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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January 22

NOW AVAILABLE: NEW CONTENT, PREPOSTEROUSLY DIFFICULT NEW GAME+ AND OUR SOUNDTRACK



It's finally here! Christopher's Build - comprising an advanced player-versus-demigod mode where you help a previous character ascend while muzzling (or murdering) one of four displeased immortals - is here! All 20,000 extra words of it.

It's free for all players, and you should see an update queued in Steam. It puts the 'cult' back into........... 'difficult'. A ha ha ha. Ha. :)

KEY FEATURES



MAJOR VICTORIES: You achieved immortality? Well done. Now, the hard bit. Play as your own Apostle, executing a doomsday plan to make your immortal character something like a god. Pursue the path of Grail, Lantern or Forge. Assemble the Great Feast; open a door into light; or Bring the Dawn.

MOAR LORE: Delve even further into the rich lore of the Cultist Simulator world. What is the Dawnbreaker Device? Where is the flaw in the world to be found? What is the Third Mode of the Tricuspid Gate? Who are the avid, ancient, brilliant women who call themselves the Ligeians... and why are they helping you?

IMMORTAL ENEMIES: They’re here to prevent your greater ascension, and add challenge and replay value while they're at it. These powerful NPCs make Detectives and Rivals look like playground bullies. See your loved ones kidnapped; your finances shredded; your affairs exposed to the public; your dreams become a battleground. Confront them in person, if you dare.

If you haven't already, now might be a good time to refresh your memory of the basics with our Beginner's Guide to Cultist Simulator. Downloadable in lovely PDF form, here! <3



WHERE'S THE NEW CONTENT IN-GAME?

All you have to do to unlock this hideous New Game+ mode is beat the game. Achieving any standard victory will unlock three new Apostle Legacies, one each for Lantern, Forge and Grail.

SOUNDTRACK



We’ve also just released Cultist Simulator’s 15-track OST from the same delectable composer as Fallen London and Sunless Sea. It's £7.99 / $9.99, and you can find the store page here!

(Though if you'd like to buy it via more traditional means, you can find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Bandcamp and a host of other places... just search for 'Cultist Simulator' in your music store of choice.)

LIVE BROADCAST

If you want to take a look at the new game+ before you dive in, Systemchalk is broadcasting the game now on our store page (and hopefully, with enough views, the front page of Steam too!). Just go to Cultist Simulator's store page to view - Alexis and myself will be in the chat too, so come ask us all your questions!
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January 11

Sprint update - JAN #1: ANCIENT MARINER

Happy 2019, Believers! In case you missed it, we recently announced a release date for our big update coming at the end of this month: new game plus with a load of new content will launch on Tuesday 22nd January at 11AM PDT / 7PM GMT.

It's free for all players, and will drop alongside our bootiful soundtrack (which is sadly not free, but only costs £7.99 / $9.99 and will haunt your dreams for life).

Full deets on our blog, but the highlights are...

NEW GAME PLUS



Beating the game will unlock three new and nearly impossible Legacies. You'll play as the acolyte of your previous character, working to help them ascend to the House.

Unfortunately, the House can only hold so many demigods. There are a number of near-immortal Long who aren't, er, very happy about new blood among the ascended. They'll work against you, actively sabotaging your efforts, and perhaps attempting to snuff you out entirely.



NEW ART



There's a bunch of new content being introduced at the end of the month, so there'll be a host of new cards, Aspects and individuals to accompany you on your ill-advised descent into madness.

UPCOMING THINGS

  • Monthly design stream - we'll be hosting another live design session with Alexis Kennedy, on Thursday 17th January @ 4PM GMT (if you miss it, these design streams go up on our YouTube channel later).

  • Launch-day Steam broadcast - Systemchalk, a good streamy friend of ours, will be streaming these impossible new Legacies when they release, live on our Steam page. If you're not quite sure whether hardcore mode's for you, come watch a Cultist master be, er, probably horribly killed.

See you on the 22nd, Beloveds!
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Reviews

“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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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