End-of-Year Update: Bearing Gifts and Promises of Things to Come

A work-in-progress view of new models.

First off, loads of card and game changes were made over the last month. Check out Bradley’s update notes here.

Now for some more specific news and and an overview of the rear view, i.e. what we did this month and what 2018 brought in general for Crystal Companies‘ development.

Loading and Skirmish Preview Screens

It’s all new, and is a nice combination of form and function if I do say so myself.

New Models, A Long Time Coming

We mentioned these models for the first time several updates back. But they are finally finished and will be making their way into the game shortly! Big thanks to Océane Bidou for the great work. They will replace a large swath of wealth/yellow-type models. Here’s a small selection of what you can expect to see:

Quality-of-Life Things

Normally I’d either summarize or point you just to the technical update for these types of changes. But I want to highlight the extensive fixes/improvements Bradley made to the game this month, because each one makes a noticeable difference (while not necessarily jumping out at you when playing CrysCo–as it should be). Here’s the whole list:

  • Added tooltips for many pieces of the UI that explain functionality.
  • Simplified the hex info panel with name of terrain and elevation.
  • Added card movement sounds.
  • Updated the help and settings panel to align with current UI style.
  • Updated the tooltip to align with current UI style.
  • Redesigned the skirmish preview screen to show the battlefield being created (see above!).
  • Updated the radial menu to align with current UI style.
  • Added functionality to view card collection without loading a deck.
  • Polished map generation for creating fairer map areas.
  • Tweaked parts of the skirmish report so that player scores better reflect battle performance.
  • Corrected issues with gamma on images.
  • Fixed many performance issues with fog of war, deck editing, card movement, hex highlighting, and battlefield loading.
  • Fixed many grammatical errors with the ability text parser.

Whew! That’s a lot and, tbh, it makes me want to go play CrysCo now. Speaking of which, you can do so by joining our Discord server. Type !key when you get there, and Isa will bestow upon you a FREE Steam key that provides access to our current alpha version (which currently enables you to play with any card in the game!).

On the Horizon

2018 brought a slew of big improvements and a lot of teamwork–both within Boreal Games and between us and our talented artist contractors. Not only did the overall look of the game change drastically for the better, the way levels are built (through procedural generation) and the way players interact with that environment (updates to AI, card abilities, upgrades, and so on) all moved forward by leaps and bounds. As we move toward 2019, we are feeling #blessed. And though we still have a lot to accomplish–and challenges to overcome, to be sure–we are feeling thankful for the journey thus far.

In the next few months we will be focusing on community development and continuing to polish CrysCo. Your support has never meant more to us, by the way! This will entail adding a tad more art, playtesting, and promoting CrysCo across various channels.

Our big goal for the first part of the new year is to be ready by February to run our long-anticipated Kickstarter campaign. We will announce loud and clear as soon as we have hard details to share. In the meantime, if you have any bright ideas about how we can reach our audience (you) better, please let us know!

Finally, please follow our development on Twitter (https://twitter.com/boreal_games), join our Discord (http://www.cryscogame.com), and of course check out our weekly dev streams on Twitch (http://twitch.tv/crystalcompanies) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrPErTjd4IjAbY8VjTCrjeA).

Thanks for reading–see you next year (get it?).

CrysCo Update Notes – December 13, 2018

12/13/2018 – December 13th Update Notes

This past month we focused mainly on polishing user experience and tackling performance issues. We also added in deck analytics and updated lots of cards.

Game Changes

  • Conditions now compound and refresh at the beginning of each turn. That is, a condition that lasts 2 turns will last from the current turn through the next turn. If that condition were a damage-dealing condition (e.g. burn), the conditioned unit would be dealt damage twice, once each turn.

