Seize forbidden treasures. Summon alien gods. Feed on your disciples.Cultist Simulator is a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories.
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May 31, 2018

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July 27

Cultist Simulator post-launch roadmap

Hey believers! We've finalised the roadmap for the next eight months or so, so here's what's coming up for Cultist Simulator.

The TLDR version, for those of you who just want the juicy bits, are:

  • Teresa's Build out at the end of September 2018
  • Christopher's Build out at the start of January 2019
  • Franklin's Build out at the start of March 2019

And, of course, ongoing quality of life/general improvements along with smol content updates. We'll update our blog regularly with more info, and you can always ask questions in the forums or find us on Twitter.


August #1: PORPHYRIA

Continued quality of life updates! The focus is on UI improvements & usability, so think text resizing, card placement tweaks, improved controls, that sort of thing. Ongoing work for Teresa’s Build.


August #2: QUO VADIS

Lovecraft’s birthday, for which SOMETHING EXCITING I CANNOT DISCLOSE MAY OCCUR! Also, our new monthly design stream (Thurs 16th)! Alexis and Lottie talk Cultist design, answer questions, and host special guest Nikhil Murthy (The Quiet Sleep), one of Weather Factory’s mentees. Ongoing work for Teresa’s Build.


September #1: ROSSETTI

Steam trading cards in-game! Another EXCITING THING I can’t talk about yet! Ongoing work on Teresa’s Build.


September #2: SHELLEY

Our monthly design stream (Thurs 13th)! Final polish/content for Teresa’s Build.


September #3: TENNYSON (Teresa’s Build release!)

Teresa’s Build! This will include a bunch of free updates (wounded/missing Followers, rebellious Followers, romanceable Followers, new Talk interactions, ‘Tainted Blood’ advanced Grail victory, huntable Long, improved Detective Legacy) and one paid bit of DLC (Dancer Legacy). Perpetual Edition owners, of course, get this ALL for free!


October #1: UNDINE

There definitely won’t be any bugs with Teresa, so we definitely haven’t left this sprint loose for fixing them. Work starts on Christopher’s Build, and our monthly design stream (Thurs 18th).


October #2: VERNE

Release of the Cultist Simulator soundtrack! Also, HALLOWEEN! Ongoing work on Christopher’s Build.


November #1: WHARTON

Our monthly design stream (Thurs 15th)! Ongoing work on Christopher’s Build.


November #2: XEXANOTH

Ongoing work on Christopher’s Build, and prep for our Christmas seasonal, OPALIA.


December #1: YOG-SOTHOTH

Ongoing Christopher’s Build work, and our pre-Christmas design stream (Thurs 13th)!


December #2: ZOLA

Christmas is the best time of the year. We shall be stuffing ourselves with mince pies and putting tinsel on cats, if you’re not too then what are you even doing with your life

January #1 (Christopher’s Build release!)

Christopher’s Build! A lot of free updates (new Skill: Scholarship uses, improved research mechanics, improved expedition goals, new player-written tomes, ‘Shaped’ advanced Forge victory) and a number of paid ones, too (new expeditions, Apostle Legacy, Priest Legacy). Again, anyone with Perpetual Edition gets the lot of ’em for free!


January #2

Our monthly design stream (Thurs 17th), and Christopher’s Build support! Work begins on Franklin’s Build.


February #1

Ongoing work on Franklin’s Build.


February #2

Ongoing work on Franklin’s Build, and our monthly design stream (Thurs 21st).


March #1 (Franklin’s Build release!)

Franklin’s Build release! As usual, this will include a lot of free updates (luxurious lifestyles, ageing, infamy, improved painting, new seasons) and some paid ones (new Patron stories, Familiar Legacy, Survivor Legacy, omg PETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!1!!!). Perpetual Edition owners get the whole lot for free, of course.

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July 2


Hello all

We’ve got all the post-launch hotfixes out the door, we’ve been to Brazil and back, and now we’re making some more Cultist Simulator.

Here are the three updates you can expect to see next. You’ll notice it says ‘probably roughly’. What’s this? Weather Factory not committing to deadlines? Why not?

Well, firstly, I have one last bit of potential just-when-I-thought-I-was-out-they-pull-me-back-in part-time freelance design/writing work. I said I wasn’t doing any more freelancing, but this is something that’s been on the cards since 2016, and I’m keen to be involved with it. It’s still under discussion, but if I do get involved, it will affect the CS schedule a bit.

But secondly, we really hustled to get CS out, as Lottie discussed in the retrospective. So we’re making a point of taking things a little easier in the back half of this year. Maybe a proper holiday even!

Anyway, here’s the plans! THIS PLAN IS NOT FINAL AND ANY AND ALL OF THE POINTS BELOW MAY CHANGE UNDER WHIM OR WEATHER. I’ve included our current thinking on what’ll be a free update and what’ll be paid DLC.

TERESA’S BUILD (probably roughly end August)

‘The finest artisans all dream of the White Door in the end. I’m no artisan, only a scholar. I think there’s a Secret that all these artisans know, but I think that Secret is only half the story.’

