The Tavern uses a new approach to role-playing. You play as mercenary named Nalia - a single mother who tries to earn enough coins to survive the winter. Your children need you to come back, but how are you going to act seeing the cruelty and rottenness of the outside world? After all, the monsters, dark magic and barbarians from Southern Tribes are nothing in comparison with the human iniquity.

No fillers, no grinding, only your decisions and the story - complex as a visual novel, interactive as an RPG. All this takes place in a grim, dangerous fantasy world where the main goal of entire civilizations is survival.

  • Immersive, complex dialogues filled with player's decisions;
  • Narrative battle system;
  • Multiple endings;
  • Unique, personal story;
  • Non-linear, elastic plot;
  • Estimated playtime - between 1.5 and 3 hours.
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Hello, hello and welcome!

November is almost over and we made a huge progress during this month! We still expect to release our fantasy pixel art Visual Novel on March of 2018. We started even works on our third game, but let’s not go ahead of ourselves. ; )

- Preparing the prototype -

Our number one priority for now is to program all the features required to create a great prototype. Since the story is already finished, we hope to show some gameplay footage in December. The graphics, however, are still in early development, what doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to show you today.

By the way - how do you like our new logo? : )


- Have you met our protagonists? -

During our recent ScreenShotSaturdays (are you following us on Twitter and Facebook?) we shared some detailed descriptions of our three main protagonists - huntress Vena, aspiring bard Fabel and herbalist Iudicia. If you’ve missed our introductions, you can find them below:




- New area sketches -

Thanks to our friends from Oray Studios we’ve made a great progress designing new area sketches. We can’t wait to see them turned into colorful pixels!

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In the nearby future, we plan to share with you our first video highlighting the soundtrack we’re working on and some new concept arts, maybe even our new world-map. Cool fact - looks like the game is going to be translated not only into simplified Chinese, but traditional Chinese as well. : )

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to get in touch. Thank you for your attention and see you soon!

The Tavern - RPG/Visual Novel hybrid - now available on Steam

The Tavern - RPG/Visual Novel hybrid - now available on Steam


Moral Anxiety Study launches its first video game!

"The Tavern" is ready and we're looking for reviewers!

"The Tavern" is ready and we're looking for reviewers!


If you are a reviewer who likes video games with great storytelling, we have something for you!

The Tavern - June Update (#1)

The Tavern - June Update (#1)


First pre-release let's play on YT; demo is now available on our website; some writing tips for game-writers.

The Tavern’s Target Audience

The Tavern’s Target Audience


Our game is pretty weird. Are you a part of its quite specific audience?

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The Tavern - Official Updated Demo

The Tavern - Official Updated Demo


The updated, official demo of The Tavern, RPG/Visual Novel hybrid, is now available.


It's great to see rpg's like yours are beginning to look past the typical tropes that have defined the genre in recent years.

Having been raised by a young single mother in a very poor environment myself I would really like to thank you for creating someone as unique and complex as Nalia as your main character.

So far you have captured a struggle that many of us are still facing daily superbly, some aspects could use a little polish but I doubt I could have asked for anything more.

Cheers, and good luck with all future development. I look forward to seeing more from you guys.

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I'm so happy to see your comment, Beenjammin. We'll try to provide even better and more polished game (and characters!) in the future.

I'm sure the best days of video game stories are still ahead of us.

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This looks very interesting! Hope development goes well for you guys! I'm gonna be keeping a close eye on this one.

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MoralAnxietyStudio Creator

Thank you very much! The beta tests are going really well!

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