Deck Analytics

  • Added analytics to the deck view display that show the following:
    • Cost distribution
    • Faction distribution
    • Card type distribution
    • Average card cost
    • Average card raw power
    • Overall power rank of deck
  • The deck analytics can be accessed in the deck edit view under the name of the deck.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Reduced Zligen Turbine‘s attack from 2 to 1 and gave it a minimum attack range.
  • Changed Supply Balloon’Supply Drop ability to target one structure instead of all structures in range.
  • Removed Dim Lightning Construct.
  • Changed the unit spawned by Imperial Invoker from a Dim Lightning Construct to a Zligen Sprite. Reduced intensity of its Transmute from 3 to 2.
  • Reduced Artillery Turret‘s LOS from 6 to 5.
  • Increased health of Zligen Construct from 3 to 4.
  • Reduced the cost of Staticize from 3I to 2I.
  • Reduced health of Calpytra from 5 to 4. Reduced cost from 4C6I to 3C4I
  • Reduced attack and health of Prodip from 5 to 4 and from 7 to 5 respectively. Reduced cost from 3C8I to 2C5I. Reduced intensity of its Transmute from 2 to 1 but added increased attack range as a boon that’s given.
  • Gave Quinnlus a 2 turn condition duration on his Transmute.
  • Reduced attack of Zligen Sprite from 4 to 3 and removed its protected attribute.
  • Changed Imperial Mason‘s Barricade ability to spawn 2 Palisade walls instead of 1 Barricade wall.
  • Increased the condition duration of Imperial Messenger‘s Transmute ability from 1 to 2.
  • Changed Imperial Warder‘s Conjure Magic Wall ability to spawn 1 Magic Wall instead of two Dim Magic Walls.
  • Added an uncollectible structure card called Static Field Generator that stuns everything in range as a trap and explodes on death to stun and deal 1 damage.
  • Changed Corporal Ryden:
    • Removed Stun Blade.
    • Added an activated ability to spawn 2 Static Field Generators.
    • Removed Dominion trigger.
  • Changed name of Energy Mine to Zligen Charge. Changed its trap ability to an activated ability.

Nature (Green)

  • Added uncollectible structure/plant card called Maneater Flower:
    • 5 attack, 7 health, 0 movement, 3 LOS.
    • Deals 3 damage to one random enemy as it morphs.
    • When it’s dealt damage, knock back all adjacent enemy creatures.
  • Added Maneater Trap:
    • Has a trap trigger that morphs itself into a Maneater Flower
  • Direvine and Sanctuary Bower are now spawned from spells.
  • Changed Direvine to be invisible.
  • Gave Ironroot 1 armor.
  • Changed Dekiri Flower to Shoot Seed on trap and has a 1-attack attack move. Removed poison on Territorial and added invisibility.
  • Gave Resistance Tunneler Zeal and decreased its Burrow range from 3 to 2.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Reduced Ascendant Seraph’s ephemeral duration from 2 to 1
  • Reduced the movement/los of Seplaem Corpusant from 5 to 4.
  • Reduced the health of Hochraun Page from 2 to 1
  • Reduced the health of Hochraun Phalanx from 4 to 3
  • Reduced the condition duration of Old North Bowman’s Inspired ability from 2 to 1
  • Reduced the condition duration of Old North Rider‘s Inspired trigger from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced the intensity of Zeal from 3 to 2.
  • Changed name of Soldier to Hochraun Soldier.
  • Increased attack of Hochraun Squire from 1 to 2.
  • Reduced cost of Cataclysm from 7S4C to 5S3C.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Changed Windsteppe Assailant’s Enter the Fray to a reactive Blade Momentum trigger.
  • Reduced the cost of Ruby Atoll Dancer from 1C3W to 1C2W and the cost of its Refresh ability from 2W to 1W
  • Gave Windsteppe Elite‘s Blade Momentum trigger +movement in addition to multistrike.
  • Changed Reload to target creatures only.
  • Changed Gunpowder Charge:
    • Renamed to Gunpowder Keg.
    • No longer a trap but a visible structure.
    • Added an interact ability to explode.
    • Removed its trap ability.
    • Now can be placed anywhere in line of sight.


  • Reduced Frontier Rockslinger‘s attack from 4 to 3, attack range from 4 to 3, health from 10 to 6, and los from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced Frontier Fortress’ attack from 5 to 4, attack range from 5 to 4, health from 12 to 8, and los from 5 to 4.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Added tooltips for many pieces of the UI that explain functionality.
  • Simplified the hex info panel with name of terrain and elevation.
  • Added card movement sounds.
  • Updated the help and settings panel to align with current UI style.
  • Updated the tooltip to align with current UI style.
  • Redesigned the skirmish preview screen to show the battlefield being created.
  • Updated the radial menu to align with current UI style.
  • Added functionality to view card collection without loading a deck.
  • Polished map generation for creating fairer map areas.
  • Tweaked parts of the skirmish report so that player scores better reflect battle performance.
  • Fixed issues with gamma on images.
  • Fixed many performance issues with fog of war, deck editing, card movement, hex highlighting, and battlefield loading.
  • Fixed many grammatical errors with the ability text parser.

