In Ancient Terrible Things, a pulp horror adventure game for 2-4 players, you play the role of an intrepid adventurer, exploring a dark jungle river. Each turn you must travel to a Fateful Location, face an Ominous Encounter, and attempt to unlock its Ancient Secrets. If you succeed (using a combination of dice, tokens and cards), you add the Secrets to your score; if you fail, you unleash a Terrible Thing, which counts against your score at the end of the game. The object of the game is to be the player with the most Ancient Secrets when the game ends at the Unspeakable Event.
Game play involves rolling dice to achieve combinations: runs, pairs, three or more of a kind, and single die showing a particular number or higher. Dice combos are used to overcome Encounter cards that are worth points at the end of the game and to acquire resource tokens: Focus, Courage, Treasure and Feat.
Focus tokens are used to re-roll individual Focus dice.
Courage tokens are spent to overcome an Encounter, before rolling your dice.
Treasure tokens are spent on Swag cards from the Trading Post,which give you a permanent game effect.
Feat tokens are spent to play Feat cards from your hand, which allow for one-shot effects.
5 x green (Focus) dice
2 x yellow(Luck) die
2 x red (Panic) die
2 x blue (Feat) die
26 x Treasure tokens (yellow)
26 x Focus tokens (green)
32 x Courage tokens (purple)
30 x Feat tokens (blue)
6 x Multiplier tokens (grey)
16 x Terrible Thing tokens
1 x First Player Map token
1 x Battered Journal token
36 x Ominous Encounter cards
32 x Feat cards
24 x Swag cards
4 x Scenario cards
1 x Promotional Advertisement card
4 x Quick Reference / Character mats
1 x Game board
1 x Rulebook
4 x Wooden character pawns with Character stickers
The Kickstarter edition contains a limited edition promo card, The Harbinger. The card is a duplicate of The Occultist Encounter card in the base game - Villain (5): Run of Three (starting at 4), featuring alternate art and flavour name.