Achtung Cthulhu

Legendary Entertainment and The Frank Herbert Estate have announced they awarding Gale Force Nine a license to begin creating new tabletop games based in the popular DUNE universe. Gale Force Nine have announced that they are ready to release a role-playing game in late 2019 with original table time games to follow.

Jamie Kampel, Vice President of Licensing & Partnerships for Legendary, commented that:

Gale Force Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing program. Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.

The agreement allows Gale Force Nine to produce new tabletop games drawing from the entire scope of the Dune franchise. This will include drawing on publications not just from Frank Herbert but also works by Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. New games will also feature direct tie-ins with the films being produced by Denis Villeneuve for Legendary.

A full slate of games, including role playing games, board games, and miniatures games, are planned for a release just prior to Legendary’s theatrical release of DUNE in 2020. John- Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Gale Force Nine, described this as just being a start for the new material, “This is only the beginning of our big plans in tabletop for this captivating franchise. Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come.”

Gale Force Nine isn’t planning on stewarding this planet of material alone. The license allows Gale Force Nine to partner with other companies to produce new products. The first collaboration is planned to be a tabletop role-playing game from Modiphius, who has published other IP based games including Star Trek AdventuresFallout: Wasteland WarfareConan, Achtung! Cthulhu, and Tales from the Loop.

About Dune

Frank Herbert published in the original Dune science fiction novel in 1965 as two separate serials in Analog magazine. The book was the first installment of the Dune series, and in 2003 was cited as the world’s best-selling science fiction novel.

The book is set in the distant future populated by a feudal interstellar society where noble houses control individual planets. Dune follows the story of Paul Atreides and the noble family that accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. Arrakis is the only source of the melange, a rare oracular spice, and the most valuable substance in the universe. The full story explores everything fro politics to religion and ecology to technology as factions seek control of Arrakis and melange.

Following the popularity of Dune, Herbert ended up writing five sequels. The first novel inspired a 1984 David Lynch film, computer games, board games, songs and more. In 1999 Kevin J Anderson and Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert began publishing a series os prequels and sequels to the original book.

Modiphius Entertainment has released the artwork for the new Conan Role Playing Game and a new campaign for Achtung! Cthulhu.

First up is the art for the Conan Role Playing Game and if you are a Conan fan then you will should recognize the artist as Sanjulian a world famous Conan Artist. Apparently Sanjulian approached Modiphius Entertainment after hearing they were bringing out an authenticate Conan RPG.

Next is the artwork for Shadows of Atlantis by Lynne Hardy the artwork is done by Dim Martin. Shadows of Atlantis is a new campaign for Achtung! Cthulhu.

The Conan Role Playing Game should be out August/September time frame and Shadows of Atlantis is expected for release this summer. Keep an eye out for the eye catching artwork at your favorite FLGS/OLGS.

achtung! Cthulhi

Modiphius Entertainment has signed Kevin Wilson to design the new co-operative board game Achtung! Cthulhu – The Secret War, set for release this winter. The game takes place in Modiphius’ World War Two universe where players race across Europe engaged in vital missions against ancient terrors, as heroes from Section M and Majestic.

Kevin Wilson is best known for his highly popular titles Arkham Horror, Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Android and Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game.

You can read the press release here.