In 2016, developer MetaArcade first debuted its digital prototype of the iconic tabletop role-playing game, Tunnels & Trolls. This digital remastering of the legendary franchise wasn’t just about bringing the adventures of Trollworld to a wider audience. MetaArcade wanted to utilize the art and history of this world to build a new developer platform. One where anyone could create their own RPG adventures.

Now MetaArcade is almost ready to launch their first game, Tunnels & Trolls Adventures for mobile. The app serves as a proof of concept for the team’s Adventure Creator program that they demonstrated earlier this year at PAX South. Unlike similar developer tools, Adventure Creator prides itself on being easy to use. Now anyone with a story to tell, regardless of technical expertise, can make a game.

Aspiring adventure devs use easy to navigate menus and an entire library of assets from the Tunnels & Trolls franchise to build and publish their own sword and sorcery adventures. The plan is to make the platform robust enough that users can eventually add their own assets as well.

No Coding Required

Currently, the team is focusing on the release of Tunnels & Trolls Adventures on the App Store and Google Play on August 17th. The release coincides with the first day of Gen Con 50, marking 41 consecutive years of Tunnels & Trolls appearing at the convention in some form. Not too bad for the second RPG ever published.

Storytellers looking to create their own RPGs should follow the MetaArcade Blog for Adventure Creator news and impending release dates.

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Joanna Mueller

Joanna Mueller is a lifelong gamer who used to insist on having the Super Mario Bros manual read to her as a bedtime story. Now she's reading Fortnite books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games as Cliqist's EIC.

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