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Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
Created by

Sandy Petersen

4,389 backers pledged $1,403,981 to help bring this project to life.

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Shipping News

Arthur is back from China and here is the report you’ve all been waiting for regarding timelines for the expansions. We want to be careful here, as our inexperience planning for the core game led to arrival estimates that were incorrect. We want to be forthright, and give it to you straight. 

As of right now, we expect everything in wave 2 – which means every remaining expansion, item, exclusive, etc., to ship all at once in August, 2015 (we hope early in the month).

For a while we did not dare publicly reveal an estimate, other than the general “spring to summer” shipment. Our original best guess when we began to work with LiYa was that it would ship out by the end of June. Now that Arthur has been to China twice to visit LiYa, and we are familiar with them we feel confident that early August is as good an estimate as we can give. While this is not as soon as we would like, we are happy that this represents a delay of only 1 month compared to when we first began working with our new factory. Please note that even this estimate could possibly change because unexpected delays are, by definition, unexpected. 

We also want to let you know everything that is involved here. We need to produce 70,000 individual add-ons! The average DVM backer gets 19 items (more if she ordered t-shirts, art prints, etc.). If this number sounds low, it is because all 10 Independent Great Old Ones come in 3-packs( for example). We are still figuring out exactly how the shipping groups work. It is unlikely a DVM backer will get 19 separate boxes, for example, but rather certain expansions are grouped together in larger cushioned boxes.  

Everything will be shipped in containers at the same time to 5 different hubs around the world. There will be a slight different in how fast each gets there (US and Australia are faster than Europe this time), but they leave China simultaneously. Once through customs at each fulfillment hub, they will be dispersed to your individual homes.


In a few weeks we will ask you to finalize your address in the Pledge Manager. If you are not sure where you will live by September/October, please consider putting in the address of a place you can access such as a relative, friend or business that you know will not change. We had a lot of address issues with the core game. Since that only ever involved one item (the core game), it was easy to rectify the problem. If we accidentally send a DVM to someone else's address, it would be a nightmare to figure out logistics and get the stuff to you. Because we had to print 70,000 items, we were not able to afford to print a lot of extras, so please quadruple check your address in the pledge manager as something that will be there for many months. We are telling you up front that it is unlikely we will be able to ship you a new copy if the first one goes awry due to your own error (we'll still fix our own errors to the full extent of our capabilities). 

Please do not attempt to change your address by messaging Sandy using the Kickstarter message system! He does not have access to the pledge manager address system. Either do it yourself (best) or mail  

We are using an experienced shipper, and the boxes are going to be far better cushioned for this shipping experience. My man who is handling the replacements is very excited about that last bit!

Test prints of various critters!
Test prints of various critters!

 You'll notice that these figures are almost all the wrong color (Yog-Sothoth is beige, Father Dagon blue, etc.). These are just tests to check out the injection plastic molds, using whatever plastic colors they had handy. I think they are kind of festive, though. 

New images from China!


We are moving along rapidly on the production for the expansions and addons, and we want to show you some of the progress. 

When Arthur came back from China this week, he brought actual custom dice! They are nicely engraved, and look like this: 

Cthulhu Wars exclusive dice!
Cthulhu Wars exclusive dice!

 We also got the final version of the glaciers from the Primeval Map. Perhaps not everyone knew that they are transparent! They are tinted, both so they look more like real glacial ice, but also so that they are visible before you step on them and split your toe open. 

Glacier, Hastur, and Mechagodzilla: bros for life!
Glacier, Hastur, and Mechagodzilla: bros for life!
The Glacier all alone. Looks edible, no?
The Glacier all alone. Looks edible, no?

A picture is worth a whole Necronomicon full of words


Arthur, my son & our product manager, is in China right now moving ahead the work on the expansions & add-ons. BUT China has already sent us a bunch of plastic prototypes for the figures, so I am including some photographs here. 

Our skilled art director is making a final pass on these items before approval, and we are actually being compulsive about ensuring their quality. So if you see something a little wrong about one of them (for example, we didn't like the blunt teeth in the Azathoth model), rest assured we noticed it too, and are addressing it. 

These figures are made of the same kind of plastic, and are made from the same molds, as your upcoming figures! So this is the real deal! I hope you like them as much as we do. 

Atlach Nacha - ready for mass production!
Atlach Nacha - ready for mass production!
Serpent Man - ready for mass production!
Serpent Man - ready for mass production!
Watcher of the Green Pyramid. We are making some tiny changes to his right claws and his central "eye" thingy.
Watcher of the Green Pyramid. We are making some tiny changes to his right claws and his central "eye" thingy.
Star Vampire - ready for mass production
Star Vampire - ready for mass production

 In these photographs, you can ALSO see the resin prototypes for our Collectible bases - all backers at the Cultist level and higher will be getting a bunch of these bases for their Collectible figures, in four different sizes. 

FInally, you can see the original photographs, taken by Pitpipo, a frequenter of our comments column, here and here

Good News All Around



Our new factory says that they are still ahead of schedule in producing the rest of your Cthulhu Wars add-ons and expansions, which is good news for us all. Everything is being shipped with a new fulfillment house, and the expansions are going to be packaged with plenty of padding. 

Party time!  

Cthulhu Wars has by now been released to store shelves and so it’s time for our official release party. We want to invite you to celebrate with us.  

When? Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm 

 Where? Roll2play, 150 S Denton Tap Rd #114, Coppell, TX 75019; (972) 462-7788 

 What? Games, fun, and food! 

 Bring your Cthulhu Wars Proof-of-Purchase token to get a free smoothie! We’ll be showing off ALL the Cthulhu Wars expansions, the Gods War prototypes & expansion, the Orcs Must Die prototype, Theomachy and another project yet-to-be-announced! Check out the games, or just hang out with the team! 

Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame

 This is our next big project and we launch our Kickstarter campaign today! Petersen Games and Robot Entertainment are not only good friends, but have close personal ties (the folks at Robot did much of the playtesting feedback for Cthulhu Wars, for instance). Now we are working together to build a premier tabletop game! 

Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame: ORDER Edition
Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame: ORDER Edition

Orcs Must Die! the Boardgame dares you to preserve your stronghold sieged by orcs. You get traps & weapons galore, and can team up with friends to obliterate the nasty orcs and their grotesque allies. Orcs Must Die! the Boardgame contains dozens of great miniatures, including heroes, orcs, kobolds, gnolls, trolls, ogres, and more. Build an exciting fortress then watch as enemy armies bash through your defenses. 

Orcs Must Die! the Boardgame actually consists of TWO separate games! One game is based on the heroic Order, in which you play heroes such as the War Mage or the Sorceress, fending off a terrifying orc onslaught. In the Unchained version of the game, you play monstrous heroes, such as Bloodspike the brutal, and face down the assaults of human warriors, their allies and trained beasts (lions, elves, bears, dwarfs, etc.) If you own both the Order and Unchained editions, you can go head-to-head, leading your armies into the citadel of your enemy! Up to 8 players can team up against each other in the combined game! 

Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame: UNCHAINED Edition
Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame: UNCHAINED Edition

 Enjoy co-operative or competitive action, fun monsters and unique heroes. Our new Kickstarter campaign has plenty of great stretch goals and additional bonuses planned, including free digital perks usable in Robot Entertainment’s online games.

 Glorantha: THE GODS WAR 

We hope to launch The Gods War campaign early this fall, after we have finished fulfillment of the Cthulhu Wars backer pledges. With The Gods War project, Sandy Petersen moves into the realm of myth! Today, many games feature fantasy topics – but most simply feature the same generic elves, orcs, dragons, and so forth, struggling for dominance. In The Gods War the Gods themselves are battling as they face the end – or the birth - of the universe! 

The Mad God! From Glorantha: The Gods War
The Mad God! From Glorantha: The Gods War

 The Gods War is a competitive strategy game in which 2 to 5 players call minions, heroes, and gods to battle. You’ll build shrines, temples, and ziggurats, and acquire cosmic gifts. You’ll earn magic runes, seek to destroy your enemies, and conquer your enemy’s bases. Each faction has its own unique set of beings, runes, and its own Greater God(s). For example, the Darkness faction features trolls, the Mistress, shades, and the Hellmother; while the Sky faction has archers, the Emperor, star captains, and the Sun God. The game has a world-shattering “mythic” feel to it, rather than that of a “fantasy adventure”. 

The Gods War is based on the vigorous realm of Glorantha, which is the basis for tabletop, roleplaying, and even digital games, as well as many works of fiction. Its depth and scope has been recognized by aficionados of both literature and gaming, and now it comes to you in all its astounding power. Fear not – no knowledge of Glorantha is needed to enjoy the game! (But if you are already a fan, it’s here at last!) The game uses many of the same elements as Cthulhu Wars – it boasts a Power track, for instance. But it is not simply a fantasy-based version of the other game - the differences are many. You can befriend or bribe your rivals, for example, and the gameboard itself changes, as the universe draws closer to annihilation. The game includes Hell and the Sky as playable areas, so you can act in realms beyond mortal ken. 

Our playtesters tell us that Cthulhu Wars and Gods War feel very different. One person stated, “Cthulhu Wars is a knife-fight in a back alley. Gods War is more like an elegant formal duel – both are bloodthirsty but they neither look nor feel the same.” As with Cthulhu Wars the empires are wildly asymmetric, and every player has different strategic and tactical choices. You develop your empire during the course of play, as Runes and Heroquests accumulate to add new options. 

A Phoenix, from Glorantha: The Gods War
A Phoenix, from Glorantha: The Gods War

As you’d expect from Petersen Games, Gods War includes a fantastic assortment of amazing miniature figures, many of huge size – as large as or even larger than those in Cthulhu Wars! For Glorantha fans this is a special treat, as we are producing some figures that have been impossible to acquire in the past, such as the Mad God, the Crimson Bat, and even Genert the Earth Titan.    

Cthulhu Wars hits the non-Cultist world!


If you have friends who have not yet gotten a copy of Cthulhu Wars, good news for them! It gets released onto store shelves Friday, March 27th. That’s tomorrow!

If you have friends who are still looking for a special deal on Cthulhu Wars, it is still possible to get in on our Theomachy kickstarter campaign at the Prophet level, which gives you a copy of Cthulhu Wars, plus two different Theomachy games for $200 plus shipping. To get this deal, click on the link at the top of the Story. We are shutting down the Prophet pledge level as of Monday, March 30th, so your friends will have to seize the moment. 

Orcs MUST Die!

This Monday, March 30th, we launch our new Kickstarter campaign for Orcs Must Die – the boardgame. You can check out a little about it here ahead of time. We are excited for it, and we think you may like it too.

Please be assured that nothing about the Orcs Must Die project is going to interfere with the projected release of the Cthulhu Wars add-ons and expansions this summer. 

Sandy Petersen's next project
Sandy Petersen's next project

Remember the date - April 4th!

Finally, if you are going to be anywhere near the Dallas Texas area on April 4th, consider dropping by the Roll2play store between 11am and 5pm for the Cthulhu Wars release party! We’ll have copies of ALL the expansions of Cthulhu Wars available to play, among other things. Meet Petersen Games! Food! Drinks! Fun! Bring your proof-of-purchase token for a free smoothie!