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The Elder Ones are being summoned. Face the monsters and embrace your insanity so you may disrupt the ritual long enough to kill them!
The Elder Ones are being summoned. Face the monsters and embrace your insanity so you may disrupt the ritual long enough to kill them!
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Face the Lord of the Woods and its brood!

Posted by CMON (Creator)

Iä! Iä! Investigators fhtagn!

We are getting close to unlocking the Kickstarter Exclusive Investigator Margie. To help push us past that Stretch Goal and beyond, it is time to summon another Great Old One.

All hail The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!

The Black Goat of the Woods is an expansion for Cthulhu: Dead May Die that we are offering as an Optional Buy to backers for $25. This product is estimated to later hit retail at a $30 SRP.

This box brings an entire new Elder One for you to use in combination with any Episode, creating a whole new gaming experience as you try to fight through the swarm of Dark Young to eventually put an end to the Black Goat itself!

The Black Goat of the Woods box comes with:

  • 1 Black Goat of the Woods figure
  • 6 Dark Young figures
  • 8 Mythos cards
  • 4 Elder One cards
  • 1 Monsters card

Now let's delve deeper into this dark cult.

The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young! Ok, so we couldn't quite include a THOUSAND Young in this box, but the idea remains the same: its main focus is on spawning Dark Young like crazy, swarming the investigators and using its brood as a resource to create all sorts of effects.

As the Black Goat stirs, more and more Dark Young are spawned in the board, making life hell for the investigators. The Mythos cards use the Dark Young in all manner of deadly ways, like setting them ablaze, or stampeding over the investigators. As bad as that is, things get a lot worse when the Black Goat is finally summoned. It surrounds itself with monsters and gives them powerful buffs. And trying to ambush it would also be madness, as this demonic abomination can lay waste to all enemies around it!

The Black Goat figure sculpted by Patrick Masson.
The Black Goat figure sculpted by Patrick Masson.
The back of the figure, with Julia for scale.
The back of the figure, with Julia for scale.
Figure painted by Angel Giraldez. Please note figures come unpainted.
Figure painted by Angel Giraldez. Please note figures come unpainted.

The Dark Young are no small threat on their own. However, their true strength lies in numbers. That is why this box comes with SIX of them! If you're not careful, you'll quickly find yourself surrounded by these creatures, as more spawn whenever you fail to deal the killing blow on your attack.

Dark Young figure sculpted by Michael Jenkins.
Dark Young figure sculpted by Michael Jenkins.
Figure painted by Robert Karlsson. Please note figures come unpainted.
Figure painted by Robert Karlsson. Please note figures come unpainted.

If you want to bring a new challenge to your game sessions, make sure to add the Black Goat of the Woods to your pledge. Remember that while backers only pay $25 for it during the campaign, it's expected to hit retail with a $30 price tag.

The Great Old One stirs. Sleep tight.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Morten Brandt Jensen on

      Dark youngs looks spot on.

      Shub-Niggurath or Black Goat seems much more humanoid and far more muscular than I expected the team would make it.

    2. Herbert Geekswain on

      @Oraculist: yes, very silly. It is only your fragile, primitive mind that confers gender on the unknowable, unimaginable horrors that are the Great Old Ones! ;)

    3. Billy

      Just attack the goat in a soft surface area. Those long spike-hooved feet will just sink and you gain an advantage 😁😂

    4. El Poncho X on

      Been waiting for the optional add-on that will go retail later that eventually never goes retail and ends up being $120 on ebay!!! Finally!!!!

    5. Deadication on

      Yes....THIS! Please release like 5 more GOO boxes like this.

      Why did you wait so long you monsters. Take my money I throw it at you. MORE THIS PLEASE. :)

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      Oraculist on

      I know it’s silly but I always liked Shub’s distinction as one of the rare lady Great Old One’s.

