Download a Prototype of Ever, Jane, a Video Game That Takes You Inside the Virtual World of Jane Austen

A few days ago, 3 Turn Pro­duc­tions fin­ished rais­ing $109,563 (from 1,600 back­ers) on Kick­starter to fund the devel­op­ment of “Ever, Jane,” a vir­tu­al game that allows peo­ple to role-play in Regency Peri­od Eng­land. 3 Turn describes the gist of their game as fol­lows:

Sim­i­lar to tra­di­tion­al role play­ing games, we advance our char­ac­ter through expe­ri­ence, but that is where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end. Ever, Jane is about play­ing the actu­al char­ac­ter in the game, build­ing sto­ries. Our quests are derived from play­er’s actions and sto­ries. And we gos­sip rather than swords and mag­ic to demol­ish our ene­mies and aid our friends.

Try to win the sym­pa­thy of Lizzie Ben­net by telling lies about your rival, as Mr. Wick­ham does, but be care­ful. The sys­tem will noti­fy some­one if they are being talked about too often and a good sleuth may find the play­er who is spread­ing such rumors. If you are caught in your lies, the con­se­quences you intend­ed for your tar­get will hit you two-fold.

A descrip­tion is nice, but a demo is even bet­ter. And hap­pi­ly you can down­load a pro­to­type that “pro­vides ful­ly func­tion­al infra­struc­ture for both the gos­sip and the invi­ta­tion sys­tems as well as a 3D vil­lage in which you can walk about, bow­ing and curt­sy­ing to peo­ple appro­pri­ate­ly.” There’s also a tuto­r­i­al that walks you through the basic mechan­ics and UI. (It should be includ­ed in the down­load from this link.) More infor­ma­tion about Ever, Jane can be found on the pro­jec­t’s Kick­starter page.

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