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Meriwether: An American Epic

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Sortasoft LLC

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Take command of the Corps of Discovery in this RPG based on the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Backers: 1433
Average Pledge Per Backer: $31

Funded: $44,489 of $35,000
Dates: Nov 29th -> Jan 6th (39 days)
Project By: Sortasoft LLC
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Latest News

Joshua DeBonis Discusses Meriwether: An American Epic

March 8th - via:
Just over a year ago, in January 2013, Joshua DeBonis received over $40,000 to create an RPG with a pretty intriguing premise. Instead of dragon-shouting or action-barring hoards of fantasy beasts, DeBonis’ game Meriwether: An American Epic takes players back to a time when finding the West coast of the United States was just about as daunting as saving the world. (Read More)

Meri-Making, August Edition: Mega-crunch!

August 22nd - via:
Meri Mega-crunch & "Table-Read" Last week we all hunkered down in Josh’s apartment to eat venison, drink gallons of coffee, slather stuff is Sriracha, and--oh yeah--work on Meriwether. We reached a major milestone during the crunch: we have... (Read More)

Back from Bismarck

August 8th - via:
Hey Backers! Last week Barb and I (Josh) attended the annual conference of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation in Bismarck, North Dakota, hosted by one of our backers, David Borlaug. It’s basically like a Star Trek convention, but for... (Read More)

Happy Independence Day from Meriwether!

July 4th - via:
Happy 4th of July, Backers! Here's a snippet of what Lewis wrote in his journal on 4 July 1805: "our work being at an end this evening, we gave the men a drink of sperits, it being the last of our stock, and some of them appeared a little sensible of... (Read More)

Meri-Making, June Edition: Have Game, Will Travel

June 7th - via:
Howdy, backers, and welcome to the latest installment of... This month's update includes new music and visual art, a discussion of how trading will work in the game, and an interview with Meriwether's ace lead programmer, Kyle Staves. So grab... (Read More)

Meri-making: Historical Research, Concept Art, Music & More!

May 10th - via:
Hey Backers! Welcome to another installment of "Meri-making." We apologize for being a little late on this update; we were working closely with the New-York Historical Society on this one, making sure we got everything right and had permission to use... (Read More)

Meri-Making at PAX East

March 28th - via:
Hey Backers! As promised, here is a video of our experience at PAX East. Kickstarter was kind enough to invite us to exhibit our demo in their room. Tl;dr — it was incredible! See for yourself below. We are overjoyed by the response we received,... (Read More)

PAX Bound!

March 21st - via:
Hello Backers! We wanted to send a quick update to let you know that: A) we've been making terrific progress on Meriwether, and; B) if you happen to be headed to PAX East this weekend, you can come see that progress for yourself! The good folks at... (Read More)

Meri-Making Part 1

February 20th - via:
Hey backers! Welcome to our first installment of "Meri-Making"! About once a month, we'll be giving you a substantive update as to our progress on the development of Meriwether. We will cover all aspects of the game design process: writing dialogue;... (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup

January 20th - via:
It’s taken me longer than I’d hoped, but I’ve finally managed to exorcise the last spirits of 2012 from the Kickstarter Katchup and the 2013 instalments can now begin. The extended break has left us with a lot to katch up on so there will be a lot of winners and losers this week, covering many of the games in the last Katchup. I’m not going to list every game that failed to reach its target but all the winners will be there, as well as any that are of particular interest or have detailed plans for the future. (Read More)

Back to work!

January 11th - via:
Hey Backers! What a rush. That final countdown to the Kickstarter campaign was like nothing anyone on the team had ever experienced. If you missed it, you can see it in on Sortasoft's YouTube channel. In fact, you can catch any or all of the... (Read More)

Thanks! Y'all are amazing!

January 7th - via:
We had so much fun doing Meri-Thon yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came and watched, commented, and promoted us! And double thanks to all of our incredible guests!  We got so very close to our second stretch goal--Endless Arcade Mode. We got close... (Read More)

Meriwether: An American Epic meets Kickstarter funding goal

January 7th - via:
Meriwether: An American Epic met its Kickstarter funding goal today, with the Kickstarter campaign closing with $44,489 raised from 1,433 backers. (Read More)

Meriwether: A Story of America - Inside a new game based on the Lewis & Clark Expedition

January 4th - via:
Assassin’s’ Creed III has demonstrated a desire among gamers to play around with the turbulent history of the United States, even to question (albeit obliquely, in that game) jingoistic, sanitized certainties about a story that intertwines liberty with slavery and the benefits of exploration, expansion and opportunity with the crimes of invasion, genocide and cultural extermination (Read More)

Meriwether, an ambitious exploration RPG, nears Kickstarter goal

January 4th - via:
Meriwether, an ambitious exploration RPG, nears Kickstarter goal at PC Gamer. is the official web counterpart to the PC Gamer print magazine. Exclusive reviews, demos, and updates and news on all your favourite PC gaming franchises. (Read More)

The Kickstarter Compendium

December 18th - via:
Update : Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded. New this week is a horror game set underground, a space-based strategy game for iOS, and an open-source console/controller. (Read More)

Discover Meriwether: An American Epic

December 12th - via:
At the end of November, Brooklyn-based indie game studio Sortasoft launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for Meriwether: An American Epic. Inspired by a trip taken along the Lewis and Clark National Historic trail, Meriwether allows players to command the Corps of Discovery as Meriwether Lewis and voyage across North America. (Read More)

I’m a Backer: Meriwether – An American Epic

December 12th - via:
Kickstarter really does seem to go in streaks. For weeks the only things that catch my eye are board games or comic books. Then one day, by unspoken agreement everyone agrees to take a break from tempting projects in that vein, and move on to area of temptation. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Meriwether: An American Epic

December 12th - via:
rowdfunding Spotlight highlights unique and interesting crowdfunded game projects, especially those in need of funding. This week, we aim the spotlight on independent developer Sortasoft’s Meriwether: An American Epic, a historical simulation for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux combining RPG and resource management elements. Meriwether will be a recreation of the United States’ Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804­–1806, which charted the American Northwest, established relations with Native American nations, and cataloged plants and animals then unknown to Western science. (Read More)

Meriwether: An American Epic

December 8th - via:
I’m guessing most of you learned what dysentery was at a young age, and I’d also bet that your teacher wasn’t the reason why. MECC found a way to incorporate real history and fun gameplay into a groundbreaking educational game to teach players not just what happened, but what it was like to be there. What The Oregon Trail did for the Oregon Trail, Sortasoft’s Meriwether aims to do for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Read More)

The Lewis and Clark game and the new gaming Americana

December 3rd - via:
In 2008, after reading Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose’s history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, game designer Joshua DeBonis and his wife took a road trip along the 3,700 mile trail forged by the two explorers. While camping just off the trail in Badlands National Park, they watched a herd of buffalo crest a hill as the sun set. (Read More)

Is Colonial America having its moment in the gaming spotlight?

December 3rd - via:
Say what you will about Assassin's Creed 3, and we said a lot, the setting was inspired. Colonial American has not gotten a lot of love over the years in games. In fact, it is only the second game I've ever played set in the time period. The first, 1996s Conquest of the New World, was a Civ-style strategy game in which you choose one European power and battle the others for colonial supremacy. It ruled. (Read More)

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