Using The Gods War Monsters in Cthulhu Wars
A lot of our fans have been asking about some kind of crossover rules between The Gods War & Cthulhu Wars. The problem is that the games are so different. It's almost like asking for a crossover between Twilight Imperium & Cthulhu Wars. Possible, but challenging. Just look at a few examples. Say that I add the Darkness empire to a normal Cthulhu Wars game. Well – Darkness's unique ability is that she can "exit Hell without permission". But Cthulhu Wars doesn't have a "hell"! Or if I was to add Chaos to Cthulhu Wars, how would Chaos ever get its "Catastrophe" Gift? There is no Chaos Rift, and no spot to place it on a Cthulhu Wars map? How would Storm apply his "Insurgency" Gift to a Gate? While these problems aren't insoluble, they have given me pause.
The figures are compatible in size of course, but that's not all that's necessary.
But there is another approach. One of the new features of The Gods War are the Monsters. These are huge entities that oppose all the players, and are difficult to kill. However, killing them brings a useful reward. Cthulhu Wars barely touched on the concept with the bhole & the watcher (from the Dreamlands & Yuggoth maps, respectively). The Gods War exploits the idea thoroughly, with currently 7 different monsters, each with its own amazing powers, and lots of depth & strategy.
So I have taken the time to work over The Gods War "Monsters" and make them a useful add-on for Cthulhu Wars. I am also in the process of doing this for The Gods War's Elder Races (which work kind of like a cross between Cthulhu Wars' Independent Races & Neutral GOOs).
Next week I expect to have rules worked up for the Greater Gods of The Gods War, all with loyalty cards & rules for use as Neutral GOOs for Cthulhu Wars. And of course all the rules for this will be made available by Petersen Games to all our fans.
But how would a Cthulhu Wars fan buy JUST one expansion for The Gods War?
It's trivial – just back at the $1 Minion level and increase your pledge to match the Add-On(s) you want. When the pledge manager goes up, you'll have the opportunity to select them.
For instance, if you only want Monsters, sign up as a Minion for $1, then add $100 (the Add-On price for Monsters). You'll get 9 huge detailed monsters (larger than the average neutral Great Old One in Cthulhu Wars) and be able to use them in both games. Or for that matter, they work fine in any game. Call of Cthulhu, for instance! (In the early 90s I did rules for adding a Dragon to Call of Cthulhu, and these rules were published in Dragon Magazine!)