Steampunk storytelling on the cards in The Shadow World

Steampunk storytelling on the cards in The Shadow World

0 comments 📅14 August 2018, 12:14

Get your steampunk on and venture beneath the streets of Edwardian London with The Shadow World, a new card game released this week by publishers Laurence King.

Featuring 20 cards that can be arranged in any order to craft a narrative, The Shadow World: A Sci-Fi Storytelling Game is the latest entry in Laurence King’s series reviving the popular Victorian craze for myrioramas. Illustrated by Shan Jiang, the game is set in London in 1900, where a brilliant scientist has headed underground to prove his radical theories – bending time, collapsing space and causing dimensions to overlap in the process.

We’d say that the The Shadow World is half game, half work of art, but in truth the split is more like 25:75, with four simple game variants playing second fiddle to Shan Jiang’s wonderfully evocative art on the score of thick tarot-style cards, packed with wormholes, werewolves, giant cyclopean robots and genteel automated ladies.

Other equally eye-catching titles in Laurence King’s Victorian parlour game series include the Lucille Clerc-illustrated The Mystery Mansion about a strange country house and its sinister secrets, and Rohan Daniel Eason’s The Hollow Woods, which draws players into a magical realm populated by dragons, unicorns and other mythical creatures.

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