Cryptozoic Entertainment

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the first DC Deck-Building Game Organized Play Kit. Coming in late fall or winter 2017, this kit will give your FLGS instructions to run tournaments as well as promotional prizes. Cryptozoic plans on releasing new kits biannually, with the first kit releasing concurrently with the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box. The premier kit is slated to contain 12 promo cards, 1 playmat, tournament instructions and a poster.

Cryptozoic Entertainment is releasing the DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box, a large 3 channel card storage box to store all of the DC Deck-Building Games released thus far. The box will fit cards with standard sleeves and comes with foam blocks to hold the cards in place. Included are 20 tabs to organize all sets through the Crossover Pack for Birds of Prey, due out later in 2017. 33 new cards will be included in the Multiverse, including Braniac, Telos and Deimos. Cryptozoic is being a bit… cryptic about which DC event this expansion will be themed around, but they do say that rules for creating multiverses will be available in a few weeks. The DC Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box is due out in mid-2017.

Stronghold Games is releasing Ghost Catchers, a unique card game where players use see-through cards to match ghosts up with their shadows. Sharp eyes and fast hands will help a player achieve victory. The game includes many variations to scale the difficulty from children to adults. Ghost Catchers is due to be released in June 2017.

Cottage Garden, the popular tile laying game by Uwe Rosenberg, is seeing a US release by Stronghold Games. Cottage Garden uses a similar mechanic to the 2 player Patchwork to have players place various shaped flower tiles from the market efficiently into their two garden beds. Players receive a new flower bed whenever they complete an old one, and once a certain number of tiles have left the market, the player with the most points from their completed gardens is the winner. Cottage Garden is due out in June 2017.


Fighting against the villains in the DC Comics Deck Building Game is pretty much the whole point of the game.  Then a couple years ago the Forever Evil set came out and turned the formula upside-down, letting you play the villains to beat up the heroes.  Well Cryptozoic decided that with this latest Crossover Pack, the villains could use a little help in order to defeat The Flash.

In Crossover Pack 5: The Rogues, you will get access to the super villains always coming up against The Flash; Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Heatwave, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, and Trickster.  Also in this pack will be the addition of a new teamwork mechanic where the villains can offer each other help, because they can’t defeat The Flash by themselves.  This pack also makes use of the VP tokens as a type of currency, because a good villain doesn’t work for free.  Look for this pack to hit store shelves this quarter, and once you have it you can mix it with any base set currently available.

poker-assaultIf you thought that poker was too much bluffing and not enough attacking, then Cryptozoic Entertainment’s new release, Poker Assault, might be right up your alley.

Poker Assault, designed by Ben Cichoski and Daniel Mandel, has players taking on one of four factions, each with their own 52-card deck, trying to craft poker hands to attack their opponents. To assault your opponent, you must play cards that form at least a pair or greater. Your opponent has a chance to defend by playing cards that either match the value of your cards, or exceed it if it is in the same suit. Players that attack with a stronger hand (e.g. a Straight or a Flush) will also gain power cards unique to their faction! Each attacking card that is unblocked will chip away at your opponent’s health, the last player standing wins!

Already released and in stores, Poker Assault is for 2-4 players and plays in 15-25 minutes. It comes with the following components:

  • 1 Vampire Court Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Wolf Pack Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 The Invaders Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 1 Rocket Patrol Poker Deck (52 cards)
  • 4 Sets of Eight Power Cards
  • Lots of Hit Point Tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

For additional information, visit Cryptozoic Entertainment’s website here.


We’ve already reported about the upcoming Spyfall expansion that Cryptozoic is putting out, but that’s not all they have coming.  The first game coming is the first licensed game for the Attack on Titan anime series and that is Attack on Titan the Deck Building game.  This is a cooperative game where you will be playing as characters like Eren, Mikasa, and Armin as you build up your deck to fight against the unstoppable titans as they attack the last human settlement.  This game will use the Cerberus Engine that is used by the DC Deck Building Game so those who have played that game will be familiar with how the game goes.  One major difference is that there is a positional element to the game in that you have to be in the right place in addition to having the right cards.  Look for this to hit store shelves in a just a few weeks.


Next will be the retail release of the second Ghostbusters board game, Ghostbusters II the Board Game.  This game expands on the concept from the first game and has you playing the Ghostbusters against all the ghouls and ghosts from the second movie.  Hopefully you have what it takes to stop Vigo before he comes back to enslave the world.  Look for this on store shelves in December of this year.


