So the story war cartoon over on CartoonHangover completely sold me on the game's style and feel, and I've put down for a copy of it! That said, there wouldn't be a chance that the next kickstarter would be for a full blown series? ;V I'd love to get more awesome adventures with goblin and fairy!
It’s definitely something we’ve thought about! The Story War cartoon was a collaboration between a lot of talented people, and part of the reason those talented people were down to work on it was because it was a one off and not something that would consume a year of their life - only half a year - ha ha ha.
We might do another cartoon, maybe. Or maybe everyone involved will go work on other cool things, like for example, our animators are running their own kickstarter right now to finish their web show Baman and Piderman.
But yeah, I feel you! I keep thinking about how much potential their is for Fairy and Goblin’s characters. There’s a lot of implied tension between them that we haven’t explored. Like, historically fairies and goblins are portrayed as inherently good and inherently bad, but our characters are inherently neutral.
I’d like to explore the idea that goblins are basically a way the fantasy genre is allowed to show human deaths that aren’t morally bad and don’t matter - it’s kind of like the shadow of some weird 18th century racism, like, it’s okay to kill these people, they’re green. I also like to explore the fact that fairies are given inherent elemental duties - we talked about how Fairy was a spring fairy, and you’ll notice there’s some flower special effects in her magic (like whens he picks up coins off the ground, the sparkles bloom in a flower formation.) I’ve thought about doing a plot about her family (summer, winter, and fall fairies) visiting and passive-aggressively trying to get her to re-join the family business; but she doesn’t want to spend her life making flowers bloom, she wants to kill stuff and go on adventures.
I think the core conflict with Fairy and Goblin is the tension between what their fantasy tropes imply about them and who they are as individuals.
I also wrote up a script at one point that was about Fairy getting annoyed that people bigger than her are constantly making her life harder - using size as sort of a stand-in for discrimination. She gets mad that Goblin steps on her on accident and uses the Mega Mushroom and it makes her bigger than Goblin and gives her a body builder frame. But while she’s big she keeps accidentally crashing into Goblin and hurting him. She realizes she hates being big and uses the Shrinking Spell to go back to being small. Afterwards Goblin makes an effort to be more considerate and aware of his spacial surroundings when interacting with her, but she also realizes it’s really easy for him to step on her on accident, and she is a little more forgiving for his shortcomings.
They love each other, and I want any stories involving them to involve them both learning and changing for each other - similar to how Finn and Jake or Dipper and Mable’s relationships work. I wouldn’t want it to be a situation where one of them is always the dope and the other one is always the good person - I think a relationship like that would be unhealthy and it wouldn’t make sense that they work together so well if one of them was always making the other one unhappy.
Anyway these have been Fairy and Goblin thoughtz. I’m talking to some people about maybe doing a comic that focuses on Fairy and Goblin, but, you know, economics, supply and demand, time, opportunity cost, etc.
Is it possible to buy more blank cards? Thanks in advance!
We definitely have plans to release a full new blank box! The cover is blank, all the cards are blank (except for a handful to show you how to draw it) and then you just take to it with a sharpie. But we’re not quite ready to release that! We gotta finish all the stuff we promised in the Kickstarter first :/
Howdy! I kickstared the game, and finally got a chance to play it this weekend. The one thing that stood out as an issue is that we went through the item cards really quickly, so we had to reuse them. Any chance of seeing an item-only expansion in the future? It would be nice to be able to use new items each round.
You’re only supposed to use one item per team per round! But yeah, once volume 2 comes out there will be 50 items total - as many as there are Warriors, currently! That should help mix it up!
I backed the kickstarter, and i got my game and I love it! But, I also backed other kickstarters with the promise that i'd get cards based off of the other kickstarters. Am I just not going to receive those cards or ?
You are! We didn’t have enough Deluxe packs to send to both Deluxe backers and cross-promo backers during the original shipment. So the cross-promo cards are going to be sent out alongside Super Story War, which should be shipped out in a few weeks!
