A new cooperative storytelling game based on the wildly popular fantasy podcast series The Adventure Zone is set for a Summer 2020 release.
The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance will be released August 2020 via Twogether Studios, designed by Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis and illustrated by Hari Conner. Preorders for The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance will be available December 11, 2019 – January 24, 2020 at thezonecastgame.com. It was previewed for gameplay to hundreds of fans at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; December 6-8, 2019.
The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance is a new cooperative storytelling card game that lets you and your friends build your own stories in the world of The Adventure Zone, pitting your party of adventurers against the challenges of a deadly dungeon. It’s accessible and easy to learn, requiring zero previous experience with fantasy roleplaying games or The Adventure Zone: all you need is an hour, a few friends, and a little creativity. (But don’t worry – you’ll still get to roll a D20!)
TAZ: Bureau of Balance uses a modular system to dynamically generate missions. One night you may find yourself fighting sarcastic specters as you make your way through haunted caverns, while your next mission might pit you against cunning gerblins on a train racing towards a perilous destination. With 12 decks of double-sided cards as a foundation, TAZ: Bureau of Balance provides players with over 120 hours of unique challenges.
Preorder at thezonecastgame.com starting December 11, 2019 to join the Reclaimer Club and unlock exclusive item cards, a special edition of the game, and the chance for your ideas to be featured in future item cards! Fulfillment begins August 2020.
About The Adventure Zone
The Adventure Zone is a McElroy family podcast starring brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy and their father Clint McElroy, centered on collaborative storytelling through gameplay. (In other words, four goofballs who happen to be related record themselves playing RPGs with very little regard for the rules.) Now on its third season and racking uphundreds of thousands of downloads per episode, The Adventure Zone is something everyone can enjoy, even if they’ve never rolled a die before. Bureau of Balance remains true to the heart of its source material: an accessible game that brings players together without getting bogged down by numbers and rules.
Since 2010, the McElroys have produced 12 podcasts, a TV show on NBC’s Seeso network, and hundreds of live shows, routinely selling out venues of over 3,000 when touring live productions of The Adventure Zone and comic advice podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me. Their popular panels and workshops, encompassing a range of topics from RPG skillbuilding to podcast expertise and nerd parenting, fill ballrooms to capacity with excited fans at some of the largest pop culture conventions in the country. Across their many platforms — from The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me, to the misguided medicine of Sawbones, etiquette inquiries in Shmanners, and the wonder of Wonderful! — the McElroys’ common creative thread is the positivity in their humor and enthusiasm in sharing their stories and passions.
The 2018 release of the first graphic novel adaptation of The Adventure Zone (Here There Be Gerblins, First Second Books) became the first graphic novel to reach #1 on the New York Times’ best-selling trade fiction list, and the second volume (Murder on the Rockport Limited!) quickly followed suit. Now, the groundbreaking task of adapting a podcast to a storytelling card game presents an exciting opportunity for a whole new interpretation of the world of Balance.
About Twogether Studios
Twogether Studios is the brainchild of Jenn Ellis and Keith Baker, founded with the goal of creating a range of innovative, high-quality games that encourage creativity and storytelling. Illimat became a modern classic of strategy and finesse, while Action Cats plays with the joys and absurdities of telling stories about cats. Beyond Twogether Studios, Keith is known for creating the Eberron campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons and the award-winning storytelling game Gloom. As with all Twogether productions, Keith’s decades of experience in storytelling and RPGs and Jenn’s expert insight into user experience and product design have come together to craft something truly unique and entertaining in The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance.
Danielle Davis, Publicist