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A non-official playmat designed for 1-2 players, compatible with your Arkham Horror LCG-Collection.
A non-official playmat designed for 1-2 players, compatible with your Arkham Horror LCG-Collection.
710 backers pledged €48,694 to help bring this project to life.

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Cthulhu Playmat - compatible with Arkham Horror LCG

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The Great Old Ones arise and it is upon you to fight the horror back! But why should playing a game about fighting horrors be a horror in organization? The Cthulhu Playmat offers you several designated areas with predesigned card slots to keep the gameplay smooth and easy. Fight the Great Old Ones in style!

The playmat is made out of highest quality 2mm rubber, like you know from other high quality playmats or gaming-mousepads. It won't slide on the table, rolles out perfectly flat and makes it easy to pickup cards, sleeved or unsleeved. Keep track of your tokens, enemies, items, assets and your scenario.

The Cthulhu Playmat, designed for 1-2 players, is one of the biggest playmats (32x32 inch / 82x82 cm) on the market, giving you enough space to keep everything organized but in reach of every player. The Cthulhu Playmat is more than 50% bigger than usual multiplayer-playmats for this card game.

We love good quality design, especially when it comes to board games and board game-accessoires. We made this playmat with love and playtested it through various game-campaigns. Right now, we think the design is on a level where we can start a kickstarter campaign to produce it in great numbers and bring it to the fans of Arkham Horror LCG.

So this is a product by gamers for gamers. Why should you back it now? It's pretty easy:

  • This Playmat will not go to retail in great numbers
  • Though we'd love to do more playmat-campaigns, this special design called "Outer Space" won't be reprinted ever again. It's exclusive to this campaign.
  • It's one of the biggest playmats for Arkham Horror LCG on the market, larger than other playmats you can buy, which only give you space for encounters and agendas.
  • 100% made in the EU! Designed and printed in the EU to guarantee short communication and shipping between us and the printing company. Good for the planet (no shipping accross oceans) and you (quicker delivery).

Please note: you only choose the total number of playmats you want during this campaign. After the campaign has ended, you will be asked which versions you want. Every combination shown is possible.

For example: If you choose the 3 playmat-pledge, you can choose which version you want for every single playmat.

This playmat is a high quality product, made by professional designers, printed by playmat-professionals, made for professional gamers. Like you!

Some facts about the Cthulhu Playmat

  • 32x32 inch / 82x82 cm
  • 2mm thick rubber back (won't slide and rolls out perfectly flat)
  • smooth and durable surface
  • lasercut edges and rounded corners
  • uses the table setup proposed by the rulebook
  • made with Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC
  • 300dpi graphics
  • 1.53 GB uncompressed filesize
  • >230 graphic-layers
  • >1 year of prototyping and improvement
  • >10 paperbased prototypes
  • 7 printed prototype-playmats in different sizes, resolutions, arrangements and materials, printed on 3 different machines
  • >100 Sessions of playtesting


Slots on the Cthulhu Playmat (Updated through stretch goals!)

Agenda Area
  • Scenario Reference Card
  • Exploration Deck
  • Act Deck + Discard Pile
  • Agenda Deck + Discard Pile
  • Encounter Deck + Discard Pile
Player Area
  • Investigator Card
  • Clue Token Area
  • Ressource Token Area
  • Health Token Area
  • Horror Token Area
  • Threat Area
  • Deck
  • Discard Pile
  • Ally Slot
  • Accessory Slot
  • Body Slot
  • 2 Hand Slots + 1 Ghost Slot for a "2 Hands-Item"
  • 2 Arcane Slots + 1 Ghost Slot for a "2 Arcane-Item"
  • Tarot Slot
  • 3 Undefinded Slots for e.g. Talents.
  • An optional solo variant for 2-handed-play
Unlocked Addons
  • Every Playmat will be shipped in a tube + open/close-Box
    With all those stretch goals unlocked, it can be a little bit confusing how to choose your playmat and what to expect. So we made a list that will show you the different versions and possibilities.

