Chaosium’s Horror on the Orient Express Board Game

By Dan Zappone July 21, 2023 2 Min Read
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Fans of Chaosium’s tabletop RPG “Call of Cthulhu” have long heralded its campaign, Horror on the Orient Express, as an iconic journey into horror and mystery. Now, Chaosium is excited to announce that this haunting narrative is soon to be experienced in a whole new way: as an immersive board game!

The forthcoming Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game promises a terrifying voyage into the glamorous yet perilous carriages of the renowned 1920s train. This version will plunge players into the enigmatic realm of the Dreamlands, creating a surreal, high-stakes adventure onboard the most opulent locomotive of its time.

From grotesque creatures emerging from the darkness to clandestine cultists camouflaged among the affluent passengers, danger lurks at every corner. Will you rise to the challenge and unveil the sinister secrets of the Orient Express before time runs out?

A Masterful Adaptation: From TTRPG to Board Game

As a transformation of the distinguished Call of Cthulhu TTRPG, Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game incorporates distinctive rules and character progression, topped off with high-quality game pieces, setting the stage for an exhilarating gaming experience.

This cooperative board game calls upon you and fellow investigators to endure the menacing environment of the doomed train. As the plot unfolds, you can develop your character’s skills, gather essential items, converse with fellow passengers, and unearth crucial clues determining the train’s ultimate destiny. To claim victory, you must expose the cultists and prevent their ghastly ritual while ensuring the train reaches its destination safely. Remember, your objective is to survive and obstruct the horrors from the Dreamlands and avert disaster.

Introducing the Creators

The creators behind this thrilling adaptation are none other than acclaimed designers Adam Kwapiński, known for his work on Nemesis and Frostpunk, and Michał Gołąb Gołębiowski, credited for Destinies. Together, they have crafted a cooperative board game requiring players to strategize and survive the menacing journey onboard the doomed Orient Express.

Chaosium has plans to launch a Kickstarter for Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game next year, eyeing a release date in 2025. Fans attending Gen Con this year will have the unique opportunity to preview a game prototype at the Chaosium booth #509. So, don’t miss your chance to glimpse this alluringly treacherous journey into the heart of the Dreamlands.

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