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Way of Kings Board Game - Cancelled?

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I just searched through the site and couldn’t find any other threads talking about this game, so I don’t know how many people even know about it. So if you don’t know about it, a couple years ago Brandon mentioned that they were developing a board game based on and around the war on the Shattered Plains. He even gave out a bunch of promotional Szeth cards/standees with some cryptic game stats on the back alongside the release of Words of Radiance. Supposedly the game was supposed to go to kickstarter sometime in 2018, but that got bumped back. Then today, this troubling news was posted on boardgamegeek.com:

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One of the designers here. As far as I've been recently told, this project is currently dead. I don't really know any other info.
Thanks a ton for your interest. It's a fantastic world Sanderson built and the game was pretty epic.

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I went ahead and sent an email to [email protected] to ask about this. We’ll see what they say. To anyone else interested in this game, I’d encourage you to send them a polite email as well- who knows, maybe if we show them enough support they might revive the game!

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I wouldn't be surprised if they gave up the game because of the Way of Kings VR game.

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5 minutes ago, John Flamesinger said:

I wouldn't be surprised if they gave up the game because of the Way of Kings VR game.

It’s my understanding that the WoK VR isn’t a game per se, but rather just a VR experience, mainly for showing off the world to potential movie/TV producers. 

 

But even then, I doubt that’s why Mayday would have cancelled the board game. The VR would have only increased board game sales and vice versa. 

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Not sure about the game you're talking about, but I do think there's going to be a Stormlight Archive flavored version of a newer game: Call to Adventure. I kickstarted the original, with a promised Name of the Wind expansion. One of the updates mentions art direction for a Stormlight Archives expansion has begun (which does mean the actual release is probably still a ways away).

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The Szeth card was for something else entirely, not the Stormlight board game. 

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Brandon Sanderson

Oh, the Szeth card. It's just a fun little Easter egg. It's for a game I designed that maybe will get made some day. But it's not something that's in development, it's just, "Here's the game I made. Let's put some stats on it."

Arcanum Unbounded release party (Nov. 22, 2016)

That's a bummer that this Shattered Plains game is dead. I wonder if this had to do with a license expiring sort of thing. I know some fans have been working on their own board game prototypes; maybe this a sign one of them will get a shot? Or maybe a consolidation under Crafty (who I think has only the MIstborn rights right now, but I may also be making that up.) But regardless of what's going on right now, I expect something will happen (either a revival of this game, or a new board game) if and when a Stormlight movie or TV show comes out. The Shattered Plains is almost tailor-made for a wargame, and once it's been depicted on screen, I'm sure there'll be even more money in it for whoever can manage to pull together a good game.

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4 hours ago, Govir said:

Not sure about the game you're talking about, but I do think there's going to be a Stormlight Archive flavored version of a newer game: Call to Adventure. I kickstarted the original, with a promised Name of the Wind expansion. One of the updates mentions art direction for a Stormlight Archives expansion has begun (which does mean the actual release is probably still a ways away).

This is a separate thing from the Call to Adventure expansion. 

2 hours ago, Pagerunner said:

The Szeth card was for something else entirely, not the Stormlight board game. 

Do you have a better source on that? Look at the date of your quote- that was 2016. Brandon started taking about the Stormlight game around the end of 2017, which is also when the BGG page went up for it. The BGG listing gave the game a 2018 release date. 

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oh actually, while searching through the Arcanum I found This, which doesn’t sound anything like the Stormlight war game, so you’re probably right:

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Questioner

I was at a book signing in Chicago a few years ago and you were giving out these little Szeth figurines with statistics on the back of them. What ever happened with them? What was that going to be?

Brandon Sanderson

That was me trying to get [Crafty Games] to build a hybrid card game slash-- a deckbuilding/boardbuilding game that still I have hopes will someday happen. It was, you build the board as you build the characters, things like that. They were way more interested in the board game itself, which came out well. It's possible we'll still do the deckbuilding/boardbuilding game. Keep a hold of those Szeth figures.


Anyway, back to this game, I also found this:

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Any more board games? There was a Stormlightboard game, and we have backed off on that because some of the early things we got, we didn't like the direction it was going. We have really liked the two board games that have come out. They have both turned out really well. They have both fulfilled their Kickstarter requirements, which is one of our number one things, we don't want to have that hanging over people. So they've both been really great partners. I still would like to see Stormlight, we were going to do a Shattered Plains style game. We'll see how that goes.

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Also, I got a reply to the email I sent to Mayday games:

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I'm sorry, but we are not going to be publishing Way of Kings. I do not have the inside scoop on why it was cancelled, but it's been off as of April.

Thanks,
-Curt

Not very informative, but at least we have official confirmation that the game is off the table. :(

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Well this is pretty unfortunate- but- on the plus side, we are still getting that Call to Adventure expansion (Hopefully)

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Yeah, this is pretty gutting. I do wish there were far more merchandise than there is. Clothing, games and Stormfather, food!

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