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A strategic bidding and bluffing card game, set within a Cthulhian universe, where 2 players battle for the fate of the world.
A strategic bidding and bluffing card game, set within a Cthulhian universe, where 2 players battle for the fate of the world.
A strategic bidding and bluffing card game, set within a Cthulhian universe, where 2 players battle for the fate of the world.
741 backers pledged $17,178 to help bring this project to life.

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The Seals of Cthulhu

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Unleashing Cthulhu!
Unleashing Cthulhu!

Welcome to Thing 12 Games' 4th Kickstarter project: The Seals of Cthulhu! It's a strategic Lovecraftian-themed 2 player card game with a very unique visual style. Artist Son Duong used watercolors to hand paint each piece of art for the project. Please read our campaign below to learn more about this project. Join the community discussion to learn more about the gaming experience we want to create... with your help.

~The Thing 12 Games Team

Game Contents  

24 Tarot-Sized Cards ( 70 x 110 mm - 350gsm white core with linen finish) - (<-- Stretch Goal #6 unlocked!!!)

 Including: 

  • 2 Investigator Profiles  
  • 2 Cultist Profiles  
  • 2 Elder Gods: Shoggoth and Cthulhu  
  • Elder God: Hastur  (<-- Stretch Goal #1 unlocked!!!)
  • Elder God: Yog-Sothoth  (<-- Stretch Goal #5 unlocked!!!)
  • Cultist: The Golden Dawn (<-- Stretch Goal #2 unlocked!!!)
  • Investigator: Alex Smyth (<-- Stretch Goal #2 unlocked!!!)

4 Investigator Influence Tokens  

4 Cultist Influence Tokens  

1 Active Player Marker [Upgraded to wood and silkscreened]  (<-- Stretch Goal #3 unlocked!!!)

Book Style Game Box with a magnetic clasp (222 x 160mm x 50mm)     (<-- Stretch Goal #4 unlocked!!!)

Rules Book 

Cloth Drawstring bag  ( <-- Social Goal #1 unlocked!!! )

Add $5 USD to your pledged amount if you'd like the custom card sleeves. 

Art Prints

These will be 11x17 art-style prints (17x11 in the case of the Shoggoth), on high quality paper, and limited in number.  

Art prints tend to go for $20 minimum at cons...but we are offering these to backers for only $15 per print!  

Just click your pledge and add additional funds equal to the additional funds.

A quick-playing yet very strategic bidding and bluffing card game, set within a Cthulhian universe, where 2 players battle for the fate of the world.

One player assumes the role of an cultist, bent on bringing about the end of the world. The other plays an investigator seeking to thwart the cultist and save the world.  

Players use the forces under their control to try and gain artifact cards, seeking to complete them and unlock powerful abilities. These artifacts also allow players to gain control of other cards...at the cost of giving them to their opponent.  

You must outwit and out-strategize your opponent if you hope to win the battle.

"The player who last encountered a nightmarish horror that left them gibbering and unable to form thought will go first..."

And thus your duel begins in The Seals of Cthulhu.

How to play the game... in three images!

1) The investigator and the cultist each have 6 cards and 4 tokens.

2) The investigator chooses a card from her hand and places it face down. She then bids 2 of her tokens. At this point the cultist has a choice - he can either take the 2 tokens and let the investigator have the card OR he can bid 3 of his own tokens to try and win the card. In the second image, the cultist bids 3 tokens.

3) The investigator loses her card but gains 3 additional tokens. So while the cultist gained the early card advantage, the investigator has the bidding upper hand.

Now it would be the cultist's turn to try and gain a card or bidding tokens.

The game plays in 5 rounds. You attempt to collect both halves of an Elder God or artifact to use its power. Whoever has the most control points at the end of the game wins.

What are you willing to give up to gain?

Fun how to play and review of the game.
Fun how to play and review of the game.

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How to Play and Review

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Chubby Meeple How to Play and Review

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How to Play Preview

INTERVIEW: THING 12 GAMES – THE SEALS OF CTHULHU

Kickstarter Preview

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The Geek Girl Project Review

 The Geek Girl Project Review

Sean Epperson is back from Thing 12 Games to talk about Seals of Cthulhu and Star Realms and we almost have an argument but we don't which is nice and Sean has this game that MAKES ME VERY ANGRY INDEED.
Sean Epperson is back from Thing 12 Games to talk about Seals of Cthulhu and Star Realms and we almost have an argument but we don't which is nice and Sean has this game that MAKES ME VERY ANGRY INDEED.

We're Not Wizards podcast

Sean Epperson returns to talk about Seals of Cthulhu along with Sean Harrold. We have dueling Sean's tonight!

Sean and Jack talk about the problems with designing a Lovecraftian game, authenticity in social media, video game development, and how to describe the indescribable.
Sean and Jack talk about the problems with designing a Lovecraftian game, authenticity in social media, video game development, and how to describe the indescribable.
Proud partner of Playtest NW!
Proud partner of Playtest NW!

Proud partner of Playtest NW!

Stay tuned for fun and exciting stretch goals to help improve and expand the game in mysterious ways!

Well done! The Elder God - Yog-Sothoth has now been added to the game. This adds two cards to the base game.

