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Cthulhu Wars is the premiere horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
Cthulhu Wars is the premiere horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
4,420 backers pledged $1,018,717 to help bring this project to life.

The Great Old One Update

Posted by Arthur Petersen (Collaborator)


We have some big news. Many of you may be aware that we are planning on launching our next Kickstarter soon – next Monday, July 17th. 

Click here to see a preview of Onslaught 3! 

While the new Kickstarter campaign will not be live until Monday, July 17th, we are publishing this link to the Kickstarter project preview page for you. Please feel free to share with friends and any others!

Normally the preview page is for friends and collaborators of project creators to help review and identify areas of improvement. However, we wanted everyone to get a chance to see it in advance.

Remember to click the "Notify Me on Launch" Button at the top!

Free credit for those on CW: Onslaught Two!

We want to offer you a thank you for your patience and long-suffering through the recent (and for some, still ongoing) shipping adventure for THIS campaign of CW: Onslaught Two. While much of it was due to things beyond our control - such as the month long US customs debacle or our factory misallocating various certain SKUs in the wrong containers for shipping – we are nevertheless the ones who must take responsibility.

We deliberated a long time over the best way to make this up to you, and finally settled on a simple fix that we believe you will love:

After the CW O3 KS is over, when the pledge manager opens, we will import all your emails from THIS Kickstarter (Onslaught Two). Then, we will apply a free credit to that email that you can use towards any add-on or even your shipping cost. (You can’t really use it on your pledge level since that will already be charged via Kickstarter itself).

Future Shipping Prices

We understand that there was also a lot of frustration over the shipping prices last year. As it turns out, we actually still undershot the full cost (though not by much) of shipping CW O2. Some of this was due to the re-shipment of products that is ongoing (such as sending freight to Australia from Europe and US). But even when you painstakingly account for all types of shipping costs the sheer complexity and size of shipping CW O2 made us undercount our final bills.

That said, we understand that it is never fun to pay high shipping prices on a Kickstarter, even when getting many large and heavy boxes. As a result, we are modifying how we account for and charge shipping. We haven’t fully settled on the prices yet, but you should expect shipping prices in CW O3 that are lower than you might otherwise anticipate based on CW O2.

As usual, for most countries we will cover all VAT and related expenses so you only make 1 payment to us and then it will be shipped to your door without you having to pay anything else at that time.

I hope you will join us in this next effort!

Yours in Madness,

Sandy, Ian, Arthur, and the entire Petersen Games Team!

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    1. muzfish4 on

      Not sure if I'll back this one as I have just received Onslaught Two and am still waiting for the misdirected items that went to the US instead of Australia.

      Would have liked a bit more of a break between the fulfillment of one campaign and commencement of the next.

      That said, I am a weak, weak man.

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      Jason Seal on

      Errr dark one not dark demon, he's already there! Man that Nyarlathotep is tricky

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      Jason Seal on

      Please add the other masks as stretch goals - I see haunted of the dark, would also lover howler in the dark, dark demon, effigy of hate etc

    4. Luke Murthwaite on

      The rule book we just received will not be obsolete until some time next year and even then the only differences will be additions, not actual changes. Hell you won't even need it if you're not playing Shaggai or Ancients. Most big games add new rules every few months. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to figure that a successful game will likely have more expansions produced, which means additions to rules or that a book can only contain the rules that are available at the time it goes to print. Bloody hell people it's not like the game is being entirely rewritten into a second edition, making what we have useless... although that is how you're making it sound.

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      Redmick - We will be sell several of the extra expansion and Great Old Ones on our website while supplies last.

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      Stephen Edwards on

      I love this game tho

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      Stephen Edwards on

      +1 rule book, i just received the one i paid for and its obsolete within a matter of weeks. =(

    8. Redmick

      Namely ...

