There's A Freeport Video Game Coming!
  • There's A Freeport Video Game Coming!


    Video games are a little off-topic, but this one is based on Green Ronin's 18-year old Freeport: City of Adventure setting. Coming from Drowning Monkey Games is a CRPG based in a virtual game room, hosted by a virtual GM (who, from the sounds of the press release, is a celebrity) with virtual dice, miniatures, and more.





    The full announcement is below the trailer. Return to Freeport, which the game is based on, is a six-part series of adventures for the Pathfinder RPG. Here's some more information from their site:

    • This game is the culmination of two years of experimenting with different view angles, styles, and gameplay mechanics. We want Freeport to look, feel, and play, like a magical tabletop experience. It wasn't enough to make stylistic art that looked like real life miniatures, we want the player to feel like they are in a world, playing with actual minis.
    • The game takes place in a virtual world on a virtual tabletop. This will feel especially enhanced in VR. The table is your play space. There will be a 'back stage' where you can walk around the town, and when you enter buildings, we will build a 'front stage' that gives you a more intimate and detailed look of the world you are occupying
    • You will go through a real life process of picking out the type of character you want to play, opening a pack of minis, and painting them. We're using Unity Multipurpose Avatar, which means the possibilities are endless.
    • We set out to make this game look as real as possible. To accomplish this, we licensed actual miniatures from companies that produce miniatures, and converted them to game-ready 3D models.
    • A dedicated table exists behind the DM, complete with a set of brushes and pots of paint. Almost any combination is possible!
    • It's virtual tabletop the way you deserve: in a virtual attic with a virtual table! Design of the table was inspired by actual gaming tables that you (probably) can't afford.
    • Whatever you can imagine is in a true tabletop experience you'll find here. You'll have a quest journal that magically fills itself in, a character sheet that does the same, dice, maps, etc.






    "August 2, 2018—SEATTLE, WA: Green Ronin Publishing and Drowning Monkeys Games are proud to announce the first Computer Role Playing Game (CRPG) based on Green Ronin’s original tabletop fantasy setting Freeport: The City of Adventure.

    “How incredible would it be to have a magic table that comes to life as the Game Master describes what is happening? What if you could play a tabletop game with friends over the internet in VR?” said Drowning Monkeys Games’ Josh Chudnovsky. “These are the questions we ask to fans of computer and tabletop RPGs and these are the questions the Freeport Video Game will answer. This game is a wholly-new, fun, and unique approach on the CRPG experience. You play in a virtual room, hosted by a virtual Game Master (whose voice promises to be familiar to tabletop fans everywhere) on a virtual table. Everything that exists in real tabletop gaming; Dice throws, playing with friends, painting miniatures, dioramas, character sheets, etc. is represented in the play space.”

    Freeport is setting well-known to tabletop roleplayers. First launched in 2000 with the award-winning Death in Freeport, the “City of Adventure” mixes classic fantasy elements with pirates and Lovecraftian horror. Over the years Green Ronin has supported the setting with a series of sourcebooks and adventures, including the Pirate’s Guide to Freeport and Freeport: The City of Adventure.

    “When I created Freeport, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that it’d still be going 18 years later,” said Green Ronin president Chris Pramas. “To see the setting thrive for all these years has been amazing. Now I’m thrilled we have the opportunity to bring the City of Adventures to video games.”

    Freeport: The City of Adventure will closely follow the recent adventure series Return to Freeport published by Green Ronin. It will also feature several hours of additional roleplaying side quests and offer a never-before-seen deep dive into learning more about the Lovecraftian world that Freeport inhabits.

    Availability & Requirements: Freeport: The City of Adventure is slated for a Holiday 2019 release, and will require Windows 7/10, a 7th generation core-i5 processor, 16gb of RAM, and a DX11- capable graphics card."
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Gorath99's Avatar
      Gorath99 -
      hosted by a virtual Game Master (whose voice promises to be familiar to tabletop fans everywhere)
      With an announcement like that, if that voice doesn't belong to Matt Mercer, they're going to disappoint a lot a people. So Mercer confirmed?

      Sounds cool in any case. Very curious if they'll be able to create a good facsimile of actual pen & paper play.
    1. jerryrice4949's Avatar
      jerryrice4949 -
      Seems strange they are making a video game but not converting it to 5E. You would think they would want to introduce it to as many people as possible before the game releases.
    1. Cergorach's Avatar
      Cergorach -
      That looks horrible!
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gorath99 View Post
      With an announcement like that, if that voice doesn't belong to Matt Mercer, they're going to disappoint a lot a people. So Mercer confirmed?
      Or Wil Wheaton, maybe? I’d say those are the two best bets.
    1. mikelaff's Avatar
      mikelaff -
      I'm hearing rumors the virtual GM is either Lorezo Lamas or Mario Van Peebles. Dark horse possibility that it's Andy Dick. Personally, I would prefer that guy from Harmonquest or maybe Danny Pudi. But, maybe those guys are too pricey.
    1. DMMike's Avatar
      DMMike -
      Please don't let it be Wil. I wouldn't want him to be tied to that ship/island sinking.

      The game is a great idea, though. Now you can play a metagame while you're metagaming!
    1. Mr. Greengoat's Avatar
      Mr. Greengoat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cergorach View Post
      That looks horrible!
      I believe the sailing characters are supposed to look like little gaming miniatures. I find it charming, but your mileage may vary depending on your love of kludgey fantasy sculpts.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Graphics kinda turn me off, but if the gameplay captures the TTRPG experience I'm all in.

      Kinda wish I didn't need a computer for it but it doesn't look like it will be on any console.
    1. trancejeremy's Avatar
      trancejeremy -
      Isn't 16 GB of ram kinda a huge amount? Most newish games need 8 and recommend 12. But requiring 16?

      Quote Originally Posted by mikelaff View Post
      I'm hearing rumors the virtual GM is either Lorenzo Lamas or Mario Van Peebles.
      I would actually be more interested in this if that were the case. It would fit the kitschy style of Freeport (as developed in products past the original 3 module trilogy)
    1. JEB's Avatar
      JEB -
      Hmm. Well, this is certainly novel. Don't think I've seen a game quite like this before. Games that try to be like tabletop, or let you outright play on a virtual tabletop, sure. But nothing that tries to combine the tabletop experience with imagining said experience. Normally I'd be pretty interested.

      Unfortunately, I can't forget that Green Ronin behaved pretty poorly last year and only made questionable attempts at atonement...
    1. Joseph Nardo1's Avatar
      Joseph Nardo1 -
      Unfortunately, I can't forget that green ronin is a progressive company, so therefore I can't support by monetary means this upcoming video game
    1. Stilvan's Avatar
      Stilvan -
      Quote Originally Posted by JEB View Post
      Hmm. Well, this is certainly novel. Don't think I've seen a game quite like this before. Games that try to be like tabletop, or let you outright play on a virtual tabletop, sure. But nothing that tries to combine the tabletop experience with imagining said experience. Normally I'd be pretty interested.

      Unfortunately, I can't forget that Green Ronin behaved pretty poorly last year and only made questionable attempts at atonement...
      Is this event open for discussion here? If it isn't I would kindly ask Jeb to remove mention of it from the post in the interest of fairness.
    1. Malovech's Avatar
      Malovech -
      This is not a good idea. It's like making video games into movies. Why are they trying to make the experience of playing a table top RPG into a video game? Just make a CRPG! (like Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale/etc.)
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Or Wil Wheaton, maybe? I’d say those are the two best bets.
      Both are published Green Ronin author's, to boot.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      Both are published Green Ronin author's, to boot.
      Exactamungo!
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