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The Ethershard Project
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Sep 5, 2012 @ 6:41pm
Sep 28, 2013 @ 7:50pm

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The Ethershard Project

The Ethershard Project was created by a small group of people who are fans of the text adventure genre from the late 1970's and early 1980's. The main goal behind this project is to bring text based games to Steam and other platforms, as well as distribute a basic utility that will make story creation a walk in the park for everyone.

Writing your stories will be as easy as opening any text editing program, such as Notepad++, and reading a 5-10 minute guide on how to get started. You can then write and share your adventures with your friends then, with one click, publish it. With the Ethershard program, whomever plays your story won't have to change settings or rewrite code to make it work. It will be usable right away, regardless of what platform they are playing on.

For the project we have added a few new tricks; like text fading, color warping, and text delay along with a miscellaneous log to automatically handle variables such as the inventory system, currency, reputation, health, weather, combat, NPC location and NPC dialog. All of this will be available at launch to anyone that buys the game, along with full documentation on the program and how to write your own adventures to help you make the most out of your experience. This project allows you to write a 1,500+ page interactive novel, with near infinite complexity and an epic soundtrack, or just a short maze where you are a mouse trying to get a piece of cheese. The only limit is your mind.

Ethershard's core files are written in Mono to make it easier for us to release on other platforms, such as the Android market. The game has full wav/ogg audio support to help immerse you into the stories, as well as Steamworks to sync your saved games and achievements. The program its self is very lightweight, and on launch, it will have an in-game tutorial and short story. It will also come with full modding documentation, along with, what we hope to be a truly classic gaming experience.

  • Flexible scripting system and Logging.
  • Text tweaks, such as fading, color warping, font changing, and speed setting for text display.
  • Full audio support for wav/ogg.
  • Fully compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. (Android support coming soon)
  • Incredibly lightweight and using Mono.
  • Cross platform file compatibility for all saved games and custom stories.
  • Full modding documentation and how-to guides to make your own story,using notepad.
  • Full support for 1,500+ page interactive novels with epic sound tracks.
  • Built in debugger to find errors and troubleshoot.
  • One-click publishing for your own adventures.
  • Weekly community spotlights for the best of the best.
  • Steamworks for global syncing of saved files and your story library along with Achievements. (Pending)
  • A unique gaming experience that hasn't been seen for nearly 30 years.
  • And the epic story of Ethershard Castle itself!
  • All this and more for only $2.99!
PC System Requirements
Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
256 MB RAM
1Ghz or faster processor
165mb Hard Drive space (recommended)

Mac System Requirements
OS X version Leopard 10.5.8
512 MB RAM
1.2Ghz or faster processor
185mb Hard Drive space (recommended)

Linux System Requirements
256 MB RAM
1Ghz or faster processor
135mb Hard Drive space (recommended)

If you have any questions we can be reached at
(Forced resizing of the images may make the text a little unclear, click on the picture for full size)

We have opened up a IRC channel on Quakenet named "#ethershard", the easiest way to get there if you don't have a IRC program is to log in at and set the channel to "#ethershard".
Popular Discussions View All (3)
Jan 28 @ 6:55am
What are you guys looking forward for in this game?
Nov 1, 2013 @ 2:31am
what do you guys want in the game that isnt in it?
Exeroph the Raping Axolotl
May 16, 2013 @ 5:06pm
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Aerocom Mar 9 @ 8:34pm 
This is very cool. I wish people were more open to this, and the RPG Maker stuff. You got my vote!
Humble Bundle Drunkard Jan 8 @ 5:29pm 
would not pay for it
Lord of the Turkeys Jan 4 @ 7:40am 
Steam needs to add a "Text Based" game category.
♥何事秋风悲画扇 Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:30pm 
AdmiiraL Dec 6, 2013 @ 9:39am 
HolyReap Nov 26, 2013 @ 12:59am 
Fuck yeah!!!! Gimme moar text!!!
Sage Oct 31, 2013 @ 2:27pm 
Nothing nerdier than playing text games on Linux! Hopefully this gets greenlit~
Moss Oct 21, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
Wow, this brings me back to when I was a kid, playing text based games on my uncles 286. Keep up the great work!
Wayne Sep 23, 2013 @ 3:41pm 
Really awesome, now is this a tool for creating text based games or a text based game or both? Either way I'm glad to see someone trying to bring back this style of gaming. to the main stream. The most recent (though not purely) text-based game I've played has been Zafehouse, really awesome game, but it's not meant to tell a story it's meant for you to imagine your own story. Wishing you luck!
Bishop  [author] Sep 2, 2013 @ 2:56pm 
Looks like theres a issue with the CMS that's affecting phpBB's normal functions. Damnit, unhooking it and reopening forums, sorry about the inconvenience.