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An asymmetrical squad tactics and survival horror game for 2-4 players.
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CRYPTIC EXPLORERS is an asymmetrical squad tactics and survival horror game for 2-4 players.

Step into a future where elite specialists from a ruthless mega-corporation travel beyond the veil of life to steal the secrets of Death. Return with your spoils... if you can survive the journey.

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS is about customization, strategy, and calculated sacrifice .

In CRYPTIC EXPLORERS 1 to 3 players command the Cryptonauts, human specialists tasked with entering the hideous otherworldly Realms of Death to steal occult knowledge and escape back to Earth. 

In order to survive, Cryptonauts will have to work together to battle monsters, collect souls, and upgrade their powerful abilities

Each Cryptonaut player customizes their own personal squad of 2-3 Cryptonauts to combat the malicious Goddesses of the Realms and their spawn. Players choose from a total of 32 Cryptonauts - each with their own unique abilities, art, and lore.

Opposing the Cryptonauts is a single Goddess player assuming the role of 1 of 3 unique Goddesses of Death - a mighty and wicked supernatural entity that rules over the Realms. 

The Goddess player summons monsters, plays game-bending mastery effects, and empowers her dark monoliths in an attempt to kill all the Cryptonauts before they can escape with her Realm's otherworldly secrets.  

We are funded and currently unlocking stretch goals!

As the funding for CRYPTIC EXPLORERS increases, we reward our backers by unlocking new content and upgrades for their games.

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS is our dream game 5 years in the making - intricate, customizable squad tactics with an emphasis on distinct player choice all enveloped in a macabre theme

Here are some reasons this game is worthy of your support:

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS is a medium-to-heavy weight survival horror and tactics game. Most players find it easy to understand and play after a single round.  

Please note that not all possibilities, rules, etc. are listed here, as it would be far too much for a Kickstarter page. Consult the Rulebook for further information (link at the bottom of this section).  

Click the button below to view the full CRYPTIC EXPLORERS Rulebook. Please note that the version below is NOT the final production version.

Many missions for occult knowledge have deployed over the last 5 years of developing CRYPTIC EXPLORERS. Here are some of our favorite impressions of the game! 

Read the review by Charles Theel here:

https://playerelimination.com/2019/08/30/dungeon-crawling-through-depravity-a-look-at-cryptic-explorers/

Playmats available in the Deluxe & Collector's Edition pledges
Playmats available in the Deluxe & Collector's Edition pledges

We’ve created a ton of content for CRYPTIC EXPLORERS in order to make every single match a unique story

Retailers may purchase CRYPTIC EXPLORERS with a significant discount from the expected MSRP value. Both Regular Edition and Deluxe Edition pledges, as well as add-ons, are available.

Please select the NAUTICUS pledge level as a deposit towards sale, then contact us to discuss details and to provide proof of retailer status.  

To purchase an add-on, increase your pledge by the amount of the cost of your desired add-on(s). Add-Ons and pledges will be combined in our Pledge Manager.

Please note that shipping will be charged after the campaign is over - we will combine items to ensure the least expensive shipping costs.

فم الموت - "The Mouth of Death"
فم الموت - "The Mouth of Death"

Past the stars and material plane are the Realms of Death...

...a shifting multiverse of cessation and mystery. Mortals are strictly forbidden here, and no living creatures have ever gained access to this unholy domain – until now.

Residing on a futuristic Earth, a strange organization known only as “Nauticus” has discovered a gateway into Death itself. Known as the Maw of Thanatos, this gateway is capable of transporting living beings from Earth into the Realms of Death.

Nauticus now prepares teams of human explorers, dubbed the Cryptonauts, to traverse the vast blackness of the cosmos and enter the Realms of Death, seeking the forbidden knowledge of mortality itself.

Shipping will be calculated and charged after the Kickstarter campaign has been completed.

This process ensures we can charge lower overall prices to each backer for shipping, and tells us how many games we are sending to which fulfillment centers.

Games will ship from within the USA/EU/UK/AUS/CAN (whichever is closest to the destination) to all countries listed below.

The prices listed here are estimates that may change when shipping costs are determined, though not significantly.

Greek Backers: Contact Meeple On Board for free shipping.

International Shipping & Customs: Backers outside the USA, EU, UK, Australia, and Canada will be responsible for their own customs fees and any additional charges.

USA & China Tariffs: We will absorb the costs of any tariffs up to 25% - no additional funding will be needed.

Brexit: No one is quite sure how Brexit will pan out and affect shipping, but we will ensure shipments are affected as little as possible. VAT may change or be affected, but our fulfillment guarantees will not change.

Add-On Shipping: Please note that the inclusion of add-ons will increase your shipping total. All materials will be shipping from fulfillment centers, however, so you should receive your items in one shipment to reduce the total shipping cost of shipping your games and add-ons separately.

