Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Lovecaftian Thing a Day (2018) No.111: Cthulhu Gloom

Cthulhu Gloom is a multiplayer card game by Atlas Games in which, appropriately, the winner is the person whose in-game protaganists are the first to be driven insane or meet a horrible, untimely death. Shown here is also Unpleasant Dreams, the first expansion for Cthulhu Gloom themed around Lovecraft’s Dreamlands tales.

The game is also unusual in that art and game information is printed upon clear vinyl cards, and can be layered on top of one another as part of gameplay to produce modified effectso the rules. Whilst darkly humorous in tone (I’m not really a fan of comedic horror), the cards are gorgeous, and I’ve always wanted to give the game a go; however, being a curmudgeonly solitaire ludologist, this is unlikely to happen - so, for now, Cthulhu Gloom remains unplayed on my gaming shelf.

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