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The Gods War

A project in Rockwall, TX by Sandy Petersen

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Glorantha: The Gods War board game combines asymmetric strategy with fantastic plastic figures.
Backers: 1968
Average Pledge Per Backer: $297

Funded: $585,473 of $100,000
Dates: Aug 16th -> Sep 15th (30 days)
Project By: Sandy Petersen
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Latest News

The Final Countdown is over!

September 15th - via:
  Well... We did it! Thanks to each and every one of you - nearly 2,000 of you - this campaign funded in just hours and has broken that magical half-million mark.   We had a solid game, and we loved Glorantha as a setting, but your support and... (Read More)

Elder Races (100% Complete)

September 15th - via:
We just unlocked the Slarges, which means Elder Races is 100% Complete!    (Read More)

Monsters (100% Complete)

September 15th - via:
We unlocked Androgeus today, which means Monsters is 100% complete!    (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: The Sea Empire

September 14th - via:
A bonus treat for all of you out there in the last few hours of this great campaign! It's an in-depth look at the sea.  Mermaid!   Sea Basics  You have the same building options as most factions – 6 shrines, 3 temples, and a ziggurat. Your... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: the Sky Empire

September 14th - via:
  The Sky faction is probably the hardest faction for first-time players to figure out. You start with two challenges to overcome. First, Sky has the seeming advantage of a Greater God who can't be killed. But he is uselessly in Hell, and awkward... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: the Storm Bullies

September 14th - via:
  Storm is an odd faction – part late-bloomer, part-bully, he needs to fight to earn Runes, but his major combat unit (the Thunder King) is at his best in the late game. He needs to focus on Power, for building an army, rather than... (Read More)

The Gods War (Complete)

September 14th - via:
Since The Gods War (the core game) is now 100% complete, we're swapped out the graphic on the front page to show all the figures and components that come in the box.    (Read More)

Stretch Goal Changes!

September 13th - via:
This campaign has been a bit of a roller-coaster, as I’m sure you’re all aware. We have been looking over our stretch goals, and our expected completion, and we have come to a realization. It’s possible that we won’t earn the cash to hit... (Read More)

The Fabled Greater God Pledge

September 12th - via:
What is it exactly? Here is what it contains... First, you get everything that is in the Hero pledge. I.e., a complete set of all the gameplay items. And of course all of these come in durable plastic. The special bonus items you are receiving are of... (Read More)

5-Player Actual Play Video

September 11th - via:
A couple days ago, we posted a 4-Player Actual Play video. Today, we added the 5-Player video. Both are posted on the front of the Kickstarter page.    (Read More)

Leviathan and Heroquest!

September 11th - via:
We asked if you wanted Androgeus or Leviathan as our next stretch goal for Monsters. The vote wasn't even close: Leviathan: 66% Androgeus: 34% So... once we reach $505,000 we'll be adding Leviathan to Monsters. 3D Render of Leviathan HeroquestWe've... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: Maximizing Early Power

September 10th - via:
Just like chess (or Cthulhu Wars), The Gods War has a number of plausible openings. You need to craft an opening with three goals in mind. First, you need to maximize your Power for the second game turn. Second, you need to move towards completing a... (Read More)

The Gods War Actual Play #1

September 10th - via:
Curious how The Gods War looks in action?  This video may help:    (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner: Gathering Early Heroquests

September 9th - via:
In The Gods War, your Heroquest Gifts also give you Power, one for each Fragment in which you have a Gift. To maximize Power, you'll want to earn Gifts in all three fragments. If you fill up a Fragment, you'll earn VP, so that' s good too. We need to... (Read More)

Leviathan and Androgeus!

September 7th - via:
Hey all, Leviathan and Androgeus are two of our Cosmic Monsters (Juggernaut being the other). Let’s talk about what they do, so you can decide which you'd want as our next Stretch Goal. As Cosmic Monsters, they spawn when the Great Compromise is... (Read More)

Leviathan or Androgeus? You Decide!

