Cryptozoic Entertainment and DC Comics have launched the Kickstarter campaign forBatman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game.
Crafted by acclaimed game designers Morgan Dontanville and Daryl Andrews to be accessible to hardcore and casual gamers alike, your skills will be tested across four missions, each featuring their own unique rules, allies, abilities, and epic boss battles. With variable set-up and endless combinations of Fight and Detective cards, each playthrough will throw unique resources and challenges at you.
The Dark Knight Returns is likely the most beloved Batman story ever told. Writer/artist Frank Miller’s four-issue series from 1986 was a watershed moment in comics, as it brought a dark and cinematic feel to the medium. Every Batman story since then owes something to it.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game is for ages 14 and up and will be offered in Base Game and Deluxe Edition formats, with the Deluxe Edition featuring 17+ miniature figures and coming in a slick Kickstarter-exclusive slipcase that will look incredible on your bookshelf next to your premium board games and special edition books!
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of tabletop games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Steven Rhodes has launched the Kickstarter campaign for three Steven Rhodes Games.
Steven Rhodes is a graphic artist and illustrator best known for his offbeat reimagining of children’s activity books from the 70s and 80s. The Let’s Dig for Treasure, Let’s Summon Demons, and Don’t Talk to Strangers games will immerse you into these hilariously dark retro worlds. Featuring clever and beautiful fan-favorite artwork, each game is a wild romp through the parallel Rhodes universe. The games are quick to learn, are created for 2-6 players, ages 14 and up, and will be released through Dynomite Games, an old-school sub-brand of Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World have announced the November 20 release of Spyfest.
A spinoff of the international smash hit Spyfall series, this detective party game takes two teams to a super-spy convention where one player is a Spy disguised as a memorable historical or fictional character. The Spy’s goal is to describe their character using subtle references to a Keyword only known to their teammates, so that their team identifies the character before their rivals. The 4-10 player game features over 70 original comical illustrations and characters like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Zorro.
In Spyfest, the Spy talks about themself as the Character while utilizing the Keyword that only their team knows. The other players do not know which Character the Spy is, but they have the full Character list on their sheets as they try to figure it out. Any player may ask the Spy a question, but the Spy chooses whether to answer.
Spyfest is for 4 to 10 players, ages 12+. Games last at least 30 minutes.
Cryptozoic Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Cartoon Network will launch Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game on Kickstarter on July 14 and run until July 30. Designed by Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf, it’s expected to release before the end of 2020. The game will be a Kickstarter Exclusive, only available to backers, and will not be sold at retail. Fans can check out the Kickstarter page and sign-up to be notified when the campaign goes live.
Based on Cartoon Network’s beloved series, Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Gameis an easy-to-learn card-drafting game featuring a fun battle-of-the-bands theme and eye-catching art with fan-favorite characters. Designed by Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf, it lets 2-6 players each become a Steven and try to recruit characters to their Stage and Audience at Beach City’s event of the year. At the same time, they must fend off Party Crashers—Corrupted and Homeworld Gems—who want to ruin their amazing performance.
Players each begin with a unique Steven card and Energy in the form of gems. Over the course of play, they spend Energy to Recruit up to three other Characters to their Stage, as well as multiple Characters to their Audience. All Characters have unique abilities, such as specific attacks and bonuses.
In the Attack Phase, players spend Energy to have their Stage Characters attack Party Crashers. Each spot on a Party Crasher card requires an attack of a particular value, with players gaining bonuses for spots they are able to hit. To aid them in winning, players can create Fusions, powerful Characters who can be played only if they have the required Characters to fuse together.
Gameplay takes place over three Acts, each featuring different decks of Character Cards and lasting three Rounds. After three Acts of play, the winner is the player with the most Victory Points, as tracked on the Cookie Cat Scoreboard.
Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game is for 2-6 players ages 10+ and games take about 45-60 minutes.
