#RPGaDay Challenge – Day Twenty-Four

Hi everyone! Although neither of the main games I'm about to link to you actually answer this question. However, when I first encountered them, they absolutely did! #RPGaDay 24: Share a PWYW Publisher who should be charging more. When I first met Sanchit Sharma and John Serembe, they both had some great ideas for games and were allowing everyone to have their drafts at PWYW. I spent the time with them to get their games up to production standard and I'm pleased to say that now both Order of the Link and Marked For Death are available on DriveThruRPG for more than PWYW. They were... more

Coming to MCM and Comic Kickstarter – The Oracle

Ed is pulling out all the stops for this year’s MCM Comicon in London! He’s going to bring along all of our games and give you the opportunity to try out sessions of your favorites. He is also planning to give away some free stuff during the event so be sure you stop by early before it’s all gone! The team is always ready to answer your questions or take you along for a test run of one of our fabulous games so don’t be shy and come say hello. For anyone who didn’t get a chance to join in on our last kickstarter you’ll be happy to hear that MCM is the public launch of Era:... more

It’s Convention Time! – The Oracle

It’s that time of year again when Ed gathers up a big bundle of all our best games and goodies and brings them out to share with everyone. He’s not quite like Santa Claus but close. Ed’s been planning sessions and collecting supplies for weeks in anticipation of this convention and he’s just about ready to bring it all together for the first event of the year! This Saturday and Sunday stop by AnimeCon to play The Consortium, Lyres, or Survival with our dedicated team. We absolutely love running games and can’t wait to show you around some of our favorites. Swing by our booth and... more

More chances to meet the team and get some goodies! – The Oracle

The first convention of 2016 is almost upon us! We have so many fabulous games to show you and loads of fun stuff to bring along that Ed’s probably going to rent a car to haul it all. Set your watch to meet us at AnimeCon in London on February 5th. Anyone who’s seen us at a convention knows that we absolutely love talking to fans and we love running game sessions. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the rules! The GM’s are patient and the ruleset is famously easy to pick up. If you don’t believe me bring along your grandma and we’ll get her rolling in under 20... more

2015 Retrospective

Hi everyone!I thought it might be a good idea to do a sort of "What have we done this year?" post. So I started looking over everything we have done, and my instant reaction was "Wow,  that is a lot!" Well, here goes: This time last year, we had a lot of commitments - Era: The Consortium and Amazing Space Adventures Kickstarters had both been funded - but we had not delivered anything to anyone. We had sold a few Rulebook Primers at MCM October but we couldn't even offer full Rulebooks! - January saw Amazing Space Adventures arrive with fans, our first successful... more

The Sounds of Silence – The Oracle

I’ve been talking a lot these last few weeks about work being done in the background. Quite often when I don’t have much news to give you it’s because our independent creators are busy working quietly on their own and at their own pace. We never want to rush our creators into developing a game that they aren’t absolutely thrilled with. So, going forward, we’ll only be sending out a news post during this slot on weeks when we’ve had some action we can share with you. I look forward to following along with our new games as they develop! Until next time, keep those dice... more

Game Distribution – The Oracle

I’m pleased to announce that another one of our creator inspired games is available on DriveThru RPG. Marked for Death is now on the shelf and ready to be played! You can also check out our previous games while you’re shopping for that perfect holiday gift. Both Amazing Space Adventures and Order of the Link, as well as a few pieces of Era: The Consortium, are available. Stop in to check them out and we’ll be busy back here making more games! Ed is working hard to help all our developers progress through their vision. Right now, Frontier is making some good headway, the rules are... more

Working at the Creator’s Pace – The Oracle

Some days it feels like the progress of one game just races along while others slowly plod ahead towards an unseen finish line. Every game creator has their own timeline and sometimes that doesn’t match the hectic pace that Ed has set with his Era games. We strive to keep our creators moving forward at the level which works best for them. Unfortunately, sometimes that means we don’t have much to show you. Things are happening, unseen in the background, and soon as I have solid details to give you I’ll post up the progress from these games. While we’re waiting perhaps you’ll... more

Early Development – The Oracle

Things are in the works. Right now, Ed is busy discussing rules, art, ideas, and all things game related with the creators of both Ether and our newest game. This is the difficult part, the part where we don’t have art to dazzle you or stories to mesmerize you. Work is being done and progress is being made but you’ll just have to take my word for it. While you’re waiting on news for our latest games consider checking out some of the games that we’ve already completed. Order of the Link, Marked for Death, Frontier and Amazing Space Adventures are all available on our website. See... more

One down and more to go! – The Oracle

Last week’s MCM Comicon in London was an all-out success! I hope you got a chance to stop by our table and play a game or at least chat with a few of the great folks who were set up to answer questions. If you haven’t already, stop by our Facebook page to catch a glimpse of some photos from the event… maybe you’re in a few! We had a ton of people stop by and even got out some rulebook copies to interested players. Happy rolling to those of you who are just now joining us! Ed would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the MCM event. You all did a great job... more

