A year ago, they succeeded on Kickstarter, receiving the first millions of amazing investors, and this year the emerging Czech Fireball hasn’t slowed down. 25-year-old designer Jean Rose reports that he has won millions of additional crowns for his mobile version of the world-famous game Dungeons & Dragons, which has been a model for the popular Dragon’s Lair in the Czech Republic and is also tested by thousands of players.
Anyone who has ever played Dragon’s Lair knows that this is a classic table, which only needs some characteristics, but also knowledge of the overall rules so you can fully immerse yourself in this fictional heroes game. Plus, since it’s often a hours-long game, which Jan Roose himself knows very well, he decided to try to combine a great classic with modern technology to make gameplay more fluid.
People have been playing Dungeons & Dragons for fifty years, because it is a game with endless possibilities. You can do anything with it. You have amazing adventures with friends, which are always different. The game is social and teaches people to work in a team. We are working to simplify and introduce the concept First to mobile devices, “ The founder explains Fireballo Jean Rose.
Mobile Dungeons & Dragons has been attracting attention from the start. Startup Fireball was founded by a young designer in 2019 with him last year It managed to attract the general gaming audience on KickstarterHe raised around 1.6 million crowns, and on top of that, his vision is trusted by investors as well. Initially for the company He sent several million crowns to Jiří Hlavenka and Kiwi.com co-founder Oliver DlohoThen others happened, and now new names are being added to them.
Fireball mobile app for playing Dungeons and Dragons
As one of its other goals, Fireball has searched for a new home fund, with Purpose Ventures behind it He stands with colleagues from Pale Fire Capital David Šiška. The recent topic was also taken up by Ján Ilavský, co-founder of the game Beat Saber, who has mastered virtual reality and It has already sold over 4 million units. Together, they are investing more than 10 million crowns in a new investment round in a young venture.
If we add the previous investments, Fireball has already raised a total of 20 million. “We are excited that the project has also responded to David Ceska and Jan Ilavsky. Their experience is helping us move Fireball forward.” Commenting on the receipt of additional capital from Jean Rossi. Thanks to the said investments, the development of the mobile app itself, which undergoes a successful alpha testing, is also moving forward.
In the alpha version, Fireball has already been tested by 3,000 testers, mainly from the United States, and the company president says they have had an enthusiastic response. “It’s a whole new concept in mobile gaming. We went on an unexplored journey and learned a lot.” Thanks to a new investment, admits Jan Roose, who wants to add more features to the app and expand it to the Dungeons & Dragons community in Western countries.
“Some investments take a long time to complete and some take only a few minutes. Fireball is the second case. It was enough for me to see the team, a few numbers and the product, and it was immediately clear that I had to support such an interesting project. There is a number.” Very few games like this on mobile devices, which is definitely a pity. I think Fireball will find a large number of loyal players who will have amazing adventures in it, ”he said. Jan Ilavsky is convinced.
David Davidiška, who works for the Purpose Ventures fund, also has high hopes for the local gaming venture After betting to start Accomango a Another local company is Encubate Already a third investment in a short time. Šiška sees the meaning in Fireball mainly in the fact that even in the mobile world, playing Dungeons & Dragons can reinforce social connections.
“D&D is not about playing against each other or“ killing time ”by clicking on the falling dice. For us, Fireball is about pro-social games, where players play together and solve problems in an engaging way, their imagination and mental health being supported at the same time. From an ambition to simplify and make playing Dungeons & Dragons as easy as possible for the fans. David Cesca describes.
Currently, as Dragon’s Lair and similar games are often called, ten experienced people from companies like Bohemia Interactive, Qusion, Fitify or SpaceKnow are developing a mobile “Dragon”. Roose himself has worked in the latter and also at DataBreakers or DayTrip, where, as in Fireball, he has worked on creating user interfaces. He is now looking for other colleagues, too, because he wants to work on developing artificial intelligence.
For now, they are playing in Fireball with the idea that an AI can advise what is called Lord of the Cave, in English the Dungeon Master, which is an essential part of the entire game as he controls it. In the future, AI can totally play this role, if it can generate the entire adventure on its own, but the local developers are not faring yet.