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A two-player competitive card game. Players battle for three castles by recruiting powerful sellswords to outsmart their opponent.
A two-player competitive card game. Players battle for three castles by recruiting powerful sellswords to outsmart their opponent.
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Crimson Company - Skill-based Card Game

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In Crimson Company you assemble ragtag armies of sellswords - from hardened warriors, to shady merchants, to mythical creatures - and fight for control over the castles of a forgotten kingdom.

Intense 20-minute duels will confront you with deep strategic as well as tactical decisions, crazy combos and gut-wrenching mind games. Neither luck nor money will determine your chances of winning a match. It's all about your choices as a player!

We will try to offer boxed editions in additional languages if there is enough demand throughout the campaign. Let us know which language you would be interested in via comment or private message.

STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: Deluxe Editions will be available in German!

Find the full reviews on our website or below in the "Reviews" section!

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  • 63.5 x 88.9 mm
  • 320 g/m²
  • Full color 4/4 (both sides)
  • Rounded corners
  • A PDF version of the game including the rulebook, 30 sellsword cards, a handy turn overview and 40 coins
  • Choose any of the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
The castles "reflect" beautifully in the water of the card's illustration
The castles "reflect" beautifully in the water of the card's illustration
  • Three 3D-printed miniature castles
  • Each castle is 66.69 mm high and 37.65 x 35.74 mm wide
     
  • If we reach a funding level above 35k EUR, we will use plastic injection moulding (might affect size/look)
  • + a print-and-play version in a language of your choice  (PDF)
     
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
  • 30 unique sellsword cards
  • 40 coin tokens
  • Three castle cards
  • Two turn overview / setup cards
  • Comprehensive rulebook
  • Limited to 250 rewards!
  • Ships immediately after the campaign ends!
  • Only available in English 
  • + a print-and-play version in a language of your choice  (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
     
  • Three miniature castles
  • A full set of metal coins
  • The perfect pledge for owners of a first edition box to upgrade their components!
  • Three 3D-printed miniature castles
  • If we reach a funding level above 35k EUR, we will use plastic injection moulding (see "Milestones" below)
  • 30 unique sellsword cards
  • A full set of metal coins
  • If we reach a funding level above 15k EUR, we will upgrade to metal coins (see "Milestones" below)
  • Three castle cards
  • Two turn overview / setup cards
  • Comprehensive rulebook
  • Available in English and German 
  • + a print-and-play version in a language of your choice  (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
     
  • Two boxed first editions with a discount!
  • Pay for shipping only once!
  • The perfect pledge to play the epic 2v2 mode!
  • Limited to 125 rewards!
  • Only available in English 
  • + a print-and-play version in a language of your choice  (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
     
  • Two boxed limited editions with a discount!
  • The perfect pledge to play the epic 2v2 mode! 
  • Available in English and German 
  • + a print-and-play version in a language of your choice  (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: the rules for a 2v2 mode (PDF)
  • + unlocked stretch goal: a set of castle modifiers (PDF)
     

The game's goal: Conquer 2 out of the 3 castles in the center! See "Scoring" below to learn how castles are conquered.

A turn consists of four phases:

At the start of your turn, you gain 3 coins.

You hire sellswords from an available selection of 4 cards at a time by bidding coins on them. Be sure to consider your opponent's situation though, so you pick the right amount!

Bidding 3 coins on the Summoner
Bidding 3 coins on the Summoner

Your opponent has two options on how to react:

1. Match: Your opponent puts the same amount of coins on the card as you did. You gain all the coins, they take the card.

2. Pass: The coins go to the bank, you take the card.

You deploy all the characters you recruited (up to two at a time if you matched your opponent's bid in their turn) into any of the three lanes in any order and make use of their unique special abilities. Time for big plays and combos!

Playing the Thief to steal a coin and score a lane
Playing the Thief to steal a coin and score a lane

Once a player has 4 or more sellswords in any lane, it is scored. The total strengths values of sellswords on both sides are compared. Some cards will trigger special scoring effects at this time to e.g. buff your own cards or weaken your opponent's side.

Whoever holds the higher strength total after all effects are resolved takes the castle. In case of a draw, you simply continue to play sellswords until it's resolved. When a player owns two castles, they win the game.

For more details on how to play the game, you can download the full rulebook on our website!

Fabian and Dario - the two designers - play a whole match and lay out their thoughts about the decisions they make!

You can try the game out yourself with a friend in Tabletop Simulator (if you have access to it)! Use our Discord channel to find a match!

There are 30 different sellswords in the game, each one with their own unique artwork and special ability. As a player you will have to think on your feet and find clever ways of combining them in every new match!

Some of the effects are triggered under certain conditions. The Undead for example will simply move to another lane when it's destroyed. It's certainly not easy to get rid of that guy!

