About this project
If you want to support HEX and can't back here on Kickstarter, you can back on HEXTCG.com via PayPal. You'll receive the same rewards as Kickstarter backers, including Stretch Goals.
Note that we added 1 free booster draft a week for 1 year per account to the Dungeon Crawler, Raid Leader, Guild Master, and Collector tiers!
The first ever real MMO/TCG for your PC & MAC
From the team that brings you the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, HEX is a free-to-play game that combines the compelling collectible and strategic game play of a trading card game (TCG) with the amazing community and storytelling aspects of a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) to create an entirely new gaming experience: the MMO/TCG. We've come so far in pairing these two genres together, and we're asking for your help to take us across the finish line
Cryptozoic Entertainment, creators and publishers of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, is excited and proud to introduce HEX: Shards of Fate, the first real MMO/TCG. A completely unique game that takes place in an original and exciting fantasy world, HEX was created from the ground up as a digital trading card game and brings tremendous innovation to how a TCG can be played.
With all the social interaction and roleplaying you would expect from a fully featured MMORPG, along with the deep strategic and collectible game play of a TCG, HEX is a completely new gaming experience. We're designing full card sets, dungeons, storyline, community tools, advanced AI, and so much more. This is a massive undertaking and that's why we're asking for your help to bring HEX to life.
What are our goals for HEX?
• We want to bring together both experienced TCG veterans and new players who have never played a collectible card game before. The game is free to download and play, so anyone can give it a try!
• We want you to join guilds with other TCG players and practice dueling with the latest deck builds.
• We want you to enter online TCG tournaments and win awesome prizes.
• We want you to take your TCG skills and have them drive an RPG experience, unlocking new cards and treasure, as well as developing your character within a compelling, completely original story.
• Most of all, we want the experience to be deep, engaging, and polished.
That’s what we want to provide for you … but we need your help!
HEX takes everything you would expect from a full, deep trading card game and combines it with a massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Let’s start by discussing the elements of the TCG.
The great news is that HEX was designed from the ground up to take advantage of the “digital” part of “digital TCG”. This means we have innovated a number of fun and unique ways of doing things that have never been done before in a TCG, which are detailed below.
Here at Cryptozoic, our bread and butter is creating polished TCGs; it’s how we make our living. When it comes to producing a balanced and deep TCG experience, the design is king. The fun digital features will always support and enhance the play experience, and never trump it. Features like clean resource tracking, transforming cards, and allowing you to easily broadcast your games to viewers across the internet are all possible due to innovation in the digital space.
For experienced TCG players, we have designed the card set around Booster Draft and Limited play. We have engineered the card sets to launch three times a year, like a standard TCG. We have put a tremendous amount of work into creating the best possible online TCG experience, both in terms of balance and design, as well as a graphical polish.
Not only that, but surrounding this TCG is an amazing online role-playing experience
As can be expected from the company that makes the World of Warcraft TCG, we are a company filled to the brim with hardcore MMORPG players, and some of our designers have even built MMORPGs in the past. For example, Kevin Jordan, who was one of the three original designers of the universe’s most successful MMORPG, World of Warcraft, is now the lead for the HEX MMORPG elements.
As hardcore MMORPG players, we had a huge list of features that we thought could really make an online TCG incredible! Not the least of which is a robust, story-based PVE experience, complete with dungeons and raids and monsters and loot, all tied around playing a card game. When we started thinking about PVE, community, guilds, auction houses, factions, storytelling (all the stuff that makes an MMORPG fun), we knew that HEX could be something special, something that had never been done before!
It is difficult to get all the innovation built into HEX into one easy-to-digest place, but let’s give it a try with this handy…
- Create your CHAMPION character with a choice of 6 classes and 8 races
Fully customizable champions with talents, gear, and game altering abilities that revolutionize the TCG experience.
- Collect GEAR in rarities from common to legendary and tailor your champion’s winning strategy
Each card in the game is linked to several pieces of gear that fundamentally change how the card works. Equip this gear and find MILLIONS of unique combos and winning strategies.
And keep your eyes open for extra rare SET BONUSES
- Explore dozens of DUNGEONS and battle with friends in epic RAIDS
Dungeons offer the ultimate PVE experience: deep TCG puzzles and encounters unfold the world of HEX and offer over a hundred hours of game play, storytelling, and the chance to earn new cards and gear (including over 300 unique PVE cards).
HEX FEATURES THE MOST ADVANCED TCG AI EVER CREATED
- Utilize HEX’s advanced GUILD functionality, and join or create the ultimate TCG group
Practice with friends using the guild deck bank, or join guild sanctioned tournaments.
