H.P. Lovecraft Games
To coincide with our Love(craft) in the Air Sale this weekend Feb. 9th - Feb. 11th, we wanted to write a blog post about HP Lovecraft and the board games his stories inspired!
Who is H.P. Lovecraft?
H.P. Lovecraft was an author and a poet who lived in New England from 1890 - 1937. He is the author of many works of short and unusual fiction often centering around the Cthulhu Mythos. His stories would focus on characters, locations and science fiction in what could be called a "shared universe" Lovecraft himself created a framework of the mythos and how humans perceive the Great Old Ones (mystical deities who lie dormant in a deep sleep.
He encouraged other authors to write stories using his characters and locations to world build around this mythos. This idea has been taken up by other authors, movie and tv shows and even fine art.
What is Cthulhu?
Cthulhu is a cosmic being made up of a green octopus, dragon and human features. It first appeared in H. P. Lovecraft's story the Call of Cthulhu and is one of the Great Old Ones.
So how does this relate to board games?
Many board game developers have used H.P. Lovecraft's mythos as the core of their gameplay.
We are huge fans of the Arkham Horror Files and consider Arkham Horror LCG card game the initial way we got into the world of gaming.
We have put out reviews of all 7 games in this series and below are some of the links. Overall the Arkham Horror Files games are Cooperative games where everybody either wins the game or everyone loses the game together.
In the Arkham Horror Series, each player takes on the role of an investigator of the paranormal. Sometimes these investigators are professional and other times they are doing the work to find answers.
Just like how in the books characters cross over and appear in different stories, the same happens in the Arkham Horror series where a character you play in the card game, can appear in the dice game or in the miniatures game.
Here is a list of the Articles we wrote in October 2021 about the Arkham series:
- Arkham Horror Board Game Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-third-edition-board-game-review
- Arkham Horror Board Game Overview: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-third-edition-game-overview
- Arkham Horror The Card Game Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-the-card-game-review
- Arkham Horror The Card Game Overview: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-the-card-game-overview
- Eldritch Horror Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/eldritch-horror-review
- Eldritch Horror Overview: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/eldritch-horror-game-overview
- Elder Sign Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/elder-sign-review
- Elder Sign Overview: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/elder-sign-game-overview
- Mansions Of Madness Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/mansions-of-madness-second-edition-review
- Mansions of Madness Overview:
- Arkham Horror Final Hour Review: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-final-hour-game-review
- Arkham Horror Final Hour Overview: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/arkham-horror-final-hour-game-overview
Each of these 6 games along with Unfathomable (which we haven't reviewed make up the Arkham Horror Files mythos.
In addition, we've also written the following:
- a review of Stronghold Games AuZtralia - https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/auztralia-review
- Space Cowboys Bureau of Investigation: https://detectivehawkgames.com/blogs/news/bureau-of-investigation-review