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Fast-paced worker and tile placement strategy game set in an incredibly immersive 1920s gangster world.
Fast-paced worker and tile placement strategy game set in an incredibly immersive 1920s gangster world.
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It is said that every city has a soul. Some are colorful, some are dark. One of them stands out in splendor, grandeur and wealth. But its glory comes at a cost. Where there is wealth, there is crime. It is the year 1926 when the citizens of the most remarkable metropolitan area start calling their own home Crimopolis: the city that breeds the most notorious gangsters.

You are an averagely successful criminal in a petty town. You are tired of doing small jobs that only earn stress and scars. You have no hope for a better future. After hearing success stories from gangsters in big cities, you move to Crimopolis and pursue becoming the most prestigious gangster of all time.

  • Duty- and tax-free delivery to several countries including USA, New Zealand and Japan.
  • Up to 60% cheaper worldwide shipping available from our own warehouse.
  • Free pickup from multiple locations. See shipping section for details.

Crimopolis is a fast-paced strategy board game about bean-shooters, chippies and dough in a city where nothing counts but underground influence. You recruit criminals, move through the city and explore new areas, execute illicit jobs, ambush others and take over their possessions. Reporters get in the way, but growing skills and abilities balance it.

Crimopolis is a mixture of a Eurogame featuring strategy with multiple winning paths and downplaying luck, and an Amerigame allowing for an immersive 1920s gangster theme with direct player conflict and highly intuitive rules. The game length can be freely adjusted: shorter games increase luck, longer games deepen game plays. The recommended game length balances both and allows for family game nights with players of different ages.

Casual players learn the rules quickly. Hardcore players enjoy the depth of strategy that opens up after a few rounds of the game. There are four winning paths which can be freely chosen, mixed and changed throughout the game, requiring you to adjust your plans if other players have changed their strategies.

  • Tile placement with 58 tiles to create variously sized and shaped cities in every game.
  • Worker placement allowing to explore, expand and exterminate as known from 4X games yet without player elimination.
  • Multiple paths to winning which can be combined, adjusted and changed while playing.
  • Unique take on minimal player downtime: double turn occupation keeps you busy by taking over a timekeeper role while someone else is playing, as well as act and counteract opportunities outside your turns.
  • Simple rules: all actions are explained on just one double page in the rule book.
  • Tense and explosive moments caused by game mechanics which allow you to prepare strategic moves with large impact and defense mechanisms against others doing the same.
  • Stunning 3D table presence, custom-shaped wooden gangsters and tombstones, over 300 components, 90 flavor stories and over 100 lovingly drawn illustrations.
Tiles are strategically chosen and placed by all players to build the city of Crimopolis.
Tiles are strategically chosen and placed by all players to build the city of Crimopolis.
The timekeeper role rotates between players and controls how much time you have left in your turn.
The timekeeper role rotates between players and controls how much time you have left in your turn.
Counting bodies is one way of increasing your prestige.
Counting bodies is one way of increasing your prestige.

Game Play

Crimopolis is played in turns during which you can typically spend 7 hours of time on actions. A timekeeper uses a clock that shows you how much time you have left. Choose your actions in any order you wish.

Key Actions

Winner

The game's end is triggered when someone reaches a prestige of 21. Players continue for a last turn. After that, already earned prestige, body counts, hidden prestige and city influence are added up to determine who is the most prestigious gangster.

You win if you have earned the most prestige in Crimopolis.
You win if you have earned the most prestige in Crimopolis.

Rule Book

The rule book is in a near final stage. Download the current version: Crimopolis Rule Book (PDF, 13.2 MB)!

Illustrations shown here are in a draft stage and yet to be finalized.

To create a truly immersive game, we created an excess of game components, far more than a typical game requires. Discover more components every time you play. To spice things up, we chose different artwork for different situations, resulting in over 100 illustrations.

Details to Fall in Love With

We love art, so rather than drawing illustrations just fit for purpose, we created pieces of art in high quality and with attention to detail.

Here’s an example of how much love goes into our illustrations. City tiles measure 6 x 6 cm (2.4 x 2.4 in). This post office building is 2.7 cm (1.1 in) high. The woman has a height of only 7 mm (0.3 in) and the detailed envelope in her hand fits into a tiny 1 x 1 mm box. 

