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In Drafting Tales you play as a new writer working from your small apartment. Your goal is to become a well-known and successful author!

You produce works of literature, whose quality depends on the genre/topic combinations that you select and the effort points that you allocate to your work’s literary elements. As you gain experience, you unlock new work types, genres, topics and purchasable items which provide you with perks, allowing you to improve your works and progress in the game.

Key Features

  • Write articles, short-stories, non-fiction and novels
  • Select genre/topic combinations and allocate effort points to your work’s literary elements
  • Discover the ideal genre/topic and effort point combinations by asking your peers for feedback
  • You have limited inspiration, so you'll need to develop appropriate strategies to maximise the number of works you produce and keep up with your expenses
  • Receive offers from agents and query publishers
  • Get your works published, receive reviews and acquire fans
  • Get nominated for awards
  • Earn money, purchase items from the store and upgrade to a new home
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Drafting Tales v0.21.0


Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.21.0.

Write Dialog

Work length options are now Short, Medium and Long, which are unlocked at expertise levels 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Audience demand for each genre/topic combination is calculated and displayed in the Write Dialog.

Write dialog

Audience demand in the Market Report is color-coded. The bar becomes red if less than 50, yellow if less than the maximum value.

Market Report


New promotion options are available that can be used when self-publishing your books. You can buy promotion options by spending XP in the Skills tab.



Improved Dialogs

Improved the Purchase and Character dialogs. Stats now include previous years' Awards.

Purchase Dialog

Awards stats

Improved the Awards ceremony dialog.

Awards ceremony


  • [Community suggestion] New topics: Aliens, Archaeology, Zombies.
  • XP is now awarded after the work is completed. The awarded XP is constant and depends on the work type/length, but the cost for acquiring new skills increases as you progress in the game.
  • Publicists are unlocked at 400K fans.
  • If a publisher requests corrections while you are working on another task, the task won't be interrupted anymore. You can resume corrections at a later time.
  • New Milestones: Self-publish books, Retire.

You can also check out our new trailer, showing some of the new changes.

Drafting Tales v0.16.0

Drafting Tales v0.16.0


Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.16.0. Improved mechanics and UI changes.

Drafting Tales v0.13.0 Update

Drafting Tales v0.13.0 Update


Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.13.0. UI improvements and new publisher query dialog.

Drafting Tales v0.12.0 Update

Drafting Tales v0.12.0 Update

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Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.12.0. Gameplay and UI changes.

Early Access Update (v0.11.0)

Early Access Update (v0.11.0)

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The game has been updated to version 0.11.0. Improved the initial apartment. A new home is available to purchase.


Great! Amazing games!

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