Play up to 3 Treasures from your hand. Then +1 Card, and pay all of your and Card per you paid.
Storyteller is an Action from Adventures. It is a Lab variant that turns the you've generated so far this turn into card draw. It also lets you play up to 3 Treasures first to rack up some , which can allow for some interesting tricks with Kingdom Treasures.
Unofficial FAQ (2022)
- This lets you play Treasures in your Action phase. They go into play and produce , just like Treasures played in the Buy phase.
- Then Storyteller turns all of your into +Cards; for each you have you lose the and get +1 Card.
- For example if you had , you lose the and draw 4 cards. This makes you lose all you have so far that turn, including the you get from playing the Treasures and any you made earlier in the turn.
- You can track that the Treasures have been "spent" by putting them under the Storyteller.
- Potions from Alchemy, is not and so is not lost and does not get you any cards. , produced by
Other rules clarifications
- Treasures that have effects other than (or in addition to) giving you Quarry with give you + and reduce the cost of Action cards; Storyteller will convert that into +1 Card, but the cost reduction will remain in effect. will still have their normal effects when played with Storyteller. For instance,
- Treasures that play other Treasures (such as Counterfeit, Crystal Ball, and Tiara) will let you play more than three Treasures while resolving Storyteller.
- However, since under ordinary circumstances you'll be playing Storyteller in your Action phase, this means that playing Crown while resolving Storyteller will cause you to double-play another Action card, not an extra Treasure card.
- Although Storyteller causes you to spend all your in play. This means, for instance, that if you play Copper with Storyteller, you usually won't be able to buy Grand Market later in the turn. , the Treasures that gave you that remain
- Playing this with Way of the Chameleon means that will pay all your just to get it back. This may still be useful just to get Treasures into play earlier than normal, without drawing any cards. Getting Treasures into play may be relevant for cards like Quarry and Sea Chart.
- In 2022, Storyteller got errata that removed its + , and it instead gives you +1 Card after you play Treasures.
- With the new rules to Coffers, you can spend Coffers at any time during your turn. This means that after you play your Treasures and get your first +1 Card, and before you spend all your , you may spend Coffers to increase the number of cards you draw.
Deprecated official FAQ (2021)
Storyteller offers two primary things:
Storyteller is best in Kingdoms that reward good draw with strong engine payload. Compared to other draw options, Storyteller-based draw can more easily tolerate a lack of Copper thinning. Storyteller also works well in Kingdoms in which Treasures are easy to gain, or when there are Kingdom Treasures that have an important synergy with Storyteller.
Storyteller is a flexible card that lets you convert virtual coin, Storyteller can be thought of as a cantrip that converts Treasures it collides with into sifting or draw. More specifically, Coppers become cantrips, Silvers become Labs, and Golds become double Labs. Storyteller as primary draw is best in decks that can thin out Coppers and other junk and ensure Storyteller collides with more valuable Treasures, either by gaining those Treasures in bulk or through careful shuffle management and deck tracking. Compared to more standard methods of draw, Storyteller lags behind in two aspects:into draw as needed. In Kingdoms without a source of
- dud potential: Laboratories don’t require collision to function, whereas Treasures are stop cards without a Storyteller and a deck with many Treasures has some potential to dud.
- payload alternatives: Engines often have better payload options than Treasures, and would prefer to spend their and gains accordingly. If Storyteller is your primary source of draw, affording all of the Treasures needed alongside normal engine payload can be expensive, especially since you may need to add excess Treasures to reliably draw.
The first problem usually requires specific Kingdom support, with other sifting or topdecking effects being most effective. The second problem can be somewhat mitigated if Treasures are very cheap to gain, with Gold gainers such as Treasure Trove being most effective. If these problems are unaddressed, you might want to look to other options as your primary draw. In the absence of other alternatives, though, Storyteller can still be sufficient for deck control.
Storyteller also allows you to play Treasures outside of the Buy phase, which can lead to interesting synergies. Notably, Capitalism and Crown allow Storyteller to act as a village; Bank can generate large amounts of with Storyteller putting lots of Treasures into play; Horn of Plenty allows gain-and-play strategies, often around copies of itself; and Quarry can lower the of key Action cards for your gainers.
Storyteller is best in the mid- and endgame when you can use more valuable Treasures with it to draw, and usually it is not the firstcard you should gain. You should add more Storytellers to your deck as you add more Treasures and other cards, to keep your odds of collision high enough to keep your deck functioning.
There are a number of tactical decisions to keep in mind when playing with Storyteller. First, given the tradeoff between drawn cards and your economy, it’s important to keep track of how much draw is left in your deck to avoid accidentally overdrawing with Storyteller. Second, when deciding how many Treasures to play for your Storyteller, you should consider your shuffle situation and whether you’re looking for a particular card. If neither is a concern and you’re simply trying to maximize generated, you should generally play as many Treasures as possible, while still avoiding accidental overdraw. Third, play order of your other -generating Actions is important. For example, playing a Festival before your Storyteller may draw you more cards or be necessary (e.g., to play your terminal gainers), but you might also waste that by accidentally overdrawing. As such, you may prefer to play your Action-based payload after your Storytellers where possible.
External strategy articles
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| +1 Action
Play up to 3 Treasures from your hand. Pay all of your ; +1 Card per paid.
| +1 Action
Play up to 3 Treasures from your hand. Then pay all of your (including the from this) and draw a card per you paid.
|Adventures (2016 printing)||August 2017|
| +1 Action
Play up to 3 Treasures from your hand. Then +1 Card, and pay all of your and +1 Card per you paid.
|June 29, 2022|
Other language versions
Why +1 Coin instead of +1 Card?
Donald X. playtested a version where Storyteller gave +1 Card instead of +, and discovered that it was much stronger than the + version.
Also, originally there was no Buy phase, and buying meant being able to play Treasures. This is why Black Market has a messed-up phrasing that assumes you can play Treasures.
Black Market confuses some people, though again part of that is just a bad phrasing. Also you need extra text to allow Treasures to be played. After Black Market I decided I would just do "discard a card" or "discard a Treasure" in place of "pay ," depending on how generous I was feeling.
"Pay Prosperity; the card as I had it seemed crazy and I didn't try to fix it up. Stables does it, in a version that only lets you pay once. Then in Adventures I tried "discard Silvers for +2 Cards per," which seemed promising for a bit, and then somehow convinced myself to go for playing treasures and spending again.to draw" started out in
So, it was initially a thing, but for the most part I personally find "discard some cards/Treasures" to be simpler and close enough.Paying has tracking issues, but often you can turn the spent sideways. And there's doing it in the Buy phase.