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Fhtagn! - Tales of the Creeping Madness

by Design Imps

Humor, Dark Comedy, Lovecraft, Choose-your-own-adventure
2018

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About the Story

Dubbed the "funniest take on mystic doomsday cults in years", Fhtagn! is a choose-your-own-adventure game where you can play as one of four cultists intent on destroying the world by summoning an Ancient Horror. Decide how you will be preparing for the final ritual by visiting various locations in the unsuspecting town of Arkham and navigating iconic Lovecraftian events. Battle investigators, gangs, corrupt cops and horrors from the Depths to bring about the end of the world!

This text-based adventure game boasts:

• 93 000 words.
• Across 113 events with 370 potential story outcomes.
• Fulfil 1 of 24 roles with 56 role feedback stories.
• 142 different character endings.

With snazzy graphics, betrayal is best served with a jazzy/swing soundtrack and neo-noir visuals.

✍️ WRITE YOUR OWN STORIES FOR THE GAME ✍️
We are so passionate about the idea of stories that we created an application, the Fhtagn! Content Creator (Steam Workshop), for players to write their own stories for the game and enjoy it with their friends. All that is needed is a story idea and no programming is required. We provided players with a Quick start video guide, Content Creator Guide and even released all of Fhtagn!'s event stories to aid in this process. If you are interested in creating your own stories, you can check out more information on our Content Creator, on our Steam forum page.

✍️ COMMUNITY-WRITTEN STORY PACKS ✍️
We provide our awesome community with a writing prompt on our Discord server (in the Story Time channel) and the community then writes amazing story contributions, which other members can vote on. Winning contributions are combined to create the final story event pack for players to enjoy ingame. After each completed Story Time event, the community mod will be updated with the new stories. Credits for contribution can be found in the Discord Community Mod sheet.

Don’t miss out on future awesome story events and subscribe to the mod to see more stories written by the community for the community. If you want to be part of the fun, join our Discord server - That Fhtagn Server.

☕ JOIN OUR DISCORD SERVER ☕
We want to help community members create their own story packs (cooperative or solo endeavours) for the game and it’s a great space to test ideas, get feedback and receive assistance and guidance from us.

Do you like...
✅ Interactive stories
✅ Fun community hangouts
✅ Imaginary bootleg liquor
✅ Cultist shenanigans

Then you will love Fhtagn!'s discord server (https://discordapp.com/invite/DUepp28)!

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Current Version: 1.0.9
License: Commercial
Development System: Custom
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: Unknown
TUID: qd1mk41lxt8g37fq

Editorial Reviews

PyramidIF
Hanon Ondricek provides an insightful overview of the game
Fhtagn! takes a slightly zanier turn at going gleefully full-evil than Weather Factory's stellar Cultist Simulator and Failbetter's Fallen London trilogy.
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The Mad Welshman
Fhtagn! Tales of the Creeping Madness review
As such… It’s tightly designed, fun to play with friends, got a lot of humour and charm, and you can make new content for it? That’s two squamous appendages up, Fhtagn!
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Splattercat Gaming
Video (YouTube) gameplay of Fhtagn!
Video gameplay of Fhtagn! by Spattercat Gaming
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Tech Raptor
Full review of Fhtagn! by Trevor Whalen
Fhtagn! - Tales of the Creeping Madness is an amusing text-driven choose-your-own-adventure game with a snazzy style and dark humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
An entertaining fusion of Lovecraftian horror with the roaring twenties, July 18, 2018
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
I received a review copy of this game, and played through a couple of games.

This is a single- or multi-player board game that goes through 6 rounds. In each of the six rounds, you are trying to increase your 7 stats. These stats allow you to pass challenges. In the end, you see if your stats will qualify you for a 'role', determining if you win or not. The roles have 2 hidden stat requirements which you must guess from their descriptions.

I've played many commercial IF games in the last couple of years, and I would put this one in the top tier in terms of polish. The music, graphics, animations, and overall presentation are professional and engaging.

Writing-wise, I was strongly reminded of Fallen London in its more humorous sidequests. You are playing as a cultist each time. A good amount of text was repeated on two playthroughs, more repetition than is typical for a pure text game, but less repetition than I'm used to in a board game. It allows for mods (several of which are already developed), which increases the replay value.

The game was charming and funny. I found myself excited by the game map with its bouncy art of classic locations like an old town hall, an asylum, a speakeasy, etc.

The interaction was a little fiddly. It took me two playthroughs and two readings of the tutorial to fully understand what was going on, and I'm not really convinced of the 'elder sign' mechanic. The game doesn't tell you how to pass certain tests, including the test to see if you win, but you can spend elder signs to see what tests include. Replay also helps you know what tests require.

However, I enjoyed both of my playthroughs. Because I hadn't paid for the game, I considered what price I'd pay for the game. I thought, "Is this $20 range like Sunless Skies? Because that would be pretty steep." When I saw it was $4.99, I thought, "That's more than fair for the price you're paying."

So if you're a fan of Lovecraftian references, gothic humor, Ruby Gloom-style art, or complex board games like Arkham Asylum, this is a good game for you.

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