Studio Update - 6.5.18
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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