Might and Delight has announced Book of Travels.
The “tiny multiplayer online RPG” is coming to Windows PC and Mac (via Steam) sometime next year. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game.
The developer also confirmed they’ll run a Kickstarter campaign for the game, on October 17th. While they’re planning on making the game regardless, they want to use the Kickstarter to get feedback from the community and make the game that much better.
Here’s a rundown on the game:
Join the Book of Travels and become a part of a unique social role-playing experience that doesn’t hold your hand. Inspired by genre classics, this is a serene adventure that sets you adrift in a fairy tale world… but it’s also an invitation to role-play without the restraints of linear missions and plotlines. Feel at liberty to travel the free wilds and vivid cities of the Braided Shore peninsula. Wander deep into the layers of this hand-drawn world, stumble upon its hidden places or unravel one of its many mysteries. There is no overarching goal, no real beginning or end, but for mortal characters the stakes can be high.
Braided Shore is a vast and intricate world, but meetings with other players are few and far between so your chance encounters will be something special. Choose to collaborate together or to survive alone, either way, you’ll be part of the birth of an exciting new online community, one where many stories will be told.
But take note: This is a game for wayfinders and wanderers and it won’t plan out your route. Instead it will trust you to to play in your own style and to shape your own journey. Whichever way you choose to travel, you’ll soon be adding your own chapters to the Book of Travels.
- Authentic role-playing and individual play styles – Pick one of 20-plus forms in a detailed character creation sheet that focuses on personality and identity rather than stats and classes. The game allows you to play in a style that matches your character and to set your own personal goals. Are you a danger-seeking adventurer, a stoic practitioner of magic binding, or a carefree tea drinking gambler?
- Boundless narrative that won’t hold your hand – Your travels will present you with countless randomly occurring events making your story unique, and each session different from the last. Peel back the layers of diverse plotlines and discover an immensely deep fairy tale world.
- TMO: Tiny Multiplayer Online – Other players are few, but your paths will cross—it’s up to you to choose to travel together or go it alone. Find vehicles to reach far flung places or just amble through woods together. The absence of guilds and social structures makes your temporary fellowships unique and memorable.
- A beautiful world of uncertainty – An intricate and unique world that draws inspiration from old-world fairy tales, Eastern mythologies and early industrial eras. Tons of intricate events chains that unlock items, characters, deep world secrets, and hidden gameplay features and tricks.
- Communicate using symbols – Learn to use a unique set of symbols to communicate with other players. Unlock new symbols as you encounter new features and places (e.g. you’ll gain the symbol for “city” only after you’ve visited a city). The limitation in communication lays the foundation for a rich and friendly multiplayer experience.
- Innovative RPG systems – Define your character by unlocking and mastering 300-plus abilities, magical skills and passive feats that will have a huge impact on your character and open up different experiences of the game. Gain experience in numerous ways: by exploring, being courteous, gathering and trading. Battles can be rewarding, but you will learn more in defeat than in victory.
- The world is a hand painted diorama – Experience a unique game view perspective ‘painted’ in a richly detailed art style. Click to walk like old school RPGs but in scenes with three-dimensional depth.
- Committing to the world, together – Might and Delight studio is fully committed to making this online world grow and live for a long long time – together with you. Much like a dungeon master we will hint about new mysterious scenarios, but it will be up to you, the players, to let us know what we should explore next. Additionally, we’ll add new levels, constantly making the vast world even bigger, adding new playable characters and of course thousands of storylines and events. Stories will change and evolve and eras of new narratives will follow.