Next up is a 'Card Improvement' goal at $17K USD that improves our card quality to 350g white core and adds a linen finish.

What could be in here?
What could be in here?

Cloth drawstring bag has been added to the game! 

An envelope of mysterious origin and content has shown up. Will it appear in your games? We're very excited for this, because it does something we've never seen done in any other game! Let's see if we can get it added for everyone!

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Instagram (1200): @thing12games | Board Game Geek: The Seals of Cthulhu

 We'll be partnering with fulfillment companies in AU, CA, and EU. These companies will be facilitating fulfillment for their regions. 

Our goal is to improve the fulfillment experience for our backers and minimize delays, confusion, and lost packages .  

During our previous campaigns, we were able to talk with a variety of board game retailers to understand what is important to them. The two big themes were Kickstarter advantages beyond distribution, and not wanting to have cash locked up in a Kickstarter campaign for a long duration of time.

So with our 'In the Vault' retailer tier, we are hoping to address those issues for our retailer partners. A $25 deposit gets you into our 'better than distribution' program.

You'll be able to get the game at better than distribution prices (60% off MSRP) through Thing 12 Games as long as you want to carry the game in your store.  You'll also have priority ahead of distributor orders.

Once you've backed at this tier let's start a conversation to understand what makes the most sense for your store. You won't need to pay the invoice until we have the product ready to ship out to you.

If you're a retailer, please contact Sean at thing12.games@gmail.com during the campaign to discuss.

Box Concept
Box Concept

Thing 12 Games is a team of passionate game developers with decades of combined experience in the video game industry. We have a love of the tangible camaraderie that only comes from gathering around a kitchen table, and engaging in adversarial Cthulhian showdowns with your friends and family. 

Sean Epperson: After the follow up to last year's award winning Click Click Boom, Sean left to seek out eldritch knowledge and power for further game designs. When he returned he was...changed...filled with an unearthly light babbling in a language long dead. Luckily we were able to sit him down long enough to transcribe the rules and design the cards, before we had to lock him away. When not gibbering about creatures found in non-Euclidean geometry, he records a podcast with the Board Game Alliance on BJ's Geek Nation podcast network, and scrawling mad notes about future Thing 12 games. We should all be worried.

Son Duong is the games amazing illustrator. He has designed waterskis and wakeboards for companies like Byerly and Hyperlite, as well as graphics for various companies like O’Neill, ProTec, Reef, Skullcandy, Scion and Ladera skateboards. He paints and draws every day, and you can follow his work on instragram at @son_of_a_gun1969 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soagart/ 

 And check out the artist at work creating our signature Cthulhu image:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi-Z0suBLRE/

Darrin Michelson is a graphic designer and illustrator who has worked on everything from games to gravestones. He enjoys working himself to death and anything involving the words 'Inception' and 'The Prestige.' And dogs seem to think he's okay. 

Kris Quistorff is our staff marketing artist, responsible for pulling together our product videos, manuals, info graphics, product mock-ups, Kickstarter art, and trying to wrangle the beast that is Kickstarter page management. 

Sean Harrold is a video game industry veteran by day and a 'creatives' wrangler by night. He started Thing 12 Games with the goal of creating a safe space for all of his artist and designer friends. He manages all of the 'business' side of making games so that his friends can focus on being creative.

Ferdinand Andrew Capitulo is the main host and creator of The Cardboard Stacker, starting as a reviewer who has become a freelance content creator making tutorial videos and animation works. He has worked with publishing companies such as Level 99 Games, Grey Fox Games, Genius Games, and many others. He produced the Kickstarter Campaign video for The Seals of Cthulhu for Thing 12 Games. Ferdinand is also an accomplished tubist, pianist, and composer. Find more about Ferdinand here: https://thecardboardstacker.com/

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Risks and challenges

This is our 4th Kickstarter project as a development team.

We are constantly learning and refining our process. As a team, we strive to make the highest quality product for our backers. With this focus on quality, it could potentially impact our projected delivery timeline. Now we have padded our timeline to allow for iteration, as well as time to deal with the unknowns that ALWAYS come up on these campaigns.

With any project, there are a variety of variables that need to be managed. It is a challenge to create a game, manufacture, ship to the warehouse, and fulfill for our backers. We are working hard to minimize as much risk as possible. The game design and art have been completed for the project, and we are ready to take the next steps in getting this game in front of everyone.

The biggest challenge that we see for this project is the complexity of backer fulfillment. To minimize that risk we are partnering with fulfillment companies in AU, CA, and the UK. This helps with the final step of the process - the delivery to backers.

Another challenge that we've faced on previous projects is being able to engage with backers after the campaign closes. We'll be utilizing Pledge Manager to have each backer complete their order and provide us with shipping information. To minimize address changes and incorrect shipping, we'll be rolling out this service a few months after the project closes. Also, we'll be keeping it open as long as possible to allow for everyone to get us their shipping addresses.

We are consistently monitoring the project and working hard to remove as much risk as we can. We take pride in engaging with each and every one of you.

If you have any questions about the project development, please ask us. We are striving to be as transparent as possible.

DISCLAIMER: Many images representing potential physical products are artist renditions, and may change throughout the course of production. We are nonetheless putting forth a good faith effort to show what final production run items might look like.

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