    7. Irrepressible

      @James Ahhh yeah fair point- it’s hard to gauge what the markup will be here. In Melbourne though, boardgames are popping up now in a lot more shops so that one shop that used to dominate can’t any more. Failing that there is always online

    8. Brian on

      Here's likely the story for this expansion:

      The Black Goat

      Although Shub-Niggurath is often associated with the epithet "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young", it is possible that this Black Goat is a separate entity. Rodolfo Ferraresi, in his essay "The Question of Shub-Niggurath", says that Lovecraft himself separated the two in his writings, such as in "Out of the Aeons" (1935) in which a distinction is made between Shub-Niggurath and the Black Goat—the goat is the figurehead through which Shub-Niggurath is worshipped. In apparent contrast to Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat is sometimes depicted as a male, most notably in the rite performed in "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1931) in which the Black Goat is called the "Lord of the Woods". However, Lovecraft clearly associates Shub-Niggurath with The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young in two of his stories—"The Dreams in the Witch House" and "The Thing on the Doorstep". The Black Goat may be the personification of Pan, since Lovecraft was influenced by Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan (1890), a story that inspired Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" (1929). In this incarnation, the Black Goat may represent Satan in the form of the satyr, a half-man, half-goat. In folklore, the satyr symbolized a man with excessive sexual appetites. The Black Goat may otherwise be a male, earthly form of Shub-Niggurath—an incarnation she assumes to copulate with her worshipers.[15]

    9. James Austin

      @Irrepressible if you're in Australia, the Australia Tax will pump that up way over US$30 unless the game's a flop. Most of my time on Kickstarter is due to the retail board game market in Australia being a bastard.

    10. Irrepressible

      Great add on. If the difference on KS to retail is only $5 I will wait. I’m in Australia so shipping will offset the difference. I’m on inclined to an add on that is exclusive of a very limited release

    11. David Brownless

      Ahh! You monsters!

      My only consolation, when the time comes that you have taken the last of my money and I am cast out onto the cold and pitiless streets, is that by then the I shall have enough game boxes to fashion myself a sturdy shelter wherein I can dwell with my phantasmagorical multitude!

      Yes, I will abide with my preciouses, yes! (Wait, wrong milieu dammit!)

    12. Drew on

      Just to make my position clear- I think that Lovecraft was not intending to embark upon epic fantasy style world building within his works. Rather, he liked to make references both to his own work and the works of other authors (like the King in Yellow).

      And that's sensible given that the main theme that runs throughout his work is fear of the unknown, and often the unknowable.

      Lovecraft's friend August Derlith is responsible for pulling a lot of the Mythos together into a coherent whole, and later authors followed suit. Eventually, Chaosium's interpretation of the monsters became the cannon used by fans (even the parts they completely invented, like the scale pictures of various elder gods and great old ones).

    13. Drew on

      @ AJ Curruthers- you are right, but at the same time, other sources are not wrong.

      In some of Lovecraft's work, Shub Niggurath is the Black Goat in the Woods with a Thousand Young, but in other works of his, The Black Goat is some sort of avatar or other being related to Shub.

      And yes, the pronoun usage becomes odd, because the Goat is generally masculine, while Shub is usually feminine.

      I feel that CMON have appropriately addressed the disconnect in the lore with their little blurb- they use the gender neutral "it" and mention that the Goat may be an Elder God, or it may be some avatar or emissary to one.

    14. Jerry Chaney on

      Thank you!
      It would have annoyed me had you named this miniature "Shub Niggurath".
      She would not have looked like that!
      I get it, intellectually, that that's a fine & thin veneer.
      But calling Him, The Black Goat, makes me happy that you made some effort to make this Cthulhu Mythos Lore your own. :)

    15. Eyne Nacht on

      Where's her long, stringy teats??,

    16. Michiel Pillards on

      All hail Shub-Niggurath, Mother of a Thousand Young!
      I just hope we get her cultists,... 😉

    17. AJ Carruthers

      I think it's generally believed that The Black Goat of the Woods is akin to the avatar or figurehead of Shub-Niggurath's cult. Also the former seems to be associated with male while the latter is said to be female, if such things can be applied to either. I believe Chamber has already touched on this.

    18. Brandon Stoltz on

      Not what I was expecting from the big Friday reveal but happy about it anyway. Looks sick.

