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Last updated December 6, 2017

Cthulhu Playing Cards deck - printed by USPCC

Original Cthulhu cards game with unique artwork, sanity tokens to play and collector's figure to store the game. Printed by Bicycle®.

Cthulhu Playing Cards deck - printed by USPCC

Original Cthulhu cards game with unique artwork, sanity tokens to play and collector's figure to store the game. Printed by Bicycle®.

£11,412
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
306
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 8 2013 5:47 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 6, 2017

About

When I read At the Mountains of Madness as a child I fell in love with Lovecraft. And while I loved his novel, getting into the Mythos was exciting. Now it is time to give back some of what I have enjoyed.

THE CTHULHU GAME is a card game based on the Mythos of Cthulhu. A collector's poker deck with game tokens that represent sanity points. A lively and entertaining game with a unique interpretation of Lovecraft’s characters by the hand of artist Anita Mejía, along with a collector’s figure designed by Daniel Ritthanondh to store the full game.

We are used to some representations of Lovecraft’s creatures… but this time we wanted to create an original game suitable for all ages, throwing a new light on the Mythos’ characters.

That is why we chose to work with artist Anita Mejía, looking for the most entertaining way of seeing the Mythos that would allow us not only to enjoy Lovecraft’s creatures in a completely new form but also make them accessible to everybody and even make it possible to play with them as a family.

The deck has been created completely by hand: characters, symbols, decorations and typography, an elegant work that would not have been possible without Anita's talent, and that has been designed to create a unique and exclusive game in which every card has some special powers over another player.

Of course, the deck can also can be used as normal poker deck, but where it shines in all its splendour is with its Sanity Tokens which follow the original Cthulhu game... do not lose your sanity!

About the deck:

  • Unique artist artwork 
  • Limited Edition, it's only for backers
  • 15 special illustrated cards (Cthulhu Mythos characters)
  • Magic finish that allows cards to handle smoothly and to last longer than cheaper playing card decks
  • Bicycle® branded for collectors
  • Printed by USPCC
  • Custom Cthulhu seal

The game would not be complete without a special place to keep it.

That's why we decided to create a collector’s figure that not only stands out itself, but is also a complete game set, with a space at the rear to store the deck and a secret compartment to keep the game tokens (Sanity Tokens).

The figure, of course, is based on the idol in Lovecraft’s original story “The Call of Cthulhu" and has been created by the German artist Daniel Ritthanondh.

This is a resin figure painted by hand with a bronze finish, a unique creation for the collector’s edition of this game.

The figure can be removed from its pedestal to gain access to the secret compartment and to store the game tokens (Sanity Tokens).

The finished product is impressive and as spectacular with or without the game, since it has been designed to stand out as a collector's figure.

  • Completely hand-cast and hand-painted.
  • Pressure-cast in extremely durable, solid polyurethane resin. 
  • Antique bronze finish.
  • Sealed with UV-resistant. 
  • Designed to store the game.
  • Limited Edition only for backers.
  • 3,4 inches base (84x84mm), 7 inches tall (180mm)

The game involves successfully getting rid of the cards without going crazy …

Every player starts with 10 black tokens (that represent 1 sanity point each) and 3 yellow ones (5 sanity points each). In total there are 25 sanity points in the game.

Each player is dealt 7 cards (the full deck is for 4 players) and the last card is placed face up. When it is your turn, you must place a card on the table that corresponds to the suit or the number in play, or take a card and miss your turn.

During the game every player will have to face the deep ones, outer races and even Cthulhu himself, who will affect the rate of play and make you lose sanity points. If for example a player throws you a Deep One, you will lose a sanity point, or if you see an Outer God you will lose several points as well as picking up 2 cards.

Waking up Cthulhu will let you to change game card and when you do it everybody must shout FHTAGN! or they will lose Sanity Tokens: pay attention to the game at all times!

Also you will have to avoid getting caught in Arkham Sanitarium, or to learn to use the Necronomicon to your advantage.

If you run out of Sanity Points you lose the game.

NOTE: the deck also can be used as a normal Poker deck.

The Cthulhu game involves getting rid of the cards without losing sanity points, represented by the “Sanity Tokens”. 

Every player has 13 tokens that represent 25 sanity points (10 black tokens of 1 point each and 3 green tokens of 5 points). The sanity points are lost according to what other players do. If you run out of Sanity Points you lose the game... you go crazy!

About the tokens:

  • Printed in Full Color
  • ∅ 25mm (1")
  • 52 tokens included (40 black + 12 green side) for a 4 players game
  • Plastic material

(Please note that the photos have been taken to give an impression and not the true quality of the end product).

Every full game consists of a deck of 56 cards as well as a set of 52 tokens called "Sanity Tokens".

Every deck has 15 special illustrated cards, in addition to the normal cards from 1 to 10 in each suit (that are also completely made by hand). Each of the special cards has a specific effect on the game.

(Please note that the photos have been taken to give an impression and not the true quality of the end product)

But the most spectacular thing is the collector's edition:

For the collector's edition we have created a special figure, the idol of Lovecraft’s original story, designed especially to store the finished game.

