We’ve seen (and heard) River Horse do an audio adventure, and Paizo launched a Starfinder audio game with Amazon, using stars like Nathan Fillion and Laura Bailey. So, audio games aren’t new, but they’re only beginning.
Oliver McNeil has added just one thing to the Storymaster’s Tales series and added a whole new dimension, or at least a whole new perception; sight. The Kickstarter campaign uses a smartphone app to link a lovely looking, most-age-appropriate map to the interactive audio. You can check out, or join in on, the Spoken Adventures Game-Map at the project page.
At the time of writing, Storymaster’s Tales Spoken Adventures Game-Map still has 26 days to run and is five times over its funding goal. I’m not surprised as it looks straightforward and a whole lot of fun!
The successful campaign brings more than just the map to life but also a newly expanded version of the original game, the Weirding Woods.
The video makes it look like you can talk to the app, and maybe you can, as I can believe the technology might now be readily available via an API. I note that the text for the campaign sticks to “interact with”.
A known problem is Brexit combining with VAT reforms in Europe which are making it almost impossible for small businesses in the UK (such as this one) to ship to mainland Europe. Sorry to say, for now, shipping to the EU is suspended.
Using the Game-Map, you will be transported into an incredible audio adventure. Perfectly designed to play at any time from home or on the move. From ages 6 to adult, you can enter the fantastical world of the Storymaster’s Tales folklore fantasy.
The Game-Map moves one character around the map and is designed as a solo adventure. We do, however, find that groups like to play together, making shared choices to the fate of your hero.
A pledge of £10 will get you the Weirding Woods, expanded edition, only, and one of £12 brings you the map-game and “Night of the Blood-Wolf” adventure.
It’s £22 for both, so no discount, but at least you can pick and choose rather than have to buy the bundle.
A pledge of £30 gets you the expanded Weirding Wood Box of card, pad, dice and tokens with access to the soundscapes. There are similar deals for a Dracodeep Dungeon box and Towers Box.
There are pledges higher that add back in the map-game and top out at £125 for the lot.
Shipping is expected to happen in October 2021, but only to certain countries.
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