- Buy and sell cards, gear, and other in-game rewards in a robust and fully featured AUCTION HOUSE
A full player economy will allow you to trade and sell your gear and cards as you build the ultimate collection.
- Earn FACTION REWARDS as you complete quests and unlock world-shattering adventures in the world of HEX
Faction rewards offer players unique cards and gear; as your faction allegiance grows, so does the power of your rewards.
- Fully featured TCG with over 350 cards in the first set alone
Cryptozoic is a leading TCG publisher with years of experience building the World of Warcraft TCG; we have brought that expertise to HEX with the same attention to detail so we can offer the finest digital TCG experience available.
Amazing Digital TCG Innovations!
- SOCKETED CARDS! Put gems into cards to customize how they play… with the first ever sandbox TCG, you can design the card
With 20 gems in the first set and numerous socketed cards, the combinations are endless as you mix and match to create your own perfect combo.
- The DOUBLE BACK feature makes each card a unique collectable and gives each a life of its own
Flip your card and see its back, flip it again and see the DOUBLE BACK; each double back features 3 card achievements (unlock them all to transform the card into an “extended art” version), a leveling bar (fill it to transform the card into a foil variant), a trophy case (earn trophies using the card in a tournament-winning deck), and other card-specific information.
- TRANSFORMING CARDS change mid-match as you play, level your troop or hatch a mighty dragon from an egg during the fight
Transforming cards offer players the chance to engage in new strategic formats in an effort to grow their cards mid-match and unlock fun powers and game winning abilities.
- The most aggressive ORGANIZED PLAY infrastructure ever offered for a digital TCG
With dozens of daily tournaments, on demand 8-player drafts and (potentially) REAL CASH prizes, HEX is poised to be the definitive professional online TCG.
Come tournament time, test your mettle in limited (sealed and booster) and constructed tournaments, where the winner is determined by skill and daring, not by PVE-enhanced cards.
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 World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, DC Deck Building Game, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards and The Walking Dead™ Board Game. 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. World of Warcraft TCG has been translated into 9 languages, and with millions of packs in print, it is one of the most popular TCGs in the world!
Cryptozoic makes games based on some of the most popular brands!
The scope and magnitude of HEX is bonkers! Not only are we trying to create a completely new gaming category (the MMO/TCG), but we are doing it at a scale that is just plain crazy … for example, this will be the largest first set of cards ever created for a TCG launch.
But we feel this is the type of game that needs to have everything in the first pass to make it work as a whole. The magic of HEX is that it has so many different things working together to create something remarkably fun and different.
We have been in development for almost two years and have accomplished a lot. As you can see from our videos and screenshots, the game is looking incredible. But we need your help to finish. With this last push we can fund HEX’s remaining development and give this game the launch it deserves.
All of our reward tiers offer huge values. We are offering standard products at a fraction of the price you would buy them at launch, as well as very cool exclusive cards that will only be available through this Kickstarter (once this campaign ends, these Kickstarter-exclusive cards will never again appear in any future set release). We wanted to make sure that you are not just making a donation to finish the game, we want you to feel like you have made an investment in the online TCG you are going to playing for a very long time.
Our goal is 300,000. This amount will insure we can meet the last of our art and engineering requirements. We have a robust number of stretch goals, and hope we can reveal some of them (hopefully, all of them!). With the support of you—the gaming community—we will be able to launch HEX together with all the features that will make this a landmark title.