Winter Begins, Work Continues

Winter is coming / here, and we are hunkering down, keeping warm next to our PC towers and basking in the white monitor glow while the snow falls outside. As nice as that sounds, it also means we are still cranking out updates to Crystal Companies. Community building and onboarding are of chief concern these days, as well as general improvements to UI and card mechanics across the board. Read below for the past month’s highlights.


The most substantial change to CrysCo’s alpha version (get your free Steam key from our Discord channel!) is the new tutorial. Ahead of applying to various gaming conventions, Bradley went all out to make sure that new players would be able to get acclimated in an engaging way.

On a similar note, the main menu received a few tweaks that make it cleaner and easier to navigate.

Environment Changes

The environments keep getting better and better looking (which is appreciably harder to do each time). Here are a few screenshots that show (better than I can tell) what I am talking about. (Of course, these are only a couple of virtually limitless cool battlefield views you can expect to see!)


We are steadily ticking items off the long list of minor fixes that need to be made to move us closer to a flawlessly streamlined UX (we can dream). One of the most noticeable changes has not been implemented yet–a new card design–but here is a sneak peek.

Game Changes

Don’t get caught by surprise like I was in the middle of a skirmish–read  Bradley’s update notes post.  Some of my favorite changes occurred in Intellect, with the addition of a new turret and balances that favor structure strategies.

On The Horizon

In the next month, aside from some much-needed holiday-related distractions, we will be continuing to chip away at our desire for a UX/UI masterpiece while attempting to find new players, improve playability, and fight through the dark winter days. Also, look forward to new art as we approach our expected Kickstarter launch date! (Which we hope will be sometime in the early spring of next year!)

As always, head over to our Twitter and/or Discord server to receive the latest updates.

CrysCo Update Notes – November 10, 2018

11/10/2018 – November 10th Update Notes

In this update we developed a story-driven tutorial, worked to better focus each faction, and grind out various visual and gameplay issues.


  • A four-part, story driven tutorial has been implemented in order to acquaint new players with the mechanics and controls of Crystal Companies.
    • The tutorial is not enabled by default, so if you’d like to play through it, you can select “Replay Tutorial” in the settings menu (gear icon, top left of screen).
  • A brief overview has been added to the main menu scene so that new players better navigate through creating/editing decks, starting a skirmish, and changing settings.

Game Changes

  • Changed upgrade cost from 2 Faction/1 Crystal to 2 Crystal/1 Faction.
  • Changed units with Waterbound to not be affected by the cost of Shallows.
  • Increased the maximum amount of common cards in the deck from 4 to 5.
  • Now when reversing an Enlarged condition, a unit’s health will be reduced until it reaches its base max health. If its health is already at or below the base max health, it will not lose any health.

Battlefield Changes

  • Changed name of Smoke Lake to Silver Tarn. Added small elevation on either side of the lake.
  • Changed Tawny Mesa so that it a Roc/Menhir combination doesn’t always exist.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Reduced the range of QuinnlusChain-Grab ability from 4 to 3 spaces.
  • Changed Imperial Artificer’Forge Blueprint to no longer clone a structure but instead draw a copy of a structure’s card. Added a Dominion (i.e. when a structure enters battlefield) trigger to gain 2 Intellect.
  • Added Zligen Turbine: uncommon structure card that has a ranged attack and Transmute (i.e. whenever a spell is cast) trigger to push all enemy creatures within 3 spaces, back 3 spaces.
  • Replaced Imperial Warder’Guard ability with Force Push, which pushes two enemies away from it.
  • Reduced the cost of Link Lightning from 4I to 2I1C.
  • Reduced the cost of Revivify from 4I to 3I.
  • Gave Countervail Turret an attack ability and increased its attack from 0 to 1. Increased the chilling amount on its Chilling Missiles trigger from 1 to 2.
  • Reduced the cost of High Command Turret from 6I2C to 5I2C.
  • Increased the cost of Zligen Carbine from 2I to 3I. Increased its health from 2 to 5. Increased its attack range from 2 to 3. Added +LOS on its Transmute trigger.
  • Decreased Imperial Reaver‘s attack from 5 to 3, increased its health from 2 to 4, and gave it Builder.

