Wyrd Games has teamed up with Drawn by Clouds to release Fall Schematic, a digital RPG and tabletop cooperative card game with a rich storyline and intriguing narrative. The digital portion of the game will be a free-to-pay-what-you-want mobile RPG representing the abstract digital world within the Autumn Network, where the physical cooperative card game mirrors the ruined physical world surrounding it. Both of the games are independent experiences, but they interact with each other in different ways.
Fall Schematic takes place in a techno-magical world where humanity has abandoned their mortal shells in place of digital ones. The surface of Earth is now an overgrown ruin with dormant technologies of an ancient era. Organic life as we know it has been reduced down to no more than plants and insects. Machines, called Frames, journey across the planet, piloted by digital people who move through cities known as Networks. Both the physical and digital worlds are being ravaged by an entity known only as the Glitch.
The digital game acts much like a turn-based RPG where players need to collect beings called Subroutines and battle the Glitch using them. The artwork is phenomenal and extremely colorful. Drawn by Clouds is doing something different with the digital version of the game, however, and it’s something they’re calling the free-to-pay-what-you-want method. The company plans to release cool, limited edition items into the game, and players will discern how much to pay for them. Using Drops of Sunlight (the in-game currency), players will be able to pay for bundles of these items in a similar fashion to the Humble Bundle that happens every so often for video games and the like.
The cooperative card game acts somewhat like the Dungeon Decks from the World of Warcraft TCG. Players can get a starter box that includes all the cards needed to create a faction (player) deck and a Glitch (AI, or enemy) deck. It can be played with one to four players, and the goal of the game is to defeat all of the cards in the Glitch deck without losing all of the player’s Frames.
The Kickstarter is pretty huge, and it’s already reached its funding goal. Pledge levels range from simple digital rewards to copies of the physical game. Players can get everything together, however, if they so choose by pledging for the COMPLETE INTERFACE level. I think Fall Schematic looks amazing, and it’s got plenty to offer. If you’re a fan of cyberpunk/technopunk themes and cooperative gaming, do yourself a favor and check out the Kickstarter.