|Call of Cthulhu LCG | Published 06 June 2011|
I can scarcely recall just when the increasingly frequent reports of police action against the odd and fantastical religious cults in the Orient and elsewhere commenced to impress me; but by May or June I realised that there was, all over the world, a surprising and unwonted burst of activity on the part of bizarre, furtive, and esoteric mystical organisations ordinarily quiescent and seldom heard from.
–Out of the Aeons, H.P. Lovecraft
The Great Old Ones' insidious reach continues to spread and Curse of the Jade Emperor, the next Asylum Pack of the Ancient Relics cycle, follows the tendrils of evil into the Far East. Coming in the third quarter of 2011 for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, prepare for restless dead, secret societies, and unholy artifacts!
Curse of the Jade Emperor is the second Asylum Pack in the Ancient Relics cycle of expansions. This expansion cycle is based on the theme of the global influence of the Ancient Ones and their cults and moves the action from H.P. Lovecraft's dread-filled New England to the wider world.
In this sixty-card Asylum Pack (three copies each of 20 different cards), players will find exotic, yet hauntingly familiar characters and tales, pulled from the myths and legends of ancient China. The Middle Kingdom's undying past collides with a present made all the more uncertain through the interference of diverse otherworldly actors in Curse of the Jade Emperor.
The pull of China is strong and in Call of Cthulhu it attracts academics from Miskatonic University, eager to study the history and artifacts of one of the world's oldest civilizations. The forces of law and order also come to do battle with some of the world's deadliest criminal organizations.
Curse of the Jade Emperor also follows Ancient Relics' over-arching theme of artifacts with great and terrible power reoccurring throughout history. In this Asylum Pack, The Guzheng looms dangerously, sapping skill and, if the unfortunate controller of a character must commit the attached character to a story, that character is driven insane afterwards. This Relic combos well with cards like Shotgun Blast (F16, Core Set), Panic (F77, Core Set), Blind Submission (F99, Core Set), and other effects that take advantage of low skill.
In the third quarter of 2011, pack your bags for a voyage to the Orient in Curse of the Jade Emperor!
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.
I really like the new cards that are coming out. We see a progressive increase in the power level but at the moment I don't see a metagame-warping card. It's really nice.
I am not looking forward to it either. Simply for the Agency/Hastur prize pistol combo with this and the "LULZ" it will cause afterwards.
I can see Evan Hall drooling over this card to throw in his John Henry Price Attachment card abuse deck... The horror...the horror... :D
I always love the detail in Tiziano's art :) I'm also not looking forward to playing against that card...
Hmm that has the making for some good insanity abuse for Hastur. Decent control at a cheap cost.
Just to be ever so nitpicky ... the title of the card, "The Guzheng" uses pinyin romanization. This is a romanization system that was developed in the PRC in the 50s, and didn't exist during the time "The Call of Cthulhu" is set. It would be more appropriate to use the Wade-Giles system of romanization, which was in until shortly after the Chinese revolution, in which case the card title would be "The Kucheng."