STORY WAR : The Storytelling Party Game

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      Kate Flanagan on

      I LOVE Deepak's suggestion of Waterbear/Tardigrade as a warrior! A terra cotta soldier might be cool too but that's awfully similar to a plain ol' golem or robot.

      Also if he's not in there already, Coyote (from various Amerindian myths) would be cool to have and fun to play. A whole set of cards based on Aztec/Maya/Inca mythology would be neat, maybe with a nod or two to the weird ancient alien/apocalypse stuff we usually associate those cultures with today.

      As for battlefields: sewers/catacombs? that room with the pit and the pendulum from that story The Pit and the Pendulum? the library? (attack silently!) Bill Murray's immune system? noir detective film? an acid trip? a comic strip? an ant hill or bee hive? the Large Hadron Collider? high school? a commercial???

      Items: I keep thinking of something that would make your opponent's moves backfire somehow but I can't think of anything mythological/trope-ish except maybe an unlucky/cursed amulet that you could plant on them somehow. Or something to do with that "I'm rubber you're glue" rhyme.
      There could be a wildcard "MacGuffin" item that does whatever you say it does, or a machina from which a deus can ex, but that seems too overpowered.
      Is there already a mirror of some sort?

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      Peter Campbell on

      I wouldn't be surprised if something like this has been suggested, but having some form of monster-movie Kaiju as a Warrior would dovetail nicely with both the Sci-fi and Asian focuses of the expansion.

    3. Ruben Escobedo III on

      Warriors:
      Dr. Zeus. (Dr. Seuss mixed with Zeus)
      El Cthulhucabra (Cthulhu and El Chupacabra)
      Octoplatypus
      Items:
      Chariot of Fire
      Pixel gun
      Time Machine

    4. Hans de Vries
      Superbacker
      on

      Places:
      Edge of the world (inspired by the disk world)
      Swamp
      Wild river that leads to a waterfall
      Jungle

      Warriors:
      Big feet person
      Person that can shoot while holding his hands in pistol shape

      Items:
      Portal bow
      Shield ring
      Time watch (change/go to the past, future and present)
      Rolled magazine

    5. Alex Rider on

      Warriors:
      Great white shark
      Patriot

      Item:
      Cornbread

    6. Tim McGregor on

      Mad Scientist? Someone suggested their lair, but they could be a decent warrior as well. Could fit well with the Jekyll/Hyde idea.
      I was also thinking hippocamp/sea-horse, but I don't really know how'd you play it as a warrior. Might be better as an item? "The (Trusty) Steed"? Though that could be a warrior, I guess.
      Also aside from a genie bottle there could also be a genie/jinn warrior, probably drawing a bit more on the desert/fire spirit aspect than just plain wish-giving.
      Also (again adding to something below), apples in general seem to cause a lot of problems. Poison Apple, Forbidden Fruit (wasn't technically an apple but eh), Apple of Discord, etc. Not sure if they'd work better as their own items or just as an apple/fruit that you play however you want. Forbidden Fruit particularly could be cool as a way to lure characters into traps.

    7. Aramis Troche on

      WARRIORS
      Fionn mac Cumhail (Finn Mac Cool)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionn_mac_Cumhail

      Takehaya Susanoo-no-Mikoto
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanoo

      The Morrigan
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrigan

      Nikola Tesla
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_tesla

      John Henry
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_(folklore)

      Annie Oakley
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Oakley

      Luchador/Professional Wrestler
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luchador

      Franz Mesmer (pioneer of hypnotism/mesmerism)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesmer

      Leviathan
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan

      La Llorona
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llorona

      La Belle Dame sans Merci
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Belle_Dame_sans_Merci

      Daedalus
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daedalus

      Banshee
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banshee

      Elizabeth Bathory
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory

      Orpheus
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheus

      BATTLEFIELDS
      Ys
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ys

      Outer Space Restaurant
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restaurant_at_the_End_of_the_Universe

      Shambhala / Shangri-La
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamballah or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri_La

      Yggdrasil
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ygdrassil

      Labyrinth

      The Titanic

      Rapunzel's Tower

      Bamboo Forest

      ITEMS
      Icarus' Wings

      The Hand of Midas

      Hope Diamond

      Forbidden Fruit
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_the_Knowledge_of_Good_and_Evil

      Golden Apple
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_apple

      Poison Ring
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_ring

      Bezoar
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bezoar

      Lethe Water
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethe

      Winged Shoes

      Duplicator
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_hobbes

      Transmogrifier
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_hobbes

    8. Julia M. on

      Chibi angel and devil cards!!

