A downloadable library for Windows and macOS

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Deep within the computer, a library grows.

Wander through a gentle garden of words, an endless oasis of serenity. Discover the mumblings and memories of other storytellers, and be inspired to leave your own.


Best encountered over a warm mug of coffee (with your fondest cassette mix-tape ♫ ♪) and snuggled up on a cold winters morning, the Library Of Babble is an experimental prototype designed around smaller acts of storytelling and prose, and the wish for  more-intimate spaces of shared asynchronous communication.




            write small stories as you wander, and discover stories written by others


 In many ways, this game is a small recollection of my earliest internet moments. Of snuggling away to discover the sometimes strange and surreal communities that grew there, and how distant yet intimate it all still felt. 

So on that small footnote, thanks so much for taking the time to consider my game, and here's simply wishing you all the warmest on your journey 



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SOME KIND WORDS



"I love it, I think"
Making a place from just a handful of pieces
Christian Donlan. Eurogamer


"Games with other people can be tiring, but games by yourself can be isolating. Games with other people. but separate from them, then, can be a lovely sweet spot somewhere in the middle, where you can run into moments of connection while being sheltered by asynchronicity."
Find fragmentary messages
Jay Castello. Rock Paper Shotgun


"Its calm, straightforward nature presents a place that feels safe, like an intimate space, one into which our deepest emotions can be poured. "
Following footsteps in the sand 
Catherine Brinegar. Re:bind




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CONTROLS

  • Navigate through the library using WASD or the ARROW KEYS, or by holding down the LEFT MOUSE-BUTTON and DRAGGING
  • Stories may placed by tapping ENTER at certain points, and written with a standard keyboard.


REMINDER

  • This game requires an internet connection to play.
  • This is first and foremost a space to explore gentle acts of storytelling and prose. Write with kindness and love, as instances of abusive or otherwise cruel language (misogynistic, racist, homophobic or otherwise) won't be tolerated and offenders may get permanently banned from publishing further content. 



Purchase

Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this library you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Library Of Babble - Windows.zip 24 MB
Version 2
Library Of Babble - MacOS.zip 46 MB
Version 2

Development log

Comments

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this game is really lovely!! it's really enjoyable, and i'm having a lot of fun with it.  my movement and typing is laggy at a lot of times, but i think it might be because of the server thing you mentioned in a couple comments. i also think maybe implementing a map feature to show where you've been/to mark places might be a cool idea, along with maybe sizing up the landscape. again, super cool game, i can't wait to see what else you do with it and continue playing it!

What a lovely piece. It surprised me how much it provides an environment favorable for writing. The minimal interface feels like a clean and comfy desk.
Unfortunately I experience continuous lag: moving around is jerky, and there's delay in the typing.
Any idea what may be the cause? I had no other program running consuming bandwidth or CPU juice.

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I'm so sorry to only read this now —

What system were you playing it on? 
I'm still pretty inexperienced with GPU programming (which generates the visual geography) myself, and MacOS devices in particular seems to really struggle 

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No problem with the late answer, really.
I'm using Windows10,  on an Intel Core i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10 Ghz, 8Gb RAM, GPU is an Nvidia GTX770. Not top-notch material, I know :).
I read the other comments in the meantime and saw the Babble servers were located in Australia. I'm in France, so maybe that's the reason?
Anyway, cheers! Still a beautiful project you have here.

aww, in that mere case your hardware should be more than suitable enough :)

I suspect that may be the case, a few people way up in the northern hemisphere have had issues. I think in future experiences I'll look into multi-server support — sorry for the troubles!

I'm having a hard time finding places to write stories. I'm seeing quill pens appear and slowly get filled in as I approach map spots, but somehow it never gets more than halfway full, and I can't find a map position where it fills in completely. Am I doing anything wrong?

Not at all, I'm sorry you've been having troubles —

In some sense it's a mistake on my part, since as the spawn has begun filling up with more stories — so too must people wander further adrift to discover places where they be able to write. My suggestion may be to simply keep wandering in a single direction, and I'm sure you'll discover someplace nice soon :)

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I like the style, it looks really inspiring. And I discovered some cute stories. It would be even better if there was some comfy music or gentle soundeffects.

Nice idea!

Two questions:

1. Is it normal that only one story is saved per game session?

2. Can i write in my native speach, too (German)?

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aww, thank you ♡

  • You may write as many stories as you wish per play session - some have even written as many as twenty to thirty different stories.
  • And you're more than welcome to write in German. The support for umlauts and non-English characters may be a bit hesitant, but otherwise it should be okay :)


    I can't write more than two stories. After that no more stories will be saved. I have to restart the game.

    I'm so sorry to hear that, I'm not sure quite what may be causing that.

    If you're located in the Northern Hemisphere it's possible the connection may be timing out (servers are located in Australia), so may take a look at it sometime this week. 

    Maybe that's the reason why I only see one story of another per game session!?

    I believe that may be the case, I'm so sorry to hear that. At this point I'm unable to transfer (or split) the server to a more accessible location, but I would be more than happy to offer a full refund if you wish :)

    just awesome

    Great Game. I probably wouldn't pay money for it but it was still a great experience. At least its free now

    Thank you for the feedback, 

    The game will only be available for free until September 8th, In the mere hopes it may be a gentle space of comfort for those currently needing it most ♡

    This was an amazing experience, thank you!

    thank you for the kinds words ~

    Wow.

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    Sorry for my russian, but....
    Это просто замечательная вещь. Мне немного грустно, что я не нашёл ни одной чужой записи, но оставил парочку своих.

    Тем не менее, огромное спасибо Вам, за создание этого

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    I'm so sorry you weren't able to discover any messages, I'm not sure what may be causing that.

    But rest assured yours safely arrived and can be discovered by others ~ just reading through them now (through google translate), and they're beautiful ♡

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    This is a beautiful work of art. Exploring it is uniquely meditative. Thank you for creating and releasing this.

    thank you for contributing toward this gentle space ♡