Industry Veteran David Reid Announces MetaArcade Adventures Platform
Self-Publishing Platform for Narrative Adventures to Launch with Classic RPG Tunnels & Trolls
Seattle, June 30, 2016—MetaArcade Founder & CEO David Reid today announced the studio’s first project, the MetaArcade Adventures Platform, which will enable users to play, create and self-publish adventure games featuring narrative-driven mechanics. The company also announced the platform’s first title will be a digital remastering of the iconic tabletop role-playing game Tunnels & Trolls, available later this year for iOS, Android, PC and Mac.
The MetaArcade Adventures Platform will be the first in a series of self-publishing platforms designed by the company to mitigate barriers often encountered by writers, artists, and game developers seeking to publish their works. MetaArcade’s initial release will focus on interactive fiction adventure games, with future releases enabling users to create games in other genres.
“We hope to unleash the creativity of gamers everywhere, and manifest the worlds they’ve built as full-fledged adventure games. The MetaArcade Adventures Platform will provide tools for any creator to interactively engage audiences with their works,” said Reid. “Tunnels & Trolls is the ideal title to introduce the platform: a legendary game with a vast world of adventures, and a flexible, scalable rules engine capable of realizing the most ambitious narratives the community can envision.”
The second role-playing game ever published, Tunnels & Trolls was originally designed by Ken St. Andre and published by industry stalwart Flying Buffalo in 1975. Among its many innovations, Tunnels & Trolls pioneered the first role-playing solo adventures, allowing greater accessibility and narrative depth for players to enjoy as an alternative to group play.
“Tunnels & Trolls rose from literature and pure storytelling,” said designer St. Andre. “I’d like to bring that sense of adventure and narrative to everyone in the world who loves fantasy, and I’m excited to see what the community creates as we develop a new adventure story-gaming style for the digital world.”
MetaArcade, founded by industry veteran David Reid in 2016, is a Seattle-area indie developer dedicated to empowering communities of creators through accessible self-publishing platforms. For more information, follow MetaArcade on Facebook and Twitter @MetaArcade, and visit www.metaarcade.com.
About Tunnels & Trolls
Tunnels & Trolls, the second RPG ever published, was created in 1975 by designer Ken St. Andre and first published by Flying Buffalo. Among its many innovations, Tunnels & Trolls pioneered the first role-playing solo adventures. In 2013, the original team raised over $125,000 from more than 1,600 backers through Kickstarter to release Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.