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!
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!
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 differently. The game has been balanced over years of playtest, so despite the radical diversity any matchup of Factions is a fair game.
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 script. 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!
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.
Lots of Bling!
Due to high demand, Cthulhu Wars has several expansions that upgrade and pimp out your game! For this campaign we created the alternate Dire Cthulhu sculpt, unique sculpts for each Faction’s Acolyte cultists, and new colors of the Battle Dice. From previous campaigns we offer the exceedingly popular plastic gates and the custom dice pack for use with various Faction’s abilities.