As the sun disappears behind the horizon, the Storytellers emerge. Their fires bring light to the forests and warmth to the hearths, mirroring the stars with millions of orange pinpricks dotted across the landscape. The night teems with anticipation, the intoxicating potential of infinite possibilities. Which tales will be told tonight? Families, friends, and strangers gather around in excitement.
As the Storytellers weave their yarns, the night comes alive. The power of their stories gives life to the forests, the streams, the animals, and the people of the world, nourishing them. And in turn, as the sun rises the next day, the world blesses the Storytellers with new tales to tell, new adventures to embark upon. In the world of Firelight, every day brings a new story.
A New Kind of Card Game
Firelight is a simple role-playing game that makes it easy for anyone to experience the excitement, emotion, and humor of improvisational group storytelling.
A card game for 2-4 players, Firelight streamlines many traditional RPG elements to maximize flexibility and minimize setup time. If you've ever been intimidated by a 100-page rule book or frustrated by a lengthy character creation processes, but intrigued by the camaraderie of improvisational storytelling, Firelight is for you!
Each session of Firelight is designed to be completed in a single 60-100 minute sitting, consisting of character creation and the telling of one complete story.
Tell Your Story
Unlike traditional tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, Firelight handles the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on what really matters - telling fun and engaging stories. Your Quest objectives, as well as your character archetypes and major personality traits, are broadly defined by cards that you draw at the start of the game. Within those guidelines, you have almost infinite room to expand upon your characters, stories, and encounters.
This approach works wonders in casual gaming sessions and more serious settings alike, because it shifts the focus from numbers and stat sheets to creative storytelling and decisive action.
The World Needs a Simple Tabletop RPG
Firelight was created to fill what we at HobbyHorse Games view as a gap in the tabletop role-playing genre.
Complex role-playing games can be incredibly rewarding, but also extremely daunting for casual players. By restructuring the traditional role-playing experience and utilizing cards to provide written and visual inspiration, we aim to provide an expansive and engaging sandbox in which players are free to pursue objectives their own way.
Think of each game of Firelight as a tabletop version of your favorite open world fantasy video game. Your objectives and characters are laid out for you, but the ways you approach each problem, puzzle, and encounter are completely up to you!
Firelight's rule set was created by Eric Woods, a hobby video game developer and producer. In the past, Eric has worked on marketing efforts for major AAA developers in the mobile field.
Additionally, each Firelight Quest and Adventurer is accompanied by beautiful artwork from renowned artists such as:
- Michelle Czajkowski
- Vicki Tsai
Stay tuned for more artist announcements and artwork reveals as time goes on!
Firelight is created by and for fans just like you. To best directly serve that audience, we will be seeking funding through Kickstarter to pay for printing, artwork, legal/accounting fees, and more. A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to provide the best possible game directly to the fans who want it, while remaining independent of large publishers.
The Firelight Kickstarter campaign will launch on July 11, 2017.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for more Firelight news, previews, artwork, and more. We will be updating the blog at least twice per week - Tuesdays and Thursdays - each week from now until the launch of our campaign!