Will story wars online be available on like steam, or is it going to be browser based?
It’ll be a browser-based game for Google Hangouts. You’ll use Google Hangouts to talk and stuff and then we’re programming a visualization of the Story War stuff that everyone manipulates and collaborates on with their mouse while they talk with their voices.
What's your roadmap for Story War? Finish Vol. 2, then what? Extra game modes? Vol. 3?
This week, hopefully, fully finish volume 2 and have it sent off to the printers. Which means volume 2 isn’t “done” as in you can play it, but it’s “done” as in we can move on and work on other stuff because it’s put together in china and then shipped to Montana for distribution and out of our hands.
Then the road map splits into a few different tracks:
Tom: Finish ios/android app (ETA end of March?) -> Finish online game (ETA the summer?)
Brad: Playtest and publish all the game modes in order of their announcement (the final one will be the campaigns, which will probably be created and released all at once as a set of 12, so you could do one a month for a year.) ETA the summer.
Vondell: Work on the comic periodically (specifics TBD)
Vondell/Olga/Brad: Start on Volume 3, (ETA late October)
???: We’re talking to a comic publisher about doing a comic based on Fairy and Goblin. (This may take the place of Vondell’s TBD comic)
???: We’re talking about doing our first licensed expansion as its own KS. We might use different artist, or crowdsource artists, for this one, as to not interfere with Vol 3’s progress.
If you've answered this question already, I'm sorry for missing it. Do you have an ETA on volume 2 of Story War? It looked like you've been working on it very hard and if it's anything like the first one, we're in for a fantastically fun treat!
We’ve already sent the deck and box to the printers, we’re working on finishing up the rule sheet to send that to the printers, and then they’ll send us proofs, then we’ll approve the proofs, and then they’ll be printed in china and sent to DFTBA on a freight ship, and then DFTBA will pack and pick them and mail them to people, and then the post man has to actually take it to your door. So even though *we’re* almost done, it might take a few months before it actually gets to you! (But if you’re a backer, check out the recent backer update for a link to the print-and-play)
I played story war last night with a sufficient number of people for the first time and at one point Ashley’s red dragon tried to incinerate our team, but we were playing in cyberspace and the spider queen used her proficiency with the web to block it with a firewall and I feel like that’s all anyone needs to know about this game.
Hello! I just want to say that i really love Story War! Ive got both the first vol and the deluxe and i love them. i love the cute drawings and i love that you included blank cards for people to make their own. I havent played it yet because i dont have many friends, but i am very excited for when i get to play! and i am very excited for the online game that will eventually happen. and the cartoon was really funny! i didnt know it before, but this is everything i ever wanted. love emma
Hello, Iwas just wondering where couldI find the campaigns to print off? I was just looking for a new way to play. Everyone here at Murray State University really seems to love Story Wars!
Ahhh, we keep getting asks about this! We’ve only dipped our toes into the game modes and campaigns, and it’s something we need to get around to, it just takes a lower priority to actually printing and shipping vol 2, which took a lower priority to getting the cartoon out. We’ll be posting them all on the homepage of cantripgames.com as soon as they go live, and we’ll post about them on our tumblr, twitter, and kickstarter. Sorry it’s taking forever, but we’re making a LOT of content and there’s only three of us!
We’re almost finished with the Battle Album, a 25 song album inspired by Story War vol 1’s Battlefield cards! The idea behind these songs is that you’d play them to get into the spirit of the given battlefield card Here is the song for Candy Prison by infinitefreefall!
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Story War, a game released on Kickstarter last year, has been the talk of the town. Well at least on the side of town that I live on. The cool side with the gamers and story nerds. Story War was created by Tom McLean…
This is a nice and clear review of Story War and a good explanation of how battles actually play out! Check it out!
Just as confirmation - you guys are going to collect everybody's addresses again for vol. 2, right? I've moved since then and if I need to update my address anywhere I'd like to get that taken care of ASAP! Thanks. :)