Dinosaur Princesses Stomping Into the ENnies!

I’m very happy to announce that Dinosaur Princesses is a nominated finalist in three categories of the ENnies Tabletop RPG Awards! We’re up for Best Electronic Book, Best Family Game, and Product of the Year. We’re in amazing company, with some fantastic games nominated in each of those categories, and in many others.

Finalists in for the ENnies are nominated by judges and then the winners are decided by a fan vote. Voting is now live, so please spread the word about Dinosaur Princesses, take a look at the list of nominees and vote for your favourites here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2019/

The ENnies’ award ceremony will be livestreamed from Gen Con on August 2nd at 8:00 PM EDT. If we win one of those, I think you’ll like the song we chose…

Magic bursts into The Sprawl!

Touched Prime is the second of a series of stand-alone settings introducing magic into the world of The Sprawl.

Spray your sprawl with rift energy and step into the magical world of corporate espionage.

“Two generations after the rifts opened, the majority of the world now accept common definitions of Troll-kin or Wild-kin based on physical and magical differences. However, what I find truly fascinating is the emergence of a sense of shared culture within these kin-groups; one that is deeply influenced by the historical culture of the individual or family unit but which is clearly cut through by a newly awakened sense of commonality and community. There is much we do not understand about the role of magic in transmitting knowledge and ways of knowing.”

—Dr. Sara Abigail, Head of Kin Studies, University of Atlantis – Lake Eerie

It’s 2050 and magic rules everything around you. Just kidding–cash still rules, but magic makes a great scapegoat.

Touched Prime is a cyberfantasy setting for The Sprawl. The rifts have been open for a couple of generations. The magic has seeped into the very fabric of humanity, splitting it into multiple kin groups: Dwarf-kin, Elf-kin, Human-kin, Troll-kin and Wild-kin. Magic has also been seamlessly absorbed into the corporate system–huge divisions and subsidiaries are devoted to exploiting the rifts and their magic. Down on the streets, magic users come in many forms: the highly educated Mages, the indebted Thrall and the warrior Adepts. Then there are the Horror Bane, normal folk scarred by a Horror whom they have sworn their lives to destroy.

Touched Prime is the second installment of the Touched settings, advancing the world established in

A Darkening Alley and putting magical abilities in the hands of the characters. All players choose a kin group and have access to four new playbooks: Adept, Horror Bane, Mage, and Thrall. Players may also choose the Antiquarian playbook from A Darkening Alley.

Take on the corps with powers from a magic dimension. Discover the learned craft of rift magic and the costly arts of fate manipulation. Sow the seeds of your game in this magical earth or plant them in the garden of your choosing. Your cyberfantastic dystopia awaits!

The cover art is a second piece by Toma Feizo Gas, creator of the cover from the main rulebook.

Going hot...

You can read about the production history and future of the Touched line in this backer update. In particular, there are no plans for a PoD version of this product, but it will eventually be included with other Touched products in a future combined PoD book.

Dinosaur Princesses!

When trouble strikes the kingdom, how will you and your friends save the day? Through teamwork, that’s for sure! Dinosaur Princesses is a story game about friends who are dinosaurs who are princesses solving problems together and its now available in PDF format on DriveThruRPG! (Print on Demand coming very soon.)

  • Decide what type of Dinosaur you are (a t-rex, ankylosaurs, or platypus perhaps!) and what type of Princess you are (maybe an aquanaut, zookeeper, or chef!).
  • Draw and colour your Dinosaur Princess.
  • Gather your friends, build up a group dice pool, and overcome all the obstacles and problems that the Palaeontologist throws your way!

Dinosaur Princesses is a story game of collaboration and cooperation for 2-5 players of all ages. Designed to be enjoyed by kids, kids and adults, or just adults. The only prerequisite is an imagination! We all remember a time when we loved dinosaurs… embrace it!

