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Catacombs is a fantasy board game where players flick wooden discs through a set of rooms battling monsters and getting treasure.

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Important Announcements

Catacombs will be available in English and German language editions.   Pledge your support for the appropriate edition.  All Kickstarter Exclusive Add-Ons will also be available in German as well!

We are also announcing that the original Catacombs expansion, Cavern of Soloth, will be updated to the new artwork style and will be available as a reward level during this Kickstarter campaign.

Content from the original Horde of Vermin expansion will be added to the new base game and to the new edition of Cavern of Soloth.

Catacombs (English), Cavern of Soloth expansion, Catacombs (German)
Catacombs (English), Cavern of Soloth expansion, Catacombs (German)

Stretch Goal Update

This project is funded!  Twenty-two stretch goals have been unlocked so far with more still to come!

Info about add-ons, stretch goals and shipping are available at the bottom of this page.

New Artwork Preview

New Catacombs Artwork by Kwanchai Moriya
New Catacombs Artwork by Kwanchai Moriya

Reviews

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 video review on his Dice Tower channel) BoardGameGeek reviews: Undead Viking's review of Catacombs:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/513922/a-review-a-week-26-the-reeses-peanut-butter-cup-of Review of second/third printing version of the base Catacombs game:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1056808/kicking-down-the-door-catacombs-review Catacombs - Test of Time review:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/639458/a-test-of-time-review-5-catacombs

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Overview

Players take control of four Heroes - represented by wooden discs - that must fight their way through a series of rooms filled with monsters controlled by the Overseer player. Battles are fought by skillfully flicking different types of wooden pieces across the game board.  The board and obstacles are setup according to the instructions on a series of room cards. 

Players shoot their Heroes across the board, trying to kill all the monsters in the room. Once all the Heroes have completed their actions, the Overseer performs all the monster actions in retaliation. When all the monsters are dead, the Heroes collect their treasure and move on to the next room.  Items to upgrade your Hero can be purchased from the Merchant.

If the Heroes have survived all the rooms, they will battle their most powerful opponent, one of the Catacomb Lords. The Heroes win when the Catacomb Lord has been defeated.

Check out the Kickstarter Exclusive Add-Ons at the bottom of this page!

Heroes
Heroes
Catacomb Lords
Catacomb Lords

Game Play Video

A quick introductory video of what it is like to play Catacombs that we put together at our office.  Note, this is using a prototype with the new artwork on the original sized boards.  Also note that all the heroes take their shots before the Overseer shoots the monsters.

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 Components

(component list subject to change and improvement)

  • 1 game manual (with expanded content clarifying confusing areas of the original edition)
  • 3 double-sided game boards representing rooms in the catacomb
  • 100+ cards (due to stretch goals being met, the number of cards has increased)
  • plastic/wood coin tokens (due to stretch goals being met)
  • 62 round wooden discs (various sizes) (due to stretch goals being met, the number of wooden pieces will increase)
  • player mats
  • sticker sheet(s)
  • 1 instruction sheet for applying stickers

New content and components to be included in the RETAIL box:

  • 3 variant monster cards
  • Sorcerer's shield and sticker upgrade (stickers will now be available for wooden pieces that lacked them in the original game)
  • 1 new Item
  • 1 new Antient (advanced feature)
  • New Monsters: Gelatinous Cube (will be an actual wood cube!), Owl Bear, Flame Wraith, plus five monsters in the new Vermin family
  • Monsters designed by the KS community (currently 3)
  • Poison Cards
  • Cure Poison and Giant Fireball spells
  • Ally cards for the base game Heroes (including the optional ones)
  • two optional Heroes: the 'chicken' (meant as a light hearted thank you to the fans on the KS comments page) and the 'friendly skeleton'
  • Barrier Walls (to prevent discs from leaving the table)
  • Special Room Cards

Kickstarter Backers Receive The Following:

Access to pledge for the Kickstarter Exclusive Zombie Horde and Chicks In A Catacomb Add-Ons (please scroll down for more details)

Also all Kickstarter backers receive the following unlocked exclusives:

  • New Catacomb Lords: The Ice Dragon, The Enchantress and the Behemoth
  • A new Item (we're keeping this under wraps)
  • The Ice Mage Hero / Ally
  • NEW DOUBLE SIDED GAME BOARD ("the cavern" on one side, for the Cavern of Soloth expansion (see below), "ice castle" on the other)  Note:  YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO PLEDGE FOR THE SOLOTH EXPANSION TO GET THE EXTRA KS EXCLUSIVE BOARD
Catacombs 1st Edition components
Catacombs 1st Edition components

This image is of all components from the original Catacombs base game. There will be a full art conversion and some component upgrades (dependent on Stretch Goals) including.......Bigger Boards!

