I backed the original Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter campaign and the follow up Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two. The latter campaign finished in November 2015, and has been through a long development process. Sandy and Arthur Petersen have kept backers well up to date with progress over the long months between the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign and fulfilment and after 20 months of patient waiting a delightfully large package arrived at my door yesterday, chock full of Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two goodies:
What you see above wasn’t the ‘get everything being produced by this Kickstarter’ pledge either, which gives you a sense of just how much new product was created as part of the campaign.
I opted for buying several add-ons, including four of the new map sets; Yuggoth, Primal Earth, The Library at Celeano and (my favourite) The Dreamlands. I aldo ahve the boxof Highpriests, tge Great Old One Pack #3; Gobogeg, a Great Old One (GOO) created by Sandy Petersen for this campaign (and IIRC, intended to be what Danforth looks back and sees at the end of At the Mountains of Madness that drives him insane).
I’m going to mke future blog posts looking at each of these boxed sets in turn and full detail,so more o them in the g=future, with links from this post to be added to. For now, i’ll look at some of other the items that were a more integral part of the campaign, such as the Glow in the Dark GOOS. A bit mental perhaps, but useful alongside the rules for using independent GOOs in games of Cthulhu war with the new rules and spellbooks that came as part of this Kickstarter.
Here’s a look at each glow in the dark turn. The plastic is by nature somewhat translucent, so it can be a little hard to make out all the detail on the sculpts in these images:
With my not having (yet) bought The Sleeper, Tcho-Tcho or Windwalker faction box sets, i didn’t have miniatures for Tsathoggua, Ubbo-Sathla or Ithaqua, so I’m particulalry happy to have these glow in the dark versions. If/when I get around to painting any of my Cthulhu Wars miniatures, they ought to look just as good as the non-glow in the dark sculpts do.
I also received a grey coloured set of Cultists, which are intended for use for your own ‘home-brew’ faction. not a clue as to what faction i might ever create yet, but it’s lovely to have the option to be able to do so. I imagine a particularly gribbly miniature from a Mantic or Reaper Bones range might strike me as inspiration for a new GOO and the rest will fall into place from there.
Backers of the first Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter received one each of many different sculpts in a dark red, intended as collector’s pieces you could paint up and display, without impacting on the number of playing pieces you have for each faction. Two more were unlocked as part of Onslaught Two; A Satyr, from the Ramsey Campbell Horrors# 2 set and Insects from Shaggai from Ramsey Campbell Horrors #1:
Eight colour gates were includede two, along with a s et of rules titled ‘The Colour Out of Space’, which allow these gates to be used in regular games of Cthulhu Wars, adding a rando element to each turn of he game. They add another layer of complexity, but sure look fun and isn’t that the whole point? 🙂
The core Cthulhu Wars boxed game comes with card counters to represent the gates. grey 3D plastic sculpts were included as one of the bonus stretch goals in the first Kickstarter and I think they add a great extra visual touch. They are also very well designed, being able to accommodate a cultist, High priest or even a GOO.
New Green Battle Dice were included (the original games’ Kickstarter included a red set)
And there’s also a set of custom dice to represent in-games effects and conditions such as the growth of Ubbo-Sathla and the King in Yellow’s Desecration:
Quite possibly my favourite component of the Onslaught two Kickstarter is the hardback ‘Omega Rulebook’. The original Cthulhu Wars rulebook was a glossy paper booklet. Perfectly okay, albeit with the rules in very small print. The new Omega rulebook corrects any issues with the original rules, has many more examples of game play, a comprehensive set of FAQS, rules and playing tips for the map expansions and is a glorious 176 full colour hardbacked pages. Adorned with Richard Luong’s superb full colour illustrations and black n’ white linework, it’s a practical and beautiful set of rules.
More on the various map sets and extra miniatures in future posts over the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading! 🙂