Please note: you only choose the total number of playmats you want during this campaign. After the campaign has ended, you will be asked which versions you want. Every combination shown is possible.

For example: If you choose the 3 playmat-pledge, you can choose which version you want for every single playmat.

No Pledge Manager!
No Pledge Manager!

 There won't be a pledge manager after the campaign has ended. You need to back the amout of playmats you would like during this campaign.

There are many playmats on the market. So why design another one? The reasons are simple: By now, the market doesn't offer a playmat in premium quality which offers you enough space and helps you in setup and organization of play.

Every player has his/her own play area and threat area. It is easy to track your tokens, conditions, enemies and asset cards like never before. On top of that, you get a very clean agenda area to keep track of your current scenario.

One Cthulhu Playmat offers space for 1-2 Players, like a core set of Arkham Horror LCG is designed for. If you go for 3-4 Players, you would need a 2nd Cthulhu Playmat. Just like you'd need a 2nd copy of the core game.

Two Cthulhu Playmats can be combined to one big table-size playmat for 1-4 players, each with a seperate threat- and play-area!

2 Cthulhu Playmats are used for 1-4 Players
2 Cthulhu Playmats are used for 1-4 Players

Though we made several designs, we wanted to give something back. As a kickstarter backer, you give alot of trust and money to a campaign designer, and we want to reward that with exclusivity: There will only be one design of the Cthulhu Playmat available during this campaign, which we call "Outer Space". This design will never be reprinted again!

Though there might be future campaigns containing this and/or other playmats designed by us, the same design won't be available ever again.

Alex (boardgamejunkies.de) just made a review of our Cthulhu Playmat and uploaded it onto the SpieLama-Channel on YouTube. We are very proud that our playmat got such a great review!

For out non-german-speaking investigators: Please try to activate the transcription function on youtube at the bottom right.

Our aim is to produce the Cthulhu Playmat in the best quality possible. To reach this goal, we work with experienced and professional partners.

Playmats.eu are well known for high quality playmats in the industry and especially here on kickstarter. Some of their references are:

  • Hannibal & Hamilcar by Phalanx
  • Cthulhu Mats by QWorkshop
  • Call of Cthulhu RPG Mat by Black Monk Games
  • Vikings Gone Wild Expansion by Lucky Duck Games
  • Siege Storm by Awaken Realms
  • Stworze by Underworld Kingdom
  • Enchanters by Gindie
  • and many more...

During our cooperation and pre-campaign processes – which lasted over a year now – Playmats.eu have prooven to be both fast and reliable. We are very certain that the final Cthulhu Playmat will be worth your money.

We made sure that even the basic version of this playmat is awesome. With your help, we can make it insanely good! With rising fundings, we will unlock several upgrades step by step:

We reached 1.521 €, the project is funded and the playmats will be produced. One small step to fight back darkness...

The goal of 2.500 € is reached. Every Playmat will ship in a tube (in addition to a surrounding open/close-Box for shipping). This tube is perfect to store your playmat between your plays to prevent damage.

Every playmat will be enlarged to be square: 32x32 Inch (82x82cm) and get's the 8th card slot for Tarot cards which will be introduced in the new expansion-cycle called "The Circle Undone". Changes in Art and Design will follow in the next days!

At 10.000 € we unlocked the left handed version of this playmat. On this version, 1 player will be in left handed setup and the other will be in right handed setup. You can choose your setup after the campaign. If you take multiple playmats, of course you will be able choose different amounts of left- and right handed playmats.

2 Arcane Slot reached!
2 Arcane Slot reached!
2 Hands Slot reached!
2 Hands Slot reached!

You guys just crushed all of our ghost slot-stretch goals - Amazing! Through that goal all of our social goals were reached, which is why we deleted them. Everything we had to unlock in the social goals got unlocked by the already reached stretch goals, too! The 2 Hands Slot will be implemented the same way as the 2 Arcane Slot will be.

Many of you asked for this: "How do we deal with cards, that will be in play for several rounds, like talents?" This is our answer!

