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Among The Dead

By BloodyFanGirl06-05-2013

Boon Hill is a game that sees you go around a graveyard reading the epitaphs on the grave stones. That's it. There is no ultimate end goal, no master plan to foil, no danger, no enemies to shoot. It's just you, the gravestones and the story told through the epitaphs. Here's their Kickstarter campaign.

Whilst Boon Hill will definitely not be a game for everyone it seems to have found a niche audience. As someone with an interest in emergent and inferred narratives in games I'm interested to see how this particular project turns out. The atmosphere the game appears to be going for definitely seems like something I'd want to sink my teeth into.

The man behind the Kickstarter, Matthew Ritter, says this about the game:

"I don't want to imply the game is aimless. Boon Hill is about inferred stories, about the connections people have that continue even after they die. The graveyard tells many tales woven by those who've long since passed on: stories of love, life, sorrow, and joy, told over generations.

The threads of narrative are woven throughout the gravestones for you to discover, if you have the inkling to look. A row of graves all with the same last name, most of them having died very young, suggests a specific set of circumstances. An epitaph that reads 'Survived by no one' is dour, yes, but clearly someone carried out their last wishes. Here, people are tied together by something as simple as similar birth dates, the places they were born or died, and even the styles of their grave markers. Subtle stories abound in the rows of stone."

With just 20 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign has already almost reached its meagre end goal of $5000. Because of this small financial goal the game will likely only be available for PC. The game will also probably only be available as a digital download. However, a stretch goal has now been announced; if the Kickstarter gets $10,000 then the game will get a cross platform release. There's a further break down of how funds will be spent if the project reaches its goal at the bottom of the Kickstarter page.

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