About this project
Quick update: we have been unlocking Stretch Goals! The game will include new cards for the same price in all rewards! (read below and discover the new Stretch Goals!)
Cthulhu Crusades is a fast paced card game, as much about chance as strategy, set in the dark Middle Ages under the sway of the Necronomicon.
Discover the Middle Ages in a way you never heard about before!
With the art of Robert Albauer.
Your objective is to storm the enemy castle and take the Necronomicon there. To achieve this, you will have to create an army, build siege weapons, protect your walls, offer sacrifices to sea creatures, and make use of the cultists to call up terrible monsters.
Five cards are dealt to each player from the Village deck in the middle, with another card taken at the beginning of each round; the discarded cards are in the pile next to them. The rest of the decks of cards are placed on the table, where the players can get better cards to attack or defend, depending on their game strategy and the hand of cards they have been dealt.
Read the provisional rulebook now.
The game is 99% language independent and the rulebook will come in english and spanish (more languages could be added, we will notify you in the updates).
We have created a deck of fifty Tarot cards in two series. The first series are creatures from Necronomicon and are available from the "Kickstarter Collector Edition" onwards.
The second series is the story of the Cthulhu Crusades and how the creatures were called up and invoked, in which each part of the story is formed by bringing together three Tarot cards.
This historical series can also be played as a memory game: place the shuffled cards face down on the table. Each player gets to pick three cards and if he is able to form part of the story, he gets to take all the other cards.
We have also created a beautiful wooden case in the shape of a book: it comes with the Necronomicon logo on the frontispiece and an illustration by Robert Albauer on the back. The backer is free to choose between different Cthulhu Crusades illustrations to personalize his case. The lid of the case opens just like a book, and contains the 50 Tarot cards of the Cthulhu Crusades.
The wooden book with the fifty cards is also available in the "Necronomicon Tarot pack" or the "Eldritch pack", which also contains the "Cthulhu Stone Idol" (in the photo) and the Altar of the game. The size of the book case is 7.6x5.9" (195x150mm) and the is Stone Idol 5.7x3.3x3.7" (145x85x95mm).
From the "Kickstarter Collector Mat Edition" onwards, all of the rewards include a canvass mat, 20x20" (50x50cm) which makes for a more comfortable playing experience.
Note: the mat may be folded before packaging and posting in order not to considerably increase shipping costs. But because it is canvass, it leaves no creases once it is opened..
Offering sacrifices to the Sea Deck is a way of obtaining more resources to boost the hand you have been dealt. This is done by offering the number of victims you consider fitting and showing a card of the Sea: if you satisfy the Deep Ones who come with a victim for each one, then you will get your reward.
The Pack comes with the amazing Altar made in resin by sculptor Daniel Ritthanondh, and the sacrifices are made on the top part of it. This awesome collector’s item is hand painted, and each one is specially made for you. A limited number are available in the “Deep Ones Altar pack”.
External size is 5.3x3.7x2.1" (135x95x55mm).
Get the Commemorative Cthulhu Idol created for the 125th anniversary of the birth of HP Lovecraft, now in a new & limited "Stone Series" for this project:
The Cthulhu Idol is included in the Eldrtich pack but you can get it with any other reward adding +69€ to your pledge (MSRP 90€).
We have been working on a number of ideas for the possible expansion of the game for some time, but we decided to include the new decks in the game if we reach the Stretch Goals. These cards enhance playability and the fun aspect of the game: the (unlocked!) Loot deck (improve your army), (unlocked!) Saracen deck (hire mercenaries!) and the (unlocked!) Room deck (make an extension to your castle!)…
ALL the physical rewards will be including the unlocked Stretch Goals.
Backing this campaign will not only make the production of Cthulhu Crusades possible but also comes with these exclusive advantages:
- Reduced prices on ALL rewards.
- Discounted shipping costs.
- Kickstarter Limited* Exclusive content for collectors
*Deluxe content will not be available through regular distribution channels but sometimes might be found at conventions, contests, special events or in our exclusive online store The Cthulhu Shop.
Some images shown here are prototype images and may differ slightly from the final product.
If you run a store or a shop and you would like a discounted pack, please get in touch by email with us.
Worldwide shippingOur utmost responsibility, just like in all of our campaigns, is to comply with our promise to produce and ship the product right to your home. This is why it would be imprudent to promise free or cut price delivery, so far removed from the real delivery costs involved.
No external "manager" involvedSome campaigns use external systems so that part of the purchases are made outside of Kickstarter, such as shipping costs, add ons, etc.
Cthulhu ProjectWe have been creating special products for fans of Lovecraft’s work for five years, usually financed through Kickstarter. You can rest assured that we know every step of the process and take the appropriate safeguards to prevent any of the hitches and delays which can sometimes arise in crowdfunding campaigns.
Contact us if you are interested in licensing or distribution opportunities.
Alberto Cano is the author of the game, the same twisted mind behind the Cthulhu Project, and also the editor of the independent label Invedars.
Robert Albauer is the Austrian artist responsible for the whole of the game’s awesome art work, and is also known for his fantastical maps.
Contributors: The resin pieces are made by the talented artist Daniel Ritthanondh of Teptec Studios. All the resin pieces are produced in Germany by the artist so you can expect the same high quality of our previous products. The Necronomicon book case will be made by Troquel in Spain, a talented artisan team responsible of our previous wooden box. The commemorative Cthulhu Idol has been sculpted by Marta and painted by Cthulhu Project.
Previous products on Kickstarter
We have successfully created, produced and shipped products from Kickstarter before, so we have experienced all phases of the campaign and our estimates are quite accurate. You can take a look to our previous campaigns for more info.
Risks and challenges
The development and publication of a game is always complicated, but this is not the first time we have faced the challenge, and we have taken a series of measures to avoid the usual problems in some campaigns:
Development and Testing
We have been testing the game for more than a year, trying it out on all kinds of players, in local events, etc. until arriving at a well-rounded product.
Likewise, we have been working for months on the campaign launch: we have most of the artwork of the game ready, and we have created whole test decks, so that not too much work is left to do, and consequently delays in the final stages are much less likely.
We have many years of experience in production and pre-production work, we know the industry standards and we have also published similar games before, all of which make the problems which sometimes crop up when dealing with printers and other production facilities much less likely.
We have internationally shipped products of various kinds and during different campaigns, so we are well aware of the complexities which this aspect can entail and the standard time periods. This is why we have published delivery dates with enough leeway to cover all of the different stages involved, including the artisanal objects which are made and painted by hand.
Just like in all of the campaigns I have worked on, I am one hundred percent dedicated to the crowdfunding process, ready and willing to clear up any doubts by message or in comments, and keep communication transparent and clear. Your opinion is the most important thing!
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