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS has had two unsuccessful funding campaigns, but we have learned a great deal from those attempts and have never ceased improving the game and Tempest Tome Games as a brand:

Overhauled Cryptonaut Squad System - The previous iteration of the game had units that were equipped before the match begins with various equipment cards. This was an interesting system, but led to a lot of front-loaded decision making which could overwhelm new players with no knowledge of the game ahead. We’ve changed this to the current system of 32 pre-made Cryptonaut units with unique abilities that are unlocked over the course of the game. This change has allowed for a much easier and accessible start to the game for new players, a sense of progression over the course of the game (instead of starting with all your goodies), and unique lore for each Cryptonaut instead of faceless build-a-soldiers.

Revamped Graphic Design & Packaging - While a lot of illustrations remain the same (as they are awesome and didn’t need changes) we’ve tightened up the graphic design and packaging of the game. The box is now much smaller and snugly fits all contents. Iconography has been added for all keywords and concepts to ease learning and reference. The rulebook has been overhauled with these things in mind, as well.

Additional Realm of Death - To further promote variety and replay value, we’ve added a 4th Realm to the game for a total of 4 Realms on two double-sided game boards.

Expanded Lore and Universe - Over 200 pages (!) of CRYPTIC EXPLORERS lore are waiting to be unleashed. We will be releasing lore incrementally through and after fulfillment.

Awesome New Add-Ons - Our last campaign didn't explore add-ons. Now, we are offering a number of additions to improve your game experience, or show you are a die-hard fan of CRYPTIC EXPLORERS in a stylish way.

Improved Advertising - Advertising is absolutely vital to a game's success. We’ve spent significantly more time attending conventions, building our social media presence, and more to spread the word about CRYPTIC EXPLORERS and see it fulfilled.

Remodeled Branding and Company - We've rebranded our entire company to fit the atmosphere and aesthetics we are inspired by and want to create.

Previous Kickstarters:

1st:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tempesttome/necronauts-miniatures-mastering-the-macabre 

2nd:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tempesttome/cryptic-explorers-tabletop-tactics-in-the-realms-o/ 

Tempest Tome Games is a game studio originally founded in Orlando, Florida, and now located in verdant Colorado.

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS was created over 5 years, with a number of different artists and people contributing to the game's art (see Rulebook for full credits).

Our designers are Maher Sagrillo and Elisha Seely. Our primary illustrator is Brandon Geurts, a Florida-based traditional artist of the macabre, whose black-and-white horrors give CRYPTIC EXPLORERS its unique and grim aesthetic.

Risks and challenges

CRYPTIC EXPLORERS is a completed and balanced game, but all campaigns carry some risk.

The biggest risks we face are delays in sampling, manufacturing, and/or shipping. These are risks that exist even for the most tightly run campaigns. We will be very transparent and immediate in letting our backers know any delays or issues that arise during fulfillment.

Our risks have been minimized by extensive research into the fulfillment process, from quotations for all materials (game, add-ons, stretch goals, shipping, insurance, fees, etc) to working with reputable and punctual manufacturers. In addition to our own efforts in planning and calculating fulfillment, we have also learned from other kickstarter creators and game company owners about common and less common pitfalls to avoid.

We are very confident we have done all the needed logistical legwork and planning to fulfill without an issue. If a backer has any questions about any part of fulfillment, we are happy to answer, and in detail!

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    CRYPTONAUT - Regular Edition

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    IMPERATOR - Deluxe Edition

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    This edition is Kickstarter Exclusive - never to be released again - and all content beyond the core game is KS Exclusive!

    Includes:
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    • 4 Bone Dice miniatures (resin, 1d6s)
    • 4 Elite Cryptonauts (key lore characters - sheets & standees)
    • 4 Neoprene Play Mats (1 Goddess & 3 Cryptonaut)
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    GODDESS - Limited Collector Edition

    Worldwide shipping is calculated and charged after the campaign has ended, and applied through our Pledge Manager (see estimates in the Shipping section).

    This edition is Kickstarter Exclusive - never to be released again - and all content beyond the core game is KS Exclusive!

    CREATE-A-CRYPTONAUT: Work with the designers to help provide a likeness and design/meta/idea for a new Cryptonaut. This Cryptonaut's sheet and standee will then be included in ALL Deluxe and Collectors' Edition pledges!

    This edition is limited to 10 copies, and each copy is individually numbered!

    Includes:
    • CRYPTIC EXPLORERS game with all unlocked stretch goals
    • 4 Bone Dice miniatures (resin, 1d6s)
    • 4 Elite Cryptonauts (key lore characters - sheets & standees)
    • 4 Neoprene Play Mats (1 Goddess & 3 Cryptonaut)
    • All "Create-a-Cryptonaut" Cryptonauts (sheets & standees)
    • Create-a-Cryptonaut (sheets & standees for all deluxe/collectors)
    • The original, physical art from your Create-a-Cryptonaut design
    • A piece of original, physical art from CRYPTIC EXPLORERS
    • Gor'Kuk Goddess Bust (90mm resin, numbered)
    • Plinth for Gor'Kuk Bust (black resin, oak wood, numbered)
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