Catacombs & Castles Kickstarter campaign is now live
First of all, apologies to people that are already aware that the Catacombs & Castles campaign has launched. A couple of backers from the Catacombs Third Edition campaign suggested that... Read more
Catacombs and Castles Kickstarter Launches June 1st 2016
The new standalone game, Catacombs and Castles, is coming to Kickstarter on June 1st and we're making this update the officialannouncement for the launch date of the campaign. ... Read more
Catacombs Update Nov-08-2015 - Last Chance for the Add-Ons
Last Chance for the Chicks and Zombies Add-Ons
Some of you wanted the opportunity to purchase the Kickstarter Add-Ons now that you have played Catacombs. Here is the link where... Read more
Catacombs Update Oct-19-2015 - Last Call
Since our last update, we had one backer in Canada step forward indicating we had not sent him his reward. That package has been sent out. We are... Read more
Catacombs Update Oct-16-2015
Retail Container Shipment Update
The container is on the boat and is set to arrive this weekend with the Catacombs games for the retail release, the date for which will... Read more
Catacombs Update Sep-21-2015
Several backers have asked me where we got our Catacombs T-shirts that they saw us wearing at conventions. So as the campaign starts to wind down, we created... Read more
Catacombs Shipping Update Sep-10-2015
The truck has been loaded and departed at noon today on schedule with the product.
We have been receiving KS messages and emails with lots of questions, so it will... Read more
Catacombs Shipping Update Sep-08-2015
The US customs import bond has been issued and the truck has been scheduled for Thursday, September 10th at 12pm. It will come to our warehouse to collect... Read more
Catacombs Update Aug-19-2015
The container was delivered to the warehouse in Canada last Friday (the 14th) and was exactly one week late from when we were supposed to receive it, due to rail... Read more
Catacombs Update Aug-07-2015
North American Backers
A very brief update: the container has cleared customs in Canada and the truck is scheduled to arrive at our warehouse early next week. Of course that... Read more
Catacombs Update Jul-24-2015
Europe and International Shipping Update
All packages to all backers in Europe, the Far East, Australia and South America have been submitted for shipping. There was an extended DHL strike... Read more
Catacombs Update Jul-11-2015
Europe including the UK, Norway and Switzerland is in the process of being fulfilled. There was a postal strike in Germany (since resolved) that was slowing the delivery... Read more
Catacombs Update May-28-2015
Good news everyone: we received samples from the printer this morning of the Catacombs base game and the Crypt of Shaurath Kickstarter exclusive expansion. We will be shooting the unboxing... Read more
Catacombs Production Update Apr-15-2015
Tomorrow marks one year ago that our first Kickstarter campaign ended so successfully. When the campaign was being planned, we envisioned a straight forward artwork upgrade for the... Read more
Catacombs Production Update Mar 10, 2015
Here is summary of where things stand for Catacombs:
- All colour proofs have been approved.
- All die cut settings for the boards and barrier walls have been configured... Read more
Catacombs Production Update Feb 18, 2015
Today we received samples of all the sticker sheets and card decks that we wanted to share with you. Also we received a new white prototype of the... Read more
Catacombs Update Feb 05, 2015 - Print and Die Cut Samples
Thanks to all of you that reviewed the PDFs of the manuals in such detail, pointing out errors and offering suggestions. Feedback regarding the manuals has been very... Read more
Catacombs Update Jan 18, 2015 - Production update
Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond to our last update regarding the Kickstarter Add-Ons. We are working on the way we will use to fulfill those requests. We... Read more
Catacombs Update Jan 07, 2015 - Question for backers regarding Add-Ons
Happy new year everyone and we are back to work on finishing Catacombs. Quick production update: proofing has resumed. We have confirmed that all the cards have been printed which... Read more
Catacombs Update Dec 24, 2014 - Catacombs update for Christmas
First of all, we would like to wish all of our Kickstarter backers a merry and safe Christmas. Now for the status of Catacombs at the end of the year.... Read more
Catacombs Update Dec 03, 2014 - card counts
A backer requested a list of card counts and the physical dimensions of the cards. Here they are:
Card size: 87 x 57 mm
Catacombs base game: 132 cards
Cavern... Read more
Catacombs Update Dec 02, 2014 - sample proof sheet
People have been wondering whether we are really in full production mode with our printer. To relieve those concerns, here is a low resolution version of a proof sheet from... Read more
Catacombs Update Nov 24, 2014 - wood samples
It appears that there was a Kickstarter wide problem with notification emails being sent that impacted the visibility of our last update earlier this month. We are making... Read more
Catacombs Update Nov 11, 2014
Please excuse the delay in getting an update out to you. It's only because we have been very busy with the final push to get all the content... Read more
Geekdad.com post about the Catacombs third edition prototype
Many of you will find this great write-up by Jonathan Liu of Geekdad.com worth reading. I met with him when visiting Portland for the XOXO Festival in September. Jonathan took... Read more
Catacombs Schedule Update - Sep 29, 2014
Unfortunately our wood supplier could not make the date for Spiel as it is a very busy time of year. Aron will be happy to meet any of you that... Read more
Catacombs Schedule Update - Sep 04, 2014
This week we wired funds to the printer so Catacombs is officially starting production. This means all the sizes and quantities of the game components have been finalized... Read more
Roosan - The Chicken Champion hero portrait card
Here is the near final hero portrait card of Roosan, the Chicken Champion. We thought our KS backers would like to see this...
