DC Comics Deck-Building Game

Cryptozoic has announced Crossover Pack 8: Batman Ninja is coming soon to the DC Comics Deck-Building Game. Based on the Batman Ninja animated feature, this expansion takes place in feudal Japan and lets players become Batman, Catwoman, Robin, Red Robin, Red Hood and Nightwing.

What would this expansion be without a cast of Super-Villains? The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Deathstroke and Two-Face are daimyos who battle from within giant castles that come to life. When the fifth Super-Villain has been defeated, the five castles merge to become one final monumental challenge. The card backs of the Super-Villains each form a portion of the giant merged castle, with The Joker’s head at the top (of course).

“Each Super-Villain has colors on its four sides matching the main card types: Hero, Villain, Super Power and Equipment. During your turn, if there is a card matching one of those types in the Line-Up, you must take the card and place it next to the corresponding side of the Super-Villain. When you defeat a Super-Villain, instead of placing it in your deck, you earn each card attached to it.”

The new keyword “Ninjutsu” provides the Super Heroes some much-needed help as they take on the might of the Super-Villains’ super castle!

In the box:
• 21 Main Deck Cards
• 6 Oversized Super Heroes
• 5 Oversized Super-Villains
• Rules Card
• 1 Randomizer Card and 1 Divider (for Multiverse Box)

Crossover Pack 8: Batman Ninja is 100% compatible with the original DC Comics Deck-Building Game, Heroes Unite, Forever Evil and Teen Titans.

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While the Marvel universe dominates the box office, the DC universe is getting a little bigger with the release of The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games.

A new stand alone game using the DC Deck-Building Game mechanics, the latest itteration places players into the never-ending conflict between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The game will feature two different paths depending on what role the player takes. The Sinestra role is focussed on attacking and forcing opponents to take bad cards. The Green Lantern role will focus on drawing cards and features a strong defense.

The game comes with 98 cards that includes new heroes, villains, equipment, locations, and constructs. It includes six over-sized character cards with variable cards associated with them. Each character in the game will have unique abilities and will become more powerful when defeated, gaining access to additional abilities, until at the end of the game one ring-bearer is finally triumphant.

While a stand alone game, the game is also fully compatible with earlier DC Deck-Building Games games including Rivals—Batman vs. The Joker and the Confrontations set. The game is made for 2 players age 15+ and takes around 30 minutes to play.

DC Deck-Building Game

The DC Deck-Building Game:  Rivals—Green Lantern vs. Sinestro from Cryptozoic Games is built on the original DC Deck-Building Game system which was released in 2012 by Cryptozoic Games. In the system each each player chooses a hero with a special power and starts the game with a deck of ten cards. On each turn a player will use the five cards in their hand to acquire or conquer the five types of cards in the game: heroes, villains and super-villains, equipment, super powers, and locations. Players will defend themselves from attacks while attempting to defeat super-villains in an attempt to gain the most victory points.

The Rivals systems was introduced in 2014 with Rivals – Batman vs The Joker as more direct combat was introduced with confrontation rules that allow players to attack their opponents and block cards that ward off confrontations.

In Rivals the first player to drop the opponent three times wins, though if the deck runs out of cards the player with the most victory points wins.

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.

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Cryptozoic Entertainment–a California publisher noted for their games based on popular licenses– has announced their 2016 lineup.  Staying true to form, this year’s selections include new games and expansions of already popular products based on DC comics, Cartoon Network shows, and more.  The new products premiered at the American International Toy Fair over the weekend.  Check out all the details straight from Cryptozoic, in their release below.

Lake Forest, CA – February 14, 2016 – Cryptozoic Entertainment (cryptozoic.com), leading developer, designer and manufacturer of games, trading cards and collectible merchandise presents its new game product lineup premiering at The American International Toy Fair on February 13-16.

