Cryptic Explorers has a new Print and Play Demo edition available for free. This edition contains all the rules and play of the full game, but with 1 Goddess, 10 Cryptonauts, 1 Realm, 5 Artifacts, and 5 Knowledge of Death cards, to give you a taste before purchasing the full game.

Download the Cryptic Explorers - Print and Play Edition here:

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Cryptic Explorers has been under further development since the start of 2017, with many features both mechanical, visual, and otherwise having been improved/tested, and we plan to re-Kickstart the game near the end of 2018 / early 2019. We made many changes based on feedback to our Kickstarter campaign, playtesting at conventions and local game groups, and the eyes of fellow game designers.

Currently, we are completing the final artwork and graphic design for the game, alongside a free Print and Play demo (more on that below), and calculating Kickstarter numbers (costs, rewards, goal, etc). We are also continuing to play and balance the game, to ensure near-perfect balance of the many elements included.

Once we have the new pre-production copy of the game printed and in hand, and numbers at the ready, we will have a firm Kickstarter date.

Here are just a select few of the many changes Cryptic Explorers has undergone in the last year:

Completely Redesigned Squad System

... for Cryptonauts with 32 different pre-built Cryptonauts that are upgraded throughout the game using Souls. This system dramatically reduced setup/cleanup time, and analysis paralysis for new players, while adding even more squad customization, in-game progression through unique upgrades for each Cryptonaut, and the opportunity for distinct characters and lore, rather than faceless units.

Leaner, Meaner Design

... with many elements streamlined for faster and more competitive play - the result of significant amounts of testing with many kinds of players, and feedback from many key sources.

The Bog of Fungal Fogs

... a fourth Realm of Death game board, included in the game, increasing replay value even further, and adding another horrific environment within which to experience the universe of the game.

Dramatic Improved Visuals

... images, iconography, layouts, and readability. We wanted to make our black and white aesthetic pop as much as possible while keeping it very easy for all players to read and understand all information present, even from across the gaming table.

Written Cryptic Explorers World / Lore

... forming a completely fleshed-out and expanded Cryptic Explorers universe with over 100 pages of lore, including backgrounds for each Cryptonaut, Goddess, the Realms of Death, and the Nauticus Think Tank. An overview of the lore is available within the Black Lore section of our website, with more to come in a wiki-style format including all information on all characters/settings/items/monsters/etc. in the universe, and a 30 page story focused on the origins of the Cryptonauts and their first mission into the Realms of Death.

Check out the new game info page, showing a brief overview of all that Cryptic Explorers will contain:

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Updated: Jun 5, 2018

Hails to the followers of the Lord of Night, the Master of Mystery, the King of the Cryptic...

We continue to weave the monochromatic and merciless world of CRYPTIC EXPLORERS for an eventual Kickstarter release - we are in no rush, but are certainly aiming to release this year.

Here are the major theatres of our black magical ATTACK, and the challenges we are soon to overcome:

+ Balancing For Prototype + The core design of Cryptic Explorers is solid, tested and true, and we are currently playtesting the hell out of it, many times per week, to ensure balance is in a good state before moving on. Many things about the game have changed since early last year, and with a game with as many possibilities as CRYPTIC EXPLORERS, we must balance it thoroughly to ensure no overpowered or potentially game-breaking situations slip through the cracks.

+ New Production Prototype + After we have played each Goddess on each Realm of Death a number of times against various configurations of Cryptonauts, both in our LAIR OF GAME CONJURATIONS and abroad, we will consider the game sufficiently balanced to pursue a new production prototype, complete with MANY changes to art and graphic design, resulting in a cleaner, leaner, meaner aesthetic. This means printing and assembling an all-new copy of the game that is as close to the final shipped game as possible in components and quality. This copy of CRYPTIC EXPLORERS will be used in reviews, advertisements, social media, photography, how-to-play videos, and more, so it has to look and feel phenomenal.

+ 3D Printed Prototype Miniatures + We are continuing to speak to various 3D printing services and receive sample prints and quotes for a full set of miniatures for CRYPTIC EXPLORERS. Additionally, we are requisitioning a new Cryptonaut sculpt for the Expert, the fourth class added to the game (Mercenaries, Scientists, Spellcasters, and Experts), and the only sculpt that the game currently lacks. Note that miniatures will be sold as an add-on in the Kickstarter for those who want them, and the base game will come with standees, to keep the base game price low and competitive. Final miniatures will be injection molded plastic, not 3D printed - these will just be to show a physical prototype of what the miniatures will look like, and play with at conventions, use in photographs, etc. There are miniatures for all monsters and each Cryptonaut class.

+ New Voodoo Game + We have completely designed, tested, and perfected a new game that we will announce and promote when the time is right, inspired by the real-world practices of Voodoo around the globe. Currently, art is being created for the game, and manufacturing priced for the Kickstarter. This game is significantly smaller and lighter-weight than CRYPTIC EXPLORERS, but very strategic and replayable, with more traditional art (it has color) inspired by old grotesque horror comics from the 70's and 80's, such as Tales from the Crypt. Expect more on this occult game in the future...

The ATTACK continues!