Focus on followers:

Wounded and Missing conditions [free]
Rebellion [free]
Romance [free]
More uses for Talk, finally [free]
The Tainted Blood advanced victory, and the Long Hunt [free]
Enhancements to the Detective Legacy [free]
The Dancer Legacy: hone your flesh and spirit at the Ecdysis Club [paid]

CHRISTOPHER’S BUILD (probably roughly end October)

‘To reach the Stag Door, I believe that all you really need is to want something enough. But I’ve never wanted anything that much, except of course [Teresa], and I’m very much afraid that the knot in the story is this: what [Teresa] wants is the Stag Door.’

Focus on scholarship and expeditions:

a use for the Scholarship skill! [free]
enhanced Research mechanics [free]
more specific goals for expeditions [free]
player-written tomes [free]
The Shaped advanced victory [free]
Expedition stories [free and/or paid]
Apostle Legacy: take up the mantle of a fallen cult leader [paid]
Priest Legacy: when your faith fails, where will you turn? [paid]

MY LORD FRANKLIN BANCROFT’S BUILD (probably roughly end January 2019)

‘Bancroft seems to have been a talented adept, but devoted his energies to frustratingly whimsical projects: arranging ‘grape-fetching races’ between Mansus-spirits, teaching Percussigants to juggle, and conjuring storms of imaginary blossoms for the rose-witch [Fionna] Ayrshire, who resolutely refused ever to couple with him. Bancroft spends twenty pages bemoaning this last.’

Focus on earthly pleasures, and their consequences:

Luxuries! The Delights of High Living [free]
The Ravages of Age! Which May Yet Be Averted [free]
Beyond Notoriety: Infamy! [free]
Painting: A Bouquet of Engrandisements [free]
Hard Times: Seasons of Wretchedly Straitened Resource [free]
Golden Days: Occasions of Munificence [free]
Pets and Familiars: (We May Count At Least On These Little Souls When All Humankind Proves Both Cruel And Faithless: Ah, Fionna) [free]
Patron Stories: Opportunities for Close and Warm Acquaintance [free and/or paid]
Familiar Legacy: Less than Human, and More [paid]
Survivor Legacy: What Have Ye Done [paid]

We’ve got some other stuff on the boil as well, but when I pre-announce things Lottie looks disappointed at me, so please imagine a vaudeville hook has appeared stage left at this point to hook me off –

Here’s our mailing list

Here’s our subreddit

Here’s Lottie, me and Weather Factory on Twitter.
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“A magnificent nightmare, for those with the stamina to master the gruelling card game that houses it.”
Recommended – Eurogamer

“Cultist Simulator is something else. It’s seductive. It captures the looming threat of utter annihilation played against the transcendent bliss of unravelling mysteries wrapped in enigmas wrapped in other really, really weird shit. It’s excellent, put simply. The cosmic horror and occult subject matter isn’t just set dressing here – it’s expertly woven into the core of play, and the result is completely absorbing.”
Recommended – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Hauntingly rapturous to play and replay, Cultist Simulator won't let you be the next Jim Jones, but it might just make you the next Torgo. With sassier hair, naturally.”
90/100 – RPGFan

About This Game

Cultist Simulator is a game of apocalypse and yearning from Alexis Kennedy, creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories. Perhaps you're looking for knowledge, or power, or beauty, or revenge. Perhaps you just want the colours beneath the skin of the world.

In this roguelike narrative card game, what you find may transform you forever. Every choice you make, from moment to moment, doesn't just advance the narrative - it also shapes it.

Become a scholar of the unseen arts. Search your dreams for sanity-twisting rituals. Craft tools and summon spirits. Indoctrinate innocents. Seize your place as the herald of a new age.

In this 20-40 hour game, you'll:

  • Combine cards to tell your own story in a rich, Lovecraftian world of ambition, appetite and abomination. Corrupt your friends. Consume your enemies. There is never only one history.

  • Found a cult, dedicated to the Red Grail, or the Witch-and-Sister, or the Forge of Days. Recruit Believers and promote them to Disciples to serve as burglars, researchers, cat's-paws. Use your disciples to keep you fed - or feed on your disciples.

  • Unravel arcane, unacknowledged mysteries. Translate grimoires and glean their lore. Locate and pillage the Star Shattered Fane. Penetrate the realm of the Hours, and win a place in their service. Perhaps - if you are very cunning - you may even glimpse the Mansus.

  • Outwit rivals, investigators and the increasingly suspicious Authorities. Your own altered Appetites may force you to act abominably, but your Cause must not be stopped.

  • Transcend death with a story-driven legacy system. Perhaps your inheritors will complete the Rite of the Crucible Soul. Perhaps they'll find peace in a pleasing career. Perhaps they'll bring the Dawn.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 minimum resolution, post-2012 integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 or later (Steam support is a problem with earlier versions, sorry!)
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 minimum resolution, post-2012 integrated graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX v9.0c compatible
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 minimum resolution, OpenGL Core, post-2012 integrated graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

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