What are the new role-playing games from MS Edizioni about? The Cthulhu Hack e Four Against The Great Old Ones, which will be released in June?

After viewing the new RPGs announced by Need Games in late February, let's move on to the news presented by another Italian publishing house: MS Editions!
After the recent publications of Dread, Sigmata e Four Against Darkness, MS Edizioni has announced other new releases for May and June 2021. So let's see what these new role-playing games are, then concluding with a quick look at their new board games releases.

The Italian manual of The Cthulhu Hack, illustrated by Ilaria Gabaldo
The Italian manual of The Cthulhu Hack, illustrated by Ilaria Gabaldo

The Cthulhu Hack

The first role-playing game presented by MS Edizioni will be released on 7st May.
This is the basic manual of The Cthulhu Hack, that is, an investigative role-playing game based on Lovecraftian mythology.
Created by Paul Baldowski, this RPG was originally released in 2016 and has several awards. Among these, we mention those of the UK Games Expo:

  • In 2018, the Peoples' Choice Award for Best RPG Adventure category, for adventure Three Faces of the Wendigo.
  • In 2018, both the Judges Award and the Peoples' Choice Award for Best RPG Adventure category, for adventure Valkyrie Nine.

The Cthulhu Hack uses the very simple game system of The Black Hack, an OSR created in the 2016s and revised in XNUMX. The Cthulhu Hack seeks to emulate the slow descent into madness of the Lovecraftian protagonists and focus on the crushing threats facing mankind. Furthermore, The Cthulhu Hack is particularly focused on appearance investigative, for which it has specific rules. You can read more about this role-playing game on its official website.

News of the Italian edition of The Cthulhu Hack

The Italian edition of the basic manual of The Cthulhu Hack will introduce some changes compared to the original edition.
First of all, the graphics, illustrations and cover of the Italian edition will be completely new, by Ilaria Gabaldo. Gabaldo is an illustrator and tattoo artist specializing in representations on alchemy and esotericism, and was therefore able to create very evocative works. You will be able to see some of his works on his Instagram profile.
Secondly, the Italian edition of The Cthulhu Hack it also contains an expanded and clarified version of the regulation original, obviously created by comparison with the author.
Finally, the Italian manual will also have rules on rapid character creation and the entire investigative adventure Save Innsmouth.
In total, the Italian edition of The Cthulhu Hack will have 88 color pages

The cover of the Italian edition of Four Against The Great Old Ones
The cover of the Italian edition of Four Against The Great Old Ones

Four Against The Great Old Ones

The second role-playing game announced by MS Edizioni will be released on 7st May.
Always with a Lovecraftian theme, Four Against The Great Old Ones is, as you can imagine, based on the game system of another MS Edizioni publication, namely Four Against Darkness.
This RPG was created in 2020 by Marco Arnaudo, author of other small titles (all to be played alone!) such as 5-Minute Dragon Slayer e Kobayashi Maru - A Test of Character.

In Four Against The Great Old Ones we will follow a party of four investigators and their helpers, on a trip to the United States of the thirties to find three clues to the location of a great dark ritual that will destroy the world. Investigators have 40 days to stop the ritual before the game over.
Four Against The Great Old Ones presents a new system for collect the Clues and six different final encounters. Additionally, there are eight different Investigators and a large number of Helpers. Finally, this title can be played solo, as a cooperative and even in competitive mode.

The cover of the new edition of Mythos
The cover of the new edition of Myth

The new board games from MS Edizioni

The catalog of new board games from MS Edizioni is very large.
We see here the new releases, from April to June.

Box Monster - The Monster Swallow

Box Monster it's a board game for families, recommended from the age of six and from two to four players. Will come out on 2th April.
The goal of the game is to recover everything that the Swallow Monster devoured: from an alarm clock to a starfish, to an octopus and even the grandmother. All, of course, before time runs out. Each game lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Box Monster is a very simple board game, but potentially very nice to have fun with the children in this period of the red zone.

Myth - New edition

Outgoing the 7st May, Myth is a board game in which up to nine investigative cases are played which, when played in sequence, create a real campaign. Myth it is designed for one to eight players aged 14 and over, for games of 60 to 90 minutes.
Players must all investigate together to solve disturbing mysteries in Lovecraftian Arkham. At their disposal they will have several ways to investigate: from reading the newspaper The Arkham Echo consulting informants, to the point of following suspicious individuals.

The House of Paper - The big quiz

Outgoing to June, this board game consists of a deck of cards containing 260 questions divided into six themes.
The goal of the game is to guess as many answers as possible, including true or false, "who said it", "the missing word" and much more.

The expansion of Root: The Underworld
The expansion of Root: The underground world
Expansions of Root: The underground world and the deck Exiles e Partisans

Towards the end of June two expansions of the board game will be released Root. Root can support two to four players aged 60 and over in games of 90 or XNUMX minutes.
The first is The underground world, an expansion that has had big hit on Kickstarter in 2019. This expansion features a new military faction and a new rioter faction, as well as a new map.
The second is the deck Exiles and Partisans, originally featured in the Kickstarter de The underground world. This deck includes 54 community cards, 20 new Kyle Ferrin illustrations, and two new Vagabond cards.

Food Chain Magnate

Finally, towards the end of June a new board game will also be released, namely Food Chain Magnate. This title is playable for two to five players aged 14 and up, in games of 2 to 4 hours.
The goal of Food Chain Magnate is to make success with your fast food chain by managing your staff well, by hiring the best professionals. It is a very massive game as well strategic, with 200 wood products, 222 employee cards and tons of other cards and tokens.
It is also good to point out that Food Chain Magnate won several awards, such as the 2015 Meeples' Choice, the 2015 Best Heavy Board Game title at The Golden Elephant Award and the 2016 Magnificent Goblin.