    9. Eric Newland on

      Warrior

      - A flock of bird ( Kinda like from the movie The Birds)
      - A pack of wild Dogs
      - A pack of anything animal related
      - Mummy
      - Santa Clause

      Weapon
      - Mind Control Device
      - Smoke Bomb
      - Force Field
      - Acid Cloud
      - Portal gun
      - Necromancer Ring

    10. Evvan Burke on

      Greek Gods would be too easy to over-power. I’d suggest sticking with the monsters: The Hydra, Sphynx, Charybdis and Scylla. You could include a Nemaen Lion, or you could just make a more general “King Lion” (reversed for copyright reasons) so people can play it from multiple different perspectives.

      From other cultures you could include La Llorona (is there a good ghost card already?), King Arthur, Annie Oakley (I loved Aramis suggestion), a Terracotta Soldier, or a Kelpie. For Norse mythology you could include a Frost Giant or Grendel.

      As far as battlefields go, I’d just like one where everything is underwater. I’d be fun to explain/make up how certain warriors can survive there, and it flips certain advantages like flight.

    11. Cantrip Games Creator on

      These suggestions are so cool! We're gonna put together a detailed response to them in our next expansion card update, so keep 'em coming!

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      Anonymous on

      Wanted to contribute, shouldn't have read other responses - Wow!

      Warriors:

      Retired Adventurer: Frail, but knows all the tricks in the book

      Scarecrow: Seems frail, but bludgeoning and stabbing might not harm it

      Old Fasioned Golem: Made of clay, executes instructions written on a piece of paper inside its head - could have an input feed for silliness.

      Cerberus the giant three-headed dog is pretty awesome. Easy to explain.

      A Grim Reaper / Death character, but to lesson its power you might have the Ferryman/Charon ?

      Pheonix - might have to kill it in creative ways

      Battlefields:

      A Battlefield (literally). A recent battle took place here, the field is strewn with weapons of all kind (maybe even traps). Or, if you want NPCs, it can be an ongoing battle!

      Small Farm

      The Inn

      Items:

      Fire, fresh from Olympos

      Slingshot

      Smokescreen pellet - for all your ninja needs

      Shuriken

      Singing Sword

    13. Hilary Austin on

      I would love to see yokai incorporated into this game, if they haven't been already! Yokai are traditional Japanese monsters from old folk tales, such as Kitsune, Kappa, Tengu, Oni, and much, much more. In fact Tsukumogami, a type of yokai that are ordinary household items come to life on their 100th birthday, could also be items. Probably the best known of the Tsukumogami (due to its appearance in older Nintendo games,) is the Kasa-obake, an umbrella with a single eye and a ridiculous tongue that hops around on one foot. Going with the Japanese theme here, some potential battlefields could be a Palace Garden, a Shinto shrine, or a graveyard filled with fallen warriors. All of those suggestions are based off real places in Japan (cough cough the Imperial Gardens, Meji Shrine, Grave of the 47 Ronin.) Or you could do a less specific place such as a rice paddy.

    14. Joseph Asfoury on

      some sort of giant monster thing though i guess it'd need its limitations. so like a baby giant monster thing maybe? giant monster thing egg. maybe a giant robot. here are my big ideas ho ho ho

    15. Thomas Woolsey on

      I'm thinking that you guys should have a detective. And he should wear a deerstalker.