We are into the final stretch and... Read more
Zombie 1 Wins plus artwork for Special Room Cards
Thanks to everyone for submitting your Zombie choices. We are happy to announce that Zombie 1 will be included in the base game and Zombie 2 (now the "Zombie Prisoner")... Read more
Zombie Question plus Catacombs Card Samples (Aug01, 2014)
We decided to put a question to you, our Kickstarter backers. Catacombs includes a Zombie monster that you have already seen from the beginning of the campaign. We also have... Read more
Catacombs Card Samples (July 2014)
We're happy to share with you these card layouts so you can see how they're evolving. Those related to the heroes have blue backs; those that the Overseer... Read more
Catacombs Card Samples (June 2014)
It's been two months since the end of the Kickstarter campaign and we are busy working hard to bring Catacombs Third Edition to life. You can see below... Read more
Horde of Monster Sketches
Hi everyone, here are sketches (and some finals) of all the monsters in the base Catacombs game, Cavern of Soloth expansion and Zombie Horde Add-On. Note that some... Read more
Catacomb Lords concept sketches
It's been some time since we posted an update and work on getting Catacombs into production is in full swing. Here are some full body concept sketches for... Read more
Thank you everyone!!
Well it has been a wild ride; however we really appreciate everyone's support and feedback. We do really want to make the best possible version of Catacombs, that was the... Read more
Soloth Campaign Stretch Goal (215K) - details
For those unfamiliar with him, Soloth is the Vampire Lord,whose reign cast a dense shadow on the lives of those above from his cavern deep inside the Underworld. Crops... Read more
Wyvern Concept Artwork (monster included with Cavern of Soloth expansion)
As the campaign heads into the final stretch, we thought people would like to see a concept sketch of the fearsome Wyvern (vermin monster family). It is included with the ... Read more
Ice Mage Hero / Ally Final Artwork
Here is the final artwork for the Ice Mage. To confirm, he is male and will be a full hero in addition to being an Ally. Note the Ice Mage... Read more
Gelatinous Cube concept artwork
Here is the concept artwork for the Gelatinous Cube monster. We expect it to be an actual wooden cube that is flicked around the board. It will have... Read more
Fire Mage final artwork
The Fire Mage from the Chicks in a Catacomb Add-On. Kwanchai did a fantastic job with her. She will come with offensive spells including one that will bring an Antient... Read more
Thanks everyone for being patient. As promised, here is an overview of how we envision the so called barrier walls working. For people not familiar with the original... Read more
Hero Portraits artwork
We're excited to share with you a close to final version of the hero portraits for this new edition of Catacombs!
Katakomben - Catacombs German Language edition - final box artwork
We're happy that this new edition of Catacombs is going to be available in more than one language. Here is the final version of the German language edition... Read more
Is this TeenaBee as a Catacombs creature?
Kwanchai just happened to draw a Bee creature as part of a load of concept sketches. As Teena Bee is a frequent commenter, we thought we would throw this up... Read more
Antient Concept Sketches
These are early sketches of two powerful Antients. The one on the left is included with Chicks in a Catacomb Add-On (KS exclusive), the one on the right emerges... Read more
Designing a Monster - How It Works (summarizing comments)
Design A Monster Variant
Backers of this reward level choose an existing base game monster and design its shot sequence, health, reward, and propose a new monster ability, which can't... Read more
Allies: a deeper explanation
In the original Catacombs, the notion of Allies was a loose concept that encompassed the Friendly Skeleton who could be summoned via a Wizard's spell and the Wizard's Familiar Item... Read more
YESSSSSS! We made it to 100K! The Owl Bear is now unlocked.
Here's some concept art
We'll be posting more Stretch Goals today so there'll be lots to... Read more
Zombie Knight Artwork + Stretch Goals update
We want to share with you the artwork for the Zombie Knight, one of the zombie monsters from the Zombie Horde Add-On. This is the final version... Read more
Cavern of Soloth Reward Levels plus the Bonus Hero
New reward levels incorporating the new edition of the Cavern of Soloth expansion (added to this KS by popular demand) are ready to be pledged against. We have... Read more
Cavern of Soloth expansion cover (concept) + details
Concept artwork for the Cavern of Soloth expansion - this is not the final version.
