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Unboxing: Cthulhu Wars

Back in July of 2013, Sandy Petersen and his crew at Green Eye Games ran a campaign for a new board game entitled Cthulhu Wars. The game boasted a large core game, featuring seventy-two miniatures and the potential for multiple expansion sets, and the game was a huge success. Nearly 4,000 people pledged 1.4 MILLION dollars to make this game happen. It’s been a long road for those following the production of this game, but around the midway point of January, the core game began to ship. While I will have to wait for all for Great Old One expansion sets, my core game arrived on 1/16, and I was floored by the sheer size of this game. It’s huge and heavy, but when I opened the box up I could tell it was worth every penny, even without playing the game. Of course, I did only pay $110 for it compared to the $200 MSRP Cthulhu Wars will have for non-Kickstarter backers, but even if you pay full retail price for this game, you won’t be disappointed by the eldritch horrors lurking within this box.

I took thirty-six pictures as I opened up Cthulhu Wars and I’m sharing them with you, our DIehard GameFAN readers today. Remember you can click on each picture for a much larger view. I’ll get a review out of the game down the road, but for now, just enjoy the visual feast.


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The package as it arrived. The shipping box is a little damaged, but look at that number. 10,000 cartons of these things. I can’t even imagine the sheet volume they would take up. This game is the size of my torso – boxed!


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The crate is opened and something unspeakable begins to emerge!


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The game removed from the crate it came in. How awesome is that box art?


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Back of the box.


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The lid of the box removed.


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A Bag for all the parts I will eventually have to punch out.


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The two game boards folded up.


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The three player side of the first game board.


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The five player side of the first game board.


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The three player side of the second gameboard.


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The five player side of the second game board.


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The rules manual.


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Two exerts from the rules manual for you to look at.


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All the player cards for the four different factions.


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The back of Nyarlathotep and Hastur’s player cards.


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The back of Cthulhu and Shub-Niggurath’s player cards.


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Quick check reference cards for players.


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Front and back of one set of assorted things to punch out.


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The second set of punchables.


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Front and back of the third set of cardstock pieces.


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The front and back of the fourth and final set of pieces I’m going to have to punch out. Oy. So many pieces!


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The front of the sheet showing the price of the core set and expansions. I’m glad I got in on the Kickstarter.


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The back of the product list. SO many things for you to buy! So many more unboxings for me to do in 2015!


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The core miniatures. Yellow is Hastur, Green is Cthulhu, Red is Shub-Niggurath and her Dark Young and Blue is Nyarlathotep. The question is whether or not to paint these things. I want to, but I probably won’t, as the color coding will really help the game, especially with the other guys we are about to see.


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SO MANY MINIATURES!


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Nightgaunt in blue and The King in Yellow in… yellow.


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Acolyte Cultists for each chapter, along with Deep Ones (Green frog things), Ghouls (Red) and generic undead thingy (yellow).


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Star Spawn and Shoggoth for Cthulhu’s faction.


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A Mi-Go (red) and Byakhee (yellow)


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A Hunting Horror and a Flying Polyp for Nyarlathotep’s side.


There you go! That’s everything in the core Cthulhu WarsWarhammer or Warmachine, and I like what’s here a lot better than the licensed CoC miniatures out there. I’ll have to find time to review Cthulhu Wars later this month, but man oh man, does it look terrific.

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