People of Earth, rejoice, for you are free! We, the Mentoids of the 88th Century, have traveled to your primitive time to rid you of Your Alien Masters. No more... Read more
Portland Indie Con presentation CANCELED
Quick announcement: Due to unforeseeable complications, Mike has had to cancel the THIS DEFIANT EARTH demonstration/Q&A scheduled later this month at the Portland Indie Con. Apologies to anyone inconvenienced. This... Read more
See THIS DEFIANT EARTH played LIVE and in-person!
Greetings, cowering Earth animals! Attenuate your Interocitors and prepare to receive news of galactic proportions: THIS DEFIANT EARTH will be played live, in front of an audience, on Saturday, 29... Read more
Hey all, Mike here. Real life (yeah, that's still a thing) has been busy lately, but the work continues. I've started getting messages and comments asking for an update. Next... Read more
Your Assistance, Please...
Hey, gang...Mike here, and I need your help!
Before I integrate the Radiation and Mutation rules into the book, I want to get your eyes on the material to ensure... Read more
Greetings, mewling Earth wretches! We tire of talking...now is the time for WAR! Oops. We meant "Now is the time to show you some of the new art Mike has... Read more
Greetings, feeble-minded Earth creatures! Your Alien Overlords have little to report this month (not that we owe you hairless primates anything other than complete and utter subjugation), but Mike reminded... Read more
There isn't much to report this week (how many ways can we say, "Writing, editing, and layout continue; new monsters are being playtested; and art is in-progress?"), so here's a... Read more
New year, new file...
Greetings, simpering ape-things of Earth! We understand many of you have just finished observing a period of holiday festivities. While this was not cleared in advance with Your Alien Overlords,... Read more
The Players' Guide has landed!
Check your Kickstarter messages, wretched Earth creatures! We kept Mike awake for days on end, and he has pulled off the nigh-impossible: the Players' Guide is close enough to completion... Read more
Right on target!
Hello, all! Mike here with a micro-update: the Players' Guide is almost ready for public consumption, so unless something catastrophic happens (alien invasion, asteroid impact, etc.), the Players' Guide will ... Read more
"IT'S A MONSTER!"
Pathetic humans: prepare to be destroyed!A monstrous beast from outside the realm of ordinary experience has come to make meals of you all! Yes, it's true: you can download... Read more
Greetings, pathetic humans! Gaze upon the nascent form of the forthcoming Player's Guide, in layout on Mike's computer at this very moment!
The preview version is shaping up nicely, so... Read more
The Announcement is early!
Hello, everyone! It’s Mike again, with another poorly-formatted, barely-edited typed-on-a-phone update. I know, I know…you're tired of me. I get it! I’m the boring one. But don’t worry: Our Alien... Read more
The poll results...
The poll from our last update yielded... Read more
A quick survey...
Hey, gang...Mike again (I'm failing at my vacation). I'll be brief: I had a backer ask for a refund today. This backer wasn't the first. I get it--the game is... Read more
Hey, gang...Mike here. I'm typing this on my phone, so it will be brief. I hope you're all doing well! Things were a bit of an uphill climb these past... Read more
"Please stand by, and do not adjust your set..."
Hey, everyone! Mike here with a quick update (written on my phone, which means it's not going to be properly edited) to let you know we had a minor setback... Read more
Meanwhile, at the drive-in... (Ep. 5)
Greetings, simpleminded bipeds of Earth! Your Alien Masters have allowed Mike a few moments' respite from his labors to watch another movie, and between experimental brain surgeries (the cortical implants... Read more
Corporal Byers hated the swamp: the stinging insects, the sucking mud, the humidity...he hated it all. The swamp was no place for a city kid, and Byers couldn't wait to... Read more
Greetings, wretched bipeds of the backwards mudball called Earth! Your Alien Masters have news to share, so it seems only appropriate to lead with this reporter Mike just finished drawing... Read more
Meanwhile, at the drive-in... (Ep. 4)
Greetings, gibbering ape-things of Earth! Your alien masters don't have much to report right now. It seems Mike spent this past week getting his offspring moved into new quarters, which... Read more
Meanwhile, at the drive-in... (Ep. 3)
On your knees, pathetic primates of Earth! Only by demonstrating the proper obeisance toward your interplanetary betters will you ensure your survival! And even then, the word "ensure" might be... Read more
Meanwhile, at the drive-in... (Ep. 2)
Meanwhile, at the drive-in... (Ep. 1)
Greetings, mewling human scum! Your alien masters welcome you to a new feature we call "Meanwhile, at the drive-in..." In these weeks where there's not much to report (there are... Read more
Where we are and where we're headed...
Hey there, backers…it’s your old pal Mike here! Normally I have some help writing these updates, but today you get pure, unfiltered me: none of that written-by-committee third person stuff.... Read more
What can we say? We like player handouts and flavor text. We find they greatly enhance the puny human gaming experience. Uh, that is, just the gaming experience. Leave the... Read more
New year, new update...
Greetings, puny Earthlings! We hear many of you have recently completed celebrating what you call “New Year’s,” burdened as you are by a laughably linear sense of time. Well, congratulations... Read more
At last, a new schedule!
