Comic creator Dan Whitehead has just published Pegasus Lost, an interactive voice-controlled sci fi story on the RichCastApp that he created using their #nocode tools.
“Fellow comics folks, you should definitely have a go and see what you can make. It’s dead easy,” he enthuses on Twitter.
In the new game, available now, disaster has stuck in the cockpit corridor on the Pegasus. But what?
RichCast works on Windows 10 or 11 and MacOS Big Sur (or newer). You can install it via the RichCast site.
Dan Whitehead, whose recent comics work includes “Terrahawks” for Time Bomb Comics, has enjoyed a long and eclectic career in publishing, starting as a teenager in 1991 as a games reviewer for Amiga Computing magazine. Since then, he has worked across magazines, websites, TV, games, books and comics. His bylines include Fangoria, Hotdog, Big Issue North, DVD & Blu-ray Review, Official Xbox Magazine, Eurogamer, BAFTA and Guinness World Records.
RichCast has been developed by video games industry veterans Neil Campbell and The Oliver Twins, and offers a world of user-generated media experiences, called Titles, ranging from interactive choose your own adventures and games to linear stories and learning tools.
The platform’s #NoCode approach allows creators – including writers, gamers, podcasters, and YouTubers – to make, own, distribute and monetise diverse types of content that players can stream and enjoy through a single app across multiple devices.
A unique aspect of RichCast is that the main interface for controlling the Titles is voice recognition. Players can talk to the ‘in-game’ characters, who can understand and respond, allowing for deep and meaningful conversations as part of an immersive storytelling experience.
“Millions of people across the world play games, listen to audiobooks and consume podcasts every day,” the RichCast team outline on their website
“Coming from a games background, we kept thinking, wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to make decisions, to interact, to explore these worlds and media by simply talking to them?
“Wouldn’t it be incredible if anyone could make and share those interactive experiences?
RichCast delivers that dream… [it] lets players talk to the stories they’re listening to, influencing events and choosing their own path. This means richer, more involved, more captivating Titles, blurring the lines between fiction and games, between stories and puzzles, between listeners and authors.
“If you love audiobooks, podcasts, video games, or interactive fiction, you’ll love RichCast.”
With thanks to Matt Badham
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.