnement de Pitpipo, nous avons trouvé le moyen de vous proposer les nouvelles extensions de cette campagne intégralement traduites en français et ce sans aucun supplément de coût. Il vous suffit de choisir le pledge Million Favored Ones et vous pourrez, via le pledge manager, demander à le recevoir en français. Bien sûr si vous prenez un pledge supérieur (ou des add on), seules les extensions du Million Favored Ones seront traduites (tout le reste restera en anglais).

The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. 

Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again. Now it begins.

Onslaught Two is the culmination of years of effort -- the ultimate Cthulhu Wars game system! Now, we give you the ability to pick and choose options and take your game of Cthulhu Wars beyond the limits of excitement and fun!

The Tcho-Tcho faction expansion

The Tcho-Tchos are an exciting new human-based faction. Representing the psychically advanced, but ethically repulsive Tcho-Tcho tribe, you gain the ability to interfere with other players by worshipping their Great Old Ones! Your own Great Old One, Ubbo-Sathla, is a tool and slave, not an object of worship!

The Library at Celaeno Map expansion

This map is inside a single building - it all takes place inside the cyclopean alien facility in the Hyades, renowned in Lovecraft Lore. This map includes Special Collections, where the first player to build a Gate  can seize amazing new powers in the form of extra spellbooks. 

But beware! If you lose control of your Special Collection, your new spellbook becomes overdue, and the terrifying Librarian menaces you. The map also includes the Custodian, who is to be avoided, and who cleans up after the Library's monstrous visitors. 

New spellbooks, and the new threats, the Library at Celaeno is certainly our most unusual map!

Great Old One Pack 4

New for Onslaught Two is Great Old One Pack 4 - it includes Byatis, Nyogtha, and Tulzscha with complete rules for play. Byatis lures enemy cultists to their doom, while Tulszcha subverts the purpose of the Ritual track. Meanwhile, Nyogtha takes prisoners away to its lair. 

Cosmic Terror Pack

The Cosmic Terrors are neutral, particularly powerful Monsters. You seize control of one by spending your Doom points, and it remains loyal thereafter. The pack includes the gigantic Dhole, destroyer of worlds; the Great Race of Yith, with the power to seize men's minds; and the demonic Quachil Uttaus entity, Treader of the Dust. 

Ramsey Campbell Horrors Pack 1

We have permission from Mr. Campbell to use his creations this time around, and so we have two new packs to celebrate his contributions to the Lovecraft Mythos. In Pack 1, we have two Great Old Ones - Eihort and Gla'aki. Also included is a new Monster - the famous Insects from Shaggai. You get three hives for the Insects should you demand their loyalty, so the pack includes a total of 5 large figures in this pack. 

Ramsey Campbell Horrors Pack 2

In this Pack we have the Great Old Ones Daoloth and Y'Golonac, plus the Satyr monsters - humans degenerated through contact with the Outside. This pack contains 5 figures - three Satyrs, and the two different Great Old Ones. 

Howard Phillips Lovecraft Bust 

This is perfect to replace the cardboard first player markers included with the core game, and jazz up your tabletop. Also, simply owning a bust of HPL has 1001 uses! 

You can energize your game even more by getting expansions. 

Faction expansions give you whole new Great Old Ones plus their minions, spellbooks, and faction cards. You can mix and match factions in your games and watch their powers clash excitingly. 

Map expansions give you a new world in which to play your game! Every map includes new creatures, new rules, and new strategies. 

Figure expansions provide your game with great old ones, types of monsters and even a new type of cultist! These new creatures don't just provide extra possibilities, they transform an entire game with new tactics and battle plans, and even victory conditions. 


Petersen Entertainment was founded to make games with top-grade components, amazing art, and great depth of gameplay. We are explicitly trying to provide a luxury, high-end product for the hobby community.

We got our start decades ago when Sandy Petersen first conceived of the idea of doing a roleplaying game based on H. P. Lovecraft’s stories. That original idea, the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, is still in print today. Since that time, Sandy has worked on many tabletop products, including helping develop the original Arkham Horror boardgame. He also spent almost 20 years in the computer gaming industry, as a designer on the teams that produced Civilization, Doom, Quake, the Age of Empire series, and Halo Wars. 

He returned to the world of tabletop gaming with the famed Cthulhu Wars strategy game, and now he is Chief Creative Officer of his own company. Our team are all fanatic game players and designers in our own rights, and between us, we have almost a century of combined experience.

The Petersens, 3 Cultist, and 1 Friendly Frog
The Petersens, 3 Cultist, and 1 Friendly Frog

Our social media pledge is to put content of interest, and not just spam you, our customers and friends.  This is also where we will be running contest during the campaign for copies of our games and other goodies.  Feel free to follow us and share our social media links.  


Shipping for Cthulhu Wars: Onslaught Two

We make and sell board games. Therefore, we do not expect to make any money from our shipping charges. However, we also do not expect (nor can we afford) to lose money on shipping. The way it will work is after the campaign we will send out a survey to gather your addresses. We will use this data to get the most detailed shipping pricing we can based on our actual cost to ship your reward level to your home. 

Through our pledge manager, CrowdOx, you will then be able to pay the actual shipping cost for your pledge. We don’t want to decide for you whether you should be paying for someone else’s shipping. Therefore, backers in one part of a country or the world will not be subsidizing backers in other parts of the world. You pay for your shipping, and no one else does.

Shipping will be handled in two parts. The first will be shortly after the campaign to ship the 1500 copies of the Cthulhu Wars core game we have in two warehouses (1200 in the US, and 300 in Germany). If you do not live in N. America or Europe, we highly recommend not pledging for the first printing of the core game on this Kickstarter. We will have to ship you a 5kg box from the US or EU and it will not be cheap. The second wave of shipping, comprising all the remaining items, will be shipped from China via containers to various regions around the world. Each will then be sorted and shipped out to your home from the fulfillment centers.