Cryptozoic Entertainment has released details to Cryptozoic Con 2020, a virtual event that will take place April 16-17. During various live streams, the company will preview upcoming products in all categories, conduct giveaways, offer behind-the-scenes looks at product development, and present play sessions and tutorials featuring popular games. In addition, several exclusive products will be sold on the Cryptozoic Store during the event.
The full schedule can be found at this link. Fans can follow the company’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to access the live streams and stay-up-to-date on the event.
Starting the first day of the event, Cryptozoic will sell two exclusive vinyl figures: Blue & Pink Harley Quinn, part of the DC Lil Bombshells line, and Cosmic Cerberus, from the Cryptkins line. For Outlander fans, the company will sell two exclusive Outlander Convention Wardrobe Cards that contain fabrics used to make the costumes of stars Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Ed Speleers, as well as giving away exclusive Promo Cards with purchases. In addition, several highly anticipated products will be previewed during the event: DC Deck-Building Game: Dark Nights: Metal, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Hijinx at Hell High, Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game, Spycon, Outlander Trading Cards Season 4, and Cryptkins Unleashed.
Cryptozoic’s exclusives that will be available online during the virtual event are:
Blue & Pink Harley Quinn (DC Lil Bombshells: Series 3): This variant of the vinyl figure from Cryptozoic’s retro-style DC Lil Bombshells line features blue and pink on Harley’s hair, face, outfit, and hyenas, as inspired by the character’s love of those colors in comics and 2016’s Suicide Squad movie. Each figure is individually hand-numbered from 1 to 300 on the bottom. The 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature collectible tin. It will be available for $25 starting April 16 at 12:15 pm PT on the Cryptozoic Store.
Cosmic Cerberus (Cryptkins™: Series 2): This is a variant of the Cerberus Cryptkins vinyl figure, part of Cryptozoic’s original IP depicting creatures from folklore and tabloid headlines. It is the first of four figures in the 2020 Cosmic variant series, featuring characters who hail from different constellations and possess otherworldly colors. The figure sports eye-catching translucent red paint that fades to translucent orange, as well as silver glitter and a metallic gold collar. The 2.25-inch collectible comes packaged in a miniature crate with a sticker marking it as “Exclusive Species” and includes a Bio Card. Only 300 figures exist, with each selling for $15 starting April 16 at 12:15 pm PT on the Cryptozoic Store.
Outlander Trading Cards Season 4: Convention Wardrobe Cards CE2 & CE3: These limited edition Dual Wardrobe Cards contain actual pieces of fabrics used in the production of costumes worn by stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (CE2) and Sam Heughan and Ed Speleers (CE3) in Season 4 of Outlander. Only 200 of each card has been produced, with all cards individually numbered. Available for $30 on the Cryptozoic Store starting April 16 at 1 pm PT, each card will include Cryptozoic Con-exclusive Promo Cards P5 and P6, as well as the previously available Promo Card P4. .
During live streams, Cryptozoic will preview the following products, coming later in 2020:
Cryptkins Unleashed: Cryptozoic’s original IP goes bigger than ever with 5-inch vinyl figures inspired by myth and folklore. The seven core creatures with all-new poses are Bigfoot, Nessie, Chupacabra, Cthulhu, Mothman, Unicorn, and Bob, the skeletal character from Cryptozoic’s logo who is coming to life to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary. In addition, collectors can chase rare Bone-Chilling Variants. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, each figure comes packaged in a window box.
Outlander Trading Cards Season 4: The latest trading card set based on Starz’s beloved time-travel drama features autographs from stars Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Ed Speleers. Based on the fourth season of the show, which finds Claire and Jamie trying to make a new home in 18th century America, the release includes a 72-card Base Set, five Chase Sets (including Playing Cards), and randomly inserted Autograph Cards and Wardrobe Cards that contain pieces of fabric used to make the lavish costumes in the show.
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Hijinx at Hell High: The fifth entry in the hugely popular series brings all the spellcrafting and trademark over-the-top humor and art to the world of high school. In the game, 2-6 players move up and down the Social Status Board, which ranges from the Ultimate Loser to Class President, and utilize the new keyword “Bully” as they try to annihilate their fellow Wizards.
