It’s been a long time since I wrote anything about American McGee. In the matter of fact, the last time that I did that was back in November of 2015 (that’s when I wrote my “American McGee stands up for freedom of speech and artistic freedom once again” OP). Well, guess what? I just found out that not only will I get a chance to do an interview with McGee. I was also told that McGee is going to launch a Kickstarter campaign for his new game “Out of the Woods” (the Kickstarter campaign is said to kick-off on the 18th of July at 10 AM):

“Out of the Woods is my latest project – a selection of 10 fairy tales turned into a card game, book, and collection of art prints. I’ll launch a Kickstarter mid-July, 2017 and am busy at work getting everything ready”American McGee

american mcgees out of the woods

“Out of the woods” is a physical card game that revolves around ten classic fairy tales.

So what exactly is “Out of the Woods” then? Well, it’s a mix of a card game and classic fairy tales. You don’t have to take my word for it though, because here’s the actual game description by American McGee himself:

“Out of the Woods is… A card game, book, and collection of art prints. Based on ten of the most loved classic fairytales. Bluebeard, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, 3 Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Little Mermaid, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Pied Piper.

Could a collection of classic fairy tales with a dark (re)-presentation serve to help parents convey life lessons, warnings, and common sense to their kids? Hell, I know a few adults, myself included, who could use a reminder of those lessons!

For the narrative theme, I’ve recently been thinking a lot about morality and behavioral development in a world less and less influenced by religion. While I myself am an atheist, I believe important life lessons must be passed to us by some method – religion, literature, and/or caregivers. This was the original purpose of fairy-tales – to scare children into acting morally and cautiously as they matured into adults.

Could a collection of classic fairy tales with a dark (re)-presentation serve to help parents convey life lessons, warnings, and common sense to their kids? Hell, I know a few adults, myself included, who could use a reminder of those lessons!American McGee 

out of the woods pdf copy

If you sign up for the mysterious mailing list, then you get a free PDF copy of “Out of the Wood”.

So if you like the sound of that (and the trailer down below), then keep your eyes open for McGee’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign for “Out of the woods”!

And with that said, what’s your take on “Out of the woods” so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

Source:
American McGee
Out of the Woods – WORK IN PROGRESS – Trailer Update #2
“Out of the Woods” – WORK IN PROGRESS – Kickstarter Video (first draft)
Kickin it with American McGee out of the woods (interview)

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