About Triptych

Triptych is an interactive Lovecraftian inspired tale of two brothers, and their history in the occult. Their fate is interwoven between journeys through a lost civilization in history; in the crypts of ancient necromancers; in the frozen mountains of a sleepy village.

Written by Dark Craft Studios members Glenn and Ian Wiese, and developed exclusively by Glenn, Triptych promises to achieve excruciating detail through multiple years of development. Principle writing took two years to complete, bringing together a cohesive, mature, thematic entry into Dark Craft Studios' Lovecraftian catalog.

Credits and Thanks

C-zom - Sole Developer & Level Designer | Lead Writer |
Dr.Doozer - Secondary & Assistant Writer
KillerTruffle - Voice Actor - Jeremiah
Edwyn Tiong - Voice Actor - Dorian Caulm
StygianWhite - Lead Composer

Dark Craft Studios extends special thanks to these contributors, or are not strict parts of the team. Thank you all so much!

Hanger34 - For his stellar Flash Rendered custom UI
Maarten Basjes - For editing numerous revisions!
Seaglass - For editing numerous revisions!
James Dean - Secondary Tracks Composer
Alan Grant - Graphics Artist (All Book Papers)

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13 comments by C-zom on Oct 2nd, 2014


For the last year I have been navigating by starlight to make Triptych complete. Multiple websites, forums and branches of communication have rejected Triptych based on the fact it's on such an ancient engine, and is modded into a game that is three sequels out of date. The consumer base was, simply, not there. Using this as the backbone of my inspiration, I had to tackle tying together a monolithic narrative into 3 distinct worlds and 6 wrap-around cutscenes all sculpted by hand, solely by myself. The only assistance this project was afforded was the wonderful screenwriting magic of Ian Wiese. When it comes to production of the engine, levels, and game play, I was the sole curator of what Triptych's vision would be.

This monumental task, as well as the rallying cry of enough fans to count on one hand, have led to the cancellation of the project. All the levels have been stripped bare of narrative and game play, and their heightmaps and atmospheres may be recycled into future, more stable projects. As it stands, the only playable incarnation of Tripych will be the obscure 2012 demos, or the final demo released last year in 2013.

I'm sorry that it had to come to this, and I wish I had both the manpower to complete this and the will to continue, but neither are with me. Triptych will be archived on November 1st, and the demo will be rescinded then too. It's been a crazy ride, guys.

The Story, as it would have been

Triptych is named after the artwork style, in which three distinct pieces create a bigger picture, a formation of a singular theme. For Triptych, this theme was betrayal, and it's cost. It is told backwards.

Chapter 1 concerned the brother Jeremiah on his death bed, weary of mind and memory, wandering to the crypts of his town, recalling guidance from his brother Dorian, whom he no longer remembers, due to a curse explained later. While at the bottom of the crypt in this town, the elder god Hadad reaches out to him, implying he has already died before this, and his fate is worse than he thought.

Chapter 2 leaps backwards in time, with the brother Dorian researching the civilization of Sarcon in the ancient Mesopotamian range. This ancient species was said to have a wonderful city in the mountain, before succumbing to the urges to summon a god out of the skies to give them ultimate power. Hadad is pulled from the heavens, and quickly corrupts and molds the civilization into a slave race. Their priests, however, manage to rip Hadad's spirit from his corpreal body and hide it within the mountain, which they destroy, and it's revealed at the end of the journey in present time that Dorian was recruited through unknown means by this elder God to find the ancient civilization so that he can attain his body once again. Dorian asks for a favor in return: Stripping his brother Jeremiah of his mind and body, as penace for a betrayal he committed.

Chapter 3 leaps back even farther in time, with the two occultist brothers investigating a mysterious graveyard said to contain innumerable artifacts, but guarded by a sect of Necromancers. Dorian wants to rush headlong into it, but Jeremiah is skeptical, aware of the power of this cult and the artifacts. The two reach an impass, and Dorian leaves Jeremiah behind. Learning the invitation was a trap, Jeremiah rushes to find his brother. The two argue, and Jeremiah, fearing his brother is gone, pushes him into a crypt and seals the entrance. Within, Dorian learns of a group of Necromancers who roam the halls, interrogating the final living Sarconian about the whereabouts of the mountain. He overhears the torture, and is seized. Strung up in the darkness for an untold amount of time, he's forced to convert to the cult, and is given the objective of finding Sarcon.

Each chapter has a subchapter dealing with character growth, sub themes, emotional progresses and so forth. It's a very rich and layered narrative, written by Ian Wiese and Glenn Winkelmann over the course of two years.

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Triptych is an interactive Lovecraftian inspired tale of two brothers, and their history in the occult. Their fate is interwoven between journeys through...

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antiriad
antiriad Jan 8 2014, 1:15pm says:

happy new year !! and merry xmas too..

-does release contains "only" Chapter I ? (i finished demo in ~45 minutes////)
-Xbox 360 pad + LCD support to read books ? (not fixed in demo...)

verry nice !!! close to play (edit: "play"... hum.... i mean discover...) it soon ! :D

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C-zom Creator
C-zom Jan 9 2014, 2:49pm replied:

It contains Chapter 1, 2, 3, and the Epilogue. The final release is about 2-3 hours long.

Subtitles, Gamepad support, and improved book reading for LCD/CRT is going to be in the final version.

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antiriad
antiriad Jan 9 2014, 3:20pm replied:

excellent, thank you for responses .

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fakovnik
fakovnik Dec 28 2013, 2:10pm says:

amazing!
any news about release date?, thought it will be christmas evening

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C-zom Creator
C-zom Dec 30 2013, 2:14pm replied:

We're still working daily on the mod, no worries. I figured since the demo was released to such a low amount of feedback and downloads/interest, I could scoot away with taking more time to bake it in the oven.

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KaisusTrin
KaisusTrin Dec 1 2013, 12:58pm says:

Maybe I'm being self-centered here or something along those lines, but is this just an adventure type mod, or will it be similar to Crysis in the sense of using the Crysis suit and firearms, or Nancy Drew-esque?

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C-zom Creator
C-zom Dec 1 2013, 6:16pm replied:

First up, it's not a "Crysis" game. It uses Cryengine2, that's literally it. It's a total conversion mod. No guns or suit or anything. Anyway, it's a playable story -- a visual novel of sorts. We're nothing like TheChineseRoom developmentally, and have been going at this genre for as long as they have, but it's most easily compared to Dear Esther or Machine for Pigs in genre.

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Guest
Guest Nov 21 2013, 1:06pm says:

Beautifull!

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SinisterExaggerator
SinisterExaggerator Nov 12 2013, 8:42am says:

Dam now im going to have to re install crysis ^^ this looks too good.

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Doyle_138
Doyle_138 Nov 11 2013, 2:13pm says:

Will there be subtitles in the release version?
I just played the demo and it has an exceptional athmosphere, but I don't always understand the narrator because my spoken english seems to be not good enough.

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C-zom Creator
C-zom Nov 11 2013, 10:37pm replied:

Subtitles for the entire game are planned to be on release day.

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modsuki
modsuki Nov 27 2013, 5:17am replied:

Thank you!!! But please please make subtitle for Newport! (after Triptych will be ok). Please... (T-T)

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