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Yasmeen Khan
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Freelance illustrator & writer
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So I made a thing: http://below.storynexus.com/s

It's called Below, and it's a story-driven, dungeon-delving online card game you play in your browser. You play Below cards to explore the dungeon and Above cards to renew your spirit. But the more you draw on the Above deck, the more dire the plight that drove you into the dungeon.

Its inspirations are Beowulf, Moria, the Tombs of Atuan, and a whole pile of folklore. You can learn the Giant-Tongue, speak at the Althing, bargain with the White-Handed Lady who is sometimes called death, forge a Lion-Helm, hunt outlaws in a haunted barrow, outwit a Troll-Wife, and leave legacies for those who follow you (like a Streak of White Hair, Words of Caution, or Family Secrets).

If you die you can send your mangled corpse into another player's game so they can stumble across it and learn an important lesson in mortality. I think that's funny.

Maybe that sounds like your sort of thing. If so, I raise a cup of mead to you.

It's built on the StoryNexus engine, which Failbetter Games use to make Fallen London, and features all-new custom art by the spiritually chthonic (in the best possible way) +Yasmeen Khan. The first dungeon, the Bellringer's Tomb, is free, and there's a second one - the Sea-King's Grave - which you can buy for a few bucks. StoryNexus games come with action limits, but I've relaxed them as much possible. I think it plays best in lunchbreak-sized chunks, but you should be able to basically play as much as you like.

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NOW RELEASED:  A BOND WITH YOUR WAYWARD COUSIN

I've just made the new Nex-locked bond available in the closed beta of Below. It was written by +Yasmeen Khan and myself.

Buying a bond with your wayward cousin costs 10 Nex. You can unlock it on the Gallows card of the Above Deck, or when your Sails of the Sea-Kings first reaches 20.

You only need to spend Nex once. Once you have done so, all your future characters can get the bond by spending 10 Memories of Home on the Gallows card, or for free when your Sails of the Sea-Kings first reaches 20. 

The Bond with your cousin grants access to the following new content:

Two new keepsake items: the Long Knife and the Whittled Charm. You can buy and improve these in camp, learning more of your past with your wayward cousin. Each has three stages of advancement, and all-new art.

A way to unlock a new Prestige Card: Into the Woods. This card lets you delve into Gallowmoor's haunted forests and remove conditions or restore Spirit. Make offerings at the blue stones, avoid the Hoary Men, or climb the Pale Hill. (A future Nex-locked bond will allow another way to access this card and add new branches.)

New options on various Above Deck cards.

A change to the Althing card: your cousin makes it easier to rouse the Moorsfolk to war, but harder to counsel them to caution.

Unlike other bonds, you can't offer your Cousin to the White-Handed Lady or involve him in the Threat of the Sea-Kings. 

Unless you're super-keen I'd actually recommend holding off on buying this bond until I release some new content to explore it with. Hopefully in a few weeks!

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