Friday News Update – BEOWULF arrives!

It’s loose and in the wilds!

And it’s a wonderful thing to see – our BEOWULF rulebook and other treasures all arriving on UK doorsteps! Fulfilment has been completed in the EU, and they’ll be with US customers soon (curse that damned Pond).

We look forward to the pictures, the insights, the comments… and (duh) the gaming. Now you’re getting your hands on the finished product, please do let us know how everything goes!

Three Ogres Map

In celebration, you can download our second pack of BEOWULF digital extras from DriveThru. This includes: – 

Reskinned Follower Gifts .pdf 

VTT tokens for the second batch of monsters from the BEOWULF rulebook

Poster map for the Three Ogre Brothers scenario 

More atmospheric music for your games

A video tutorial for the Social Encounter worksheet (available free here)

The merefixa – a brand new foe!

Digital Pack Two

And if you missed the first pack, you can find that here.

And amazing news! Just in case you missed it on Twitter, our a|state page has now passed the 250 mark, which is awesome.

a|state is coming

Thank you to all who’ve signed up, and if you’d like to join in, please do go and add your name – then we can tell you when the kickstarter launches.

If you’d like to know more about the project, check out Jon’s interview with Malcolm Craig, the co-creator of the a|state campaign setting.

Art by Paul Bourne

We’re also anticipating the summer hols! When you’ve got kids at home, it can be challenging finding stuff for them to do – so we’ve knocked £2 OFF our FOREST DRAGON GAMES until the end of July. 

Enter the code ‘Summerdragon2’ to get £2 OFF The Forest Dragon or The Forest Dragon Bang and Twang. (One coupon per purchase, applies only to core sets, but will apply to the bundle of both, because we’re good like that).

NOM

Winner of the Imagination Gaming Gold Young Einstein Award and the Family Game Silver Award, The Forest Dragon was designed by Rory, aged 9. Both games are great, family-friendly creative games, full of wonderful characters and things to discover and find. And there are lots of add-ons, too!

Plus: Jacob has given us a quick glimpse of next week’s HANDIMONSTER!

The Penny-Snatcher

Meet the PENNY-SNATCHER, a greedy monster that likes to pick pockets. When found out, it hurls coins back at you with supernatural fury – and the more valuable the coin, the more it hurts. Join our Patreon for a new monster every Monday!

We’re sorry not to be making the Expo (though you’ll probably catch us at Albacon – more details abut this soon). To keep up, please do follow us on our Socials…

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Friday News Update – March 12th

And first up – our MAP TILES are back in stock!

Map Tiles

Find these in the Handiwork Games store and on DriveThru, and this includes all of our big Tiles Bundles, to bring every kind of adventure to your tabletop. And don’t forget, our Digital Map Packs – ideal for your VTT games – are still on SALE.

Next up – congratulations!

This goes to Simon H J Williams, who’s won himself a print copy of The Hermit’s Sanctuary, complete with original sketch by Jon. Which is winging its way, even as we speak.

If you didn’t win this one, worry not – there will be more competitions soon…

The Hermit’s Sanctuary

To follow The Hermit’s Sanctuary adventure, join the Campaign Coins team, over on Twitch. This week, the fifth instalment sees our Hero, Bald Eadig, get to grips with ‘Baleful Grief’ – and we hear rumours that the Eadig/Thormund/Saewine love triangle may be heating up…

Stat a Hero of your own, with this week’s podcast! Those all-round-renowned RPG geniuses (genii?) Jon and Jacob talk you through the first part of creating your Beowulf Hero character, so they’re armed and ready to… erm… break benches.

If you’d rather listen, you can also find it on Spotify and on anchor.fm.

A Hero, of course, needs an adventure. Make your awareness checks for Horror at Herrogate, a new full-length BEOWULF scenario coming up at DriveThru – very soon!

Horror at Herrogate

If you backed the original Kickstarter, your Hero gets their Horrors for free – we will send you the .pdf next week.

In the meantime – all you painters! We’re delighted to share the skills of the wonderful Sonic Sledgehammer Studio, making a gorgeous job of our white metal minis. Chosen by Sonic’s fans, the Hero Ibn Uthman is first for the brush. Once a trader and writer, he was exiled for using his prodigious ability with words – and returning to Baghdad was no longer an option.

Check out Sonic’s awesome painting…

Pop over to our friends at GeekNative for a chance to win our Bang & Twang card game. It’s fast and fun and easy to learn, great for kids and an ideal family game – but look out for the Forest Dragon!

Chomp.

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Map Tiles Goodness

Bang & Twang World Cup!

Announcing the Inaugural international Bang & Twang World Cup!

This prestigious event is being held for the very first time in Perth, Scotland, coincidentally in the very same venue as Tabletop Scotland 2019! Amazing!

Anyone who plays a demo of Bang & Twang is automatically entered into the Bang & Twang World Cup, and their score will be recorded. The highest score on Saturday will win a prize and a much-coveted certificate.

And on Sunday we’re delighted to be hosting the SECOND international Bang & Twang World Cup! Again, every demo game will have its score recorded and a winner will be crowned at the end of the day.

All contenders will get a “I’m a contender” sticker to wear with pride.

To find out more about Bang & Twang here: https://handiwork.games/bangandtwang

Please note: Bang & Twang produces a limited range of scores and so there may be a need for a tie-break event, or the international judging committee may rule on the winner. Their decision is as final as it is arbitrary. But a kid will probably win it.