There is a large variety of combinations of products that can be ordered in this Kickstarter campaign. Add-ons, being additional boxes and weight, will incur additional shipping charges. However, these should be minimal by comparison to the reward level shipping pricing. We will not charge extra for shipping stretch goal contents. For the pledges containing the core game, be sure to appropriate select the N. America or EU versions!


*Courier Costs can vary widely within a given region. We are ONLY showing the average for that region. Remember, no backers subsidize another’s shipping costs. So, if you live very near the fulfillment warehouse, you can expect your courier cost to be lower. If you live quite far from it, you should expect a higher cost to ship. That’s how shipping works. In geographically large countries, such as the US, Canada and Australia, we will be breaking the courier cost down to the level of zipcodes/postal codes. In most other regions it is simply by country (or, by shipping “zones”, if you are familiar with how shipping is typically priced). Asia’s average is high because it ships from Hong Kong, and takes into account such diverse places as Singapore, South Africa, and Japan. 

**GST (goods and services taxes) vary widely from country to country, and are sometimes based on manufacturer’s value, and other times based on sale price. This is a ballpark estimate, particularly for Asia. Canada actually does have a small GST, but it is small enough that it is included in the courier fees column.

***We are looking for a cheaper solution in Asia and will update this as soon as we can. We may not be able to update this before the end of the campaign, but you do not pay shipping until the pledge manager opens so we will be able to confirm this prior to you paying.

A word on VAT  
We understand that this is an enormous part of shipping costs for the EU. We have come to learn there is no legal and ethical way around it - physical crowdfunding rewards must be treated like any other transaction, and the 19% VAT applies. Our German shipper's legal counsel has investigated; our US shipper who handles worldwide imports and works hand in hand with the EU shippers have legal counsel who has separately investigated, and we have also independently had our legal counsel look into it. 

There may be shippers who don't require it to be paid, but we are not willing to risk an audit which could lead to ALL Petersen Games products denied entry into the EU, resulting in zero EU customers getting their games. Crowdfunding is a relatively new phenomenon, and both the German and EU governments have a wide span of time during which they can audit a business. We do not want to be surprised in a year or two with an enormous bill and perhaps fines in order to continue importing into the EU. We plan on being around for a long time, making more awesome games just for you!

 

Risks and challenges

The game has been in playtest for years, and the testers are raving about how much they like it. All we need is the money to start publishing it.

A lot of work lies ahead. Game components need to be finalized and printed, figures made, games collated, etc.

However, this is not our first rodeo. We survived successfully shipping one of the largest, most complex Kickstarter offerings ever with the first Cthulhu Wars.

We are a small but experienced team, and we seek to be smart in our planning and expectations. We are working with a first-rate manufacturer which has shipped many other successful projects and we have confidence that we can deliver the game to you in a timely manner. In any case, we will be happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered.

Our estimated delivery date is September 2016, and remember, this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world receive their rewards at different times.

If uncertainty is not acceptable to you, please do not back our project and wait for the games to hit retail shelves. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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    The Million Favored Ones - Includes all seven new items for this campaign:

    Great Old One Pack 4
    Cosmic Terror Pack
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 1
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 2
    Celaeno Map
    the Tcho-Tcho faction
    the H. P. Lovecraft bust first-player marker

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    Nameless Cults - . Includes everything but the core game, a total of 21 separate items!

    22 plastic gates
    Opener of the Way faction
    The Sleeper faction
    The Windwalker faction
    Azathoth faction
    Primeval Map
    Yuggoth Map
    Dreamlands Map
    High Priest Pack
    Dreamlands Underworld Monster Pack Dreamlands Surface World Monster Pack Great Old One Pack 1
    Great Old One Pack 2
    Great Old One Pack 3

    PLUS the new items:
    Great Old One Pack 4
    Cosmic Terror Pack
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 1
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 2
    Celaeno Map
    the Tcho-Tcho faction
    H. P. Lovecraft bust first player marker!

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    Mysteries of the Worm - Get everything, a total of 22 separate items! includes

    Cthulhu Wars, first print run
    22 plastic gates
    Opener of the Way faction
    The Sleeper faction
    The Windwalker faction
    Azathoth faction
    Primeval Map
    Yuggoth Map
    Dreamlands Map
    High Priest Pack
    Dreamlands Underworld Monster Pack Dreamlands Surface World Monster Pack Great Old One Pack 1
    Great Old One Pack 2
    Great Old One Pack 3

    PLUS the new items:
    Great Old One Pack 4
    Cosmic Terror Pack
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 1
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 2
    Celaeno Map
    the Tcho-Tcho faction
    the H. P. Lovecraft bust first player marker!

    Plus all applicable stretch goals. Shipped worldwide. See shipping section for details.

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    Euro Mysteries of the Worm - Get everything, a total of 22 separate items! includes

    Cthulhu Wars, first print run
    22 plastic gates
    Opener of the Way faction
    The Sleeper faction
    The Windwalker faction
    Azathoth faction
    Primeval Map
    Yuggoth Map
    Dreamlands Map
    High Priest Pack
    Dreamlands Underworld Monster Pack Dreamlands Surface World Monster Pack Great Old One Pack 1
    Great Old One Pack 2
    Great Old One Pack 3

    PLUS the new items:
    Great Old One Pack 4
    Cosmic Terror Pack
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 1
    Ramsey Campbell Horrors 2
    Celaeno Map
    the Tcho-Tcho faction
    the H. P. Lovecraft bust first player marker!

    Plus all applicable stretch goals. Shipped within the EU. See shipping section for details.

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