The message was cryptic and simple: “Be wary of baby.”
But this wasn’t a warning of some gigantic, infantile Lovecraftian horror scribbled on the streets of Bloodborne’s Yharnam, Dark Souls’ Lordran, or Dark Souls 2’s Drangleic. It was a message left in Sarasota, Fla.
Soapstone is a new app for iOS or Android that communicates with people in the real world by using what the developer calls “reverse geotagging.” Instead of tagging a post with a location, you use a post crafted from pre-set words and phrases based on the online messaging system of From Software’s Souls series of action role-playing games.
Once your phone’s GPS has pinpointed your location on Google Maps, the yellow soapstone lets you leave a simple text-based message. For example, you could leave the phrase “Gorgeous view ahead” while at the beach. The blue soapstone lets you add a photo to your post, so you can share that gorgeous view with others. After your message is finished, other people in the area can read it and rate it.
Although the app officially launched this month, there’s already a surprising amount of vague, yet amusing messages to find. Some were cryptic complaints about work (“Avoid boss or be wary of passive aggression,” “Resignation ahead,” etc.), while another left at a local high school warned to “be wary of hard place.” And, of course, there was the ever-popular Souls catchphrase, “Praise the sun!”
Soapstone is a clever idea, and it’ll be interesting to see what Souls fans do with it in the near future. It’s free to download in the Google Play and Apple App stores.