Seriously… this topic… again?
Fair warning, I might come across a bit agitated… mainly because I am (mostly for reasons beyond this). Also, note that I have not read even half of the posts in this thread. Please, take nothing personal should anyone feel personally attacked. Really, I don’t have the time to write this, but I’ve been asked to make an appearance so, I obliged.
There have been countless times over this game’s history that people have proclaimed that the game dead or dying. There is no difference between this thread and those past. No one ever provides any real evidence, but somehow they’re convinced they’re right this time.
So… a few points that people should consider here that may or may not of been mentioned yet.
1. FFG currently has a history of letting it’s community know a game is ending before they release they’re final version of the product. And when they do so, they tend to announce it when they announce their final product or cycle of product (in AGOT 1.0 case). The Mask of Madness came with no such announcement.
2. FFG employees can’t talk about product that hasn’t been officially announced. Thus, all you’re ever going get is a funny look and be told there is no info they can tell you.
3. Frankly, it’s still VERY possible that FFG doesn’t know what it wants to do yet. Giving each faction its own box is coming to a completion. Now they need to plan out and begin work on the game’s future themes for expansion. For all we know they’re still debating what’s next. So even if they did have plans to continue the game, they still couldn’t give you info because it’s possible they don’t even know it yet themselves.
4. FFG has never, to my knowledge, ever released a statement saying that the game is not ending.
5. FFG rarely, if ever to my knowledge, announced anything that was more than a year away from its actual release. In fact, it’s quite often less than 8 months if I recall correctly. So not hearing about what’s next after the next 2 unreleased expansions is not uncommon for us. In fact, having 2 pending deluxe expansions is kind of a new thing for us (frankly I don’t expect this to last long though due to typical FFG time tables for Cthulhu)
That being said, Cthulhu LCG is an old game. There’s no denying that fact. However, just because a game is old doesn’t mean it’s end is nigh. There is absolutely ZERO actual evidence available to us right now that would suggest that it is ending after or even soon after the hastur box. Could there eventually be some? Maybe. FFG could also be struck by lightning too. I’d say the odds are about the same.
Personally, I think it fair to warn people about buying into an old game. Simply because it’s old. It has a sizeable FAQ, it has a lot of product, etc… There are logical reasons to not buy into Cthulhu. However, one of them shouldn’t be because the game is ‘certainly’ going to end soon.
Mainly because that its doom is not impending. AGOT 1.0’s doom is impending. They’re in their swan song period. If you want to see a game that is dying soon, look at AGOT. If you want to see what happens when a LCG dies, look at the history for Warhammer: Invasion. You’ll notice that Cthulhu is currently experiencing none of those symptoms.
For Cthulhu. Come November, it will be FFG’s longest running LCG. It has survived everything else. Seriously, think about it all it has survived: (includes but is not limited to)
1. 12 or less person tournament attendance.
2. It outlasted AGOT and eclipsed Warhammer: Invasion
3. It survived the release of every other LCG on the market (there’s always the doomspeak that Cthulhu gets cut cause a new lcg is coming)
4. It survived several waves of broken decks (I only apologize for the Y-train, they rest I have no regrets lol)
5. It survived many FAQ tweaks.
6. It survived not getting a draft format when almost every other game was getting one.
7. It survived the switch from packs to boxes
8. It has survived years of less than minimum support from FFG.
9. It survived cards getting restricted
10. It survived cards getting banned
11. It survived a comparatively less active community
12. It has even survived doom threads like this.
Yet, Cthulhu is still here. Cthulhu is and has now become truly the Great Old One, literally. (puns fully intended lol)
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