Shard of the Week: 10 Hidden References in Keyforge

Shard of the Week: 10 Hidden References in Keyforge

This game is loaded with hidden easter eggs, and today I’m going to share ten of my favorites.
Some you may know.
Some you might not have noticed.
Be sure and comment if you find something you think is worthy of being on this list that I might have missed. I’d love to find more hidden surprises.

10- Quixo the Adventurer
Brad Andrees, game developer with Fantasy Flight Games, is Quixo the Adventurer in the artwork. I’ll admit I put this one first because it’s something many players already know, but needs a mention for the sake of how popular this easter egg is.

9 – Soul Snatcher
From the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This movie quote is proudly featured on the Soul Snatcher:

“No one goes in, no one comes out. And yet the fires burn.”

It’s an obvious reference to Wonka’s mysterious factory. I noticed this one immediately, and always refer to Soul Snatcher as ‘The Chocolate Factory’. It’s such a great movie. You should stop reading this and just watch Willy Wonka right now instead.

8- Gub
The 1982 movie Poltergeist
The complete quote is “Carol Anne – listen to me. Do NOT go into the light. Stop where you are. Turn away from it. Don’t even look at it.”
Does this make Gub the Poltergeist? If so, shouldn’t he destroy artifacts? Regardless, Poltergeist had some amazing effects. You should watch that instead of reading any further.

7- Titan Mechanic
Another movie quote here, sort of. In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come”. Who will come? Guess you’ll have to put down the article and watch Kevin Costner instead.

6- Martian Hounds
Who Let the Dogs Out?
Released by the Baha Men in 2000, this song asks the timeless philosophical question: “why was this song so popular?”

Ok… so maybe read a little more.

5- Experimental Therapy
The Princess Bride, released in 1987, is one of my all-time favorite movies. If you don’t know this reference, I suggest you rethink your life choices and just watch the movie. Right now. Stop reading this.

4- Key Hammer
Did I need to pause while writing this to watch the music video for “U Can’t Touch This”?
No.
Did I pause writing this to watch “U Can’t Touch This”?
You bet I did!
Why are you still reading this? Just stop… it’s Hammer Time!

3- Loot the Bodies
You’ve probably heard the song…
‘Bodies’ was released in 2001 by the band Drowning Pool. Although the Brobnar version was likely a cover performed by Bräkken, and better than the original.

2- Faygin, Dodger, and Urchin
Oliver Twist was Charles Dickens’s second novel, and was first published as a serial in 1837–39. Oliver travels to London, where he meets “The Artful Dodger”, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal, Faygin.

When was the last time you read a book? Yup, you guessed it… stop reading this article in favor of Oliver Twist.

You gotta pick a pocket or two.

1- Dr. Escotera
Something familiar about this card, but it’s hard to put my bony finger on…
Our final entry is another movie quote in our list, this time from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even the art design here is reminicent of Tim Burton’s work. This is a complete flavor win. Well done, Fantasy Flight Games. I’d tell you to stop reading this article again, but since we are too far from Halloween and Christmas, I guess you might as well read til the end.

So those are my ten favorite easter eggs.

What can we learn from this? Absolutely nothing. But as Willy Wonka said…
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”

So did I miss one? Have a favorite? Feel free to comment and let me know!

Until next time, keep forging ahead

—Jason

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