The upgrades to the boards will include:

  • a size increase from 50cm x 25cm (20 inches x 10inches) to 61cm x 30.5cm (24inches x 12inches) (these are approximate)  
  • more random obstacle layouts and more obstacles on the boards   
  • as before, the boards will be double-sided

Cavern of Soloth Expansion

Components

(component list subject to change and improvement)

  • 1 game manual
  • 82 total cards including: 12 monsters, 4 Heroes (Witch Hunter, Ice Princess, Sorceress, Paladin), 4 Catacomb Lords (Queen of the Underworld, Orc War Chief, Shapeshifter, Hydra) and 18 items including the Vampire Sword and Warhammer)
  • 48 wooden pieces (various sizes)
  • sheets of stickers
  • 1 instruction sheet for applying stickers

New content and components to be included in the RETAIL box:

  • Remorhaz and Wyvern Monsters
  • 6 Fire Obstacle discs

Kickstarter Backers Receive The Following:

  • the Vampire Hero / Ally
  • the Vermin Blade Item
Cavern of Soloth 1st Edition components
Cavern of Soloth 1st Edition components

This image is of all components from the original Cavern of Soloth expansion.

New Art

We are incredibly excited to be working with artist Kwanchai Moriya to bring a new look to Catacombs. 

Kwanchai Moriya is an artist and illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. Receiving a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, and working steadily illustrating a variety of projects since, he has a particular love for that space where art meets gaming.

Why use Kickstarter?

We've been building the Catacombs world since 2009 and are very proud of the original game and expansions. We are now looking to improve on the original and make the best possible version.

We will be doing this in various ways. The first is by updating the art. While the original game art is dark and gothic, we will be moving to a brighter and more playful style. Some aspects of the original game were created by an artist but much of the graphic design was done in-house. With this new version, we will be hiring a professional artist to do a complete art conversion.

There will also be upgraded components including new pieces and improvements to the boards which will be bigger and have new graphics.

We are also trying to be more environmentally responsible. The FSC, or the Forest Stewardship Council, is an international organization that strives to improve forest management on a global scale. This can mean protecting biodiversity, areas of environmental sensitivity and worker's rights among other things. Although we can't be 100% FSC compliant, we will be striving to get as close as possible. 

It takes a lot to design and deliver a board game. Not only are the costs of manufacturing and distribution on the rise, but the time and effort needed is a full-time job.  Without your help, we won't be able to make this project happen.

Thanks so much for your support!

Stretch Goal List
Stretch Goal List

These Add-Ons are available starting at the $55 Level and will be available in both English and German. Check the FAQ below for more details on how to pledge for Add-Ons.

The Zombie Horde Kickstarter exclusive add-on introduces a new monster family based on the zombies.  The set includes 7 monster reference cards and 18 wooden pieces.  The full monster list:  zombie (the original from the base game updated with limited edition artwork), claw zombie, tomb zombie, zombie faerie, zombie ratman, zombie knight and zombie necromancer.  More details available here.

The Chicks In A Catacomb Kickstarter exclusive add-on introduces four new powerful heroes for maximum replayability:  the forest sprite, amazon, huntress (with her wolf companion) and the fire mage with the ability to summon an antient. Additional spells and other content will be included.  More details available here.

This Add-On is intended for people who already own the original Catacombs base game but would like a set of wooden pieces with the new art. It's also for anyone who would like to have an extra set of wooden pieces. You don't need to pledge at the $55 Level for this Add-On.

 Shipping Chart Options

Risks and challenges

We've been in the industry working on the Catacombs product line for half a decade and are confident that this experience will help to avoid most challenges that could arise. Having already successfully produced an award-winning board game and two expansions, we've seen it all (wood mold anybody :) ?).

