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  Tactical Card-Based RPG, Black Book , Reaches $100,000 Crowdfunding Milestone
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May 24, 2020 | Morteshka is pleased to announce that it has achieved a major milestone in its Kickstarter campaign for Black Book reaching $100,000 in funding with 13 days left to go. This achievement was made possible with the support of more than 3,000 project backers and continues to grow.

Morteshka has also announced its latest series of stretch goals, leveraging the overwhelming community support to build Black Book into an even greater adventure. 


  • $115,000: New Ally, White Head: Reaching this milestone will unlock White Head the talking skull as an ally to join players on their journey.
  • $130,000: Additional Music and Russian Voiceover: Additional music tracks arranged for the game by the game’s composer and professional Russian voiceover (English subtitles available)
  • $150,000: New Card Mini-Game: A brand new mini-game will be added to Black Book, based on Durak, a well-known Slavic card game.
  • $175,000: Create Your Own Story and Share It On Steam: Use in-game assets to create your own story using Morteshka’s custom editor (available after release). Share your stories on Steam Workshop!
  • $200,000: Downloadable Content - Free to Backers: Dive deeper into the world of Black Book with an additional story campaign following release. Join Egor for a new narrative in alluring winter Cherdyn.

 About Black Book

Blending the best parts of card-based, deck-building RPGs with adventure games, Black Book takes gamers on a journey through Slavic folktales, told by a team who grew up hearing them.  It’s a world where myth meets reality and otherworldly creatures live alongside humans but only a select few are gifted enough to see it. Demons, elementals, giant wolves, talking pets, and more bring this shadowy and mysterious world to life. Recruit evil forces to do your bidding, but be careful, because not every monster is what it seems.

Just as Black Book embraces the strong narrative of the adventure genre, fans of turn-based RPGs will feel right at home with its strategic turn-based combat. As you chase the seals of the Black Book, you’ll collect cards that combine to create unique and devastating spells. The cards you choose will directly impact how each battle unfolds, but it doesn’t end there. Companion characters and demon recruits add another layer of strategy to Vasilisa’s journey.

Inspired by games like The Witcher, Slay the Spire, and SteamWorld Quest, Black Book will draw you in with its beautiful, hand-drawn art style and hook you with its evocative, interactive narrative. The world of Slavic mythology is at once familiar and ominous, filled with danger and intrigue, and grounded in Vasilisa’s pursuit of powers that may better be left alone in the pursuit of lost love.

Black Book’s crowdfunding campaign is going strong on Kickstarter and you can try it for yourself in the free demo, Black Book: Prologue, available on Steam.

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About HypeTrain Digital

HypeTrain Digital is the indie game publisher for PC and consoles. Their mission is to help young developers deliver their games to worldwide audiences, regardless of genre or platform. Working with a diverse team of industry professionals, they’ve led numerous games to success across the world, including Stoneshard, The Wild Eight, and Police Stories.

About Morteshka

Based out of Perm, Russia, Morteshka is a small indie studio whose games embrace mythology and ethnic-culture, drawing on historical facts and folklore to craft their world and narrative. Their first game, The Mooseman, was released in 2017 on PC and was applauded for its rich narrative and beautiful artwork.