Explore dead civilizations, write about what you find, and share your stories with the universe; Elegy for a Dead World is a game about writing fiction.
As you explore, the game helps you create the narrative. You begin on Shelley’s World, now devoid of life. A bloated, red sun scorches a landscape of towers, sculptures, and cryptic machinery.
As you encounter these elements, Elegy will cue you with a series of writing prompts. Here, for instance, the game asks you to describe the landscape:
There are many stories to write and many places to visit, from the crumbling museum, stone faces, and sweltering plains of Shelley’s World to the central planning station on Keats’ World to the desiccated shores and frigid tundra of Byron’s World.
Each world offers multiple sets of prompts, each intended to inspire you to write a different story about it. Elegy might ask you to write a short story about an individual’s final days, a song about resignation, or a poem about war. In the more advanced levels, you’ll sometimes get new information halfway through your story which casts a new light on things and forces you to take your story in a different direction.
When you’ve completed your narrative, you have the option to share it with other players through Steam Workshop or reproduce it in digital and print media.
You can read other players’ works, browsing through the most-recent, the best-loved, and recently-trending stories. In our gameplay tests so far, players have expressed a variety of thoughts about what happened in each world — the silhouette of what looks like a telescope to one player looks like a rocket ship to another, and a planet-destroying weapon to yet another.
You can also take screenshots of your story and upload them to a print-on-demand site like Blurb or Lulu, which will then send you a gorgeous, full-color, physical book:
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If you’re like me and you love RPGs for their ability to let the player tell their own story, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Elegy for a Dead World.
The (already successful) Kickstarter is ending soon so if you want to follow along and see this fantastic idea as it goes from concept to a game in your library then you’ll have to act fast!