The award-winning company has released a large variety of card and board game products to critical acclaim. Some of this year’s product launches include:

dc crisis

DC Comics™ Deck Building Game: Crisis Pack 3
The DC Universe is in peril… again! In the DC Comics Deck-building Game Crisis Expansion Pack 3, players will face some of the most epic challenges, events, and destructive forces in the history of comic-dom. In this Crisis Expansion find 14 “Impossible Mode” Crime Syndicate Super-Villains to battle against and Crisis versions of eight oversized characters such as Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Bane and many more. Also included are six new playable oversized characters and new main deck cards for competitive players. This Crisis Pack features two unique modes of cooperative play. Play in a completely cooperative mode, where players all work together to overcome challenges and foes. Or play in “Hidden Objective” mode, never before seen in a deck-building game.The Suicide Squad makes its debut as playable oversized characters, and as ne’er-do-wells, working together isn’t exactly their strong suit. It seems someone always has their own agenda when this “team” gets together for a mission. In this mode, players are still working together, but everyone has their own definition of what a “win” really is. One player may even be secretly working against the rest of the team.

adventure time card wars

Adventure Time Card Wars: Fiona Vs Cake
Based on the Card Wars game found in the Adventure Time episodes of the same name. Includes a code card that unlock special surprises the Card Wars digital android and iOS game. Easy to learn rules and all-new, original artwork. Play as the Fionna or Cake characters.
Rick and Morty Total Rickall
The Total Rickall Cooperative Card Game is based on the Rick and Morty episode of the same name. Players can still play this wild and wacky game and have plenty of fun even if they have never watched the program. Easy to learn, cooperative and mimics the action and hilarity of the Rick and Morty Episode “Total Rickall”. This is a cooperative game for 2-5 players, with a playing time of 30 minutes.

internal affairs

Internal Affairs Game
In Hong Kong, the Police and ruthless Triad crime syndicate have both learned they have traitors embedded in their midst and are determined to ferret out these dangerous moles. It’s up to the player to crack the codes of their foes and learn who is ultimately loyal to whom. The game is won by the team that manages to first reveal all 3 identity cards of 2 infiltrators belonging to the opposing team. Fun, new take on hidden identity games with constantly evolving gameplay and create a secret code for opponents to try to crack.

cartoon network crossover

Cartoon Network™ Crossover Crisis Deck-building Game
Cartoon Network’s baddest adversaries are loose and it’s up to the players to stop them. Play as favorite heroes from Cartoon Network’s past and present hit shows: Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Regular Show, Samurai Jack and Steven Universe to take them down. Every main deck card is unique and brimming with Cartoon Network characters. In this wacky take on world-renown Cerberus Engine, find WEAKNESS cards which are all unique, dangerous, and PRATFALL cards (which replace Vulnerabilities). Never before seen EVENT cards change things up in crazy ways when they appear out of the main deck. They may literally cause a stomping of feet. Or outlandish zoo animal noises, and more. In the end, only one player will be left laughing in this competitive game.

Cryptozoic at Toy Fair
Cryptozoic continues its commitment to developing fan-focused, engaging, high quality products which are seamlessly aligned with the brand license and culture. The complete line of Cryptozoic Entertainment products will be on display at the American International Toy Fair in New York City February 13-16 at booth #4842.

About Cryptozoic
Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, including the DC Comics™ Deck-Building Game, The Walking Dead™ Board Game, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game and Ghostbusters™:The Board Game, one of the most funded tabletop games in Kickstarter history. Following a philosophy and core principle of “Fans First,” the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information about product releases, events and news.

forever evil

Cryptozoic has posted a preview of their newest addition to the DC deck-building game. This addition is called Forever Evil, and the preview features one of the newest characters to appear in the DC universe: Pandora along with her Pandora’s Box.

Pandora is a hero that adds the top card of the main deck to the line-up and receives +1 Power for each different cost among the cards in the line-up.

Would you be surprised to learn that Pandora can generate as much as +9 Power from the cards in this set? That’s some real purchasing power!

pandoras box

Pandora’s box is an equipment card that reveals the top card of the main deck, and then adds cards from the main deck to the line-up equal to the revealed card’s cost. The game is due to be released this week. For more on this click here.

dc deck

Coming later this year from Cryptozoic Entertainment is a new DC deck-builder for two players, Rivals: Batman vs Joker.

Rivals: Batman vs Joker is a 98 card set based on Cryptozoic’s Cerberus system, which is the same system used in DC Comics Deck-Building Game.  Through game play, each player adds cards to their deck, arming themselves.  When they feel the time is right, players will attack each other and the first to make their opponent fall three times wins the game.  But look out, because as the rivals fall, Batman and Joker get boosts to their abilities.

Rivals: Batman vs Joker is expected to release in December with 98 cards and six oversize “Hero” cards.