Can You Get Cthulhu into the White House?

By Julian Benson on at

There's a card game on Kickstarter in which you play the campaign manager for a candidate in their race to the White House. You can run the campaigns of political heavyweights like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Abraham Lincoln, and, er, Cthulhu.


Elections of US America Election: The Card Game isn't taking an entirely accurate picture of the current political landscape but it aims to capture something of the mad game that a political campaign can become. As well as giving speeches to voters, trying to swing them over to you at the polls with your political savvy and ideology, you can stab the other candidates in the back (politically speaking, of course).

The way it works is that there's a stack of cards each representing one of the US states. On the back of the card will be details about the region, including how many voters of each political persuasion there are. Iowa, for instance, might have 10 Republican voters, 5 Independents, and 2 Democrats. Depending on your candidate and their appeal to different voter groups you can pick up those voters just by having more appeal to a demographic than your opponent. However, you can play cards that augment your candidates abilities – like a speechwriter who appeals to a different demographic, upping your candidates appeal, or you can implicate your opponent in a scandal that means they lose appeal with a different group of voters.

In the Kickstarter video there's an interesting discussion about whether they should make Donald Trump immune to scandals or make it so he gains power whenever he is involved in one. Rules like this can make the different candidates have completely different play styles on the campaign trail.

Elections is still in Kickstarter and is currently a third of the way towards its £21,000 goal with 28 days to go.

I really like what I've read about Elections so far but it's difficult to get a sense of how the game will play until it's right there in front of you. Approaching the mechanics of electioneering with a sense of humour seems like a great way to go about it, though.

Cthulhu for president! Cthulhu! Cthulhu! Cthulhu!