Other cards trigger in specific phases of the game, such as the Merchant that will grant you an additional coin each turn, or the Paladin who gives all allies a strength buff when a lane is scored.

Many cards trigger their effect on deploymentt though, i.e. as soon as the card is played into a lane. The Chaos Mage for example moves cards around between lanes (which can itself trigger a scoring phase).

The Assassin makes short work of your opponent's cards by outright removing them from the board. More subtly, yet just as valuable in the right situations, the Thief can give you a decisive economic boost by stealing a coin from your opponent.

 A particularly exciting effect in the game is called "flip" and allows you to turn cards face-down. This will reduce the card’s strength to zero and deactivate its ability. There's a twist though as flipping cards on your opponent’s side is always risky!

Playing the Wizard to re-flip a card
Playing the Wizard to re-flip a card

If they manage to flip it back later in the game, they not only get the strength back but can also use the card’s effect again. In certain situations, it will even be beneficial to flip your own cards to build all kinds of crazy combos.

For example, the Clumsy Ogre will flip all of your other cards in a lane. However if you previously used the Summoner to bring a flipped card into play on your side, this could trigger another powerful deploy effect. And now imagine the Mad Cook flipping one of your own cards every income phase, thus potentially re-activating an effect every other turn.

There are countless possibilities for you to figure out each match given the everchanging combinations of game states, board situations and upcoming cards. Rest assured that the game will keep surprising you with new and exciting challenges for a very long time!

We already self-published a first edition of the game and received a lot of praise from players and critics. We run a strict NO FAKE POLICY! All reviews are honest opinions.

 Crimson Company on BoardGameGeek


You can find additional reviews (a few more in German) on our website!

We - Dario and Fabian - are professional game designers at a video game company based in Munich, Germany. However, we love board games and competitive card games as well!

But the more we played games like Magic, Hearthstone or Gwent, the more we got frustrated. Too many or too few lands in Magic. Ridiculous random effects in Hearthstone. And a stale meta of well-established decks and pre-determined matchups in all of those games.

So we started looking for a solution. What we came up with after some iterations was Crimson Company! An easy-to-learn, but hard-to-master card game that is not pay-to-win at all and comes with high replayability while keeping individual matches short and intense.

When we played the first prototypes with our colleagues and friends, they pushed us to publish the game. One of them also referred us to an artist - Janna Sophia - who ended up doing all the artwork. The rest is history.

In an article on Gamasutra, we describe the creation process and design reasoning behind Crimson Company in more detail.

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  • February 5th: Campaign starts
  • March 14th: End of campaign
  • March-April: Pledge completion surveys
  • April-August: Production
  • August-September: Shipping
  • October: Delivery
     

Interested in selling the game yourself?

Contact us via crimsoncompany@gmx.net and we'll discuss terms!

  • Shipping inside Germany: 3,00 EUR
  • Shipping Worldwide: 4,00 EUR
  • Retailers: Shipping will vary depending on where you are and how many copies you order. Please get in touch via email at crimsoncompany@gmx.net or send us a Kickstarter message!
     

Risks and challenges

We already produced a first edition of the game in preparation to this Kickstarter campaign. This version was not only reviewed by critics, but we also presented it at the SPIEL convention in Essen and the Spielwiesn in Munich to many card game fans. After the positive reactions and feedback from critics and players we can be sure to provide you with a very fun game. The only uncertain aspects are the new components to be produced after the campaign. But based on our experience and production forecasts we are confident to deliver the game in time and awesome quality.

By pledging for this project you accept the following terms:

General:
- Pledging is not equivalent to pre-ordering. The final product may be subject to changes and details may differ from what is presented here.

- 30 days after you received the delivery, we will not accept complaints related to missing or damaged components.

- 6 months after shipment, we will not accept complaints related to missing or damaged shipments.

- 12 months after shipment, we will not accept any complaints related to this campaign.

Refunds:
- Before the end of the campaign, pledges can be canceled and fully refunded through the respective button on Kickstarter.
After the campaign ended, pledges can still be canceled within 14 days via email. However the processing costs and fees will then be deducted from your refund.

Shipping:
- You are responsible to respond to our surveys to claim the rewards you want and give us information about your address. If you ignore our surveys for more than 4 weeks, your pledge will be considered a donation without reward.

- If we cannot ship the game to you because of a mistake you made (e.g. wrong address, package not picked up etc.), additional costs for shipping and related affairs will be your responsibility. If the error was on our part, we will of course resend your package at our expense.

- In case of lost or damaged packages, the carrier will be held solely responsible. Customer claims need to be made at the time of delivery.

- We will not ship the game again without an investigation about the status of the previous shipment.

- In case of missing or damaged components, please provide us with proof. We will get back to you once we have verified the situation.

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