Detailed art at sub-millimeter scale
Detailed art at sub-millimeter scale

Beside high resolution details, we have also added story-telling artifacts to many of the illustrations. We enjoy seeing players plunge into the game and search for these treasures. Here are a couple of examples revealed:

Hidden details on many cards and tiles
Hidden details on many cards and tiles

Flavor for Deep Immersion

All job and newsflash cards come with flavor text written in 1920s gangster style, a total of 90 stories. Long forgotten terms and phrases come back to life. The rule book has a dictionary of about 50 translations such as "daylighting" (shooting or stabbing) and "having the bees" (being rich).

Flavor text for deep immersion into the game's storyline
Flavor text for deep immersion into the game's storyline

Illustration Time Lapse

We have already spent over 400 hours on artwork and counting. Here's an example of the PARK location. The time lapse condenses hours of our illustrator's work into 99 seconds:

Gangster Pawns and Tombstones

To support people with color blindness while retaining bright colors in the game, we used icons as a mean of differentiation. As a result, the gangsters have different shapes, including two female silhouettes.

For good handling, all wooden components are larger than common pawns. For a good grip when moving multiple gangsters around, all pawns are supersized: gangsters will be at least 25 mm tall, tombstones at least 20 mm.

Crimopolis is made from premium materials and comes with over 300 quality components that make this game deserve a DELUXE badge.

The game you get will be professionally manufactured by a renowned board game factory in China. After being in contact with factories since October 2018, we have shortlisted two of them:

Both factories use large-scale offset printers and machines. We will decide on the manufacturer shortly after the end of this campaign.

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Other Opinions and Information

❤️ Share the Love ❤️

2 NZD / 2 USD / 2 EUR

Thank you for helping Crimopolis become a professionally manufactured game! We will send you a virtual hug and deeply appreciate your financial boost.

*) If you donate 100 NZD or more (66+ USD / 59+ EUR), we will credit you in the sponsors section of the Crimopolis rule book as well as on our Web site and whenever we refer to the game's sponsors.

We won't use a pledge manager, so you will get updates via Kickstarter and email to follow us along.

SHARE THE LOVE pledge: virtual hug and possible entry in the game credits
SHARE THE LOVE pledge: virtual hug and possible entry in the game credits

💎 Crimopolis DELUXE 💎

59 NZD / 39 USD / 35 EUR

You get everything from the Share the Love pledge plus one professionally manufactured copy of Crimopolis including all the quality and fanciness that makes this game a deluxe edition.

DELUXE pledge: Crimopolis game and virtual hug
DELUXE pledge: Crimopolis game and virtual hug

💣 Crimopolis IMMORTAL 💣

89 NZD / 59 USD / 53 EUR

You get everything from the Crimopolis Deluxe pledge including one copy of Crimopolis.

On top, we incorporate your name or your organization's name into one of the lovingly written stories on a job card or a newsflash card which will be part of every Crimopolis game. Your name must be shorter than 30 characters. We will decline unsuitable names such as those related to a political or racist background and anything that violates copyrights. We may tweak your name slightly if we think it fits the 1920s theme better. You must have the right to decide that your chosen name can be used - we will ask for proof at our discretion. Your name must be provided and confirmed within two weeks after this campaign ends, or this pledge falls back to Crimopolis Deluxe. There will be no partial pledge refund. If in doubt, please contact us before pledging.

IMMORTAL pledge: Crimopolis game, promotion in a story and virtual hug
IMMORTAL pledge: Crimopolis game, promotion in a story and virtual hug

🏆 Crimopolis GODFATHER 🏆

239 NZD / 159 USD / 142 EUR

You get everything from the Crimopolis Deluxe pledge including a copy of Crimopolis.

On top, you will own a complete prototype. We will send it in August 2019. Shipping costs for the prototype are included in this pledge; limited to the listed countries. The prototype was only used for game previews in preparation for this Kickstarter campaign such as by Man vs Meeple and 3MBG. Some prototypes are brand-new and unplayed.

This is a sponsor pledge and means that we will credit you in the sponsors section of the Crimopolis rule book as well as on our Web site and whenever we refer to the game's sponsors.

DELUXE pledge: Crimopolis game, recent prototype including shipping, virtual hug and entry in the game credits
DELUXE pledge: Crimopolis game, recent prototype including shipping, virtual hug and entry in the game credits

Retailers and Bulk Purchases

We are a small company and currently unable to connect with publishers in other countries. If you are a wholesaler, retailer, game shop, game cafe or anyone else interested in acquiring multiple copies of Crimopolis, we will offer you a discount as you help us to spread the word about Crimopolis to your loyal customers. Please read the FAQ for further information and/or contact us!

Back us Because ...

