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Elegant and immersive – featuring a handmade scroll that unrolls as we travel revealing new roads, strange hosts, and perilous choices.
Elegant and immersive – featuring a handmade scroll that unrolls as we travel revealing new roads, strange hosts, and perilous choices.
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    1. Ross Cowman 10-time creator on

      A lot of people are requesting translations. This is great! I just realized that I could add captions in multiple languages to the video.
      I would love to do this. It would make it much easier to get enough backers to support a game translation.

      I've created an english captioned template. If anyone has the time to translate this into another language, I will add it to the kickstarter video.

      Let me know if you are interested. :) I'm not sure how much time this would take, but I would be happy to compensate any volunteers with pdfs of any of my other games (Life on Mars is available in German and French!)

      WEBVTT -- English

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      Magic is dying

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      And the Magus is dying with it

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      We travel together

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      to the realm of Umbra

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      Where Magic was born

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      Hello, I'm Ross Cowman

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      and I'm here yo tell you all about Fall of Magic

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      Fall of Magic is a game of collaborative storytelling

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      where we play a group of travelers in the company of the Magus

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      At the heart of the game is this beautiful silk-screened scroll.

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      Handmade using natural materials

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      As our journey progresses the scroll unrolls

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      to reveal new roads, strange hosts, and fantastic locales

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      all illustrated by this amazing artist, Doug Keith

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      Fall of Magic is for 2-4 Players

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      ages 8 and up

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      you can play it in a couple of hours

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      or over the course of several sessions using the same characters

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      here is how you play

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      first each player picks a name and a title for their character

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      we each choose a counter, plus one more counter

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      to represent the Magus

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      The Magus starts on Ravenhall which is where our journey begins

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      Each location has several scenes listed under it

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      and on your turn, you move your character to one of those Scenes

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      and describe it from the perspective of your character

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      you can tell us what it looks like

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      tell us what is going on right now, what you're doing there

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      Underneath the scene is the Story Prompt, and when you're ready,

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      you're going to have to describe that before you're turn is over

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      things like "Your face in the river"

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      "The last time you saw real magic"

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      or maybe a Peril you must face.

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      how you describe this is up to you

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      You might tell us what your character is thinking

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      play out a conversation with another character

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      or narrate a little scene like in a book or movie

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      the character of the Magus is shared between us

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      and once we've each had a turn you may choose to play as the Magus

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      advancing us further down the road

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      the Barley Lord has said, "You shall not enter"

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      and the Magus says, "Very Well."

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      and we retreat back up the road a bit

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      and for the first time on our journey

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      he does something more than just a mere trick

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      Fall of Magic does a great job

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      of evoking the feel of a fantasy journey

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      without directly relying on any of the clichés or tropes

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      so each story is going to be your own

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      and no two games are ever going to be alike

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      The game has gone through two years of development and play testing

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      and already gotten some great feedback from the gaming community

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      and if this Kickstarter funds,

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      I’ll be able share this dream version of Fall of Magic with you.

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      thank you so much for watching my video

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      if you've got any questions, go ahead and ask me

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      and I can answer in the comments below

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      thanks a lot

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    2. Philip Espi

      Great news. One more vote for the french version. Un vote de pus pour la version française. Merci !

    3. Antoine Pempie on

      A French version would be awesome !

    4. Jonathan Walton

      Chinese please! I'm sure we could track down some folks to make it happen (I volunteer to help). The title could be something like 魔法之终.

    5. Steve Mann on

      What a good idea, printing other language editions.

      Either US or UK English for me.

      I only kicked for one copy, otherwise I'd put in a vote for Esperanto. It would make a great learning and practice tool.

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      Jesús Rolero on

      Spanish would be AWESOME!

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      Julien GRAVOULET on

      S'il vous plait je le veux en Français.
      Please I want it in French.

    8. Dario Diniz on

      please translate to portuguese (brazilian)