The Endless Forest is 10 years old today!

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Ten years ago today, on 10 September 2005, the first phase of The Endless Forest was launched at a fine art exhibition entitled "Tardis" that took place on the ruins of a medieval abbey. The gothic Saint Salvator church that was part of the abbey served as the floor plan for the well-known ruin in our deer Forest.

The game was actually based on a prototype that had been made in response to a commission from the Museum of Modern Art in Luxemburg in 2003. This prototype was presented in its online gallery in 2004. MUDAM would continue to host the server for the game until 2012.



The Endless Forest is the first game released to the public by Tale of Tales. Over the years that followed, the game has been expanded to its current form. Each iteration of its development has been supported in part by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and Design Flanders. Additionally, Phase Two was created with the support of the STUK Arts Centre in Leuven and released in 2006. And Phase Three with the support of Rasa in 2007. Since then a few smaller additions were added such as Halloween for the Velocity Festival in 2007 and De Drinkplaats for an exhibition in the Broelmuseum in 2009.

As the game continued to draw players (20,000 registered deer by 2007, 50,000 by 2009, and almost 170,000 today), we've had to add new generations of pictograms to identify players in this wordless game. In 2010, the second generation was added, in 2012 the third and last year the fourth.

A success story



We are delighted to see that The Endless Forest is still a lively place with a super-active community. And we're proud that we have been able to keep the game up and running and available to all for free all this time, in part thanks to some of the generous players who donate to the forest either monthly or in chunks. We, and all the players, are extremely grateful to them!

Now that Tale of Tales has moved away from commercial games, we want to devote more attention to The Endless Forest again. What better time than the ten year anniversary to start thinking about Phase Four of the project!


The future



We will submit a request for funding Phase Four with the Flanders Audiovisual Fund's new game fund next month. If we get the grant, which we should know by February 2016, we will run a crowdsourcing campaign to collect the remainder of the budget, as the new fund only funds up to 50% of production costs. We hope you will all help raise awareness and support the game if and when that happens.

The idea is that The Endless Forest remains free to play for everyone. So we need money to pay for the server. And we want to expand the game once again. We want to increase the size of the forest, add new narrative elements, new deer sets, new actions, and so on.

We also want to make the game more robust so we don't have to be so secretive about it for fear too many players will show up. This will require a complete overhaul of the software, most probably rebuilding the entire game in a new engine, hopefully with the help of an experienced programmer. And while we're doing that, we will do our utmost to support Mac OS too (and maybe Linux).

Revamped software would also mean that we can organize Abiogenesis events regularly again without the risk of crashing everybody's computers!


We hope you are all as excited as we are about Phase Four. Touch wood that we get the subsidy, and that the crowdsourcing campaign succeeds!

See you in the Forest!

—Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn.
J!n's picture

What amazing news! Thank you!

What amazing news! Thank you!
Veedeer's picture

WE ARE VERY EXCITED!!! I will

WE ARE VERY EXCITED!!!
I will be absolutely sure to submit some funds your way when possible!!

And happy 10th year TEF!!

Salome's picture

this would be so amazing

this would be so amazing ♥
Chizzune's picture

Omg Amazing News

Omg Amazing News <3

hadoukin's picture

OH WOW, this is super

OH WOW, this is super exciting I can't wait to see what you guys have in mind !!
Happy birthday TEF <3 I'm very glad to be apart of this community :>
Draak's picture

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa Also woah

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa Laughing out loud

Also woah look at those old screenshots.

Oh wow!! That sounds super

Oh wow!! That sounds super exiting!! I would be happy to help fund when I can!!
J!n's picture

Are you welcoming of concept

Are you welcoming of concept ideas regarding sets and scenery?
Flyleaf's picture

Hell yesss !! Thank you , M

Hell yesss !!
Thank you , M and A !
New things would be awesome .
Abios ....i miss them so much too .
Good to see the Forest is still alive and kicking .
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oqu's picture

thank you. and happy birthday

thank you.
and happy birthday TEF)
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** YESSSSSSSSSSSS ** *

** YESSSSSSSSSSSS **

* ♥ * ♥ * ♥ *
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EmiliaYO's picture

ahhh I'll be looking for new

ahhh I'll be looking for new news! Smiling
Kamaya's picture

OH YAY! I will try to help

OH YAY! I will try to help the best I can too!

