Orson Scott Card, author of the Tales of Alvin Maker series and Andrew Tepper of eGenesis Games (A Tale In The Desert designers) have entered into an agreement today to produce a MMO game based on Card’s series.
The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series about a alternate version of America at the turn of the 19th century. In this version, folk magic such as faith healing, hexes, and second sight not only work, but are common place. The book is a robust blend of folktale, history, parable and seemingly personal testimony, promising a multi-layered community-building game of intrigue and magic without the use of combat.
The initial plans include things that are happening in Alvin's world, but which will never show up in the books along with four different magic systems, plus the technology track, offering players many ways to develop their characters. Card, himself will be involved in the planning of the game, and promises on his web site, “The goal, however, is to let the players freely develop characters and take part in a wonderful, magical world.”
Andrew Tepper, critically acclaimed designer of A Tale in the Desert, will be working closely with Orson Scott Card. “My primary goal is to stay true to the world that Orson Scott Card has created” said Tepper, when asked about his plans for the project.
The eGenesis designers will be creating many interesting visuals and challenges for the game. Fans of Alvin Maker will be able to check on the progress of the game design by going to the official site: http://www.hatrack.com
With more than 5 years of game development experience, eGenesis (Pittsburgh, Pa) has become an award winning industry leader in innovative game play with A Tale in the Desert. Since its launch on February 15th 2003, the game has won numerous awards and received nominations including Game of the Year from DIY Games. Find eGenesis online at http://www.atitd.com
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