DC Deck-Building Game: Dark Nights: Metal: Based on the wildly popular Dark Nights: Metal comic book series, the latest entry in the DC Deck-Building Game series lets 2-5 players take on The Batman Who Laughs and other evil versions of the Caped Crusader from the Dark Multiverse. Players must Rescue and Recruit fellow members of the Justice League, take advantage of instant rewards for defeating Super-Villains, and utilize foil cards with the new sub-type “Metal” as they race to save the Multiverse.
Steven Universe: Beach-a-Palooza Card Battling Game: Based on Cartoon Network’s beloved series, this easy-to-learn card-drafting game features a fun battle-of-the-bands theme and eye-catching art with fan-favorite characters. Designed by Erica Bouyouris and Andrew Wolf, it lets 2-6 players each become a Steven and try to recruit characters to their Stage and Audience at Beach City’s event of the year. At the same time, they must fend off Party Crashers—Corrupted and Homeworld Gems—who want to ruin their amazing performance.
Spycon: A spinoff of the hit Spyfall series, this detective party game takes two teams to a super-spy convention where one player is a Spy disguised as a memorable historical or fictional character. The Spy’s goal is to describe their character using subtle references to a Keyword only known to their teammates, so that their team identifies the character before their rivals. Featuring over 70 original comical illustrations and characters like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Zorro, this 4-10 player game requires quick-wittedness and imagination to win.
Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that it will showcase three new tabletop games, conduct demos and tournaments, and offer several exclusive promotional items at Gen Con, August 1-4 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indiana.
At Booth #503, Cryptozoic will sell DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth, the innovative latest entry in the popular series that will also be available at retailers the same day. Moreover, the company will sell limited pre-release quantities of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: ANNIHILAGEDDON Deck-Building GameandSpyfall: Time Travel. All three games will come with exclusive Promo Cards at Gen Con. The limited-edition Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Statue, based on the game series, will be sold as well. In addition, Rick and Morty fans can get an exclusive game card featuring Glootie, a character from the upcoming fourth season of the show, by purchasing any Rick and Morty game being sold at the booth. Finally, Cryptozoic will offer tournaments and demo events throughout the show for several releases, including titles in the DC Deck-Building Game and Epic Spell Wars series.
Cryptozoic will sell its three newest titles for the first time at the show, along with the first Epic Spell Wars collectible:
DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth: This entry in the popular DC Deck-Building Game series breaks fresh ground with linked Campaign Scenarios, character progression, and character movement between iconic locations. In the game, 1-4 players become members of the Justice League and move their standees to find cards for their decks and defeat dastardly Villains. Each Scenario includes special rules, new cards, and different locations. Fans who buy it at Gen Con will also receive the Training Scenario Card “Learning the Ropes,” while supplies last. In addition, gamers can buy a limited edition playmat for $35.
Epic Spell WarsTM of the Battle Wizards: ANNIHILAGEDDON Deck-Building Game: The first Epic Spell Wars deck-building game features the trademark over-the-top, mature humor and art that fans have come to expect from the series. It utilizes Cryptozoic’s Cerberus Engine in innovative ways as 2-5 players become Wizards and try to buy magical Spell, Wizard, Treasure, and Creature cards—among other card types—in order to defeat their opponents and become the Annilageddon Tournament Champion. Fans who purchase the game or any other Epic Spell Wars game from Cryptozoic at Gen Con will receive the exclusive Studd Spellslammer & The Juice! Promo Card Set, while supplies last. Gamers can also buy a limited edition playmat for $30.
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Statue: Based on the popular Epic Spell Wars tabletop games, this 9-inch polyresin statue features Studd Spellslammer and The Juice!, one of the series’s Wizard champions and his sidekick, respectively. Capturing the over-the-top style of the art from the games, each limited edition statue is individually numbered 1-250 and will sell for $66.60.
