Good question! A while back I got an email from the nice people at Tiny Battle Publishing, a new company just launching its first titles. They had heard of 1871: The Battle of Dorking and were interested in buying the rights to it. I must admit I was torn. On the one hand, I’m very proud of Dorking: it’s true to the story that inspired it and I still love playing it. It is easily my best selling wargame and it’s been great to have it as part of the Draken Games portfolio. On the other hand, sales have dwindled over the years and it would be great to see a nicely produced physical version of the game, finished with the sort of production values I’ll just never be able to manage.
So after some deliberation I am bidding a fond farewell to the game. I am also retiring the free expansion 1871: Last Stand at Surbiton.
The new game will be called Dorking 1875: The German Conquest of Britain. Why the name change? Well, firstly to make it clear it’s a different version of the game. I’ve been working with the TBP people to update the rules. No changes to the game mechanics, but the format is quite different. And… ahem… the date? Well it turned out that while the battle is usually associated with the date of Chesney’s original story (1871), if you check the dates he gives in that story, it must actually be set in 1875. Oops. Well, at least that is rectified now!
I’ll post an update when TBP launch the re-vamped Dorking. Meanwhile, why not check out their website?
To distract me from my ongoing FUMING at my stupid bloody computer, there is at least the Christmas in July sale at drivetrhrurpg.com and the Summer Campaign sale at wargamevault.com. Both last until the end of July and both feature 25% discounts on ALL Draken Games products.
Click the links bellow top go to our shopfronts at the respective sites:
Just where is it? Well I had a double-barrelled freebie planned this time: an Argor mini-scenario AND a mini-wargame all ready to go but, with just the finishing touches needed to the RPG scenario, my damn hard-drive broke, totally and very permanently. And no I hadn’t backed it up lately. So…. back to square one.
Apologies for the delay!
I’m really pleased that our RPG resource Arkadon Castle has attained Copper Seller status at driverthrurpg.com. This was a family-effort, with Middle Daughter supplying some art and Youngest Daughter working on the interior design of the castle. The idea was to provide a setting for a scenario or skirmish in a fortification typical of the sort owned by minor nobility.
It costs just $1.95, if you fancy taking a look just click on the image below.
Drivethrurpg.com are running a sale on all sci-fi products for the entire month of May. Two of our best-sellers, Distant Vistas and The GM’s Planet-Building Handbook are included in this sale, which offers you the chance to buy at a 15% discount. Just click on the images below to go to the product pages (where you can see previews and read reviews).
Our GM resource Anyburg and the Lands Thereabout has just reached Silver Seller status at driverthrurpg! Which makes me very happy. Anyburg allows you to design your own believable fantasy town or city from scratch, based on medieval English data. No need now to guess how big a city of 10,000 people should be, or work out how many houses it will have, or how many inns, etc… Anyburg does all that for you! Historical examples are given, plus there’s a full multi-stage simulation showing how the guidelines can be used to design a fantasy city that changes over time. You can check out Anyburg by clicking on the image below.
Okay so Ellen really doesn’t like undead stuff and was very insistent that none appear in the Argor FRPG rules… however, you can’t not have undead, really, can you? Hence the release of our first supplement for Argor, The Bale: Undead in Argor.
The supplement gives you full descriptions of seven undead races, plus information about a creed dedicated to fighting them, along with nine new spells and three magic items.
It’s available for just $1 at driverthrupg.com and rpgnow.com. Click on the image below for more information, including the chance to look at some preview pages.