      Dreamlands packs x2 ($40)
      Primeval Map expansion ($40)
      Dreamlands Map expansion ($48)
      Yuggoth Map expansion ($48)
      Ramsey Campbell Horrors 1 ($25)
      Ramsey Campbell Horrors 2 ($25)
      GOO pack 1 ($35)
      GOO pack 2 ($30)
      GOO pack 3 ($10)
      GOO pack 4 ($25)
      Library at Celaeno ($40)
      Shining Trapezohedron markers pack ($40)
      6-8 player maps bundle ($60)
      Punch board faction cards ($10)
      Glow in dark Cthulhu ($25)
      HPL First Player marker ($20)

      I know this is unlikely - but ... I had to ask. Apologies to everyone else who is witnessing my panhandling.

    9. Redmick

      Just let me add in here that buying from your website adds on huge shipping costs to the UK unfortunately - which has always prohibited this choice in the past. If however I could bolt on a retail order to OS3 I would be over the moon.

    10. Redmick

      I understand that you cannot afford to re-cast all of the older models for this KS. As someone who missed OS1 and was not able to get all of OS2 - there are definitely some things I really want which are not covered.

      ALL of the original independent GOO packs (1-4) as well as independent monsters.
      The more robust card Doom Track and Player Boards.

      I am pleased with the Omega rule book addition, and the add on option of the 6-8 player Earth board - I am after these!

      Would it be possible - if items aren't available on the KS page - if stocks allow still - to order them directly through Peterson Games and get them delivered with the rest of the KS. Effectively adding a retail order on top?

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      William H. Nelson - Yothen pledge level get you all the new items.

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      Richard lemanczykafka - Can you please email me you at include your email and name you use to set up your pledge and the email you think you use to sign up for our newsletter.

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      Prowler78 - please email and we can look up you pledge and see were it is make sure you include your name and email used to create your pledge.

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      Nuno V. Costa - We will be selling our maps on our website shortly.

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      James Frashure Collaborator on

      Iain Reid - Gates are available in ONS3 they are combined with the Color Gates.

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      Gary Concepcion

      1) too soon 2) seems over priced considering what's being given for the pledge levels but I could be wrong 3) that rule book should be sent out for free to each of your recent backers wether they back three or not.

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      Philipp on

      +1 for the maps!

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      Jason Seal on

      Oh and it would be soooo nice to see the maps redone. This is the only thing I couldn't stretch the budget too in os2, and boy am I kicking myself.

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      Jason Seal on

      Love the new faction. Really love the new acolytes but I must agree with others about losing the guns. Replace the Cthulhu one with a gaff hook. As for windwalker make the hood deeper so his face isn't visible at all and replace the gun with a barbed harpoon.

    20. Turk

      oh ffs, you guys really are the end of times for my wallet!

      ps can i get even MOAH sexy cultists alternate units? It would be awesome.

    21. Iain Reid on

      New cultists look cool. Are the extra Map expansions not available this campaign (Dreamlands, Library etc)? I was hoping to pick up a couple of them. Ditto for the Plastic Gates.

      Should all non-exclusive content from previous campaigns not be available?

    22. Spiog on

      Dear Sandy and Crew.
      Just a few thoughts:
      Ancients Acolyte ??? really not getting this one.
      Ancients Re-Animated I'm sorry but it looks like something GW would put out.
      Black Goat Acolyte, loose the chains
      Cthulhu Acolyte, loose the beard make the mouth broader and loose the gun
      Opener Acolyte, Make it more degenerate farmer looking I think
      Wind Walker Acolyte, more Eskimo like and loose the gun
      Guns I think give the impression that these cultists stand a chance if ever so remotely slim of actually doing some damage.
      Just my thoughts but can't wait for the 17th.

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      Paul Cooper on

      I thought the ID rings were included with the $199 pledge level?

    24. Nick Storm on

      Sorry to say, I'm gonna pass on this one Sandy. With having spent 1.5K, I cannot justify it so soon on the heels of the last one. It looks 'watered down' and seems like someone not steeped in the Mythos created the artwork . Just not feelin' the sculpts. Taking a much needed break from backing. Great game though and wish you the best! Sad we won't be seeing you this August in Providence. I'll have my painted version there. Good luck with O3!!

