Embrace the isekai spirit of Sword Art Online, Persona, Accel World, Log Horizon, Ready Player One, Dream Park, and other stories where there's one world that offers far too little .. and another that's all too much.
Vital Hearts is a tabletop game where you have not one but two characters: your personal user in a modern-day Japan... and an avatar in the next generation in multiplayer gaming. It's fun at first, as you balance your work-a-day life with your hack-and-slash gaming. And sure, you might dismiss those fake screenshots and Internet hoaxes at first... but there's definitely something mixed up around here.
A Tale of Mixed Realities...
You'll be playing not one, but two characters: your persona in Real Life, who has to go to work, to school, and to do other chores... with your avatar in Virtual Reality, who uses fantastic techs of sword and spell to defeat monsters and win the day. For the game of Vital Hearts, you must strike a balance between RL and VR. If your character spends too much time in the game, they'll fall behind on their daily life. But if you can't keep up the pace in the game, you may miss out on great rewards.
As you make your own stories, the line between the two gets thinner. Logic, math, and academic skills will help you solve puzzles in the game. Reflexes, wits, and bravery earned in the game can give you new confidence to deal with the ordinary. Whatever path you choose, let your past glories build your future success... because you'll need to be ready for what's to come.
... But It's Only a Game, Isn't it?
The Internet is full of viral hoaxes. And all kinds of people play these games, so it's not that weird when one or two make the news. And you just want to play games, not get caught up in politics of anti-gaming organizations, patent disputes, and other things. But the longer you play the Vital Hearts game, the more things happen that are just ... odd. Are you and your friends the targets of identity thieves trying to hack your accounts? What kind of publicity stunt goes so badly that the police get involved? Did those accounts go dark because those people just quit... or because of something else? Just what is going on?
You'll have to work together with your friends, using both your VR champion and your RL self, if you don't want to be just another victim. And it might not just be you and your friends who are in danger. WIth Vital Hearts getting ready to launch in all regions, the fate of the entire world could be at stake!
Vital Hearts uses the Cardinal engine (as seen in IRONCLAW, MYRIAD SONG, URBAN JUNGLE). Our game works with you to make the character you want to play. Push your essential traits of body, speed, and will to higher levels. ... or dive deep into the meta, stacking abilities in unique, emergent combinations in a way that meets your needs and desires. Fight battles in a clear, straightforward way that's fast and fun. As you complete quests, run errands, and uncover secrets, your character grows along paths that match the story that you want to play.
We have big plans for this game -- but we're not letting our virtual dreams run away with us. Our starter goal is for a complete game, with the basic levels, the expanded levels, and a book for game-masters' secrets. But with your support, Vital Hearts can be much more that!
We'll post more updates as the project develops: new playtests, more artwork, and work-in-progress details. If you have questions, we'd love to hear from you, so you can post something in the comments below, and we'll do our best to answer them. Vital Hearts isn't just for us - we want to work with you to make your dreams come alive.
Risks and challenges
At Sanguine Productions, it's not just a cliche when we say that our games are products of passion. We've been working on VITAL HEARTS for more than ten years, and with a dozen crowd-fundings and twice again as many books behind us, we're ready to take our games to the next level. It's your support that makes our dreams become your reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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