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Lapis AzuraiThis is not a world tamed and explored, but still vibrant with magic. Settlements are scattered across the map, wherever they can find a patron to protect them or a hidden cove to shelter from the storms. Spirits demand obeisance before one can clear land for a farm. Demons ask for a drop of blood every day or they will tear down the town’s walls. A goddess protects her chosen people from the perils of the open desert in return – but no one else.

Vailia is the center of  the world. Not out of arrogance does the city claim this, but as established fact – in all the thousands of miles of land and sea it has explored, no other nation dares brave the untamed wilds and storms of the open ocean. Its merchants bring together distant lands, carrying news across the known world despite the peril.

Natalie Rowena is one such. A childhood friend who left his family to follow her – an irrepressible thief who wants to see the world – a quiet warrior with a dark past and enough magic to shatter a country – these are her companion in her journey as she simply tries to make a living in a dangerous world.

 


 

Lapis Azurai is a Business Management Game / Visual Novel, written in Javascript (Coffeescript, actually) and inspired by the likes of Recettear, Princess Maker, the Firefly board game, and Pirates of the Caribbean (yes, the third movie, not the first). It runs in your browser, either from the server or from your local machine – if you download it, the game doesn’t require an internet connection. It requires a relatively new version of Firefox, Chrome or Safari. It will not run under Internet Explorer.

The game is free to play, and contains no advertisements or other tracking of any sort. It is funded only by developer enthusiasm and various crowd-funding methods. All game code is licensed GPL v3. All game assets (art and text) are released under Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial, Share-alike license.


 

The game is primarily (solely) developed by BlueWinds, usually know as just Blue. She is a 20-something web developer currently living in Seattle and working on the game in her spare time. She’s vegetarian, atheist and anarcho-socialist, for what it’s worth, which isn’t much, and dreams of one day living in Europe.