Currently Kickstarting: Into the Wintery Gale

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Pathfinder settings have seemed to find a good home over at Kickstarter as it appears that several have popped up recently. The newest member of the growing adventure path retinue is being published by the AdventureAWeek.com site. And they’re no strangers to crowdfunding as they successfully ran Kickstarters for their Rise of the Drow and Snow White campaigns. And Mike Myler recently ran another project for his Veranthea Codex setting. So it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing.

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Currently Kickstarting: Pure Steam: Westbound

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Pathfinder is a popular campaign setting for roleplaying fans and it’s no surprise that there are a number of indie spinoff titles using the rules for the Dungeons & Dragons alternative. While most Kickstarters that I’ve seen are either add-on books to the core Golarion setting or set in another fantasy realm, Pure Steam is one of the few to take it and create a subgenre of its own.

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Upcoming Adventure Game Jam in April

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Starting on April 3 and running for approximately two weeks (April 17) is an upcoming game jam focusing on creative adventure ideas. It is being ran by Stacy Davidson (Warbird Games/Jack Houston and the Necronauts) and Cassie Benter (Moviepilot), both avid fans of the genre. All styles of game design, from text adventures to point-and-click to 3D and hybrids, are welcome. The only requirement is that there’s a story to tell or an adventure to be had. The rest is up to the creative minds of those entering the event.

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Review: Tormentum: Dark Sorrow

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When it comes to surreal horror, it’s pretty much hit-or-miss. Sometimes the story grips you by the…well, whatever, and it makes you want to get to the end to find out the truth behind the journey of the main character. Other times the tale falls flat halfway through and you give up. Tormentum: Dark Sorrow by OhNoo Studio is a game that works. And seems to do most things right. The IndieGogo campaign ran for about two months last year and they just released the game. I recently took the plunge down the dark rabbit hole and my thoughts about the experience are below. You can purchase the game from their Web site here: http://www.ohnoo.com/tormentum.html

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Currently Kickstarting: Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

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Shortly after the coronation of China’s first, and only, women empress, a series of gruesome murders rocks a nation already tense with political turmoil, discontent, and conspiracy. Detective Di Renjie dives headlong into the mystery, working to uncover the killer, no matter the cost. Along the way, Di Renjie will be forced to confront demons – real, imagined, and internal – as he uncovers the tangled secrets and mysteries surrounding the murders and the fabric of Chinese politics and power.

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Now on Kickstarter – Seventeen Uncles: A Pug’s Life

I like pugs. I want to own one later on in life and call it Jeff. In the meantime however there is Seventeen Uncles: A Pug’s Life, a point and click adventure game inspired by Lucasarts’ Sam n Max: Hit the Road and popular surrealistic cartoons such as Rocko’s Modern Life and Adventure Time. The game stars Kirk the pug and his quest to win back the soul of his recently deceased wife after a deal with the devil goes a bit sour. Okay, that was a bit darker than I was expecting but the story promises dozens of exotic and surreal locations, quirky characters and taxi driving dung Beatles who may or may not have Liverpudlian accents.

So if you have a love of adventure games and pugs I couldn’t recommend a more fitting adventure game for you. Check out the Kickstarter page here and see if you can help make this project become a reality.

Review: Book of Unwritten Tales 2

 

bout2_08Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter are back to save the world. If pop culture references from Lewis Carroll to J.R.R. Tolkien happen to occur along the way, all the better. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has arrived and the gang looks as good as ever as the adventure continues. After a successful Kickstarter campaign back in March of 2014 and a serial release of the game via Steam early access, the full game became available on February 20, 2015.  As with all my reviews, I will disclose up front that I backed the Kickstarter campaign and if you look around the castle, you may run into my portrait on the wall (I’m the old and scary one). So needless to say, I have an investment in the game and you may take that into consideration while reading this mostly favorable review. I also participated in the Steam early access and played each chapter (there are five in the game) over five months so I saw most of the game in beta release.

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