Holdfast, Revised & Updated, on DriveThruRPG!
The revised and updated Holdfast main gamebook has now been released on DriveThruRPG! At the present moment, only the main gamebook is available; however, we will be releasing the... Read more
Great News for the App!
Let the kingsilver trumpets sound! Let the boots of dwarven armies thunder in the Deeps!
Though the darkness stretches ever longer, the Clan of Morse has sent us all... Read more
Final hours for Maelorum 2!
The final hours of Maelorum 2 are upon us!
Tidings from the surface speak of a sinister menace, rich treasures and feats of glory, and it is not yet... Read more
News from the surface: Maelorum, volume 2!
From the great stair, from the realms of men, an urgent missive has arrived. It is a call to action from our allies, for a grave threat now haunts... Read more
Second Survey results away to Tin Man!
The results of the second Survey is away to Tin Man. Once they go through their fulfillment process, you should find the two Apps you've requested available via Humble... Read more
First Survey Results Away!
The results of the first Survey (about half of the Clan) is away to Tin Man. Once they go through their fulfillment process, you should find the two Apps... Read more
Grim News: The Holdfast App
Bitter tidings from our allies at Tin Man Games:
"Hi there Holdfast backers,
We’ve got some really disappointing news for you. Unfortunately we won’t be able to develop an app... Read more
War-Drums and the Rending Released!
Alas for the doughty dwarf-kin! The vast and cruel hordes of the Orcs have been unleashed upon the unsuspecting who pledged for the War-Drums and the Rending!
The very... Read more
Kickstarter security breach: be sure to change your passwords
In case you haven't heard, Kickstarter has had a security breach, and they are encouraging all their members to change their passwords:
All Dwarves know the sovereign importance... Read more
The Add-Ons are at your Door!
For those of you who specified your Add-Ons in the survey, please check your e-mail! (Remember: this is the e-mail you used during the Kickstarter campaign, so be sure... Read more
The 11th Day of Gamebooks...
Tin Man Games has revealed Holdfast on their 11th Day of Gamebooks:
You can read more about their plans for Holdfast, a time frame for the release of... Read more
Update on Add-Ons
It looks like we are still carefully chipping away at the artwork, and the Setting/Player's Guide and Add-Ons will not be available until next week. Once the art has... Read more
The Digital Rewards #2
For patrons #461 and above, you should now have the first batch of the digital rewards in your in box.
Remember, we use the e-mail you gave to Kickstarter... Read more
The Digital Rewards
The first batch of the Digital Rewards has gone out, based on when you joined the Kickstarter.
If you are #460 or below, have a glance in your in... Read more
The Combat Table
The first of the books are away, and more are streaming out on a daily basis. Those of you who ordered FedEx for your books should see your tracking... Read more
Reminder: Final Chance for the Address Survey and Purchase/Upgrade!
Alright, in just a few hours (5pm PST) we'll be closing out the Survey and finalizing the addresses we have. If for some reason you are unable to provide us... Read more
Last chance for Address Information!
Assuming that you would like your copy shipped on or about the 9th of December, tomorrow, 5pm PST, is your last chance to fill out the survey to let us... Read more
Survey Reminder and Add-Ons
First of all: there are still a few Dwarves lost in the caverns which have not completed their Survey. Be sure to do so as soon as possible, as... Read more
A Shipping Survey!
Our smiths have just sent out the shipping survey, and the caravans are being loaded to deliver this epic tome to your Hold.
Weighing in at 490 pages, this mighty tale... Read more
An Excerpt from the Gulfssaga
The hammers are at rest, and the stanzas for the Chronicler of the Saga have been sung in the Halls of Seven Helms.
Now, the merchant kings of the... Read more
Re-Numbering and Finishing Review
We're busily renumbering and doing our finishing review in preparation for the proof candidate. It is slow, careful mining, but we're progressing as planned, and you should have a... Read more
Two new Gamebook Projects on Kickstarter!
2013 really must be remembered as the year the gamebook returned! Kickstarter is now host to two more gamebook projects:
First, we have a reprint of the entire series... Read more
First Draft of the Layout Complete!
449 Pages and 1,259 Sections of Dwarven adventure later (and that's not even including the Add-Ons!), we have the first complete draft, including artwork. It's really grown with the... Read more
And that's a wrap!
First of all, thanks very much to those of you who provided beta feedback via e-mail, pm or on our forums! We've had the chance to review all your... Read more
Final weekend of Beta
We've been getting a ton of useful feedback via messages, mails and the forums- thank you! We've been polishing and tinkering like mad last week. But that also means... Read more
Get your dice ready, Beta is upon us!
