Dreamescape is a Cthulhu board game where you play as the dream spirit of a 1920’s pulp horror writer. Trapped behind the door of sleep by dreams tyrannous gods, you must explore the amorphous and ever-changing landscape, escape the clutches of Cthulhu’s minion and find a key and the linked gate that will lead out of the nightmare and win you the game.
But Cthulhu and the Old Ones covet all that enter Dreamland and will not let you simply leave without a struggle. You must delve deep into the secrets of the land, survive encounters with dream denizens and find your way to escape.
Success means coming awake, but failure leads to insanity, locked forever in a dream within your own mind!
Dreamescape is a narrative driven exploration and survival adventure game for 1 (or 2 co-op) players, with hundreds of hours of variable storyline.
Each story card offers roleplay-like choices for the player to choose from to advance the story. Choices require tests to be passed against the player’s specific abilities shown on a character board. Chances of success can be influenced by the rewards given by earlier story cards and by the equipment the player has accumulated during the game so far – but also by the player’s own knowledge (memory) of previously playing the game!
Dreamescape offers unique déjà vu and lucid dreaming abilities to let you take control of the story and directly influence your chances of survival!
…But all knowledge comes at a price. Using up benefits gained from previous encounters means they will crucially not be available later in the game – perhaps when they are vital to your survival! In addition, your character’s Health and Sanity in the dreamworld will slowly decay the longer you spend in the nightmare, driving the character deeper into the dream and towards insanity.
Dreamescape is a solo player narrative experience but we are working on an option to allow a 2nd player (playing another dreamer of the Dreamlands) to join your dream.
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Cover art by Mario (Magolobo) Romero.