Kickstarter: Maelorum, Volume Two by Will Fincher – A game book with epic tabletop RPG tendencies
It’s always interesting to see what happens when someone decides to push an idea to its extremes. Such an example appears to be Maelorum, the 440 page game book by designer/illustrator Will Fincher. The original Maelorum was the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012
that raised over $8,400 and a subsequent Kickstarter campaign
to reprint Maelorum Volume One that raised over $19,000. Now, Fincher has returned to Kickstarter
to fund a sequel to Maelorum called, aptly-enough, Maelorum Volume Two. In case you are not familiar, gamebooks are books where the player chooses the path that the story takes. Maelorum appears to take a direction similar to that of Tales of Arabian Nights where your characters abilities also affect how the story proceeds. At the start of reading Maelorum, you select a character and fill out a character sheet, much like you would with a traditional tabletop RPG. But instead of being at the whims of a gamemaster, you interact with the book. According to the Kickstarter, “There are many endings you can get, even unlockable hidden achievements, so the replay and re-readability is very high.” The Maelorum Volume Two Kickstarter allows backers to get the PDF of Maelorum for $10, a soft cover copy for $25 and a hard cover copy of $45. Backers can add on copies of the original Maelorum, as well, for those that didn’t participate in the first Kickstarter campaign. There’s a lot more information over on the Maelorum Volume Two Kickstarter page
, including an excerpt
from the book. As of this writing, Maelorum Volume Two has raised over $13,000 of its $20,000 goal with 32 days remaining.
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