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 Cursed Court Teaser Video Posted: 2017-11-08T17:33:00.000-06:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
If you like elegant boardgames that are easy to learn but have deep strategy, take a deeper dive on the Cursed Court product page.

 First Review of Witches of the Revolution Posted: 2017-08-24T09:36:00.001-05:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
Bower's Game Corner has posted the first video review of Witches of the Revolution. You should (of course!) watch it for yourself, but here are some of our favorite excerpts:

“I enjoyed Witches of the Revolution… [a] rock-solid one to four player game.”

“Very well done — huge thumbs up on the rule booklet.”

“I love, love, love this board.”

“Component-wise, it’s fantastic. The box insert is outstanding. The board is super-stinking useful — take note other game companies, this is what your board should look like[.] [Board design] is about user-friendliness…and this is a very user friendly board.”

“Tons of replay value.”

“I like it as a solo game.”

“I love the differences [from other games].”


  Posted: 2017-08-22T13:43:00.000-05:00 Cam_Bankshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16162534181760938499noreply@blogger.com

Unknown Armies awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Production Values at Gen Con!


Our UA3 production team is extraordinarily grateful to the fans of Unknown Armies for voting for us in this year's ENnie Awards. We came away with the Silver ENnie for Best Production Values, which we believe recognizes the hard work and effort of our crew: art director Aaron Acevedo, graphic designer Thomas Deeny, editor (and postcard crafter!) Colleen Riley, cover artist Jason Engle, interior photographic artists Benôit Felten, Lassi Seppälä, Thomas Shook, and Jeannine Acevedo, and of course designer and co-postcard-maker Greg Stolze.

Congratulations to the Chaosium for their Gold ENnie and to all of our colleagues and friends in the publishing business for their well-deserved recognitions and nominations!



 Atlas' Gen Con 50 Preview Posted: 2017-07-31T11:48:00.001-05:00 Reneehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15688972226193612658noreply@blogger.com
August 17-20 marks the 50th anniversary of Gen Con, and we'll be there! We're hosting a plethora of games and panels, in addition to demoing games from open to close in the Exhibit Hall all weekend long. Come find us at booth 1401 and check out our event schedule below to get the skinny on all of our newest games, including special previews of Over the Edge 3rd Edition!



Ars Magica Panel
Thursday
6:00 PM
1 hr $0

Cursed Court
Thursday
12:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Cursed Court
Thursday
4:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Cursed Court
Friday
12:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Cursed Court
Friday
4:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Cursed Court
Saturday
12:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Cursed Court
Saturday
4:00 PM
2 hrs $2

Lost in R'lyeh
Thursday
10:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Lost in R'lyeh
Friday
10:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Lost in R'lyeh
Saturday
10:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Over the Edge 25th Anniversary Panel
Thursday
5:00 PM
1 hr $0

Pillar of Fire RPG Panel
Saturday
5:00 PM
1 hr $0

Return to Al Amarja*
Over the Edge, 3rd Ed
Friday
9:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Return to Al Amarja*
Over the Edge, 3rd Ed
Friday
11:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Return to Al Amarja*
Over the Edge, 3rd Ed
Saturday
9:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Return to Al Amarja*
Over the Edge, 3rd Ed
Saturday
11:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Thunderhead Mesa*
Unknown Armies, 3rd Ed
Thursday
1:00 PM
3 hrs $12

Thunderhead Mesa*
Unknown Armies, 3rd Ed
Friday
1:00 PM
3 hrs $12

Thunderhead Mesa*
Unknown Armies, 3rd Ed
Saturday
1:00 PM
3 hrs $12

Unknown Armies Panel
Friday
5:00 PM
1 hr $0

The Very Gloomiest Afternoon Tea Party
Gloom, 2nd Ed
Thursday
2:00 PM
2 hrs $2

The Very Gloomiest Afternoon Tea Party
Gloom, 2nd Ed
Friday
2:00 PM
2 hrs $2

The Very Gloomiest Afternoon Tea Party
Gloom, 2nd Ed
Saturday
2:00 PM
2 hrs $2

What's Up with Feng Shui from Atlas Games
Friday
6:00 PM
1 hr $0

Witches of the Revolution
Thursday
9:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Witches of the Revolution
Friday
9:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Witches of the Revolution
Saturday
9:00 AM
2 hrs $2

Writing & Design Panel
Saturday
6:00 PM
1 hr $0


* These events are currently sold out. However, we encourage you to drop by prior to the start of the game, as ticket-holder dropouts or no-shows do occasionally happen.

