Background Lore and Rules Summary
We've made a minor internal process change in our team that will hopefully improve things overall. We've had a dedicated shipping manager - Christy, for just under a year... Read more
Ignore Previous Update! - Read This!
Please ignore my last update! I'm dreadfully sorry.
The Address Verification Pages (linked in your emails) will be changing to include a "Confirm" button. ALL backers will need to... Read more
All Address Verification Emails Sent
If everything looks correct on your address in the email, no need to do anything!
I apologize for this confusion - I had been told there would be a "confirm"... Read more
Address Verifications Sending
If you have not received your Address Verification email, please be patient! It will be coming soon.
The address verification is for US/Canada and EU only, and it will ALSO... Read more
Products in Warehouses - Address Verifications Should still go out this week
US and EU warehouses both have possession of the TGW Products!
They are through customs, and they are in the process of inventorying them to ensure we have everything accounted... Read more
US + EU Address Verifications to Begin NEXT week
Address Verification Emails for US and EU will begin next week
I know I'm telling you this a week in advance, but my guess is you'll want to know as... Read more
Shipping Update and Miniature Repair/ Replacement.
Asia is actively shipping packages out the door. If you have not received your pledge it is currently being packed and shipped.
All pledges will be out of... Read more
Another Quick Update
No different news from Monday but just some clarifications, and we just want to keep a weekly update moving forward.
Some information that Arthur stated was a little unclear. The... Read more
Dormal Blesses Us - the Closing is Nearly Bypassed (Shipping Update)
IMPORTANT US/EU SHIPPING INFORMATION
We will be using a new address verification tool in order to make sure The Gods War is accurately delivered to your doorstep!
We will have... Read more
A Small Update for The Gods War
We are still on track for the US ship to dock on the around the 20th. Below is the data that I could find for the ship currently.
EU... Read more
The Boats are Loaded and Ready to Go!!
We finally have a shipping update for The Gods War:
US- The US boat was loaded on time and will be leaving port on January 16th.
EU... Read more
Some Gaming Pictures!
The Gods War from Over the Holidays
Arthur took these pictures throughout a game of The Gods War he played last Saturday night with Sandy's home game group, in which... Read more
Box Pictures and Unboxing Video
Arthur and Sandy have received the preview copy of The Gods War
Check out some of the box pictures below. Make some room on your board games shelves!
Below... Read more
Ship Loading Update
We just received news on when the containers will be loaded onto the next ships. Here is all the information we were given for the ships:
To be... Read more
Shipping Update, Resin Update, and news of a Final Preivew Copy
General Shipping Update
Unfortunately the factory was wrong on the pick up date for the container to be brought to port. We are actively working with them to get an... Read more
I hope those of you who celebrate this holiday will find peace and gratitude. The Gods War is closer to shipping than ever before (by definition ;)
Also, we... Read more
Dec. 5th is new ship ready date (not Nov. 22)
I know no one wants to read this, but I'm trying to keep you EXACTLY updated, the moment I know. I have communication from the factory this morning that... Read more
BONUS POSTER for all backers
Due to our delays, you all have had to channel the essence of Dayzatar, who withdrew from the world during the Gods War and hid in the high skies,... Read more
VF Rulebook download!
Click here to get the VF Rulebook!
And some images of the VF stuff for fun:
And click here to get the English version
(I posted this in a... Read more
The Monsters is now 3 Boxes! + The Real Story of The Gods War
The Monsters is now:
Dragons, Chaos Monsters, Cosmic Monsters
Everyone who are getting The Monsters in their pledge will get all... Read more
Tomorrow I'll have an update with some meaty good content! Some last minute surprises for you on the eve of shipping! Here's a preview:
Ship Date is November 22!
The Ship Date is November 22
I have the initial packing lists, and this date appears very solid. I know that there has probably been at least five times when... Read more
For those who don't know, Greg Stafford, the discoverer of Glorantha, passed away earlier this week. Sandy wrote the following for his friend:
I had previously stated that shipping would be the last week in September (see here, for example).
Obviously this has not come to pass, and we are as frustrated... Read more
Quick Shipping Update
We still do not have a precise ship out date yet for The Gods War. I wanted to offer a quick update so there was not silence.