Cover and interior art by J Wahl: check out J’s work at deepseagaylien.com.


When Corporate Hell is not a Metaphor

Touched: A Darkening Alley is the first of a series of stand-alone settings introducing magic into the world of The Sprawl.

The cyberpunk future is already a horror show. Now it gets supernatural…

“The shit-holes are getting shittier, and no one wants to talk about it. The town that disappeared, that video of a lady giving birth to what looked like an octopus, or the leaked corp files about a continuous human scream emanating from Jupiter. Why aren’t the news feeds talking about this? What are the corps hiding?”

—Antonio Alverez, editor-at-large THE CANT

It’s 1985. Ever since Nixon privatised the Vietnam War, we’ve been an a downhill slide into corporate hell. We all thought that was a metaphor, but maybe we were too optimistic. A Darkening Alley is a low-magic, dark horror setting for The Sprawl. Rifts in the fabric of space are starting to crack, opening portals to strange new worlds filled with beings and energies far beyond our understanding; humanity is beginning to feel the effects. Strange happenings are becoming more and more common. The street-side prophets are starting to sound a bit reasonable. The corporations smell power and have started pouring a lot of money into investigating and documenting these occurrences—that’s where you come in.

A Darkening Alley introduces the new Antiquarian playbook, a Trauma system by DYMPHNA, and several magical abilities available to players through basic advances. Because players do not start with magical abilities, you can easily merge this setting with an ongoing campaign.

And check out Dawn Carlos‘ awesome cover art…

Walk into the light...

You can read about the production history and future of the Touched line in this backer update. The most important takeaway is that there are no plans for a PoD version of this product, but it will eventually be included with other Touched products in a future combined PoD book.

Chroming Your Con Play

If you’ve played in a convention game with me over the last year or so, you might have noticed I’ve been using cut-down and mostly pre-generated playbooks. I made these so that I could run 5-10 minute 1-2 player demos for the Fall 2017 Great Falls Comic Expo in Lewiston, ME. I streamed the process of making these on Twitch; the video is now on YouTube:


Those playbooks are now available here (and on the Download page).

Generally I use these with The Downtown Dataheist (PWYW on DTRPG).

Ms. Singh wants you to steal a data file from a downtown research facility. Easy in, easy out, right? It’s all fun and games until the street hears what you’re planning. They’ll find their own uses for you.

A few days ago, a fixer asked you to recover a file from this facility. Who is the fixer and do you trust them?

A corporation is leaning on you to sabotage the mission. Which corporation? What leverage do they have over you?

You are keeping this job secret from your Ecuadine handler. Why?

The Downtown Dataheist is a two-hour quickstart mission for The Sprawl. This mission uses pre-generated corporations and individual mission briefs to entangle the characters, a cut-down version of character creation, an abbreviated Legwork Phase in which the players will quickly create the facility they are about to infiltrate, and a timed planning phase. Then it’s all Action.


The Mission Files

The Mission Files was originally funded as Stretch Goal 001 of the Kickstarter (backer update here) and is now available in PDF and Print on Demand from DTRPG.

Missions are the lifeblood of The Sprawl. Better lay down the plastic.

The Sprawl: Mission Files is a collection of ten new cyberpunk missions for The Sprawl. Infiltrations, extractions, heists, recovery ops, wetwork, investigations, hunts, pursuits, shakedowns, Mr Smith has them all… and more.

Ready to run. Each mission includes a brief summary of the fictional setup and details on the people and places involved, as well as all the clocks and directives you need.

Hack them into your own shape. Each mission also takes you behind the scenes with design notes on its structure and ideas for hacking the mission to make it uniquely yours.

Between the lines and beyond the missions. The Sprawl: Mission Files is also filled with MC advice and tips for how to handle tricky situations and how to tweak familiar features of the game to enrich your play experience.

With excellent cover art by Alina Shutko!

A somewhat belated update here. The PDF was released in August and after a comedy of proofing and shipping errors, the Print on Demand dropped in October.


