Late pledges for a|state are now open!

Missed the Kickstarter campaign? No problem. Head here and pledge for your copy of a|state 2e, along with a host of beautiful and useful accessories now.

About a|state second edition

Step inside a baroque urban nightmare, the world of a|state. In The City you’ll fight off threats to your canalside home, trying to make this grim and haunted place safer and better, somehow. 

Create Troublemakers such as the deft and deadly Ghostfighter, the caring and curious Lostfinder, the persuasive and passionate Activist, and the striking and stealthy Sneakthief. If they can trust each other they might have a chance.

Powered by Forged in the Dark, a|state brings a new, hopeful approach to the much-loved Forged in the Dark ruleset. Your ability to Care counts as much as your ability to Fight. 

Newsletter — 19 October, 2021

It’s newsletter day! We’ve got news for you on BEOWULF, , Forest Dragon Farmer, Handimonsters and A|State. First up:

A|State Pledge Manager Opening Thursday!

The A|State Pledge Manager will open later this week, allowing you to update your address, add on items to existing pledges or to make a late pledge if you weren’t able to join us when the Kickstarter was running. We’ll send out a project update as soon as the pledge manager goes live.

Work continues on finished up the rulebook and adding on the stretch goals.

Handimonsters

We released the free Half A Dozen More Handimonsters:

This collects the free monsters we’ve released over the last six months or so and allows you to have an idea of the quality and variety of monsters available through the Handimonsters project. Visit Half-A-Dozen (More) Handimonsters to get it today! Or got to www.handimonsters.com to join. You’ll gain access to our entire backcatalogue of 5e monsters and receive a new monster every Monday!

Speaking of Mondays, our October spooky days continue, with the release of the Lord of Autumn next week!

Forest Dragon Farmer

The Forest Dragon Farmer has returned to the playtest arena for final polishing. Sometimes it can be excellent to step away from a project for a little while and return with fresh eyes. And, sometimes, those fresh eyes see some opportunities:

BEOWULF

We are still hard at work on The Triple Serpent from Gareth Hanrahan and hope to show that off soon!

In shipping news for our US backers, we did receive a post-dated status change from the shipper, letting us know that the books are now with the Customs office in Miami, Florida. So there is some progress, as haphazard as it may seem and hopefully we will see the books arrive to our warehouse soon.

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NEWSLETTER 12 October 2021

It’s newsletter day! We’ve got updates for you on Handimonsters, BEOWULF, and A|State, along with news about our card game Forest Dragon Farmer. Let’s get into it:

A|State Pledge Manager Coming!

We are in the process of making final arrangements to open up the pledge manager very soon. That will allow you to make a late pledge in order to receive a copy of A|State or allow you to add on items to your existing order, like the fantastic looking Three Coins booklet:

We’ll have more information to come very soon on the pledge manager. Work continues apace, with more writers turning in their ideas to expand The City.

Forest Dragon Farmer

The Forest Dragon holds a very special place in our hearts, as Rory (one of our junior designers, then age 9) took the lead on developing, illustrating, and testing a card game of his own (award-winning) design.

The Forest Dragon Farmer is the next step in the saga of the Forest Dragon. You’re now retired from a life of adventuring and trying to succeed as a farmer. To do so, you need to collect the proper sets of seeds, fields, and helpers while avoiding setbacks! It’s a game of fun and strategy, and expect to hear more about Forest Dragon Farmer soon.

BEOWULF

Ear of Stone is our latest adventure release, and Digital Pack 4 is the most recent release with help on BEOWULF combat, inspirational material for character creation, three new music tracks and two brand new battle maps in a variety of formats. See the BEOWULF shop for all of our offerings.

We are hard at work getting The Triple Serpent by Gar Hanrahan ready for release. It should be with backers towards the end of the month. We’re still hoping for the end of Shipocalypse any day now!

Handimonsters

It’s now Spooky Time and the Legions of Autumn have arrived:

Visit www.handimonsters.com to sign up today. You’ll gain access to our entire backcatalogue of 5e monsters and receive a new monster every monday!

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Handy Monsters for Any Adventure!

When we launched Handimonsters just about a year ago, the name we choose was not just about making a clever play on our company name, it was a commitment to providing useful and interesting monsters for gamemasters and players. And to provide an excellent value to our customers.

