by Alex Lucard |

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.


IMG_1952
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!


IMG_1953
The crate is opened and something unspeakable begins to emerge!


IMG_1954
The game removed from the crate it came in. How awesome is that box art?


IMG_1955
Back of the box.


IMG_1956
The lid of the box removed.


IMG_1957
A Bag for all the parts I will eventually have to punch out.


IMG_1958
The two game boards folded up.


IMG_1959
The three player side of the first game board.


IMG_1960
The five player side of the first game board.


IMG_1961
The three player side of the second gameboard.


IMG_1962
The five player side of the second game board.


IMG_1963
The rules manual.


IMG_1964IMG_1965
Two exerts from the rules manual for you to look at.


IMG_1966
All the player cards for the four different factions.


IMG_1967
The back of Nyarlathotep and Hastur’s player cards.


IMG_1968
The back of Cthulhu and Shub-Niggurath’s player cards.


IMG_1970
Quick check reference cards for players.


IMG_1971<IMG_1972
Front and back of one set of assorted things to punch out.


IMG_1973IMG_1974
The second set of punchables.


IMG_1975IMG_1976
Front and back of the third set of cardstock pieces.


IMG_1977IMG_1978
The front and back of the fourth and final set of pieces I’m going to have to punch out. Oy. So many pieces!


IMG_1979
The front of the sheet showing the price of the core set and expansions. I’m glad I got in on the Kickstarter.


IMG_1980
The back of the product list. SO many things for you to buy! So many more unboxings for me to do in 2015!


IMG_1981
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.


IMG_1982
SO MANY MINIATURES!


IMG_1983
Nightgaunt in blue and The King in Yellow in… yellow.


IMG_1984
Acolyte Cultists for each chapter, along with Deep Ones (Green frog things), Ghouls (Red) and generic undead thingy (yellow).


IMG_1985
Star Spawn and Shoggoth for Cthulhu’s faction.


IMG_1986
A Mi-Go (red) and Byakhee (yellow)


IMG_1987
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.

[SOURCE: http://diehardgamefan.com/2015/01/19/unboxing-cthulhu-wars]