Grisleigh End now on Unpub.net!

As we move ever closer to running a demo session in YOUR neighborhood, we’re now registered on The Unpublished Games Network, “a growing community of game designers, publishers, players, retailers and artists working towards the creation of new and unique table top games that will keep people entertained for generations to come!”  That’s pretty cool!

Also, Grisleigh End will be in the house at the Midwinter Gaming Event run this Saturday, March 1st by the Cleveland Concoction Staff and Friends.  The event is open to the public so, if you’re in the area, be sure to stop in and play with us.  There might be even be  a few score other games to play, a MtG tourney, and sundry less important things to do if you don’t get a seat at our table immediately.

 

Grisleigh End appears on BoardGameGeek!

It is with much satisfaction that the Council announces that Grisleigh End is now visible on BoardGameGeek.com, the preeminent site for physical board games, with a database of roughly 60,000 games.

Which now includes us.  ;->

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hold the keyAh, what would murder and intrigue be without the lures of romance and lust?  The members and guests of Grisleigh End hope that you and your loved ones enjoy whatever activities you choose to spend your precious time doing today, whether it be in remembrance of St. Valentinus (Roman saint purportedly put to death by being peppered with arrows), a Lupercalian celebration of fertility, a reenactment of the 1929 massacre, or performing the rites of Eros, goddess of love and madness.

We have a Play Date!

And we’re off! To play, that is. Grisleigh End will lay it all on the table at the Midwinter Gaming Event on March 1st. Mark your calendar and bring your game face to chase the big win!
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Contemporary References to Grisleigh End

The Baron, for reasons of societal l expectation or personal preference, held dinner parties with some frequency, oft inviting members of the better families of the region regardless of personal connection or the lack thereof.  This meant, of course, that many attending these affairs were unfamiliar with Grisleigh End, few having passed closer than the inn at Little Wrydding.

Anne  Cadwalader was one of these.  Of fine if impecunious Welsh stock, several of her family attended social gatherings held at the Redmaynes estate at various times.  What follows is a letter from Anne to a cousin, written following what appears to be her first, and perhaps only, visit.

No. 13 Druidstone Rd. Cardiff
4th Jany, 1931

My dear Banarbas,

I fear you have been uneasy and put to trouble since I wrote to your Father in which letter I related my disquietude over events transpiring during my recent visit to the estates of the Redmaynes.  Knowing that he has made you aware of that writ to him, I will not herein repeat myself.  In that correspondence did I limit myself, knowing full well your Father’s religious views, to mention of the Bacchanal.  Loath was I to set the match to his ever-ready tinder which these further intimations I shall make to you would have done.

The carnality of the events exceeded my own awareness, I am most certain, for much took place outside of my presence. I recognized midway through the evening the ongoing attentions which provided by the Dowager Duchess Theodora had managed my movements so as to be at some distance from the Baron Grisleigh and certain of his associates  for several lengthy periods. Of a number in attendance at this social gathering the greater part, I and several others were new to the manor and these with me were kept in a group, mostly within the dining room, the library, or the lounge.  His Excellency slipped without word from our company on no less than three occasions, each time, in consideration of his guests’ presence, for rather extended periods.

Subsequent to one such the excessive flush upon the cheek and bosom of another guest as she reentered our company provoked my greater attention, whereupon I recognized the greater signs of rapid breath and wide bright eyes that signify strenuous exercise.  Initially concerned, I made to inquire after the fitting of her corset but turned aside seeing the secretive coquettish glances she cast towards the Baron.

During another unexplained – even unmentioned – absence through the glass doors to the terrace I saw several figures bearing electric torches at some distanceHedge Maze snowing appear to exit the hedge maze and move towards the rear of the house.  Upon speaking of this to the Duchess, she assured me I saw no more than the dancing light of the flames reflecting from the cut panes of glass, and was the glasswork not exquisite?  The melting snowflakes upon the Baron’s trousers subsequent to his return moments later gave my doubts voice on the other hand, despite the lack of any apparent cause to examine the grounds in the foul weather.

Progressing from the meal to the billiards room my stride carried me somewhat ahead of the other new guests and, the Dowager having slowed to allow the rest to rejoin us, our way led past a door somewhat ajar.  I no more than glanced without thought of intrusion yet enough was seen to chill my blood.  A skeletal figure shrouded in grave wrappings moved from left to right, issuing harsh rasping as of iron on granite and holding a ball of lambent flame in one claw.  The Baron, in profile to me and a rendering of some occult symbology beyond him, swore fiercely and made a gesture most profane.  A person or being unseen by me pushed the door to with some force at this moment, heralding also the Dowager reaching my position in the corridor. None but I had observed the chamber now shut.

Of further worrisome sights I will not write and mayhap not even speak for fear that to do so would give them greater footing in my own soul.  It should come as no surprise to you that I shall be inconveniently unwell should further invitations to Grisleigh End be forthcoming.

I pray that my words have found you and yours well and not put into you any concerns for my safety.  Be assured I will look to the latter as much as I value the former.

Your most affectionate cousin,

Anne

The Baron’s Automata Collection

The Baron Grisleigh’s fascination with occult matters may have germinated within the delight his childhood hobbies of puppetry and automata brought him.  Certainly the two interests overlapped in his mind, with the latter playing a strong role in the former.  The allure of machinery and augury intersected in the automaton designed to provide knowledge or ability from beyond human awareness.  A large painting of Wolfgang von Kempelen’s Turk defeating Napoleon Bonaparte at chess was kept prominently displayed in the small library in his personal chambers, where also may be found several smaller examples of 18th and 19th century mechanistry, some singing birds, a miniscule trumpeter, and a sphere of jet cunningly windowed so as to reveal a brief written message when rotated.  Perhaps most notable here is a set of talking heads attributed to Friedrich von Knauss.  Larger objects of mechanistry stand elsewhere about the manor.

GFT ghostly shortBased on location and the commentary of visitors to the End, his most prized  seems to have been the fortune teller, a device whose presence alone was sufficient to create great discomfort among many. Lady Benvolia Throkmorton, in a missive writ in the Autumn of 1929 to her uncle Darl Knevynton, a minor Prussian baronet, described it thusly: “A preterpluperfectly  tramontane contrivance, the proximity of which I shall eschew most assiduously henceforth.  Were I less sanguine on the substance of my own sanity, I might be swayed to question my senses. I aver a raw gelidity untempered by roaring hearth or wool fills the chamber in which the apparatus resides.  In operation it emanates a spectral keening that pierces one’s very soul and moves in manner most unnatural. No sepulchral vision has heretofore harrowed my sleep as the ethereal echoes of this ungodly instrument of necromancy.”

Off to the printers!

After playing on our prototype board for the past year, our beta (i.e. art-loaded and ready for the public eye) board should be ready to use next week!  New versions of our character pawns and The Chambermaid Pawncards are expected as well, which will be great for our next blind playtesting, currently being scheduled for Sunday, February 16th! RESCHEDULING. Look for more on that presently.