Our factory... Read more
Drop Test for the Resins!
The resins have not yet been mailed. We did intend to send them by now, but we want to be extra careful with how they are packed so as to... Read more
The Scorpion Men!
Sandy says that Bagog, goddess-queen of the Scorpion men Chaotically appeared in Glorantha as an event in time, which is why in the distant past scorpion men are less and... Read more
Greater God Backers:
As I mentioned in this prior update, the resin sets are shipping early. Here's some pics from the factory for their drop tests on the packages (to... Read more
Great News (for once!) - No Problems with Scorpion Men!
I am super relieved to report that I had an email this morning from the factory with confirmation and pictures contradicting the conversation I had with them last week... Read more
Gloranthan Dreams and Scorpion Man Production News
In my dreams last night I was talking to my dad, Sandy, and Jeff Richard (a family friend of the Petersens, one of the owners of Chaosium, and current curator... Read more
Resin Miniatures Shipping VERY SOON
Greater God Backers:
Our shipping manager, Christy, sent out an email today that reads thus (in case you missed it) -
Dear Valued Backer,
Due to the fragile nature... Read more
Resin Sets will be shipped out early!
All Greater God Backers:
We have some concerns with the packaging of the resin sets and their safety in transit. They will be packed with foam, but to further protect... Read more
Update - China Ship Out Estimate!
I have finally received information from our factories that have allowed us to know when The Gods War will actually be leaving a Chinese port:
TGW will ship out... Read more
Final Box Art
I think I never showed this yet:
Yes, I know it reads "Sun" instead of "Sky" on the back of the core game.
Pics of the physical Rulebook
I know you have the download of the rulebook as a PDF by now. BUT, I wanted to show the physically printed version, because I just got it today from... Read more
Unfortunately, TGW will NOT be at GenCon 2018
I know this is not what anyone wants to hear - least of all us at Petersen Games - but we won't have The Gods War at GenCon, not... Read more
Download the Final Rulebook!
Click here to download the final rulebook!
(it's 132MB FYI).
Yelm is in ascent
I am as impatient as ever!
I don't have any news for you, but wanted to post an update anyway.
Still crossing my fingers we'll have this at GenCon (and as we get closer, if... Read more
Finalizing Pledge Manager Payments and Addresses
Many of you have still not completely finished with the pledge manager, whether by not paying for shipping or putting in your address.
No more product selection is possible... Read more
The Battle Dice!
It occurred to me that I had never shown the NEW improved Battle Dice! These are similar to the ones shown the KS, but the "rout" symbol is a shattered... Read more
A little insider's look at Pantone colors for TGW miniatures
A little insider's look at Pantone colors for TGW miniatures
This update is for those who are interested in the ins and outs of how we do things at Petersen... Read more
Why Hello, Mr. Cthulhu
I don't think Orlanth would ever phrase anything like that at all, but it's the way I wanted to title this update:
Yes, I will be posting LOTS AND... Read more
THE HEROQUEST IS NEARLY COMPLETE!
The Lightbringers have brought Yelm back to the Sky Dome from the Depths of Hell!
Just a few for now...
Final Lock Down Friday
Final Lock Down FRIDAY May 11th
Make sure your order is FINAL in the pledge manager by THIS FRIDAY.
Click here if you need to retrieve your survey
Addresses do... Read more
The final Building Tools
Small update this week - just wanted to show you the final tools for the buildings. These are the simplest of all the models, and so were completed last... Read more
Typically in the game manufacturing world rulebooks are completed last. This is not only because many designers have a tendency to make last minute changes, but also because... Read more
The Improved Rulebook!
As the plastic mass production churns along, we've had some extra time to tinker with the rulebook to make it even better.
One thing I want to make clear, is... Read more
Pledge Manager Open for a few more weeks!
As I wrote in the last update, you can go back into the pledge manager in case you want to add more add-ons or go to a higher pledge... Read more
Re-open Pledge Manager briefly?
As things are moving forward, we've learned that some folks had wanted to get some things that never did in the PM, and now it's closed down.
