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Welcome to the Portal Page for the Cthulhu Sleeps map game. This page's tutorial will detail the steps necessary to big posting on this map game. 

The Union armies are driving the Confederate rebels back. In Europe, tensions are rising between Prussia and France. India is under British Control. China is all but controlled by the European powers after the disastrous Second Opium War. Italy has just been unified under Piedmont, thanks to General Gabraldi.

And all the while, Cthulhu Sleeps.

Not for long. The Terror is stirring, and when he rises he will bring hordes of the undead. Vampires will rise. Werewolves will attack. Goblins, Sea Monsters, every creature that has ever inhabited Human Nightmares will come to haunt us in real life. His Horror has chosen the date in his sleep, too. He will emerge...on Halloween.


Tutorial adapted from original tutorial for Night of the Living Alternate History, by Mscoree.

Getting Started

Although it might seem like there is a lot of rules surrounding this game, it’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Navigate to the Cthulhu Sleeps map page to view the current game so far. This page is where the actual game is played. Each day at 21:00 UTC a new turn begins, and people will begin posting the actions their nations will do.

When playing a map game each player claims a nation, and posts what they do as that nation. The first step to begin playing is picking a nation. Look through the available options in the nations section of the map page. Find a nation that you know about, or think would have fun playing as. If you have questions about what each nation is, contact Mscoree, or another game moderator, and they will be happy to answer your question. On some nations you can learn some backstory by reading the previous turns or by asking other players.

When you have a nation in mind, click edit at the top of the page and next to the nation you want to play as, write “~ ~ ~ ~". That’s right, four tildes. This piece of wiki code simply adds your username next to the space. Now click publish and your edit will be added.

Making Your First Post

Now that you have a nation selected, when you feel ready to make your first post, do so by writing underneath the last person, with your nation in bold, a colon, and your nation actions. See below:

Example nation: Stuff. Blah blah blah.

Read so other existing posts to get a general idea of how to make a post. Usually diplomacy (trade, communication, allies, etc) is added to the bottom of your post, and bolded. To respond to a nation’s diplomacy you write it as a bullet point, like so:

France: Asks for alliance with Spain.

  • Spanish Diplomacy: We accept.

By following these simple formatting rules, posts are a lot easier to read. When making posts, we recommend researching your nation, both in real life and in the game timeline. Feel free to contact a moderator if you want to know how your nation has been faring so far in the game. We also recommend writing out your posts beforehand, then copying and pasting them in during the turn. Try to spend as little time editing the map page as possible, since many other people will be adding their turns as well, and it might create an edit conflict. Please be advised, when pasting your post, please do so in source mode. If you paste it from somewhere else into visual, it will be messed up horribly.

Playing the Game

Make sure you are creative and plausible when making your posts, and remember to have fun. It’s not all about being incredibly powerful and instantly destroying attackers. If you would like to read more about the rules of the game, please read the rules section, which details all rules and algorithms used in the game.

Good Luck!


  • When you first start out it may be wise to close your borders to the outside world. If the monsters are already among your people, get to work getting rid of them!
  • Pay attention to what is going on around you. Try to think strategically and tactically. This will pay off in wars and other confrontations.
  • Watch your stability. Your stability determines whether or not you’re in a gold age, or on the verge of civil war. Rapid conquest, upgrading, random events, natural disasters, and monster outbreaks can all lower your stability.

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