FFG: Unmasking the Masks of Nyarlathotep

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Nyarlathotep is the opener of the ways. Now the terror of a classic adventure comes to Eldritch Horror.

Masks of Nyarlathotep is a classic Call of Cthulhu adventure. It pits investigators against the myriad cults and machinations of the elder god Nyarlathotep, the sole member of the mythos to still walk the face of the earth. He is the messenger of the gods, the opener of the ways, and in Masks, the center of a plot to bring the elder gods to Earth once more.

It is a masterwork of an adventure, with players starting in New York, following on the trail of the Carlyle expedition, and from thence forth heading to London, Cairo, Kenya, and Shanghai–it is an open-ended race against the cults of the crawling chaos with five different “main scenarios” that are interwoven, though approachable at the players’ discretion. Even if you have never played Call of Cthulhu, it’s a masterclass in adventure design and worth checking out.

And now, this classic adventure is coming to the latest edition of Call of Cthulhu and also to Eldritch Horrors, both thanks to FFG.

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In Eldritch Horror, investigators must roam the globe, battling the minions of the elder gods, traveling in search of artifacts and clues while monsters are unleashed upon the world. Masks of Nyarlathotep introduces a campaign mode to the game, meaning that players will need to win multiple games, and the choices made in one game carry over into the next.

Each investigator has their own personal story as well, shaping up as either rewards or consequences, depending on how the players succeed in the game. Victory might bring you once step closer to thwarting the crawling chaos, but defeat might also yield a deadly consequence.

Either way, your actions will shape the story as it unfolds. And it will take all of your cunning, and a little bit of luck to defeat the encroaching darkness.

Masks of Nyarlathotep$49.95

Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep is an expansion for Eldritch Horror, a cooperative boardgame for one to eight players where intrepid investigators must traverse the globe in an attempt to thwart the cataclysmic rise of an otherworldly Ancient One. Strange cults are gathering strength in remote corners and bustling cities all over the world. Though they seem to worship different gods, the investigators have found a thread that runs throughout all of the cultists’ horrific rites.

In Masks of Nyarlathotep, each of these sects pursues the awakening of an aspect of the same horrific creature: Nyarlathotep. This being is known as the Messenger of the Outer Gods, and he is the only Ancient One that still actively walks among humanity. The investigators must work to stop the that cults spring up to serve his many guises, or Nyarlathotep will gain enough strength to open the Ultimate Gate, ushering in an unthinkable doom. Strike down these cults in new Adventures, explore ancient mysteries among new Mystic Ruins, and destroy the monstrous followers of Nyarlathotep. New to this expansion, Personal Stories unique to each character add stakes to the actions undertaken by each investigator, and a Campaign mode adds a fresh challenge and enriches the narrative of the investigators’ struggles to stop the many cults worshipping the multitude of faces worn by one dread being in Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep!


  • D. B.

    Very nice. The only gripe I have with this is that “Nyarlathotep” sounds about as Egyptian as “Ktazenblummerswishundwagenplaftenbomm” sounds German.

    • Fredddy

      “Ktazenblummerswishundwagenplaftenbomm, the Lord of the
      Pfefferblöchenfichtelwürfelkuchenstramm” would be a decent Ancient One name imho. From the book Unausspraechliche Kulte of von Junzt ofc.

      • D. B.

        Sounds like an early draft for Wolfenstein! 😀

        • Fredddy

          I really like German language, it was my first foreign language and those long words might sound funny but actually make the phrasing quite coherent. For the Egyptian theme, these things feel in 2017 just as fresh as a spat bubble gum with every second AD&D adventure featuring an evil mummy pharaoh, but in the era of Lovecraft, Egypt was actually a thrillingly exotic place with the discovery of Tutankhamons grave in the headlines and the Mummy with Boris Karloff as the pinnacle of scary movies.

          • D. B.

            LOL. You can always tell someone’s German when they try to use composites in English – “computerprogramme” “washingmachine”.

            Oh, I love the old adventure-y Egyptian theme. And I gotta say, the 1932 “Mummy” was a milestone (although the 1999 “Mummy” was funnier, and the 2017 “Mummy” was… OK, that movie existed, but only technically. That is something we should better forget that it happened).

          • Fredddy

            English language is actually the best at capturing the essence of something with a short and striking phrase- “trigger-happy” being mi favourite, but there are a lots of these. (And it was really easy to learn English after German)
            I haven’t seen the 2017 Mummy, the 1999 Mummy was a funny one capturing the essence, but yeah, the 1932 one was the real sh_t. Ardeth Bay is the coolest alias name ever.

          • D. B.

            As to the 2017 “Mummy”, this says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgLtEob6X-Q

    • Rahl

      Doesn’t matter what it sounds like, its been the name for 90 years, it’s not going anywhere.

      • D. B.

        I confess, I had no idea the name was Lovecraftian. #themoreyouknow

        • Fredddy

          Yeah, and actually invented by HP Lovecraft himself, not just added to the universe later by Derleth or other followers.