      REMEMBER:
      -Detective
      -Deerstalker

    16. Thomas Woolsey on

      On top of my previous idea, how about:

      Warriors:

      -Gladiator (fights for the crowd)
      -Tin Man (A la Oz)
      -Lawyer (deadly and not trustworthy)
      -Apophis (Evil snake)
      -Abominable Snowman (Never lost a snowball fight)

      Items:

      -Electric Guitar (shoots lightning at foes)
      -Enchanted Saxophone (Melodies summon confusion on the weak-minded)
      -Razor CD (Rip for great tunes, throw for great rips)
      -Laser Pen (It always was mightier than the sword)
      -Flying Carpet (Transport yourself in style AND comfort.)

      Battlefields:

      -Asteroid (Floating in space with low gravity)
      -Giant World (Where you feel like an ant)
      -Trampoline Factory (Bounce, Pounce, Trounce!)
      -Ancient Pyramid (Full of traps and cruses)
      -Underground Lake (A hidden ecosystem under the Earth's crust)

    17. Cantrip Games Creator on

      You got it Joseph!

    18. Joshua Fleming on

      My first thought for a warrior is an extremely intelligent, telepathic Brain in a Jar. It wouldn't need to use actual mind control(though that could work), it would just be so smart that it could kill you by convincing you to do something that gets you killed, or by talking to others and getting them to fight for it. It could also be Telekinetic, but I'm guessing you already have a proper Psychic so that might be redundant.

      For an item, I recommend "Prep Time", so more Batman-ish warriors could be allowed to set traps and such.

      And to round it out, I think an M.C. Escher painting would work fantastically for a Battlefield.

    19. Chris Grooms on

      I have a theme going here, see if you can guess it.

      Warrior: Pizza Delivery Guy. He can pelt enemies with coins from his change purse and drive over them with his Pizzamobile.

      Stadium: Pizzaria. In the midst of fighting, customers and waitresses could get in the way, and italian music is always perfect for setting the mood for a battle.

      Item: Pizza. Can be eaten for health or used as a weapon to burn your enemies.

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      Gerard O'Brien on

      A few based on Irish mythology:

      Warrior: Fionn Mac Cumhaill
      Item: Salmon of Knowledge
      Battlefield: Giant's Causeway

    21. Eric Newland on

      Warrior:
      - The Boggeyman

      Item:
      - Dreamweaver

      Battleground:
      - A nightmare
      - Haunted House
      - Occult Circle/ Stone Hendge

    22. Matt Brosseau on

      Warrior: Cop One Day from Retirement

    23. Ryan Bell on

      Warriors:

      Irish Bar Patron - Half brawler, half idiot, all drunk. The possibilties are endless.

      Neighborhood Watch Leader - Think Antwon Dobson with red bandana, frail frame and dirty tanktop, holding a rolled up newspaper screaming "We goin find you!"

      Robot Frog - He flys and well... eats flies. Picture Kermit the Frog meets Iron Man.

      Elifino - An Elephant and a Rhino do the fusion dance and make this monstronsity. Maybe it has huge dumbo ears, the silly blue hat and a giant horn for goring. That is if he doesnt trip over his ears. Good thing he can fly.

      Honey Badger Man - Bad ass animal, nut job vigilante.... Nuff said.

      Weapons:

      Magic Beans - The musical fruit the more you eat the more a beanstalk shoots right outta your ass. Ouch!

      Voodoo Doll - Pincushion of Punishment or theraputic placebo of pain to inflict on a victim? Dont prink your finger trying to find out!

      The big red button - What does it do! Does it launch the nuke! Does it scream bullshit. Does it slam a pie in someones face. Don't make me press it.

      Strange stopwatch - does it stop time or just stop counting it? does it reduce the amount of time your opponent has to tell a story? i hope you have good batteries in it regardless.

      Battlefields:

      AC Transit Bus - In honor of epic beard mans AC transit bus fight smackdown, hopefully your oponnent brings a check for their body to cash cus it's time to make some change.

      Pandoras Box - Instead of having it as an item, what dangers lurk to fight inside it? The Horror the horror!

