A cold press release email arrived the other day, and almost went straight in the bin because I took it to be for a computer game... but then I played the video (above). And my interest was piqued!
Developed by Triclap, a small startup indie game studio of five young guys based in Germany, Yora appears to be a clever innovation in the ever-evolving world of roleplaying games, seemingly blending the ubiquitous digital presence with the old school tabletop experience.
You still have a gamesmaster and a group of friends sitting around a table, but now all the mechanics are handled by the Yora Adventures app.
The publicity material boasts:
"It’s a standalone app which contains all materials needed to start playing.
No need to carry around books, maps, sheets, dice or pens - with Yora they’re already in our pockets.
Wherever you and your friends go, just grab your mobile devices to get started right there."
|The Gamesmaster's Screen|
"Yora uses a specially developed rule system, adapted for intuitive, digital use.Yora Adventures will be released in August, with the first adventure scenario included for free.
This ensures that all functions work best with the capabilities of our powerful digital devices.
Game Masters use integrated maps, clean adventure text sections, simple NPC handling, and more.
Players will be able to create their own hero on the go, level them up and improve their attributes, skills and attacks.
They can even collect weapons, armour, items and send them to their fellow players.
Dice checks are performed in an instant. No more calculation needed when it comes to cinematic showdowns on the battlefield."
Further adventures will be available in the shop section of the app, and later on different setting genres will be revealed, such as sci-fi, apocalypse, mystery, western, historical, crime, etc.
A campaign generator for home-brew adventures is also already in the works.
I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this; not sure I could cope without my precious dice clattering across the table - but there's definitely enormous potential here.