While our... Read more
Tooling Factory Visit
When is the Great Compromise and The Dawn?
We are still in God Time, when time has not yet been born (that's what it feels like, right?). But SOON the... Read more
Sandy in factory
He is pleased.
We just landed back in Texas. Tomorrow will have plenty more to show and share!
Flying out in two days! + Planet Apocalypse live
Sandy and I will be on a plane in two days to the land of the Middle Kingdom - Cathay!
In part thanks to THIS project (The Gods War),... Read more
Prepping to visit the Mostali
So, one of the best things about leaving the teaching profession to join Petersen Games (I taught high school for four years), is that I can now work in... Read more
Update on China Trip + general ramblings on delays and production
I thought I could go a little more into detail on things - this is merely another informational update, no cool images to show. But many of you want... Read more
We're Going to visit the Mostali
I know it's been a FAR longer road than anyone wanted, with me updating here and there about how you have to wait a little more. And then a... Read more
Why don't we have Gods War on our doorstep yet?
It's The Figures
The main challenge, which is almost fully addressed, has been that these miniatures are so large and complex - beyond even those for Cthulhu Wars- that... Read more
The Gods War Rulebook WIP
As tooling continues, our editor, Michael Schemaille has finished his work, and is now in the proofreading stage. He is also aided by Adam Gelin, a backer on this... Read more
Secrets of the Universe Revealed! [General Production Update]
You have been asking for an update for quite some time - and you deserve one! Things have been moving forward, and the last 6 weeks of silence has... Read more
The last of the PDFs to be sent out today!
CrowdOx has told me that all remaining PDF emails in their system will be sent by today.
They are not Not necessarily all sent right NOW, just by the... Read more
Finally, the Great Compromise has been reached!
CrowdOx was able to manually add Arachne Solara to your pledge over the past week if you:
1) Are not a $1 backer... Read more
Just a quick followup:
CrowdOx has disabled the reopening of surveys on The Gods War.
Those that are complete will still be able to update their address (but not... Read more
Reminder - Pledge Manager Closing Tomorrow
This is a final reminder - we are locking orders in CrowdOx for this project tomorrow, July 8th.
ORLANTH AND THE LIGHT BRINGERS HAVE RETURNED FROM HELL. ALL THE... Read more
Pledge Manager Closing Reminder!
Please make sure your pledge level, desired add-ons, and shipping are all selected and paid for by this Satuday, July 8th.
We will be locking down the pledge... Read more
Please disregard the note in the previous update about the Earth Queen Summary cards. Those will be die cut exactly as it says in the stretch goal list.
I... Read more
PLEDGE MANAGER CLOSING SOON!
On Saturday July 8th (9 days from this update), we are going to close The Gods War pledge manager!
We know lots of folks have been asking about the... Read more
some more minis - plus a printed component preview
Forgot to include the Leviathan; Maidstone Archer; Mother of Monsters; Red Dragon; and Sky Terror in my prior update:
This gives me an opportunity to share this as well:... Read more
Updated Models per Sandy
There were a handful of models that Sandy was never completely happy with (nor I, for that matter), and we had another modeler take them and do... Read more
The Token Odds + Ends Update
Some exciting things to show today!
The Victory/Power token
Two for each Empire (3 for Moon). They are identical, but one side has the Magic Rune (to use face up... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner and progress made
Sandy’s design corner – changing the game
I spend a LOT of time testing out my games before they get published. This is part of the legacy I inherited from... Read more
Production Update, plus Chaos Design Corner
The Gods War production
We are still humming along in production, with not too many things to show just yet. We have had to do some unexpected re-sculpting, as... Read more
Sandy Finally Delivers on his Promise
Many of you recall that I vowed to give you all an extra stretch goal post-project, and I have been pondering this for a whlie. I wanted one that added... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: The Dragons!
The Monsters are subdivided into three categories: Dragons, Chaos Monsters, and Cosmic Monsters. Let’s talk about the first category. Unlike the other monsters, the Dragons are a sort of balancing... Read more
The PM is updated!
