We’ve just acquired a new bit of swag here at Grisleigh End, the so-called “temporary tattoo” reproductions of several characters appearing in the old house in our first games.  Marvelous little service from a gent going by the curious name of Picatoo, capturing and recreating these likenesses by working with original art or photographs (you can see the original images below).  Don’t know how he does it, but we’re looking forward to sporting some new “ink” at conventions and salons in the coming months.

Speaking of which, look for us at #Wittcon XII on March 28th.  We will be running Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion quite a few times over the course of the day, showing off the latest board and the newly-revised rules.

GE Promos - Characters - Envoy picatoo GE Promos - Characters - Duke picatoo GE Promos - Characters - Housekeeper picatoo GE Promos - Characters - actress picatoo

GE: Estate of Confusion is Going to WittCon XII!

Yes, indeed, we’ll be back for another day full of fun, frivolity and faithlessness at Wittcon XII!

Jarndyce and Jarndyce, barristers handling the estate of the Redmaynes family now that the 13th Baron TheValetGrisleigh has passed on, have authorized a minimum of two heir-identification sessions to be held on the campus of Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio, on this coming Saturday, the 28th day of March, 2015.  Each heir identified will be awarded a portion of the true wealth of the late Baron, and, perhaps, might even be awarded an opportunity to win more at some point in the future.  (Stranger things have, undoubtedly, happened.)

Some details regarding the arrangements for the day will not be revealed prior to arrival on site, in order to prevent anyone taking unfair advantage from advance knowledge; participants are expected to take such advantage only while actually playing the game, of course. The late Baron’s valet, seen  above, while oft representing the estate in these matters, will not be present due to travel complications.  Please look for Baron Viktor vonKrakenjaeger, whom we expect to act on behalf of the family.

It Came From 1936

The victim

Our recent adventures at the Cleveland Concoction convention were marked with numerous firsts, not the least of which was the premiere appearance of our latest “feely,” a reprint of the edition of the local newspaper, The Coroner, published the morning immediately following the heinous murder of the late Baron Grisleigh.

We are very fortunate to have found this, for the village of Grisleigh Wrydding was never large and the circulation of its news was correspondingly limited.  Few copies of The Coroner’s original issues survived the Great War, and the long decades since took their toll with mold and disregard.  That this specific paper, of such historical importance to our purpose, would be recovered was long thought too much for which to hope!  So it is with great pleasure that we here present a facsimile of the front page of the very newspaper which first reported on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Lord Andrew Redmayne, 13th Baron Grisleigh.

newspaper page 1Copies of this issue, including additional pages, may be had on request.  Look for us at game events in your shire.

Grisleigh End at Cleveland Concoction 2015!

A great time was had by all this weekend past at the up-and-growing fan-run convention, Cleveland Concoction, now in its second year of successful operation. Many came to play Estate of Confusion, fighting to claim the fortune left intestate by the late Baron Grisleigh.

A happy heir at Cleveland Concoction

Viktor von Krakenjaeger congratulates a happy heir!

Sessions were hosted by Viktor von Krakenjaeger, acting as our representative and factor, and seen here with one of the joyous winners holding her prize.

As often is the case in our public playtest/demonstrations, the Grisleigh fortune took the form of a framed artwork by Jon Anderson, our master penman and the individual primarily responsible for discovering the people and history of Grisleigh End and bringing them all to light.  As we have come to anticipate, we received much acclaim for the fun and laughter elements found in our game of greed and backstabbing, as well as suggestions on how to make the future iterations even more disturbing and full of nefarious opportunities for the competing claimants.

We are already looking forward to next year!

Grisleigh End Returns to Concoction!

With little ado and no notice at all, we are kicking off our 2015 convention schedule with Cleveland Concoction, which starts TOMORROW, Friday, March 13, in that city-by-the-inland-sea, land of the mighty Cleves, site of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland.

We’ve been hard at work on producing our first ‘feely’ and will be making some available at the con.  We are also bringing a number of original art works by our master pensman, Jon Anderson, to be awarded as prizes to those who prove themselves heirs right, true and lawful to the Redmaynes fortune (in other words, who win at Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion!)

Conventions start coming on thick around this time of year so, if you don’t catch us there, drop us a note and let us know where you would like us to bring the game.


Learning From Leaders: Who Has Gone This Way Before?

Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion Board ver. 6

I have recently been looking (again) through successful board game Kickstarter projects with an eye towards ideas to use on that bright future day when we launch our own campaign for Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion.  As this will be our first campaign, we don’t have a pool of our own experience to draw on, so we turn to those who have gone before.

There’s always a great deal of pre-work that goes into comparative analysis of this sort.  To really gain insights we have to pick case studies (in this case, Kickstarter campaigns) that have the most characteristics in common with our own.  So we know we’re looking at Tabletop Games (that being our KS category, as opposed to Video, Mobile (that would a separate search, for our upcoming murder mystery Grisleigh End: Murder by the Books), Puzzles, etc.) that had funding targets between $10K and $100K (we expect to work with the lower end of that broad range) that were not only successful (well, chyah!) but wildly so (receiving pledges for high multiples of the funding target), figuring that those would provide the best examples of presenting their board games and plans to the backers.

Having run the initial search, a few things become clear quite quickly.

  1. Tabletop Games is not exclusive to board games. Role-playing games, miniatures, dexterity games, tile games and many card games are included here.  No worries, just sift through for the board games.
  2. There are many characteristics of wildly successful board game campaigns that we cannot emulate, even if we wanted to.
    • We’re publishing our first game, so 2nd, 3rd, etc releases in a series don’t count.
    • Again, we’re not an established game studio with a history of successful games, so we don’t have that following to work with.
    • We’re not making a game licensing IP from someone else, the artwork and story of Grisleigh End is our intellectual property, so we won’t have a pre-established fan base from that.
  3. All of the most successful campaigns left after winnowing out the above were launched by folks with huge social networks.  (This isn’t news, of course.  It’s an inescapable requirement.)
  4. I missed the KS for a lot of games out there I want to get and play now that I know about them! (FireTeam Zero and Machina Arcana certainly pique my interest.)

The last not actually helping with the selection of case studies, it still inspires me to work harder, which has its own value.

Having cut the list down to board games with new IP being developed by indies as their first work to be published brings it to a workable number.  I’ll talk about some of them next time, in Learning From Leaders: My, What Big Shoulders You Have!