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A playing card deck to inspire creativity. Bring your fantasy to life with elves, wizards, gold, and 20-sided dice.
A playing card deck to inspire creativity. Bring your fantasy to life with elves, wizards, gold, and 20-sided dice.
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Storyteller Cards are a deck of 54 illustrated playing cards that feature a variety of unique and compelling elements from myth, legend, and fantasy literature.  With these cards, great stories and exciting quests begin with a simple flip of a card.  From medieval castles and bustling towns to dark forests and even darker dungeons, Storyteller Cards will bring your fantasy stories to life.

Each card contains so many narrative elements and gaming mechanisms that you can't help but start imagining games and stories that you would create.  These elements act as a kind of toolkit that allows people of any age to tell stories, to modify their gaming experiences, or even to write and design completely new games.

  • ARE YOU A WRITER who needs a location for a scene or a character to spark a new adventure? Flip a card and you've got one! 
  • ARE YOU A DUNGEON MASTER running a role playing game and you need a special item for your party? Flip a card and you've got one! 
  • ARE YOU A TEACHER trying to encourage your students' writing skills? Pass out a card to each student and let their imagination finish the story. 
  • ARE YOU JUST LOOKING FOR SOME CREATIVE FUN? Flip 5 cards and craft a scenario using an element from each card. Pass the cards to the next player to continue the story. Keep passing, it's a blast!

Storyteller Cards: Fantasy feature the following unique RPG-inspired elements on every card: a CHARACTER made up of a RACE and CLASS, interacting with an ITEM and a WEAPON, completing an ACTION, in one of four LOCATIONS. Each of these elements can be individually used to help create something new, get you out of a mid-project slump, or just to have some creative fun with family and friends.

The cards also feature additional icons in the corners to help you dig a little deeper into storytelling, creating, and gaming. The icons represent a RANK, SUIT, COIN, 20-SIDED DIE and a COMBAT RESOLUTION icon. There are a few more surprises within those icons, but we'll get into all of that later.

While we encourage you to make your own games, stories, and adventures with the Storyteller Fantasy deck, we've also enlisted some of today's best designers to make awesome games that you can play with the deck. Everyone will receive the PDF rules to all of these at no additional cost as part of the Storyteller Fantasy Manual. We also have a physical version of the manual available as an add-on. See below for details.

Game Rules:
Scapegoat / Divvy In The Dungeon / Party On!Dueling DjinnMake It Up /  Scroll, Shield, Swords /  Medieval Social NetworkMaze of Lies / Swords & Storytellers / Crummy Story Rummy / Tomb of Horrors / Warwickus: Hunt For The Throne / Party Trek / Iron Stroyteller

REWARD DETAILS

Add the Storyteller Manual: Fantasy Edition for $10 US / $12 International (or choose one of the pledge levels that includes it).

Add the original Storyteller Manual for $10 US / $12 International.

Add the original Storyteller Cards for $10 US / $12 International, or if you want them to ship separately, immediately upon the close of the campaign, add $13 US / $20 International.

Add the Swords & Storytellers bonus cards. 11 cards that can be used with the Swords & Storytellers game or with the Storyteller Cards in general. $5 everywhere.

Add the AMAZING Storyteller Screen. It's 16" by 4.5" and beautifully illustrated by Campbell Whyte. The back is loaded with tables featuring stats and storytelling / gaming tools. $10 for one and $20 for 3, everywhere.

The original Storyteller Cards were successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2013 and have been making a huge impact ever since.

From Blogcritics.org: 

"Storyteller Cards is a great, versatile, deck for anyone looking for fast and furious inspiration. It may be used for storytelling games at parties, serve as random elements for creative writing programs, or deal out parameters for an improv scene. Game-masters in role-playing games might want to keep a deck handy to quickly conjure background characters to fill that shadowy tavern. Of course, the deck could always be used for a quick game of poker, because everyone needs a break sometime, even witches carrying pirate treasure."

"My daughter found my Storyteller Cards where I had left them on the counter, and she asked what they were. I told her to look through them and tell me what she saw on each card, and then I told her to deal both of us some cards. Five minutes later, we were playing a game that we had created on the spot, and we were laughing and joking about the quirky and fun story that we were telling to gather points using the elements on the cards. I love playing games with my kids, but these cards allow us to collaborate on game and story creation even while we are playing competitively. I love these cards, and I recommend them to anyone who likes games, stories, and the fantasy genre."