Nature (Green)

  • Changed Woodfolk Harrower‘s ability to now Harvest a plant to spawn a Dryad of the Grove.
  • Changed name of Forestal Axeman‘s attack ability from Cast to Throw Axe.
  • Changed the first evolution creatures so that their Harvest ability gives +3 health instead of +2 health.
  • Reduced the attack and health of Woodbairn from 5 to 4.
  • Reduced Starnys Grovekeeper‘s health from 6 to 5 and changed its Hasten Nature to target one unit instead of all units in range.
  • Changed the Harmonize trigger so that a spawned plant needs to be near the ability owner.
  • Gave Soul Seedling Fragile.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Reduced movement of Ryst the White from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced movement of Traist, Prince of Hochraun from 5 to 4 and range of his Rally Forces ability from 5 to 4.
  • Reduced movement range of Menhiran Cleric from 4 to 3. Replaced its Faithful (i.e. when an ally enters the battlefield) trigger with an activated Heal/Cleanse ability.
  • Reduced movement range of Priest of Seals from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced cost of Hochraun Phalanx from 4S to 3S.
  • Renamed Menhiran Hopplite to Old North Skirmisher. Increased its health from 1 to 2, cost from 1S to 2S, and replaced its Zeal with Pierce.
  • Changed Old North Champion’s Retribution ability to only copy damage back to source if damage is dealt in combat.
  • Reduced Ascendant Seraph‘s attack from 4 to 3, movement and los from 5 to 4, removed its Armored ability, and renamed Enkindle to Radiance: +1 attack, movement, and health until end of turn to all allies within 2 spaces.
  • Changed Close Ranks to give +2 armor instead of overshield.
  • Reduced cost of Harken from 5S4C to 5S3C.
  • Reduced cost of Cataclysm from 7S4C to 5S3C.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Reduced cost of Set Ambush Trap from 1C4W to 1C3W.
  • Reduced the range and damage of Drake Isle Mutineer‘s Chuck Petard ability. Renamed it to Chuck Cherry Bomb.
  • Decreased attack of Kokumo from 6 to 5 and cost from 6W3C to 4W3C. Replaced her Pierce with Agility.


  • Changed name of Crystal Anima to Taru Anima.
  • Reduced health of Terrorizing Roc from 10 to 8 and removed its Armored ability.
  • Reduced attack of Contract Thief from 2 to 1.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed spawn abilities to allow spawning a unit at a position so long as that unit can move onto that position.
  • Fixed issues with spawning units at target locations where targets would be considered improperly invalid.
  • Fixed an issue where the AI  player would have a spell but not be able to cast it, and infinitely try to cast the spell.
  • Fixed an issue with leap to enemy ability where it would sometimes jump to a harmful position.
  • Fixed issues with spawning cards where the card id wasn’t found.
  • Added many new character models and ability visual and audio effects.
  • Fixed a visual bug where you could open the detail view even if there was no selected object -updated end game notification to have a backdrop.
  • Fixed an issue with rendering, which resulted in a significant increase in FPS.


Join CrysCo’s community Discord to play: http://cryscogame.com

Follow Boreal Games on Twitter: http://twitter.com/boreal_games

CrysCo Update Notes – October 4, 2018

10/4/2018 – October 4th Update Notes

In this update we focused on streamlining starting a skirmish, enriching the starting scene, and refining the Nature faction.

Game Changes

  • Upgrading a unit now costs an additional faction resource.
  • Reworked the starting scene to be a 3D environment. There are three clickable zones that take you to the battle settings, deck editor, and shop. The battle settings have been updated to be more accessible and better display the battlefields available.


  • Added a new map called Taru Quarry: cross-shaped basin map with crystal in the middle.

Card Updates

Crystal (Pink)

  • Added a minimum range to Guard Tower‘s Auto-shot ability.

Intellect (Orange)

  • Increased move range of Supply Balloon from 3 to 4.

