More than four years ago I talked about the Bicycle Cthulhu deck, a deck created by a Spanish group of fans of Lovecraft that decided to found the Cthulhu project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of the writer creating products based on the author and his myths. Since then, the Cthulhu project has not stopped working on new ideas based on the fantastic stories by the mythical writer, especially in board and cards games. Although the very first deck could not be funded, their latest campaign, which has already achieved its goal, offers us not one but two different decks: INNSMOUTH, THE LOST GAMES.
The idea behind the campaign revolves around the imaginary city of Innsmouth, created by Lovecraft, and from which they have rescued these “lost games” that see the light for the enjoyment of all the fans.
As I said, two completely different decks are offered. A poker deck, with custom designs in which the court cards are asymmetrically divided into night and day. Thus, jacks depict cultists, queens show winged monsters and kings are related to relevant creatures such as Cthulhu, Shoggoth, Yithians and Elders. The joker is dedicated to Dagon, creature of the sea worshiped by the citizens of Innsmouth.
The second deck is based on the Spanish suits that instead of having the classic pips (golds, cups, swords and clubs) have been customized with symbols that belong to the culture of the Innsmouth people: moon, blood, eye and talon. Here the cultists, the deep ones and the creatures are depicted in the cards numbered with 10, 11 and 12. The joker shows Abdul Alhazred, the mad Arab author of the Necronomicon.
An independent dice game completes the offer of this campaign.
Undoubtedly, an interesting project, with two curious decks that will delight collectors and fans of Lovecraft.
If you like them, visit the project website and raise your pledge.