Common sense and fair play dictates only one entry per person is allowed in the Bang & Twang World Cups.

New pricing for Forest Dragon games

 In this day and age it’s nice to be able to offer some good news on prices for games!

With the assistance of some good friends we’ve been able to lower the price of The Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9 and Bang & Twang to £9.99! That’s £5 off the cover price!

Since so many of you here have already paid the previous price for our games we wanted to say thank you with an offer on our beautiful Bang & Twang Riff Coins, which are available at half price (just £5!) with the code HALFOFFCOINS on our web store. https://handiwork.games/product-category/forest-dragon

Thanks for your continued support of our games! We hope this new pricing helps more gamers get into The Forest Dragon!

Conpulsion report

We took the show on the road again this weekend, attending Conpulsion in Edinburgh. 

Conpulsion is a games convention run by the Edinburgh University games club. It’s usually of a modest size, but has a really unique feel. As one of our local shows we’re keen to show Conpulsion some support.

This time out it wasn’t just Jon flying the Handiwork flag – on the booth we had help from Paul, Duncan and Rory. 

It’s always hard to accurately assess exactly how busy or quiet a show is, but there seemed to be plenty of folk about and lots looking to try a new game. 

We broke our previous convention selling record (of precisely one show, Airecon!), and Bang & Twang was definitely our hit of the weekend. That it won the hearts of many of the volunteers running the show was a huge help, with spontaneous games of Bang & Twang occurring around the venue. The Forest Dragon wasn’t far behind, and we brought a tiny fraction of our ambitious stock home with us! Yay!

Conpulsion is in no small part about catching up with friends. It was great to see Cat Tobin, Andy Hepworth, Gregor Hutton, Phil Harris, Shevaun Frazier, Brian Nisbet, and many more friends we’ve duly insulted by not naming here. 

It was also a treat to make new friends! Paolo Grecco is making some fabulous books through his company Lost Pages. We thoroughly urge you to check out his beautiful little books.  

The fine folk from Murphy’s Vault sold Rory (the designer of The Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9) his first ever Magic starter set, a copy of adorable card game Kodama: The Tree Spirts, and the D&D starter set. Which is all pretty exciting for Handiwork HQ! We’re a family business and the next generation of gamers is coming along nicely! The Murphy’s Vault team also picked up some trial packs of our games, so fingers crossed they enjoy them and stock loads!

Throughout the weekend Rory produced unique cards for The Forest Dragon which was pretty special. Hopefully he can remember what he made because there were some great ideas being spontaneously generated, and we probably have an expansion’s worth!

We donated one of each of our games and a set of coins to the charity auction, and they raised £90. Not too shabby!

There was amazing news at the annual Griffie Awards, hosted at the show. Bang & Twang won best new card game! Yay!

And then during the closing ceremony there was a display of weapons grade awkward as Jon was awarded the Banquo Award for the Spirit of Scottish Gaming. Jon has promised to make a better acceptance speech which contains some… content, in a video. 

Looking ahead to next year we really hope to see more game makers at the show – it’s an ideal venue for small Scottish companies to share what they’re doing and make connections.

We had a great weekend, and we very much look forward to the next Conpulsion!

Our next show is Carronade in Falkirk! A surprisingly large games show for a small town! There’s a small but mighty contingent of boardgame and RPG stuff in amongst every last miniature or piece of gaming terrain you ever wanted to buy, spread across three or four halls. It’s bigger than you think! Maybe if you’re lucky enough to live within travelling distance of Falkirk we’ll see you there?

Airecon Report

We had a great time at Airecon! Jon headed down from Scotland to Harrogate in Yorkshire for two days this weekend.

Our kind hosts were our old friends Travelling Man, and we demoed dozens of games of Bang & Twang and The Forest Dragon on their booth. It looks like we have a good number of new Forest Dragon fans!

We also got to chat to folks about our RPG plans for Beowulf and Hellenistika, and were pleasantly surprised by how many people have heard about what we’re up to!


Jon gave his talk to an unexpectedly full seminar room, and it seems to have been well received! With lots of experience there were three sets of slide on hand depending on what people wanted to hear about – games design and publishing, art direction or art creation.  Jon delivered a bit of a mix, and thank you if you came along. We hope it was useful!

We also got a chance to catch up with our friends Wotan Games, All Rolled Up, artist Ralph Horsley, rpg writer Steve Emmott, gamer and TV presenter Marty Jopson, baker extraordinaire Kim-Joy, our friends from Yog-Sothoth and meet fellow designers from just down the road in Scotland, One Free Elephant.

As ever there wasn’t time to catch up with everyone we saw in passing or in the distance! Sorry if we missed you!

The show has a really wonderful family atmosphere and we enjoyed gaming late into the night. If you can get to Harrogate then Airecon is well worth the trip!

Thanks to Ben and Mark for inviting us down!


If you weren’t able to get to Airecon, you’ll soon be able to find Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9 and Bang & Twang in Travelling Man stores.

And if you can’t get to a store, then you can mail order copies from our shop right now.

Airecon 8th to 10th March

Jon will be appearing as a guest at Airecon in Harrogate, UK, 8th to 10th March 2019!

You can check out his seminar on Saturday morning, and then try a game of Forest Dragon by Rory Age 9, and The Forest Dragon Bang & Twang at the stand of our kind hosts Travelling Man!

Find out more about Airecon here: https://airecon.uk