 Opening the Statosphere! Posted: 2017-06-07T14:09:00.000-05:00 Cam_Bankshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16162534181760938499noreply@blogger.com
In Unknown Armies, the Statosphere is the realm of pure ideas, a place that those who truly embody a principle or archetype can ascend to, to join the Invisible Clergy that shall ultimately become as one in the form of the demiurge. Or at least that's the running theory.

For the rest of us, though, the Statosphere is the name for Atlas Games' new partnership with OneBookShelf to create a place that fans of Unknown Armies can share their own creative ideas for the game. If you've always wanted to publish that adventure idea, or that creepy game master character, or that new adept school of magick, the Statosphere is here for you to do so and earn a little income in the process.

We've already seeded the Statosphere with two products from UA3 writers Tim Dedopulos and WJ MacGuffin, as well as a handy template package (Word and InDesign) to get you started. Follow the link above for all of the details and a list of content guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you ascend!

 Atlas And Origins 2017 Posted: 2017-05-22T14:20:00.000-05:00 Reneehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15688972226193612658noreply@blogger.com
Origins is right around the corner—June 14th-18th—and as always, we'll be there! We're hosting over 50 events in four days, in addition to our usual dealer's room space where we'll be running demos all day, every day. Get a look at new games, like Witches of the Revolution and Cursed Court, or settle in to enjoy old favorites like Gloom and Feng Shui. Our entire schedule is available below so you can start planning now!

See you in Columbus!




Event
Date
Time
Hounded
6/14/17
12:00 PM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/14/17
12:00 PM
Hounded
6/14/17
2:00 PM
Three Cheers for Master
6/14/17
2:00 PM
Hounded
6/14/17
4:00 PM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/14/17
4:00 PM
Hounded
6/14/17
6:00 PM
Fairytale Gloom
6/14/17
6:00 PM
Three Cheers for Master
6/15/17
8:00 AM
Unknown Armies GM Workshop
6/15/17
10:00 AM
Hounded
6/15/17
10:00 AM
Witches of the Revolution
6/15/17
12:00 PM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/15/17
12:00 PM
Gloom in Space
6/15/17
2:00 PM
Hounded
6/15/17
2:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/15/17
4:00 PM
Once Upon a Time
6/15/17
4:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/15/17
6:00 PM
Hounded
6/15/17
6:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/15/17
8:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/15/17
8:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/16/17
8:00 AM
Witches of the Revolution
6/16/17
10:00 AM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/16/17
10:00 AM
Cursed Court
6/16/17
12:00 PM
Once Upon a Time
6/16/17
12:00 PM
Gloom in Space
6/16/17
2:00 PM
Hounded
6/16/17
2:00 PM
Feng Shui 2
6/16/17
2:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/16/17
4:00 PM
Three Cheers for Master
6/16/17
4:00 PM
Hounded
6/16/17
6:00 PM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/16/17
6:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/16/17
8:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/16/17
8:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/17/17
8:00 AM
Witches of the Revolution
6/17/17
10:00 AM
Three Cheers for Master
6/17/17
10:00 AM
Cursed Court
6/17/17
12:00 PM
Hounded
6/17/17
12:00 PM
The Very Gloomiest Tea Party
6/17/17
2:00 PM
Feng Shui 2
6/16/17
2:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/17/17
4:00 PM
Once Upon a Time
6/17/17
4:00 PM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/17/17
6:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/17/17
6:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/17/17
8:00 PM
Witches of the Revolution
6/17/17
8:00 PM
Cursed Court
6/18/17
10:00 AM
Lost in R'lyeh
6/18/17
10:00 AM
Witches of the Revolution
6/18/17
12:00 PM
Hounded
6/18/17
12:00 PM
Fairytale Gloom
6/18/17
2:00 PM
Three Cheers for Master
6/18/17
2:00 PM

* Note that all events are 2 hours in duration
















 Introducing The White Box Posted: 2017-05-01T12:03:00.002-05:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
Here at Atlas Games, we think game design is pretty great. If you think so too, we've got something new we think you'll like:

The White Box components image

The White Box is a game design workshop-in-a-box. It contains a book of essays and a whole bunch of prototyping pieces to help you get the game ideas out of your head and onto the table.

