It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of adventure games, just as it’s no secret that I love text adventures. I grew up on the classics from Infocom, so when I found out that Bob Bates was back with a comedy adventure called Thaumistry I had to back it. And I’m far from the only adventure fan that’s signed up for this sure to be epic journey.


> What is a text adventure?

In short, a text adventure, or interactive fiction as it’s come to be known, is an all-text game full of description. Sometimes there are static pictures, sometimes not. In the case of Thaumistry, it’s an all-text piece of art. If you’re into reading and using your imagination, then definitely check this one out. I backed it instantly because I love this sort of gameplay style.


> What is Thaumistry?

Aside from being a text adventure, Thaumistry tells the story about a group of people with some sort of magical abilities. It’s set in a contemporary world, and they don’t want to be found out. Unfortunately, someone’s about to blow the whole thing wide open and they don’t want any of that. It’s up to Eric Knight to figure out if he’s a Bodger, and possibly to keep their secret safe. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

> Why should I back this game?

In short, if you’re a fan of interactive fiction this should be a no-brainer. There are so few commercially available text adventures that seeing Thaumistry launch is exciting. $15 might seem like a lot for a game of this type, but I personally think it’s worth it. Text Adventures, particularly Infocom games, have been a part of my life for so long. Also, having one of those who actually worked at that company start up again is a great thing to see.

About the Author

Serena Nelson

Serena has been a gamer since an early age and was brought up with the classic adventure games by Sierra On-Line, LucasArts, and Infocom. She's been an active member on Kickstarter since early 2012 and has backed a large number of crowdfunded games, mostly adventures. You can also find her writing for Kickstart Ventures and

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