If, during the Kickstarter campaign, you pledged at Forge-Lighter or greater, you should have an e-mail in your in-box (check your spam filters!) containing the instructions needed to access... Read more
Preparation for the Beta
The beta is almost ready to be sent out- we're doing just a bit more tweaking before we can put it into your hands. Once again, you'll be receiving... Read more
The Cross Promotions
We've completed identification of all the eligible cross-promoters that we are aware of, and if you were on that list, you should have received an e-mail (check your spam... Read more
Holidays in the Deeps
In time for the long weekend, we have a discussion on the holidays and celebrations common to the dwarves of the Fourth Age. Speaking of labor, our diligent smiths... Read more
A Bit of Beta News
First things first, the beta is getting closer. We're putting the finishing touches on the core book now, and after our internal beta and adjustments, we'll be getting it... Read more
On Dwarven Worship
We are steadily marching along towards a beta copy, for those of you that pledged $10 or more. We also have most of the potential collaborators from Maelorum; we're... Read more
The Dwarven Life Cycle
Dwarves are notoriously long lived (although not as long lived as Elven-kind), and can last well over a century when, ah, not ended prematurely. Which, of course, happens more... Read more
Last Chance for Add-Ons!
After a few requests from certain Dwarves, we've extended our PayPal campaign until today, 8/4/13, so that you have a last chance to pledge for any Add-Ons and additional... Read more
Reminder: Player Created Content Due Today!
If you Pledged for Player Created content and have not already sent it in...well...don't be shy! Today is the deadline.
If we have not received your work by the... Read more
The End of the PayPal Campaign is Nigh!
A bit early for this week's Update, but we wanted to let you know as quickly as possible that we had fixed on the end date of our PayPal... Read more
For this week's Update we wanted to showcase two of the Player created biographies that will appear in the game, and will likely be referenced in the text of... Read more
Last Chance for Maelorum & Shinte
Both Maelorum and Shinte's campaigns are coming to a close, and with them your very last chance to participate our collaboration with them!
Maelorum, which ends in 24 hours, offers... Read more
Treasures of the Deeps
We trust that all of you enjoyed a mug of Old Black over the 4th of July holiday? And, if it's not a holiday where you're at, we still... Read more
Announcing a new Collaboration with Shinte!
The destiny of heroes must be aligned, as our PayPal campaign coincides with another gamebook on Kickstarter! Joining Holdfast and Maelorum is Shinte, a martial arts role-playing gamebook... Read more
Tales of the Third Age
First, a bit of interesting news for those participating in the Maelorum Collaboration: if you've Pledged at least $50 to both campaigns, you'll now be receiving a new foe... Read more
Dining in the Deeps
Although Dwarven cuisine, as a whole, varies quite a bit, and has many influences both subterranean and from the surface, they can be very orthodox about Tavern fare.
Without... Read more
Calling all Adventurers, Known to Taverns and Cartographers
If you are an Adventurer, Known to Taverns or a Cartographer, we are ready for your content.
You have been sent a Writer's Guide and Map to assist you in... Read more
Tales of the Second Age
First things first, a hearty Dwarven congratulation to Carbon Grey, who just funded well passed their goal. Those of you noble patrons that have pledged to both will be... Read more
Last Chance for Carbon Grey Collaboration!
For those of you interested in our collaboration with Carbon Grey, they have successfully funded and you have just 20 hours left to make sure you've pledged $50 to both campaigns!... Read more
Player Created Adventures
Although there are still some Dwarves who have not responded to the Overpledge Survey, we're reasonably confident that we have a handle on the Player Created Adventures.
There will... Read more
Tales of the First Age
For those among you who are creating Adventure, you'll be receiving your Writer's Guide early next week. We can't wait to see what kinds of trouble you'll subject your... Read more
A Note on Player Created Content
A few of you have contacted asking about how best to create your Dwarves, Curses, Taverns and so on.
We'll be sending out mails to you in the coming... Read more
The PayPal Campaign, Maelorum & Survey Reminder
The PayPal Campaign Arrives!
Over the weekend, we opened up the PayPal Campaign for stragglers and for those of you that weren't quite done with the Add-Ons yet:
http://www.blackchickengames.com/holdfast/index.html... Read more
Check your in-boxes!
What a week.
Everyone, our first Kickstarter Survey has gone out, to those of you that indicated you were interested in Add-Ons. If you overpledged for Add-Ons,... Read more
IT IS DONE!
Thanks to you, Holdfast has become an epic ~1100+ Section gamebook (and that's without the Add-Ons!) of Dwarven Honor, Gold and Glory in the Deeps! You,... Read more
Minutes left in the Campaign and Stretch Goal #5 Unlocked
Stretch Goal #5: Factions Unlocked!
Shields locked, we push forward and sweep all our foes before us!
Thanks to the generosity of our Patrons, we have claimed three new... Read more
Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked!
Our foes are sprawled before us in the dust, and our army has claimed 3 Epic Dungeons! Congratulations, we've unlocked:
·The Terror at Steelblack Mine. Not... Read more
The Final Day & Encounters
Victory in the Deeps!
