Browser-based sandbox MMO ARPG
Blossom & Decay is a full loot, sandbox MMO ARPG for web browsers and mobile platforms. Instead of scripted quest-lines in the game, players fashion their own narratives through a wide set of social mechanics and external PvE pressure.
The world’s story is constantly molded by its citizens. Shops and quest billboards are provided by fellow players, not NPCs, and the game's offline AI task system enables players to craft, trade, and defend when AFK. Everything is created and arranged by the players wherever they choose, from buildings and roads to respawn-points, quests, goods, trade and the laws of the land. Players will toil to imprint their history in this virgin world.
“In a few decades, the great kingdoms of Claris will be history. Monsters appear in every nation in that old continent. No ruler reacts, absorbed in their own power lust. Now a small group led by influential clerics sets out to the edge, where new lands await. Many soldiers of fortune follow, but uncertainty rises as the old kingdoms stand idle. Will a future blossom as the past decays?”
The world starts as a vast wilderness where players will immediately need to make choices about where to find shelter and how to gather food. Individual storylines will advance based on players’ needs and how they meet them, all the while confronting an aggressive PvE that increases in difficulty as they advance in the world.
There are myriad roles players can follow, from being a hermit farmer to running with a mercenary gang, or leading a large trader clan. The world is so large there will even be stories of discovery and cultural exchange. All will die on the vine or flourish dependent on grit, knowledge of nature, and awareness during social interactions.
Blossom & Decay's story is envisioned via emergent narrative like a mix that brings together the best of EVE and Ultima, but accessible and playable for a larger user base-- because we are hungry for this kind of game story.
We came from playing pen & paper games and wondered why digital games struggle with that same level of “making your own story”?
Between full-loot gankboxes and the classic film-like, cutscene-narrative of theme park MMOs, our goal is an in-between tale that players can enjoy and engage at their own choosing and pacing.
In the beginning, players arrive item-less near the southern coast of the map. They need to figure out how to identify and scavenge plant and animal resources, how to use them and how to compound them for higher values.
Enemies are weak and resources scarce near the southern coast, but players must move further inland to find better resources and build improved shelters, workshops and items.
As they advance in the map, the constant stream of enemies becomes more difficult and high-quality resources are more abundant.
Additionally, monster spawn points aren’t set, so they wander from fringe and northern regions to swarm the valleys, drifting in higher amounts toward settlements.
These drifting monster groups can also be intercepted, diverged and lured. Players must fight as allies to figure out ways to protect their treasures and lands.
Pacing is enhanced by an AI that takes over when players go offline, allowing configuration of their avatar’s tasks and behavior. So one can go from highly involved action combat on PC to asynchronous management of crafting and trade processes on a mobile device.
Instead of grinding and time-invest, progress in Blossom & Decay is based on training and practice of skills and items, understanding the environment's mechanics, and social interaction.
Players can venture into the wild, run a profitable trade, develop settlements, rise to the leadership of a large clan, or become a feared warrior. They can also choose the renegade lives of bandits or just settle down and work on their beloved slice of land. Their own motivations will be the fuel to experiment, create, compete and explore.
Players won't fall behind those able to make huge time investments because game mechanics benefit different play styles, balance factions, and transform “required playtime,” into, "I play how and when I choose."
When offline, players don't de-spawn. Instead, the offline AI scheduling executes whatever the player decides. Say they want to tend their crops, craft items or sell goods at their shop. Say they want to guard a buddy's house. All this can be done offline.
The players’ AI also defends when attacked, but the player won’t be invincible. Collaboration and communication for things like perimeter watch and assigning shifts will be additional layers that affect gameplay.
Combat is skill-based as in classic action RPGs. The character can be controlled with a gamepad, touchscreen or keyboard and mouse. Timing and adapting to opponents’ behavior is key to succeeding in combat, especially in PvP situations.
The power-curve between items is flat, so combinations of skilled players can always defeat even the best equipped solo player. Strength in numbers and handling of skill combinations with precision replaces traditional mechanics, like finding rare equipment and XP progression.