  • ... you love what we have created.
  • ... you want Crimopolis in your hands before Christmas. Online and retail sales will start around February 2020 and only in New Zealand; maybe in a few other countries.
  • ... you want the cheapest possible price. Sales after this campaign will consider bulk shipping and warehousing costs as well as wholesale and retailer margins. Therefore, the recommended retail price will be significantly higher.

Correct, No Stretch Goals

The one thing we want is Crimopolis to be a stunner on every game shelf, including our own. Leaving game experience and quality up to the chance of how much money we can raise is wrong. Who wants flimsy cards and cheap looking meeples?

Crimopolis is a complete game, also in terms of component quality. We chose the best suitable material such as heavy  premium card stock, thick cardboard for tiles and punch-boards, linen texture finish, custom-shaped wooden gangster pawns and tombstones, a stunning and practical 3D counter board including a distinctive church over 12 cm (4.7 in) tall, gangsters in different shapes per player, support for colorblind people and all the material for a fifth player. On top of that, we added several game variations and blank components for experienced players who desire extra spice.

We fulfill pledges before Christmas 2019. This includes 6 weeks of contingency for unforeseen events and our wish to have some extra time here and there.

For those who can wait in favor to save money, we have a second delivery plan including free pickups and flat fee shipping in early 2020. See shipping section for details.

Choose between Fast Air Shipment with a delivery before Christmas 2019 (default) and Free Pickup or Flat Fee Delivery with fulfillment in not later than February 2020.

Fast Air Shipping (Default Fulfillment for this Campaign)

We ship from Hong Kong and save estimated 6-8 weeks compared to slow ocean shipping. We track your reward until it arrives at your doorstep. Duty and VAT/tax regulations of your country apply. Many countries have thresholds and your reward may fall under these; therefore, we have duty- and tax-friendly shipping to some countries (information supplied without liability): USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and South Korea. Most countries in Europe are duty-free; however, VAT/tax applies.

Check your duty & tax responsibility! You may find this Import Duty & Tax Calculator helpful; use HS code 9504.40. Be aware that the tax situation in your country can change until when we ship your reward.

We do not ship to Afghanistan, Aland Islands, Burma, Guatemala, Falkland Islands, Iraq, Somalia, Wallis and Futuna and Western Sahara.

We do not ship to P. O. boxes.

Data privacy: We will pass on some of your personal information including your shipping address to our fulfillment partner which will be either Easyship or Floship (certification).

Free Pickup and Flat Fee Deliveries (Fulfillment in February 2020)

These places in New Zealand offer Free Pickup of your reward:

We offer NZ Flat Fee Delivery of 10 NZD to any address in New Zealand.

We offer Australia Flat Fee Delivery for 22 AUD (23 NZD).

We offer World Flat Fee Delivery for 24 USD (21 EUR / 35 NZD) to South Pacific, Asia and North America, UK and Europe. This is only available to the listed countries following these links! If your country isn't listed, we do not ship to you with this flat fee option.

Important: We will ocean ship all pickup and flat fee delivery games to our warehouse in Christchurch first. This means that pickup and flat fee delivery will be available about 6-8 weeks after the fast air shipping which brings us to February 2020 at the latest. If you wish your game to be delivered before Christmas, please select your destination country when you pledge and we ship to you via Fast Air Shipping; see above.

Shipping destinations:

  • For Free Pickup, choose "Falkland Islands" with your pledge. You will be able to choose your pickup location after this campaign ended.
  • For NZ Flat Fee Delivery in NZ, choose "Northern Mariana Islands" with your pledge.
  • For Australia Flat Fee Delivery in NZ, choose "Aland Islands" with your pledge.
  • For World Flat Fee Delivery, choose "Wallis and Futuna" with your pledge.

Data privacy: We will pass on some of your personal information to your selected pickup location and inform you when your reward is ready for collection.

History

The idea of Crimopolis was born in early 2013. Sven wanted to play an ultimate game that consists of game mechanics he loves while avoiding mechanics that introduce too much of repetition and chance. There was no such game, so designing one was the only logical step forward.

Over the years, the game rules were refined, but never played. In January 2018, Jan joined and together we built the first prototype. We were blown away by the fun it created. We met weekly and worked on improvements. Sarah joined and her feedback contributed towards a smoother game play. In April 2018, we hired a freelance illustrator to build a sexy looking game copy which we could use for blind play testing. Half a year later we presented Crimopolis to strangers at our outing in Christchurch and BGBTB in Auckland. That grew our fan base and some took our game away for others to play. 

