Sunday, September 30, 2012

Story Realms

I'm not usually one to go around shilling things in public.  It often leads to blame directed back at me if something goes wrong with the item I'm promoting.  However, I fully believe in this product, so much so that I'm willing to risk the potential downside.

Story Realms is currently on Kickstarter, and will be until Thursday October 4th.  I know, that isn't much time, but seriously, go check it out.

Story Realms is being designed by Escapade Games, and if you haven't heard of them, you're not alone.  That's because they're a new company, but two amazing people are the lead designers for Escapade Games.  They are Angela Hickman Newnham and Julian Leiberan-Titus, but you would know them better as the people behind the popular blog, Growing Up Gamers (along with Angie's husband.)

What exactly is Story Realms?
It is a cross between a board game and a role playing game. More than that, it is meant for people of all ages, especially kids.  When Angie mentioned that her 6 her old daughter led a play session, I truly understood that the game is for all ages. The game plays in ~1 hour sessions, and there is a lot of material, including in depth adventures, in the initial box.  Who knows what they could do with expansions.  The game is meant for 2-7 players, with one being the story teller.

Everything I've seen, heard, read, etc. about Story Realms has maintained or enhanced my interest in the game.  I was able to see the print and play version over the summer, and that looked really polished.  

The game has already hit funding, so if you back it, you will be getting a game.  They're estimating delivery in the summer of 2013, which is a ways off.  A lot of that has to do with very high quality and high detail artwork.  All of that takes an immense amount of time, and they want to make sure it's perfect.

If you like the idea of a storytelling boardgame, please go take a look at this game.  It's worth 5-10 minutes to just peruse the kickstarter page and see what they have to say.

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