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A card game for 1-4 players that pits you against the forces of The Great Cthulhu and other Elder Gods. Read more

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A card game for 1-4 players that pits you against the forces of The Great Cthulhu and other Elder Gods.

About this project

I must warn you about a threat to our world.

Long before mankind roamed this earth, there lived great and terrible beings. Even a single of these ancient beasts held the power to enslave or even destroy the world. When they entered a state of hibernation, humanity was allowed to prosper.

Even now however, their power infects mankind.

Weak-minded men have fallen under their control and formed Cults dedicated to each Elder God’s revival.

You must prevent them from succeeding or the world will be lost.

- Walter P Matherson

The Cards of Cthulhu is a solitaire card game that pits you against the forces of The Great Cthulhu and other Elder Gods. You will battle Cultists, slay Minions, banish Horrors, seal the Gates, and protect our world from the enveloping insanity that threatens to consume us all!

The Cards of Cthulhu is a great game for any gamer ages 12 and older. It doesn't matter if you are a rookie investigator or a battle-hardened investigator that has devoted your life to fighting the Great Cthulhu. Each game ends with you saving the world, or dooming us all to eternal torment, in 30 to 45 minutes for solo games, and 60 to 90 minutes for multiplayer games.

Why We Need Your Help

The Cards of Cthulhu was designed by first-time designer Ian Richard and will be published by Dan Verssen Games. We need your help because the production costs needed to bring the game to life must be paid months before any income is generated. We want to make sure this game receives the high production quality it deserves, and to do so, we need your support.

Our $7,000 goal is to pay the printing, shipping, and art costs for the game. As with all Kickstarter projects, you will only be charged if we meet our funding goal.

As a gesture of respect to you, we waited until all the art was created, and the game was fully designed before launching this project. This means that as soon as funding is complete, we can send the files to the printer. You will not have to wait months, hoping the game design will finally be completed. It is designed. It is done, and ready to print. You can see the rulebook at HERE.

Until now, we have covered all the costs out of pocket because we believe in the game. Now, we need your help to pay the final cost, the printing bill.

More About the Game!

When you play, you get to choose from 1 of 8 different Investigator character cards. Each Investigator comes with his or her own unique ability to give them that special edge needed to save the world. Will you be the Soldier, skilled at slaying Minions, the Psychic, who can see the future, or the Psychiatrist whose mental fortitude can resist the otherworldly assaults on his mind?

You then layout the 4 Cult Boards, one each for the Elder Gods, Cthulhu, Arwassa, Yog-Sothoth, and Chaugnar Faugn. These 8.5" x 11" full color sheets organize the forces of each Elder God as they enter this dimension.

You are now ready to play!

Each turn, you draw 4 cards from the deck.

There are Minion cards, which are the foot soldiers of the Elder Gods. While they are not individually powerful, when enough of them gather on a Cult Board, they are able to summon their Elder God, and that ends the game.

There are also Horrors. These are powerful creatures from beyond the stars. Each Horror will batter away at your sanity and require special efforts to defeat.

The deck also includes Gates. Gates are special cards that force you to draw extra cards each turn.

On the good side, there are cards in the deck that will aid you in your struggle!

There is a Follower for each type of Investigator. These are less experienced Investigators new to the conflict. Each of them has a special skill you can draw upon. Also, if all else fails, you can use each of them to absorb a wound or sanity attack that otherwise would have gone to your Character.

Finally, there are Items. These are relics and rituals possessing great power. When properly understood, you can use these items to support your struggle. Beware however, because some of these items are cursed!

Why Pledge?

You Get The Game First - When we receive games from the printer, all pre-order games will get shipped before any others!

Because We Need You - We have covered the costs up until now, but we need your help to get the games printed.

Stretch Goals - With you help, we can not only meet our funding goal, but exceed it, and when we do, we have cool extras and upgrades to expand this already awesome game.

What's In The Box?

Cards - Each card is a work of art, literally. Cloud Quinot created these masterful pieces of horror art and we are very pleased to have been able to work with him. The cards will be printed on extra thick card stock to stand up to the wear of tear of many battles.

8 - Investigator cards
8 - Follower cards
10 - Item cards
8 - Cult Gate cards
4 - Minor Horror cards
4 - Major Horror cards
4 - Unspeakable Horror cards
60 - Minion cards

7 CUSTOM CTHULHU DICE - These are your Health, Body, or Spirit dice. You'll roll these to resolve your attacks on the foes plotting your destruction.

4 CULT BOARDS - More amazing artwork! Each of these 8.5" x 11" sheets features a piece of Cloud Quinot artwork of an Elder God. These sheets are vital in organizing the cards for each Cult.

3 METAL CUSTOM CTHULHU COINS! - Use these to track the Experience Investigator earn from battling Cthulhu's Otherworldly Foes!

