A look back at: Bang and Twang

We’re taking a look back through the games and accessories we make in (roughly) chronological order! Today it’s Bang & Twang

This card game was the follow up to The Forest Dragon and is a much faster-paced game, with more competition between players. While it’s still wholesome stuff for folk of all ages, there’s a lot more “game” content in Bang & Twang. 

In the game, you take the role of folk musicians in the world of The Forest Dragon, duelling to keep up with the tune. 

At the heart of the game are 3 “riff cards” which on your turn can be individually flipped to show “Bang” or “Twang”. If you can match a sequence card from your 2 or 3 card hand, you can “bank it” for points at the end of the game. Other special tune cards allow you to make sneaky moves like stealing cards from your opponent’s banks. 

The game comes with 6 different sets of tune cards that change up gameplay. You can even play with more than one set of special cards for a longer more intense game once you get the hang of it.

You can download the rules and learn more about the game here. Or pick up a copy right now here.

A look back 1: The Forest Dragon

We’ve had a bit of a rest from social media and blogging, but let’s get back into it with a wander through the things we make at Handiwork games! Beginning where we began with The Forest Dragon.


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While we’re now better known for our roleplaying games we started our journey with The Forest Dragon games – The Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9 and The Forest Dragon Bang and Twang. Let’s look at The Forest Dragon first.

The Forest Dragon is a game of exploring the forest, pushing your luck to find more forest treasure while trying to avoid the monsters who will take your stuff. The current edition also comes with the Quest givers Expansion – complete the Quest Givers quests and you’ll win more points at the end of the game!

Designed by Rory who was 9 when the game came out – although he was even younger when he designed it! – The Forest Dragon has been an enduring classic for us, and is enjoyed around the world!

• Will you meet the Forest Dragon? 

• Will you have a sword in your hand when you do? 

• Will you find a Golden Coins, a Witch Bottle, or just some Acorns? 

• Will you encounter an Adder Crow, the Bandit King, or a Hungry Ghost? 

• How far into the forest dare you go? And what even is Ghost Milk? (honestly I don’t know, and I’ve asked)

In The Forest Dragon you will create a fantasy world from cards, and then explore it.

Maskwitches Softcover Print Run Arrives

We were excited this weekend to take delivery of a ton of boxes containing the softcover print run of Maskwitches of Forgotten Doggerland Redux Edition. We were less excited to move them from the spot the massive load of books were dropped off to the office, but them’s the breaks! We’re delighted to have them here. Next up: we’re awaiting the hardcovers and Pine Pitch Black!

There’s still time to pre-order your copy, and get the PDF free.

Malcolm and the Burn

You may have seen that we recently released The Burn, a charmingly unique setting for The Silver Road.

Penned by Scottish RPG design legend Malcolm Craig (a|state, Cold City, Hot War), The Burn is all about childhood memory and folklore, specifically local to Malcom as he was growing up in Polmont, Scotland. It just so happens that the Handiwork HQ is in the very same district of Falkirk, so Jon was able to shoot all the photographs that illustrate the game in the very same locations that “Wee Malcolm” haunted as a child.

Not so long ago Malcolm was in the area, and we took a tour of some of those sites, book in hand, and here we present the photo story of heading back to The Burn.

We also discussed The Burn as part of our latest History in Games, Games in History podcast:

Maskwitches is out now in PDF!

Maskwitches of Forgotten Doggerland is out now in PDF!

The even more discerning reader can also now get the black and white coffee table book version, Pine Pitch Black which also released today.


Maskwitches of Forgotten Doggerland is a unique experiment in graphic approach and unique mechanics. Find out more at the dedicated Maskwitches page.

Maskwitches was one of the most immersive, emotional and dramatic games I ever ran.” 
– Royston Harwood, Maskwitches playtester

A game that feels like a conjuring – a curious and compelling artefact. It is strange in the best possible way, a genuine work of art from the prose to the mechanics to art.
Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Black Iron Legacy Series, The Lands Of The Firstborn Trilogy, The Eyes Of The Stone Thief, The Darkening Of Mirkwood.

Very first Maskwitches hardcovers arrive!

BEOWULF Digital Pack 16 is out now!

BEOWULF Digital Pack 16 is out right now exclusively at DriveThruRPG.com!

In this Sixteenth Digital Pack of bonus content for BEOWULF: Age of Heroes, we bring you a Followers special!:

• New Follower Gifts by Jacob Rodgers

• A guide to Followers with new adversary gifts and advice for GMs by Jon Hodgson

• 6 VTT tokens for your NPCs or Followers

• 3 Battle maps: two cliff locations and a cave leading off from the cliffs, in VTT, PDF poster and sliced up home print versions!

History in Games, Games in History 4: Personal History

They’re back! In this episode of History in Games, Games in History, actual Dr Malcolm Craig and absolutely-not-a-Dr, Jon Hodgson discuss personal history and memory. For about 5 minutes before heading into the weeds really hard as usual.

Both Malcolm and Jon with be at UK Games Expo this coming weekend! Swing by Hall One, Booth 1-122. Malcolm will be there on Saturday, Jon is there all three days.

New Backdrops Books Progress

Welcome to Friday! Progress is constantly happening as we close in on going to print with the next wave of Jon Hodgson Backdrop Books. In the latest monthly kickstarter update we shared a montage of the completed Fantasy Ruins and Tunnels book. Check it out, along with some sample shots with some of the new backdrops, and a cool Bad Squiddo Shieldmaiden figure.

There’s still time to place your pre-order for any of the new backdrop books here.