Nature (Green)

  • Removed the condition duration of Amorphia‘s Arborealize trigger so that it is indefinite.
  • Replaced the Immobile attributes on the egg cards with Incapable: cannot move nor interact.
  • Changed Seed Turret to Dekiri Flower. Replaced its triggered Shoot Seed ability to an activated ability. Added Territorial  trigger that poisons creatures.
  • Increased cost of Tanys, Forestal Emissary from 2C2N to 2C3N. Removed his Conjure Wall of Vines ability and Synthesize ability. Added a new activated ability called Flora-shift: leap to ally plant.
  • Replaced Dryad of the Grove‘s Harmonize ability with Zeal.
  • Reduced the attack of Forestal Axeman from 3 to 2. Gave him Native, and increased Structure Razer from 2 to 3.
  • Replaced Grove Sentry‘s Harmonize effect (spawn Dryad of the Grove) to bestowing himself +1 movement and line of sight until the end of turn.
  • Decreased Resistance Lookout‘s attack from 3 to 2, increased his movement/LOS from 4 to 5, and gave him Immune.
  • Changed Starnys Grovekeeper to have Protection, spawn 6 Vetchlings on enter, give +10 health to one creature/plant until end of turn, and morph a plant into a Woodbairn.
  • Increased cost of Forest-floor Gardener from 2N to 3N and removed the cooldown on its Harmonize trigger.
  • Gave Megasloth Trample.
  • Increased the health of Resistance Bushwhacker from 3 to 4.
  • Increased the health of Woodfolk Keeper from 4 to 5 and its cost from 5N to 6N.
  • Gave Wall of Vines a trigger on enter battlefield to constrict all adjacent enemies for one turn.
  • Replaced Deeproot Druid‘s Vinebind ability with Conjure Vines: activated ability that spawns 1 Wall of Vines.
  • Reduced the range of Sea Canopy Skyhunter’s Territorial from 4 to 3.
  • Replaced Woodfolk Harrower‘s Synthesize effect to spawn a Dryad of the Grove instead of draw Vetchling cards.
  • Changed the effect of Sylg Leaf Tonic to give Invisibility instead of +health.
  • Removed Zeal from Resistance Tunneler and increased the damage dealt from Emerge from 1 to 2.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Helmscross Brawler no longer deals damage to itself on combat damage.
  • Changed Drake Isle Headhunter so that it gains wealth when it kills a creature.
  • Reduced the cost of Drake Isle Madcap from 2W to 1W.
  • Changed cost of Windsteppe Assailant from 2W to 1W1C.
  • Changed the trigger of Drake Isle Marauder‘s Bounty ability to when it kills a creature instead of kills anything.


  • Reduced attack of Wild Fox from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced attack of Wild Stag from 3 to 1. Increased its health from 2 to 3.
  • Replaced Wild Wolf’s Multistrike with bleed on attack.
  • Reduced health of Stone Giant from 15 to 8.
  • Reduced attack of Terrorizing Roc from 3 to 2. Reduced its health from 12 to 10.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed an issue with buildsites not respawning while in upgraded form.
  • Fixed bug where flyers were unable to move over units.
  • Fixed a bug where permanent conditions would not be given.


Join CrysCo’s community Discord to play: http://discord.crystalcompanies.me

Follow Boreal Games on Twitter: http://twitter.com/boreal_games

The Creppy/Spoopy Monthly Update

A picture of the new 3D menu screen

Hello all, and welcome to the October Crystal Companies monthly update. Since our last post, we have implemented a slew of sweet upgrades into the game. If you haven’t yet, join our Discord channel so you can get your very own alpha Steam key! Find the scary-good update details (if I do say so myself) below.

🎃 👻 🍬

Marketplace, Investments, and Main Menu Screen

There have been a few major substantive changes to the user interfaces of the game that also happen to be cosmetically and experientially noticeable as well.

First off, the marketplace and investment windows have been removed, and their functionality (or at least the parts deemed to be relevant) have been rolled into interactions within the environment itself. Now when you claim build sites, you receive certain universal upgrades specific to the structures you build.

Second, the main menu screen received an interesting overhaul–now, instead of a 2D menu, there is a 3D scene that makes navigation more intuitive (we hope!).

An image of Crystal Companies' 3D main menu screen

(Try it out for yourself–get a Steam key here.)

Hand UI

Will made several major upgrades to the hand UI, making it smoother and more functional overall. This short video demonstrates these changes:

New Standard Maps

The cat’s out of the bag: in addition to the procedurally generated “unknown” (random) map feature that was added recently, there are now also a number of new standard maps.

Not only that, but some of these maps include entirely new interactable units like boats, and bears, and boars (oh my!).

