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This. Is. Crypt.  A light, inexpensive set collection game that features a dice bidding mechanic and a fast and furious race to gold-coin-laden victory!  Yes!

The kind is dead. Long live the king.

Uh.  Not quite. Crypt doesn’t deal with the pesky question of who will take over ruling the great land after the king passes…

You see, the good King decided that instead of divvying up his vast treasure collection to his children, he wanted to take it all with him!

And as you may have already guessed, his children are not having any of it. The nerve!

In the game players represent jilted child beneficiaries who send their servants into the Crypt to take back what was rightfully theirs.

Or at least that’s how they see it… 😉

Once in possession of these hard-earned treasures, players will try to form sets that allow them to sell their wares to collectors for even more of that sweet, sweet gold.

Of course, sometimes the gold just isn’t there…

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So, how does it play?

Build the treasure deck according to the number of players. Shuffle it up and lay out the treasure cards in the center of the table.

The treasure cards are laid out as a combination of face-up and face-down cards according to a small grid in the rule book.  The face up side of the card displays the actual gold coin value of a given treasure, whereas the back of the card simply indicates which category the treasure falls into.

So, when bidding on the face-down cards, players will have to wrestle (albeit briefly) with the amount to bid on an unknown return.  Perhaps a 2… yeah… that might work.

I like a little gambling in a game and Crypt does this well!  It’s there if that’s your thing… but it’s a lesser-included portion of the overall experience since the majority of treasure cards are displayed face up each round.  Nice!

Sometimes you only want to put $5 in that slot machine, and keep your $100 bill for something less risky. Like maybe a bottle of water at the hotel bar… 😲

Anyway… just below the treasure you lay out the collectors.  The cards have A and B sides and you can randomly choose which sides to play in a given game to get that inter-game variation goodness!

The collectors essentially present set-collection goals that, when achieved, earn players more gold coins or special actions during game play.

To the crypt!

Choose your servant. Grab their associated dice. Put one foot in front of the other.

It’s time to get your crypt on!  Players each have three dice that they use to represent their effort in finding a given treasure. Whoever bids the most effort will win the treasure card at the end of the round.

Just like effort in real life, the number of die pips you bid on a given treasure is not random. Players choose the die value to use based on how badly they want to acquire a given treasure.

In turn order players bid all of their available dice.  Players may bid more than one die on a given treasure, but if they choose this path then each die must be of the same value.  So, you can bid two 3’s on a treasure, or two 4’s on a treasure; but you can’t have one die with a 3 and one die with a 4. Got it. 👍

Bidding all 6’s

Fortunately (as you might have already guessed), the designers built a thoughtful little mechanism into the game to deal with this issue!

Let me introduce you to my little friend…. The exhaustion check!

At the end of each round, right before we collect our hard-earned (?) treasures, we roll each of the dice that we bid on a given treasure.  If the result of that roll is less than the value we chose to bid with that die, it is sent away to the game box to rest.

This is a temporary “rest” as players can retrieve these dice in future rounds. After all, only the kind is dead in this game.  Servants… they do alright in the mortality balance. They’re alive… just tired. 😴

Outbid by effort

Once again, as in life, you may be outbid by your opponents.  If this happens, your servants come back home… waiting until the next round to head back out and look for those precious treasures!

Turn order is rather important

At the start of each round, turn order shifts once along the clockwise path… so at the very least you won’t have to be outbid over and over by that pesky person to your left.  You know who you are!

Also, to balance out the incredible edge that the last player would have, they are limited to placing all of their dice on ONE treasure card. This way they don’t bump everyone back to the ol’ royal palace in one fell swoop!

Overall vibes…

Crypt is a really fast, fun, set collection game that is simple to learn but still has a bit of that set-collection strategic goodness.  Add in the bidding mechanic and the various balancing schemas they developed, and you have yourself a great game!

Now, if your game group is like mine, this would probably fall into the category of either a filler game to clear the mind after a grueling 4-hour heavy Euro session…

Or… more of a family game. You know, if your family isn’t exactly into board gaming.

I can break this out for a little friendly competition when my non-gamer friends or family are over for a visit without having to worry about someone saying, “Are you still talking about the rules?!?” when they return from a brief bathroom break.

I mean.  Who even takes a bathroom break during rules explanation?  Huh? 😉

Said with love…

Anyway.  This makes a great addition to your collection if your collection needs a bit of a boost in the light game action category.

Toss a copy in your backpack and bring it over to share with your fam over the holidays! 🙂

 

Ages: 12+
Players: 1 – 4
Play Time: 20 – 35 minutes
Designers:
Artist: Jeff Chin
Publisher: Road To Infamy Games (R2i Games)
SKU: ROAD TO INFAMY 001
MSRP:
$23.75 on Amazon… available for
$15-20 on a variety of sites
Our Price: $10.00
Link to BGG: Crypt

 

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Description

The king is dead. Lets grab our inheritance from the crypt!

The King’s last wish was to be laid to rest in the royal crypt with all of his prized possessions; the very same family heirlooms he once promised to you and his other children. Feeling cheated and betrayed, you summon your most loyal servants to help you break into the crypt and  claim that which is rightfully yours.  Unfortunately, your siblings had the same idea.

Bid effort to collect treasure from the crypt. Win those bids and gain the treasure. Build sets and gain further bonuses from the collectors. Highest gold coin total wins at the end of the game.

Description by the designer follows…

Crypt is a light set collection game with a unique dice placement mechanic for 1 to 4 players with easy-to-learn rules and exciting strategic gameplay, all in 25 minutes.

Risk your servants to secure the best treasure in this light set collection game with a unique dice placement mechanic

Place your servant dice on treasure cards, choosing any value on each die. Choosing a higher value can ward off your opponents, but it also increases the odds that your servant will become exhausted. After everyone has placed their servant dice, everyone rolls. If you roll less than your chosen value, you lose the die.

Sets of treasure can be pawned off to collectors that offer bonus coins and special abilities. The player with the most valuable collection wins!

Additional information
Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 3 × 1.5 in
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