Playing role-playing games on virtual tablets can be even harder. One More Multiverse wants to correct this

Playing role-playing games on virtual tablets can be even harder. One More Multiverse wants to corre ...

One More Multiverse, a venture capital-backed company, is preparing a tabletop role-playing game with a small group of friends. It's also launching a new game system that requires training, and introducing four or five new characters takes time.

The first toolset from One More Multiverses is a collection of assets to support Blades in the Dark, a wacky TTRPG set in a haunted European city that was created by OMM. That city, Doskvol, is as much a character in the game as anyone sitting at the table.

One More Multiverses is a collection of John Harper's core books that includes almost every location, item, and non-player character. No more having to look through a 1-inch grid to make sense of your digital maps, or having to drag and drop your own items in a useful list on the other side of the screen.

Doskvol is a relatively small collection of people, places, and things needed to create its database, compared to a sprawling multiverse like D&Ds Forgotten Realms, which has over 40 years of publication history.

Doskvol is so well defined, rather than having to build an entire continent, Li said. For instance, the vast majority of district landmarks from the book, weve created a direct pixel art version so GMs can kind of immediately jump in, and its ready to go.

Virtual tablets have increased in popularity in the last two years, providing long-running groups and new players with ways to keep the campaign moving. Roll20, perhaps the most popular and successful VTT to date, recently boasted that it has increased its user base from 5 to 10 million users. That kind of growth has encouraged Wizards of the Coast to invest in its own VTT, part of the One D&D offering that also includes tools from recently acquired Dungeons & Dragons Beyond.

BLADES IN THE DARK sheets are getting a makeover, including some new features. First up, the Bio tab Blades Portrait Generator (that's the character art on the left) Those Friends/Rivals/Purveyor are *placeable* NPC characters with their own fully networked wiki entries pic.twitter.com/nVlV8t8luh

Li said that teaching RPGs is unique in that it requires a lot of time upfront. If you are considering a game, it's quite difficult for the whole group to understand it as you might with a video game. We think that kind of helps explain why the market is so dominated by a single system, because there's just much more friction [with] trying something new than there would be with a traditional video game.

One More Multiverse has used charming pixel art for its upcoming Yazebas Bed & Breakfast deal, as well as other goodies. Li said the goal with the Blades toolset was to demonstrate that the company's art style might work with a more grimdark game.

Li explained that although Multiverse has a sort of top-down pixel art aesthetic, it does not mean that Stardew Valley was just cute. With Blades, we can achieve, I believe, a completely different mood.

One More Multiverse is currently in beta. Pre-orders for the Blades in the Dark game are now available, with a complete release scheduled for October 13.

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