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Now on Steam - Early Access on Sept.30.2015

In a story where everything is untold, become the muse who unfolds a brand new adventure.

Epistory is an atmospheric adventure typing game that tells the story of a writer lacking inspiration who asks her muse to help write his latest book.


In Epistory you play the muse, a fictional character in a world where everything is untold. Your adventure begins on a blank page, but the world will soon become larger and livelier as you gather inspiration, solve its mysteries and defeat its enemies. From movement to opening chests and fighting in epic battles, every element in the game is controlled exclusively with the keyboard.

As you progress and explore the fantasy origami world, the story literally unfolds in the writer’s mind and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.

Features

  • Play as the muse riding a giant three tailed fox, lost in a fantasy 3D world
  • Solve mysterious puzzles and defeat enemies in epic combat
  • Unfold the story as you explore the origami world in the writer’s head
  • Discover all words you type have a deeper meaning and might influence the outcome of the story
  • Control everything with a keyboard in this one of its kind typing game (English, French, German and Dvorak keyboards supported)
  • Dynamic difficulty that evolves to fit each players’ skill set
  • Challenge other players for the top spot in the arena leaderboards
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Fonts of Wisdom: Choosing Typefaces for Epistory

Choosing a font is never easy and for Epistory, it nearly drove me mad. We didn’t have to find only one font, but three. Three fonts that needed to match together, follow constraints and have their own identity.

We had just a few constraints:

  • To support a wide range of symbols (French, Portuguese, Polish accents, Russian symbols…)
  • To always be easily readable
  • To give an idea or a hint of its purpose

...Simple.

Typing Font

The first font we decided to work on was the typable one: the font that will lead players through the game and on which the gameplay relies. The difficulty was to have a font readable on which we could add different kinds of feedback: such as the kind of magic needed, the right magic selected and so on.

We also wanted to suggest that the font belonged to a book, so we chose a font with serifs. “Optimus princeps”, already used for the subtitle in our logo, was our first selection but there were too many missing symbols. Instead, it became our reference for our future selections.

research

Serifs turned out to be a bad idea. The problem we encountered with those fonts was that they were not easy to read at all. I’ll spare you from all the steps we passed through because it will be a long and annoying description of research. Instead, I’d prefer to simply explain why we choose “YanoneKaffesatz”.

At first we added constraints in order to determine with precision our needs:

  • Find a vertical font that allows us to add long words without taking too much space
  • Simple, no serifs, no extravagance to increase the readability
  • Large enough for adding FX (but not too much)

After that, our decision came naturally. We forget it too often, but sometimes “feeling it” is the most important way.

Feeling the Font

When your brain drives you mad with all its “what if”, it’s time to turn it off and focus on what the font makes you feel.

The “YanoneKaffesatz” was, for me, the perfect font for many reasons. The regularity of the letters suits to a “book”, to a story, and the roundness feels “womanly”. Eech letter is readable, serene… perfect for when half-dozen monsters come to you.


Epistory dungeon battle

epistory chapter 1

For the main story font, which appears drawn on the world, our research didn’t last as long as for the first font. We noticed quickly that “Kingthings Petrock” would suit to our needs. Like “Yanone”, it was large enough to be readable in the bright grassland as well as in the dark cave, not too fanciful, but it also has the style of an illuminated manuscript, suits the story we wanted to tell.

fonts comparaison

The Secret Font

Our last font one keeps a secret… it’s a whisper, it’s like it isn’t really there and as soon as you see it, it’s already gone…

I chose this one only by instinct. I wanted something womanly, something personal, handwritten but not conventional. It had to be attractive… and disturbing as well. When I found “luna” I knew right away that it was the font I was looking for.

secret font

With Unity, I added some effects to this jarring, mysterious text: a little cloudiness that makes it less material and increases the impression of strangeness. The reasons why I chose it are pretty much spoilers so I won’t expand on that subject.

I spent weeks - maybe months - on these choices, but I’ve learned a lot. Principally to trust myself. I’ve done my best on it and sold a part of my soul for the game.

In the end I hope that you’ll enjoy the experience - because that’s what really matters.

Original Soundtrack and Merchandising

Original Soundtrack and Merchandising

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OST and merchandising of Epistory is now available. Let people know how crazy you are about Typing-RPG-Adventure games and specially Epistory :)

Epistory is now out on Steam!

Epistory is now out on Steam!

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After 6 months of Early Access, Epistory finally comes out on Steam :)

We’re Not Going To Tell You Epistory’s Secret

We’re Not Going To Tell You Epistory’s Secret

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Epistory has a secret. Beneath the papery structures of its origami world, between the lines of fairy-tale narration which shape the player’s journey...

Finding the Right Words

Finding the Right Words

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In Epistory, typing is the sole interaction the player has with the game. You get to type a lot of words, in fun, varied ways, so we end up with a lot...

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sirjuanitoPRO
sirjuanitoPRO

your game is on Steam? Steam GreenLight ?

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jjc_uk
jjc_uk

It's on Steam Early Access right now, and fully released on Steam tomorrow!

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otisurdoden Creator
otisurdoden

Now fully released: Store.steampowered.com

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mrwasd
mrwasd

Wonderful idea and great graphics. Also brilliant choice on the voice actress. The overall impression is very harmonious. Really like it! Best luck on your way!

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Thaiauxn
Thaiauxn

Looks outstanding! :D I'm excited to watch the progress! A little bit Bastion, a little bit Okami, bits of its own. Should be a glorious game.

(Note: no voice on chapter titles. Reading it to yourself adds dramatic flair I think.)

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TheThibz
TheThibz

Thanks!

Still too early to tell about the chapter titles but we'll consider both.

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krysarion
krysarion

Hey guys check my walkthrough on YouTube !

Goo.gl

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tomerbarkan
tomerbarkan

This game looks awesome. Watching it. Let me know when you're on Greenlight I might be able to help (going through it myself now).

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otisurdoden Creator
otisurdoden

Hey Tom, we already on Steam Early Access but thanks for the help!

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