The White Box is Kickstarting right now. We're producing it in cooperation with creator Jeremy Holcomb and our friends at Gameplaywright. The White Box will ship in October, in time for holiday gifting.

If you're the kind of person who thinks game design is awesome — or if you know someone who is — have a look!

 TableTop Day at Our FLGS Posted: 2017-04-27T15:52:00.001-05:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
This Saturday is International TableTop Day! In addition to having supported some cool retail events around the country, the Atlas Games staff will be out in force at our own friendly local game store, Source Comics and Games in Roseville, Minnesota.

Come by and play some old favorites, or even a few titles you can't try anywhere else because they're still at press or in the final stages of development.

  • Cursed Court — 12:00p
  • Feng Shui 2 — 2:00p
  • Godsforge — 10:00a, 12:00p
  • Lost in R'lyeh — 4:00p
  • Unknown Armies 3 — 4:00p
  • Witches of the Revolution — 10:00a
We hope to see you there, Twin Cities locals!

 Letter Head: And The Winners Are... Posted: 2017-04-03T10:39:00.001-05:00 Reneehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15688972226193612658noreply@blogger.com
In August of 2016 we launched the first ever Letter Head Design Challenge. The call went out to fans and designers everywhere to submit their own game designs utilizing the Letter Head deck. The response was fantastic, and after extensive playtesting, heated exchanges, and shed tears,* we still couldn't arrive at our favorite five. So instead, we broke our own rules and chose six.

And now those six games are available to everyone for free! All you need are a few friends and a Letter Head deck for hours of fun with these unique games that stretch and reimagine Letter Head in all new ways.
  • Anagrabs by Steve Dee. Claim letters from a common pool to form words. But beware, cards you’ve already used are still up for (ana)grabs!
  • Draw! Beat Down Their Weapons! by Jonathan Woodard. Escort your convoys through a dangerous forest, engaging in duels of witty vocabulary with highwaymen who want to make off with your precious cargo.
  • Gadsby! by Steve Dee Inspired by Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 lipogrammatic novel of the same name, your challenge is to create words that do not use the letter E, while looking for opportunities to add Es to other players’ words and thus negate their score. 
  • Letter Mine by J. Walton. Explore a series of subterranean tunnels, mining letters from the rock itself in a race to build words faster than the other players. 
  • Tensorial Relations by Nick Wedig. A deckbuilding word game in which the words you create enable you to buy even better cards. When all the cards have been purchased, the player with the highest scoring deck wins!
  • Word War by Aex Kanous. Create words from an always-morphing grid of letters, while trying to block the other players from doing the same.

* Not factually correct. Exchanges were measured and friendly, and instead of tears it was laughter and smiles.




 Noting a 50th Anniversary, and Credit Where Due Posted: 2017-02-27T15:50:00.000-06:00 John Nephewnoreply@blogger.com
This year is a big Happy Birthday to Gen Con, which celebrates its 50th year! A decade ago we were proud to help celebrate an earlier milestone by publishing 40 Years of Gen Con, a big full-color coffee table book of the convention's history up to then. Written by Robin D. Laws, it includes a gazillion photographs from years gone by, interviews with many game industry luminaries (some of whom are sadly not here to join Gen Con 50), and more.

For a limited time, you have the chance to pick up 40 Years of Gen Con at a bargain price, thanks to a re-run of the "Designers, Dragons & More" Bundle of Holding -- a value bundle that will load you up with game industry history and the stories of some of the best games in our field.

