EPOCH Halloween Sale

The EPOCH survival horror roleplaying game has now been terrifying players all around the world for two years. Now this multi-award nominated game is hungry for new victims.  All EPOCH products are discounted for Halloween so take the opportunity to spread the horror to your table.

View the full EPOCH product range here and join the experiment.

Preview: The Experiment Continues - New Card Decks

The forthcoming EPOCH Companion, The Experiment Continues, includes two new card decks to expand your games.
The Character Twist deck is an optional addition to the EPOCH core rules that gives each player a way to provide an interesting plot twist for their character which is reflected with a one-use change to the rules mechanics.

The Random Fate deck is an optional addition to the EPOCH core rules that allows characters to trade their Hero/Zero card for a random outcome.  This should be employed where it is simply not possible for a character to act either as a Hero or a Zero, for example, when a character has been separated from the others, or the player may find being forced to make this decision so uncomfortable that it spoils their enjoyment of the game

EPOCH at Fright Night

There are three fantastic EPOCH scenarios on offer at Fright Night, the one night horror RPG convention held in Wellington, New Zealand:

The Tribute
Every 7 years the city of Athens pays a tribute of 7 of its young men and women to King Minos of Crete. These young Athenians are then given in sacrifice to the Minotaur in his infamous labyrinth. This year you were one of the chosen victims. You must face the horror of the Cretan Labyrinth and the beast that dwells within.

Silent Night
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
"...shutting down as blizzard conditions come out of nowhere..."
with every Christmas card I write
"...there's a lot of passengers facing Christmas in an airport terminal Chuck..."
May your days be merry and bright
"...please if anyone can hear us, help, please, there's something out there... Please help us! It's coming!"
And may all your Christmases be white
 
Harvest
"Every year the good people of Hudson’s Point celebrate the bounty of the land with a spectacular Harvest Festival.  This year is no exception; scarecrows are beginning to show up on street corners, in front of homes and stores and just about anywhere you can put a stake in the ground.  It’s all part of the fun, which culminates in a costumed torchlight parade.  This Fall, Hudson’s Point is the place to be!"

A full schedule of Fright Night games can be viewed here.  If you'd like to attend drop the organisers and e-mail here.

Preview: The Experiment Continues - Harvest

Here is an advance look of the trailer of Harvest a scenario of contemporary horror which features in the forthcoming EPOCH Companion - The Experiment Continues:

"Every year the good people of Hudson’s Point celebrate the bounty of the land with a spectacular Harvest Festival.  This year is no exception; scarecrows are beginning to show up on street corners, in front of homes and stores and just about anywhere you can put a stake in the ground.  It’s all part of the fun, which culminates in a costumed torchlight parade.  This Fall, Hudson’s Point is the place to be!"

 

Printer Friendly Cards added to Resources Page

Running an EPOCH scenario at short notice?  You can now get a printer friendly copy of the card set for each product from the EPOCH Resources Page . Card set PDFs are download via Dropbox.

New EPOCH review on RPG Geek

Paul Gardner has posted a thoughtful and detailed review of EPOCH on RPG Geek. It's obvious that Paul has played EPOCH and I think this review gives a good perspective of what it's like to actually run an EPOCH scenario:

"EPOCH does what it sets out to do very well: present a cinematic style survival horror game in which the players have considerable investment in their characters, and hence care about their survival. Coupled with the fact that it is inevitable not all of them will survive, it often accomplishes the tension that it sets out to.

EPOCH is clearly not a game for all groups, all the time. It is explicitly designed for one-off play, and is best brought out on occasion when your group fancies something different. Some groups will not get on at all with the required level of commitment at the table to the game, and others may balk at the diceless resolution, guarantee of death for some characters, and lack of mechanical character definition. It is very much a character driven story game, and those that dislike that sort of game will probably not find anything to convert them.

But for those of you who are interested in horror roleplaying, and would like to try an interesting and different experience, one which will draw you into your character and challenge your roleplaying in new ways, I thoroughly recommend giving EPOCH a go. You will be amazed at what your game group will come up with when they strive with one another to be ‘most interesting’!" [
Read the full Review here]

You know, for kids

Last year Morgan Davie  and I released an EPOCH Christmas Special, Silent Night, a one-shot scenario of Christmas-themed survival horror with an associated  'donate what you can afford' price.  Over the Christmas period your generosity allowed us to donate funds for a Baby Survival Kit and a Literacy Pack.

I'm pleased to say that donations have continued over 2014, and, thanks to your efforts, funds for 15 packs of Anti-Malarial Drugs have now been provided to UNICEF to help save some of the more than a million children around the globe who lose their lives to Malaria.

Thanks again for your support and generosity. Further donations will allow more contributions to children in need.

Interview for Pensamento Coletivo

As Pensamento Coletivo gets ready to launch the Portuguese edition of EPOCH they asked me to
answer a few questions.  You can read the full interview here (questions and answers in Portuguese).

I'm really looking forward to seeing what they come up with.