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Cthulhu: Death May Die

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1 – 5 Players, 90 – 120 Minutes playing time, Ages 14 and up. Cthulhu: Death May Die scores in the 8’s on Board Game Geek and rates in the top 50 Thematic games. As most of the games set in the H.P. Lovecraft thematic universe, this is a difficult game and winning, even just barely winning, feels like a real accomplishment. Best part is the ride though, as it really is a relatively light but very fun game with incredibly smooth gameplay. Manufacturer: CMON. Categories: Fantasy, Fighting, and Horror. Game Mechanics: Action Points, Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, and Variable Player Powers.


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In Cthulhu: Death May Die, inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, you and your fellow players represent investigators in the 1920s who instead of trying to stop the coming of Elder Gods, want to summon those otherworldly beings so that you can put a stop to them permanently. You start the game insane, and while your long-term goal is to shoot Cthulhu in the face, so to speak, at some point during the game you’ll probably fail to mitigate your dice rolls properly and your insanity will cause you to do something terrible — or maybe advantageous. Hard to know for sure.

Designed by Rob Daviau and Eric M. Lang, the game features monster artwork by Adrian Smith and investigator artwork by Karl Kopinski. Investigators come from all walks of life, each bringing a unique skill to the team, as well as two other generic skills. Madness is always at your side when battling unthinkable monstrosities from other dimensions. In fact, the investigators already start the game with a diagnosed insanity, which will will be triggered by your encounters with the occult. You may be doomed by your mental breakdown, or learn to use it to your advantage. The closer you are to losing your mind completely, the more powerful your skills will become.

The game has multiple episodes, and each of them has a similar structure of two acts, those being before and after you summon whatever it is you happen to be summoning. If any character dies prior to the summoning, then the game ends and you lose; once the Elder One is on the board, as long as one of you is still alive, you still have a chance to win. The episodes are all standalone and not contingent on being played in a certain order or with the same players.

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Weight 6.8 lbs
Dimensions 12.75 × 12.75 × 4.75 in

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