The deck is kept in the rear part of the figure, inside Cthulhu’s wings. The figure can be opened easily to store the game cards inside. This makes the game turn into an impressive collector’s decoration!

The idol is a detailed figure of high quality resin finished in bronze. This is a limited and numbered exclusive edition of the game. Since the process of painting by hand is laborious, the figures will be sent in batches, with early backers recognised through special prices and priority mailing. 

The deck consists of 56 high quality poker cards printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) under the Bicycle ® brand, as a collector's card.

Every deck is closed with the Cthulhu Project seal.

The cards are printed and sent from the United States for American citizens and from Europe for European countries (and the rest of the world). 

Some rewards are including free shipping for US & UK. Please read carefully.

Please note that prices in dollars are approximate and might change according to the current exchange rate, since this project is based in the UK.

Fulfillment

We have two shipping points from which to dispatch orders: the USA and UK. Most of the rewards include postage and packing for the USA and UK, you have only to add the fee for international postage outside these areas.

In the Risks and Challenges section we explain in more detail the proposed timetable for the project once we obtain the funds with your help.

You can add separate decks:

  • add £7 for each additional deck
  • add £24 for each 4 additional decks pack

Don't forget you already have rewards with 1,2 and up to 4 decks including a full game with Sanity Tokens. Find the reward that best adapts to your needs and add the extra decks you need.

We are working in awesome add ons… we will be able to offer these aditional products if we reach our goal! 

Please choose your reward and we will keep you updated!

ALL the rewards will get the video song "Hey There Cthulhu" by Eben Brooks & Allison Lonsdale in MP3. You can also buy the full album here and read the lyrics ;) in Eben Brooks website.

The Cthulhu Project came about in order to help to share the work of H. P. Lovecraft and to create collector’s products for fans like us, always on the lookout for new artistic and creative approaches.

A few months ago we opened elovecraft.com, a site where you can read Lovecraft’s work free from any Internet-enabled device (tablets, smartphones, etc.). On Pinterest we have a pinboard with almost 400 selected works on Cthulhu, Lovecraft and the Mythos, something that began with the project’s web galleries.

We are a very little team: Alberto Cano and Jose M. Gomez. Our first product is Cthulhu Playing Cards for collectors, an example of what we have been working passionately on during recent months with artists Anitas Mejía (illustration) and Daniel Ritthanondh (sculptor), we are grateful to them for their involvement in the project and the passionate way they have worked to capture our idea and to create this unique product. 

Risks and challenges

We have spent several months dedicated to this project, and so we have carried out some of the advanced work, and have a realistic estimate of the time necessary to complete it. Once our campaign has succeeded, we will continue to work on all the remaining characters and will refine the details as much as possible, and we have already calculated the estimated time based on the characters that we have finished.

The cards will be printed by USPCC under the Bicycle brand, and since they are a company which specialises in printing cards, with a great deal of experience, the time calculations are very accurate. We also have long experience in design, production and printing, and therefore do not expect problems in the preparation of files, etc.

We have been creating the figure slowly with a great deal of dedication during summer 2013, and therefore there will not be any delay. The figures are painted by hand, but there is plenty of time between the end of the campaign and the the time the deck is printed, so we can organize ourselves to produce the figures before printing the decks, so that everything is ready for mailing when the cards are printed.

Sanity Tokens will also be produced before sending the cards for printing by a company with a great deal of experience in the production of this type of tokens, and who we have already worked with. Therefore before printing the decks, we already will have all the cards ready, as well as the corresponding figures.

The estimated deadline takes all of these factors into account (final design of the finished deck, tokens, printing …) and a safety margin, therefore the term shown in the pledges is very conservative (although we will try to be quicker!).

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    Thanks for your support! You will be updated and you will get the video song "Hey There Cthulhu" by Eben Brooks in MP3.

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    CTHULHU SINGLE DECK (approx. $14) — Only to play poker, not able to play the Cthulhu Cards Game (Sanity Tokens are not included). This is a pledge for deck collectors and poker players. "Hey There Cthulhu" song (MP3) included in all rewards.
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    THE CTHULHU GAME (approx. $22 US)
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    THE CTHULHU GAME PREMIUM (approx. $29 US)
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    ($50) HALF BRICK - 6 Decks for collectors (note: Sanity Tokes are not included). Please note all decks are Limited Edition only for backers + Free shipping for US & UK. Please add £11 ($17) for other countries (please read the fullfillment indications).

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    ($80) 1 BRICK - 12 Decks for collectors (Note: Sanity Tokes are not included). Please note all decks are Limited Edition only for backers + Free shipping for US & UK. Please add £18 ($28) for other countries (please read the fullfillment indications).

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION of THE CTHULHU GAME - (approx. $112 US) — Idol to store the game. The deck is kept in the rear part of the figure, inside Cthulhu’s wings. The figure can be opened easily to store the Sanity tokens inside.
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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION of THE CTHULHU GAME for Early Backers (approx. $99 US) — Idol to store the game. The deck is kept in the rear part of the figure, inside Cthulhu’s wings. The figure can be opened easily to store the Sanity tokens inside.

    It comes with 1 idol, 1 deck, 52 Sanity Tokens + 1 additional single deck (total 2 decks).

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