The game emphasizes and rewards group-building and social interaction. Adventurers will need wit, training, and --often-- friends to win the battles of Blossom & Decay.
The game is centered around social interaction. Cooperation is rewarded and often necessary.
The world’s territories and cities will be dominated by clans. Any clan will be able to create its own laws and hierarchies, defining different roles along with member rights and duties. Anything from democracy to dictatorship can be established. Even “Duel-ocracies,” are possible, where disputes get resolved by the sword.
Clans likewise depend on their members and subjects. If they grow too big, they become vulnerable to poverty, spies and power struggles. If they are too repressive, their subjects might revolt or abandon them. Players must figure out how their clans benefit citizens. Be it protection, wealth of available resources, or equal rights.
The sandbox economy is fully player-driven, so there are no NPC merchants in the game. All production and trade comes from players, even when they are offline, since the offline AI mode kicks into action with player-defined tasks.
Many resources are unique to specific regions, and certain plants or animals won't thrive in certain places. Goods have to be transported over vast distances and there is no easy fast-travel, like teleportation between cities. Transport routes will take days and lots of resources, so risk and other factors are important when players consider how to work together to move goods, as well as how they price them or where they engage in trade.
Players advance from sticks and stones to mithril crafting through five tiers that involve resources and skill acquirement. Often trading with people above or below one’s tier can increase progress (to build better tools earlier or easily get resources).
All this opens the economy for crafty players to speculate and manipulate prices. Having information and connections at hand will be key to become a successful merchant.
Blossom & Decay also has a relaxed crafting side where one can build structures, grow crops and breed animals. This let’s players have a central role even if they choose not to invest as much time as a fighter, leader or trader.
By advancing and combining their discoveries, crafters link together the backbone of Blossom & Decay’s economy and social system, filling it’s town’s and roads with life along with the traders and warriors who return from the unknown.
We are currently developing the game to run in web browsers. Next step will be to build the mobile client (iOS & Android) and then to evaluate porting to consoles (Switch, PSP).
We are Konspiracy Games, our team consists of 2 Developers, 2 Designers, 1 Writer and 1 Musician. We are spread around the world, in Hong Kong, Frankfurt, New York and Boston.
Many of us are childhood friends, others we met along the way. We gathered over the years and talked a lot about the game idea of Blossom & Decay. Finally we decided to stop talking and start working on the game.
We’re children of the first gaming and digital generation and love to explore frontiers while honoring past legends, and we pursue new possibilities in gaming as we remember the joys of our favorite classics.
As Self-exiled professionals from the tech industry, we joined our talents to give unconventional concepts and mechanics a real chance.
EMERGENT NARRATIVENo NPC quests, the games stories and events are all driven by players
ASYNCHRONOUS PLAYYour character can build, defend and craft while you are offline
SANDBOX ECONOMYSupply created by artisans; Demand by things like hunger, or entropy and decay
INFINITE OPEN WORLDProcedurally generated world to explore and settle
ACTION COMBAT SYSTEMHand-eye coordination and good reflexes make you a skilled fighter, rather than grinding levels & loot.
MASSIVELY-MULTIPLAYERBattles with hundreds of other players, no instances, no loading between maps
CLAN SYSTEMContracts and player-justice regulate social life
PLAY IN BROWSERGamepad, mouse, touch-screen on phones, tablets and all computers
currently working on it (not open yet). Currently you can play on your PC
Initially, we published a rudimentary, combat demo to get a taste of fighting in the game, and we are currently testing a closed sandbox demo that introduces more complex mechanics like crafting, offline AI, procedural map generation, and others.
We aim for a Kickstarter campaign before release, so we would be thankful if you share this project.
If you are interested in trying the closed sandbox demo go to Blossom & Decay and apply.
If you have questions and want infos about the game, please join the conversation on twitter. All feedback is welcome and your commentaries are appreciated.
We are currently developing the game to run in web browsers. Next step will be to build the mobile client (iOS & Android) and then evaluating porting to consoles (Switch, PSP).
Check out our hypothetical player stories in our sandbox world, Part 1 - A new home. Thanks for joining us in this idea, one we hope will add a bit to the full potential of these beautiful interactive environments.