Helping Out

Thank you to everyone who purchased one of the new EPOCH bundles or donated funds through scenarios White Wedding or Silent Night during the month of May.  I just donated proceeds of $53 from these products to support UNICEF efforts in Nepal following the earthquakes.  I thought I'd share with you an email I received from UNICEF regarding your support:
"I can't THANK YOU enough for your caring donation for children in Nepal.  I wanted to share with you one of the many remarkable stories made possible thanks to you. 

Sabina, Maya, Bindu and Jaya

They'd never met before, but now these four girls are best friends.
Sabina (10), Maya (10), Bindu (13) and Jaya (11) - smile by Jaya’s hospital bed. They all suffered nasty injuries during the earthquake and are recovering together at the UNICEF supported Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre in Kavre, Nepal.

After the quakes the girls and their parents were too frightened to sleep inside for fear of the aftershocks. So UNICEF provided a large tent and all the hospital beds were moved outside. Now they can all sleep in peace and comfort.

As well as treatment for their injuries, UNICEF is providing children with psycho-social support, games and recreation equipment like the ball Jaya is holding. Play is a great way for children in Nepal to get over the terrible trauma they've experienced.

EPOCH Bundles

There's never been a better time to unleash the horror at your table, round out your collection, and contribute to a good cause! 

EPOCH PDF BundleImaginary Empire has set up a new bundle which allows you to get all the EPOCH core rules and scenario collection books in either PDF or in Print at a 20% discount. 

For the month of May we'll donate 50% of the proceeds from both these bundles to the UNICEF Nepal Earthquake AppealThese funds will go towards helping some of the 1.7 million children who require immediate aid. 

Support for Nepal

Following the devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck Nepal, UNICEF has launched an appeal to help children in the disaster zone.  Your generosity in donating to EPOCH products Silent Night and White Wedding has allowed us to make a combined donation to that relief effort. Any further donations received for these products during the month of April and May will also be contributed to this cause. Thank you.


"UNICEF has two offices and 140 staff in Kathmandu - they are currently assessing the impact of the disaster on children and their immediate needs.  UNICEF has pre-positioned supplies of first aid equipment, such as water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and food.

It's not enough to respond to an emergency of this size. UNICEF teams are working with the government and other partners to meet the immediate needs of children in the areas of water and sanitation, protection, health and nutrition."

Bookmarking the Horror

Over the last week every EPOCH PDF product has been revised to include electronic bookmarks, to make it easier to browse through scenarios and rules on tablets and mobile devices.  You should be able to download the new version by going into your DriveThruRPG or RPGNow account and visiting the 'Updated Products' page.

As part of this process we also uncovered a system glitch (which OneBookshelf rapidly fixed) that meant that updated editions of the EPOCH core rules were not being made available to customers who had already purchased them, so if you downloaded the EPOCH core rules soon after they were released (October 2012 - March 2013) then you definitely need to download, and check out, the revised edition!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Imaginary Empire releases Wicked Lies & Alibis, a whodunit roleplaying game set in the age of Art Deco.

Wicked Lies & Alibis uses simple card-based mechanics to recreate murder mystery stories in the finest tradition of the golden-age of detective fiction.

Innovative character creation and structured opening scenes support players to generate a cast of complex characters who all have a motive to kill the victim. The remainder of the game is played as a series of flashback rounds where each player, in turn, assumes a
degree of narrative control to frame a flashback which incriminates another character.

The Game Master has a dual role, both as facilitator of scenes, and as the Great Detective, a Non-Player Character summoned to solve the murder, who summarises the evidence revealed by the characters, and reveals the motives of the characters one-by-one before finally disclosing the identity of the murderer.

Wicked Lies & Alibis includes all the cards needed to play, detailed facilitation notes to support the GM in running the game, details about the era of Art Deco to add to the realism of the setting, and nine murder mysteries along with suggestions for the Great Detectives who might solve the case.

Wicked Lies & Alibis is available from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow in PDF and print.  A high-quality printed card deck is also available, bundled with the PDF. 

Imaginary Empire publishes the multi-ENnie award nominated EPOCH survival horror roleplaying game.

Imaginary Empire is a member of the Game Publishers Guild, a strategic alliance of publishers committed to driving excellence in their products through cooperation and collaboration.

The Experiment Continues Now Available In Print

The Print-on-Demand edition the EPOCH companion The Experiment Continues is now available.  You can now add this handsome 144 page 6"x9" volume to your bookshelf!

GM's Day Sale

This GM's day, give your GM the gift of freedom. It can be hard to GM survival horror games - if you want to create meaningful tension for the players then you ultimately have to be prepared to eliminate one or more of the characters.  But deciding which character is eliminated, and how, can be stressful. 

EPOCH lifts that load from the GM - characters will be eliminated during the game, but which character, and how is a result of collective decision making.

To celebrate GM's day, all EPOCH PDF products are
discounted by 30% for the next week. 

The Game Masters Memorial Fund

Imaginary Empire is supporting The Game Masters Memorial Fund, so if you'd like to pick up War Stories, Shadows of Yesterday and many other fine products in support of this great cause, donate here.

"Recently, fellow gamer, game master, and game designer Christopher J.N. Banks incurred the greatest loss that a parent should never have to experience - the loss of his 5 1/2 year old daughter, an only child. This charity drive is to raise funds to cover medical expenses and put together a proper tribute for his little Persephonee.

You can read about her story here:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/persephoneebanks/journal/view/id/54ec56f7a589b4c14e96b3d7"