Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu is the game of Pandemic set in the Lovecraftian universe of Arkham. Cultists spread their evil across Arkham, Shoggoths slither around the streets and beyond the gateways lie the old ones ready to destroy everything.
In Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, players take on the role of an investigator, perhaps the detective, hunter or doctor among others. Each role has their own special ability to help in the fight against the coming darkness. Cultists spread and complete summoning rituals and reveal the Ancient Old Ones. In a single game there are six who will be revealed each with a game changing effect, but if the seventh summoning occurs the final ancient one awakens, Cthulhu and destroys the world.
Cultists aren't the only ones spreading destruction across Arkham, Shoggoths slither through the streets towards the gateways that the players need to close. When they go through an ancient one follows, summoning more evil to the world.
Shoggoths are not to be taken lightly; they can drive any player insane. Investigators must collect enough clues from each area of the board to seal the gates, once the fourth is sealed they win the game. They will have some help along the way, in the form of artefacts. Some might fight against insanity, others might stop the ancient one and still others may help move cultists or investigators around.
Can the investigators stop the cultists summoning rituals or the Shoggoths before Cthulhu awakens to drive the world insane before destroying everything, or will they be driven to insanity before they get the chance? Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu is a challenging game based on the classic Pandemic Game mixed with the rich world of H. P. Lovecraft.
Player Count: 2-4
Time: 40-60 Minutes
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Here are some on this year’s Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu from gamers around the web.
I love Panthulu! My girlfriend and I are pretty big Pandemic fans with multiple expansions and I was most excited to test this game at Gen Con last August.
I'm very pleased with just about everything this game brings. It does not feel like a blatant recoloring of Pandemic. I would compare it to almost like a really elaborate expansion.
The game is still played very similarly. You travel around the board trying to keep the spread of something negative in check while assembling a hand of 5 same color cards.
However with the Elder Gods coming out and creating permanent effects, the shoggoths trying to summon the Elder Gods, the introduction of the sanity dice, and traveling changed to fit the 1920's theme makes for a different experience that I am extremely happy with. I would encourage any fan of Pandemic to check it out.
It's more thematic and fun than vanilla Pandemic, and I will always prefer to play the Cthulhu version over vanilla. It's a really good game.
I have played this twice in the last week. Both have been good games; have really enjoyed it.
I think this is a better gateway co-op than Pandemic, and I really like the Awakening mechanic that makes every game different.
I think this is going to hit the table a lot over the coming months.
I've played it a couple times at my FLGS. I enjoyed it somewhat. As someone who finds Eldritch/Cthulhu theming kind of bland, I wasn't enraptured by it, but it's got some neat mechanical differences from Pandemic, and plays pretty tightly.
I think I'd only recommend it to someone who loves the theme, or loves Pandemic. It's fun, but ultimately unnecessary, and I could see it getting a few plays then being permanently shelved.
I wish it wasn’t called “Pandemic”. It feels like a cheap cash grab, abusing a well-known name for easy marketing.
Except it is Pandemic.. the gameplay is a very close variant on standard Pandemic. If anything the Cthulhu part is the cash-grab end, not Pandemic.
ccxvii finds common ground:
It may very well be “Pandemic” the game, but the name doesn’t fit Pandemic” the theme. At least you agree that is sounds like a cash grab.
Elder Gods, thematic disagreements and the word ‘Panthulu’: a comprehensive overview of Reign of Cthulhu courtesy of actual real people.