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Crimson Company - The Other Side (Core Game + Expansion)

The ultimate duel card game returns with its first expansion! Enter "The Other Side" - a realm beyond life and death!

Crimson Company - The Other Side (Core Game + Expansion)

The ultimate duel card game returns with its first expansion! Enter "The Other Side" - a realm beyond life and death!

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About

In Crimson Company you assemble your own 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!

Crimson Company's first expansion "The Other Side" explores the mysterious realms beyond life and death! No less than 15 brand-new character cards (with even more unlockable as stretch goals) will dramatically increase the variety of possible situations you can encounter and enable a whole bunch of wild new combos

The new characters range from otherworldly creatures to powerful spiritualists able to communicate with the netherworld. Gameplay-wise, the new card's focus primarily on destruction and flip effects. This means you will be able to find many new synergies and also combine them with all the base game cards in exciting new ways!

You can choose to customize your personal Crimson Company experience by mixing and matching cards from the core game and The Other Side! Or simply play with a big 45+ cards deck of characters for endless variety!

The first and deluxe edition of Crimson Company has been extremely well-received by critics and players alike! Coming from the exact same team, The Other Side perfectly expands on the proven and unique gameplay formula!

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

  • High-quality injection-moulded miniatures
  • Height: 66 mm
  • Zink alloy metal coins
  • Gold coins: 22mm x 2mm
  • Silver coins: 18mm x 2mm
  • 63.5 x 88.9 mm
  • 320 g/m²
  • Full color 4/4 (both sides)
  • Rounded corners

ALL Pledges

  • Access to the pledge manager after the end of the campaign. You will be able to upgrade your pledge and purchase additional copies!
  • Early access to the digital version of Crimson Company (currently in development and scheduled for testing on mobile in mid 2020).
  • Access to the English print-and-play files of base game and expansion in a backer-exclusive update after the campaign has ended.
  • At least 15 additional character cards to take your Crimson Company experience to the next level!
  • Simply shuffle the new characters into your base-game deck for endless variety (or pick and choose your 30 favorite cards to play with)!
  • Available in ENGLISH or GERMAN 
  • The Deluxe Edition of the Crimson Company core game!
  • 30 unique character cards
  • 20 metal coins (10 gold/10 silver)
  • 3 injection-moulded castle miniatures
  • 3 castle cards (+11 castles with special rules)
  • a comprehensive rulebook
  • Available in ENGLISH or GERMAN 
  • The Deluxe Edition of the core game as well as the new expansion!
  • The ultimate Crimson Company experience all in one!
  • The above bundle, but twice!
  • Allows you to play the 2v2 mode and the free-for-all variant with 3 players (both are included in the Deluxe Edition rule book)!

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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:

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

2. RECRUITMENT: 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!

Your opponent has two options on how to react:

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

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

3. DEPLOYMENT: 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!

4. SCORING: 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 (also available in German)!

You can try the base game out yourself with a friend in Tabletop Simulator (if you have access to it via Steam ). Use our Discord channel to find a match (and meet awesome people at the same time)!

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 deployment 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.

The Other Side adds some highly synergistic card effects to the game. For example, the Shadow flips itself after destroying a card. This means it will be relatively easy to re-use its powerful effect (by flipping it face-up again). However, it will, of course, have 0 strength while being face-down.

You can counteract this disadvantage with the Bishop though! Its game-changing effect will let the player with more face-down cards win a lane! The expansion adds quite a few cards interacting with flipping and destruction effects (such as the Voodoo Doll), which means you will be building combos on the fly all the time!

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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!

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 chain effects.

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 ever-changing 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 run a strict NO FAKE POLICY! All reviews are honest opinions.

 You can find additional reviews on our website (also in German)!

Join our community of awesome strategy gamers now!

We - Dario and Fabian (@Ludokultur) - 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.

Fabian & Dario at SPIEL'19

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 for the base game and now the expansion as well.

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

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  • October 2019: Campaign start
  • November 2019: Campaign ends
  • December 2019: Pledge manager opens
  • January-February 2020: Pledges are finalized
  • March-April 2020: Production
  • May 2020: Delivery

Interested in selling the game or the expansion yourself?

Please send us a Kickstarter message or contact us via crimsoncompany@gmx.net and we'll discuss terms individually!

Additional copies (selectable after the campaign in our pledge manager):

  • Each additional Deluxe Edition is +19 EUR plus 6 EUR shipping (5 EUR in Germany)
  • Each additional Expansion is +10 EUR plus 3 EUR shipping (2 EUR in Germany), and for early birds +8 EUR plus 3 EUR shipping (2 EUR in Germany)
     

Risks and challenges

We already produced a first edition of the game and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Deluxe Edition that shipped a month ahead of time. The game has been reviewed by many critics and we also presented it at many board game conventions (SPIEL, Spielwiesn, Berlin Con) to card game fans. After the positive reactions and feedback from critics and players we can be quite sure to provide you with a very fun game. Based on our experience and production forecasts we are confident to deliver the game in time and awesome quality.

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- We will accept complaints related to missing or damaged components for 30 days after you received the delivery.

- We will accept complaints related to missing or damaged shipments for 6 months after shipment.

- In general, we will accept complaints related to this campaign for 12 months after shipment.

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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.

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    • 20 metal coins (10 gold, 10 silver)
    • 3 castle miniatures
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