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This text-based adventure infuses horror and fantasy elements along with RPG systems in to a story-driven experience. Expect magic, conspiracies and world building.

Blending interaction fiction with stats-based RPG gameplay, Susurrus: Season of Tides [Official Site] lets players experience a magical world in a modern-day setting. I played a bit of the game to see what it was all about and found that it’s rather straightforward in its execution. You get to build your character (choosing between a mage, vampire and werewolf and then specilizations) and encounters in the game world can lead to stat changes or acquiring items. Solving some situations require probability checks on skills, all in all a very standard RPG fare.

The game is free to play, with certain actions such as traveling between areas costing energy. Energy slowly replenishes itself after real world time, at a rate that’s not too annoying to play casually. You can buy energy with real money like in a lot of other f2p games but, really, the main thing about the game are the narrative elements. I haven’t played enough to say that it’s particularly well-written but it’s got its own charm and style that’s somewhat reminiscent to things like Shadowrun and World of Darkness.

Official About:
  • Susurrus: Season of Tides is a free-to-play story-driven web game of conspiracy and horror in an urban fantasy world.

  • Largely text-driven, Susurrus draws from old-school text adventures, modern interactive fiction, and the deep character development of tabletop and live-action RPGs. Choose your path as a vampire, werewolf, or mage, then watch how your power unfolds in a modern world filled with uncanny beasts, walking nightmares, and silent conspiracies. You'll be called to ally yourself with one of ten factions as you uncover the secrets of your home city. Along the way, you'll meet a vibrant and diverse cast of NPCs, enlist their aid, and develop personal relationships with them.

  • The twist? Susurrus is multiplayer, so you can team up with players from all over the world to build a unique power base of connections and resources to advance your cabal's objectives - or explore the world on your own.

  • Start playing now by clicking the 'Play' button at the top! Over the next few months, watch for new story arcs as they are released - and see how Season One unfolds!

You can play right now ahead of the official launch on Monday and there’s a few quests that are exclusive to this early access period. This isn’t the kind of stuff that we normally cover, but it’s still neat that things like these are being made.
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qptain Nemo 19 August 2017 at 3:43 pm UTC
QuoteEnergy slowly replenishes itself after real world time, at a rate that’s not too annoying to play casually. You can buy energy with real money like in a lot of other f2p games but, really, the main thing about the game are the narrative elements.
I believe you when you say that but that is still my least favorite way of monetizing a game. I find it deeply uncomfortable. I'd rather pay a AAA sum upfront than wait or pay like that.

Thanks for covering something off-beat like this though, I for one appreciate it.
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