The Writer is a playing cards game about the Cthulhu Mythos.
Only one player will prove to be the Writer by publishing the Cthulhu Mythos books using cards. Use the cards abilities to reach your goal and complete your Library Card without losing your points to win the game.
- 96 Story Cards (48 cards x 2 decks)
- 4 Library Cards
- 4 Counter Cards
- 6 Necronomicon Cards
- 1 Cthulhu Dice
- 32 counters
- 4 basic pawns
How to play
Use the cards abilities to reach your goal and complete your Library Card without losing your points to win the game.
Each card represents part of a story. In the game there are 8 unique stories represented by a color and symbol. You can complete a story by getting 5 cards with the same symbol.
The game has different rounds. The first round’s aim is to get one story, on the next 2 rounds you must complete 2 stories; and the next rounds 3. However you always start to play with only five cards, so you will need more cards to complete the stories, but beware, once you get them you will have to get rid of all the ones you have left! You will need to decide on your strategy!
Each card has a unique ability, represented by its top icon. This ability enables you to get additional cards; to repeat your turn; to take cards from the discard pile or to get rid of your own cards. You will use the abilities depending on your strategy, the game’s progress and the aim of the round.
A round ends when a player meets the defined aim and manages to dispose of their remaining cards. The winner will mark their stories on the library card and the losers lose sanity points for the cards remaining in their hand.
The first player who completes the eight stories on their Library Card will be declared the true Writer and win the game!
A game lasts approximately 60 minutes and is for 2 to 4 players. You can also play a fast-play method for 20-minute games, or you can combine two games to play up to 8 players.
The resin pieces are made by the talented artist Daniel of Teptec Studios. All the resin pieces are produced in Germany by the artist so you can expect the same high quality of the Talking Board planchettes or the Secret idol. Daniel has been collaborating with us before and his work is well recognized.
The art of the cards has been made by the talented Jericho Benavente “Serathus”, he is now involved in Wills and Wonders Strategy RPG game.
Stapleton McTavish is the author of the Cthulhuian font, we are using it under McTavish permission.
The game comes in English and Spanish but you can download more translations for the rulebook in the Board Game Geek.
English, spanish, french & dutch available to download.