After an exhaustive study that almost ended with the team's sanity, we managed to rescue a series of games that were part of the folklore of the dark city of Innsmouth, on the Essex County coast. The aim of this project is to recover the lost games of Innsmouth for collectors:
The playing cards have been created since ancient times, covering multiple cultures and adapting to each of them by centuries. Among the most common cards that have survived to date are the french variants, with four suits of 13 cards, and the spanish, with four suits of 12 cards.
Recently the variants used in the enclosed village of Innsmouth have been found, which in this case did not represent kings, knights, church or peasantry, but the folklore of their own people, tied to the dark cults and creatures of the sea.
Cultists, Deep Ones and different beings adored by the esoteric Order of Dagon were the most used icons in Innsmouth, and now we recover them in these two editions whose forms come from the French and Spanish playing cards.
From the Spanish cards, originally composed by oros (gold), copas (cups), espadas (swords) and bastos (clubs) comes a magnificent edition where the symbols were adapted in their time to Moon, Blood, Eyes and Talon, evoking the nocturnal rites, sacrifices and creatures of Innsmouth. The four suits are completed with Cultists (10s), Deep Ones (11s), and beings adored by the Order such as Cthulhu, Dagon, Hydra and Ghatanothoa (12s), in addition to the magnificent comodines (wild cards) dedicated to Abdul Al-Hazred.
This has been one of the decks most used by Innsmouth hybrids for decades. The spanish cards are bigger than the french ones, the size of this deck is 63x94mm (2.48" x 3.70").
From the French cards also derived Innsmouth's own decks. These cards show that they preserved the popular hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs suits, more widespread among the local population by visitors from nearby villages such as Ipswich, although they dedicated the court cards to Cultists, Flying monsters and beloved monsters.
This deck is also divided into day and night sections, as can be seen in the original designs.
Both decks are part of the Lovecraft Playing Cards collection, limited edition.
A well known game in Innsmouth's taverns and homes was "The Cult”. This is an agile dice game where players must complete the cult by placing the leader cultist in the temple to invoke the great Cthulhu.
The cult usually lasted 10 minutes, as it used to be played before approaching the coast at dusk. We played with 3 dice of symbols: the moon to represent the night, the talon that represented the favor of the Deep Ones, the Eye that allowed us to see beyond our dimension and the Blood of sacrifices.
We will roll 3 dice in each turn, and we’ll try to gain a series of abilities that will make it easier for us to place our cultists on the board. The first player to place the cultist leader will be the winner of the game.
The cult is very easy to carry anywhere as the board is traditionally formed with two giant cards (3.5" x 5.75" each), and all the components fit into a comfortable carrying bag, practical to play on the shores of Cape Ann as you watch the arrival of the Deep Ones.
The game is available in a basic edition but also in the collector's edition of the village, which includes figures of the cultists and the great Cthulhu.
These minis can also be used in different games such as pawns, scoreboards etc. as Innsmouth citizens usually did, as well as to collect and keep the cult alive between generations.
The cult is a 10 minutes game for 2 players (we are also working on a solo mode).
The lying cultist is 0.39"/10mm high and 1.19"/30mm long, while the leader is 1.57"/40mm high. The original set comes unpainted and is made of resin.
The Cthulhu model is 3.22"/82mm tall and 1.96"/50mm wide, you can get it without painting or in the Glow in the dark model that caused so much furor in Innsmouth.
Can I play without minis?
Sure, the game comes complete on the basic set, you will use basic counters to place the cultists and to move the eye abilities in the Necronomicon potion, instead of using Cthulhu. But it's obviously better to play with the miniatures! You will place "real" cultists in their positions praying to Cthulhu, and you will move Cthulhu when you use the eye dice: Cthulhu will be pointing to the ability that you can get in that moment!
You can also use these minis in other games too, and you can collect them, the design is really amazing!
You can upgrade your rewards easily adding some amount to your reward (choose your reward, then edit the total amount).
- Add +12€ for each extra french (poker) deck +3€ for the extra shipping cost, total +15€.
- Add +15€ for each extra spanish deck +3€ for the extra shipping cost, total +18€.
- Add +10€ to UPGRADE your Cthulhu set reward to GITD model (glow in the dark).
- Add +16€ for each extra cultist set you want (only for Deluxe or Cthulhu set rewards).
- Add +18€ for each extra Cthulhu figurine you want (only for Cthulhu set reward).
- Add +27€ for each extra Cthulhu GITD figurine you want (only for Cthulhu set reward).
- Add +35€ to get all your cultists minis hand-painted (same colors/style you can see on the photos).
All the pledges are available for international shipping, please choose your reward to check the cost for your country. Real shipping cost is partly subsidized.
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