If you’ve been around the board gaming world for a while, chances are you’ve heard of the game Unspeakable Words. It was featured on Geek and Sundry‘s awesome board game show TableTop.
As with many games featured on the show, it sold out pretty quickly after that; so many people have been wondering when the game would be reprinted. And the time is now! They’re Kickstarting a deluxe version of the game.
For those not initiated into the dark mysteries of the game, it’s essentially a Cthulhu-themed word spelling game:
“In the game, you and your opponents will attempt to form words from the letter cards in your hand. Each letter is worth points – the amount of points is determined by the number of angles in the letter (where the hounds of Tindalos are lurking!). You may try to make the highest scoring word possible, but…you’ll have to test the strength of the word against a roll of the 20-sided die. Roll equal to or higher than the value of your word and you’re safe…but roll less than the value of your word and you lose a precious piece of your sanity, represented by an adorable Cthulhu pawn!”
I really love this game, and I’m personally really excited they’re Kickstarting it. For a relatively simple game, there’s definitely some strategy to it. For instance, if you’ve only got two figures left, then maybe you shouldn’t play a high-point word, because it’ll be hard to roll over that point value on a d20. But you still need to beat everyone, so you still want to play high number words. So there’s a lot of good tension as you either push your luck or play conservatively. The chancy part is even if you play conservatively, if you roll poorly, you’ll still lose a sanity!
The most hysterical part of the game is when you only have one Cthulhu figure left, you get to make up words! I’m not sure if it’s in the rules, but we usually make the player define the ridiculous non-word they just created.
Okay, so what’s new? Well, this time, the art is going to be from John Kovalic, the artist behind Munchkin and the web-comic staple Dork Tower. Also, like the normal game, you’ll get 30 figures, but this time, they’ll come in six different colors. You’ll also get a dice/pawn bag and other extras.
Here’s the pledge levels from their Kickstarter page:
$35 – Spell this! Receive the Deluxe Edition of Unspeakable Words! It’s more fun than a barrel full of Nyarlathoteps. The Deluxe Edition includes 97 Letter cards, each illustrated by famed artist John Kovalic with a creature from the world of H.P. Lovecraft, 30 multi-colored (wow!) Cthulhu pawns, a shiny new d20, a pawn/dice bag to conveniently take all of the game components with you in case you go insane and need to flee the Hounds of Tindalos, and instructions. Plus, if our backers hit specific dollar levels, we’ll have even more upgraded components and special extras!
$45 – The Unspeakable Bundle – receive both the new Deluxe Edition and the Classic Edition game – combine the two to play up to 12 people!
$55 – Eldritch Abomination! Receive TWO copies of the Deluxe Edition of Unspeakable Words! Hoard both of them for yourself, give one to a friend, combine the two together and play with up to twelve people, or just begin building your army of mini Cthulhus.
$75 – Descend into Madness! Get TWO copies of the Deluxe Edition plus one copy of the Classic Edition Unspeakable Words! Throw all of the components into a big pile like an ominous Formless Spawn! Or simply share them with friends.
$200 – Join the Cult! Get THREE copies of the Deluxe Edition of Unspeakable Words, PLUS have your name be included in the rules in an example of play! You’ll also get 10 extra copies of the rules SIGNED by the inventors to prove your devotion to Cthulhu to your friends and families. Only a few devotees will be deemed worthy of participating at this level!
They’ve got a few stretch goals too that include dice and a better bag, so go check those out.
I’m definitely backing this game, and if you’re interested, check it out here. Their goal is $12,000, which I predict they’ll have no problem hitting. You’ve got until Friday, February 20th at 8 p.m. CT to pledge!