Saturday, August 06, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No: 219: Strange Aeons Miniature Game
Just a quick one today as we are rather occupied at Ghooric Towers at present; but by way of forthcoming meanderings, today we present the 2nd edition of Strange Aeons: A Miniature Skirmish Game of Eldritch Horror. This, in brief, involves teams of ministure investigators engaging in small scale skirmishes with cultists and various Lovecraftian monsters.
Lovecraftian miniatures have been around pretty much since the inception of Cthulhuvian gaming (earlier, if one also counts Lovecraftian influences on Dungeons and Dragons - Mind Flayer, I'm looking at you). Given the 'indescribable' nature of many Lovecraftian horrors, miniatures occupy an unusual space in Cthulhu-themed tabletop gaming - moreso given the fact that gaming miniatures have their origin in wargaming combat simulations (where having a representation of your forces becomes essential for resolving tactical situation involving line-of-sight); roleplaying games such as Call of Cthulhu, on the other hand, emphasise investigation and atmosphere over combat, as well as situations where the use of miniatures is either peripheral or largely unneccessary. In any case, there seems no abating in the popularity of Cthulhu-themed miniatures - a point I shall return in a later post.