Spyfall: Time Travel: In this latest social deduction card game in the popular Spyfall series, 2-8 players take on roles in memorable locations from history, as well as some futuristic locations. In the intense timed rounds, the non-spy players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the spy without giving away the location, while the spy player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed. The locations include the Colosseum, the French Revolution, Leonardo’s Studio, and a Lunar Base, among many others across time. Fans who purchase the game at Cryptozoic’s booth at Gen Con will receive the exclusive Dracula’s Castle Location Deck, while supplies last.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hobby World have announced the limited release of Spyfall: Time Travelat Gen Con, August 1-4, followed by a full retail release in September. Fans who purchase the game at Cryptozoic’s Booth #503 at Gen Con, the annual tabletop convention in Indianapolis, will receive the exclusive Dracula’s Castle Location Deck, while supplies last.
In this latest social deduction card game in the popular Spyfall series, 2-8 players take on roles in memorable locations from history, as well as some futuristic locations. The twist is that one of the players is secretly a spy and does not know the location. In the intense timed rounds, the non-spy players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the spy without giving away the location, while the spy player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed. The locations include the Colosseum, the French Revolution, Leonardo’s Studio, and a Lunar Base, among many others across time.
The game is played over an agreed-upon number of rounds with the winner being the player who scores the most points. Each time the spy wins, that player earns points, and can score bonus points for stopping the game to guess the location correctly or convincing other players to accuse someone else of being the spy. When the non-spies win, each of those players earns a point, with an additional point given to any player who initiates the accusation of the spy.
The game features 2- and 3-player variants, as well as a team variant for 7 or more players, adding even more ways to play. It is fully compatible with previous games in the Spyfall series.
Spyfall: Time Travelwill be sold in limited prerelease quantities at Gen Con, August 1-4, and will subsequently be available at retailers across the U.S. in September for a retail price of $25.
The game is for 2-8 players age 13+ with playtime listed at 15 minutes. The game is designed by Alexander Ushan, developed by Petr Tyulenev, and art by Sergey Dulin, Anton Kvasovarov, and uildrim. Contents feature 240 Location cards, 30 resealable bags, and 1 rulebook.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have announced the October 31 release of DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals — Green Lantern vs. Sinestro. In this deck-building game that utilizes Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine, two players become iconic DC rivals Green Lantern and Sinestro and engage in direct Confrontations. As the game progresses, players buy more powerful cards and attack and defend until their opponent’s three oversized Character cards are defeated.
In the game, a player can either take a Normal Turn, buying cards to build up his or her deck, or a Confrontation Turn, challenging his or her opponent directly. During a Confrontation, a player must have Power equal or exceeding his or her opponent’s current oversized Character to defeat it. Green Lantern and Sinestro each have three unique Character cards, each with more formidable abilities and a higher cost than the previous one.
The winner is the player who defeats his or her opponent’s final Character card first or, if they are unable to refill the Line-Up at any point, the player who has the most Victory Points.
The game is fully compatible with the other games in the Confrontations line: DC Deck-Building Game: Confrontations and DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals — Batman vs. The Joker. It can also be combined with other Cerberus Engine deck-building games to create a custom game experience.
Designed by Nathaniel Yamaguchi, the game is for two players ages 15 and up and should take about 30 minutes. The set includes 98 game cards including; 60 main deck cards, 14 punch starter cards, 6 vulnerability starter cards, 8 hard-light construct cards, 10 weakness cards, 6 oversized DC character cards, and a rulebook.
DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals — Green Lantern vs. Sinestrowill be available at retailers nationwide starting October 31 for a suggested retail price of $20.
To coincide with the game’s release, Cryptozoic will also make available DC Deck-Building Game: 2018 Organized Play Kit 2, which includes instructions for stores to run tournaments for this and other games in the DC Deck-Building Game series. It includes a limited-edition Playmat, 12 Gypsy Hero Promo Cards, and a Gypsy poster. Retailers can order it from their distributors.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have announced the limited release of DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4 at Gen Con, August 2-5, followed by a full retail release on August 8. The expansion can be added to any game in the popular DC Deck-Building Game series to introduce cooperative play, Unity cards that can combine for powerful effects, and Personal Crisis cards that directly affect the owner of the card.