Dinosaur Princesses Kickstarter Campaign

Here is the link to the kickstarter campaign!

The Dinosaur Princesses celebrate saving the day!

The Dinosaur Princesses celebrate saving the day!

Have you Heard About Dinosaur Princesses?

Dinosaur Princesses is a rules-lite play-heavy collaborative tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) about friends who are dinosaurs who are princesses solving problems together!

Decide what type of Dinosaur you are (a t-rex, ankylosaurs, or platypus perhaps!) and what type of Princess you are (maybe an aquanaut, zookeeper, or chef!). Remember that, just like your type of dinosaur isn’t limited by strict definitions of “dinosaur”, your princess isn’t limited to being a girl—everyone can be a Dinosaur Princess! After you decide what your Dinosaur Princess is like, you then start the very important step of drawing and colouring your Dinosaur Princess. Now gather your friends, build up group dice pool, and overcome all the obstacles and problems that the Palaeontologist throws your way!

Dinosaur Princesses is a story game of collaboration and cooperation for all ages. Great for new TTRPG players and experienced players alike.

Did we mention the rulebook is also a colouring book?

Get notified of future Kickstarters by following Hamish: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/ardensludere

Or keep an eye out on Twitter: @ArdensLudere  |  @peregrinekiwi  |  @DAYtheELF


Featuring art by J Wahl (portfolio)

Dinosaur Princesses Cover

Dinosaur Princesses Cover

Dinosaur Princesses Character Sheet

Dinosaur Princesses Character Sheet

Dinosaur Princesses Play Sheets and Map

Dinosaur Princesses Character Sheets and Map



Some News

While I’m making a few updates to the main pages for The Sprawl, Dinosaur Princesses and Kratophagia, this seems an appropriate time to mention that Rachel Beck (author of Glitch interviewed me as part of a series on contemporary cyberpunk creators: The State of Cyberpunk with Hamish Cameron. She also just released her second interview, with Fraser Simons of The Veil. Check out Rachel’s visions of a cyberpunk future in print and digital (the first one’s free…) at The Glitch Logs.

If you’re waiting for news on Kratophagia, I had a few things to say on G+ last week.

My production queue is currently as follows:

  • The Mission Files: Currently in my hands between editing passes.
  • Touched: I have some, Steve is finishing the rest.
  • Dinosaur Princesses: Game mostly finished, rules text being written.
  • Kratophagia: Player-facing game aspects mostly finished and playtested, advanced play, MC rules and main text to be written.

Playbooks in the Net


You with the cred.

You wanna buy some tasty new playbooks? I got updated errata, print friendly and full colour; legal, letter… maaaan, I even got that good A4 shit. All wrapped up in a tasty tasty compression algorithm.

Wait, what? What do you mean you can download that for free. What are you, some kind of shadow operative?!

Oh. Okay then. I’ll leave you to it then.

The Sprawl playbooks now have a newly updated new zip file, ready for your cyberpunk mission requirements. Enjoy!

//Out of the alley, into your drive..

Sounds of the Sprawl

Backers of the Kickstarter will remember that one of the reward options was a small collection of cyberpunk background sound loops custom made by Wes Otis of Plate Mail Games. Well, I’ve been meaning to make an official post here for a while, but you can pick up any of those background loops from the Plate Mail Games store at DriveThruRPG. That link takes you to PMG’s cyberpunk collection, but they have a background loop for just about any situation these days, including 155 that he made for Monte Cook’s Numenera. Wow. That’s a lot of sound, Wes!

PMG’s current kickstarter is coming to an end. It’s for Kobold Press‘ Midgard setting for 5e, so if that sounds like you, you have 10 days to take a look.

I recently sent a big pile of words for PMG’s Rothaen setting to Wes too. I posted about that here during that Kickstarter; look out for the final product later this year.

//Bathe it in static..