This comic is about the monster cup in Elder Sign from which you have to randomly pick a monster token when a new monster appears in the game. Pulling out a really strong monster at the wrong moment can really determine the ending of the game. Mostly you just hope that you pull out a Cultist and not something like a High Priest. 😉

Elder Sign is our ‘light version’ of Eldritch Horror. We both love the Lovecraftian setting and the storytelling, but Eldritch Horror just takes a little too long to just pick up and play in the evening when you have to get up at 7 the next morning. Elder Sign is the perfect alternative! And yes, they are completely different games, but sometimes you just want to indulge yourself in the mysterious world of Cthulhu and R’lyeh.

Elder Sign is a game purely based on luck. Although you can increase your chances by adding a red or a yellow die, there is always a possibility that you’ll fail miserably. The game is unpredictable: one time it almost seems too easy, the other… you know you’re going to be devoured by some dark evil Ancient One and his monster buddies within five rounds. In our case that mostly happens when the museum is completely overrun by monsters and multiple dice are locked.

The game is not flawless, but it’s just great fun. 🙂 Unless you really dislike luck-based games, you should check out Elder Sign! If you’re curious: Tabletop has an episode about the game ( or try the app (

What is your favorite Lovecraftian board game?

I just discovered your awesome comic and love it!

My answer is a game that probably wasn’t out when this question of the week was posted, but my favorite Lovecraftian game is Arkham Horror: The Card Game.

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