We always have at least one free release each month, usually the first Monday of the month. For September, it was the Sly One, the first of our Wildfolk!

Everyone received the statblock for free, but our Level Three patrons got not only the statblock but a digital art print, VTT tokens (both face-down and a portrait token) and printable paper minis.

Speaking of the printable paper minis, we think that they can be an easy and fast way to provide lots of options for tabletop gaming while remaining a great deal and easy to assemble.

The next monster we released was the Flammifer, which introduced our Dungeon Constructs line:

We think they’re a lot of fun — they’re monsters that resemble ordinary objects you might find in a dungeon but prove to be dangerous themselves.

Patrons not only get helpful printable minis for play at the gaming table, but tokens to use when communicating online. We always offer a portrait version and a top-dow

Finally, we often have a bonus monster, another free release. We usually do this when there are five Mondays in a month. The bonus monsters often tie into our BEOWULF: Age of Heroes game. Because they are extra, they usually don’t come with miniatures, tokens, or digital art prints.

This month’s free release was in celebration of Fat Bear Week and was just an extra that we decided to add on for the month.

A Fantastic Deal!

If you’re interested in getting everything for all our monsters, visit www.handimonsters.com today and sign up for Tier Three today. For around $6 (USD) per month, you can have access to everything we have already done and all of the Handimonsters that we have yet to release!

Big Dice for Big Heroes

If you’re looking for the sort of 20-sided die that will impress your friends or for a stocking-stuffer for that special roleplayer in your life, our 31mm BEOWULF dice will do the trick. They’re 60% bigger than the standard d20 and come as a set of three. You can, of course, use them in any game that needs a twenty-sided die:

The Dice of a Hero

In BEOWULF, every character is a hero. And a hero deserves a big, chonky heroic die.

The Hero’s Die
The Old Ways Die
The Church Die

Wyrd Dice in BEOWULF: Age of Heroes

In our 5e-based duet adventure game BEOWULF: Age of Heroes, each character has a Wyrd, a special heroic fate that belongs to them. This ties into their alignment (do they believe in the Old Ways? Or the new Church?), inspiration, and advantage. When they roll with advantage one of the dice that they roll is their alignment die.

A roll with the Hero’s die and the Old Ways die. When the Hero rolls with advantage they add their alignment die. If they pick their alignment die to be the result they get inspiration. This allows a lucky hero to possibly roll with advantage several times in a row. And, being the only character in the game, they well may need that luck!

A less lucky result. BEOWULF heroes are allowed to pick which die they want to use when they roll with advantage. So a player could take the natural 1 this round and still gain inspiration for later use. A tough choice!


Adventure Awaits!

You can order these huge dice and/or BEOWULF Age of Heroes right now! We also have some awesome dice trays to keep the fun organised.

Newsletter – 5 October 2021

It’s newsletter day! We’ve got updates for you on recent conventions, Handimonsters, A|State and BEOWULF, along with some general news about our website. Let’s get into it:

BEOWULF: Age of Heroes

Following the release of Ear of Stone last week, Digital Pack 4 is available to buy now. It includes a discussion of BEOWULF combat, inspirational material for character creation, three new music tracks and two brand new battle maps in a variety of formats. See the BEOWULF shop for all of our offerings.

We are hard at work getting The Triple Serpent by Gar Hanrahan ready for release. It should be with backers this month, with a Monster that’s just right for Halloween time! And we have some bigger projects in progress that we will be ready to talk about soon.

A|State

Work continues on integrating all of the new material into the existing text and making sure it all plays nice together.

If you didn’t see it last week, our first print proof for the Three Coins arrived. Check it out here.

Handimonsters

We released the Spry One, another of our Wildfolk Handimonsters this week. Next week, the first minions of the Lord of Autumn arrive:

Visit www.handimonsters.com to sign up today. You’ll gain access to our entire backcatalogue of 5e monsters and receive a new monster every monday!

Convention News

Handiwork Games sponsored Albacon 2021 and as part of our sponsorship Jacob volunteered to run a couple sessions of BEOWULF. Read his report here.

Jon’s report from Caronnade on the previous weekend is here.

Website News

We’re doing some autumn cleaning on our website and you may notice a few things get moved around or combined together. We hope this makes things easier to find, and gives you a more streamlined experience!