On the Horizon

We hope you will be our guests and test out some of the big changes coming to Crystal Companies over the next few months. Lately we’ve added a new stream to our Twitch schedule (http://twitch.tv/crystalcompanies), played a bunch of community matches (more to come), and been to some really fun local events (also more to come). As always, check out our Twitter for intermittent updates (and Discord of course). Have a creppy/spoopy month!


CrysCo Update Notes – September 12, 2018

9/12/2018 – September 12th Update Notes

We have constructed several new battlefields, made several significant game changes, and grinded out a ton of bugs and user experience issues.

Game Changes

  • The market is no longer available unless you own a unit with the Trading Post sub-card type.
  • The investments window is no longer available. Most of the investments have been or will be transferred to structure cards or build sites.
  • Support operations–structures that generate resource–now have an Upgrade ability that adds more health, line of sight, and generates one extra resource each turn. The cost to upgrade is 1 faction and 1 pink-crystal resource.
  • Overshield buff (prevents attacks) now maxes out at 1.
  • The initial max population has been increased from 4 to 8.

Hand UX

  • The display of cards in hand has been overhauled:
    • Animations and card movement are much more fluid.
    • Cards now glow to indicate playability.
    • Cards are displayed when they are discarded.
  • The mulligan window has been updated to make the mulligan process much more clear.


  • Added a new battlefield named Tawny Mesa: a cross-shaped map where a single Menhir sits atop a central mountain protected by a Terrorizing Roc.
  •  Added a new battlefield named Serene Prairie: an arena-shaped map where both players start with a walled in base. The field in between players is home to many wild animals that drop Meat.
  • Added new battlefield named The Bluffs: a lane-shaped map with plenty of hills and a central build site on top of a fortified hill.
  • Added a new battlefield named Smoke Lake: an arena-shape map with a center lake, docks, and turtles.
  • Added a new battlefield named Grassland Pass: a lane-shaped map with a central build site that is protected by a Frontier Bandit.

Card Updates

Crystal (Pink)

  • Changed Frontier Turret‘s Auto-Shot so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed Guard Tower‘s Auto-Shot so that it no longer can target invisible units.

Intellect (Orange)

  • Changed Countervail Turret‘s Chilling Missiles so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed Artillery Turret‘s Heat-seeking Missiles so that it no longer can target invisible units and added a 1-turn cooldown.
  • Changed Energy Mine so that its trap is no longer ignorable but now stuns instead of silences.
  • Gave Corporal Ryden‘s Perpetual Overshield no condition duration.

Nature (Green)

  • Changed Seed Turret‘s Shoot Seed so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed cost of Sew Seeds from 1N1C to 2N.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Updated Sonnenbrand‘s Sunburned condition so that it also triggers on attacking and activating abilities.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Flamethrower‘s Fire Blast ability from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Handcannon‘s Shrapnel Shot from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Snare Gun‘s Ensnare from 2 to 1.
  • Gave Fleetfire Fort‘s Furnish Explosive +1 swiftness and to no longer have a cooldown but a 3-Wealth cost. The Chuck Petard ability given by Furnish Explosive no longer has a 3-Wealth cost.
  • Increased the number of Palisades spawned by Fleetfire Fort‘s Barricade technique from 6 to 12.
  • Changed Fleetfire Commodore Butros by removing his Structure Razer and Multistrike abilities and giving him Setup Fort (morph to Fleetfire Fort)
  • Changed Fleetfire Cannoneer by removing hits Set Up Cannon ability and replacing it with Structure Razer.


