April Update - Banda's Grove and Substratum!
Overhauls, rewrites, and fixing roadblocks
Hello all! April is here and there is a lot to go over, the biggest of which are the Banda’s Grove Complete Overhaul and Substratum expansion!
We have been pretty quiet on social media - from Twitter to Tumblr and everything in between. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we go radio silent at times.
Fari RPGs is releasing an astonishing game of space dwarves on Kickstarter!
A great designer and friend of mine is launching their first Kickstarter this Tuesday!
STONEBURNER is a dwarves-in-space tabletop game inspired by DOOM, The Expanse, and Deep Rock Galactic. We have been helping to proofread and provide design input, and we’re really excited about the game. Don’t miss it!
Hints and Hijinx - Solo Mystery Games!
Our solo mystery system has seen an explosion of wonderful games thanks to the Hints and Hijinx Jam!
And the first physical copies of the Hints and Hijinx games - Waffles for Esther, and The Jester King’s Dance - are now available! The books are available at our store, Exalted Funeral, Indie Press Revolution, Peregrine Coast Press, and Knave of Cups!
This expansion will see Substratum go from 8 pages to a 36-page book, and now has:
A leveling system
12 unique Actions with updated rolling mechanics that combine Skills
Card collecting mechanics for boons, bonuses, and building
Unique Solo rules to take on the Substratum Initiative by yourself
Complications tables and expanded descriptions for each sector
Updated layout that is more accessible and readable.
We are incredibly excited about this release, as we have felt the original Substratum was fun, it was missing many aspects we wanted in a survival adventure tabletop game, and this expansion fixes all that.
If you own the digital version of Substratum, you’ll get this update for free as we roll out the PDF to itchio, our store, and more. We will be bringing this game to print once it is complete, and are already in talks with our distributors and retailers to get them stocked in your favorite stores.
Banda’s Grove Overhaul
Earlier in the year, I began the difficult process of starting Banda’s Grove over from just headers in a google doc, and rewriting it from the ground up. This was one of our earlier games, and the game that I think defines who we are as a game studio. But we have learned so much since we began that Banda’s Grove was no longer a game we were proud of, and knew it could be so much better.
I cannot overstate how excited and happy I am with how the rewrite is going! It is about 80% complete, and I’ve been keeping a Devlog as we go of all the changes and tweaks we are making.
In addition to the itchio devlogs, we will be posting the Devlogs directly to Substack in the near future (without blasting out a bunch of emails, we don’t want to spam you), so make sure you’re following us on one or the other!
Merch and Books!
After testing several options, we now have two types of shirts, a hoodie and a hat available! We have partnered with a semi-local print-on-demand company that is an hour north of us. We were able to visit their facility and look around at their options in person, which was really cool.
This will really help cut down on ordering sizes or colors that people ultimately don’t want or need, but we can still offer the full range!
Until next time!