Last Day at MCM – The Oracle

The fun is almost done. Today is your last chance to come visit with us at MCM and play through a session with our mighty team of GM’s. There are lives to save and Stiletto Unit needs YOU. Besides, there won’t be another shot at this until December so put yourself on a train, a taxi, a bus, or whatever you’ve got to do to get here! This event has been a huge success so far and we’ve already met so many great people. Some of them have played through a session with us and some of them talked with us about the process of creating unique role playing games. We’ve had some serious... more

Best Time for New Ideas! – The Oracle

We’re heading to MCM Comicon in less than a week now and we really hope to see you there. Along with playing sessions of our games you’ll have a chance to meet and discuss your ideas with the creator of Marked for Death as well as Ether. There’s going to be no better time to get an inside view of what it’s like to create games with Shades of Vengeance. Whether you’re new to our games or just getting started we’ll have loads of information for you and plenty of people for you to talk with. You can ask questions like: - Do I need to know everything about a game before I start... more

Our Crack Team of GMs! – The Oracle

They’re prepped, they’re stretched and we’re thinking about having them bathed and shaved as well. Ed has spent the last several weeks training our specially chosen team of GM’s in preparation for MCM Comicon. It’s right around the corner! We’ve been throwing our GM’s into every possible scenario we can think of: dragon stampede, spaceship side of the road breakdowns, and surprise ninja attacks. It’s been rough but they made it and are ready to start running games. Grab your tickets now to see us at the biggest convention we’re attending for the rest of the... more

Game Status Day! – The Oracle

It is time once again for the Big Game Round Up! Grab your ropes and saddle up ‘cuz I’m a gonna run us through the entire list of what’s what and who’s who in the game development corral. Alright, I think I’ve used up all my cowboy references for the month. So, here we go!   Coming in at the top of the list we have: Amazing Space Adventures– This was our first ever independent collaboration with a game designer. Come see where it all began with this fun sci-fi piece, available now in our store. Order of the Link– Our second collaboration and winner of the... more

Books on Order! – The Oracle

It’s a busy place in Ed’s house right about now. The Marked for Death proof has arrived and orders have been made. Those will then be coming to Ed’s house and sent on from there to all our wonderful backers. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our independent creators. Here are a few photos to keep you going until yours arrives! One quick note before I let you go today. Ed is talking with a new game creator about the possibility of developing his idea into a playable game. Sometime in the next few weeks I hope to be able to announce more details but right now all I... more

From A Creator’s Perspective – The Oracle

You’ve heard me go on again and again about how much fun it is to make RPGs. It’s a creative dream come true to build your very own world; complete with harrowing plot details and characters that make you laugh, cry or scream in frustration. Well, you don’t have to just take my word for it. You can ask one of our creators. Lewis, the man behind our in-progress game, Ether, will be joining us at MCM Comicon. He will attend all three days where we’ll keep him busy running sessions of Era games. Bring your questions because he’ll also be available to give you answers on everything... more

Website!

Hi everyone! I am currently working on the website! You have probably noticed that we're "Back in Black" as you might say... We're doing a major overhaul in preparation for our upcoming Kickstarter and MCM. I'm hoping that we can get everything looking great! I've also got 3 book orders coming in over the next few weeks: Empowered Primers, Lyres Kickstarter Rewards and Marked For Death Kickstarter Rewards... Looks like October's going to be a busy month for me! -... more

Handing Out the Prizes!

Contributing to an indie game is about helping the RPG community, it’s about increasing the number of great stories we all get to play and giving a hand to someone who’s got a vision. That’s why we keep making games with our partner creators. We love making dreams come true and we love adding to the wealth of amazing games out there. Of course, there is another great reason for supporting indie games… being the very first to get a copy. Now that our Marked for Death Kickstarter is finished and funds have been released I’m pleased to let you know that all digital rewards have been... more

Getting Ready To Send Out Marked For Death!

Things are moving along very fast in the world of Marked for Death. Now that the Kickstarter has ended we’re getting ready to print and ship out copies to our backers just as soon as the funds are released. We’re excited to be bringing you another game designed by one of our independent creators. If you’ve got a great story to tell and would like some help getting your game off the ground don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve worked with RPG’s at every level of completion from almost done to only a fabulous concept. In other game news; Frontier is currently working on the... more

Marked For Death Kickstarter over 300% funded!

File this under; Success! The Marked for Death Kickstarter raced past its goal to achieve over 300% funding. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every supporter. We truly have the best fans in the business, you guys are amazing! So, you’re likely wondering what’s happening right now on the road to completion. The team is working hard at finalizing the game, busy in discussions regarding the details of levelling up and they’re getting quite close to finished. Ed’s come to the end of his first round of edits and things are looking great. We really hope to get this book out... more

Marked For Death, Empowered Character Sheets and naming games!