      Ghost World - it would be hard to stand and fight in a world where everything is all spectral.

      Sinking Ship - Better get this fight over with or we your both doomed. Those sharks sure look hungry!

    24. Justin Wachholder on

      @Matt Brosseau that is hilarious!

    25. Doug Martin on

      I saw someone suggest a 2D world as a Battlefield. Let me take that a step further and say a cartoon world where cartoon physics apply. So you could paint a tunnel on a wall and trick your opponent to go through it, or take an anvil from above and walk away like a slinky. I guess no one would die with such physics so it would be up to the judge to decide when someone has won, but I think it could work. I mean, the coyote never dies, but he also never succeeds; the episode just ends with him losing. So, it would be up to the judge to decide when the "episode" (i.e. round) ended and who took the most hits.

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      Lloyd Pyes on

      For a Warrior card, I'd like to suggest The Monkey King, also commonly referred to as Sun Wukong or Son Goku. Now in my opinion, there's two ways you could go with this if you chose this suggestion:
      1. Make him a slouchy burnout sort of character who uses the staff he's associated with as like a bar or something for him to lean on
      or
      2. Turn him into a bulky yet agile luchador with a monkey king motif.

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      Gary Owen on

      I had an idea for two Battlefields: Ancient indian burial ground and DOUBLE ancient indian burial ground! "Hey, did you know...This ancient indian burial ground is built on...AN ANCIENT INDIAN BURIAL GROUND!"
      and an anime/comic con. The smell. The costumes. The dealers room....X_x

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      Essay Butler on

      Pirate King - Warrior
      Final Destination (like in Smash Bros., for the Stop Having Fun Guys). - Battlefield
      Prep Time - Item

      Just off the top of my head

    29. Cantrip Games Creator on

      @Doug Martin Story War already has cartoon physics!
      @Lloyd Pyes we totally wanna do a Monkey King card!
      @Essay Butler oh cool! Maybe like a Davey Jones card? We have a Final Destination Battlefield, called "Plains"
      @Gary Owen haha a lot of people have suggested a convention center, hmm.

    30. Conan Reis on

      Here are some quick ideas:

      Warriors
      - “Otherworldly AI Power” trundles around using some sort of intergalactic probe and exerts its vast knowledge and tech over civilizations it comes across. Can get into any connected system and solve practically any problem. [Inspiration “Fire Upon the Deep” by Vernor Vinge]
      - “Emergent AI” present to some degree in practically anything that has had any sort of fleeting connection to the Internet. Has no central point of origin and can use most tech against any opponent. It could be scatterbrained and distractible though adept at sowing misinformation.
      - “Affable though jaded veteran videogame coder” [could probably kick Medusa’s behind if able to determine enough of the problem parameters]

      Battlefields
      - “Derelict Spacecraft” The systems could be failing in various ways and combatants would have to be careful not to puncture hull or otherwise wreck vital systems needed to live or potentially to leave area if successful.
      - “Game Developer Conference” All the crazy stuff that exhibitors have to wow people in their booths plus the exhibitors and the attendees could flock to a combatants banner based on the draw to their particular geek compass. [Other conventions have been suggested and thought this could be fun.]

      Items
      HUD/Cortex Shunt with direct link to all-knowing AI power - essentially an instant recall super Wikipedia.
      Nanotech assemblers - build or reassemble just about anything if correct/sufficient materials and time are at hand. Could create other items or even alter/repair/hamper/attack warriors.

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      Steve R on

      Based on Hank's suggestion in Hank Games, i'd like to see a Sky Mammoth to accompany the Sky Whale

    32. Apanickah Sporadically on

      I would really like to see more battle fields with a premise like the mansion card has.

