In Elegy, you’ll travel to worlds inspired by the works of British Romantic era poets, and write stories about those who lived there.
Each of the game’s 27 writing challenges inspire you to create narratives about the worlds from different perspectives. In one challenge, you play an archaeologist uncovering clues and writing about a city’s final days; in another, you’re a thief, composing a song about searching the wreckage for valuables; and in another, you pen a lament in rhyming couplets.
Tougher challenges include writing puzzles. For instance (spoiler ahead!), in one challenge, Elegy has you describe the beauty of a world and its lost culture, only to remind you, halfway through, that you’re the one who destroyed it. Your job is then to reconcile your love for the world and your justifications for its destruction.
When you’ve finished writing a story, you can share it with other players, read their writing, and commend your favorites, via Steam Workshop.
Development began in October, 2013 with a week-long experiment intended as a “palate cleanser” for both Dejobaan and Popcannibal. Studio heads Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott sat down in the kitchen of Boston’s Indie Game Collective co-working space and scrawled the initial design out on pieces of 8.5″x11″ paper.
Elegy 6 Part Mini-Documentary
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- Storytelling beats action in new games – New Scientist
- 8 Breathtaking Indie Games Stealing Hearts at E3 – Mashable
- Hands On: Elegy For A Dead World – RockPaperShotgun
- The write stuff: Elegy for a Dead World – EuroGamer
- Best Games of 2014 – PC Gamer
- Elegy for a Dead World turns players into poets – Joystiq
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About Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal
Dejobaan Games has been making games since 1999, and is approaching its 20th commercial launch. The multi-award-winning studio is best known for its BASE jumping game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, visual novel Monster Loves You!, and bullet-hell FPS Drunken Robot Pornography.
Popcannibal lounges around Boston making odd games. Awards include an IndieCade E3 Selection, IGF Honorable Mention 2014, Official Selection Gamercamp Toronto 2013, Unity Awards Finalist 2013, Official Selection PAX East Indie Showcase 2011, and “Most Meaningful Game” at the International Academic Conference on Meaningful Play 2008. Popcannibal’s “Girls Like Robots,” published by Adult Swim, was the 13th best reviewed iOS game of 2012. Popcannibal’s contract development portfolio includes advergames for film, beverage, social and technology companies.
Elegy for a Dead World Credits
Ichiro Lambe, Dejobaan Games
Ziba Scott, Popcannibal
Rohit Shenoy, Dejobaan Games
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