    25. Arthur Petersen Collaborator

      I didn't know it hasn't happened! I'm sorry about that. Please take issues like that to emails, however, and not KS comments, if you could be so kind.
      And please email me right away so we can resolve that.

    26. Alystayr on

      still no news of my part 2 in France... but I won't be home to get it next days...

    27. Nuno V. Costa on

      Omg, no maps as addons? I was expecting to get primival map and dreamlands and its monsters :( Also, why did i spent money to get the omega rulebook and the factions punchboards if it will be free now :(

    28. Glaucio Santos dos Reis on

      Cool that you are covering VAT for "most" countries. Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for the tax refund that you, Arthur, promised me over a year ago.

    29. Lawrence on

      I like all of this... :)

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      Peter Bowie on

      @Drew: Just Yellow Sign, and it's pretty natural looking (alluring dancer, rather than... booty shake McGee). Black Goat and Ancients aren't depicted as sexy, I suppose Opener is debatable. Concept art certainly isn't, and the model isn't really, but the pose emphasizes the bust a bit; though might just be the angle. Maybe 50/50.

    31. Ajay Sims on

      Wow this looks like an awesome expansion to an already great game, you keep upping the level with game changing expansions

    32. Ajay Sims on

      Wow this looks like an awesome expansion to an already great game, you keep upping the level with game changing expansions

    33. cadium on

      Any chance of a add-ons only pledge? I not sure my shelves can handle any more Cthulhu Wars but I need the new Omega Rule book (which i didn't add last time because i mistakenly thought it was included in my pledge) and maybe on of the original expansions.

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      Ted Luera on

      Nice! I am excite!~

    35. Peter "Dia Fir" Andersson

      Looks fantastic!
      Count on me!

    36. Elliot Jenner on

      I still haven't got a job, and thus won't have the money (or the space, since I am crashing with family and friends) for anything Cthulhu Wars. Unless of course Sandy finally caved on my nagging for a travel size version...

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      Erwin van Breugel on

      Am so going to get OS3 :D

    38. Richard lemanczykafka on

      Excited about the new Kickstarter but still waiting on a reply to my enquiry about being connected to your newsletter. I believe that I am but just wanted to check and make sure. Have a GREAT DAY!

    39. Drew McParlan

      Nice. A bit unfortunate that you used sexy ladies as cultists. Is that really a lovecraftian thing? That kind of portrayal of women in nerdy culture is something I was hoping we were moving away from.

    40. Robert Mills

      enjoying checking out the OS3 page

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      Joe Jones on

      I admire your dedication to awesome games and awesome customer service, bravo.

    42. W.A. on

      so i want the free credit i must use the same email adress in this kickstarter or can i use my new one and inform you about my old one for the refound??

    43. D R

      Is shaggai map final design? I do not really like it to be honest.

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      Stephen Stanton

      I went all in for Onslaught 2, so it looks like a $199 Yothan Pledge then $60 for 200 faction-specific-colored battle dice and $30 for colored base rings should cover it.

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      Nameless on

      @DropDeadCriminal: Agreed. I intend on getting all of the faction dice, so Yothan will give me a set of dice, then I'd add on all the dice for $60, which would give me 20 extra of one of the sets... probably silver if this isn't changed.

      I'd rather see Yothan bumped up to include all the faction battle dice, or none of the faction dice, and instead come with a non-faction-specific set.

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      Stephen Stanton

      Wow!!! Come to Papa!!!

    47. DropDeadCriminal

      Question. The $199 level says all new products, but in the description it reads 20 dice in 1 color, while in the add-ons it says there is an option for 200 dice in 10 colors. Either the level description should be updated or the level content should be updated.

    48. William H. Nelson on

      Is there a pledge that has only the things that a former backer will need? I liked that pledge during onslaught 2.

    49. Arthur Petersen Collaborator

      Just getting ALL the new stuff is basically $199 (the Yothan pledge).
      However, just the new GAMEPLAY (non cosmetic) stuff, it is the Wamp pledge for $149.