I am super-excited to see the future of the Endless Forest becoming its present!
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I congratulate you! I hope

I congratulate you! I hope that it's actually going to happen. It will be great
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Congratulations!! Ooh This is

Congratulations!!
Ooh This is great news!! I can't wait! ´v`/
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Fantastic news! Hope it's

Fantastic news!
Hope it's gonna happen, fingers crossed)
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This is so exciting! Great to

This is so exciting! Great to hear such wonderful news about possible development! Smiling
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Screaming oh my gosh!! So

Screaming oh my gosh!! So excited!!!

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Oh my goodness this is the

Oh my goodness this is the best news and I may or may not have run around shrieking like a fool. Hopefully the grant goes through and that the funding goes well. Which, so long as we as a community work for it, I'm sure it will. This game is so close to many of our hearts and we only want to see it grow and expand. So, happy birthday tef!

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Echosong's picture

Oh my goodness! Super excited

Oh my goodness! Super excited about this.
Thank you M & A! ♥
Freyja's picture

I saw this on tumblr just now

I saw this on tumblr just now and freaked! Soo excited
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Ooooooh this is so exciting

Ooooooh this is so exciting !! Also, Happy Birthday to TEF aha ♥

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sCREAMS oh my gosh, yes yes

sCREAMS
oh my gosh, yes yes yes! ♥!!!
Unplugged's picture

Happy 10 years!!!!

Exclaim
Happy 10 years!!!!
Farlone's picture

OMG What a gorgeuos

OMG What a gorgeuos news!
Happy 10 years TEF & TEFc ♥
LostintheEcho's picture

Kind of lost for words, but

Kind of lost for words, but just so so so happy right now ♥

This is incredible news!
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Wooh ! ^3^

Wooh ! ^3^
Vala 's picture

* Happy * *10* * years

* Happy *

*10*

* years *

" ~ Lady in Red ~ "

♥ ♥

Pegasicorn's picture

SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. You guys

SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.

You guys are awesome. Thank you for a wonderful not-game that I'm glad to still be part of after so many years. ♥
onowl's picture

Happy 10 years, and thank you

Happy 10 years, and thank you for the amazing news! Laughing out loud

YES &hearts;

YES ♥

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Tuhka's picture

Such exciting news!

Such exciting news! Whoah!
Happy 10th birthday, TEF!

(also, delighted to see Quamar standing on the rock there as well, aww. Old times. <3)
Kaoori's picture

Happy 10 years, and I'm so

Happy 10 years, and I'm so excited for the news!!! ^^
Evern's picture

My heart feels light now.

My heart feels light now. Thank you for bringing your attention to us, and I hope you are both well!
Happy ten years. <333

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Happy 10 years and best

Happy 10 years and best wishes to the Forest c:
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Was not expecting this at

Was not expecting this at all.
Happy 10th, TEF.
So excited to see what becomes of it in the future.
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I was so excited the first

I was so excited the first moment I read it, and I'm still excited! I'm going to walk into work grinning like a fool and I don't care! This is so great!

What a wonderful journey of ten years! Here's to many, many more years ahead <3
Panda's picture

My heart skipped a beat so

My heart skipped a beat
so excited
ratt's picture

Ohhh goood. Happy anniversary

Ohhh goood. Happy anniversary TEF! This game has changed so many people's lives it's just mad. So happy to see it picked up again.

Love you teffers, so so so much love for the people who have been able to donate.
Gustiro's picture

Happy Birthday, TEF~ And

Happy Birthday, TEF~ And thanks for all the fun throughout the years.

I must say, I was super surprised by this news. Very exciting! I look forward to seeing where this will lead.

Edit: I have to say I'm more excited about the idea of new places to explore. >_>
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Jin said -- Quote:Are you

Jin said --
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Are you welcoming of concept ideas regarding sets and scenery?


Curious about this too!
i will explode if we get more sets eeee, and I'm always happy to contribute ideas

I'm very glad you guys have

I'm very glad you guys have decided to do this. <3 Thank you!
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Vessan's picture

My, my! This is splendid!

My, my! This is splendid!

Happy 10th TEF! Such

Happy 10th TEF!
Such wonderful news. Best wishes to you guys.
snow's picture

Happy 10 years to TEF.

Happy 10 years to TEF. ♥
Sounds really exciting!
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I think this calls for an

I think this calls for an Endless Celebration!



Kaoori's picture

I see 'Runa in that shot. I

I see 'Runa in that shot. I miss him and the player so much.
Flyleaf's picture

Oh god , all those "Old"

Oh god , all those "Old" pictos Laughing out loud Smiling
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IvyChain's picture

Congratulations on 10 years!

Congratulations on 10 years! Very excited to see how this game will expand, lovely news!♥
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*SCREAMS* This is amazing!

*SCREAMS* This is amazing! Can't wait! Hope the grant goes through
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