    33. Henrik Rostedt on

      Warriors:
      Neck - a germanic spirit that lures people into the rivers or lakes, plays the violin
      Troll - a proper scandinavian troll
      Hive Mind - complete with drones
      Philosopher - dealing a lot of existential damage

      Battlefields:
      Bottomless Pit - constant falling, you actually do not need to fly
      Underwater Castle - as seen in the little mermaid
      Winter Landscape - a heavily snowed over area, typically a forest
      A Doll House - including children trying to play with you
      A Courtroom - everything you say will be used against you
      Inside Of A Treasury - dual heist

      Items:
      Magical Portrait - the portrait is hurt instead of the warrior
      Flute - they always do something magical
      Four Clover - handpicked by a little girl
      Scout's Backpack - everything you need to survive contained within
      Blow Darts - these can kill an elephant instantly
      User Manual - rtfm!
      Love Potion - a month worth of dating condensed in one bottle
      Note From Future Self - not sure how I got this, so how do I know how to give it?

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      James Nassif on

      I just saw your comment on the Hankgames playthough. Would you consider reincorporating the genie into the expansion if it received support? I really like the car salesman/sleazy night club owner art and it seems like it could be really interesting to play, even with a separate wishing item.

    35. Jeremy Ricker on

      warriors:
      Krampus (a creature from Alpine folklore who punishes bad children during the Yule season)
      Jack the Ripper (A London serial killer from the late 1800s)
      Basilisk (Legendary king of serpents that can cause death with a single glance)
      battlefields:
      Comic Book City (a city littered with criminals and cops)
      Super Villain Hideout (a large facility full of traps)
      Graveyard (full of zombies and ghosts)
      Post Apocalyptic Wasteland (large dry irradiated landscape with mutants)
      Prehistoric Jungle (man eating plants, giant bugs, and dinosaurs)
      items:
      Utility Belt (full of gadgets to help get out of tight spots)
      Apple of Discord (Golden apple inscribed with the words "to the fairest" used by the goddess Eris)
      Cupid's bow (used to cause infatuation in one of the combatants)

    36. Kelsey Hodges on

      I personally would love for Greek god/goddess cards, or gods and goddesses from other pantheons, to make their way in, but I agree they could be too powerful or too easy to overpower if you know their myths. Plus it would be hard to choose which ones to include, as you obviously couldn't include them all (although what a great second expansion that could be! I'd buy that in a heartbeat!)
      What about a generic "Goddess" card, just a stereotypical Greek goddess look, but not any one goddess in particular and thus open to lots of interpretation? I think that could be really cool.

    37. Matt Davies on

      I really like a lot of the suggestions here - I especially like the recent generic Goddess, Jack the Ripper, Utility Belt and Hive Mind suggestions. And I really hope you do a Monkey King card!

      I've been thinking what I plan on doing with my blank cards and thought I'd share some of them here, though I thought of some of these specifically to reference other tabletop games, as I'll probably mostly be playing this at my uni's tabletop gaming society. Obviously for that reason not all are possible, just thought others might enjoy seeing them.
      Warriors:
      -Munchkin - (in reference to both the game and the trope) A dimunuitive warrior, he is callous and doesn't much care for backstory.
      -Man with a Giant Head - (a lot of us enjoy playing Sopio at the tabletop gaming society, I thought some of its ideas would translate to Story War quite nicely) He's married, got two kids, has a pet giant cat and still has time to party. Basically, he's living the dream.
      -Time-Travelling Tortoise - (another Sopio one) He's pretty darn slow, but always arrives with time to spare. (So that's how he beat the hare...)
      -Dungeon Master - (This and the rest of the warriors are DnD inspired - I know you're trying to avoid those, but I think at least a few of these are well established enough to work well) He controls powerful magics that affect the battlefield and summon creatures to battle his foes. He can't affect free will though, and he's easily bribed with pizza.
      -Assassin - This femme fatale knows her way around crossbows and swords as well as how to slip in and out of sight.
      -Barbarian - She might not be the sharpest axe in the barbarian cache of weapons, but once she goes into a rage and starts charging, nothings going to stop her.
      -Beast Master - This ranger focuses less on bows or swords and more in the command of nature. With his wolf companion by his side, they're an unstoppable duo.
      Battlefields:
      -Hexagon Island - (basically Catan) This newly discovered island has begun attracting settlers interested in the island's rich resources of wheat, sheep, wood, clay, stone and treachery.
      -Chess Board - This checkered battlefield is strewn with the remains of a once great battle. Some warriors might find their movement here restricted...
      Items:
      -Sex-Changing Belt - (a fun little trope of some RPGs that I enjoy playing with) This stylish belt looks utterly harmless. It feels like a good idea to put it on...
      -The Right to Bear Arms - (one of my favourite jokes in Sopio) A pair of bear arms to go over your regular ones. Get it? Bear arms? BEAR arms?

