Brandon Sanderson’s epic series The Stormlight Archive is the linchpin of his extensive Cosmere universe. The planned 10 book series has three titles out currently. The fourth book – The Rhythm of War – is on the way in November. Sanderson is often acclaimed for his worldbuilding skills. And there is no better way to explore the world of The Stormlight Archive beyond the books than in a board game.
Call To Adventure: The Stormlight Archive Game
Image via Brotherwise Games
Brotherwise Games is set to release an official board game for The Stormlight Archive in July. And so far it looks fantastic. There are over 120 original illustrations created for the game by 22 concept artists, including some fans. The art that I’ve seen so far looks gorgeous. The core game includes over 150 cards, 24 acrylic runes, 60 experience tokens, 4 player boards, and a full-color rulebook. A deluxe edition of the game will also be available. This includes an exclusive 48-page art book – A Worldhopper’s Guide to Roshar. Up to four people can play together, making this the perfect quarantine game for those stuck at home.
Johnny O’Neal and his brother Chris are the co-designers behind Brotherwise Games. The company created the original Call To Adventure board games. They say that the generic version of the game is a great brainstorming tool for aspiring authors. There is also a version of Call to Adventure for another popular fantasy title: The Name of The Wind by Pat Rothfuss. Other games from the company include Boss Monster and Unearth. Now Brotherwise is set to take on the Cosmere with their new game.
Art from The Worldhopper’s Guide to Roshar | Image via Brotherwise Games
Sanderson and His Creative Team Helped Bring The Game To Life
O’Neal says: “For anyone who’s ever wanted to join the Knights Radiant, this game gives you the chance. This project was a dream come true, and it was a real honor to work with Brandon’s team to create the Worldhopper’s Guide to Roshar.”
The creative team at Brotherwise worked closely with Dragonsteel Entertainment, the company created by Sanderson to publish his novellas, and sell merchandise. Johnny O’Neal talked a bit about what it was like to work with Dragonsteel on the game.
“Everyone there had an eye on the game’s development, and our day-to-day contact was Brandon’s art director, Isaac Stewart. While I gathered reference and wrote the art briefs for each piece, Isaac carefully reviewed every illustration along with Karen Ahlstrom, Brandon’s continuity editor. When I finally had the chance to meet Brandon for an in-person review, he assured me that he’d been ‘watching from the wings’ throughout the process, and was so pleased that he never felt he had to step in.”
What To Expect From The Stormlight Archive Board Game
Continuity is important to the game since it touches on many aspects of the unique magical systems found within The Stormlight Archive. Players will have the opportunity to build their own hero using the Origin, Motivation, and Destiny cards. The example given shows an aristocratic Lightweaver with with a haunted past, which sounds like it is describing a pretty familiar character to anyone who has read the series.
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Players will then cast runes to face challenges. This can gain an individual more cards that will help them unlock their character’s full potential as a Knight Radiant. However not is all light and joy with the character rolls. There is potential to pull a Champion of Odium card that would make you the antagonist of the game. The game also has a co-op mode where players can band together as Knights Radiant to defeat Odium, the malevolent force that is the primary antagonist of the series. With beautiful art, careful attention to detail, and untold storytelling potential this game promises to entertain and stimulate the imagination. We look forward to checking this game out and immersing ourselves deeper into some Cosmere lore.
Pre-orders for the deluxe edition of The Stormlight Archive game will go live on Monday, May 25 at 9am. The game will be available for purchase on July 1, 2020. When we receive our copy, we will be sure to play through it and review it here. Don’t miss all of our genre coverage during the quarantine, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.