We unlocked these 3 new stretch goals! We will shorten the threat area to a still reasonable size and offer up to 3 "undefined slots" for cards you can't put anywhere else. Those will be aligned with your threat area and the investigator card. That being said, on a 2 player mat, there will be 6 undefined slots in total, when the 3rd stretch goal is reached.

3 undefinded slots (work in progress)
3 undefinded slots (work in progress)
Solo version for players who play with 2 investigators (="2 handed") available!!
Solo version for players who play with 2 investigators (="2 handed") available!!

 Take a look at Update no. 7 for more information!

These Stretchgoals will be reached by the number of backers per country. Usually we don't like to ask for help spreading this campaign's link, because we believe that people will share it if they really like it.

This time though it might help to unlock community-goals for your country or desired language edition. The current status can be seen under the "Community"-link, if you scroll to the top.

You will be asked which language version you want to get after the campaign. You can also mix different languages in a multi-playmat-pledge.

Though it is usually fun to fight the horrors of the elder gods, we have to admit that shipping can be a real horror, too. And this one is not easy to handle. Because of the insane size of our Cthulhu Playmat, shipping outside the EU is very expensive. We know that and we feel sorry for that.

If the shipping fee outside the EU is too expensive for you, we would recommend a way that lots of people here on kickstarter do go in foreign campaigns: Try to find Investigators near you or in your country, group together. We offer a group order pledge with single cost-shipping. But be aware that clearing customs could be necessary.

The Shipping Table

1st Circle: Germany
2nd Circle: EU-Countries, Monaco
3rd Circle: Switzerland
4th Circle: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein
5th Circle: USA, Canada
6th Circle: Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapour, South Africa, South Korea,

Your country isn't listed? Please contact us and we will try to make shipping possible!

The upside of high shipping costs

Though shipping costs are high, we have to adhere that every single Playmat has shipping-insurance and a tracking number we will share. You will always know where your Playmats are once they left our hands and were handed over to our shipping partners.

Forming a group of backers to order a group pledge level

We opened a Facebook-Group to help you find other investigators who are interested to share a group pledge. Please join our Facebook Group for Backers where you can connect with other backers from your country.

If you don't want to use facebook, we suggest you go to other "community places" online. Places we usually go to when we are looking for other local investigators are Boardgamegeek.com, local play areas, board game forums or other social media plattforms.

Feel free to contact us if you want to order a larger amount of playmats (more than 8) to reduce individual shipping costs.

But don't forget to back the 1€-Pledgelevel to get all the updates in the future!

We are a group of professional graphic designers with more that 20 years of industrial experience combined. We love to play board- and card games and we are passioned kickstarter backers by ourselves. We are totally into luxury game components. That's why we came along with several selfmade playmats for the games we love to play. We developed the design further and further to a point where we wanted to share it with you, the community.

Please not that this is NOT AN OFFICIAL PRODUCT. This is 100% fan-based work. No copyright protected materials were used to create this playmat-design.

Risks and challenges

This is our 1st Kickstarter project, and we guarantee 100% transparency during and after the campaign. We are professional graphic designers with over 20 years of industrial experience combined and we are long term users of Kickstarter by ourselves.​

To ensure the maximum amount of transparency and a quick fulfillment, this project is 100% made in the EU. This means that the playmats will be printed in the EU and won't need to be shipped around the world for cheaper production costs. Though this is nicer for the nature and the local industry, it means that the production- and shippingcosts are a little bit higher. The downside of this is, that shipping outside the EU can be more expensive than usual. The only way to work around that is to form groups of locals and order more than one unit to a single adress.

While we do not anticipate any issues, there are risks and challenges that may occur along the way. Production could encounter equipment, material, and labor issues, delaying the project. Shipping can experience issues as well. Acts of Elder Gods are always a possibility.

We did not choose the printing company by price but by experience and references. We are confident and prepared to deliver the Cthulhu Playmat to you ASAP and in highest quality.

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