GTM #224 - Keyforge: Call of the Archons
by Fantasy Flight Games



In the center of the universe hangs the Crucible, an artificial planet built from countless worlds across the stars. Here, the Archons clash in constant battle as they seek to unlock the planet’s hidden Vaults and gain ultimate knowledge and power. Leading their unique companies, each filled with a diverse array of creatures, artifacts, and technology, the Archons compete to gather Æmber, hold off their enemy, and forge the keys needed to unlock the Vaults. Only one can gain the knowledge of the Crucible and absorb its full power!


A World of Infinite Possibilities

KeyForge is the first of a new breed of game—the Unique Deck Game. Created by legendary game designer Richard Garfield, KeyForge puts two players in the roles of the mighty Archons. Hailed by some as gods, the Archons were born—or perhaps created—on the Crucible. This planet is cobbled together from distant worlds, taking pieces from the planets of the galaxy and blending their creatures and cultures to form a diverse wonderland on the Crucible.

With no clear way of returning home, the beings brought to the Crucible must adapt to their new surroundings, joining one of seven great Houses: Brobnar, Dis, Logos, Mars, Sanctum, Shadows, and Untamed. Some thrive, developing new technologies from the mysterious Æmber that runs through the planet. Some abandon the ways of their former planet and adopt the customs discovered on this new world.

Others devolve, becoming twisted in both form and mind, incorporating Æmber into their very bodies. But the secrets of the Crucible remain. Who built this place, and why? The Archons seek to discover the answers by leading their tea ms to unlock the Vaults hidden throughout the planet. When two Archons discover a Vault, only one can gain its knowledge.

Conflict is inevitable.


A Swift Skirmish

In every game of KeyForge, the Archons will use the creatures and skills of a chosen House to reap Æmber, hold off their enemy’s forces, and forge enough keys to earn victory. An Archon begins their strike by declaring one of the three Houses within their deck, and for the remainder of the turn they may only play and use cards from that House. And that’s only the beginning of the tough, tactical decsions you’ll need to make. Is it more important to reap Æmber this turn or to slow their enemy’s progress? Should you use your best tricks now, or hold them back for maximum impact? In this fast-paced card game where the advantage can turn in an instant, every choice counts.

Should an Archon wish to defeat some of their enemy’s creatures, they may send out the creatures under their own sway to do battle, matching strength against strength with an opposing creature. Otherwise, the Archon may use their followers to reap, gaining precious Æmber for their pool. An immeasurable variety of tricks, tactics, and abilities give even more ways to gain the advantage!

At the start of their turn, if an Archon has gathered six Æmber, they immediately forge a key and move one step closer to victory. The first Archon to forge three keys wins! With the wide array of creatures and features within each House and nearly infinite ways find synergies between your allies, no two battles will ever be the same!


A Unique Deck Game

KeyForge is the world’s first Unique Deck Game, and it offers an experience like nothing else. This colorful, diverse game uses Unique Decks, each with a its own distinct name and unique mixture of cards. Every deck in existence is completely unique and different from every other deck! Not only does this remove the need for deckbuilding or boosters, it also creates a new form of gameplay that challenges players to discover the unique tools and strategies that exist solely in their deck to find the most powerful combinations and lead their Archon to victory!

Every Archon Deck contains a full play experience with a deck that cannot be altered, meaning that every player has the chance to be the best in the world at playing their own decks. To track these decks and see how they fit in the community at large, KeyForge will also feature a companion app. Here, players can track their unique Archon Decks, watch the meta at large, or easily find tournaments, helping you to engage and interact with the game and its community—as diverse as the Crucible itself.


Answer the Call

Strength, cunning, and tactical prowess will lead your way to victory. Do you have the courage, the wit, and the boldness to outmaneuver your opponent and unlock the secrets of the Crucible?