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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Release Date:
May 31, 2018

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November 16

Sprint update - Nov #1: WHARTON

Hey all! I've a sprint update for ya. You can read the whole thing over on our blog, but the headline points are:

Christopher's Build

We spent a bunch of this sprint planning Cultist's future, and have updated our roadmap accordingly. We've also confirmed what's gonna be in the next big update, Christopher's Build, coming out in the second half of January 2019. Here's what it'll be!

Free updates:

  • Apostle victories, which are three new 'tier 2' victories evolving the current Forge, Grail and Enlightenment victories. You'll only unlock these Apostle victories once you've won the game with one of the original three lore victories. Beware: Apostle victories are much harder than the basic victories, and will pit you against your very own Long nemesis...
  • New Expeditions, fixing issues with mid-game grind and item collection, as well as adding in a few new places to definitely not send Followers out to die in. We're talking the well-stocked Key-Hunter's Garret, spooky Forman House with definitely not a ghost, and deeply unsettling mass at St Felix of Schuren...
  • New HQs, partly replacing your current Temporary HQ, and partly making HQs more involved in the game.

Paid DLC:

  • Cultist Simulator's OST: from the wonderful Mickymar Productions, nab the 15 remastered in-game tracks along with nice artwork + a world-leading Erhu master. Because obvs we needed that.

There're also some changes to our Church of Merch store (plain paper notebooks, cheaper/tracked shipping, new freebies). Check the update out, and watch out for Christopher in the new year!

Finally, if you haven't yet left us a Steam review, please do! I feature some of 'em on our Twitter, and they make a real difference to us devs. Fanx, beloveds! ♥
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October 16


Hey BELOVEDS! Our Dancer DLC is now LIVE! 💀🕯️✨

We’ve released it with a whole bunch of free updates to the main game, so all in all the update adds an extra ~30% content (from ~72k words to ~95k words, now). So, er, it’s quite a big release.

Anyone who owns Perpetual Edition gets the update automatically and for free. Anyone who owns the normal edition of the game, don’t fret! It only costs a measly $2.99 / £2.50 / €2.39.


In the occult cabaret that calls itself the Ecdysis Club, the distinction between pleasure and pain is as delicate and essential as the human skin. It is all that keeps us from making the very worst mistakes.

Pursue a career as a Dancer at the Club. Determine which parts of yourself to surrender. Cross oceans in pursuit of the ancient rites that beat in the Wood. Consider the ascensions that open to you. Choose carefully.

The DLC includes:

Rise to unearthly fame as the Dancer, employed at the infamous Gaiety Theatre, Ecdysis Club or in some of the more exclusive city parlours.

Explore a trinity of insights into the powers of Heart, Moth, and those who came before. Realise your true form, and perhaps even tempt one of the enigmatic Ligeians to the Dance.

Some dances can only be performed in far places, and some cannot be performed in human shape.

It also brings with it a host of new achievements and lore, of course. But NO SPOILERS! 🤐🤐🤐


There are a few ways! Firstly, to check if you have the Dancer DLC installed, check if you have the DLC_DANCER_dancer_legacy.json file.

On Windows, it'll be in

[install folder]\cultistsimulator_Data\StreamingAssets\content\core\legacies

On Macs, it'll be in

[install folder]\Contents\Resources\Data\StreamingAssets\content\core\legacies

On Linux, it'll be in

[install folder]CS_Data\StreamingAssets\content\core\legacies

Once you know you’ve got it, you have two ways to find your new content in-game:

Begin the game with the Dancer legacy. This will always be available if you win a minor work victory at Glover and Glover, and sometimes be available otherwise anyway.

Pursue the new Ascensions without being a Dancer, by finding Sulochana and speaking with her at the Ecdysis Club about your current Desire.


All righty! We’ve added:

Followers now learn from their mistakes. It’s much safer to send them on Expeditions, and though they’ll still die if they injured enough.

What could go wrong with workplace relationships when your office is an occult society dedicated to bringing the apocalypse? Court your cultists and date your disciples. It probably won’t end disastrously.

Mistreating NPCs now risks turning them against you and attempting to win the game faster than you can.

A smorgasbord of UI/UX improvements based on feedback since launch. Snap-to-grid cards, double-click card placement, intelligent card stacking… now nobody should get RSI. Yay!


Yes! Firstly, you can download A Beginner’s Guide to Cultist Simulator, a glimpse into the notebook of an occultist figuring their own way through to the House. It’s absolutely not comprehensive: it’s just fun, and I updated it to include info on the Dancer now that’s live.

Finally, we’re also on SALE for 48 hours on Steam, Humble and GOG as part of release! The base game’s now 25% off, if you know any would-be acolytes who just haven’t quite gotten around to buying the game yet.

Hope you like all the new updates! We feel it’s a much fuller, sparkly game now, so fingers crossed you agree. If you want to help us, shout about this DLC/the updates/the sale, and stay tuned for more DLC later down the line. In the meantime, you can follow our plans and progress via our roadmap. ♥
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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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