Coming in January of next year is a new social deduction game in the Batman animated series universe called Batman: Almost Got ‘im.  In the game you are playing villains around a poker table playing poker and reminiscing about the times they almost got Batman.  The thing is, Batman is in their midst, and so you need to figure out who it is before he is able to subdue everyone.  An interesting twist to this game is that you will be playing poker in this game, and the hands you are able to craft will dictate the actions to take during the night phase.  Look for this on store shelves in 2017.


Last on the list is the second Attack on Titan game with the Attack on Titan: The Last Stand – Tactical Board Game.  This is board game you will be playing on a 3D surface in the form of the castle walls as well as the Titan himself.  One player will play as the titan and will be playing down two cards, one hidden and one revealed that indicate what actions he will be taking.  Everyone else will be playing the characters like Armin and Eren as they prepare and attack the Titan with all they got.  Players though will have to be careful because with one Titan card being face down, there is always uncertainty of where the Titan will strike, and being unprepared will be your death.  Look for this game to hit shelves in January of next year.

Leading the industries of creating board games, trading cards, and collectibles, Cryptozoic Entertainment, joined forces with highly regarded Russian publisher of board games, Hobby World, to release the highly anticipated Master of Orion: The Board Game in early 2017.  One of the most buzzed about games during the 2016 Essen Spiel game trade fair, this strategic video game transformation has received high praise from The Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel receiving his seal of excellence.

“I was really happy with this. This really hits my sweet spot. Having cards and actions, the game plays smoothly.”  Tom Vasel

In Master of Orion: The Board Game players first decide which race to lead to victory.  Choose wisely because you will have to defeat other players in space confrontations while carefully managing your resources and building your systems.  This strategic economic card game has multiple paths to victory including military means, attacking other systems, building space fleets, or a path of creation.  The leader of the most successful system will be awarded the title of Emperor from the Galactic Counsil.

This competitive tableau building game plays 2-4 players and plays in 40-60 minutes for ages 12 and up.






The party game that has garnered a lot of buzz and popularity is getting a sequel, that you could also use as an expansion, Spyfall 2.  Spyfall 2 will feature the same gameplay you have come to know and love, but with a few additional twists and improvements that come with new versions like this.  First is an up in player count with each deck of cards being 12 instead of 8, allowing for up to 12 people to play at once.  Second is the addition of additional spy cards, so now when the party gets bigger or the spy hunters get better, you can add an extra spy to keep things interesting.  Last, and what makes this edition like an expansion, is that there are 20 brand new locations in the box, so mix this set with the previous and you will have 50 different locations to choose from.  So look for this new addition to hit stores in January of 2017.

batman roges

Previously we reported on how Cryptozoic is releasing a meeples line based on superheroes and other IPs, and this is another addition to that line.  Just announced was the next collectors tin to be released of the mighty meeples line, and that is the Batman Rogues Gallery.  This Batman shaped tin will contain the 7 most iconic Batman villains; The Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and the Penguin.  The release of this set is still quite a ways off with a February 2017 release, but you will be able to find these characters in the booster packs being released next month.  So you might get lucky and get a full villain set before the release of the tin.

ghostbusters game board

What happens when you release a board game with a theme connected to a major motion picture?  Usually some extra coverage from main-stream sources. It’s not typical for Popular Mechanics to write about board games, but that’s precisely what has happened with Cryptozoic’s Ghostbusters board game.  Popular Mechanics picked up a copy of the game and did a brief review of the game in light of the recently released Ghostbusters movie.  So if you like seeing what folks outside the industry think of board games, you can take a look at the review on Popular Mechanics’ website.

rick morty

This continues to be the year of IP games as another Rick and Morty game is coming from Cryptozoic, Mr. Meeseeks’ Box O’ Fun: The Rick and Morty Dice Dares Game.  Despite a title that is long and complicated, the game itself is a fairly simple dice game similar to Roll for It.  In the game you will pick up request cards that have a specific dice combo you need to roll.  After that you roll the dice to see if you get it, if not then you get to start drawing Mr. Meeseek cards.  These cards give you dice manipulation abilities but with a drawback, take too long to finish the request and they inflict negative effects on you.  Once you complete the request you get the card as points and discard the Mr. Meeseek cards you had drawn.  Also you can draw dare cards which have Quelf like tasks that may or may not be kid friendly, but if you do them they give you bonus points.  The first to reach a set number of victory points is the winner.

You can check out more on Cryptozoic site and look for it’s release in August of this year.