We have updated the errors with the pledge manager in CrowdOx. Specifically, we:
- Updated EU shipping to reflect exactly what we showed on this KS, as we did with... Read more
Post Campaign Fun
I am sorry for the delay in this update – we have been working like fiends for the last month. Here’s what you need to know:
Increasing Your Pledge
The Final Countdown is over!
Well... We did it! Thanks to each and every one of you - nearly 2,000 of you - this campaign funded in just hours and has broken that magical... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: The Sea Empire
A bonus treat for all of you out there in the last few hours of this great campaign! It's an in-depth look at the sea.
You have the... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: the Sky Empire
The Sky faction is probably the hardest faction for first-time players to figure out. You start with two challenges to overcome. First, Sky has the seeming advantage of a... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: the Storm Bullies
Storm is an odd faction – part late-bloomer, part-bully, he needs to fight to earn Runes, but his major combat unit (the Thunder King) is at his best in... Read more
The Gods War (Complete)
Since The Gods War (the core game) is now 100% complete, we're swapped out the graphic on the front pageto show all the figures and components that come in... Read more
Stretch Goal Changes!
This campaign has been a bit of a roller-coaster, as I’m sure you’re all aware. We have been looking over our stretch goals, and our expected completion, and we have... Read more
The Fabled Greater God Pledge
What is it exactly?
Here is what it contains...
First, you get everything that is in the Hero pledge. I.e., a complete set of all the gameplay items. And of... Read more
5-Player Actual Play Video
A couple days ago, we posted a 4-Player Actual Play video. Today, we added the 5-Player video. Both are posted on the front of the Kickstarter page.
Leviathan and Heroquest!
We asked if you wanted Androgeus or Leviathan as our next stretch goal for Monsters. The vote wasn't even close:
- Leviathan: 66%
- Androgeus: 34%
So... once we reach $505,000... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: Maximizing Early Power
Just like chess (or Cthulhu Wars), The Gods Warhas a number of plausible openings. You need to craft an opening with three goals in mind. First, you need... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner: Gathering Early Heroquests
In The Gods War, your Heroquest Gifts also give you Power, one for each Fragment in which you have a Gift. To maximize Power, you'll want to earn Gifts... Read more
Leviathan and Androgeus!
Hey all, Leviathan and Androgeus are two of our Cosmic Monsters (Juggernaut being the other). Let’s talk about what they do, so you can decide which you'd want as our... Read more
Leviathan or Androgeus? You Decide!
What a great weekend!
We not only unlocked the Full Moon, making Moon a fully playable Empire, but we also finished off the last of the Empires Stretch Goals!... Read more
Heroquest for the Earth-King of Pamaltela
When the current Stretch Goal is funded, Moon will be added to Empiresas a fully playable faction. Our original plan was to follow-up later with one last upgrade... Read more
The Elder Races
Elder Races includes a number of different intelligent or semi-intelligent species. If all stretch goals are met, there will be 12 different Elder Races included in the box (as I... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner: Everybody Fights
In The Gods War, you’ll need an assault force. In many asymmetric strategy games, not every player engages in aggressive battle. Even in Mare Nostrum, Chaos in the... Read more
We just unlocked the Earth Wedding Stretch Goal, which means we're adding plastic 'wedding rings' and die-cut Earth Queen cards to Empires.
It also means it's time to work... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner: The Darkness Ambush
Reminder: /r/IAMA with Sandy today!
The Darkness Ambush
Starting with turn 2, Darkness is able to move from Hell into any map area. Since she starts with 4... Read more
Comparing Gods War to Cthulhu Wars
Reminder: /r/IAMA with Sandy tomorrow!
It’s safe to say that a player of Cthulhu Wars will find familiar elements in Gods War. Both games feature large, impressively-sculpted... Read more
Who is Sandy Petersen?
I'll be answering questions on the /r/IAMA subreddit this Wednesday, between 4 PM & 7 PM CT (Texas Time).
Who is Sandy Petersen?
I’ve been a professional... Read more
In case you're interested in some of the Gods War interviews out there...
