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A card game for 2-5 players where you, Cultists of Cthulhu, backstab each other to appease Lil' Cthulhu before going insane first.
A card game for 2-5 players where you, Cultists of Cthulhu, backstab each other to appease Lil' Cthulhu before going insane first.
A card game for 2-5 players where you, Cultists of Cthulhu, backstab each other to appease Lil' Cthulhu before going insane first.
1,129 backers pledged $38,368 to help bring this project to life.

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Funny enough the story of Lil' Cthulhu started when we decided to make a game about Cthulhu.  We wanted to make a game that was true to the spirit of Cthulhu, where you were at his mercy and there was no way you could win against him.  We wanted players to feel the hopelessness of even trying to "win." As we designed the game it quickly became apparent that the game was getting way too dark way too fast. We wanted to make a game anyone could play so we had to move from this really dark theme somehow, and that's when Lil' Cthulhu was spawned.

With Lil' Cthulhu we could easily have the personality of his dark father but also add in the lightness and demands of a young child. His demands would be toys! But these would not be the cute and fluffy toys we give children today, these had to be toys that a spawn of Cthulhu would have. So the Death Rattle, Necronomicoloring Book, Deaddy Bear and other toys were created.

After the theme was set, we built our first prototype, of the already created game, and brought it to PAX East 2015. Quickly we found out that even in its rough state people were loving the theme, liked the game and could not wait for us to make it.

"Liked the game" was not enough, so over the last year we have improved the game from countless play-tests, suggestions and research.  We then got our artist in to really get us some fun art, and now believe we have a game that people will like, if not love. It has the things casual gamers will like (easy rules, good pace), sets of subtle strategies for the more strategic players and a lot of slightly hidden Lovecraft Mythos in the card art that will be welcome for those of us that love H.P. Lovecraft. (Good luck finding the Yellow Sign)

Lil' Cthulhu is a quick and quirky card game in which 2-5 players take on the roll as Cultists of Cthulhu, taking turns trying to keep Lil' Cthulhu happy. He has demands and you better see to them or you will know suffering! Your goal is to be the first Cultist to offer up the toys he is demanding or be the last sane cultist standing, which ever comes first.

The length of a normal game is 20-30 minutes. You can adjust this easily by adding or subtracting demand cards at the beginning of the game. Deal out 2 Demand cards to make the game 15-20 minutes and easier to play or deal out 4 Demand cards to make the game much longer and more difficult. You can also make the game playable for any age of gamer by using the alternate rules below:

AYG Selects Lil Cthulhu as Tabletop Game of the Month on Kickstarter

Undead Viking Review - Lil Cthulhu

The Board Game Renegade - Lil' Cthulhu Game Walk Through / Review -  You can skip to 3:00 for Game-play & 12:57 for Review :

Geek Dad Review

Listen to our talk with Barry at Sweet Kicks with Bricks:

Full Lil' Cthulhu Trailer Video (Directors Cut):

Once you have backed Lil' Cthulhu or you just want to help, spread the word about Lil' Cthulhu game by using one of these avatars to show your support! These are sized for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites!

Honestly not too much! The game is 95% complete and there are only 10 more pieces of art that are placeholders in the game that we need to get swapped out. Lucky those are part of our Kickstarter rewards so that was expected and part of the plan. We already have our production company ready to start printing, as well as a fulfillment house to ship the game out to you! 

Of course we will be continuing to play test and do some minor balancing over the next 2 months, but that is about it. Changing a 2 to a 3 in a file is very easy before printing! All in all we are just hoping for a successful campaign and 6 - 7 months later you should have the game in your hands! (sooner if we can help it)

A Quick Note About Shipping and VAT:  

The cost of the game without shipping makes the price below the VAT threshold in most countries so you will not have to pay any VAT or extra shipping charges! We are happy to have the campaign USA, EU, Canada and Australia Friendly.

Risks and challenges

As with anything, you plan for the worst and hope for the best and the best way to manage risks by planning for them.

We have done everything in our power to plan for and mitigate any risks in Production & Shipping, but in all things we cannot plan for everything that could go wrong. (Cthulhu rising from the depths and sinking the ship carrying our games for instance!)

We believe though, that with 20 years of international project management under our belt, we can work to iron out any issue that comes our way to ensure a successful delivery of the product.

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    INITIATE - You wish to learn more about Cthulhu and his offspring Lil' Cthulhu. Your offering will allow us to keep you informed and receive all updates for the project!

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    COLORFUL CULTIST - You will be welcomed into the fold with your pledge. You will be sent the Necronomicoloring Book PDF with art from the game that you can Print & Color! What color will you make Deaddy Bear?

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    CULTIST - Your offering will be used to expand the word of Cthulhu. You will receive a copy of the Lil' Cthulhu Card Game for your contribution to the order. This includes all Stretch Goal Rewards! (Price includes FREE SHIPPING to United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia - add only $5 to ship everywhere else)

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    DARK CULTIST - Your offering has pleased Cthulhu. You will not only receive a copy of the Lil' Cthulhu Game, you will also get the Holiday Booster Pack containing 20 new cards ranging from St Patrick's Day to Christmas and everything in between. Everyone knows the holidays cause a person to go insane! This includes all Stretch Goal Rewards! (Price includes FREE SHIPPING to United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia - add only $5 to ship everywhere else)

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    APOSTLE CULTIST - You shall go forth and spread the message to the masses. You will receive two copies of the Lil' Cthulhu Game and two Holiday Booster Packs. You can now give a game to another. This includes all Stretch Goal Rewards! (Price includes FREE SHIPPING to United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia - add only $5 to ship everywhere else)

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    MERCHANT CULTIST - You have chosen to spread the word of Cthulhu to the world. You will receive 10 copies of the Lil' Cthulhu Card Game and 10 holiday booster packs to aid you in this task. This includes all Stretch Goal Rewards! (Price includes FREE SHIPPING to United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia - add only $15 to ship everywhere else) - This is for Merchants only, must provide proof of wholesale / shop credentials prior to end of the campaign.

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    MASTER CULTIST - You have greatly pleased the Old One - You will be given the opportunity to help design one of the remaining 10 Dark Toy cards. The abilities & rules of the cards are complete. You will work with our designers on the name and on the art. Your name / signature will appear on the card under the art as well for all the world to see that you are the designer! You will also receive a copy of Lil' Cthulhu Game & Holiday booster pack. This includes all Stretch Goal Rewards! (FREE SHIPPING worldwide)

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