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The Moaning Words is a game at the crossroads of books and video games written by Alan Dean Foster.

The last week run! Unlock additional cards together!
The last week run! Unlock additional cards together!

We’ve put together a reward for EVERY BACKERS every time we raise an additional $666 dollars. There are 15 steps until $10.000. When each step is reached, you will receive one or several additional cards, all exclusives. There are up to 27 additional cards to collect. (more info here)

EVERY BACKERS unlocked 15/27 additional exclusive cards!

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Set in the infamous Cthulhu Mythos, The Moaning Words is a tribute to a writer we are deeply in love with: H.P Lovecraft. It is a free to play game, available on smartphonestablets (Android and iOS first), and web browsers. It is in English and French (more languages will come later).

Written by Science Fiction author Alan Dean Foster, The Moaning Words is a dark investigation composed of 18 episodes released daily. With hours of gameplay and reading, this investigation is packed with many innovative features:

  • Interactive storytelling
  • Social reading and cooperation
  • Narrative card games
  • Illustrated riddles

Why the Cthulhu Mythos?

We have been fans of Lovecraft's lore for a while now. We have experienced the fear induced by Lovecraft’s tales and the long, candle lit nights, playing the Call of Cthulhu paper RPG. We truly plunged deep into the Mythos.

With this new project, we wanted to create something new when it comes to reading experiences and added game mechanisms. The Cthulhu Mythos is perfect for an immersive and fearsome interactive experience. Did we actually choose the Cthulhu Mythos? Or did it choose us? We don’t know but it is a real pleasure to work with this universe; a childhood dream come true.

Interactive storytelling

In The Moaning Words, you are in charge of the story. As you shape your own adventure, face hundreds of challenging decisions, and experience one of many different endings. Your choices can change everything. With your decisions you can modify the entire narrative, negotiate with characters, develop deep relationships between your favorite protagonists, collect items and use them later, etc...

Social reading

In each episode, you can invite your friends to unlock additional choices, secrets and rewards. Recruit your contacts from Facebook or the Game Center and experience the story together in a brand new interactive way. With your friends, influence the fate of the three protagonists. Finally, share and compare your adventures.

In The Moaning Words, the investigation is enriched with narrative gameplay experiences. Each episode will challenge your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Narrative card game

Throughout the story, you are challenged in card battles that have the power to alter the course of the story. Winning/losing will result in drastic consequences. Here is an example taken from the app:

During the second episode of the investigation, the card game will influence the murderous intents of one of the characters. The card game’s result will decide whether the killer surrenders to his blood lust or not. Will you be skilled enough to save the victim? 

Illustrated Riddles 

Throughout the investigation you face graphic and brain-teasing riddles. Solving these mysteries will allow you to progress through the investigation. Each riddle comes with a gorgeous illustration, a unique interface and a specific solution. Here are a few examples:

  • Analyze the crime scene for hidden clues
  • Manipulate ancient artifacts
  • Examine paint from insane artists
  • Break seemingly uncrackable codes...

User-Generated stories

Discover new interactive tales from the community and learn how talented many Lovecraftian authors can be. Vote for the best stories and reward your favorite authors with exclusive items.

Writing tool  

Thanks to our free writing tool, compose your own stories on your computer or directly in the application. Add choices, Mythos Card games and resources to your texts and share them with the world.

In addition to the interactive investigation, discover hours of thrilling content in The Moaning Words:

  • Read stories from H.P Lovecraft enriched with pictures and sounds
  • Get challenged in Card battles to collect more than 100 cards
  • Unlock a Secret File about the whole Cthulhu Mythos

The Moaning Words has one last obscure secret, hidden deep in the game. We will not disclose it here but we have one piece of advice for you: Look for it, it is tied to the cards and it is worth it!

With this program you can unlock additional rewards every time one of your friends backs us up! Gain up to 5 awesome new rewards.

How does it work?

1. Pledge for The Moaning Words on Kickstarter

2. Talk about The Moaning Words with your friends

3. Give your Kickstarter ID to the friends who pledged for The Moaning Words

4. Your friend will register here and will enter your Kickstarter ID

5. We will contact you and your friend directly (via Kickstarter), to verify there is no abuse

6. You will receive a notification each time you unlock a reward

If you experience any sort of problems, feel free to contact us via Kickstarter or at support@byook.com

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About Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster is an American author, writer of science fiction with many series to his credit. He was a writer for the Star Wars series as well as an author of many “Lovecraftian” tales.

About BYOOK

Created in 2009, BYOOK is a publisher of enhanced reading experiences. We believe our apps will revolutionize reading habits. The team is composed of talented graphic designers, skilled developers, and mobile app and video game marketing and sales experts. Today we want to innovate again by creating a reading experience with heavy gaming experience and interactive storytelling.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have been developing byooks for the last 4 years and have always made sure that the quality of our products and the satisfaction of our users come first. We have been working on this Cthulhu byook for the past months, we are quite happy with our initial concept and would like Kickstarter to tell us we did the right thing by funding this project.
Funds will entirely go toward the development of the byook as well as the shipping of the rewards.
The development costs include such things as the creation of illustrations, the coding, the game design or the preparation of the story by Alan Dean Foster. With our experienced team and with the help of our valuable partners, we are sure to bring you the best reading experience on smartphones and web browser.
The challenges we will faces and our creations will be logged. We will bring you consistent and valuable updates during the campaign as well as after funding is achieved.

FAQ

  • We have a long experience in interactive reading and storytelling. Our previous apps were praised by users and the critics. We love what we do and we are huge fans of Lovecraft!

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  • Toward the overall project only.

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  • Last semester of 2013.

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  • Yes, the app is free to play.

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  • On our blog or on the backers’ private updates.

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  • It will be “Free to Play”. It means that the reader can read and play for free. He will occasionally be invited to buy specific items to enhance his reading experience, gain more Elder Texts or to complete his Elder Cards collection.

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  • You can download the application from iTunes at the beginning, then later from Google Play and from your web browser few weeks later.

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  • The money will be entirely spent towards the project and will help us develop more stories, more playing cards and more Lovecraft’s byook. We also port the application on more platform (like Windows phone) and in more languages.

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  • The Moaning Words will be in English and French. More languages will come later (according to the Kickstarter campaign).

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