Indie Game Showcase: Clash Of the Cryptids

Indie Game Showcase


Welcome back dear friends, readers, and fellow indie game enthusiast to another installment of Indie Game Showcase. Today’s showcase is a little different from our last, which you can check out here, as today we will be checking out a yet-to-be released card battle game, the first from our friends at After Light Comics, the creators of Wendigo Woods, Stay Awake, and many other amazing titles which you can find here.


Clash of The Cryptids is a folklore game that pitches the darkest creatures in mythology against each other. You can visit the prelaunch page here and select to be notified when the campaign goes live later this week. You can also follow  Joseph Oliveira and Afterlight Comics on Twitter here and here



Clash Of The Cryptids



John: Welcome to and thank you for being a part of Indie Game Showcase. We’ve had you on Indie Comics Showcase and talked about your comic Wendigo Wood, but today we will be talking something totally different. Clash Of The Cryptids – your upcoming battle cards game.  


Joey: Hi John, thank you for inviting me back! I’m excited to get stuck in and talk about my latest venture in to the gaming scene.



John: What kind of a card battle game is Clash Of The Cryptids going to be? What’s the closest game out there that we can compare it to?


Joey: So if you’re familiar to Top Trumps it operates in a similar style to that. To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their cards so that they can see the top card only. The player to the dealer’s left begins by reading out one of the categories from the top card (e.g. Fear Factor 60). The other players then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the best or highest value wins, and that player collects all the top cards, including their own, and moves them to the bottom of their pile. It is then their turn again to choose a category from the next card. The person with all of the cards at the end is the Winner!


John: What is the learning curb like for Clash Of The Cryptids when compared to something like Magic the Gathering, for Example?


Joey: I’d say it’s very easy to pick up and play in a couple of minutes. You could have a 10-15 minute game to 30-45 minute game all depending how you choose what traits to call out against your opponent. 



John: So what’s the story behind Clash Of The Cryptids? I’m curious about both the conception of the game, as well as the lore.


Joey: It all started with the graphic novels I wrote Folktales of the Cryptids, an anthology of 4 short horror tales each based on a cryptid. In the back of the books we had a ‘lore’ page which included illustrations of each of the Cryptids in the stories. I thought they were really great and how they could be used in another way depicting that lore element but not in book form, I wanted to trying something different. Earlier in the year I’d already started toying with the idea of producing a board game, Clash of the Cryptids is kind of dipping my toe in to that area. 


John: What would you say sets Clash Of The Cryptids apart from other games?


Joey: I think what people are going to see with this deck is a real high quality. We are already in touch and prepped with our printers, so we’ve talked about what we want. The box will be a high quality matt finish and on the cards the gold lettering will be printed with Gold metallic ink to really give it that premium feel, matching the level of quality of design we have going with the cards.



John: Who do we have working on the Clash Of The Cryptids? Who is doing the research and writing as well as the art?


Joey: We have Gianna Junk who illustrated all of the amazing Cryptids you will see illustrated on the cards. The box art and card design is by Maria Amaya. And myself I’ve researched and written the material on the cards.


John: The deck contains 32 Premium Cards, can you tell us a bit about how the deck is broken down?


Joey: So there are 32 hand picked Cryptids in the deck, they can be split up between 2 or 4 players to play. All these Cryptids have strengths and weaknesses, even the strongest Cryptids can potentially be undone by your opponent if played correctly.



John: Let’s get into the Kick Starter for a bit, how many tiers are we looking at in this campaign, and what are some of the offerings at each tier and overall exclusives to the campaign?


Joey: We’ve got 8 exciting tiers! We have the deck itself, also available as a digital version where you could print it yourself at home. I’m really excited about the Gold Foil Limited Edition prints we have of the box art. We’ll also have bundles of the graphic novels Folktales of the cryptids with the cards available. On top of that we will have a Limited amount of collectors bundles.


John: Are you planning on having both physical and digital versions of the game?


Joey: Yes absolutely, I don’t want anyone to miss out so I was conscious of making the game as accessible as possible to everyone.



John: A lot of card battle games are not only HUGE, but very popular. They present a great opportunity for merchandise, the most obvious of them being card expansions, card mats, strategy guides, as well as lore books. How far ahead have you thought about expanding on Clash of The Cryptids?


Joey: If everything goes well with this campaign I would LOVE to do an expansion pack of Cryptids which you could add to this current pack. This current deck includes Cryptids from all around the world, so the expansion pack i’ve thought could be a themed version, I’ve got Japanese Folklore in my sights…


John: We’ve had a bit of a growth spurt and some new readers, so I was hoping you could fill them on as to who you are and a bit of what you have done in Comics, and why you are doing Clash Of The Cryptids.


Joey: In late 2017 I started up my own Indie Horror Comic Publishing House Afterlight Comics in almost 3 years thanks to the amazing support that’s grown along the way I’ve managed to successfully crowdfund 18 Comic titles. They range from Supernatural Horror, Psychological Horror to Folk Horror. I love to create things, it takes so much hard work and passion making comics, and Clash of the Cryptids has been no exception I make things I think I would grab off a shelf and want.


John: Anything else you want to share with our readers before we sign off?


Joey: If you like Horror & you like Comics then be sure to follow us on Social Media and say Hi! Just search Afterlight Comics on Facebook, Instagram or twitter. And of course all our Comics are available in Physical & Digital format at


John: Joey, once again I would like to say thank you for being a part of Indie Game Showcase and talking to us about Clash Of The Cryptids. We wish you the best of luck on it’s and all future campaigns. Feel free to come back anytime.


Joey: Always a pleasure!



I hope you enjoy this installment and pick up a copy of the game when the campaign goes live.


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John Lemus

I'm a 35 year-old Cuban who works in Hialeah, FL. I'm really into comic books and comic book culture and I have a particular fondness for independent comics. Which is why I started the Indie Comics Showcase. Follow me on Twitter @indie_comics!