    19. Rumplestiltskin6 on

      Woohoo! And that's Margaret unlocked too! So now we need another update... Yog-Sothoth? More card decks, tile packs, plastic doors, stairs and counters? T-Shirt? Lost Episode 2? Keep it flooding in (no more investigators though ;-) )

    20. Ruiz Philippe on

      Nice but we need one nyarlatotep please the dark man or the dark pharaon . And a bast divinitie.

    21. Chamber42 on

      I like this interpretation of Shub-Niggurath and the Black Goat:

      “The Black Goat may otherwise be a male, earthly form of Shub-Niggurath—an incarnation she assumes to copulate with her worshipers.”

      “The Question of Shub-Niggurath", Crypt of Cthulhu #35, pp. 17–8, 22.

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      Marvin on

      Bad practice again. They already made the 50usd add-on and now 25usd for an elder God + 6 minis, this seems to low imho. Maybe first cmon campaign where I do not get all in ....

    23. MEQQA

      Just take my money!!!! Great looking add on that adds replayability

    24. Krzysztof on

      No alternates for Dark Young? :(

    25. P H

      Love it! The black goat looks great. Especially the pentagram and the eyes on its tummy.

    26. P H

      Love it! The black goat looks great. Especially the pentagram and the eyes on its tummy.

    27. Juan Rodriguez on

      @Drew in lovecraft's works Shub Niggurath is seems to be "she" (if that can be possible) and that miniature doesnt look like a "she".

    28. M.E. Snyder, Master Mason of Valoria on

      Wow, these miniatures are amazing!

    29. Drew on

      Those are some fantastic miniatures.

    30. Drew on

      I like the name "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young," as the title seems reflected in the presentation of the miniature.

      In the description, they allude to the fact that Lovecraft is actually inconsistent about whether the Black Goat is actually Shub'Niggurath, or if it is a related entity (perhaps an avatar).

      Of course, I wouldn't have been upset if they had called it Shub Niggurath either.

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      @ Alan re read it. It's clear they are talking about the investigator Margie

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      Alan Precourt on

      The initial paragraph describing pushing past this current stretch goal makes it seem like the Black Goat would be a stretch goal, but I guess it’s purely an optional buy?

    33. Gary Fountain on

      thought it was going to be Shudde M'ell with releasing the Chthonians earlier

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      @ Robert copyright or creative choice I'd guess

    35. Claymore Nash on

      I really like those Dark Young. Lovely bark like texture. The Goat might be a tad too humanoid but overall it's a nice looking sculpt!

    36. Robert Masson on

      Great addon ! But why "Black Goat of the Woods" and not "Shub Niggurath" ? Otherwise we'd have to call Hastur "The Unspeakable One" and Cthulhu "The Sleeper of R'lyeh" ! There is a lack of consistency

    37. Bernd on

      Please release additional 2 GOO packs :)

    38. Lilin

      Never mind, apparently it's both.

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      @ The Hamptons
      Lol, you made me laugh :D True

    40. Lilin

      I guess I'm actually wrong as they went with "Lord" for some reason

    41. Lilin

      @Lohan *her body ^^

    42. Kenneth Michael Brooks on

      @jbanker There is actually some ambiguity as to whether the Black Goat is Shub Niggurath, as is reflected in the write-up.

    43. The Hamptons on

      too many of these GOOs look like humans in scooby doo costumes.

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      Lohan Debner on

      Is it Shub-Niggurath? I was expecting more tentacles coming out of his body. But ok, great choice!

    45. Casm on

      Glad to see another Elder God. I was just hoping there would be an exclusive that came with it. Still though, looks great.

    46. Paul Cartwright

      Very Nice!

    47. Rumplestiltskin6 on

      Fantastic! I was hoping a new elder one would be put out and this was one of two I was hoping for too. Wonderful. Keep them coming:-)

    48. jbanker on

      So, they chose not to call it Shub-Niggurath? Okay. Gonna buy it either way because I'm a sucker for more monsters and Old Ones. Gimme Yog-Sothoth, please.