Johnny O’Neal

Hot on the heels of a Kickstarter campaign that will see The Reckoners board game hitting retail stores this fall, Brandon Sanderson has announced that his Stormlight Archive novel series will be the basis of an upcoming card game using the Call to Adventure game system.

The Stormlight Archive is a series of epic fantasy novels written by Brandon Sanderson, author of The Reckoners and Mistborn series. Three of the planned 10 novels have been published and are set in Sanderson’s Cosmere universe.

Call to Adventure: Stormlight will be released by Brotherwise Games in the fall of 2019, according to Sanderson. The system on which this card-driven “hero-crafting” game will be based is Call to Adventure, now on Kickstarter, which allows players to choose their path and achieve their destiny. Acquiring traits for your hero and facing challenges alongside your allies will be interwoven into an epic storytelling experience that isn’t just about victory points, although those are important, too. The Call to Adventure system is designed by Chris and Johnny O’Neal, who also created Boss Monster, a card-game homage to classic 8-bit side-scrolling video games. Visit the Dice Tower for a How to Play Call to Adventure in 5 Minutes video by the Rules Girl.

Brandon Sanderson posted the following in a Facebook announcement of the game:

“The team here at Dragonsteel have had a chance to play and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun game with unique mechanics and beautiful art. The Call to Adventure base game is inspired by classic fantasy tropes, but the Stormlight version will feature all-new cards that bring Roshar to life.”

Random factoid: Brandon Sanderson intended his Cosmere universe to be a “hidden epic,” where multiple fantasy novel series would be connected together through a shared cosmos based on the same rules of magic. The reality that his novels shared a universe was supposed to be clouded in mystery for years until the similarities began to come together as more and more books appeared. However, he credits his enthusiastic readers with figuring things out by the time his second book was published.

Based on character-driven fantasy novels and RPGs, Call to Adventure allows 2-4 players to compete to create the hero with the greatest destiny. Starting from humble origins, players use cards to build their characters, cast runes to overcome challenges and generally choose each step down their path of advancement, whether it be towards good or evil. The game plays out in three acts, which together will tell the story of the characters.

The Kickstarter campaign not only offers a pledge for the base game but you can make a higher pledge to include an exciting expansion – set in the world of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind!

“The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are two of the most critically-acclaimed fantasy novels ever written, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring their characters and themes to this expansion. Fans of the books will love this expansion, but anyone can enjoy it. Most of the cards feature Heroic Fantasy themes that can be brought into any fantasy world. Stay tuned to updates for more about this expansion!”

The first expansion, included in the Kickstarter project, as well as others to follow, will add new mechanics to the base game as well as new Challenges and Destinies.

Call to Adventure is created by Chris and Johnny O’Neal, designers of the hit game Boss Monster. You can pledge for it on Kickstarter until August 13, 2018. The project has already met its funding goal and is expected to ship in November 2018.

You can watch a quick rules explanation by the Rules Girl here.

Call to Adventure
Players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 9+
Time to play: 60 minutes