SideQuest is a light adventure game played within a live stream. Like a massively-multiplayer tabletop RPG, SideQuest follows a daring band of could-be heroes exploring fantastic and unquiet lands. Players work together to overcome challenges, or compete for infamy, all while enjoying their standard live stream entertainment.
Games and live-streaming go together like food pairings and analogies. When I started broadcasting, I wanted to enhance the experience with another dimension of interactivity and engagement. I set out to create a fully-integrated game experience, leveraging every facet of the technology, and playing to the strengths of the platform.
What Makes It Unique?
SideQuest is not just a “Twitch Plays…” gamified channel. SideQuest co-exists with standard live-stream content — it runs alongside whatever other content the broadcaster chooses to present. Its game art occupies a narrow band of the broadcast visuals, a strip along the bottom of the screen. Chat commands are carefully paced and measured, encouraging all levels of player participation, without spamming or clogging the chat channel.
How Do You Play?
You can play SideQuest on the web, on mobile devices, on consoles — any platform with the streaming app. As soon as you enter the channel, your character appears on-screen. Each player’s actions determine their individual experience and character growth. Additionally, every action influences the outcome of the overall course of events, and thus the story of SideQuest. Follow twitch.tv/binre to play, to watch the development, chat, ask questions, or just hang out!
What’s In SideQuest?
SideQuest features sprawling, hand-drawn 2D landscapes, charming character art, and a multitude of equipment and upgrades. The game plays through a collection of pre-scripted events and quests lines, authored in a light, readily-extensible and easily-customizable library. In addition to pre-scripted events, the game administrator can improvise narrative on-the-fly, managing the course of gameplay through a special control panel. The administrator can even appoint viewers as guest GMs to lead the story via chat controls.
What Are “Events”?
The core gameplay of SideQuest presents unpredictable challenges and opportunities from a set of varied and scalable archetypes. Events represent critical junctures for players to make important decisions. Events represent wild circumstances which swing to great success or tragedy depending on the strategy and coordination of the group. Events represent unexpected twists in the fate of our adventuring party. Each event can be played with several adventurers, or with several thousand.
Who Is Trusty Bard?
Don’t call him a “bot” — Trusty Bard narrates the story of SideQuest, and generally attends to the affairs of the group. Whether unwrapping the outcome of a tangled encounter, or setting the stage for the next gambit, he always tells the truth. You can also play SideQuest on Twitter by following @Trusty_Bard.