Monday, 24 June 2013

CRYPTS: Just what is it?

Good Monday everyone!

Today I'd like to talk to you about CRYPTS, and more importantly, just what sort of game is it?

So by now you are all (I hope) familiar with MaliQuest and how it plays, or at least the idea behind it.

Running my podcast New Fairbank Radio has revealed a lot to me, but rather than go through the flaws of MaliQuest, I will instead talk about CRYPTS!

So CRYPTS is a character driven miniatures board game with RPG elements.

The game focuses on speed and mass combat of an action board game mixed together with the loot acquisition and character advancement you would expect from say an MMO or RPG.

CRYPTS is also designed to be playable by many people over many different mediums. All you will need is a dungeon map, tokens to represent your characters and monsters, loot deck(s) and D6 die.
- In short this game is playable with things that most people should have laying around their home.


What should you expect from me in the run up to going live?

Well that's simple really, the first and foremost aspect will be creating character profiles, working out what stats are needed and applying them out.

Then the current loot cards will need to be adjusted to take new stat profiles into account. You should also find new names, and eventually by the time it is ready to 'Go Live' whole new art.

So once we are ready with that, we then need example monsters, these will form the backbone of encounters that you the players will go against, again we are looking for simplicity here where added variety can be created with a simple application of archetypes.

Once we are done with that, you will see a new Dungeon Companion, complete with new stories or converted old ones as well as example dungeons for printing out or importing into software such as MapTools.

The aim throughout all if this is speed and ease of playing, an attack for example should consist of no more than 2 consecutive dice rolls, 1 to hit, 1 for damage. Exactly how many die you roll for each depends on the weapon, but you should be rolling no more than 2 consecutive rolls per attack.

So there we have it, what I suppose would by the CRYPTS mission statement, it's not much, and I hope my plans are coming across ok, obviously there is still a lot to work out, like altering the character sheet etc but it's not as if I'm on a deadline.

Anyway, until next time, stay safe and I'll see you Cryptside!

- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley

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