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Cthulhu: Age of Madness Card Game

An exciting new Card Game based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

Cthulhu: Age of Madness Card Game

An exciting new Card Game based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

$3,441
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 16 2019 5:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About


 The Cosmic Veil has been pierced. The Elder Gods awaken from their ancient slumber in anticipation of a return to our realm. Cultists around the globe are mobilizing, preparing the Seals to open the Gates, hearkening the Elder Gods return. Their goal, to usher in the Age of Madness! Will you heed the Master’s Call? 

What is Cthulhu: Age of Madness?

Cthulhu: Age of Madness (C:AoM) is a competitive card game for 2-4 players, rooted in the lore of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Lifelong fans of Lovecraftian horror, it was only (un)natural that as Strange Aeon Games comes to fruition, we would launch with our own take on the topic.

Is being an Investigator trying to stop the Elder Gods attempt to return getting old? Tired of tracking Sanity? Cthulhu: Age of Madness (C:AoM) may be the game for you. In C:AoM, you don't play an Investigator, Reporter, or Student. You assume the role of an Elder God's cult, attempting to open the Gates, allowing your Elder God through, and ushering in the Age of Madness. No need for Sanity, you can't be too stable if you're a Cthulhu Cultist! 

Built from the ground up to be as original as possible (increasingly difficult with the Cthulhu theme), Cthulhu: Age of Madness (C:AoM) started with a combat-style game mechanic, incorporating a ton of Lovecraftian symbology and mythology. A competitive card game, C:AoM has each player choosing an Elder God, and attempting to unlock 4 Seals to open a Gate, allowing their Elder God to enter our Realm.

The life of a Cultist in Cthulhu: Age of Madness is not easy. While their main goal is to unlock the Seals, they play other crucial parts in the game. They can be sent to the Graveyard. They can be stolen by another cult. They can be converted. Cultists must beware!

SUMMARY OF THE GAME

WHAT IS NEEDED TO PLAY: Players will only need the base game in order to play 2-4 players. The base game includes (4) Elder God cards, (40) Cultist cards, (16) Convert Cultist cards, (8) Master's Call cards, (8) Grimoire cards, (4) Artefact of Old card, (4) Steal Elder Sign, (4) Elder Sign, (4) Grim Banner, (4) Cannibalistic Endeavor, (4) Barrier Spell card, (4) Eldritch Power cards, and (16) Wax Seal Markers.

(Adding more Eldritch Power cards from the Kickstarter to the base game introduces more challenges and strategies for players to use through the game.) 

OBJECTIVE: Open your Elder God's Gate by unlocking its four (4) Seals, allowing your Elder God to cross over to our dimension. Seals are unlocked with an Elder Sign, or with a Ritual Circle of four (4) Cultists of your Elder God.

THE PLAY: Each Player chooses an Elder God and places its Card on the table in front of them. The Deck is then well shuffled, and five (5) cards are dealt to each Player.

On a turn, the Player performs two (2) Actions, and then draws up to their Hand Size. Unless modified by cards in play, Hand Size is five (5) cards. If the number of Cards in a Player’s Hand at the end of their turn is more than their Hand Size, they retain the cards, but do not draw any additional Cards.

Play continues clockwise, and ends when a Player has unlocked their fourth Seal, opening the Gate, and allowing their Elder God to usher in the Age of Madness.

UNLOCKING SEALS: Unlocking a Seal can be completed several ways. Playing, or Stealing, an Elder Sign unlocks a Seal. Completing a Ritual Circle of four (4) Cultists of your Elder God unlocks a Seal. When a Seal is unlocked, that Elder God’s Cosmic Primal Power is activated, and its powers take effect immediately.

RITUAL CIRCLES: Ritual Circles are the most common way to unlock a Seal in Cthulhu: Age of Madness. Ritual Circles are completed when a Player has a group of four (4) Cultists of their Elder God in their Pool. All the Cards in the Ritual Circle are then moved to the Elder God’s Card, unlocking a Seal. This does not count as an Action.

What's in the Box?

The Cthulhu: Age of Madness card game includes 100 cards in the Age of Madness deck, 16 Faction Cards, 4 Elder God cards, and a detailed instruction/rules page, packaged in a retail box. The game features 28 pieces of original Mythos artwork by Mike "Demo" Densmore. In addition, the Disciple and Master pledge levels include a handmade wood box branded with the Strange Aeon Heraldry, and the Master level pledge also includes a set of 4 high quality prints of the Elder Gods, signed by the artist. Each set of Cthulhu: Age of Madness, regardless of Pledge Level, will include the exclusive Deep One Eldritch Power card, available only during this Kickstarter!

THE CARDS

Cthulhu: Age of Madness Collectors Edition available at Disciple and Master Pledge Levels

Cthulhu: Age of Madness Collectors Edition box is handcrafted from Dark Walnut and is  branded with the Strange Aeon Games insignia. Box will be capable of storing the base game with or without card sleeves (sleeves not included). The collectors edition box is also designed to hold the upcoming expansion to Cthulhu:Age of Madness along with the base game in entirety. This will ONLY be available to this Kickstarter.


Kickstarter Exclusive Eldritch Power Card When Successfully Funded!

Each copy of Cthulhu: Age of Madness will include a Kickstarter exclusive Deep One Eldritch Power card, only available during this Kickstarter. Eldritch Powers are not necessary to play the game, but are a fun and easy way to make play much more intense, and increase the variations of outcomes in gameplay.

Stretch Goals

Once Cthulhu: Age of Madness has reached it's funding goal of $17,500, free Stretch Goals are unlocked.  As these funding goals are reached, these items will be added, FREE, to each copy of Cthulhu: Age of Madness.

$20,000 - DOUBLE STRETCH GOAL!!!

When funding reaches $20,000, each set of Cthulhu: Age of Madness will include a bonus Sticker Pack, featuring 5 Necronomicon Wax Seal stickers and 1 Strange Aeon Heraldry sticker. As an added bonus, downloadable hi-res wallpapers of the most popular artwork from Cthulhu: Age of Madness will be made available.

$22,500

When funding reaches $22,500, each set of Cthulhu: Age of Madness will include a Kickstarter exclusive Elder Thing Eldritch Power card, only available during this Kickstarter.

$25,000

When funding reaches $25,000, each set of Cthulhu: Age of Madness will include a bonus Mysterious Mystery Eldritch Power card, name and effects to be announced.

$27,500

When funding reaches $27,500, each set of Cthulhu: Age of Madness will include a bonus Mysterious Mystery Eldritch Power card, name and effects to be announced.

$30,000+

RETAILER PLEDGE LEVEL ADDED!!! Once funding reaches $30,000, we will be capable of offering deep discounts to our Retail supporters, and a Retailer Pledge Level will be added. Minimum quantities will apply. 

More Stretch Goals will be announced as we approach these Funding Goals.

Add-Ons

Add-Ons will be selected in the Pledge Manager, after the Kickstarter has ended. Payment amounts can be added into your Pledge, or added as additional charges in the Pledge Manager.

ATTENTION RETAIL PARTNERS! At our current funding goal, we are unable to offer a retailer discount, even with large quantities. Should our funding reach $30,000, this situation will change, and a Retailer level will be added. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. 

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Risks and challenges

Cthulhu: Age of Madness has been extensively playtested. The rules are written and laid out. All of the artwork is done. We have had prototype decks printed to confirm the quality of the product. Deals are already in place for production and distribution. We have done all that we can to have this run smoothly for everyone involved. The day we receive payment from Kickstarter will be the same day that we submit everything to the printer.
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