-Ilan Mitchell-Smith, former actor (Weird Science), professor of Medieval Literature, and Nerdy Dad.

More press coverage and reviews:

http://entropymag.org/storyteller-cards-by-jason-tagmire-and-campbell-whyte/

http://www.geeknative.com/45158/storyteller-cards-fantasy-inspiration-takes-kickstarter/

http://www.nerdspan.com/preview-jason-tagmires-storyteller-cards-and-sc-fantasy/

http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/04/14/storyteller-cards-a-playing-card-deck-to-inspire-creativity/

THE DESIGNER:
Jason Tagmire
is a game designer from South Jersey. He is best known for reducing our 16th president to 16-bits in his card game / video game, Pixel Lincoln. He's the designer of the upcoming AEG card-throwing game, Maximum Throwdown. He was also co-set designer on Quarriors: Quest of the Qladiator, co-creator of the pop-culture site Fruitless Pursuits, and the Kickstarter curator for the Philadelphia chapter of the International Game Design Association. http://www.buttonshy.com

THE ARTIST:
You may know Campbell Whyte from his amazing illustration series 8-Bit Dreams, where he illustrated a whole bunch of classic Nintendo Games. I have quite a collection of the originals, snagging up Megaman 2, Blades of Steel and many others as soon as they went on sale. Campbell is a great friend and an amazing artist, so I'm thrilled to be able to work together on this project. http://www.campbellwhyte.com

THE PUBLISHER:
Button Shy is "The Cardboard World of Designer Jason Tagmire and Friends". Jason has been involved in the game industry for 5 years now, starting out with self-publishing and print-on-demand and then working on projects with companies such as Wizkids, Game Salute, Island Officials, AEG and more. This will be the second Button Shy release, but with the history of self-publishing and the experience on the design side has led to an opportunity to branch out on our own with a relatively small and confined project. http://www.buttonshy.com

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Writing by Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Alex Strang. Storyteller Manual games by Jason Kotarski, John du Bois, Alex Strang, Scott King, Joe Moore, and more TBA. 

Risks and challenges

This will be the second Storyteller Cards campaign for myself and Campbell Whyte. While fulfilling the first campaign, I came across and resolved a few issues. We had a minor print error on a card and this was resolved with the printer within about 30 days. On the positive side, we received both the revised card and a bonus card. But due to this error, shipping was halted and packages ended up going out in December instead of our estimated November ship date. I've learned from that experience in the delays you might encounter as well as how to quickly handle errors at the printer.

With shipping, I have experienced many setbacks with the USPS local offices and switched to a full digital postage setup. This was a dream and would have saved me a week or two during the last campaign.

I have learned a lot and expect this project to go even smoother than the last one did.

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    FANTASY STORYTELLER (PLUS FANTASY MANUAL): One deck of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy PLUS one Storyteller Manual: Fantasy Edition.

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    ROLEPLAYER KIT: Two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy PLUS one Character Sheet Storyteller Pad PLUS two Level Up interactive pencils.

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    ARTIST KIT: One custom Comic Challenge game notepad from the first Storyteller Cards campaign, two custom Mood pencils, and two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy. LIMITED TO JUST 25.

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    DIRECTOR'S KIT: One custom Director's Cut notepad from the first Storyteller Cards campaign, two Act I - III custom pencils, and two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy. LIMITED TO JUST 25.

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    CHILDREN KIT: One custom Once Upon A Time Storyteller notepad from the first Storyteller Cards campaign, two ABC custom pencils, and two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy. LIMITED TO JUST 25.

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    ROLEPLAYER KIT (PLUS FANTASY MANUAL): Two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy PLUS one Character Sheet Storyteller Pad PLUS two Level Up interactive pencils PLUS one Storyteller Manual: Fantasy Edition.

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    GROUP KIT: Six decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy (for use with large groups, classrooms, or just those who want to share shipping) PLUS one Character Sheet Storyteller Pad PLUS two Level Up interactive pencils.

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    ORIGINAL STORYTELLER: The original illustration for one of the cards, signed by artist Campbell Whyte PLUS two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy, one Character Sheet Storyteller Pad and two Level Up interactive pencils.

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    CUSTOM STORYTELLER: You can be in the deck of cards! We will use your photo to create one of the cards PLUS you will receive the original illustration for your card signed by artist Campbell Whyte PLUS you will also receive two decks of Storyteller Cards: Fantasy, one Character Sheet Storyteller Pad and two Level Up interactive pencils.

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