Card of Darkness
Zach Gage, Pendleton Ward, Choice Provisions 2019
Additional work by Garrett Varrin, Nelson Boles, Andrew Onorato, Evan Borja, Alex Neuse, Mike Roush, Connor Dietrich, Stemage, Meredith Kecskemety, Alvin Fai, Dant Rambo, and Jack Schlesinger.
Trailer by Gabe Cuzzillo
Card of Darkness is the first medium-budget game i've ever directed. It took up almost all of 2019 to create.
Embark on an epic hand-animated adventure from Zach Gage, Pendleton Ward, and Choice Provisions.
Cast powerful spells, slay fantastic monsters, discover ancient secrets, and ultimately save the world — just by picking up the right cards.
Card of Darkness is a full-featured adventure designed around an accessible, minimalist, card game core.
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Over the past decade I've established a practice of making deep, compelling, and accessible games for people who don't have the time or space in their lives to learn every intricate detail of every videogame.
I strive to take the best of modern game design and package it clearly and accessibly so people can enjoy new kinds of games they might otherwise not be interested in.
For years I've wanted to tackle roguelikes, a game genre where you battle through randomly generated worlds of monsters and challenges. It is one of the most complicated, inaccessible, — and incredibly fantastic — game genres out there.
Card of Darkness is my attempt to take some of my favorite moments from roguelike games, and distill them into a simple but deep card game.
It's the streamlined design you'd expect from me, but this time layered with tons of stuff, just so much stuff! Well over a hundred unique monsters, spells, and upgrades. And art! Oh my goodness — the art! Beautiful incredible hand animated art from Pendleton Ward, Nelson Boles, Andrew Onorato and Evan Borja. Plus an incredible soundtrack from Stemage.
I honestly can't believe I got to make this videogame with all these amazing people. This certainly wasn’t possible without the support and hard work of everyone at Choice Provisions. We all poured our hearts into this and we hope you love it.
I'm so happy to be able to present it to you — Card of Darkness, an epic adventure for everyone.