The Eldritch Cases: Dagon, horror adventure inspired by Lovecraft and the Illuminatus trilogy, now on Kickstarter

Two of my favourite things right there, so this has me intrigued. The project is described as a point & click horror adventure, making use of several different elements from Lovecraft’s stories: Innsmouth and the Esoteric Order of Dagon (from The Shadow Over Innsmouth), Dr. Herbert West (of Re-Animator fame), Thomas Malone (from The Horror at Red Hook), etc. So that should be more than enough to get any true-blooded cultist salivating at the mere thought of what might right now be flopping, hopping, croaking, and bleating their way towards them (to quote the old master himself).

If the funding goal is reached.

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Website here.

Overlooked webcomics, listed by io9

Lauren Davis lists 51 webcomics that the Eisner Awards have failed to recognize. Included in the list are Broodhollow by Kris Straub and Lovecraft is Missing by Larry Latham, both Lovecraftian and well worth checking out. (Although sadly, it may be that Lovecraft is Missing will not continue for much longer, as Latham’s health is not good right now.)

Cthulhu’s Vault by Jolly Roger Games now on Kickstarter

Another day, another Cthulhu game on Kickstarter

A card game that starts cooperative, but ends with one corrupt player, a Mythos monster, and a desperate battle to save the world.

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One of the designers is Richard Launius, the guy behind the original Arkham Horror, so it’s pretty hard to give this one a miss if you’re a fan of Lovecraft and board games.

Even though it’s a story-telling game (which I don’t like).

Cultists of Cthulhu: Miskatonic University combines the Cthulhu Mythos with the traitor mechanic

Now on Kickstarter:

It is a dark and stormy night. A lightning bolt has shattered the Elder Sign over the entrance to Miskatonic University’s library, leaving open the path for unspeakable eldritch horrors to encroach upon our world. Are you an Academic, investigating these strange happenings and trying to preserve your school, yourself, and your sanity? Or are you the Cultist, secretly plotting the downfall of your so-called “friends”?

Board games in which one or several of the players are secretly working against the others (for example Battlestar Galactica, The Resistance, etc.) are very popular right now, and so are games inspired by Lovecraft – to the point where it’s become fashionable to bitch and moan about it – so combining the hidden traitor mechanic with the Cthulhu Mythos seems like a sure thing. I’ll confess I’ve been hoping for something like this for some time now (Do You Worship Cthulhu? has been around for a while, but that’s just a Werewolf clone), but it remains to be seen if this particular implementation is the way to go. From what I can tell, this is only the second game by the designer, and there’s still a very long way to go before the funding goal is reached.

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Lovecraftian leftovers for week 15

The Miskatonic School for Girls: Holiday Break Expansion now on Kickstarter

Miskatonic School for Girls is a Lovecraftian deck-building game (sort of, you build your opponent’s deck) that did well on Kickstarter a few years back, and now it’s time for an expansion:

It’s been a while since we’ve last visited the Miskatonic School for Girls, and sadly, insanity has continued to fester in the minds of the students. Despite this, the girls have been keeping their spirits high and with the arrival of the holiday season, even some of the faculty have joined in on the festivities.

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I haven’t actually checked out the original game myself yet – the comparatively low rating on BGG has made me cautious.