BoardGameGeek Interview at Gen Con 2016
Munchkin Land #180: Interview Part 1
Munchkin Land... Read more
Of Maps and Farms and Maidens
You did it! We made it to $430,000 today, so:
- Empireswill have 6-8 Player Map, which includes two new bodies of water (the Sea of Worms and Sshorg's Ocean),... Read more
We just unlocked The Selenes, which means we're 3/4 of the way to unlocking the full Moon Empire.
It also means we're closing in on the 6-8 Player Map, if... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (Mermaids)
We're almost there!
With one day left to go, we're within striking distance of the 6-8 Player Map. If we have a repeat of the last 24 hours, we'll... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (Barbarians & Broos)
6-8 Player Map Progress
Just over $20,000 to go and we'll proc the 6-8 Player Map(see the Quagmire Update). We're half-way through the challenge and going strong. Thank you... Read more
Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (The Archers)
Sky is the faction best in defense, but is also able to turn his prowess into powerful attacks and counterblows. The Sky Minion is the Archer. Archers benefit from... Read more
You may have noticed that the last couple days have been slow, almost like The Gods War has been fought to a standstill.
On Tuesday, we had over $10,000... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner: Gloranthan Esoterica and The Gods War
How does Gloranthan lore figure in The Gods War? My goal was to keep it low-key – the players who care about it will see its effects, and the... Read more
The Mad God was taking insanely long to fund his marker, so we decided to help him out. As you may have noticed, we lowered the bar for the last... Read more
Gods War Playthrough
And it's not even by Petersen Games!
This is a real quickie of an update just to let y'all know that the guys at Munchkinland have put together a video... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner: Invisible God
Invisible God is probably the faction about which least is known or understood, so let’s address this. I am going to go into this faction at probably more length... Read more
Plastic Power / Victory Markers
Obviously every empire needs to track Power and Victory points. Ere now, this was done by die-cut markers. But now they are nice, stackable,... Read more
Glorantha Q&A (Right Here!)
Have Questions about Glorantha?
We've got answers. Even better... The team at Chaosium has agreed to answer questions about Glorantha right here, in the comments to this Update. Most of... Read more
Half Moon: Assassins!
We've unlocked the Water Stretch Goal, which means The Gods War will now include a new Water Rune, while Buildings will now include a Sea Ziggurat.
Help spread the... Read more
What are they and what do they do?
The Monsters in Gods War are a unit type which is not really represented in Cthulhu Wars, (though the bhole & the... Read more
We've unlocked Moonrise, which means The Gods War will now include a new Moonrise Rune, while Empires will now include Crimson Bat.
Next Stretch Goal: Water
- Add new Secret Water... Read more
Good News About Shipping
The Great Old One sent his warrior Pit on an epic HeroQuest to change the very nature of the universe. After riddles in the underworld and facing the very... Read more
We've unlocked the Here Be Dragons Goal, which means The Gods War will now include a new Dragon Rune and Dragon Counters, while Elder Races will now include Inhuman King... Read more
Here Be Dragons
We just unlocked the Oblivion Stretch Goal, which means The Gods War will now include plastic Oblivion markers!
Next Stretch Goal: Here Be Monsters
- Add New Dragon Rune to The... Read more
We just unlocked the Juggernaut, which means there will now be a Juggernaut in Monsters!
Next Stretch Goal: Plastic Oblivion Markers for Chaos
The Chaos player has a Gift... Read more
We just unlocked the Darkness Stretch Goal, which means there's a new Rune in The Gods War and a new Darkness Ziggurat in Buildings!
Next Stretch Goal: Adding Juggernaut to... Read more
We just unlocked the Waertagi Dragonships, so that now Elder Races will include three of those models!
Next Stretch Goal is all Darkness, and includes
- A new Rune (Secret Darkness)... Read more
Elder Races: Waertagi Dragonships
We just unlocked the Component Upgrades, so that now all Empire Sheets and Gift Cards will be die-cut!
Next Stretch Goal: Adding Waertagi Dragonships to Elder Races.
Elder Racesis... Read more
Upgraded Die-cut Empire Sheets and Gift Cards
With this upgrade all of your large Empire Sheets and Gift Card components become thick die cut, to last through many many play sessions.
What is an Empire Sheet... Read more