330K - Authenticator Support At Launch. Reward: Knight and every tier above gets the equipment for Replicator's Gambit, Princess Victoria, and Extinction; Captain and every tier above gets the exclusive Kickstarter PVE card Orson's Dream and its equipment - Unlocked 5/11
360K - Add an additional city to each playable race, complete with quests. Reward: Champion and every tier above get all the equipment for Lady Cassandra, Void Marauder, Prospero; Knight and every tier above get the Mercenary Glorfenblort - Unlocked 5/12
390K - Add guild ranking and guild tournament support. Reward: King and every tier above get all the equipment for Scourge Knight, The Wrath of Zakiir; Warrior and every tier above get the exclusive Kickstarter PVE card Spectral Assassin and its equipment - Unlocked 5/13
440K - Add the crafting system at launch. Reward: King and every tier above get all the gear for Ragefire, Pack Raptor; Captain and above get the Mercenary Bebo - Unlocked 5/14
490K - Add primal packs to the game (packs that occasionally drop when buying packs that are fully rare and legendary). Reward: Knight and every tier above get a Primal Pack; Captain and every tier above get +5 boosters - Unlocked 5/15
540K - Add VIP Program at launch. HEX is still free to play. This is just a value add for people who want to opt-in. $4 a month gets you a free booster pack per week, access to a monthly tournament just for subscribers that features juiced prizes, and access to a "goldfish" feature so you can test out your deck's initial draw and first few draws after that. Reward: Champion and above get a free 3 month VIP Program enrollment - Unlocked 5/16
600K - Three additional raids put in the game at PVE launch. Reward: Squire and up gets three Booster Drafts free. - Unlocked 5/17
660K - 5 New Game Boards. Each additional themed game board will include exciting animations and effects. Reward: Exclusive Kickstarter PVE card Moment of Glory and its equipment. 1 Additional copy of each Kickstarter Exclusive PVE card (except Spectral Lotus). - Unlocked 5/17
720k - Add 10 more dungeons with unique cards and equipment. Reward: Cardboard Tube Samurai Mercenary Hero - Unlocked 5/18
790K - Increased unique sound and particle effects to more cards in the game. Reward: All King and above get the Spectral Lotus gear. All Captain and above receive exclusive Kickstarter PVE card The Crowd Roars with equipment - Unlocked 5/18
860K - AIDA advanced deckbuilding tool. Reward: All king and above get 2 random pieces of legendary equipment. All Champion and above get "Dragon's Blood" Kickstarter exclusive Starter Deck with foil, extended art Uruunaz. - Unlocked 5/19
960K - Keep Defense. Create decks to defend your keep and build decks to attack the keeps of others for prizes. Reward: All Knight and above get Ninja Training plus its equipment. - Unlocked 5/20
1.06M - Add Playback support. Save and store your best games. Share your videos with friends and push them to social media. Reward: All King and above get 1 of each crafting material. All levels receive exclusive "1 Million Dollars" Sleeves. - Unlocked 5/21
1.16M - Add Motion Comics intro sequence to the game. Be introduced to Entrath and HEX through a motion comic. Reward: All King and above get the Kickstarter exclusive Aethynia mercenary champion. All Dragon Lord and above have access to a special dinner at Gen Con 2013, as well as a post-beta live video Q&A with the HEX team. - Unlocked 5/22
1.5M - Tablet support for both Android and iOS. Unlocking this stretch goal allows us to hire a team to bring HEX to tablets. Reward: Extra packs of set 2. Squire, Warrior: 1 pack. Captain, Knight: 3 packs. Champion, King: 5 packs. Above King: 15 packs. - Unlocked 5/29
1.8M - HEX Novel written by a famous fantasy author. Reward: Early alpha access for backers, name reservation, character reservation. - Unlocked 6/3
2.1M - Codex: Cryptozoia Monster Manual weekly updates on the website. Reward: Set 3 Booster Packs. Squire, Warrior: 1 pack. Captain, Knight: 3 packs. Champion, King: 5 packs. Above King: 15 packs. - Unlocked 6/6
2.5M - HEX Con! A Saturday/Sunday convention in Las Vegas, NV dedicated to HEX. Reward: Free entry into HEX Con for all Kickstarter backers. King and above receive early access to HEX Con on Friday. All Kickstarter backers, from Squire to Producer, will receive all digital promo cards, mercenaries, and sleeves that will be given out at HEX Con. - Unlocked ???
Thank you in advance for your support!
Risks and challenges
With HEX, our goal is to create a brand new type of game, which includes inherent risk. Video game development is not easy. It can be difficult to predict the stumbling blocks even in the best case scenario, so with something as new and innovative as HEX, it can be even more difficult.
The good news is that HEX has been in development for almost two years and we have built a series of deliverables that we believe can be completed in the remaining development time we have scheduled. We have tested the game systems and feel confident everything will socket together and create a fantastic experience. Further game testing is of critical importance, and we have planned for a staggered beta phase that will allow us to polish the experience and catch all the bugs (this is will include both private and public testing).
We hope to break new ground with HEX. It’s not enough to just be new and different, you have to also be great, and that’s our focus. Everyone on the HEX team is completely dedicated to making the best game possible, and with your help, we are confident we can deliver.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, you will receive 1 starter deck (a $10 value) upon account creation. You will be able to earn cards through the PVE campaign, and you will also be able to purchase $2 15-card booster packs.
Equipment is exclusive to the PVE campaign (dungeons, raids, quests), though we will likely have some free-for-all tournament events where both PVE-exclusive and PVP cards are both legal. Let everybody build their most devastating decks and see who's still standing in the end!
Yes. Mac and PC will launch simultaneously.
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