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Kingdom Death Cult
It comes in a big black box. It’s arrival unsettlingly reminiscent of, and of no less import than that of the obelisk that heralds the outset of Kubrik’s 2001. It costs four hundred US dollars and weighs ten kilograms. But you will normalise this.
As a horror hound with a wee wallet - I chose to invest in one big horror system. I chose Cthulhu Wars instead of Kingdom Death.
For the most part, I'm pleased with that decision.
Though I didn't realize the true terror of CW until I had to store it: it's the bloat. So. Much. Bloat. In hindsight, I think I would have been happier had I just stuck with the core game. The extra factions, maps, independents, variants... It's all neat at first. And then.... It's not.
Does Kingdom Death really need the expansion material?
Cthulu Wars looks cool I must admit, and i'd be keen to give it a shot however to me it seemed like another entry in a seemingly endless parade of games that crib from Lovecraft (at least at a surface level), whereas KDM is wilfully and defiantly it's own thing. For better or worse. Better=unique, memorable world. Worse= Cringey side gig Pin-Up models
My brother spent a pile of money on both Cthulhu Wars and Too Many Bones over the summer, simultaneously. For sheer cool factor though, he should have went for Kingdom Death.