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.