1 PLAYER HELP SHEET! - Holds vital game information to assist you in defeating your foes!

RULE BOOK - The rule book is usually one of the least exciting components of a game, but this one is special. This rule book is written, proofed, set, and available for you to read - right now. This is where you can join the creative process of making this game a reality. If you read through the rule book, and a rule isn't clear... email us! We'll take a look and make edits to clarify the rule. We want to do everything we can to make this the best game ever and having a clear set of rules is vital.

Stretch Goals!

As we make each of these pledge levels, we'll add more cool stuff to every game printed.

$10,000 - Extra Cards! - We will commission the art and designs for 2 extra Investigators! 2 Extra Followers! and 2 extra Artifacts!

$14,000 - Mounted Boards - Instead of printing the 4 Cult Boards on sturdy cardstock, we'll be able to upgrade them to Mounted Game Boards!

$17,000 More Coins - We will increase the number of Custom Cthulhu Coins in the game from 3 to 6!

$23,000 David Gerrold Cthulhu Story! - We'll add a David Gerrold horror short story to the rule book!  

David Gerrold has been writing professionally since 1967, and many of his books and television scripts are now considered classics.

An alumnus of CSUN’s Theatre Arts Dept., he sold his first script to Star Trek even before he graduated. He has also written episodes of Star Trek Animated, Land Of The Lost, Twilight Zone, Tales From the Dark Side, Babylon 5, Sliders and other hit TV series.

Between TV assignments, he wrote three books on writing and forty novels, including the Hugo and Nebula nominees When HARLIE Was One and The Man Who Folded Himself. His autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child won both of those awards and was the basis for a 2007 film, starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet.

His television scripts have been seen by more than a billion people. He's written more than 50 books and has been translated into 20 different languages. A prolific author, he’s also written hundreds of stories, columns, and articles as well as teaching script writing at Pepperdine University for nearly twenty years. He has traveled all over the world, speaking his vision of a future that works for everyone.

Gerrold’s most popular series is The War Against The Chtorr. Four novels have been published in this septology: A Matter For Men, A Day For Damnation, A Rage For Revenge, and A Season For Slaughter. Book five, A Method For Madness is scheduled for completion in 2013 and publication in 2014.

$26,000 Matt Forbeck Cthulhu Story! - We'll add a Matt Forbeck horror short story to the rule book!  

Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989, designing games and toys and writing stories of all sorts. He has twenty-seven novels published to date, including the award-nominated Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon and the critically acclaimed Amortals and Vegas Knights. His latest work includes the Magic: The Gathering comic book, the MMOs Marvel Heroes and Ghost Recon Online, and his novel The Con Job, based on the TV show Leverage, as well as his Dangerous Games trilogy of thrillers set at Gen Con. For more about him and his work, visit Forbeck.com.

$29,000 Daniel Keys Moran Cthulhu Story! - We'll add a Daniel Keys Moran horror short story to the rule book!  

Kickstarter Exclusives!

As we make each of these pledge levels, you'll receive the following for free if you pledged at the $30 or higher level.

$12,000 - Poster - We will print a 17" x 22" poster of the game's front cover!

$20,000 - Art Book - We will create and print a full color art book featuring the art seen in The Cards of Cthulhu game, along with comments from Cloud Quinot the artist!

Shipping

Your pledge includes free shipping within the US, and a small extra charge for international shipping.

This Bonus Pack is a stand-alone pledge. You will receive 10 Custom Cthulhu Coins and a full set of 7 Custom Cthulhu Dice!

If you have pledged for a physical copy of the game, we'll cover your shipping anywhere in the world for this Bonus Pack for FREE!

If you have not pledged for a physical copy of the game:
- Add $10 for US Shipping
- Add $25 for International Shipping

THE COMPONENTS VIDEO!

THE SET-UP VIDEO!

THE VIDEO FOR TURNS 1 and 2!

VIDEO FOR TURN #3!

THE BACK OF THE BOX!

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Dan Verssen Games (DVG) has the knowledge and skills to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. We have self-published over a dozen games. If you have any questions or queries, the people at DVG will be there to assist as quickly as we can. If you would like to see the quality of the games we publish, please visit our website: www.dvg.com

With several Kickstarter campaigns behind us, we are able to deal with setbacks professionally while keeping you, the backer, informed with what's happening every step of the way - and not just while the campaign is running. When funding closes and production starts, we aim to provide the most up-to-date information possible regarding each stage of The Cards of Cthulhu's journey to your tabletop.

We believe that honesty is as important as regular contact with our backers. You can expect the very best from us, no matter what. By working with high quality production facilities that we've dealt with following previous campaigns, we are confident that we'll be able to deliver the game in a timely manner. Our exacting standards mean that you're guaranteed to get a great game.

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