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From the makers of FARFLUNG and MYRIAD SONG comes a game of mixed emotions, virtual mystery, and danger that is all too real.
From the makers of FARFLUNG and MYRIAD SONG comes a game of mixed emotions, virtual mystery, and danger that is all too real.
258 backers pledged $10,703 to help bring this project to life.

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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 planning committee is a joint effort between three veterans of tabletop gaming, Sanguine Productions, Gunship Revolution, and DriveThruRPG.

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.

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    PLAYER'S BOOK

    This reward gets you the starter book that you'll need to play the game, in digital format. You 'll have an option to purchase print books at a later time, for an additional charge.

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    STARTER+EXPANSION

    All the information you need as a player: the starting rules and the advanced options for character creation.

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Starter Book, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
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    PRE-ORDER BONUS

    This reward includes all three books (Starter, Expansion, and Admin Manual)... but it's only available for a limited time.

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
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    COMPLETE GAME

    This reward includes all three books of the game: the Starter book for the basic game, the Expansion book for advanced leveling, and the Administrator's Manual with information only for the game host, to run the mystery campaign.

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Starter Book, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Administrator's Manual, in digital format
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    RETAILER SUPPORT KIT

    Do you have a retail store, and you want to support VITAL HEARTS? This option will get you the digital books, and we'll set up retailer-friendly options that you can order mroe books at wholesale in the future. Plus we'll list your store in our book (with social media contact info) and we'll send a few more promotionals your way. Support your local business!

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Starter Book, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Administrator's Manual, in digital format
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    COMPLETE PRINTED SET (No downloads)

    For backers who only want printed copies. This reward includes all three books of the game: the Starter book for the basic game, the Expansion book for advanced leveling, and the Administrator's Manual with information only for the game host, to run the mystery campaign -- all in printed format, only, no digital options. (If you want print+digital, choose one of the digital rewards, and we'll give you an option to add printed copies later.)

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    • VITAL HEARTS Expansion book, in print format
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    COMPLETE SANGUINE DIGITAL LIBRARY

    Enjoy the present while we hope for the future. This reward gets you not only the Vital Hearts game... but digital copies of every game Sanguine offers (as of March 2018). That's over 30 titles: fantasy, steampunk, science-fiction, and more!

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Starter Book, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS Player's book, in print format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
    • VITAL HEARTS: Administrator's Manual, in digital format
    • Option to pay EXTRA CHARGES to opt-in to Early Access Beta
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    UNIQUE ARTWORK

    You can describe your own character, monster, place, etc. to include in the game. Our staff of professionals will work with you to match what you describe with the game, complete with its own artwork. Bring imagination to life!

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    • VITAL HEARTS: Character Expansion pack, in digital format
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