At some point in everyone’s life, we heard or read stories about legendary monsters from around the world that have sparked our imaginations. In our youth, we went skulking through the local woods searching for Bigfoot. Or, we've been left to wonder if there was something sinister lurking under the water’s surface, while on a fishing trip...
Daring Play, the makers of Cryptid Clash, wants to bring the world of cryptids to you. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of cryptids from around the world, in their natural habitats, with this fun, fast paced, easy to play, card game – made for all ages. Play with your family and friends to best each other in 3 on 3 battles and claim these elusive cryptids for your collection. As a guide on the adventure ahead, we have enlisted the help of the Crypto Paranormal Exploration Society to present information on each of the cryptids featured in Cryptid Clash! Join us on the journey ahead as we explore the mysterious world of cryptids...
Cryptid Clash! is a fast-paced, two-player card game that features clean, simple rules and uncomplicated game mechanics. The game is small enough to travel anywhere, and the “Cryptid Facts” are a great way to pass the time on a long car ride or while waiting at the doctor’s office.
Each of the 64 cryptids has strengths and weaknesses determined by their native habitats. You decide which cryptids to bring to the three on three battles to dominate your opponent. As you continue to be victorious, watch your cryptid collection grow. Although the game mechanics are very easy to learn, the strategies you choose will mean the difference between your decisive victory, or ultimate defeat.
When we were deciding what kind of genre would best fit our game system, one of our artists, who is a huge fan of cryptozoology and the paranormal pitched the idea of using monsters and creatures. When we first saw his concept sketches, excitement and wonder began to spread like wildfire through the office. Suddenly, it was like remembering an old friend, as we researched and explored the stories and accounts of these mysterious creatures. If WE were so excited about rediscovering the wonder of the natural world, then maybe others would be as well. As the project began to take shape, we knew we had a winner. We could bring that fascination and excitement back to this genre and turn it into a fast, fun game that can appeal to people of all ages.
Learn more about the Cryptids featured in Cryptid Clash!
The cryptids in Cryptid Clash! are divided into two types: “Sea Monsters,” creatures that lurk deep in the waters of the world, and “Land Monsters,” the creatures that haunt the last remote wildernesses on Earth.
- A “Sea Monster“ card can be identified by a blue diamond-shaped sign that states ”SEA MONSTER IN AREA”
- A “Land Monster” card can be identified by a brown diamond-shaped sign that states “LAND MONSTER IN AREA”
The combinations of these types of cryptids in play will determine where the Cryptid Clash will take place.
If there are 4 or more “Sea Monster” cards in play between the two players, then the battle takes place in the Sea. The players only add up the “Sea Values” of their cards, to determine the players’ Battle Strength for the encounter. This value is inside the blue trapezoidal sign with the water symbol on the bottom half.
Example: Player A has played three “Sea Monster” cards, and Player B has played one “Sea Monster” card. Since there are a total of four “Sea Monster” cards in play, the values in use for this Battle would be the “Sea Values”.
If there are 5 or more “Land Monster” cards in play between the two players, then the battle takes place on Land. The players only add up the “Land Values” of their cards, to determine the players’ Battle Strength for the encounter. This value is inside the brown trapezoidal sign with the tree and mountain symbol on the bottom half.
Example: Player A has played three “Land Monster” cards, and Player B has played two “Land Monster” card. Since there are a total of five “Land Monster” cards in play, the values in use for this Battle would be the “Land Values”.
If there are neither 4 “Sea Monster” cards or 5 “Land Monster” cards in play between both players, then the Cryptid Clash takes place in an open, exposed area, and the players only add up the “Open Area Values” of their cards, to determine the players’ Battle Strength for the encounter. This value is inside the green trapezoidal sign with the surveyor symbol on the bottom half.
Example: Player A has played one “Land Monster” card and two “Sea Monster” cards, and Player B has played two “Land Monster” cards and one “Sea Monster” card. Since there are not enough “Sea Monsters” for a Sea Battle, and there is also not enough “Land Monsters” for a Land Battle, the values in use for this Battle would be the “Open Area Values”.
How to Score Points
The player with the highest Battle Value wins the Battle. If the losing player’s Battle Value was beaten, but not doubled, then that player will choose which of their cryptids is defeated. If the losing player’s Battle Value was doubled, then the winner of the Battle will choose which of their opponent’s cryptids is defeated. The defeated Cryptid is placed in the winning player’s Cryptid Collection and is counted as victory points at the end of the game.
Example: There are five “Land Monster” cards in play, so the players only add up their “Land Values”. Player A has scored a total of 9, and Player B scored a total of 8. Player B has lost the Battle, and since Player B’s Battle Value was not doubled, Player B must choose which of their Cryptids is defeated and hand that card over to Player A to add to Player A’s Cryptid Collection.
Typically, if you were the loser in this situation, you would want to give away which ever card you played that has the lowest “Victory Point” value so your opponent doesn’t gain many “Victory Points.” In this example, that would be the “Saber-Toothed Cat” card, which has a “Victory Point” value of 5.
The player with the highest Battle Value wins the Battle. If the losing player’s Battle Value was doubled, then winning player will choose which of their opponent’s cryptids is defeated. The defeated Cryptid is placed in the winning player’s Cryptid Collection is counted as victory points at the end of the game.
Example: There are four “Sea Monster” cards in play, so the players only add up their “Sea Values”. Player A has scored a total of 11, and Player B scored a total of 3. Player A has won the Battle, more than doubling the total scored by Player B, meaning that Player A selects which of Player B’s Cryptids is defeated and adds that card to Player A’s Cryptid Collection (In this instance, Player A could have scored anything from 6 and above to achieve this.)
