The premier horror strategy game with high quality miniatures and great competitive gameplay and tactics
The Old Ones have risen. Monsters walk the Earth. Humanity is finished, but the struggle continues.
Which Great Old One will rule the ruins of Earth? Now, you take charge!
Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving strategy game about the end of the world. You take the part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world. You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of other factions, such as the slithering hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow Sign.
Earn and cast spells and summon monsters unique to your own Faction. Each Faction is strikingly different in tactics and techniques. A strategy that works for the Black Goat will be ineffective for the Crawling Chaos. The game is for 2-4 players…up to 5 if you get one of the expansions. Each Faction has multiple unique strategies for winning, so Cthulhu Wars has incredible depth and replay value.
Cthulhu Wars is a combination of strategic gaming and Lovecraftian horror, with the bonus of high-quality monster figures to make your game even more fun. Sandy Petersen, its creator, is well-known as one of the top game designers in the industry, and this is his best work so far!
“Rating: 9.99/10 - as close to a perfect hit to me as they come.”
-Tyler Williams, meeplemountain.com
Shut Up and Sit Down
"...Finally! Shut Up and Sit Down has a "Dudes on a map violent war game that it can recommend...wholeheartedly...Cthulhu Wars is a game that knows an epic experience does not mean an equally epic rulebook it is a game where simplicity and silliness sit side by side with strategy and scale..."
— Quinns, Shut Up and Sit Down
“With mechanics that make sense and brilliantly-written flavor text that is positively creepy, and you are completely plunged into the Mythos…this game is phenomenal”
-Joshua Davis, gamingtrend.com
“Every part of Cthulhu Wars resonated with me as both a gamer and a fan of the Mythos… A stunning looking miniatures game…great asymmetrical game play…it’s a win all around.”
“The immediacy of this game- coupled with its easy play and approachability- makes this one of my favorite designs in this genre space… Setup and commitment are minimized. Impact and engagement are maximized.”
-Michael Barnes, nohighscores.com and miniaturemarket.com
“A game that is as rewarding to the mind as it is to the eyes. Simply excellent and a game I highly recommend.”
“The game’s asymmetry is front and centre. Big time. Everything is different for each faction from their spell books, to the monsters and Great Old Ones they can summon. The only identical thing for each player is their starting tools of six cultists and a controlled gate.”
“The game really comes alive through the factions… each player plays in a different way, which keeps play fresh and interesting from game to game.”
-Shannon Appelcline, rpg.net
“‘Cthulhu Wars’ boasts what are among the best plastic minis seen in any board game in the history of the genre… large and beautifully sculpted, and really draw players into the eerie world of the Cthulhu mythos.”
-Cody K. Carlson, deseretnews.com
Ding and Dent
“This was my best play, the best game we had”
“We’ve talked a lot about Cthulhu Wars on these podcasts, and this is another shining example of why this is such an amazing game.”
“We walked away saying, “we want to play it again.”
-Ding and Dent broadcast, episode 48
“The gameplay is fast and addictive, the strategy is deep yet accessible, and the arresting quality of the components sets a new bar for board games.”
-Michael Langlois, goodreads.com
“Fantastic miniatures, fantastic game. I’ve got to find those expansions somehow”
Awful Good Games
“The game is easy to learn, setup, and actually play”
-David Guyll, Points of Light
“It plays beautifully. All of the new factions and creatures slot into the core game seamlessly. And it’s fun as hell.”
-Michael Langlois, michael-langlois.net
“If you’re tired of the normal Lovecraft game where you’re another investigator trying to lure another Old One back to sleep, than I highly suggest you try out “Cthulhu Wars” and, for once, actually mean to bring about the apocalypse.”
-Andrew Dodson, playertheory.com
“You’re getting a fun game that for all its size is reasonably easy to learn and should provide you with plenty of replay potential.”
-Paul Fricker, blasphemoustomes.com
“The twisted shapes of each faction are beautifully grotesque, rendered in surprising detail.”
-Henry Glasheen, slugmag.com
“The gameplay is so intuitive, the placement of your monsters is incredibly satisfying, the combat is so streamlined, you’re not mentally exhausted after playing it … it’s an excellent, excellent game.”
-Nate (littleturd), boardgamegeek.com
“This is a title beyond just its theme and the massive miniatures… It is a game of wild asymmetry; fans of area control and asymmetric games will want to take a long, good look.”
-James (Brother Jim), boardgamegeek.com
“It’s a lighter game, featuring gigantic monsters destroying the world (and each other). It’s very fun to play if you’re into that (and who isn’t?).”
-Ryan Abrams (ryanabrams), boardgamegeek.com
Cthulhu Wars News
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.