Valentine’s Day is here, and we have just released a new mini-expansion for the True Agenda RPG. The timing for this expansion is not a coincidence as we here at the studios wanted to take advantage of this time of year. The True Agenda Parody Pack is centered around the player characters (and others) finding love, and has a hefty amount of parody thrown in too! It is a lighthearted addition to a normally serious game of thwarting alien threats. The expansion is completely compatible with all of the existing rules of the game, meaning it is a genuine addition despite the humor and slightly over the top subject material. Better yet, it is pay what you want, so even if you would like to pick up a copy without putting down any cash whatsoever you can do so! The cover is pictured to the right, and you can check out the pack here.
We here at the studios hit the ground running in the new year. The final piece of artwork for the upcoming game expansion for True Agenda has just been completed. The writing was finished yesterday and has moved on to the editing process. We are months ahead of schedule considering the release date is not until midyear! However, while it is exciting, we have three other projects slated for release this year, including a brand new tabletop roleplaying game, so there will be little chance for rest. One of these projects is due for release next month! However, even with such an aggressive schedule, there is excitement in the air here. With the business anniversary coming up in March, an ambitious timetable suits us perfectly as we look to kick off our third year! We appreciate everyone who has been following along on our journey and look forward to sharing more news in the coming months.
The year is quickly coming to an end. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed a good holiday. Here at the studios, we are busy putting the final touches on another productive year. Earlier, a new image was released on social media and places like Deviant Art, and it has been included here on the right. This was not a specific commission piece, and was instead just a random idea that had been floating around for a few months. The exposure of the piece, titled Descent, was extremely positive on places like Facebook, where the business received more than five times the views than a typical post or announcement! These kind of pieces are also fun to do as a nice break or diversion from a scheduled project. Expect to see more of them in 2019.
Another good piece of news is that the new expansion for True Agenda is at its halfway mark for completeness. With any luck, it will be done well before its early summer release. While this is the last expansion currently planned for this game, a new tabletop RPG installment is also slated for a 2019 release. Most of the studio’s available resources will be focused on getting that done before the holiday season next year.
2018 definitely proved to be a decent year in terms of work and opportunities. Here is hoping the next one fares just as well. As always, stay tuned.
Once again we are deep in the holiday season. Another year is about ready to pass us by. While it has been another good year, I wish they would slow down a little! Nevertheless, this is the time when all of us here at the studios take a breather and enjoy the season. Most people and companies do not schedule any commissions during this time, and it is also between our release schedule so that there is no added stress during the last months of the year. However, that doesn’t mean everything stops, but rather it gives us time to work on our own side projects. The images to the right are a sample of that. It is a color test for a potential Munnin Design logo idea. While there is no immediate plans to use this design in anything coming up, the overall consensus is that the red and purple versions turned out the best. Thoughts?
September has been pretty exciting so far with a local business wanting some design work done. They want a “team mascot” idea and over the last couple of weeks I have been working with their manager to determine exactly what they desire in terms of font, size, and applications. This piece could end up on a variety of media that range from banners and signs to more custom work like decorative pins. This has been a multiple-step process and has been very exciting to see the design progress. Next week will be another round of design reviews in the hopes to settle on one particular layout. Then we will discuss final coloration and any other fine tuning before the final piece can be completed. Stay tuned here, and on social media, for a look at the final, approved design!
Yesterday (08 08 18) was a successful release of our newest tabletop game product! High Seas Encounters is a 40-page expansion for the True Agenda roleplaying game. Reception has been pretty good so far, with sales occurring both here and over at Drive Thru RPG. We also decided to bundle the basic game and the first expansion together to offer some great savings for anyone who has not yet purchased, and reception has been positive there as well. In addition to all of that, our launch campaign on social media is meeting with good success so far. While now might seem like a good time to let out a collective sigh, there is little time to relax! "Why is that?", you may wonder, well keep reading.
Everyone at the studios is committed to continuing to release game products and supplements well into 2019 and beyond. Already, work has begun on the 2nd expansion for True Agenda. In addition, preliminary work for our next full game has already started some months back, and we are also planning the release of a quarterly publication before the end of this year. This is a pretty hefty release schedule for our limited staff, but everyone is committed to seeing it through. We have done so much already in the nine months since our first product was released, but there is so much more that we want to bring to all of you.
...and there's gonna be trouble. Hey now! Hey now! The proofs are back!
Bad song parodies aside, we received the proof copy from the printer of our first expansion for True Agenda today! Everything turned out very well, and the front and back covers were spot on. Although I was a bit surprised at how dark a few pieces of the interior art ended up, I still think they are fine and fit the overall mood of the particular adventure they help illustrate.
Just a few short weeks now, and everyone will be able to get their copy, either from our website, or from Drive Thru RPG, in both print and digital formats. Links will be added to the website once everything goes live and we can start filling orders.
It has been quiet here lately. Let me clarify. The news on the studio website has been quiet. In the studio itself, work has been progressing nicely, and we are entering the final stages of our first full sized expansion for True Agenda. Our target date is easily in sight with plenty of time to ensure all the final proofs meet with our satisfaction. As far as updating the website, that is where we have not been as focused as we were in those first months following our launch last year. I just have to say, it happens.
As our business moves through its second year, things quiet down during those stretches of time between projects and product release dates. There isn't enough information yet to keep a semi-regular blog post or social media blitz running all the time. Now, while we try not to go more than a month between news releases (where'd you go April 2018?), we certainly want to keep everyone aware that we're still here even if we're just quietly working on stuff.
Having said that, we have just launched a better partnership with Google. The studio website should be appearing in more searches, which helps our overall visibility, which leads to improved search ranking, and so forth. It will take a few days for Google to do its thing, and then probably a few more before we start seeing meaningful data coming back to us. I suspect that in June this process will start delivering results. Still, it is great news for driving the business, because visibility is crucial out here in the electronic world. Stay tuned...
Yesterday, we celebrated our one year anniversary here at the studios. While the business would not actually begin in earnest until July of last year, our official website release, along with social media sites including Facebook, occurred on March 26, 2017. It has been an exciting year that saw the release last November of our first tabletop roleplaying game, True Agenda. It also saw the release of the first of many expansions, with another slated later this summer. There were also six special commission projects that happened last year, with the latest one having just finished up. There are so many more projects we have planned and cannot wait to share with everyone. Definitely stay tuned here and follow us on Facebook to keep current with everything going on.
The image to the right is the final design for a good friend of mine. His game shop is promoting an online, message based D&D campaign, and this is the design that will shortly become a poster for his shop. Check out the Griffons Lair on Facebook here, or if you are in the Erie, PA area, drop in and take a look.
The studios have had to keep everything nailed down while the March winds whip around. Even though we have been quiet here and across social media, things have been progressing nicely towards completing the first major expansion for our tabletop roleplaying game, True Agenda. The planned release date is still firmly in our crosshairs as the art and writing move along as expected.
The studios are also excited about the upcoming reveal later this year of our second game title slated for a 2019 release. Artwork has even begun on the cover design, allowing for some new design ideas that differ from what has been done so far. These ideas have actually sparked a new art direction for some of the images to be put into the True Agenda expansion. This is a win-win because who doesn't like seeing something new artistically?
Finally, Drive Thru RPG is having their GM's Day Sale that actually lasts for the next 10 days. The PDF version of True Agenda is one of the represented products, and is available for 33% off! This makes it a great time to pick up a copy for anyone who does not yet own it as this is the biggest discount offered to date.