Three years ago, indie game developer Tim Fowers introduced gamers to Paperback, a deckbuilding card game that tasked players to become best-selling novelists without writing a word. In the real world, there are many aspiring writers, but very few manage to achieve their dreams. Paperback‘s design played off of that desire and gave gamers a unique way to experience that goal. Now, Fowers is back with a new game, Hardback; which isn’t an expansion. Instead, it’s a standalone title that revisits the premise and acts as a prequel to Paperback. Or should we say it’s a “Pre-Quill”?
Hardback takes place in the 19th century, and it features Penelope Quill, the great-grandmother of Paperback heroine Paige Turner. But the 1800s are much harder for a female novelist to navigate, even though Paige credits Penelope for setting her on the path as a writer in the video for the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
To achieve your literary dreams in the game, players will have to use their cards to assemble all of the letters in the available genres, including horror, mystery, adventure, and romance. But there’s also a fair bit of wordplay involved, as players collect various letters and use them to earn additional points by spelling out words with their decks. Backers can score a copy of the game for only $27. But if you’re holding out for more Paperback, then you’re in luck! Fowers has announced that the long-awaited Paperback expansion is happening, and you can get it with Hardback for a $43 pledge. Further details about the Paperback expansion are expected to be announced soon.
The Kickstarter campaign for Hardback will run through Wednesday, April 26.
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