Recently, those of us at Geeks Podcast have really gotten into playing the wide array of Deck Builder games published by Cryptozoic Entertainment. If you haven’t tried any of these titles yet, we highly recommend you get around to it! You won’t regret it! Anyway, while playing through the DC game, some of us started to talk about some expansions that we would like to see in the future. After deciding that these may actually be plausible ideas, I got in contact with some folks at Cryptozoic Entertainment who then actually put me in contact with a product director at Cryptozoic: Adam Sblendorio.
After I pitched an idea for an expansion, Adam informed me that my idea was already in the process of being developed. Excited, I then asked if we could do a quick Q&A to give you, our readers, some more insight to the ideas and functioning at Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Here is what we were able to find out!
GPC: So what ideas lead to the development of the Deck Building games?
AS: Deck-building games are particularly special because they exist within a fine line of board games and trading card games. We love the idea of engaging those that are attracted to building customized decks from which they can develop multiple gaming strategies and figuring out if their ideas will work. Also, Deck-building games are self contained where everyone starts equally with the same cards and are separated by their wits, strategies and one unique ability, usually attributed to the character they are playing as. From there, the Cerberus Engine has proven to be incredibly nimble and adaptable as shown by the different, yet interchangeable and customizable play experiences from all of the DC Comics releases, Street Fighter and more.
GPC: Which expansions was the most fun to develop?
AS: Personally, I found the Crisis Expansion to the DC Comics Deck-building Game to be a blast. Mostly because it took the easy to learn competitive system and really turned it upside down using the fundamentals to provide an very challenging co-op experience while also including new competitive playable Super Heroes, Impossible Mode Super Villains for co-op and competitive and new main deck cards for use with any of the sets.
GPC: We’ve noticed that each of the deck building games have a special twist or mechanic that make them each unique. How do you keep each franchise feeling like it’s own game while using the same engine?
AS: Credit there goes to the R&D team lead by Matt Hyra and some incredible play testers. Matt is amazing at innovating through mechanics that pull from the essence of IP. Some examples are introducing chakra to Naruto and loot drops when hitting Archenemies in the Hobbit. Also, within each release, the main deck is designed to provide paths of interaction between characters and the cards that they “should” best perform with, such as Batman and Equipment and Superman and Super Powers.
GPC: Are there any plans for new games with the IP you currently own, such as Walking Dead or Ghostbusters?
AS: Yes but not that are formally announced.
GPC: If you could own any property, which one would you choose to create a deck building game with and what would be the defining feature of that game?
AS: I want to answer this SO BAD but I don’t want to jinx the acquisition of the license. Sorry.
GPC: Without giving too much away, is there anything you can share with us about upcoming plans or properties to look forward to?
AS: Before the year is out, keep a look out for the Watchmen Crossover Pack for the DC Deck-building Game. It offers up some of the most unique twists to the series yet! Have to keep it pretty vague but we have some exciting things coming in 2016 and beyond with Attack on Titan, Cartoon Network, Epic Spell Wars and more new original IP.
GPC: Thank you again, so much!
AS: Thank you!
There you have it! Looks like we will have some exciting new content to look forward to! I know that I’ll be first in line when some of these hit the shelves. If you have any questions of comments, leave them below or send them to us on Facebook or Twitter!
I’d also like to thank Mr. Sblendorio once again for giving us the time to ask a few questions and for answering them promptly. The folks at Cryptozoic Entertainment were very friendly and helpful, and GPC looks forward to seeing their work and possibly hearing from them again! You can find Cryptozoic on Facebook and Twitter, as well as their home site here.
Photos Courtesy of: Cryptozoic Entertainment