Dawn of Madness is a co-op game that I have been looking forward to for years. It is what you get if classic 1920s era Lovecraftian horror had a baby with Silent Hill. You have wanderers trapped in this Otherworld where their minds have been shattered and they have to wander through it to pick up the pieces. As they wander they must face hideous monsters and abominations born from their own minds. Will they survive or will the otherworld consume them? This game is a prequel to another co-op game called Deep Madness (Which I would best describe as Futuristic Arkham Horror under the sea), both of which are made by a company called Diemension Games. I’ll provide links to their respective Kickstarter pages if you want to learn more.
Deep Madness: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diemensiongames/deep-madness-second-printing/description
Dawn of Madness: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diemensiongames/dawn-of-madness/description
Monsters which you have to face as your Wanderers (The player characters) go through their stories come in 3 different categories, The Terrors, The Abominations, and The Final Bosses.
All of these, except The Final Bosses, come in various Families of creatures, each member of that “family” being its own unique sculpt. Because of the picture I wanted to highlight I will focus on one such family of Abominations.
The family of Abominations pictured above, called The Numina, are bar far my favorites. Why? Because these monstrosities embody the word “Abomination” The best part? Most of these guys are actually representations of the Cthulhu Mythos (Or at least inspired by it). Below is a little guide to show what I mean as well as a link to the artist that sculpted these that points this out.
Numina Lore- Basically meant to represent the Cthulhu Mythos as a whole, but I’m gonna have a little headcanon that this represents
Yibb-Tstll to make it a bit simpler or at least more interesting. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/2x3wqy
Numina Gate- Yog-Sothoth. This one is pretty easy to tell what with the obvious gate and the various tentacles and spheres throughout. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/mqY91a
Numina Creation- Shub-Niggurath. This one might be a bit more subtle, long as you don’t notice the distorted fetuses and the breasts that permeate her form here. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xz4rYY
Numina Cosmos- Azathoth. This one I probably would not have guessed had I not seen these links prior to this add-on for the game being revealed. It definitely fits considering its place within the mythos. Certainly brings the “Cosmic” to “Cosmic Horror” https://www.artstation.com/artwork/k4dK2n
Needless to say, I cannot wait to see what they bring to the table. I got the minis made from the artwork for Cthulhu Death May Die that I posted here a few years back. I am just as excited about these as I was for those. What horrors will these inflict on the wanderer? We’ll certainly find out.