Based in London, UK
London, 1592. A great plague sweeps through the capital. When doctors flee the city in fear, a hero rises. His name is Simon Forman, “Doctor” of Astrology, Astronomy and Physick. Not only does he have the power to cure the sick, he can find their lost pets and predict their futures! All by reading the movements of the stars. But when the plague ends, Forman’s problems begin. The real doctors return to London and they will stop at nothing to bring him down... Astrologaster is an astrological comedy game based on the casebooks of real-world historical figure Simon Forman. Cast and interpret astrological charts to answer your patients' questions about political intrigues, romantic entanglements, deadly illnesses and missing spoons.
The idea for Astrologaster originated one day in 2015 when Nyamyam’s Jennifer Schneidereit saw the University of Cambridge’s Dr Lauren Kassell present her research on Simon Forman’s casebooks. Jennifer was fascinated by this intensely ambitious astrologer and his patients, who ranged from Bishops and Baronesses to barmaids and sea captains. Sometimes strange, often intimate and frequently hilarious, his patients’ problems paint a vivid portrait of the world of Elizabethan London in the time of Shakespeare. Inspired by this wealth of character and story material, as well as the idea of using astrology as a gameplay device, Jennifer set about devising a way to drive a narrative experience by turning the practice of doing real astrology into an original and accessible game mechanic. And with the help of Dr Kassel’s research team, Nyamyam mined Forman’s life and original patient records for inspiration for our characters and stories.
- A game system that lets you cast and interpret real astrological charts
- A cast of more than 20 characters to discover
- Dark humour in the tradition of British TV comedies like Blackadder and Horrible Histories
- The most colourful Shakespearean-style insults and disses you will find in any game
- Real historical characters and events
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- "What makes Astrologaster even more interesting is that all of these cases are actually based on Forman’s diary entries. These are real people, with real cases – although Nyamyam extrapolates them into a wonderful and witty fiction through its sharp writing."
- Vaughn Highfield, alphr
Nyamyam is an independent game developer based in the UK. We strive to create beautifully crafted-games, with unconventional concepts.
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Game Director and Producer, Nyamyam
Technical Director, Mochimocha
Writer and Narrative Designer, Freelancer
Art Director, Freelancer