18 November 2016
Co-created by 7 Wonders Duel designer Bruno Cathala and Cash ‘n Guns maker Ludovic Maublanc
It’s time for another Cthulhu game – but this one might be worth your time more than most.
Pocket Madness is a quick card game that plays in under half an hour for between two and four players.
It’s been designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, the creators responsible for 7 Wonders Duel, Five Tribes and Shadows Over Camelot, and Cash ‘n Guns, respectively. The pair previously worked together on Cyclades and Mr. Jack.
Starring a multitude of monsters and locations from Lovecraft’s short stories, from Cthulhu and Shub-Niggurath to Innsmouth and Shoggoths, Pocket Madness revolves around players’ attempts to call upon the Ancient Ones while sending their fellow cultists insane.
Players can choose to take cards, open portals or begin investigations, which allow them to gain powers and increase their rivals’ madness, while discarding location cards to regain their sanity. The game ends when a player reaches ten madness tokens, with the most mentally stable cultist winning.
Funforge has translated the French title into English, and it’s out today.