Hi everyone! It's been a really busy week over here. The Marked For Death Kickstarter reached a successful conclusion, just short of the $1000 stretch goal. Never mind, Sanchit and I are finishing up the edits on the book and we expect to deliver ahead of schedule! Sanchit is also talking about what more he wants to do, so keep your eyes peeled for more on Marked For Death! I'm working on Empowered Character sheets today, for the campaign that will come with the Primers at MCM Comicon. It's quite hard work, I need to fill out each sheet for 7 characters, along with backstory info and... more

Another Kicksarter Success! – The Oracle

Ring the bell and send the judges home; it’s all over folks. The Marked for Death Kickstarter event has officially ended at over 300% funded! Thank you to all the fabulous people who backed this game; you’ve made it a success and helped to turn a dream into a reality. So, where do we go from here? The team behind the creation of this game are busy finalizing and working hard to make the end product as great as it can be. Once all of our backers receive their reward copies we hope to bring this game with us to conventions so be sure to check in with us at MCM Comicon in October and see... more

72 Hours – The Oracle

What can you do in less than 72 hours? You could fly to Kathmandu and eat a Momo dumpling. You could get Scuba certification. You could watch all the 007 James Bond films and still have time to spare. Or… you could get yourself a copy of Marked for Death. The doors are slowly closing and your window to be a part of this great game is shutting. We’re entering the final stretch of this Kickstarter and in honor of that I’m going to share with you some of what the creator of this game has said.   Q&A What makes this project particularly special in your eyes? “...... more

Era Games Galore, Marked For Death Kickstarter End…

Hi everyone! I'm doing another (editing) pass on the Era: The Empowered Primer while Keith finishes off the artwork and the deeply awesome new character sheet we're working on. Our first version was a bit of an "ink sucker", so we've had to cut that back a little on the vibrant colours! I still think it'll look brilliant, we're working very hard on it to make sure you'll love it! The artwork is coming along nicely as well - you can expect to see some more of what we have underway on Wednesday, in the normal Empowered slot. Everything is going nicely, I expect to have Era: The... more

Kickstarter Approaching Deadline! – The Oracle

This is your 5 day warning: Marked for Death is coming down in less than a week! Don’t panic, there are plenty of great rewards still available like digital and physical rulebooks, extra sessions and an opportunity to feature your very own character on the website as a sample. Besides rewards we’ve also got Stretch Goals that we’re coming really close to achieving. There’s still time to unlock some of those fabulous extras so get in, get on it, and get playing! Our newest image for this game features an assassin with water skills. How do you keep out someone who can slide in... more

Heading Towards the Finish Line – The Oracle

It feels like I was only just announcing the start of our Marked for Death Kickstarter and now here I am ready to tell you that we’re just over one week away from its finish! Ed is working diligently on editing the finished rulebook. He’s laid out three quarters of it already and it’s looking great. The edits are coming along and the whole thing has really made a lot of great progress. We can’t wait to show you the finished product! I’ll be back next week with some final numbers and your last chance to get in on the first run of this fun game. See you next... more

What’s Ed doing today?

Hi everyone! Today, I'm working on Era: The Empowered. Keith is working hard on the artwork and I'm focusing on the content of said artwork, along with designing the Character Sheet. I've spent most of this week working on Marked For Death's Rulebook Primer (for the Kickstarter) and trying to keep up with Sanchit - that guy has serious enthusiasm for Marked For Death and it's really infectious! I've also been working hard on Campaign sessions for Era: The Empowered and Era: The Consortium - the latter is to continue the campaign but the former is the brand new sessions that will come... more

Watch a Live Session! – The Oracle

The timer is counting down, folks. We’ve got just 2 weeks before the Marked for Death Kickstarter comes to a close. It’s been a good run so far and we’d like to thank everyone who’s taken the time to check it out. If you’re still on the fence and wondering what a magical assassin game would look like, I have something just for you. This weekend Sanchit will be posting a live stream of his playing session for everyone to get a few more details, get the feel of the game and really take an inside look. You can check it out here when the time comes. However, if you can’t possibly... more

Over 200% Funded! – The Oracle

Marked for Death is taking things seriously and their Kickstarter has absolutely raced past the first goal line. With over 15 days left and more than 200% funded this game is a clear success. It’s doing great and there’s a very real possibility of getting to our first Stretch Goal; Army of Assassins! For those of you who’ve recently started backing this great game and want to know even more about it or for you steady regular folks who’ve been with us the whole time… I’ve got a little something special for you. Ed and the creator of Marked for Death, Sanchit Sharma, were just... more

Lyre-ing out to you!

Hi everyone! I'm pretty happy right now - I sent out the digital version of the Lyres Deluxe rulebooks to Kickstarter backers yesterday and I've placed the order for the paperbacks for all non-US and non-Canada backers today! I've picked up a few extras for sale at conventions, but these books will not be available in stores for a while - so you'd better find us at one of our upcoming conventions if you want to see the Bestiary and the extra stories we used the extra time to create! The US versions aren't too far behind, but require a little bit of layout work before we make that... more