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Preludes are a type of card first introduced in Mountains of Madness that slightly modify the play style of any game. Players are given the option of choosing a random Prelude, choosing a specific Prelude, or optionally not choosing to use one.

Prelude effects always modify the game before the first round is played. Some of them allow for the use of the side boards that would normally not be in play for the Ancient One, or using the Mystic Ruins Encounter when Syzygy is not the Ancient One. Others simply modify game effects. In general, it makes the beginning of the game a bit more difficult by creating extra hurdles at the start, but allows the player to gain other effects to make up for this.

Typically, only one Prelude is in effect at a time, but players who wish to use more than one side board or encounter deck may choose to run more than one. If playing the Campaign mode, players use the Prelude matching the Ancient One in play, and the Ancient One that would be in play in the next game.


Prelude Name Expansion
Rumors from the North 03
Mountains of Madness
Key to Salvation 03
Mountains of Madness
Unwilling Sacrifice 03
Mountains of Madness
Beginning of the End 03
Mountains of Madness
Doomsayer from Antarctica 03
Mountains of Madness
Ultimate Sacrifice 03
Mountains of Madness
Ghost from The Past 05
Under the Pyramids
Drastic Measures 05
Under the Pyramids
Call of Cthulhu 05
Under the Pyramids
Litany of Secrets 05
Under the Pyramids
Epidemic 05
Under the Pyramids
Under the Pyramids 05
Under the Pyramids
Weakness to Strength 06
Signs of Carcosa
Sins of the Past 06
Signs of Carcosa
Silver Twilight Stockpile 06
Signs of Carcosa
The King in Yellow 06
Signs of Carcosa
Dark Blessings 04
Strange Remnants
The Coming Storm 04
Strange Remnants
The Dunwich Horror 04
Strange Remnants
In Cosmic Alignment 04
Strange Remnants
Written in the Stars 07
The Dreamlands
Lurker Among Us 07
The Dreamlands
Twin Blasphemies of the Black Goat 07
The Dreamlands
Web Between Worlds 07
The Dreamlands
Otherworldly Dreams 07
The Dreamlands
Focused Training 07
The Dreamlands
Apocalypse Nigh 08
Cities in Ruin
Fall of Man 08
Cities in Ruin
The Price of Prestige 08
Cities in Ruin
You Know What You Must Do 08
Cities in Ruin
Aid of the Elder Gods 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
The Archives 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Army of Darkness 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Father of Serpents 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Harbinger of the Outer Gods 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
In the Lightless Chamber 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
The Stars Align 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Temptation 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Unto the Breach 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
Wondrous Curios 09
Masks of Nyarlathotep
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