‘Unique social roleplaying experience’ Book of Travels begins Kickstarter

Target goal: $25,500 raised

    
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If you’ve often promised that you would support online RPGs that broke from tropish traditions and took risks, well, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Book of Travels, a lovely and highly artistic title from Swedish studio Might and Delight, launched its Kickstarter campaign today with the goal of raising at least $25,500 to help flesh out the game.

“Venture out into a hand-painted fairytale world and become part of a collaborative and friendly roleplaying experience,” Might and Delight, which already has seven released games under its belt, says. “Inspired by genre classics, this is an online adventure that sets you adrift in an intricate fairytale world… but it’s also an invitation to roleplay without the restraints of linear quests and plotlines.”

While the whole world is 3-D, every element of the game is hand-painted to create a very lush and beautiful style. Skills, crafting, trading, equipment, and combat will be present, but more in the context of roleplay and personality than strict levels. Emotions such as grief will be stressed, and players will communicate with emotes and symbols rather than text chat. Magic will be highly unconventional via things like Knotcraft and tea.

The team wants to stress that the “Tiny Multiplayer Online” Book of Travels is a much different experience than your typical kill-o-box: “Right from the start, our ambition was to take the conventional elements of traditional RPGs and use them to make something new — specifically, a world where players can enjoy calm exploration, discovery, and quietly forged companionships.”

Book of Travels is targeting a 2020 release as a buy-to-play title with no subscription. Might and Delight is giving out extra bonuses for backers who pledge in the first 48 hours. Additionally, every backer will be memorialized with a flower in a special Travellers’ Meadow.

Source: Kickstarter. Thanks, Agemyth!
Update 3:12 PM EDT
And it’s funded! :)
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sirradoria

Here we go again

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PanagiotisLial1

It sounds nice but communicate only through emotes? I understand having enforced RP like a lot text MUDs but just emotes isnt enough for player communication and it will result most likely on people ignoring the social part and focusing on skills, combat and exploration

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Minimalistway

I don’t think it have any combat, so far i didn’t see any skills or abilities, it seems the developers designing exploring and walking around game.

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PanagiotisLial1

well from what I have read on the article:

While the whole world is 3-D, every element of the game is hand-painted to create a very lush and beautiful style. Skills, crafting, trading, equipment, and combat will be present, but more in the context of roleplay and personality than strict levels.

So while combat isnt the focus there is too, but also crafting and other non combat activities but that isnt a problem – if the game is about companionship and roleplay etc how players will communicate with just emotes? If they make it way too hard for what should be a simple thing(to communicate), are players going to communicate or will do each their own things and not bother with the social part of a tagged as social mmo?

Alyn
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Alyn

It seems so relaxing.

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micedicetwice

I like walking simulators just fine, but my immersion into said sim would be lessened a lot if fellow player xxXXTRUMPMAGA2020420XXxx decides to wander along beside me and pester me to RP duel him repeatedly before running around me for five minutes Naruto style.

It was solved pretty easily in the Endless Forest, where each name was transformed into a symbol. That game was also silent and I never ever seen anyone trying to harass players in that game. It’s too boring for xxTRUMPxx kind of players.

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camren_rooke

I’ll have to look into it.

Right now I’m really enjoying Gris.

Oddly enough I’m playing Gris and Path of Exile. Talk about dichotomies.

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camren_rooke

While I enjoy the art style immensely it looks like there is little in the way of a game. Is it a walking simulator with multiplayer chat options?

I like walking simulators just fine, but my immersion into said sim would be lessened a lot if fellow player xxXXTRUMPMAGA2020420XXxx decides to wander along beside me and pester me to RP duel him repeatedly before running around me for five minutes Naruto style.

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agemyth 😩

The only media/personality quote they have there is from MOP :)

I would read an interview by Bree of M&D if they happen to be interested in talking to media about the campaign/game.

The funding seems to be going really well so far. I’m really tempted to jump in, but I think it is best that I wait for release.

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laelgon

Definitely excited for this one, but I’m waiting for a finished product before supporting them financially. Hope to see it in a year or two, because it looks beautiful.

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Armsbend

“If you’ve often promised that you would support online RPGs that broke from tropish traditions and took risks, well, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.”

Sure – once it is done.

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agemyth 😩

Well in the meantime you can check out Meadow for $3 USD :)

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/meadow

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Nick Smith

I’ve played Meadow and all the Shelters. Wonderful games. Got Meadow for my kids computer too so we could explore together. Really is unique art style and music. I’m looking forward to Book of Travels.

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Bruno Brito

Sure – once it is done.

I recommend this to everyone.