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Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
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Cthulhu Still Lives …”   H. P. Lovecraft

Now, the designer of the original Call of Cthulhu role playing game, Sandy Petersen, brings a colossal new chapter to the Cthulhu Mythos.

The marketplace today has many boardgames featuring the Cthulhu Mythos. In these games you strive to avert the impending catastrophe. But in Cthulhu Wars you ARE the catastrophe! The Great Old Ones have returned to claim the ruins of Earth, and you are one of them!


Like the Cthulhu Mythos, strategy gaming has survived the test of time. From Risk to Twilight Imperium, we have enjoyed these games. The concept behind Cthulhu Wars is to apply the principles of strategy gaming to the Cthulhu Mythos. In terms of gameplay, Cthulhu Wars probably resembles the Fantasy Flight product Chaos in the Old World as much as any single other game, but, ultimately Cthulhu Wars is its own beast.

Cthulhu Wars is a competitive strategy game in which 3 to 5 players produce cultists and monsters, build mystic gates, and awaken Great Old Ones. The players earn spellbooks, try to destroy their enemies, and capture their bases. Each faction has its own unique set of monsters, spells, and its own Great Old One(s).

To get an in-depth look at the game, click on the banners below to watch gameplay videos, download the PDF of Cthulhu Wars' rules, or read the Cthulhu Wars' rules summary.

This is a first-rate product. The map is mounted and two-sided. The box is sturdy. The miniatures -- we will let them speak for themselves. This is for people who appreciate solid quality components in their gaming experience.

Miniatures

The highly detailed Cthulhu Wars' miniatures were hand sculpted by the experts at Fenris Games in Great Britain. The figures are designed to 28mm scale – perfect for use in other games such as D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Descent, Zombicide, and if you dare, Arkham Horror.

Each copy of Cthulhu Wars comes with 64 high detailed miniatures (Ultimately, over 200 with expansions). They vary in scale from normal human-sized entities (ghouls or Deep Ones) up to huge pieces – larger than any game pieces we’ve encountered.

We are a small team of 3 guys. We have a passion for making games, and have come together with a shared dream. We are doing this out of a garage, trying to get something we believe is truly special out to the fans. That being said, we can't do it alone. It costs a lot of money to produce a quality game, and that's why we have come to you. Through our Kickstarter, we are offering as low a price as possible for the largest Cthulhu game ever assembled.

A lot of hard work has gone into designing and prototyping Cthulhu Wars. Now is your chance to be part of that excitement, just choose from one or more of our many pledge levels and help support us in making this game a reality. As the Kickstarter progresses, and we begin hitting our stretch goals, we will unlock more expansions and free goodies!

We love to reward you with FREE stuff, including 9 HUGE Great Old One miniatures, just pledge a minimum of $200 (not including shipping) in any combination you wish. That means, even if you are an Early Bird, just add a little more to your order and all of the rewards can be yours!

We recommend the Cultes Des Goules Pledge level. This is the sweet spot where you will get the most Bang for your Buck! You will receive 12 Custom Cthulhu Dice, Kickstarter Exclusive First Player Marker, Opener of the Way Expansion, and ALL Great Old Ones stretch goals rewards and more!

* Kickstarter Exclusive - only available on Kickstarter or conventions.

*Purchase of any expansion requires a pledge of Cultist or higher.

Each turn, the new Starting Player gets a special token showing his status, plus he gets to choose the direction play will proceed for that turn. Normally this is a sturdy die-cut counter. But only on Kickstarter you will be able to get a high quality plastic miniature of Asenath Waite for the First Player, plus she is pointing out the direction of play for you! Get her now!

*Purchase of any expansion requires a pledge of Cultist or higher.

*Purchase of any expansion requires a pledge of Cultist or higher.

We want to give you, the players, the best Cthulhu Wars experience possible. We've designed 13 expansions for our game along with other awesome add-ons. We need your help to make these expansions a reality. If we can hit all of our stretch goals, we can make Cthulhu Wars expandable to over 200 miniatures and multiple world maps. Of course we know this couldn't happen without you the fans, so we are going to give back as much as we can as we hit our stretch goals.  We need your help!

Behind every great project, there is a talented team driven by a shared dream. Our dream began over 30 years ago, when Sandy got his start in the game industry in the early 1980s, where he first designed paper role-playing games. His best-known work from that time is the cult game Call of Cthulhu, which has been translated into many languages and is still played world-wide. He also worked on many other role-playing projects, such as Runequest and Elfquest, and was instrumental in the creation of dozens of supplements and game aids.
 
In 1988, he left paper games for the computer game world. He has worked for Microprose, id Software, and Ensemble Studios, where he was involved with Civilization, Doom, Quake, the Age of Empire series, and Halo Wars, among others.

This team has a proven track record, and our games have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and have received dozens of awards from the game industry.

Our new company, Green Eye Games is comprised of Creative Director Robert M. Atkins, the uber talented Art Director, Richard Luong, who created all of the concept art and illustrations for the game and the legendary Design Director Sandy Petersen.
 
Together our passion for both gaming and Lovecraft are combined in our dream project – Cthulhu Wars.

Why is Shipping and Handling Internationally so High?

Our game is huge. It masses over 8 lbs (3.6 Kilograms), we've checked international shipping and it costs over $60 to ship to the UK. We are charging only $45 shipping and taking a $15 hit on every game we sell, not adding for shipping materials. This is hard to do for a small start up company as ourselves. We are doing everything we can to get this game to you, the players around the world, who are supporting our game, and we couldn't be more grateful for your understanding.

Updated for our European backers! After consulting with several logistics companies, we are happy to announce that we will be able to help you save money on import taxes. Because pledges on Kickstarter are explicitly for the "funding of a project in a pre-retail environment," we can ship our products to you with a declared commercial value equal to the core manufacturing cost, rather than your full pledge amount. This should save a lot on any VAT taxes which may apply. We are also exploring other options which could potentially provide additional savings, including manufacturing and distribution from within the E.U.

Risks and challenges

The game has been in playtest since November, 2012, and it is now rock-solid – extremely playable and fun. Cthulhu Wars is a finished, polished game. All we need is the money to start publishing it, so it can get into the homes and hearts of gamers and Cthulhu lovers worldwide. But there is a lot of work still to do. Even though the game has been designed, thoroughly tested, and all the art has been created for it, all of the miniatures still need to be mastered for plastic production, and the game components need to be finalized and printed.

It's very easy to get overwhelmed with all the work that it takes to make a board game, let alone the largest Cthulhu game ever created with all the miniatures too. We have figured out the costs and have worked it, so that we can offer you the cheapest price yet still make it a viable venture, and keep the components high in quality. We are just a small team of guys, and we want to be smart in our planning and expectations. There are a lot of pledges to fulfill, plus add-ons and expansions to manage. With that being said, we are working with a great manufacturing company that has shipped successful Kickstarter projects in the past and we have full confidence that we can deliver the game to you in time. In any case, we will be happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all (such as Cthulhu rising from the deep). Since the game is 100% complete, we don't regard this as too likely.

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    GenCon - Come Dine with the Elder Gods! Meet Sandy Petersen at GenCon on August 15-18, and have dinner with Sandy Petersen! You get to play the game before it comes out and you will receive all the items from the Cultes Des Goules tier signed by the team!

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