Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way

24 Jan

I’d like to bring some exciting news to your attention today. Bob Bates, author of classic games for Infocom and Legend Entertainment and a great friend of this blog, is Kickstarting a new text adventure.

I played the game last year in its alpha state. Bob is very much aware of the ways which text adventures have evolved since the days of Infocom and Legend, and has come up with a great blending of modern and classic here. It’s funny, fun, and occasionally challenging, but always in the right ways. And it’s written with TADS 3, so it’s as technically sophisticated as one could ask for.

I hope some of you will want to join me in helping him to get it polished up and out the door for a variety of platforms. You can learn more on the game’s Kickstarter page or on its home page. Welcome back, Bob!


6 Responses to Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way

  1. Zark

    January 24, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Roger Anderson

    January 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Fantastic! This is great news. I am now a backer and look forward to playing this with the kids. Thanks for the incredible work that you’re doing Jimmy. This is so important and I’m really glad you’re doing it.

  3. Lisa H.

    January 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

    AMANA as the name for the soup-heating spell! Nice. And detecting shades of FILFRE in that penguins one…

  4. Lars

    January 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Isn’t the chronology a bit odd? I mean, make the game first and /then/ raise money for it?

    • Jimmy Maher

      January 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      “So, having self-funded the game for so long, why am I now coming to Kickstarter and asking for your help in getting the game out the door? The answer is time, technical help, ports, and music. At the rate I’ve been going, it will take several more years to complete the game. But with a successful Kickstarter, I can devote more time to the game now and get it out the door within months, rather than years. And with stretch goal funding, I can hire technical help to port the game to more devices, and potentially even get music into the game.”

  5. Bernie

    January 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    It’s really fantastic that Bob is back with a new project !

    I hope that he will we able to tap the Android / iOS store market. Specially Android, where similar offerings are pretty “bare-bones” , to say the least (we should commend this people anyway because they are trying). Mostly kiddy stuff.

    I’ve read that Mike Berlyn has managed to publish on the iOS Store.


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