Frankenstein. It's a classic of literature, written by Mary Shelley, from a dream she had while on a getaway with her other author friends. While many games and media has taken Mary Shelley's work and adapted it to the tabletop, Mother of Frankenstein looks to bring the life of the author to your tabletops. And Arcane Wonders is the one that's going to be bringing it to retail outlets.
From the announcement:
Arcane Wonders (Texas, USA), in partnership with Hatch Escapes (California, USA) and Prodigal Inc (California, USA), is excited to announce that Arcane Wonders will be distributing the retail version of the upcoming 3 volume narrative game: “Mother of Frankenstein”.
Inspired by the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, Mother of Frankenstein is divided across three games or “volumes” of the story, offering 1-6 players between 10 and 15 hours of puzzles to solve, 2D and 3D jigsaws to construct, gorgeous documents to parse, and mysterious artifacts to examine, all wrapped up in a shocking reconception of the true story behind Shelley’s famous monster.
MoF was designed by New York Times bestselling novelist Tommy Wallach and Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp, the duo behind Hatch Escapes and LA Magazine’s #1 escape room in Los Angeles, “Lab Rat”. It is being produced by Prodigal, lead producers of Grammy-winning and fifteen-time Tony nominated Jagged Little Pill and TV Series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The game was conceived by Wallach, Pettigrew-Rolapp, and Arvind Ethan David of Prodigal.
First launched on Kickstarter September 2020, the game raised nearly $250,000 and will deliver to backers before the retail release in 2022.
The game tells the story via “The Shelley Volumes,” three collections of puzzles by Mary Shelley to her son, Percy Shelley, as a means of conveying to him a great secret.
In Volume One, players learn of Mary Shelley’s childhood, following her education at the hands of her father and reading her correspondence with the great poet Percy Shelley, with whom she embarks on a torrid love affair. In Volume Two, Mary and Percy proceed to Castle Frankenstein, where Mary learns the unholy art of reanimation. In Volume Three, players will build an enormous 3D model of Castle Frankenstein and use it to solve the last batch of puzzles and reveal Mary’s dark secret.