Cthulhu Wars, a strategy/horror board game based on Lovecraft’s classic Cthulhu mythos has already passed the million dollar mark on Kick starter, with around two days to go. As of this writing, it has raised $1,122,132 (crushing its $40,000 goal), with 3,758 backers and 46 hours left before it closes. If the project closed today, it would be the #7 tabletop game Kick starter of all time.
Designed by Sandy Petersen, who designed the original Call of Cthulhu role playing game for Chaosium, Cthulhu Wars is a massive boxed game, complete with four factions (Great Cthulhu, Black Goat, Crawling Chaos, Yellow Sign), 64 high detailed miniatures (28mm scale), faction cards, 20 dice, counters, rule book and a massive 40 x 20 inch reversible game board. There are numerous exclusives, stretch goals and bonus add-ons in the Kick starter, from signed art prints and exclusive dice to a digital art print book and upgraded expansion sets.
The game is different from other Cthulhu-based board games because players actually take the roles of The Great Old Ones returning to Earth to lay claim to humanity, rather than defending humankind from madness and ruin. This is a competitive strategy game for three to five players, where players take roles as cultists and monsters, build mystic gates, and awaken Great Old Ones. The goals are to earn spell books, destroy enemies, and capture opponents’ bases.
In response to a request for clarification on a trade release, including release date and product configuration, Petersen said, “We are indeed planning to offer the game commercially, but as a special product, some of the expansions may not have very large print runs.”