Greetings, Earthlings! It has come to Your Alien Masters' attention that many of you have requested an updated schedule regarding the game's production. This is a reasonable request, given your... Read more
An update and a quick plug...
Greetings, pitiful Earth creatures!
It might not look like it from your vantage point, but a tremendous amount of work has been done on THIS DEFIANT EARTH in the past... Read more
Backer surveys have been sent!
Attention, puny humans: backer surveys have been sent! We're still a long way out from delivery, but we need the additional lead-time to pre-order any add-ons you might want to... Read more
AT LAST: The GM Screen artwork!
Greetings, Earthlings! When last we met, we promised you a preview of a monster, but we've got something more exciting for you (the monster can wait until next time). Here,... Read more
Say, remember that scenario book stretch goal...?
Greetings, puny Earthlings! This missive shall be short, but mightily impactful (much like the meteorite storm we've redirected toward your wretched planet). We just wanted you to know (before that... Read more
On (Metaphorical) Ashtrays...
...because in the 1950s, ashtrays were everywhere.
Greetings, feeble-minded bipeds of Earth! Writing on THIS DEFIANT EARTH continues. We're currently working on the extensive section on monster abilities; next... Read more
Design Notes, Pt. 1: Evolving Damage Rules
Greetings, puny Earth creatures! We contact you today via your primitive "Inter-Net" to issue the following statement:
We have not replaced your leaders with android duplicates. We have notbombarded... Read more
What's in Development, or "Every RPG is somebody's first RPG"
Greetings, Earthlings! Congratulations on surviving our latest invasion of your wretched little world. We had no idea you have scientists who could even understand the workings of our electrothanasia ray,... Read more
An Update on Our Schedule
Hello, THIS DEFIANT EARTH backers! We normally do these updates in-character (at least in part), but we’re going to forego the theatrics this time in favor of being as direct... Read more
Post-Campaign Update #3
Dr. Horton... Read more
Post-Campaign Update #2: The silence is broken!
Greetings, pitiful Earthlings! It’s been far too long since our last update. While we’d like to blame it on a malfunctioning communications array—the result of frightening stellar phenomena your human... Read more
...or should it be, "This TRIUMPHANT Earth!?"
Greetings, Earthlings! What a strong finish to a great campaign. We finished up short of hitting 200% of our funding goal--we "only" made it to 193%--but that's a fantastic result!... Read more
THE FINAL DAY!
Here we are, Earthlings: 185% funded with less than 12 hours to go! You've all been amazing; your support and enthusiasm for this weird little game have brought many smiles... Read more
The final 48!
Here we go, Earthlings: into the final two days of our campaign! We're zeroing in on our next stretch goal, too...what exciting times!
We've got a lot of new backers... Read more
So about that contest...
Greetings, Earthlings! Despite the vast intellect of the hive-mind governing the CosmoDome of Phobos (which is what we like to call our studio), we made a glaring omission in our... Read more
Inspiration (and a contest)!
Greetings, Earthlings! We're on the cusp of our final week (it starts tomorrow), and the campaign's looking good! We're currently at 145% of our funding goal. We've unlocked one terrific... Read more
Greetings, Earthlings! We wanted to share with you this picture of the custom Harrow Die we're making for THIS DEFIANT EARTH! Designed by the game's creator C. Michael Hall and... Read more
C. Michael Hall returns to the Forgot My Dice podcast!
Greetings, Earthlings! We bear news: THIS DEFIANT EARTH designer C. Michael Hall just made another appearance on the Forgot My Dice podcast, and you can listen to it here! Get a feel... Read more
...and now, some projects we love!
Greetings, Earthlings! Our campaign is going swimmingly (111% funded as of this writing), and we're gearing up for another big marketing push next week. In the meantime, though, here are... Read more
A Special Election Day Message
Democracy is a wonderful thing. When you think about it, those of us in the Kickstarter community know all about voting. What's a crowdfunding campaign, after all, but democratization of... Read more
Congratulations, Earthlings...you have succeeded in funding THIS DEFIANT EARTH in only six days! That leaves us over three weeks to hit those stretch goals!
The Kickstarter community has been very... Read more
Another milestone, another piece of art!
Greetings, Earthlings! We bring you joyful news: In only day five of our campaign,we've raised just over 80% of our funding goal! In celebration of this momentous occasion and its... Read more
More art in-progress!
Attention, Earthlings! Behold the terrible fate awaiting those who dare face our disintegrator rays on the field of battle!
We wanted to share another piece of art in-progress with you... Read more
EXCLUSIVE add-ons now available!
Attention, Earthlings! Exclusive custom-created Harrow dice and GMs screens are now available! Visit the campaign page for details!
An amazing first day!
What a happy Halloween, indeed! Our campaign roared to life in its first day, earning Kickstarter's coveted "Project We Love" badge and raising almost half its funding goal in the... Read more
...and away we go!
Thanks so much for pledging your support for THIS DEFIANT EARTH. This game has been a labor of love for many years, and we're thrilled that it's finally... Read more