On The Road with Grisleigh End

We are officially registered for our first Convention!

We will be running a session of Grisleigh End on Friday evening and two more on Saturday (one morning, one after noon) at CincyCon in Cincinnati, OH. Each session is limited to only six players.  Be sure to register early to guarantee yourself a seat at the table so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Playtest Session Nov2012 reducedWe are also planning to run the game at Marcon and ConCoction.  More details will follow on those.  Keep in touch!

More on the history of Grisleigh End

More from the quest diary of St. John Ravensdale-smythe:

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Grisleigh End

In 1414 Sir Denis died without issue and the Wrydding Tower returned to the Crown.  Henry V, having no other use for it, gifted the property to a mysterious band of Franciscan Monks, ordering a chantry to be built and seven rosaries to be said and seven masses to be sung every day for his father’s salvation.  It was (apparently – see below) incorporated as the Priory of St. Dismas, and served its community for only fifteen years.  If Owen Glendower was indeed posing as one of the fraternity, his brand of mysticism would certainly have fit right in, as this was by no means a traditional religious community.  It is, in fact, very likely that the brethren were not actually Franciscans, since no charter has ever been discovered among the papers of that order.  It does appear that several of the brothers were practicing a syncretic ritual  more closely aligned with the Templar tradition, which had been extinguished a hundred years previously.  An octagonal sanctuary had been built in the base of the tower, and there were stories of a “magical head” worshiped by the community.  In 1431 the priory was discovered to have been abandoned, the community of monks to have vanished into oblivion.  The grounds lay fallow and the monastery itself unoccupied for a further thirty years.  There was now said to be a curse attached to the area.

  In 1465,  the buildings and grounds were gifted by the crown to another knight, Sir Geoffrey Grisleigh, of Kinbrace.  He had helped Henry VI when the king was hiding in Scotland, and was granted the estates, henceforth known as ‘Grisleigh Wrydding’, and the title of 1st Baron Grisleigh. It was at this time that the first major renovations of the property took place, and it was christened ‘Grisleigh End’.  Sir Geoffrey and his heirs held and maintained the property for sixty years, until the line ended and the title went into abeyance.

On the history of the manor…

From the quest diary of St. John Ravensdale-smythe:

    Grisleigh End is a hodgepodge of a residence.  Some parts of it date back to the eleventh century, others were added on as late as the 1820’s.  It has been in its time a part of the border defeThe Approachnse system between England and Wales, a haven for a mysterious and secretive religious community, the private love nest of a prince of the blood, and the pied-à-terre of a nineteenth century railroad baron.  It is both so obscure that its former location cannot be found on any map drawn later than 1872, and so famous that some of its décor and furnishings have been duplicated in the designs of other stately homes.  There is even a well-known deck of cards that owes much of its design sensibility to the views found in and around Grisleigh End.

      At the beginning of its life, Grisleigh End was neither the property of the Grisleighs, nor was it an end.  It was a fortified tower, built in the mid 14th century by  Sir William Pomfrytte on land gifted to him by Gilbert de Bohun 8th Earl of H__________, and later commandeered by Henry IV as part of his defences against the incursions of Owen Glendower into the border territories.  Given under the command of Sir Denis Fitzroy, it was renamed Wrydding Tower after the nearby hamlet of Wrydding.  It is not known whether its garrison ever saw any action against the wRedmaynes Lightningelsh raiders.  It does appear that it was visited at least once by Henry himself; household accounts indicate that he spent three days at the tower in October of 1410, and possibly again in early 1411.  Whatever his business with Sir Denis was, it has remained a mystery to this day [curiously enough, it was rumoured that Owen Glendower himself, after the ambush in Brecon, was seen in the vicinity off and on over the course of the next five years.  There are even some who believe that it was here, and not at Vowchurch that Glendower spent his declining years, posing as a Franciscan Friar in the Priory of St. Dismas.

Semi-Blind Playtests Scheduling Now

We have begun our alpha testing, lining up gaming groups to play the Grisleigh End board game with only the instructions and the game itself.  In this initial round, we’re working with gamers we already know and doing a pretty soft launch.

This means that we won’t be locking our testers in a windowless room with hidden cameras and microphones to capture every nuanced reaction for analysis by our crack team of psychologists, sales and marketing specialists, user experience designers, and zeppelin pilots.  (We’ll save all that for later.)  These friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-friends’-friends, and total strangers will have a Council member on hand to not only log players’ feedback but to resolve any real stumpers that arise (hence, semi-blind.)  and add to our FAQ.

We will begin our next round, the truly blind playtest, within a few weeks.  All of this in preparation, of course, for taking the game to our first cons and really letting the feline out of the body bag.

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Want to help perfect Grisleigh End? – Be a Beta Tester

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Grisleigh End

ImageSo, you are probably wondering just how far in production Grisleigh End is.  You have found us at just the right time as we currently prep for beta testing. The Council of Creators has finally played the game enough that we can’t tell if something truly works or not, because to us it does.  However, just like an author knows what a story is about, the reader might miss something that is important due to a single description.  This is where you come in.

Grisleigh End is in need of beta testers to give their feedback on the game mechanics, what you like, what you don’t like, what confuses you, if you’d rather we did X than Y, well you get the point.  We are looking for a minimum of 3 with a maximum of 6 players per testing group.  The game does not require there to be even numbers and a mix of ages is fine.  We plan to play test the game at various gaming stores in the Dayton and Columbus area.

Not only will you get to see the game before anyone else, you could make a significant impact on the design factors we have been working on.  These include the game board size, where to put the room names and letters for each corresponding room, if the tokens work for the PC and NPC’s; things we went over in our last meeting.

If interested, contact us on our Facebook page, send us a Twitter message, or email us at grisleigh end at maslow six dot com.