Crimopolis Outing 2018 (left) and demoing at BGBTB Auckland 2018
Crimopolis Outing 2018 (left) and demoing at BGBTB Auckland 2018

Our illustrator Sam started in November 2018. He created a perfect blend of colorful 1920s art deco and a dark edgy style for the over 100 illustrations which the game requires.

Magic happened when Penny Arcade selected us as part of the PAX South Indie Showcase in Texas last January. Among six others, they claimed Crimopolis to be “[one] of the most innovative and fun independent tabletop titles of the year.” We had people constantly playing Crimopolis and many wanted to buy a copy straight away; see photo gallery . Our fan base grew rapidly. We got compelling purchase offers for our prototypes even from people who just watched others play and we were interviewed several times. We felt welcome in the game publishing industry.

Among the just 7 selected tabletop games for the PAX South Indie Showcase 2019
Among the just 7 selected tabletop games for the PAX South Indie Showcase 2019
PAX South Indie Showcase 2019
PAX South Indie Showcase 2019

We got lots of feedback, adjusted rules and balanced the game play further. More events followed with more people asking to be notified when we release our game. We feel blessed to see that much interest. So here we are with this Kickstarter campaign which is the final step to walk before the manufacturing machines start running.

We are grateful for everyone who has supported us on our journey. This includes all our families and friends, Board Games By The Bay, Franklin Board Gamers, Kiefer Shipman, Penny Arcade, Rachael Williams and Rebecca Gibbs. Special thanks to Rocky Heckman for his unexpected help in the making of our teaser video.

Risks and challenges

Reading this must mean you seriously consider supporting us. Thank you! If there is anything that you want clarified, please check the FAQ or get in touch with us!

This is our debut board game publication. There is no sugarcoating it. Having said that, Sven has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and one of his skills is to get multi-million-dollar projects over the line on time and within budget. Jan owns a retail business for many years and is fanatical about delivering quality to customer satisfaction. We are both ascribed to be typical Germans with our pedantic accuracy - an attribute that will help us finish this project successfully.

Keeping things simple is the one magic ingredient to minimize risks. This is the reason why we publish in English only, have no stretch goals, no promo packs, no add-ons, no fancy pledge manager, no ocean shipping and only one pledge for the game; the IMMORTAL and GODFATHER pledges add a near zero risk. Crimopolis is thoroughly tested by two dozen play testers as well as hundreds of people and several gaming groups at organized game nights and gaming conventions. Crimopolis is ready for manufacturing.

We have already secured 3/4 of the required budget to manufacture Crimopolis. This Kickstarter campaign aims to raise the missing funds.

We have been discussing our project with factories since October 2018, and selected 2 into our final shortlist. Both are ready for the digital files to be handed over. Only one will manufacture Crimopolis. We have a contract signed with an NZ freight forwarder and 2 experienced fulfillment partners are pre-selected. We have gone through a certification process with one of them.

We are guided by experts in the industry, so we expect most things to run smoothly. However, we have 6 weeks of contingency in our plan for unforeseen events and cases when we want to slow down in favor of good quality rather than rushing.

Crimopolis is dear to our hearts ❤️ and we love to share that feeling. We are grateful for the support we get from our families, friends, game designers, local and overseas businesses and the many, many players who put us to the acid test. It is now time to be grateful for your support which helps us go the last mile and bring our Crimopolis to your gaming table. PLEASE PLEDGE!

Expect us to treat you like friends, each and everyone of you.

Sincerely,
Sven, Sarah, Jan and Sam
Cheap Sheep Games

TERMS

Components and artwork shown are from prototypes as of May 2019. By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of Crimopolis are subject to change and may differ substantially from what is presented in this campaign.

If you request a refund, we will do so within 14 days of the campaign’s end. For later refund requests, we will refund you minus Kickstarter and processing fees. However, if we’ve started working on your pledge, no refunds will be granted. If we fail to ship, we will refund in full including fees.

If you have any question or concern, we ask you to contact us before pledging and/or reconsider your participation in our crowdfunding campaign.

It's nothing personal. It's just business ... ahem ... fun. 🙃

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    89 NZD / 59 USD / 53 EUR

    One physical copy of Crimopolis.

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    Subject to approval; see pledge section!

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    🏆 Crimopolis GODFATHER 🏆

    239 NZD / 159 USD / 142 EUR

    One physical copy of Crimopolis.

    One latest prototype with free shipping
    in August 2019.

    Credit in the rule book's sponsors section.

    READ THE SHIPPING SECTION! Select these specific destinations for Feb 2020 delivery:
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