A Tragedy of Blood

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  • Story-first, like To The Moon, or a visual novel.
  • Deep, fascinating world to explore.


The earth was running out of time. Humanity was looking to the stars for a new place to live, but lack of meaningful advances in space travel meant it was unlikely that humans would be able to find a habitable planet before the end of Earth's lifespan. 

Then, a group of time-travel hobbyists discovered what could be the key to humanity's survival: they unlocked the door to a winding labyrinth of ancient, subspace paths, which seemed to be constructed by an alien race, and subsequently abandoned.

The paths appeared to lead to countless other planets, and indeed other universes. 

The best minds and computers were put to work untangling the twisted navigational logic of the roads, and in a few years the first inhabitable planets were discovered and recorded. As a safety measure, we stocked the planets with different kinds of life - rabbits, monkeys, dogs, plants - and studied the effects of each planet's environment on living tissue. Some test subjects failed to thrive for unknown reasons, and humanity abandoned these troublesome planets and moved on.

Thistledown is the story of one such planet.

The Old Roads


  • A side-scrolling game which is primarily focused on story and place. Mechanically light, but with some combat.
  • A focus on telling story, interesting characters and world. You'll explore the world and experience the story through conversations, set, and cutscenes.

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