We are continuing to work with some extremely competent and trusted people in the industry in order to bring Catacombs to you. However, from the artists, manufacturers and distributors, there are bound to be some hiccups. We will do everything in our power to stick to our deadlines and put the game into your hands by the stated date. We will be drawing on our extensive experience and organizational skills to avoid, and if necessary solve, any problems or delays that might occur.

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FAQ

  • Shipping is included for backers from the US and Germany. Please refer to the chart in the "Shipping" section for all other countries.

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  • Shipping is included for Add-Ons, no matter where in the world they are being sent.

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  • We are a Canadian company but we're looking at using a manufacturer located in Germany and our distributor is in the US. Unfortunately, Canadian shipping is incredibly expensive. There was no way to get around it. Sorry fellow Canucks!

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  • Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

    Will Cavern of Soloth be re-issued?

    YES! It will be available very soon as part of a reward level.

    Will Horde of Vermin be re-issued?

    No, not in it's original form. The main content of that small expansion are the seven monsters of the vermin family. We are already planning to migrate the poison mechanic from Vermin to the base game as a stretch goal. As a further stretch goal, five of the vermin monsters will migrate to the base game. The Remhoraz and Wyvern will move to the re-issued Cavern of Soloth, as they are more advanced.

    Will Dark Passageways be re-issued?

    Dark Passageways was a small card base expansion. It will not be re-issued.

    Will there be any brand new expansions?

    If the new version of the base game is successful, then at least one new expansion would be contemplated using the new artwork style. It is our preference that new expansions would incorporate at least one board. Again that is a preference, not a carved in stone policy.

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  • Cavern of Soloth is going to be re-issued in the new artwork style (see above). Some of Horde of Vermin will make it into the base game based on stretch goals. We will, however, be including some rules and clarifications from the "Cavern of Soloth" and "Horde of Vermin" instruction manuals in the base game.

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  • No. This is all concept art.

    We are definitely going to be working with Kwanchai Moriya but the art we have now is not finalized.

    We'll take all your comments (heroes, box art, etc) into consideration when we begin the full art conversion.

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  • --Add-Ons--

    If you'd like an Add-On, just add the amount to your pledge. After the campaign is over, we'll send you a survey and you can tell us which Add-On you'd like.

    For example: If you pledge at the Elf Level ($55) and want the Zombie Horde Add-On ($20), your pledge amount will be $75.

    In order to get the Zombie Horde or Chicks in a Catacomb Add-On, you must pledge at the $55 Reward Level or higher.

    --Original Owners Add-On--

    If you own a copy of the original Catacombs and want to update your wooden pieces with the new art or you'd like an extra set of wooden pieces, you can get the Original Edition Owners
    Upgrade Pack without pledging at the $55 Reward Level.

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  • YES! After the campaign, you will receive a survey where you can indicate that you would like the Add-Ons in German.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    11 backers

    ALLY Level - Thank you so much for your support! Your name will be listed in the Catacombs manual.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    670 backers

    ELF Level - The Game US/GERMANY ONLY - At this level, a copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals will be shipped to you anywhere in the US or Germany shipping included. You will also be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    395 backers

    WIZARD Level - The Game INTERNATIONAL - At this level, you will receive a copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals. You will also be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. Please see the "Shipping" section for details.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    14 backers

    BARBARIAN Level – The Game: English Language Version – SPIEL Essen Pick-up - At this level, you will receive a copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals. You will also be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. You can collect the game at SPIEL 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    8 backers

    German BARBARIAN Level - The Game: German Language Version – SPIEL Essen Pick-up - At this level, you will receive a German copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals. You will also be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. You can collect the game at SPIEL 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    45 backers

    German ELF Level - The Game: German Language Version - At this level, a German copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals will be shipped to you. You will also be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. Shipping to Germany is included, for all other countries please see the “Shipping – German Version” section.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    126 backers

    Siren Level – Cavern of Soloth - At this level, you will receive a copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals with the new edition of the Cavern of Soloth expansion. The Remorhaz and Wyvern monsters from the original Horde of Vermin expansion will be updated and included in this new edition of Soloth. You will also get a new Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade Item! And you'll be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. Shipping to the US/Germany is included. For all other countries, please see the “Shipping – English Version” section.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    6 backers

