News for September 2011
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A Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game spotlight by guest writer Marius Hartland
Call of Cthulhu LCG | Published 02 September 2011

One man with Oriental eyes has said that all time and space are relative, and men have laughed. But even that man with Oriental eyes has done no more than suspect. I had wished and tried to do more than suspect, and my friend had tried and partly succeeded. Then we both tried together, and with exotic drugs courted terrible and forbidden dreams in the tower studio chamber of the old manor-house in hoary Kent.
–H.P Lovecraft, Hypnos

What would you like to get from a four-cost, loyal Order of the Silver Twilight card? How about an extra refresh phase?

An extra refresh phase might seem pointless at first, but think about it: You can bring an insane character fully back into action, restore another insane character, exhaust some characters and support cards to utilize their abilities, and they all get to refresh again, right after. Even the domain you drained to gain your extra refresh phase is once again open to use once the effect is complete.

With a good setup, you might even get a little loop out of this, if you can manage to get the event out of your discard pile. Will it take too long to set up and do something meaningful? Maybe you would like another card, then?

Keep The Fires Burning

Would you prefer to draw two cards? Card draw is always a good thing. Extra cards mean extra options, and when you want to create a combo like the one above, you want to dig deep and fast. The Order of the Silver Twilight is rather combo-oriented, so extra card draw is always a plus. A lot of Silver Twilight effects hinge around discard and sacrifice, making card draw doubly important to keep their fires burning.

Additionally, though in the end they may not hold humanity’s best interests at heart, the Silver Twilight consists largely of humans. So they’re among the factions that favor Investigation over Terror, and they are able to quickly acquire success tokens through the Investigation struggle.

What if your characters could just burn the midnight oil and send in a second wave of people to quickly finish their research? By gaining an additional story phase, and by winning a couple of Arcane struggles, they would be able to really take advantage of an opponent’s moment of weakness. It’s not above the Order to send in the acolytes to draw in (and exhaust) any opposition, then let the rest mop up the pieces–the old bait and switch routine.

So… what would you like most from your four-cost Silver Twilight card? What if you want to have all of the above?

You're in luck! The Order of the Silver Twilight has been busy in Curse of the Jade Emperor, the second Asylum Pack from the Ancient Relics cycle for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. Their members have been hard at work, forwarding their Hidden Agenda (Curse of the Jade Emperor, F41) which allows you to repeat any phase.

In the end, it's up to you to find the most insidious way to take advantage of such an apparently innocuous card with a deceptively open-ended effect!

Based on the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and his literary circle, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game takes two players deep into the Cthulhu Mythos where investigators clash with the Ancient Ones and Elder Gods for the fate of the world. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Asylum Pack expansions to the core game.

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Published: 9/6/2011 8:21:00 AM

 Mind-bending card, sounds like it'll take a while to really see everything you can do with this one.

Published: 9/3/2011 9:20:32 AM

I don't know what's going on in the picture exactly, but it looks more like forced labour mass-production than calligraphy art. The fact they don't use quills but brushes makes me think it's not Chinese or a similar language.

Published: 9/3/2011 3:08:09 AM

@ sepayne7l,as a graphical possibility, yes, for Chinese, Korean and Japanese. As a widespread  (or dominant) usage is much later than the 1920s (1956 for China, and the first Korean newspaper to adopt horizontal script did so in 1988) I keep wanting to photoshop writing brushes over the quills anyway.

Forgive me, I'm a sinologist in RL. The card itself has great potential, I think.

Published: 9/2/2011 5:06:04 PM

If you really wanted to get technical, Korean can be left to right or vertical (at least according to one of my mangas and wikipedia).

Either way, kind of a cool card. Silver Twilight is looking fun.


Published: 9/2/2011 5:02:27 PM

@ jhaelen, Lol! I should have considered the possibility.

Published: 9/2/2011 4:49:40 PM

"Sorry, since this has nothing to do with game mechanics and playability, but are those folks writing Chinese with goose quills and in horizontal lines, left to right?"

Well, obviously these are contrarian cultists, worshippers of unspeakable entities. Not only do they speak backwars in a multitude of tongues, they are also writing backwards - or maybe they are even 'unwriting' ;-)

Hidden Agenda certainly gets my creative juices flowing. I'm pretty sure the card means trouble... Too bad it's a Loyal card :-(

Published: 9/2/2011 2:29:18 PM

 As was noted in the forum, for example repeating the Refresh Phase can be devastating (and can create an infinite loop if you can get Hidden Agenda back in hand).

Published: 9/2/2011 1:05:30 PM

Sorry, since this has nothing to do with game mechanics and playability, but are those folks writing Chinese with goose quills and in horizontal lines, left to right? Talk about suspension of disbelief...

Published: 9/2/2011 12:21:33 PM

This card seems like it has some amazing potential!

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