I also want to add a note of acknowledgement and apology. Long after the book was published, it came to our attention that attribution for three photographs by Scott Griffin had been bungled. The digital version of the book is corrected, but in case you have the first printing, know that Scott is the photographer of "Ed Greenwood as Elminster", "Musicians entertaining at Gen Con, and "Gary Gygax in the "Klingon Jail 'n Bail". We thank Scott for his contribution and apologize for this error. Also, if you love game history, you should check out Scott's website, Gen Con in Wisconsin (1968-2002)!

 Really Regrettable Robots Posted: 2017-02-21T11:30:00.000-06:00 Jess Bankshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13787543085808209247noreply@blogger.com
Although we've had robots — machines programmable to perform human-like functions — since 400 BCE, we only got the word robot in 1920, thanks to a Czech playwright. It's taken a long time for actual robot technology to even approach the potential imagined in the stories we've been telling about robots from this planet and others.

Translating these creations to stage and screen have yielded some truly regrettable robots, some of which are beyond even the reach of Gloom in Space to describe. Let's run down the top five saddest robots from movies and TV.

1)  Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 from Robot Monster: This robot, like many, is just a guy in a suit. That suit, though, wasn't made of metal hardware. Instead, Ro-Man wears a gorilla suit and a Sputnik-like astronaut costume helmet. He's bent on wiping out the last eight members of the human race. He doesn't succeed.


2)  Daleks from Doctor Who: These robots are the scariest foes for the Doctor, but it's hard for viewers to understand the terror they inspire when a Dalek is an upside-down trashcan on wheels, with egg beaters and a toilet plunger as weapons. All the earliest Doctors needed to do to foil these villains was to go up a flight of stairs.

3)  Nomad from Star Trek: The Original Series: A junkyard is a set designer's best friend, and Nomad looks like it was assembled straight from the trash heap. With a head like a coffee percolator and a body like a mesh office wastebasket, it's hardly a worthy adversary for Captain Kirk. Indeed, Kirk shuts down this mechanical menace by convincing it to commit suicide.

4)  Power Droid from Star Wars: This sad excuse for a robot was especially pathetic next to shiny, elaborate droids like C3P0 and R2-D2. Borrowing from the well-established tradition of trashcans as costumes, the Power Droid is just a box around a child or little person. Some flexible plastic ductwork gives them leg warmers to go with flat metal boxes for shoes. And still they managed to make two action figures out of this guy.

5)  Box from Logan's Run: As shiny as this robot is, all that chrome isn't enough to distract viewers from its janky design. The actor's head is wrapped in something like a reflective space blanket, with a slot cut for the mouth. The body looks like a shiny rooftop industrial air conditioner. While it has metal ductwork to cover the arms, it looks as though the actor is holding sticks with heavy, boxy guns on the ends, leaving them to flop around randomly.

 Unknown Armies Deluxe Set Photos Posted: 2017-02-13T11:06:00.000-06:00 Cam_Bankshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16162534181760938499noreply@blogger.com
One of the best things about publishing is seeing all of the hard work of designers, writers, editors, artists, graphic engineers, and printers come together in the form of an actual physical product. Regent of China shipped us a single copy of the Unknown Armies 3 Deluxe Set to review before full scale production and shipment happens, and we took a few photos.



This is the exterior of the Deluxe Set with slipcase, shrinkwrapped, and all three volumes included in hardback.



The slipcase unfolds to become a landscape oriented game master screen, with all the charts and tables you need during play. It turns back into a slipcase with ease (and a magnetic clasp).


Players can enjoy the gorgeous cover artwork of Jason Engle and Aaron Acevedo. Incidentally, when you take all three books and line them up in a triangle, the art forms a triptych image!

Finally, the books themselves are high quality, sturdy, and gorgeous full-bleed photo-illustrated casebound volumes. Thanks to the layout skills of Thomas Deeny, the table of contents, chapter splash pages, and trade dress all works together.


We can't wait for the thousands of Kickstarter backers to get their own print copies in April. Retail stores should see orders filled at the end of April and early May. If you can't wait, and you didn't back the books last year, our pre-orders are still open!