Cryptozoic Will Demo New and Upcoming Games at GAMA Trade Show 2018
Original Games Guided by Principle of Innovation and Licensed Games Based on Rick and Morty and DC Universe to Be Showcased at Cryptozoic’s Booth #325
Lake Forest, CA – March 5, 2018– Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, today announced that it will demo several of its new and upcoming games at the GAMA Trade Show, March 12-16 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. Hosted by the Game Manufacturers Association, the show is the largest annual business-to-business event for the U.S. hobby gaming industry, with retailers, manufacturers, publishers, and distributors among those who attend.
Cryptozoic’s original games for 2018 have all been guided by the principle of innovation, with the goal of providing fresh gameplay and design elements that create unique experiences for the hobby gaming community. The titles at the show include The Arrival, Bronze, Wallet, and the fourth Epic Spell WarsTM game. In addition, the company will show games based on popular IPs, including three new tabletop games based on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty TV series, two new entries in the long-running DC Deck-Building Game series, DC Spyfall, and Street Fighter V Poker Assault. Cryptozoic will preview these games and more at Booth #325.
“Innovation is a word bandied about in every industry, but it really was what guided us as we worked to create our latest games,” commented Adam Sblendorio, Vice President of Creative at Cryptozoic. “If we had a game idea that didn’t push us forward as a company and didn’t provide hobby gamers something fresh, we left it behind. With releases like Wallet, Bronze, and Cult: Choose Your God Wisely, as well as exciting new Rick and Morty and DC games, we are going into GAMA feeling confident that our fans are going to have an amazing time playing our games this year.”
The original games being demoed include:
The Arrival: Created by famed designer Martin Wallace, the strategy board game puts 2-4 players in the roles of Tribe Leaders as they vie with each other and the demon-like Fomori for control of ancient Ireland. The unique gameplay includes two different victory conditions as determined by whether the Tribe Leaders or the Fomori control more of the map at the end of play. Cryptozoic’s recent wide release of the acclaimed game—previously released in limited quantities at the Essen Game Fair in 2016—upgrades the art, improves various components, and adds a new Advanced Game variant.
Bronze: In this strategy board game, 2-4 players travel 5000 years to the past as they become rulers trying to spread their societies across the world. They attempt to make great discoveries, establish trade routes, and exchange knowledge with great cities like Babylon, Troy, and Mycenae. The game is played on a modular board featuring spots for Settlements of three different types—farmers, herders, and hunters—in seven different landscapes. Players utilize Technology cards that allow them to build specific types of settlements on designated kinds of terrain. By achieving a majority in Land tiles, building continuous chains of Settlements, and entering new lands, players gain Province tokens, Trade Route tokens, and City cards that give them victory points at the end of the game.
Wallet: In this exciting 2-7 party game, players become colorful characters and compete to find money and an ID that will convince the cops of their innocence. Holding multiple IDs and several types of currency will result in a player being found guilty. The game is played using an actual wallet with multiple pockets and zippered areas that allow players to bluff their opponents or lead them into traps. Each fast-paced round lasts only 10 minutes, and an entire game is over in just 30 minutes.
Cult: Choose Your God Wisely: This board game allows 2-5 players to choose Gods (each with special abilities) and send their Priests to places in the Eternal City in an attempt to bring their deity victory over the minds and souls of humanity. In the Intention Phase, players place their free Priests onto Locations on the board, with more Locations becoming available as a Cult gains Followers. During the Resolution Phase, a winner is determined in each Location based on the Influence of the players’ Priests, with Miracle and Intrigue Cards capable of changing the outcome of each conflict dramatically. The game can be played now on Tabletopia, a virtual platform for board games co-founded by Igrology. Following the Kickstarter campaign, which is currently running, it will be available at retailers before the end of 2018.
