In Drafting Tales you play as a new writer working from your small apartment. Your goal is to become a well-known and successful author!

You produce works of literature, whose quality depends on the genre/topic combinations that you select and the effort points that you allocate to your work’s literary elements. As you gain experience, you unlock new work types, genres, topics and purchasable items which provide you with perks, allowing you to improve your works and progress in the game.

Key Features

  • Write articles, short-stories, non-fiction and novels
  • Select genre/topic combinations and allocate effort points to your work’s literary elements
  • Discover the ideal genre/topic and effort point combinations by asking your peers for feedback
  • You have limited inspiration, so you'll need to develop appropriate strategies to maximise the number of works you produce and keep up with your expenses
  • Receive offers from agents and query publishers
  • Get your works published, receive reviews and acquire fans
  • Get nominated for awards
  • Earn money, purchase items from the store and upgrade to a new home
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Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.13.0.

UI improvements

The top panel has been removed. XP, Money and Fans are now displayed on the left panel, along with the inspiration bar. The slide-up notifications are now larger and the Skills tab has been improved.

Left panel

Skills tab

Reviews dialogs

The reviews dialogs for both Articles and Short-Stories have been redesigned and they now look different from Non-fiction/Novel dialogs. Reviews of previously published works can be viewed in the Character dialog (Works tab).



Previous reviews

Publisher query

You can now select which publishers to query. The probability of a query being successful depends on your work's quality and each publisher's audience reach score. Publishers will accept your work even if the genre/topic combo is not ideal, so you need to be more careful now if you want to avoid bad reviews.


Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where dialogs would not properly center on screen.

We are working on a self-publish flow, which unfortunately did not make it into this update. We hope to have this ready for the next update, along with gameplay rebalancing.

You can also check out our new trailer, showing some of the new changes.

Drafting Tales v0.12.0 Update

Drafting Tales v0.12.0 Update

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Drafting Tales has been updated to version 0.12.0. Gameplay and UI changes.

Early Access Update (v0.11.0)

Early Access Update (v0.11.0)

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The game has been updated to version 0.11.0. Improved the initial apartment. A new home is available to purchase.

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