    German Siren Level – Cavern of Soloth - At this level, you will receive a copy of the German language version of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals with the new edition of the Cavern of Soloth expansion (in German). The Remorhaz and Wyvern monsters from the original Horde of Vermin expansion will be updated and included in this new edition of Soloth. You will also get a new Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade Item (again all in German)! And you'll be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. Shipping to the Germany is included. For all other countries, please see the “Shipping – German Version” section.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    4 backers

    Phoenix Level – Cavern of Soloth: SPIEL Essen Pick-up - At this level, you will receive a copy of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals with the new edition of the Cavern of Soloth expansion. The Remorhaz and Wyvern monsters from the original Horde of Vermin expansion will be updated and included in this new edition of Soloth. You will also get a new Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade Item! And you'll be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. You can collect the game at SPIEL 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $110 or more

    4 backers

    German Phoenix Level – Cavern of Soloth: SPIEL Essen Pick-up - At this level, you will receive a copy of the German language version of Catacombs and all unlocked Stretch Goals with the new edition of the Cavern of Soloth expansion (in German). The Remorhaz and Wyvern monsters from the original Horde of Vermin expansion will be updated and included in this new edition of Soloth. You will also get a new Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade Item (again all in German)! And you'll be thanked in the manual and gain access to Add-Ons. You can collect the game at SPIEL 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $145 or more

    826 backers

    Witch Hunter Level – ALL-IN – At this level you will receive a copy of Catacombs with all unlocked Stretch Goals, a copy of the new edition of Cavern of Soloth with the Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade and the Zombie Horde and Chicks in a Catacomb Add-Ons. You will also be thanked in the manual. Shipping is included for the US/Germany. For all other countries, please see the “Shipping – English Version” section for section.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $145 or more

    55 backers

    German Witch Hunter Level – ALL-IN – At this level you will receive a copy of Catacombs in German and all unlocked Stretch Goals, a copy of the new edition of Cavern of Soloth in German with the Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade and the Zombie Horde and Chicks in a Catacomb Add-Ons in German. You will also be thanked in the manual. Shipping is included for Germany. For all other countries, please see the “Shipping – German Version” section for section.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $145 or more

    24 backers

    Ice Princess Level – ALL-IN: English Language Version – SPIEL Essen Pick-up At this level you will receive a copy of Catacombs with all unlocked Stretch Goals, a copy of the new edition of Cavern of Soloth with the Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade the Zombie Horde and Chicks in a Catacomb Add-Ons. You will also be thanked in the manual. You can collect the games and Add-Ons at Spiel 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $145 or more

    15 backers

    German Ice Princess Level – ALL-IN: German Language Version – SPIEL Essen Pick-up - At this level you will receive a copy of Catacombs in German with all unlocked Stretch Goals, a copy of the new edition of Cavern of Soloth in German with the Kickstarter Exclusive Hero and Kickstarter Exclusive Vermin Blade and the Zombie Horde and Chicks in a Catacomb Add-Ons in German. You will also be thanked in the manual. You can collect the games and Add-Ons at Spiel 2014.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $395 or more

    1 backer

    GORGON Level - Design a Variant of a Monster - Think you could take an existing monster and make it even cooler? Well go right ahead! Design a variant of an existing monster that will be included in the game. Your name will also be incorporated into the card! You will receive everything from the “All-In” levels and a thank-you in the manual.

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    Pledge $645 or more

    3 backers

    OVERSEER Level - Design a Monster - Have a great idea for a monster? This is your chance to show us! Design a monster and it will be included in the game. The monster will have one wooden piece, a custom sticker, one reference card and the new artwork. Your name will also be incorporated into the card! You will also receive everything in the “All-In” levels and a thank-you in the manual.

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    Pledge $800 or more

    0 backers

    LICH Level - Meet a Designer - Meet and play the game with one of the designers of Catacombs, Aron West! You will also receive everything in the “All-In” levels and a thank-you in the manual. Plus your copy of the game will be signed by Aron.
    (Must be able to travel to Toronto)

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Funding period

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