Cthulhu Wars

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The premier horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.
Designer Sandy Petersen
Year 2015
Number of Players 2-4
Time 90 minutes
Ages 14+
Mechanics Asymmetric Strategy
Theme Cthulhu, Horror

The premier horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics.

The Old Ones have risen. Monsters walk the Earth. Humanity is finished, but the struggle continues.

Which Great Old One will rule the ruins of Earth?  Now, you take charge!

Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving strategy game about the end of the world. You take the part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world. You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of other factions, such as the slithering hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow Sign.

Earn and cast spells and summon monsters unique to your own Faction. Each Faction is strikingly different in tactics and techniques. A strategy that works for the Black Goat will be ineffective for the Crawling Chaos. The game is for 2-4 players…up to 5 if you get one of the expansions. Each Faction has multiple unique strategies for winning, so Cthulhu Wars has incredible depth and replay value.

Cthulhu Wars is a combination of strategic gaming and Lovecraftian horror, with the bonus of high-quality monster figures to make your game even more fun. Sandy Petersen, its creator, is well-known as one of the top game designers in the industry, and this is his best work so far!

Highly Strategic

The interplay between players is vigorous and decisive.  Key decisions must be made each turn, and while there is a small element of luck (particularly in rolling battle dice and some hidden victory points), the best tactics and strategy ultimately determine victory.

Cthulhu Wars is Fast

Despite its depth of gameplay, Cthulhu Wars is fast for a miniatures heavy game – interesting decisions can be made from the very beginning.  It usually takes 90 minutes, including setup.  Plus, the game also ramps up quickly – it is common to see the massive Great Old One figures Awakened very early!

2-8 Players

The core game includes 4 playable Factions.  However, the core map can support up to 5 players – If you have a playable Faction expansion.  There are 9 total playable Factions for Cthulhu Wars, and we are offering a map of earth that supports form 6-8 players.

Drenched in Theme

Cthulhu Wars is designed by Sandy Petersen, the author of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.  It includes frightening depictions of the most famous Lovecraftian entities in 28mm scale, along with abilities steeped in the Mythos.  However, you don’t need to know anything about Cthulhu in order to have a blast playing this strategy game!

Highly Asymmetrical

Cthulhu Wars is groundbreaking in its level of asymmetry.  No two Factions have the same Monsters.  Great Old Ones or Abilities at their disposal so each plays incredibly different.  The game has been balanced over years of playtest, so despite the radical diversity any matchup of Factions is a fair game.

Endless Replayability

Factions gain their unique abilities via the Spellbook mechanic which operates similar to video game achievements: once you earn the requirements, you gain that ability for the rest of the game.  Additionally, Spellbook requirements are not tied to any particular one.  This means you can earn them in any order you want, which multiplies your tactical options.  Your very strategy is dependent on which order you choose each new ability.  As a result, playing the same Faction twice can be a very different experience!

Impressive Expansions

Cthulhu Wars boasts over 50 official expansion products.  Some of them are currently out of print.  We are offering 6 new products for this campaign as well as 10 of our top selling expansions from prior Kickstarter efforts, including every playable Faction expansion ever made: Opener of the Way, Sleeper, Windwalker, Tcho-tchos and the NEW Faction: Ancients.

Armies of Mercenary Units

Many expansions offer mercenary units.  These are new types of Cultists, Monsters, Terrors and Great Old Ones that any player can Summon to add to their Faction during play.  This multiplies your strategic and tactical options many fold as each of these neutral units comes with its own unique ability.  New for Onslaught 3 are the Masks of Nyarlathotep and Beyond Time and Space.  From previous campaigns these include Azathoth and the Cosmic Terrors.

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