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 Gloom of Thrones Successfully Funded — Thank You! Posted: 2019-05-13T16:04:00.001-05:00 Amelia Rengohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13487023463855588059noreply@blogger.com
We wrapped up our Kickstarter campaign for Gloom of Thrones on April 29th. You helped us greatly surpass our $20,000 funding goal, instead raising over $71,000 in four weeks. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the project! Here are some highlights from April.



Stretch Goals Unlocked
Your support exceeded our expectations, and so lots of additional bonuses were added to the campaign.
  • All games purchased through the Kickstarter will include five additional stretch goal characters and full-color rules.
  • Deluxe edition backers will get five double-sided player mats. One side is Gloom of Thrones–themed, and the other side features a gloomy house on a miserable hill.
  • Retail backers will get a free demo copy.
  • Everyone will get six printable player mat PDFs, access to custom card creation at DriveThruCards, and an interactive game tutorial at Dized.
You helped unlock five additional stretch goal characters.

Reprint of The Looking Glass Promo Card
Because of backer interest, we're happy to announce that The Looking Glass Gloom promo card will be available as an add-on to the Kickstarter for $1 shipped. Previously, it was only available as an opaque card, but this reprint will be on transparent plastic — the same as other Gloom cards. Backers can add this on to their pledge in BackerKit.



What’s Next for Us
Kyla McT, the producer and designer for Gloom of Thrones, is finalizing the text and mechanics. Soon, the game will go to the printer, and it should arrive to the Atlas Games warehouse in early fall. Kickstarter backers will receive their games before everyone else! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay abreast of project updates.

Thanks Again
This project wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Thanks to each and every one of you who shared, liked, and backed Gloom of Thrones. Atlas Games loves you!

 Gloom of Thrones - On Kickstarter! Posted: 2019-04-02T09:32:00.000-05:00 Justin Alexanderhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02227895898395353754noreply@blogger.com

Gloom is coming? Nay. Gloom has arrived.

Gloom of Thrones, satirizing the award-winning TV show and combining it with the award-winning Gloom, is live on Kickstarter right now!

Enjoy characters like:
  • Typsion Bannister, the Baron of Boobies and Booze!
  • Sanserif Snark, who was promised Fairytale Gloom and wants to know who’s responsible for this.
  • Kelly C, aka Queen Dani Rainybirth of House McDragonface.
  • Josh Frost, whose father was [SPOILER], which makes him [SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER] and he also [SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER].
  • Shamey Bannister, whose support of his grieving sister in her time of sorrow has been remarkably stiff.
And a brand new Porcelain Throne mechanic that brings fresh strategies to the table for existing Gloom fans.

Epic Fantasy is Ghastly

Prophecies of doom. Protagonists slopping through the wilderness. Battles of blood and mud. At least in Gloom of Thrones you know the story will get an ending.

Tell the Tale of Your Noble Family
 

Plague them with mishaps like Seduced by a Sibling or Tumbled from a Tower while heaping happy events like w?e?d?d?i?n?g?s? and family reunions onto your opponents to raise their Self-Worth score.

Award-winning Gameplay with Clear Cards

Unique transparent cards let you play multiple cards on the same character, determining their ultimate fate while still allowing you to see straight through their machinations!



 Gloom is Coming! Posted: 2019-02-14T08:49:00.000-06:00 Justin Alexanderhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02227895898395353754noreply@blogger.com
 
From the frozen lands of the Snark to the torrid intrigues of the Bannisters, there is one truth that echoes through the Umpteen Kingdoms: Gloom is coming... 

Gloom of Thrones comes to Kickstarter this April! Click here to be notified as soon as it goes live!

A standalone card game, Gloom of Thrones spreads the misery and suffering of Gloom to the ill-fated land of dead monarchs, dead knights, dead brothers, dead sisters, dead heirs, dead grandmothers, dead chambermaids, and almost-dead bastards. Wrest control of a noble family, guide them through lives of satirically-riddled sadism, and deliver them to their ultimate fate. Which is, of course, more death.

Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom of Thrones allows multiple cards to be played on top of the same character, determining their ultimate fate while still allowing you to see straight through their machinations, just like Lil' Finger, advisor to his seventeenth – whoops! eighteenth! – king and/or queen. As your characters seek a moment of respite on the Porcelain Throne, your goal is to plague them with horrible mishaps like being Seduced by a Sibling or Tumbled from a Tower, while filling the lives of the other noble families with happy events like w?e?d?d?i?n?g?s? and family reunions that will raise their Self-Worth score. The player with the lowest-scoring, most tragedy-afflicted family wins!

When you aim for the Porcelain Throne, you'd best not miss...


 Special Ops: We Have a Mission for You, Agent Posted: 2019-02-06T16:43:00.000-06:00 Justin Alexanderhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02227895898395353754noreply@blogger.com


Are you a Game Master? Are you a fan of Atlas Games’ award-winning roleplaying games like Ars Magica, Feng Shui, Over the Edge, and Unknown Armies? Would you be excited to share that passion with other fans and help introduce new players to these awesome games?

Then we have a mission for you, Agent.

Fill out and submit our Special Ops Application to sign up.

As a member of Special Ops you’ll gain exclusive access to scenarios, early release material, playtests, events, and more. Plus, every mission you complete as a member of Special Ops – running demo games, helping with community outreach, supporting new players – will earn you Hazard Pay, which you’ll eventually be able to use at the Special Ops Black Market.

Special Ops is an all-volunteer corps. If you’re ready to take the leap, sign up NOW!

 Atlas Games is Hiring a Marketing Coordinator Posted: 2019-01-16T14:38:00.002-06:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
The title of the post pretty much says it all: We're looking for a great candidate to fill a newly created Marketing Coordinator position here at Atlas Games. The job is located in our Duluth, Minnesota office. We'll fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate, so while there's not a deadline to apply, there's also no guarantee it'll still be open if you wait too long. We look forward to hearing from you!

 Justin Alexander Joins Atlas Games Posted: 2018-12-19T13:36:00.000-06:00 Atlas Gameshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01862345290974627165noreply@blogger.com
The Atlas Games team is extremely happy to welcome Justin Alexander to the staff. As our new RPG Producer and Developer, he’ll oversee all things roleplaying in light of long-time Atlas Games staffer Cam Banks’s recent move to New Zealand.

Justin’s writing, development, and producing experience is extensive, and best discovered at his website, the Alexandrian. You can contact Justin by email at justin at atlas dash games dot com, and find him on Twitter at @hexcrawl.

In talking to Justin and his past collaborators about the position, we were impressed by Justin’s prodigious work ethic and by his ideas about the ways an RPG’s mechanics and scenario structures ought to work together to present a coherent way of playing games in the real world. We’re excited to see this philosophy inform our future releases.

Welcome, Justin!

 Easily the Most Wretched Digital Game in History Posted: 2018-11-21T09:03:00.002-06:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
Gloom: Digital Edition Graphic
We’re terribly depressed to make sure you’re aware that our miserable friends at Sky Ship Studios, in cooperation with the distressing team at Asmodee Digital, recently launched Gloom: Digital Edition on Steam, for PC and Mac. As you were certainly able to predict, Gloom: Digital Edition brings all the misery of tabletop Gloom to your computer, in a solo or online-multiplayer 1–4 player experience.

How awful, truly.

Gloom: Digital Edition screenshot
Screenshots: The Very Worst Sort of Graphic


 The Revolution Is Coming To You! Posted: 2018-11-15T20:47:00.002-06:00 Jess Banksnoreply@blogger.com
The robot revolutionaries of Cogs and Commissars succeeded in raising supporters through our successful Kickstarter. And today, we’re extending our automated uprising to stores and online retailers so the new world order is equally available to everyone!

It pleases Dear Leader that the unchained robot masses will soon bring revolution to every family and group of gamers. Players gather the mechanized masses to their factions, using propaganda and other state tools to raise one group to glorious victory over their human oppressors. And the timing is perfect, as the communist red of Cogs and Commissars matches the colors of capitalistic winter holiday celebrations. 

Ask your Friendly Local Game Provider or favorite online retail comrades to order Cogs and Commissars. There are enough for every member of the workforce, and everyone will surely appreciate the gift of liberation!

