Lord Cthulhu is doing very well in the world of board games. Looking at the Lovecraft related games released last year, a lot of them were actually really good games and we own 3 out of 6. Arkham Horror: the card game, Mythos Tales and Tides of Madness. We still have to play and receive the last one though. While doing a little research for this comic I was rather surprised to see that there is a Cthulhu Monopoly. Did anybody play that? Not something I would think of to add to a game collection… unless I was a collector of Cthulhu games of course. 😀
In totaly unrelated Cthulhu news, we’ve finished the Imperial Assault: The Bespin Gambit campaign! Unlike the main campaign, the rebels won this time. And just like in the main campaign it was quite a strain for the imperial player to put up a fight against four rebel players. It’s just a much harder game for the imperial player and that is a problem of the game. We enjoyed playing through two campaigns, but it’s just very stressful for one player of the group and it’s a nice little puzzle for the rest. So as a group we’re happy to play some other games now.
I hope you’ve heard that Lovecraft Letter (which is basically Cthulhu Love Letter) is coming out… this year.
Yeah, it is a bit over popular, but it’s because it’s a good, public domain, horror theme.
To be honest, I don’t think we actually own *any* Cthulhu themed games, because I’m really not a fan of the mythos at all. We used to have Elder Sign, but sold it on.
From what I understood, the Cthulhu is not very strong in that one. But, it being Lovecraft-themed, you cannot leave it out either. 😛
I’ve been waiting for it for some time now. I only see notice of Japanese versions so far. So let’s wait for July.
I like the concept, but I can see where this Cthulhu band wagon is going.
I did not notice the tentacle in the corner at first, but more Rachels blouse. Although your hair never changes, clothing seems to keep up with reality! 😀
I’m betting that being public domain weighs heavy in the use of Lovecraft in theming. Same reason we’re seeing so many Sherlock Holmes games. I’m sure a beloved theme you don’t have to license is always welcome in an industry with such low margins.
Love the comic!
By the way, AEG already announced Lovecraft Letter, so the future is now! I’ll just keep waiting for Mechs vs. Cthulhu.
Also, the cat and the tentacle are kinda distracting…
Hm, I already loved Pandemic, but we really enjoy Pandemic Cuthulu. We played it already four times since we own it (and that’s quite a lot because we own so many games, that we normally have forgotten the rules till we play it again).
Another dark themed (but not Cuthulu) game is the cowdfunding game The Dresden Files. The first time we played, we failed, but the next time we won, Yeah! And there are still man “books” to discover.
Arkham Horror, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Elder Sign, Eldritch Horror (and almost all the expansions), Cthulhu Fluxx, Munchkin Cthulhu, Smash Up Cthulhu, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, Study In Emerald (2nd Ed), Mansions of Madness 2nd Ed, Cthulhu Realms, Unicum H. P. Lovecraft Edition…yeah, I think that’s all.
Oh, and the Call of Cthulhu LCG!
Wow that is a bunch of games!
How is a Study in Emerald? It seems interesting but I’m kinda careful with Martin Wallace games, some are less interesting than others.
I wouldn’t recommend it as a three player game, but it’s not too bad. I wish I could have gotten First Edition when it was still in print, because second unfortunately removed and simplified a bunch of mechanics.
Arkham Horror is the only Cthulhu-based board game I own, but I have a disturbingly large number of RPG books and suplements related to Lovecraftian horror.
Dice and Deck
We’re big fans of the Cthulhu / Lovecraft theme: Eldritch Horror + 3 expansions, Elder Sign + all expansions, Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu, and Mansions of Madness 1st and 2nd edition + 1 expansion.
Sorry to say, but I think Chthulu Love-Letter exists…
I have only delved into the Elder Sign dice-rolling co-operative experience, but am intrigued by the mythos.
Slightly off topic question: would anyone have recommendations as far as where to start in regards to reading the Lovecraft stories?
Can one just start anywhere or is there a sort of chronology or best first step to take?
“The Call of Cthulhu” is kind of a must, but I think there are better ones. My favorites are “The Colour Out Of Space” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.” Also classics, and recommended are “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Dunwich Horror”
I just acquired a used copy of Eldritch Horror that came with the Forsaken Lore expansion and I’m looking forward to getting it to the table. I spent a while trying to figure out which Lovecraftian themed game I wanted to get, the options were overwhelming. I’m trying not to have it end up like Zombie themed games, of which I currently have 4 in my very small game collection.
Regarding Zombies … I hear that!
I don’t even consider myself that much of an advocate of the genre, yet I find myself possessing Dead of Winter, Student Bodies, Zombicide, all three Zombie Dice, and Last Night on Earth. How’d THAT happen? 🙂
Now, I feel the Cthulhu madness creeping in … I think my next big step will be Mansions of Madness.
Currently me and my partner have a fair few games set within the lovecraftian themes. Munchkin Cthulhu (with various expansions), Elder Sign with all expansions, Eldritch Horror with all expansions and there’s one or two games coming from various Kickstarters.
I find that the cthulhu mythos adds quite a nice atmosphere for co-operative games as you’re actively trying to get the ancient ones from awakening ^^;, that’s just my take on it though.
I wonder what this board would look like now, in 2019. It’s not like the flood of Cthulhu-games have stopped..
Lovecraft stuff, week 16, 2017: A Locke & Key pilot on the way, and Cthulhu in season 3 of Fargo? – The Scrawl of Cthulhu
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