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Albacon 2021

This last weekend was Albacon, an online gaming convention. While based in Scotland, it garnered international attention and players from all over the globe. As a sponsor of the con, we at Handiwork Games decided to run some sessions of BEOWULF: Age of Heroes. Jacob volunteered for this. Here’s his report:

Of course, BEOWULF is primarily designed as a single player game. But it’s awfully hard to show the game off to folks if you have only one player a session. So I took our own advice on multiple players. We had up to three players per session and each Hero had only two Followers. I was on the schedule for one game Saturday evening and one on Sunday evening.

Before the game began, the Saturday players selected their Heroes and Followers. We would be playing with Alys, Bald Eadig, and Waelfwulf. We opened with a quick safety talk and soon enough, the Heroes heard of a serpent causing trouble in Britain and sailed that way. They encountered a few challenges along the way that didn’t cause any lasting harm, met the king Cynfarch, the priest Prydderch, and the princess Ceridwyn. Bald Eadig found a kindred soul in Prydderch and the priest assisted them in starting their adventure.

The Heroes search the tor for any sign of the Serpent.

I won’t say much more about the adventure for fear of spoiling it, but the Heroes dealt with their challenges very judiciously and were ultimately successful in their quest.


Sunday’s Game was also full but early in the day I got word from one of the convention organisers that a player would not be able to make it and another player, though having bought a ticket, had not completed registration yet. Things seemed a bit iffy, but, of course, BEOWULF can run with just a single player as easily as three, so there was no need to cancel yet. However, as the time drew nearer, my one player that I was in contact with indicated that after two full days of gaming, an 8pm – Midnight games was looking less and less appealing with each passing hour. When no one else showed up, we decided not to proceed. Of course Penumbra (the charity of choice this year) still received the ticket proceeds so all was well.


All-in-all, I had fun and was very happy to show off BEOWULF: Age of Heroes at Albacon. Hopefully we will be able to attend next year as well — easily done if it remains virtual, but if it turns into a physical convention then I might need to fly over to Scotland for the weekend.

If you want to learn more about BEOWULF: Age of Heroes and all of our accessories for the game, visit our shop.

The Carronade 2021 Report by Jon

It’s been such a long time since we’ve exhibited at an event – we’ve been living under various forms of Covid restriction for almost as long as we’ve been a company! Last weekend was Carronade, and our first trip out in a very long time.

We were satisfied that the Carronade organisers had things set up safely, we’re double vaxxed, and masks were worn all day, so we were happy to attend.

Carronade is our local show, but it’s surprisingly large, filling 3 gym halls and various other rooms in a local high school. It’s primarily a wargaming event, and features loads of participation and exhibition games along with tons of traders.

Handiwork Games exhibited at Carronade back in 2019, back when we had The Forest Dragon, Bang & Twang, and a handful of dice trays on offer. These days we have over 100 different products on sale, so this weekend was a nice opportunity to take stock of just how far we’ve come! Covid meant stalls had to remain at 2019 size, so we were back on a 6 foot table. (For comparison, at the last Tabletop Scotland, we had three 8 foot tables!) We weren’t able to bring everything, but we tried to fit in as much as we could. Map Tiles were a notable victim of the lack of space, but we managed to get a few in!


Before the day, I had decided we would be content if we had a day out, got to set up the booth, and met some other traders. I had zero expectation of sales, because who can predict anything anymore?

Such measured expectations were profoundly blown out of the water as the show opened and we sold a lot of stuff! Over the morning we had really good sales, with a consistently busy stall, and lots of compliments about the effort we’d put in to present things, which was really kind. Trade and traffic then noticeably slowed through the day. I think people came early, got what they wanted, and went home, which in these covid times is entirely reasonable.

Carronade has very easy trading hours of 10am until 4pm, so we were all done mid afternoon. It was a thoroughly enjoyable show, it was great to see a bunch of old friends from the Scottish gaming scene, reconnect with some of our fellow traders, and make new friendships. Nothing quite compares with face to face contact with you, the gaming public, and it was lovely to be out and about again!

Thanks to everyone who chatted and shopped with us, and a huge thanks to the Carronade organisers. We’re very much looking forward to next year!