All hero, room, item, artifact and monster cards from the original edition will be included... Read more
Zombie Horde Update
The Zombie Horde add-on introduces a new zombie monster familydistinct from the undead (gray) monsters. The original Zombie was one of the weakest in the game; his new colleagues... Read more
Chicks In A Catacombs Update
We know everyone has been patient, so here are some more details about the Chicks in a Catacomb Add-On. We're working on similar updates for the Zombie Add-On, Soloth and... Read more
More Stretch Goals revealed and Zombie Horde details.
First off, GELATINOUS CUBE! We did it!
We’ve just updated the campaign site and revealed some more Stretch Goals: a KS exclusive Item, Poison Cards (yes,... Read more
Ice Dragon......Concept Art
This is a mini art update. We are loving this Ice Dragon!!!
And we unlocked the New Item Stretch Goal!! Details are coming soon......
Thanks for the continued... Read more
German Reward Levels and SPIEL Pick-up!
We’ve just added some new Reward Levels for the German version of Catacombs and an option for pick-up at SPIEL 2014 in Essen.
Anyone can pledge for the... Read more
Stretch Goal #4 The Sorcerer's Shield + Sticker Upgrade Unlocked!
Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked! Thanks everyone: the Sorcerer's Shield has been unlocked, so this upgrades how the Sorcerer Catacomb Lord will be played. This also means that the Wizard's Shield,... Read more
Katakomben - Catacombs German Language Version + Essen Pick-up
We're very excited to announce a German language versionof the new base Catacombs game that will be manufactured at the same time as the English language version... Read more
Catacombs Box Cover Artwork
The final version of the box cover with the final version of the logo. Hope you all like it.
Stretch Goal #3 The Ice Dragon Unlocked!
Stretch Goal #3, the Ice Dragon Catacomb Lord, was unlocked and we're well on the way to our next stretch goal of the Sorcerer's Shield and Sticker Upgrade. The Sorcerer's... Read more
We've been getting a lot of questions about expansions. Here are some answers to the most-asked ones.Will Cavern of Soloth be re-issued?
We are strongly considering it. Some things... Read more
Stretch Goals update!
We’re past Stretch Goal #2 and on our way to the ICE DRAGON!
We’ve made a couple of updates to the Stretch Goals:
- We’ve decided that the updates we’re... Read more
Stretch Goal #2 unlocked!
The second Stretch Goal has just been unlocked!
Plastic money coins will now be in the game.
Next up: the Ice Dragon! A completely new Catacomb Lord!
Thanks for the... Read more
Stretch Goal unlocked!
The first Stretch Goal has been unlocked - 3 Variant Monster Cards!
Next up.....coins instead of money cards.
Thanks everyone :)
We did it!!....and Stretch Goals update!
We did it! Thanks for the support everyone!
Now let’s get to the Stretch Goals. We’ve made a few changes. Here’s the rundown:
- they are now listed at $5K intervals... Read more
Game Play Video
Just a quick update to let you know we have just uploaded a quick game play demonstration video to the story page. Note, this is using one of... Read more
First off - we passed $30! Only $10K until we're funded and on to the Stretch Goals!
We've made some tweaks to the campaign site. We have:
- featured... Read more
New Boards and Player Mat Details!
Two of the upgrades we're planning are the boards and player mats.
Here's a quick rundown of the board details:
- size will increase from 51cm x 25.5cm (20... Read more
The Chicks in a Catacomb Add-On is now available!
You will receive 4 female variants of our Heroes. This means there will be variants of the Elf and Thief as... Read more
Updated Core Rules
Thanks for another great day! We are really overwhelmed by all the support :)
We're trying to make the best version of the Catacombs base game as possible... Read more
New Add-On and Zombie Horde Details!
Due to popular demand, we've included an Add-On for owners of the original Catacombs base game. This is a chance for you to upgrade your wooden pieces to the new... Read more
Good news! We've received confirmation from our distributor that shipping will be the same rate for all EU countries.
Please see the updated "Shipping" section for details.
Catacombs Review Links
As requested, links to some reviews of the original version of the Catacombs base game:
http://www.threedonkeys.com/blog/archives/599 (Richard Garfield's review and podcast)
http://archive.wired.com/geekdad/2011/06/review-catacombs-knights-of-crylail/2/ (Wired Geek Dad's review)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh4P_3eZ8fs (Tom Vasel's Catacombs... Read more
10K in 24 hours! Thanks everyone!
The response has been fantastic during the first 24 hours of the campaign. We're busy preparing responses to everyone's comments and updating the FAQ. Thanks for your suggestions on how... Read more