September 4th - via:
click to vote    What a great weekend!We not only unlocked the Full Moon, making Moon a fully playable Empire, but we also finished off the last of the Empires Stretch Goals! Up next... More Dice: We'll up the number of standard d6 dice in The... (Read More)

Heroquest for the Earth-King of Pamaltela

September 3rd - via:
HeroquestWhen the current Stretch Goal is funded, Moon will be added to Empires as a fully playable faction. Our original plan was to follow-up later with one last upgrade to Empires, the Titan Pamalt. However, if we can meet this challenge, we'll... (Read More)

The Elder Races

September 2nd - via:
Elder Races includes a number of different intelligent or semi-intelligent species. If all stretch goals are met, there will be 12 different Elder Races included in the box (as I write this, there are 10).    The intent is that only some of these... (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner: Everybody Fights

September 1st - via:
In The Gods War, you’ll need an assault force. In many asymmetric strategy games, not every player engages in aggressive battle. Even in Mare Nostrum, Chaos in the Old World, or even the infamous Cthulhu Wars itself, some factions function more by... (Read More)

Full Moon

August 31st - via:
We just unlocked the Earth Wedding Stretch Goal, which means we're adding plastic 'wedding rings' and die-cut Earth Queen cards to Empires. It also means it's time to work on adding the full Moon Empire! 9 figures added to Empires + custom Moon... (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner: The Darkness Ambush

August 31st - via:
Reminder: /r/IAMA with Sandy today! proof!     The Darkness AmbushStarting with turn 2, Darkness is able to move from Hell into any map area. Since she starts with 4 trolls, and may well have summoned a specter or the Mistress, this means everyone... (Read More)

Comparing Gods War to Cthulhu Wars

August 30th - via:
Reminder: /r/IAMA with Sandy tomorrow!    It’s safe to say that a player of Cthulhu Wars will find familiar elements in Gods War. Both games feature large, impressively-sculpted plastic figures on a colorful map. Both games are highly... (Read More)

Who is Sandy Petersen?

August 29th - via:
/r/IAMA WednesdayI'll be answering questions on the /r/IAMA subreddit this Wednesday, between 4 PM & 7 PM CT (Texas Time). Proof I am /u/SandyPetersen   Who is Sandy Petersen?I’ve been a professional game designer since 1982. I realize my life... (Read More)


August 28th - via:
In case you're interested in some of the Gods War interviews out there... BoardGameGeek Interview at Gen Con 2016    Munchkin Land #180: Interview Part 1    Munchkin Land #182: Interview Part 2    The Curators 9: Interview Part 1    The... (Read More)

Of Maps and Farms and Maidens

August 27th - via:
You did it! We made it to $430,000 today, so: Empires will have 6-8 Player Map, which includes two new bodies of water (the Sea of Worms and Sshorg's Ocean), and comes with a new Skydome/Hell sideboard (each with three locations). The Gods War will... (Read More)

Earth Wedding

August 27th - via:
We just unlocked The Selenes, which means we're 3/4 of the way to unlocking the full Moon Empire. It also means we're closing in on the 6-8 Player Map, if we can get to $430,000 in the next 12 hours! Next Stretch Goal: Earth Wedding; adds die-cut... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (Mermaids)

August 27th - via:
  We're almost there!With one day left to go, we're within striking distance of the 6-8 Player Map. If we have a repeat of the last 24 hours, we'll get there! Remember: If we get to $430,000 by midnight CST (Texas Time) Saturday night we'll not... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (Barbarians & Broos)

August 26th - via:
6-8 Player Map ProgressJust over $20,000 to go and we'll proc the 6-8 Player Map (see the Quagmire Update). We're half-way through the challenge and going strong. Thank you all for your help getting the word out. 38 hours to go!    Sandy's Design... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: The Minions (The Archers)

August 25th - via:
Human Archer   Sky is the faction best in defense, but is also able to turn his prowess into powerful attacks and counterblows. The Sky Minion is the Archer. Archers benefit from the Gift of “Shanasse” which enables Archers in adjacent Areas to... (Read More)


August 24th - via:
Theodore Rousseau's "A Swamp in Les Landes," about 1846, oil on canvas. (Getty Museum)   You may have noticed that the last couple days have been slow, almost like The Gods War has been fought to a standstill. On Tuesday, we had over $10,000 in new... (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner: Gloranthan Esoterica and The Gods War

August 24th - via:
How does Gloranthan lore figure in The Gods War? My goal was to keep it low-key – the players who care about it will see its effects, and the players who only care about the fun strategies will effortlessly sail past. I play a lot of wargames, many... (Read More)


August 23rd - via:
The Mad God was taking insanely long to fund his marker, so we decided to help him out. As you may have noticed, we lowered the bar for the last Stretch Goal - now we get to work on adding More Moon! Help Spread the Word: Reshare this post on... (Read More)

Gods War Playthrough

August 23rd - via:
And it's not even by Petersen Games!  This is a real quickie of an update just to let y'all know that the guys at Munchkinland have put together a video of a complete playthrough of the game, and you can see it at  A lot... (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner: Invisible God

August 23rd - via:
  Invisible God is probably the faction about which least is known or understood, so let’s address this. I am going to go into this faction at probably more length than any other! Hope you enjoy reading this analysis as much as I did writing it.... (Read More)

Component Upgrades

August 22nd - via:
 Plastic Power / Victory MarkersObviously every empire needs to track Power and Victory points. Ere now, this was done by die-cut markers. But now they are nice, stackable, colorful, plastic pieces. These actually have one big advantage over the... (Read More)

Glorantha Q&A (Right Here!)

