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Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.
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Cthulhu Wars vs. Gods War

Posted by Sandy Petersen (Creator)
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A lot of our Gods War backers have been asking about potential Cthulhu Wars / Gods War crossover rules, which I thought may also be of interest to y'all. Such rules are not trivial to produce, because Gods War (while it does share some game concepts with Cthulhu Wars) is really a wholly different game. 

For example, while Gods War has a Power-gathering phase like Cthulhu Wars (and it's even called Power), the Power is gathered in an entirely different manner. 

It adheres to the Cthulhu Wars principle of one Action only per player, and the round-robin Action phase, but the precise Actions work quite differently. 

All units, for every faction, are unique. There are no Cultists. The list of differences goes on. The result is that my playtesters tell me that Gods War simply feels different from Cthulhu Wars. (Not necessarily better or worse, just that it scratches a slightly different itch.)

But what about that crossover?

But despite all I said above, I am taking steps towards some kind of interaction between the two games. The first step is now complete - adding rules for the Gods War Monsters to be used in Cthulhu Wars. First let me say that the entities known as Monsters in Gods War are nothing like the Monsters of Cthulhu Wars. The Gods War Monsters are like the Bhole or the Watcher - Awful Things that molest and hurt everyone, though if you do manage to kill one of them, you achieve a reward. 

They also come with huge figures, as big as a Great Old One. 

When a Monster is added to the map, it moves and attacks on its own terms, controlled by strict rules. While they can be destroyed, this is not always easy. However, the player who kills a Monster does get a nice reward. For example, the player who kills Androgeus gets all of his Rituals of Annihilation free for the rest of the game! 

Anyway, these rules will soon be made available as pdfs for everyone, and I wanted y'all to be aware of it. Also, please check out Gods War. While it's not hardly Lovecraftian, it is a cool dark fantasy. 

The Gods War Begins!
The Gods War Begins!

 

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      charles-etienne jamme
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      I am not interested in gods war

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      faust_33 on

      I think it would be most interesting to see rules for adding a Cthulhu faction or two to God's War. I have a feeling our gaming group would be more interested in playing God's War than Cthulhu Wars as a whole, but that means a lot of Cthulhu figures irritably sleeping on the shelves.

    3. Patrice Chiniara
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      Hi Sandy,

      I'm one of the people who inquired about a possible crossover and the main reason is space. I'm still struggling to put away CW and if GW is about the same size, and so is CW2, it'll be a struggle to store everything. While I opted to join in on all of them, my initial request was: is it possible to get a board, rules, etc. to play GW with the CW figures.

      Of course, this might make your life quite complicated, but if you're planning to issue a game of that size once every other year, I'll have to add a new Petersen Games room in the house just to store them.

      I'm currently in denial as to whether or not I'll have room for all of CW and GW. However, with all these great figures, I'm sure it's possible to come up with new player mats, rules, cards, etc, that we could purchase, of course, but would keep the footstep of the game a bit smaller.

      This is a very bitter sweet message since I really like these games and figures and I find myself wanting even more of them!

      Keep up the good work, you have a real fan base on Kickstarter and we appreciate your work.

      Patrice

    4. BoardGameRevolution
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      Please don't add CW stuff to the Gods war campaign