In the expansion, the keyword “Unity” is found on several Ongoing cards. When a Unity card is played, the player gains the benefit of that card, as well as well the benefits of any other Unity cards that are already in play. Therefore, gameplay rewards teamwork, as players can take advantage of each other’s Unity cards.
The set’s Personal Crisis cards cause Ongoing detrimental effects that impact individual members of the team, frequently hampering them in some way. Despite being targeted at one player, Personal Crises can end up taking down the whole team by depleting the main deck. The other players can help a player overcome a Personal Crisis, underlining again that teamwork is the key to victory.
Though the game works with any DC Deck-Building Game base set, it is optimized to work with DC Deck-Building Game: Teen Titans. It features Crisis versions of eight DC Teen Titans Super Heroes and comes with six DC Super Hero cards based on the Titans, original members of the Teen Titans who are all grown up: Arsenal, Donna Troy, Nightwing, Omen, Tempest, and The Flash.
DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4will be available in limited quantities at Cryptozoic’s Booth #601 at Gen Con before hitting retailers nationwide August 8 for a suggested retail price of $20.
The expansion is for 1-5 players ages 15+. Designed by Matt Dunn and Richard Brady, games take 60-120 minutes. The expansion includes 14 Oversized DC Super Heroes, 9 Impossible DC Super-Villains, 4 Crisis-Only DC Super-Villains, 12 Personal Crisis Cards, 32 Main Deck Cards and a rulebook. The expansion requires a copy of DC Deck-Building Game or one of its standalone expansions: Heroes Unite, Forever Evil, or Teen Titans.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have announced the limited release of DC Spyfall at Gen Con, August 2-5, followed by a full retail release on August 8.
In this new iteration of the social deduction game Spyfall, 3-8 players take on the roles of DC’s greatest Super Heroes as they have a secret meeting at an iconic location, such as the Batcave, Daily Planet, or the Fortress of Solitude. The twist is that one of them is secretly The Joker in disguise. In the intense 8-minute rounds, the non-Joker players ask questions and give answers to deduce which one of them is the Clown Prince of Crime without giving away the location, while The Joker player tries to figure out the location before his or her identity is revealed.
DC Spyfall features four modules that add even more variety to the classic Spyfall gameplay. The Powered-Up Module gives each player an Ability card that can provide a One-Shot ability or give that player a restriction. When playing with the Harley Quinn Helper Module, one player is secretly Harley Quinn and tries to help The Joker player win without knowing that player’s identity or revealing his or her own identity
Creating even more zany gameplay are the last two modules. The Joker’s Jest Module introduces an all-Joker deck that can result in everyone playing as The Joker. The player who stops play and correctly recognizes that everyone has Joker cards is the winner. Finally, the Multiverse Madness Module gives most or all of the players different Location cards. It is up to a player to recognize this and get a majority of the others to agree with him or her.
DC Spyfall will be available in limited quantities at Cryptozoic’s Booth #601 at Gen Con before hitting retailers nationwide August 8 for a suggested retail price of $25. At Gen Con, fans who purchase the game will receive a promo The Swamp Location deck. In addition, anyone who spends $15 at Cryptozoic’s booth will get a free Comic Book Convention Location deck.
The game is for 3-8 players ages 13+ and takes between 15 and 45 minutes. Created by Alexander Ushan, additional modules were designed by Matt Hyra and Dekan Wheeler with art by Rob Mommaerts.
The game includes 196 cards including: 1 Ability Deck (12 Cards), 2 Multiverse Decks (8 Cards Each), 1 The Joker Deck (8 Cards), and 20 Standard Location Decks (8 Cards Each). Also included are 24 resealable bags and a mission briefing booklet.