Typically, if you were the winner in this situation, you would want to select the card with the highest “Victory Point” value so you gain more “Victory Points” than your opponent. In this example, that would be the “Fouke Monster” card, which has a “Victory Point” value of 6.
If both player’s Battle Values are equal, then the Cryptid Clash ends in a “Draw,” and no cryptid is collected.
Example: Player A has played one “Sea Monster” card and two “Land Monster” cards, and Player B has played also played one “Sea Monster” card and two “Land Monster” cards. Since there are not enough “Sea Monster” cards in play to trigger a Sea Battle, nor are there enough “Land Monster” cards to trigger a Land Battle, the Battle will take place in an Open Area and players must add up the “Open Area Values” on their cards.
Since both sets of cards have a combined Battle Value of 6, this Clash ends in a Draw, and neither side gets to claim a Cryptid Card to add to their Cryptid Collection.
This is the "I believe in Cryptids" level, for the backer who wants to keep in touch with our project.
This level is for the Cryptid Fan who wants to know more about cryptids. Each set of info cards has 16 double sided cards with Stats and Info for the cryptids featured in Cryptid Clash!
Join the battle and best you opponents with your very own copy of Cryptid Clash!
Wear you cryptid pride into battle while playing your copy of Cryptid Clash! This level comes with the Cryptid Clash! and Crypto Paranormal Exploration Society patches.
Choose your favorite cryptid from the Big 4 collection! In this level you will get your Champion's patch along with the Cryptid Clash! and Crypto Paranormal Exploration Society patches to wear while playing your own copy of Cryptid Clash!
Show off your cryptid knowledge with both sets of the cryptid info cards. This level also comes with your Champion's patch along with the Cryptid Clash! and Crypto Paranormal Exploration Society patches to wear while playing your own copy of Cryptid Clash!
The Cryptid Explorer level gives you direct access to join the C.P.E.S. This level come with everything in the Cryptid Authority level, as well as, a C.P.E.S. member kit, which includes a C.P.E.S. Lanyard, Car Decal, T-shirt, and Founding Member ID Card. You will also be kept up to date with news and content from the C.P.E.S.
Choose one of the Big 4 Champions and sponsor them in the Clash! As a cryptid's sponsor you will receive everything from the Cryptid Authority level, as well as your Champion's t-shirt and hoodie. You will also receive a 10% Discount on any of your Champion's unlocked Kickstarter merchandise.
Start your very own C.P.E.S. Chapter. You and 3 of your friends can choose your Chapter name and start your C.P.E.S. Chapter. This package comes with 4 Cryptid Explorer Levels for your first 4 members, as well as the name of your Chapter printed on your Founding Member ID Cards. Chapters receive a 10% discount on C.P.E.S. Member Kits for additional chapter members.
Become a C.P.E.S. consultant. You will have a voice in deciding which cryptid will be selected for the next C.P.E.S. video. With this level you will receive everything from the Cryptid Champion level, as well as your C.P.E.S. Member kit and access to the research and leads for the upcoming video shoot.
Be a Cryptid Spotter for the C.P.E.S.! Find a Cryptid within a 100 mile radius of your location and the CPES video squad will come to you. With this level you will receive everything from the Cryptid Champion level, as well as your C.P.E.S Member kit and access and participation in the creative process of what it takes to explore the cryptid's world. You will be welcome to tag along on location for the filming of your local cryptid's habitat. *Only available to backers in the continental US.
Be a Cryptid Hunter with the C.P.E.S.! The C.P.E.S. will sponsor your travel and lodging to join them on a cryptid hunt with the CPES video team. With this level you will receive everything from the Cryptid Explorer level, as well as access and participation in the creative process of what it takes to explore the Cryptid's world. You will also be a featured hunter in the C.P.E.S. cryptid video. *Only available to backers in the continental US.
At $4000, the ability to add-on Cryptid Clash T-shirts and Hoodies will become available.
At $5000, each backer that pledges the Cryptid Clash! Game Pledge Level or higher will receive two additional Kickstarter Exclusive bonus cards for FREE!
We will have a TON of extra stretch goals that feature more Cryptid swag and FREE game cards! Stay tuned!
As each additional Add-On is unlocked, you can add anything you would like by increasing your pledge amount by the Add-On's cost.
Simply go to "Manage your pledge" at the top of this Kickstarter page, click on "Change your pledge", and increase your pledge by the additional add-on's cost.
Shipping is a Flat-Rate, one time fee charged to each backer. If you would like additional copies of the game, or Add-Ons you will not incur additional shipping charges.
By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the project and rewards may be subject to change. While we are striving to provide you with high quality game components and gear, final production may be different from what is represented during this Kickstarter project.
We ask that all backers confirm your pledge, shipping address and other required information within 4 weeks of our notification, so all pledges can be fulfilled in a timely manner. If no response is received 4 weeks after notification has been sent, it will be taken as your agreement that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. Any communication received after that time frame may be fulfilled, or refunded at the discretion of Daring Play.
After two domestic or one international shipping attempts to your provided address have failed, you will be responsible for any additional postage/shipping costs to ship out your rewards again.
Risks and challenges
Because our game is significantly developed and has undergone hours of playtesting to ensure a great play experience, we’ll be ready to start manufacturing as soon as the Kickstarter ends.
The game itself will not be a risk because we are directly partnered with a design house located in the USA. As soon as we give the go ahead to print and produce the game, their variable manufacturing methods ensure we can make the game in quantities of ten or ten thousand, depending on the amount ofsupport we receive.
The only risks outside of our control will be the clothing, pins and patches. If we have a smashing success it may take more time than initially planned to deliver these items. However, we have already identified multiple suppliers that can meet higher levels of demand and deliver in a timely manner, to help mitigate those risks. We are committed to working with our collaborators to ensure the quality of every element of the game and gear so it reflects our passion and commitment to the cryptid cause.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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