The world of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) has always been an avenue for adventure and storytelling. But what if you could take the magic of those campaigns and seamlessly transition between a physical board and a digital world? This is where LORAK, a groundbreaking transmedia gaming project by Lurtis, comes into play.
The Transmedia Vision
Lurtis, a pioneer in innovative solutions, has embarked on a journey to revolutionize the way we approach tabletop RPGs. LORAK is a transmedia RPG that combines traditional tabletop gameplay with digital immersion. This ambitious project has been in the making for the past decade, evolving with the advancements in technology and the changing landscape of RPGs.
LORAK’s core concept is built around the idea of creating a bridge between the physical and digital realms of gaming. It’s an old-school RPG brought into the 21st century, with deep lore and mechanics rooted in the FORTUNA IMPERATORIS system. The game has seen a gradual infusion of supporting technologies, from virtual character sheets to AI-driven character management.
The Seamless Transition
While most RPGs are bound to the tabletop, LORAK is breaking boundaries by seamlessly integrating virtual tabletop platforms (VTT) and pure video game environments. Players can now experience epic adventures not only around a physical table but also in the virtual realms of video games. The characters that populate your in-person game can undertake additional adventures in the video game world, creating a continuous and enriched gaming experience.
Crafting the Transmedia Solution
LORAK’s foundation begins with the creation of a comprehensive rulebook and world definition that forms the core of the game. Accompanying this is a web service architecture that allows the gaming world to exist and transition between virtual and physical states. To further expand the transmedia experience, LORAK also introduces a mobile video game component.
This innovative approach paves the way for players to manage their characters and explore new adventures across platforms, breaking the mould of traditional RPGs. The first version of LORAK, currently in development, focuses on creating the framework for the transmedia solution. This includes game servers, mechanics, and a simplified mobile game to attract funding for further development.
LORAK is more than a game; it’s a testament to the power of transmedia storytelling. With Lurtis at the helm, the future of RPGs is set to transcend the boundaries of traditional tabletop gaming, enriching the adventures and stories of players.
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