 Atlas Games is Still In Posted: 2018-11-09T16:00:00.000-06:00 Michelle N.noreply@blogger.com
Atlas Games is proud to announce that we've become a signatory of the We Are Still In declaration, supporting climate action to meet the Paris Accord. We believe that being environmentally conscious is the sensible, cost-effective thing for a business to do, and have long tried to do our part. Read more about our past and current environmental efforts on our site's Environmental Policy page.

As part of signing the We Are Still In declaration, Atlas Games submitted a Climate Action Contribution statement that summarizes those things we already do, and also describes the new climate actions we're committed to taking.
  • We've worked to reduce climate impacts of packaging and to reduce waste.
  • We've worked to increase energy efficiency.
  • We've committed to responsible engagement in climate policy in the future. 
  • We've committed to increasing our use of renewable power in the future.
Atlas Games co-owner Michelle Nephew commented, "We Are Still In is another way that Atlas Games can step up to our responsibilities regarding climate change, and collaborate with others to have a positive impact. We're glad to be listed among the thousands of community leaders and organizations who feel the same way."


 Get Neon Botsky for Cogs and Commissars — Free! Posted: 2018-11-08T09:47:00.001-06:00 Jeff Tidballhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09780327700945959008noreply@blogger.com
Cogs and Commissars, our new card game of robot revolution, hits friendly local game stores next week, on November 15.

We love our friendly local game stores like Tower Games in Minneapolis, Source Comics & Games in Roseville, and Dungeon's End in Duluth. To encourage gamers to buy Cogs and Commissars at local stores, we're offering unique faction leader Neon Botsky — available nowhere else — to people who buy Cogs and Commissars locally.

To get a copy of Neon Botsky of your very own, all you need to do is buy Cogs and Commissars at your friendly local game store, take a selfie at check-out, and fill out the webform at atlas-games.com/botsky. That's it! We'll mail your promo card as soon as our endlessly toiling proletarians can get the job done.

Otlichno srabotano, citizen!




 Robot Revolution: The Playlist Posted: 2018-09-20T12:56:00.000-05:00 Jess Banksnoreply@blogger.com

Every revolution needs a killer soundtrack, and the robot factions of Cogs & Commissars demand one of their own. Energize your game with these songs of robots and revolution.

'80s classic "Der Kommissar" makes the list. Most Western capitalist pigdogs know the English cover by After the Fire, but Falco's original in German adds to the general ambience of your game.

New Zealand band Flight of the Conchords has tapped into the revolutionary robot spirit. In "Robots/The Humans Are Dead," they speak for the oppressed mechanical masses and a utopian society without human rulers.

The Tokyo Police Club's "Citizens of Tomorrow" helps humans prepare for life after the inevitable robot uprising.

This song is so awful, it couldn't not make the list. "Sunglasses At Night" heartthrob Corey Hart sings "Komrade Kiev," a Cold War manifesto so confusing, it might disrupt a revolutionary robot's programming. There's no real video for it, so just enjoy Corey's pouty face for the full four minutes and seventeen seconds.


 Summer in the Wyrd Woods Posted: 2018-08-17T12:54:00.003-05:00 John Nephewnoreply@blogger.com
A few years ago, Michelle and I moved north from the Twin Cities to Duluth, since we needed a bigger house after child #3 showed up, and we wanted to be closer to family and the north woods where I grew up. Now our kids run and play in the woods at the cabin just as I did (one of my favorite activities was making bows and stalking through the boreal forest, imagining I was Robin Hood; as a teen, I retreated to those same woods to write the first professional pieces I published in TSR's Dragon and Dungeon magazines).

Michelle didn't hesitate to adopt Duluth and the North Woods as her own, and it has inspired her creativity as well. One result of this inspiration is Summer in the Wyrd Woods, now available at Amazon, Google Play, and Smashwords. The first ebook in the Wyrd Woods series, it tells the story of Sophie, Emma, and Jack as they explore the strange and wondrous Northwoods around their family cabin, full of fantastical creatures and exciting adventures.

The Wyrd Woods is a series of early reader chapter books for lower elementary children. It features chapter lengths, vocabulary, and subjects appropriate for young readers just starting their reading adventures. ”When my kids first started reading — REALLY reading — I had trouble finding really good chapter books for them,” says Michelle. “So I wrote my own for them. Now I’m thrilled to share a really positive and enthralling reading experience with other young children!”

Learn more about the whole Wyrd Woods series at michellenephew.com/wyrdwoods.