  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Militia: a weak melee unit with Pierce.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Man-At-Arms: a weak melee unit with agility.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Champion: a melee unit with Adamantine (can only be dealt 1 damage at a time).
  • Added a new uncollectible spell card called Meat: give +2 health permanently.
  • Added a new uncollectible spell card called Milk: give +1 health for 2 turns.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Wild Goat: a weak melee unit that can interact for Milk and drops Meat on death.
  • Changed Senile Prospector‘s Reactive Leap so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Added Ethereal Rune: uncollectible spell card that gives an ally ghostform for two turns.
  • Added Illumination Rune: uncollectible spell card that gives an ally +10 LOS until the end of turn.
  • Added Rune of Quaking: uncollectible spell card that deals AOE 1 damage to 3 units.
  • Added Contract Book: uncollectible claimable card to claim to draw 1 card.
  • Updated Contract Thief‘s Drop Contract ability to drop a Contract Book instead of draw a card.
  • Removed Senile Prospector‘s Drop Contract ability.
  • Reduced attack of Terrorizing Roc‘s Territorial leap from 2 to 1.
  • Added a 1-turn cooldown to Frontier Turret‘s Auto-shot ability.
  • Added Wild Bear: an uncollectible AI card that has toughness and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Boar: an uncollectible AI card that has 1 armor and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Fox: an uncollectible AI card that has agility and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Stag: an uncollectible AI card that has pierce and drops Meat.
  • Increased cost of Frontier Mining Camp from 0C to 2C.
  • Added Frontier Trading Post: an uncollectible blueprint card that gives 1 Crystal each turn and enables market use.
  • Added Frontier Barracks: an uncollectible blueprint card that increases population by 7 and spawns 1 Frontier Miner or Frontier Militia each turn.
  • Added Frontier Fortress: an uncollectible blueprint card that has a ranged AOE random damage attack and an activated ability that spawns two Palisades.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Mining Shaft to transform to Frontier Trading Post.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Outpost to transform to Frontier Barracks.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Rockslinger to transform to Frontier Fortress.
  • Reduced all blueprint costs to 1C, except Menhir, which was reduced to 3C.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Re-enabled chat function in settings.
  • Added many new models for turret cards.
  • Created a projectile system for turrets so that they rotate and shoot properly.
  • Attacking, interacting, and moving can be done much faster now.
  • Units now rotate towards the nearest visible enemy when moving or entering battlefield. Units now rotate towards enemies whenever visible enemies enter or move.
  • Walls now spawn away from the ability owner’s position OR the target (e.g. Buttress).
  • Fixed a potential issue with the map generator where no paths would be created between the two players.
  • Fixed a bug with AI movement where it would constantly wander for no reason.
  • Fixed an issue where the AI would play the captain over and over again, while ignoring other cards in hand.
  • Fixed a bug where damage dealt to damageable interactable units was always zero.


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Things Fall into Place

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It’s not quite fall, but things are coming together nicely as summer concludes. Not only are the procedurally generated battlefields improving daily, but the visual style of Crystal Companies is cohering nicely as well. Progress and plans for the future abound in this end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall update!

Procedural Generation: The Latest

This video shows some of the most recent developments on the map-generation front in Crystal Companies (of course, to see the very latest you should just get yourself a Steam alpha key from our Discord server!).

Environmental Assets

Here are the latest results from Johnny Halcyon’s hard work!

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As usual, there were so many improvements this month–too many to mention here. However, Brad’s devblog post catalogs them in detail here.

I’ll mention a few highlights:

  • Battlefield shapes are diversified and will likely become archetypes in addition to random map options
  • Many stock structure models have been improved across Wealth (yellow) and Intellect (orange)
  • Card glow (which indicates playable cards in hand) is now amplified

On the Horizon

The next month includes preparing for Granite State Comic Con (and probably a few more events that we will tell you about later!) and polishing Crystal Companies’ game mechanics and UX/UI. Both of these major initiatives should result in a smoother onboarding experience for new players and increased functionality across the game. Needless to say, these are exciting times!

As an end note, don’t forget to like us on Facebook–where we’ve begun a new series called “Procedural Map Monday” wherein we post games played on procedurally generated maps–and follow us on Twitter, Twitch for Wednesday-night dev streams, and hop onto our Discord server to chat and/or get a FREE Steam alpha key!

CrysCo Update Notes – August 21, 2018

8/21/2018 – August 21st Update Notes

We’ve continued to expand the procedural generation functionality, updated card mechanics, and improved environmental and UI visuals.

Game Changes

  • Units with Waterbound can now walk on and over shallows, in addition to water.

