A couple days ago, we had a new member in our Facebook Busan Gamers group. A guy in Seoul named Kyle Simons. And he's producing a game that is intended to be both a fun RPG and a language learning tool, Magicians (the Korean in the title of the post is the name of the game in Korean). As an English as a Foreign Language teacher and as a gamer, I gotta say I'm intrigued.
Kyle is running a Kickstarter for Magicians (who isn't running a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, these days?), but he's already more than tripled his goal, with 28 days left. So you can rest assured this project is moving forward. And you've still got plenty of time to get in on this if you like it.
What's cool about it? Well, it takes the Harry Potter premise of a secret magical world hidden parallel to the mundane world, but it's set in Seoul, South Korea instead of jolly old England. It also is chock full of Asian folk tales and legends. And the really cool thing is that the magic system is designed to help you learn Korean. In order to cast spells, you need to say the correct words, phrases, or sentences in Korean (and he's got a link to a free Android app that will check your pronunciation for you if you don't have any Korean speakers handy while you play).
Also cool is that he's got plans for other language versions. I've volunteered to help with a Japanese version he's planning. Kyle also speaks French, so he wants to do a French version as well. So if you are interested in things Korean, in gaming with an Asian twist, or with learning languages (or using RPGs in your language lessons if you're a teacher), check this one out.
Tenkar also was promoting this one the other day. Many of you may have already seen it over there, but it never hurts to have a reminder.