Forest of Fate takes the Choose Your Own Adventure format and transforms it into a tabletop game for 2-6 adventurers, from non-gamers to experienced role-players alike. Tension and story build hand-in-hand over 30-60 minutes as you decide how to approach each encounter, with strategy, negotiation and over 40,000 words of original narrative.
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Top reasons to play Forest of Fate
- If you grew up with Choose Your Own Adventure or Fighting Fantasy, Forest of Fate evokes that nostalgic feeling and lets you share it in a fun cooperative format with your friends and family - and it's (mostly) kid-friendly!
- If you like the storytelling element of games like Tales of the Arabian Nights or Above & Below, you will love the tighter, faster, easier to learn gameplay of Forest of Fate
- If you've been tempted by RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, but haven't been able to find a group (or the courage to join one), Forest of Fate could be your gateway into the hobby - and it's much easier to introduce to your non-gaming friends!
- If you're in an existing RPG group, Forest of Fate could be your next warm-up game, with its short run time and flexible player count.
The response to Forest of Fate has so far been staggering. As a result, you've unlocked every stretch goal I could throw at you. The game is now bigger and better than I could have imagined. Thank you!
I was inspired to create Forest of Fate by the gamebooks of my childhood, the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkein and Terry Pratchett, and the amazing and varied scenery near my home on the South West coast of England.
My goal was to make roleplaying games more accessible by stripping back almost all the conventional elements, revealing a strong procedural storytelling experience that is:
- Easy to grasp and "safe" for new players
- Self-contained, and quick to play
- Endlessly replayable
I hope I've succeeded!
Forest of Fate uses nothing but a storybook and high-quality cards for its unique brand of survival storytelling. It's compact enough to take anywhere, and has no small parts to lose!
Check out some of the gorgeous character art by the brilliant Milly Hanson:
Here's a simplified interaction between a Character and an Encounter, to demonstrate the anatomy of the most important cards.
The Story Book is the heart and soul of Forest of Fate. It contains 1,164 paragraphs to spark your imagination, describing the encounters you'll face and the actions you'll take.
You have three choices when it comes to using the Story Book:
The content and gameplay for all three versions is identical, though I recommend the digital version - it can be updated later if we spot mistakes, and more importantly helps to save the forests we love!
I've tried to make all rewards simple and fair. Please note that this campaign will not be using a pledge manager. Once it's over, it's over. If you've got your eye on something you should grab it while you can!
Forest of Fate is the debut game from Cards of Fate. As a startup publisher without a great deal of capital to invest or a name in the industry, I view Kickstarter as an exciting opportunity to help build a small community around my games and reward those who share my vision.
Thank you for reading, and I hope I've inspired you to try Forest of Fate.
Thanks also to the fine folk at Tabletop Audio for the ambient forest sounds used in my videos. They're highly recommended if you want to really immerse yourself in the game!
Risks and challenges
Though this is my first Kickstarter, as a professional Project Manager I understand risk and have taken all steps necessary to ensure the successful delivery of your rewards.
-- Design & Content
The only elements of the game outstanding at this stage are the naming rights made available as rewards and the finalised stretch goal content. All other content is complete and all designs have been finalised and formatted, ready for manufacturing.
Forest of Fate uses standard components, and will be printed and packaged by a proven Chinese board and card game manufacturer. All components will be subject to a thorough review by Cards of Fate prior to mass production.
Fulfilment will be handled by Gamesquest, a well-known and experienced partner in Kickstarted board games. Backers with the EU will have their rewards sent from within the EU, so there should be no additional VAT or customs charges.
-- Stretch Goals
All stretch goals have been carefully pre-planned and pre-budgeted. Those which have an impact on manufacturing costs have already been taken into account, and will unlock once the appropriate funding target has been reached.
- (30 days)