Procedural Battlefield Updates

  • Environment models (e.g. rocks, flowers, grass, and trees) are now spawned outside of a generated battlefield corresponding to its assigned eco-region and habitat.
  • Added functionality to generate a water body around a mountain.
  • Added functionality to generate oceans and islands.
  • Added functionality to border an area on on flat or elevated terrain.
  • Added functionality to create spiral/straight ramps for elevation.
  • Added functionality to generate different shapes of battlefields:
    • Corner-lane: straight lane from one corner to another.
    • Edge-lane: straight lane from one  edge to another.
    • Arena: regular hex shape.
    • Horseshoe: hex shape with a smaller hex area subtracted from one corner.
    • Cross: crossed corner and edge-lane.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Added a 1-turn cooldown to Isa’s Acquire Contract reactive technique.
  • Gave Supply Balloon Flying.
  • Changed Imperial Artificer’s Clone Structure technique to not be able to clone command posts nor support operations.
  • Updated Portal to be able to port enemies, and gave it Spiritform.
  • Reduced cost of Countervail Turret from 3I to 2I. Gave its Chilling Missiles ability a 1-turn cooldown.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Renamed Gabion to Palisade and gave it a Deconstruct ability.
  • Renamed Fleetfire Cannonade to Fleetfire Fort. Added a reactive technique called Barricade that, when morphed to, spawns Palisade’s around the fort. Added an activated technique called Furnish Explosive that gives 1 ally the Chuck Petard ability until the end of turn.


  • Added a new claimable card called Cursed Bones. When claimed, it spawns 1 of three Skeleton cards.
  • Changed Wandering Conjurer’s Drop Loot technique to drop 1 Cursed Bones instead of immediately draw cards.
  • Reduced health of Frontier Bandit from 6 to 5. Reduced drop amount of loot from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced health of Terrorizing Roc from 15 to 12, attack from 4 to 3, and drop amount of loot from 4 to 3.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed several issues with technique targeting so that units do not incorrectly trigger Territorial or other trap reactive techniques.
  • Fixed a bug with some territorial condition techniques where the targets would not be inflicted with the technique’s condition.
  • Fixed an issue where a trap could be placed on top of another trap.
  • Fixed a bug where units couldn’t be placed correctly when spawned from techniques.
  • Fixed an issue with AI where it would not place units inside a walled-in base.
  • Fixed an issue with AI movement where AI would move to a hurtful terrain location.
  • Fixed issues with the radial menu and action panel so that attack abilities with a cooldown show the cooldown count.
  • Fixed some issues where colliders would interfere with clicking units.
  • Updated Unity to 2018.2.3f1
  • Skirmish score now multiplied a little based on the map shape and map radius. Bigger map typically means higher multiplier.
  • Added capability to reconnect to a skirmish after a player leaves the game client and reopens.
  • Replaced several models with cooler ones.
  • Most turrets and other structures/siege now rotate and shoot projectiles instead of merely instantiating effects when attacking.
  • Cards now display a really cool glow animation when they are playable.

Mid-Summer Update: 2018 Edition

Summer is in full swing, and since our last post, the BG team has implemented a bunch of user-facing improvements and features–see for yourself! (Read on below and/or hop into our Discord to get an alpha Steam key.)

Introducing: Saen Sure-Shot

Of the captain models we wanted to commission pre-Kickstarter, Saen was at the top of the list. Now her new model is implemented in-game!

Saen is a unique personality and no stock model could come close to doing her character justice. In addition, Yellow/Wealth is the only one of the sub-crystal types to not have two playable captains currently. Thanks again to Micah Masbaum for working with us and producing this awesome model! (Next up: rigging and animating!)

Procedurally Generated Maps

Last month at Port Con we debuted a test version of the “random” map selection feature. Not only was it surprisingly fun, it was a bit too random! In addition to dialing the craziness down (in a good way) we also augmented the experience with the first pieces of a whole batch of new environment models and textures.

As you can see in the video, map size, terrain and terrain effects, water features (with a new build site type: dock), elevation, and even AI creatures and win-condition are randomized in this mode!

(Check out that grass! More environment updates to come from Johnny Halcyon.)


That’s right: DLC will someday be available for purchase. For the time being, the implementation of a functioning shop is more of a backend win (integration with Steam, a user-friendly menu system, all new currencies, etc.), but down the road expect an appealing storefront for redeeming in-game currency as well as cash for in-game items, including packs of cards and aesthetic changes! (Just for the record, we aim to release CrysCo as a FTP game that will always reward skill above monetary investment.)

On the Horizon

As always, check out Brad’s latest update notes post to see a comprehensive list of game changes and technical tweaks from the last month. We have plenty more coming down the pipe (especially visuals and functionality improvements).

With another month in the books, we hope to continue to hear from you about what you would like to see happen in Crystal Companies as far as game improvements and community engagement–hit us up on Twitter, during our Wednesday Twitch stream, and as always on Discord. We have a Facebook page, too if you want to give us a “like!”