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Tales From the Crucible: A KeyForge Anthology

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Take a whirlwind tour to the incredible planet of a million fantasy races, the Crucible, in this wild science fantasy anthology from the hit new game, KeyForge.

Welcome to the Crucible an artificial planet larger than our sun an ever-growing patchwork of countless other worlds, filled with creatures, sentient beings and societies stolen from across the universe by the
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Aconyte
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Paul Sparks
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read an anthology it can quite difficult to actually enjoy or even like every story as by its nature it is multiple authors telling their tales which the reader may or may not enjoy, I found the creativity shown by the authors in this book to be outstanding and they let their imaginations run riot building a world full of very complex characters that the reader invests in, very enjoyable read indeed
Keith
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I just started running a Secrets of the Crucible RPG campaign, and after running a successful Shadow of the Beanstalk game last year, I now try to pay attention to the prose releases from Fantasy Flight Games, which tend to offer a lot of useful gaming fodder. This is sort of unfair, I realize, to the efforts of those writers who are just trying to come up with good stories using licensed material, which is difficult enough to do without having a bunch of whiny nerds digging through their work ...more
Lawrence
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Thank you to Aconyte Books for providing me with an advance review copy

Tales From the Crucible is an anthology based in the universe of the succesful collectible card game: Keyforge. The Crucible is an ever-growing patchwork of random planets, where uncountable cultures and species have (mostly) learned to live together without descending into anarchy. On top of that there are the Archons, powerful beings who duel each other to stake their claim over one of the many vaults scattered across the
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Adam Selby-Martin
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
KeyForge - Tales from the Crucible

Aconyte Books

Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

I cannot even begin to describe how happy the cover art to Tales from the Crucible actually made me when I first laid my eyes on the review copy publishers Aconyte Books kindly sent to me. Genuinely, unabashedly happy. Submerged in the grimdark universe of Warhammer 40,000, and the Horror genre in general, I actually think I had forgotten for quite some time that science-fiction doesn't always have to be nothing but different
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Michael Botterill
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aconyte Books were kind enough to allow me to review a couple of books ahead of their general release and the first one I am doing is the first Keyforge book, Tales from the Crucible.

So couple of things I should get out of the way, I do have a causal work contract for Aconytes parent company Asmodee to demonstrate games, one of which is Keyforge.

I am also friends with three of the authors whose stories are featured in this book, David Guymer, CL Werner and Robbie MacNivan, but I have tried my
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Simon Taylor
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, a thank you to the publishers for making this advance review copy available to me!

Secondly, this is my first ever book review, so let's see how it goes...

When FFG announced Keyforge in 2018, I was truly excited. Having dabbled in several other of their Living Card Games (LCGs) and tabletops games, the sheer possibilities and science fiction silliness of a totally "Unique Card Game" appealed to me greatly - not only a great new game to play, but a world of new possibilities to explore
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Michael Dodd
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Across nine stories from eight different authors, Aconyte Books short story anthology Tales From the Crucible explores the vibrant KeyForge setting and the characters who populate the immense world of the Crucible. A wild melting pot of races and archetypes from elves, goblins and giants to demons, robots, martians and more battling it out for the valuable resource known as Aember, as a setting its equal parts fantasy and science fiction, where anything is possible and nothing seems out of ...more
Dan Evans
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book from Acontye for feedback.

I have to admit I didnt really know much of KeyForge before I read this, ither than it was a card game similar to Magic the Gathering. So i did know that the lore surrounding the Crucible (a world of thousands of pockets of different worlds) would be rich. I wasnt wrong!! The stories on offer vary from action packed, frantic mayhem, to considered thoughtful tales and everything in between. Having the option to
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Anjuli
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and well put together anthology. Each story has its own voice and helps to shape the world of The Crucible. Some stories are whimsical, some take a much darker tone, but all are interesting, thoughtful, and well written. ...more
Brad
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two good short stories.
Lots of praise for the reviews here so far. I was disappointed.

That being said, given the Sci-Fi / Fantasy hybrid world here I can only imagine how hard it is to write material for the world.

I'd give a full length novel a shot, but such a big world of promise needs to deliver more.
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