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Creators of a Death Metal Board Game Are Crowdsourcing Their Funding

Bored with Monopoly, Clue and Scrabble? Then you may want to invest in Cryptic Explorers, a new death metal-themed board game that’s currently at the crowdfunding stage. With three weeks to go, the campaign is about a third of the way to its goal.

The creators describe it thusly:

Cryptic Explorers is a competitive, asymmetrical, sci-fi / horror tabletop board game for 2-4 players.

In Cryptic Explorers, 1 to 3 players take on the role of Cryptonauts (explorers of the unknown), tasked with entering the Realms of Death to steal occult knowledge, and escape back to Earth. Each Cryptonaut player customizes and controls their own squad of individual units.

Opposing the Cryptonauts is a single Deity of Death player, a malicious and powerful Goddess who seeks to kill all the Cryptonauts before they can escape with her Realm’s occult secrets.

Cryptic Explorers has all the depth and asymmetrical overlord-vs-heroes play of a dungeon crawler like Descent, combined with squad-based tactics and unit customization (similar to XCOM), all rendered in a malevolent sci-fi / death metal / horror aesthetic. 

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