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VITAL HEARTS: Role-Play in Isekai+Reality (EARLY ACCESS)

VITAL HEARTS: Role-Play in Isekai+Reality (EARLY ACCESS)


This is the early access build of Vital Hearts. Purchase this copy, and you'll get updates throughout the product's entire lifetime, including the final release.

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Embrace the isekai spirit of Sword Art Online, Persona, Accel World, Log Horizon, Ready Player One, Dream Park, and other stories where there's one world that offers far too little .. and another that's all too much.

Vital Hearts is a tabletop game where you have not one but two characters: your personal user in a modern-day Japan... and an avatar in the next generation in multiplayer gaming. It's fun at first, as you balance your work-a-day life with your hack-and-slash gaming. And sure, you might dismiss those fake screenshots and Internet hoaxes at first... but there's definitely something mixed up around here.

A Tale of Mixed Realities...

You'll be playing not one, but two characters: your persona in Real Life, who has to go to work, to school, and to do other chores... with your avatar in Virtual Reality, who uses fantastic techs of sword and spell to defeat monsters and win the day.  For the game of Vital Hearts, you must strike a balance between RL and VR. If your character spends too much time in the game, they'll fall behind on their daily life. But if you can't keep up the pace in the game, you may miss out on great rewards.

As you make your own stories, the line between the two gets thinner. Logic, math, and academic skills will help you solve puzzles in the game. Reflexes, wits, and bravery earned in the game can give you new confidence to deal with the ordinary. Whatever path you choose, let your past glories build your future success... because you'll need to be ready for what's to come.

... But It's Only a Game, Isn't it?

The Internet is full of viral hoaxes. And all kinds of people play these games, so it's not that weird when one or two make the news. And you just want to play games, not get caught up in politics of anti-gaming organizations, patent disputes, and other things. But the longer you play the Vital Hearts game, the more things happen that are just ... odd. Are you and your friends the targets of identity thieves trying to hack your accounts? What kind of publicity stunt goes so badly that the police get involved? Did those accounts go dark because those people just quit... or because of something else? Just what is going on?

You'll have to work together with your friends, using both your VR champion and your RL self, if you don't want to be just another victim. And it might not just be you and your friends who are in danger. WIth Vital Hearts getting ready to launch in all regions, the fate of the entire world could be at stake!

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Seth C May 24, 2020 6:23 pm UTC
Any news on this? It seems like my cup of tea, but you had an estimated release of 2018, and it's 2020 now.
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Thomas B March 27, 2019 11:24 pm UTC
I just wish to clarify, if I purchase this product when the final product is finished and release, this will be upgraded to the final version?
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Tiago P July 15, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
Is this just for the four main books or for all the expansions?
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Jason H September 14, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
The four main books.
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Jeff M March 27, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
i m might preorder the Vital Hearts books via your products page rather than on Kickstarter. The core rules book is suppose to be released in 2018 right ?
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Jason H April 25, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
We're planning for 2018 release, yes!
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Todd Z February 18, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
Is this still a viable product at this time or has the release already happened?
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This title was added to our catalog on October 12, 2017.