Ten great Lovecraftian board games and card games

In the mood for a Lovecraftian game? You’re in luck! Here’s a list of ten board and card games that I think you’ll enjoy (click the game titles or game images for more information):


Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu: Beings of ancient evil, known as old ones, are threatening to break out of their cosmic prison and awake into the world. Everything you know and love could destroyed by chaos and madness. Can you and your fellow investigators manage to find and seal every portal in time? hurry before you lose yourself to insanity.


Mansions of Madness: Mansions of madness second edition is a fully cooperative, app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign. Explore the veiled and Misty streets of Innsmouth and stumble through the haunted corridors of Arkham’s cursed Mansions as you search of answers and respite.


Eldritch Horror: The world is on the cusp of catastrophe as an evil and ancient being begins to stir. Vicious monsters, dark cults, and indescribable horrors are wreaking havoc on every continent, while gates to other worlds tear at the fabric of the cosmos. Struggling against this impending doom are a few brave souls, diverse in background but united in their determination to save the human race. Together, you and your fellow investigators will travel throughout the world and unravel a tangle of arcane mysteries in order to prevent the end of civilization as you know it. Do you have the strength to solve the mysteries, defeat the Ancient One, and save the world?


Elder Sign: Elder Sign lets players control investigators who must successfully endure adventures within the museum in order to gather clues items and the eldritch knowledge they need to seal the rifts between dimensions and prevent the Ancient Ones arrival. A clever and thematic dice mechanic pits their exploration against monsters and the sheer difficulty of staying sane and healthy while investigating the most dangerous exhibits and most terrifying instances of insanity. Elder Sign recreates the Lovecraftian thrills of eerie suspense and mind-numbing horrors in a cooperative game players can finish in one to two hours.


Cthulhu Monopoly: Intermingle with the Great Old Ones, descending deeper into twilight realms best left forgotten as you face some of the most notorious creatures from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. In this custom illustrated game, you will use “insanity points” to buy, sell and trade monsters and elder gods from the mythos.


Cthulhu Wars: 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 part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world. You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of the other factions, such as the slither hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow Sign.


Arkham Horror: It is the roaring 20’s, and while there’s electricity in the air, unnatural storms are brewing as well. Strange things are happening in the small Massachusetts town of Arkham; people have gone missing, sightings of indescribable creatures grow more and more frequent. And the very air thickens with a sense of foreboding that roils like an acrid mist through the streets. The Ancient Ones are stirring…


Cthulhu Fluxx: Follow the wild-eyed poet, the obsessed artist, and the expeditions of the professor, as they investigate Eldritch Secrets no mortal was meant to discover. Someone has stolen the Necronomicon from the library at Miskatonic University, and a farm in the hills is undergoing a horrifying Metamorphosis. Meanwhile, unspeakable abominations stir in Penguin-riddled Tombs beneath the ice. Are you inevitably doomed to a lifetime of Nightmares in the Sanitarium, or are you, in fact, a secret cultist, worshiping the Minions of Darkness? Gaze upon the ever changing face of madness with Cthulhu Fluxx.


Munchkin CthulhuMunchkins have hacked their way through dungeons, kung fu temples, starships, haunted houses, and super-foes. Now they face their greatest challenge – Cthulhu! Will they survive? Will they retain their sanity? Will they . . . level up? Munchkin Cthulhu is a stand-alone game in the Munchkin line, this time lampooning Lovecraft’s Mythos and the horror gaming that surrounds it. Brought to you by Steve Jackson and John Kovalic, this set features four new Classes – including the Cultist – and a lot of classic monsters from outside reality. And they all have Stuff you can take from their twitching bodies.

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Cthulhu Realms: Delve into great secrets that should remain buried. Cthulhu Realms is a fast paced deck building combat game that has 2 players going head to head calling upon the powers of dark cults, and the creatures they worship to drive your opponent into insanity, while you seek sanctuary from the very powers you are calling upon.

(Game descriptions from Amazon.)

7 responses to “Ten great Lovecraftian board games and card games

  1. I was very excited when I saw “Cthulhu Wars” and that it was by Sandy Peterson. So I clicked the link and found that it will not be released until November 2017 — and, with shipping, will cost well-over $200! TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS!!! For me, that would mean every extra dollar I had for a month and would includes cutting into my food budget. As it is I have almost all of these games and more and, even though I have looked for many years, I *cannot* find anyone to play with. More and more I am trying to find games that have single-player play — which is good, but I truly do miss the socialization that comes with playing a game with other people.


  2. i thought they were video games, and i thought wrong. A bunch of this cover reminds me the great old age where the building of the atmosphere, the structure onto which set the game, the narrative, the design event were the most interested cells of creativity that a designer could delivered through the process of videogame’s creation. But here we have a pletora of board games…and…uhm, just remembering some random thought


  3. These each have their own merits and strengths. If only there were enough hours in the day in this dimension to play them all! :).


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