It might look like a computer game, but One More Multiverse insists it’s all about the tabletop.
In the site’s FAQ, the company says;
Our main goal is to grow the number the people playing TTRPG’s, because we know that will enable more creators — game designers, artists, writers, GM’s, storytellers — to make a living in our industry,”
Well, Geek Native started out to try and grow the number of people playing RPGs too. That didn’t get me $17m.
One More Multiverse has just raised $17m in a Series A funding round, and that includes contributions from Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell and the co-founder of Crunchyroll, Kun Gao.
As noted two weeks ago, One More Multiverse challenges traditional definitions of tabletop roleplaying but might not break them.
Virtual tabletops are an accepted part of the community and enable the RPG experience to happen more easily online and assist the theatre of the mind with visual cues.
One More Multiverse takes that a step forward and offers up JRPG style assets and that 2.5D RPG experience. In their FAQ they note;
Although “VTT” is the easiest shorthand to describe us, we don’t think of ourselves as a virtual tabletop exactly. We aren’t looking to recreate the traditional table experience (we’re huge fans of it but gathering in-person isn’t always possible). We want to expand the TTRPG experience with all the possibilities only digital gameplay can offer!
The business objective of One More Multiverse is clear, recruit the players so that the marketplace the company is building becomes dominant.
The challenge is equally clear, why would players move to their system, especially if there’s a barrier to entry with the need for fancy pixel art?
To help tackle that challenge, One More Multiverse will invest in art builders so even talentless goons like myself can design assets. That software can then become part of the lure and stickiness of One More Multiverse. If you’re using their assets, then you’re invested in their system.
Meanwhile, the platform’s Twitch integration will help it grow awareness among the actual play communities.
Source: Games Industry Biz.
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