Core - Design

Systems Designer

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Cryptic Studios is searching for a Systems Designer to work on our exciting new and ongoing projects. With the support of our artists, designers, and programmers, you’ll summon challenging enemies, craft incredible items, and build numerous features that make Cryptic’s online games tick!

Every day you could:

  • Use Cryptic’s proprietary tools to make new enemies and new playable classes
  • Brainstorm and build bosses and major combat events alongside our content and level designers
  • Grow our arsenal of item effects, procs, and other awesome set powers
  • Curate sprawling in-game economies, trading, and foundational currencies
  • Design the cornerstones for crafting, social, questing, and numerous other core systems

What we'd like to see:

  • Portfolio examples of features / systems, from shipped games or personal projects
  • Proven ability in creating and implementing AI characters and bosses in an RPG
  • Experience building classes and class abilities for an RPG
  • Balance math skills that can prove why a class needs to be buffed (or nerfed)
  • Skill using at least one system / data toolset, and the ability to learn new tools quickly
  • Understanding of how to build features that targets different audiences of different skillsets
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Team-player with a strong desire to make a positive impact on our work culture


  • Prior shipped work in RPGs, MMORPGs or action RPGs
  • Experience designing for online and co-operative games
  • Design Degree, College Degree, or equivalent industry experience
  • Familiarity with Cryptic's games
  • Passion for the Magic: The Gathering, Star Trek, and Dungeons and Dragons universes

Must be eligible to work in the United States.

What Cryptic Offers:

  • A fun tight-knit team
  • Full-Time role 
  • Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks
  • Company social events 
  • Recognition 
  • Pet-Friendly

Cryptic Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, marital status, age, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under California Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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