August 19th - via:
Have Questions about Glorantha?We've got answers. Even better... The team at Chaosium has agreed to answer questions about Glorantha right here, in the comments to this Update. Most of them will be answered by Mr. Jeff Richard.    Who is Jeff... (Read More)

Half Moon: Assassins!

August 19th - via:
We've unlocked the Water Stretch Goal, which means The Gods War will now include a new Water Rune, while Buildings will now include a Sea Ziggurat.    Help spread the word: Reshare this post on Facebook.    Next Stretch Goal: Assassins!Assassins... (Read More)

The Monsters

August 18th - via:
What are they and what do they do? The Monsters in Gods War are a unit type which is not really represented in Cthulhu Wars, (though the bhole & the watcher come close). Basically, the Monsters are hostile to every player and present challenges.... (Read More)


August 18th - via:
We've unlocked Moonrise, which means The Gods War will now include a new Moonrise Rune, while Empires will now include Crimson Bat. Next Stretch Goal: Water Add new Secret Water Rune to The Gods War Add custom Sea Ziggurat to Buildings If you are on... (Read More)

Good News About Shipping

August 17th - via:
HeroQuestThe Great Old One sent his warrior Pit on an epic HeroQuest to change the very nature of the universe. After riddles in the underworld and facing the very storms of Orlanth, he faced and defeated the HellManager and discovered a mighty rune!... (Read More)


August 17th - via:
We've unlocked the Here Be Dragons Goal, which means The Gods War will now include a new Dragon Rune and Dragon Counters, while Elder Races will now include Inhuman King (Dragonewt Stage 5). Next Stretch Goal: Moonrise Add new Moonrise Rune to The... (Read More)

Here Be Dragons

August 16th - via:
We just unlocked the Oblivion Stretch Goal, which means The Gods War will now include plastic Oblivion markers! Next Stretch Goal: Here Be Monsters Add New Dragon Rune to The Gods War Add Dragon Counters to The Gods War Add Inhuman King to Elder... (Read More)


August 16th - via:
We just unlocked the Juggernaut, which means there will now be a Juggernaut in Monsters! Next Stretch Goal: Plastic Oblivion Markers for Chaos   The Chaos player has a Gift called Oblivion. This Gift is pretty fearsome – when a building or unit is... (Read More)

Monsters: Juggernaut

August 16th - via:
We just unlocked the Darkness Stretch Goal, which means there's a new Rune in The Gods War and a new Darkness Ziggurat in Buildings! Next Stretch Goal: Adding Juggernaut to Monsters. Monsters is an optional $100 Add-On product that all Hero ($450)... (Read More)


August 16th - via:
We just unlocked the Waertagi Dragonships, so that now Elder Races will include three of those models! Next Stretch Goal is all Darkness, and includes A new Rune (Secret Darkness) added to The Gods War A new Ziggurat with a Darkness mon added to... (Read More)

Elder Races: Waertagi Dragonships

August 16th - via:
We just unlocked the Component Upgrades, so that now all Empire Sheets and Gift Cards will be die-cut! Next Stretch Goal: Adding Waertagi Dragonships to Elder Races. Elder Races is an optional $100 Add-On product that all Hero ($450) and Greater... (Read More)

Upgraded Die-cut Empire Sheets and Gift Cards

August 16th - via:
Sky Empire Sheet With this upgrade all of your large Empire Sheets and Gift Card components become thick die cut, to last through many many play sessions.   What is an Empire Sheet and how do Gifts work?  This video explains exactly how they are... (Read More)

Comparing The Gods War & Cthulhu Wars Models

August 16th - via:
The Mad God vs Great Cthulhu   Black Goat vs The Hellmother   Crawling Chaos vs The Emperor   The Kraken vs Abhoth   Dark Young vs Thunder Brother   The King in Yellow vs Thed   Rhan Tegoth vs Yelm, the Sun God    (Read More)

Glorantha: The Gods War - Now on Kickstarter

August 16th - via:
The Gods War is a brilliant and immersive strategy game with a rich and textured lore. (Read More)

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