Game Focus #1 [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu!]

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Today we are going to shine the spotlight on [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu!], our latest game inspired by the horrific imagination of H. P. Lovecraft, available in French and English now! Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu is designed for 3 to 6 players and offers fast-paced, competitive games featuring indescribable cosmic entities.


During Spiel Digital from Thursday, October 22 to Sunday, October 25, 2020, come find out about the game and test it for free on Tabletopia; meet the game’s friendly designers, Francesco Barborini and Massimiliano Grotti; tell us what you think of Andrea “Criki” Parisi’s great illustration work; or simply join us on our Discord channel and say hi!


The stars are in alignment and great Cthulhu is finally ready to wake!

Your cult has been working on it for centuries, but on second thought… Is this really such a good idea?

Conjure up all the nefarious entities of the Cthulhu mythos and be clever in how you use their effects, so you’re not the one who dooms us all!

Honestly, your rivals would make much better appetizers for the Great Old One!

Can you avoid making the unspeakable mistake in this quick card game of hideous tentacles and dirty tricks? Will you be the one to wake up great Cthulhu?



Francesco Barborini

Massimiliano Grotti

Andrea “Criki” Parisi







How can you find out more about [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu] during Spiel Essen 2020?

  • On Thursday, October 22 from 16:00 to 17:30 CET, the game’s authors will be in our virtual booth through the Spiel’s Discord channel (in the Don’t Panic Games room), to introduce you to the game and talk about the ins and outs of game design. They will answer your questions and demonstrate the unholy rituals that will let you play [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu] on Tabletopia!

  • On Friday, October 23, all morning long, the Don’t Panic Games team will be on Tabletopia to introduce you to [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu]!

  • On Saturday, October 24 from 14:00 to 15:00 CET, come find out about [Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu!] on Orkenspalter’s stream!

    They tested it and loved it:

    “Reminds me of Exploding Kittens, but meaner and with more interaction. Each player has a number of cards in hand and can play as many as they want, but they always have to draw at the end of their turn, so… be careful, because the next card you draw might be Cthulhu and then you better have the right card to get rid of him! Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu, don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

    Le Grenier Ludique 

    “Don’t Wake Up Cthulhu is a very cool party game. The Cthulhu theme fits the game well. Cthulhu is a Great Old One that you can only defeat with a “Counterspell” or an “Elder Sign”. There are some really dirty tricks in this game, and you shouldn’t hesitate to use them. The artwork is great, has an 80’s comics feel to it, we love it.”

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