Epic Spell WarsTM of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palace: The fourth game in the Epic Spell WarsTM series takes the trademark humor-filled, mature gameplay and artwork to a new level for 2-6 players. Magically Transmitted Diseases (MTDs) are a powerful addition to the proceedings, leading Wizards to suffer Crotch Krakens, Genital Harpies, and Gorgonorrhea, among other enchanted afflictions. MTDs also give players glyphs that lead to Spells that are more epic than ever. In addition, players vie for control of the Standee, which protects them from the MTDs that might come their way.
Cryptozoic will also demo several licensed games—previously revealed at New York Toy Fair—based on Rick and Morty, the DC universe, and Street Fighter V:
Rick and Morty: The Pickle Rick Game: This intense 1-2 player game is based on the hugely popular “Pickle Rick” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. One player plays as Pickle Rick as he tries to escape a heavily armed compound, while the other player takes on the roles of both the Russians and Jaguar as they try to stop him. The Pickle Rick player uses weapons cards to dole out damage and Air Vents to get out of jams as he or she tries to get to the Rooftop. The game includes both Pickle Rick and Jaguar miniatures that are moved across a dynamic board made up of tiles that are constantly being added, rotated, and flipped. Adding to the off-the-wall fun is the game’s packaging: It looks like a pickle!
Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Multiverse Game: In this engine-building game, 2-4 players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, Zeep, and Kyle as they introduce Power-making technology to different worlds, and then try to get that Power before their opponents. Based on the Rick and Morty episode "The Ricks Must Be Crazy," gameplay takes place in four “’Verses” with unique attributes: the Rickverse, Microverse, Miniverse, and Teenyverse. Players spend Actions to build Power Supplies and Contraptions and move to different ’Verses. At the end of each round, Power generates from the bottom ’Verse up, and players utilize it to play One-Shot abilities, use Character Abilities, and power-up their Contraptions.
Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game: This 2-4 player sequel to Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game features a set of Council cards that cause players to vote to enact new rules, dramatic one-time effects, and other mysterious situations. Access Tokens give players votes and chances to devalue the Galactic Federation currency from 1 to 0. The game exudes off-the-wall Rick and Morty art and gameplay, even including a Szechuan Sauce card.
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DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth: The latest entry in the DC Deck-Building Game series introduces Movement using eight Mighty Meeples wooden figures, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman. The game features both competitive and cooperative modes, offering two distinctive ways to play. In both modes, Villains do not go into a player’s deck when defeated, but instead grant a one-time Reward. In competitive play, defeated Villains give players Victory Points and then go under their Super Hero cards. They can even be used to bribe rivals for various favors.
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DC Deck-Building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 4: The latest Crisis expansion for the DC Deck-Building Game series introduces the keyword "Unity” for Ongoing cards that get better as more teammates have them in play. The pack focuses on the Teen Titans and includes six Super Heroes from the Titans, original members of the group who are now all grown up and have something to prove. Another fresh twist to gameplay comes in the form of Personal Crisis cards, which may only directly affect one character, but can still take down the whole team if players don't work together to solve the problem.
DC Spyfall: In this new variation on 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! The game offers several innovations, including Ability cards and modes in which one player is Harley Quinn and all players have Joker cards. At GAMA, Cryptozoic will reveal a case purchase promotion, allowing hobby retailers that purchase a case of six games to receive six promo Swamp Thing decks, while quantities last.
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Street Fighter V Poker Assault: This two-player game reimagines poker as a game of combat featuring the characters and kinetic action of the hit video game Street Fighter V. Each player uses a themed 52-card poker deck, with several cards in each deck having bonus abilities that can aid him or her while mounting an Assault on an opponent or Defending against one. Additionally, players who can craft a Straight or better will earn Critical Arts Cards that can provide devastating instant effects or grant them some ongoing tactical advantages.
Since 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment has been dedicated to the concept of “Fans First,” striving to develop the most creative and sought-after products for pop culture enthusiasts worldwide. As an entertainment company with a diverse portfolio of licensed and original IPs, its catalog covers a broad spectrum of tabletop games and collectibles. The passionate team at Cryptozoic aims to inspire gamers and collectors all around the globe, while bringing fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information about product releases, events, and news.
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