Hey, it’s Tom here!
Shortly after Brad pitched me the idea for Story War, I threw together an IRC bot that could play it. (IRC is a really old chat platform that nowadays is only really used by hackers and time travellers from the 90s) Even with no art, hastily-scrawled descriptions, and totally un-thought-out characters and locations, we realised this game was a blast.
It turns out that a heck of a lot of you think it’s a pretty cool game idea, too, because as of just a little while ago two-and-a-bit thousand of you have helped us hit our $100k stretch goal - and we’re not even halfway into the campaign yet! Amazing!
So, it means that, once the Kickstarter wraps up, I’m going to start bringing this old IRC bot into the twenty tens, including lovely graphics, chat, and video! At the moment we’re looking at building it as an add-on to Google+ Hangouts, which means the webcam-based communication elements will already be there for us; we’ve just got to get the game happening!
It’s going to be a fair bit of work, so it certainly not going to be live when the kickstarter ends or anything (plus I’ve got to put together the print-and-play stuff first!), but we’ll keep you posted on the progress. I’m sure I’ll end up playing it with at least some of you, so I look forward to seeing you on Google+!
PS: We recently got a huge bump because of a cross promotion we did with Ryan North’s choosable adventure hamlet book! Anyone who backed both project, or backs Story War at the DELUXE PACK level or higher, will get free exclusive cards based on Ryan North’s version of Hamlet. This first card is based on Ryan North’s version of Ophelia:
I don’t want to say she’s steampunk, but she is kind of a punk and you can choose for her to invent steam technology. If you want to get Ophelia and the other cool cross promotion cards we have lined up, be sure to upgrade your pledge to the DELUXE PACK reward tier!