Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter on a roll

One of the fun projects I've been supporting this season has been Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Wars board game. Petersen is one of the key figures whose work creating the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game introduced me to the wonder and cosmic horror of early 20th century writer H.P. Lovecraft.

With just under 2 weeks left, Cthulhu Wars is approaching almost $1 million in support for what is essentially the game of a lifetime, giving longtime fans a game featuring amazing miniatures drawn from the most well-known and far-flung corners of the Cthulhu mythos.

Some time back I outlined a number of established Lovecraftian entities that might reasonably appear in Laos and Southeast Asia, such as the alien Great Old One known as Chaugnar Faugn above.

Others, such as Nyarlathotep, the moon beasts, serpent men, Cthulhu, deep ones, the Wendigo and others appear in my forthcoming book, DEMONSTRA. So, naturally, I'm quite excited for this, as the game pieces will also be compatible with any number of other role playing games such as Pathfinder, Fate, Dungeons and Dragons, and of course, Call of Cthulhu.

Below is the concept art for the aquatic entity known as Mother Hydra, and it makes me wonder how well Lao around the world might connect to the horror of such imaginative entities, and where it might fit in with our existing traditions of beings such as the Nak or Nyak.

Sandy Petersen and his team are putting together an amazing project. And I wonder what stories we tell today will capture the imagination of readers 100 years from now.

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