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      Ali Steele on

      if it doesn't exist already, something based on a Valkyrie would be pretty cool?

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      Brian MacNamara on

      If your looking for non-European Mythologies one suggestion for a Warrior could be The Rainbow Serpent from many Australian Aboriginal Traditions

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Serpent

      Firstly, I feel it would make a really interesting artwork for a card, Secondly, this is a mythology that rarely gets looked at so it is not as over used as some others, Thirdly, even though most people might not be aware of the serpent, I'm sure they will be able to come up with a fantastic stories in any case.

    40. Jackalyn on

      I wouldn't of thought there'd be any copyright issues with making The Evil Baby Orphanage into a battlefield, right?

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      Fran S. on

      I was thinking Teddy Roosevelt would make a fantastic character card. He carries a big stick/is a big game hunter, he gave a speech after being shot---without pause---and split the Republican vote in the 1912 election by creating his own party to defeat Taft.

      For a battlefield I feel like a college dorm room would be a lot of fun---food everywhere, mountains of dirty laundry, the free spaces need to be hopped across like stones in a stream ect.

      For an item, the US Constitution. Because, because. I'm not an American History nerd or anything ;)

    42. Taara Chatterjee on

      I know it was mentioned in an earlier comment, but WOW a library would be great!!! You would hvae to conduct the battle as quietly as possible.

    43. Sean Riedinger
      Superbacker
      on

      As far as Items go, I really like the idea of a MYSTIC SEAL-- Maybe visualized as a big inscribed wax / stone disc. Something for containing (or unleashing!) supernatural forces.

    44. Datalaughing on

      Oo, I love the Teddy Roosevelt idea. You could do several historical world leader themed cards. A Japanese emperor type, a Ghengis Kahn type, a Sadam type, a Castro (his weapons are clearly cigars and communism) type, a British king. You could do King John and do a Magna Carta card, but that might be a little too esoteric.

    45. Nick Lee on

      Warriors:
      -Male Model (just look at those abs and his flowy hair!)

      Battlefields:
      -Rickety Bridge (cliche bridge that spans across a chasm)
      -Area 51 (as mentioned previously)
      -Inspirational Rock Concert

      Items:
      -Smart phone (there's an app for everything)
      -Power Bracelets (makes wearer twice as strong)
      -Duct Tape (it fixes anything)
      -Gold Coins (persuading the enemy with money, or physical abuse. Maybe use it to lawfully buy something from the local store)

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      Patrick Bier on

      Battlefields:
      Padded Room
      Opium Den
      Giant Beehive
      Submarine
      Fun House (or, similarly, Mirror Maze)
      Black Friday Sale

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      Patrick Bier on

      Battlefields:
      Bouncy Castle
      Western Saloon
      Snow Globe
      Water Park
      China Shop

      Warriors:
      Quetzalcoatl
      Ancient Temple Guard
      Final Girl (eg: Ridley from Alien)
      Swarm Queen (ie: giant, baby-spewing leaders of a nest of bugs)
      Heavy Metal Rocker

      Items:
      Chocolate Bar
      Marionette
      Child's Laughter
      Hairspray
      A Song in Your Heart

      sorry if any are repeats or stupid. i'm just excited about this game - sounds awesome & i can't wait for it to be completed!

    48. Jesse Kiefer on

      Warrior: BARD! yeah... that's all, I just really want a bard.