The fighting has wearied even the stoutest Dwarf, and still it rages across the cavern floor, into the tunnels and the secret ways of the depths.... Read more
Stretch Goal #3 Achieved, the final 48 Hours, and Taverns of Thaneshold!
The Battle is Joined!
The final 48 hours is upon us. 28 days ago, we opened the gates and blew the horns, and now, at long last, the battle has... Read more
Stretch Goal #2 Achieved and the next set of Goals!
Goal #2 Achieved!
Clan-folk, you all have again surprised us and stolen a march in the night to claim Stretch Goal #2! Well done- reinforcements are always welcome!
As a... Read more
Stretch Goal #1 Achieved & Goal Discussion
The First Stretch Goal!
What an amazing day. Funding and the first Goal achieved, with hours of each other. When the Dwarves charge...they charge!
This means that two new... Read more
A Gamebook, at your Service
By the Crowns of the Seven, we are FUNDED!
Clan-folk, we have locked our shields, and now face the great enemy with confidence, skill and... Read more
A Letter to the Hallgrinder Caravan
Beard-pullingly close! Please help us get over the top by talking about us on Facebook. Every little conversation helps get the news out to new backers, and that's... Read more
Kickstarter Icons & the Trogs
We've had Kickstarter Icons available over on our forums for a while, but we wanted to make sure that we shared them here, too: promoting our campaign... Read more
Stretch Goals & the Servants of the Dwarves
It was unanimous: you all want more content, and so more content you shall have. The Orc Campaign standalone book was frequently mentioned, but that would be a... Read more
The Tale of the Dread Pirate No-Beard
The First of the Treasure-Seekers
The Treasure-Seeker William Ashley was kind enough to share with us the tale of his Dwarf, which you will find in the appendices. If we... Read more
New Add-Ons, Stretch Goal Discussion and 75%!
Funding is within our grasp, and it is due to you: most noble Patrons. Our caps are doffed, our bows are low, and we are indeed at your service, and... Read more
75%: The Horn sounds in the Caverns. The Battle is nearly upon us!
Brothers and Sisters of the Clan;
The ranks are nearly formed, and the axes glitter in the cavern-light. The din of the foe echoes in the Deeps, but the Dwarves are undeterred.... Read more
Dungeons of the Deep, Part 2
Friends and Allies
As we cross 60%, we salute our shield-brethren at Maelorum and Carbon Grey, two projects whose glorious stories of dungeon-crawling and innocence in war surely will... Read more
New Cross Promotion with Carbon Grey & Updated Rewards
A Different Time, a Different Tale...
Dungeons of the Deeps
New Press and Kicking it Forward
First of all, we've joined Kicking it Forward, which is a great way to help our fellow smiths achieve their dreams. In case... Read more
Maelorum, 50% and Add-Ons!
First, a quick reminder about our allies, the lords of Maelorum. The reprint has successfully funded, and they are on their way to their first stretch... Read more
50%: the strength of the Dwarves may not be opposed!
Brothers and Sisters of the Clan;
With great solemnity and pleasure, we are proud to announce that the treasury is 50% full, with 15 days remaining! The Dwarven Kingdoms thunder... Read more
Add-Ons have arrived!
Add-Ons from the Treasuries!
The good Dwarves at Niels' Bank have opened the vaults and prepared a selection of exquisite add-ons, culled from the Deeps.
You will need to over-pledge... Read more
Updates to Rewards & Cross Promotion with Maelorum
Update to Rewards
Just a quick reminder to those who did not see the previous Update- we're now offering the App soundtrack at the $10 Tier and above. So if... Read more
A Meeting with the Maid
The Lord of Crossroads Hold
After the first part of the gamebook is complete, the Deeps become a little more open ended, in terms of which adventures you want to embark... Read more
Rumors over the Third Pint of Old Boar Spit
Music in the Deeps!
Today, we are delighted to announce the gamebook's talented composer, Christopher Hodel! You'll be hearing his music in the Application, and the digital soundtrack will appear... Read more
The Dwarves of the Surface
Dwarves, for the most part, prefer to dwell in the Deeps, but there are a variety of reasons why they might travel the surface... Read more
The Tale of Runbrida
Axes for the Cause
The hammers ring in the Deeps, and fiercely we delve ever deeper. We're at 34% and greedily digging steadily, but there are many foes to... Read more
Dwarven Beer and the craft of the Deeps.
Some observant Dwarves have messaged to comment on the little beer stein icons on various entries in the page illustrations, wondering... Read more
Of Orcs & Dwarves
First things first, two chart-smiths have created their own versions of the award chart for easier reference. Callahan's contains all the reward Tiers, including the limited ones (except Known... Read more
Ars Magica/Holdfast Podcast Interview
The good folks at Arcane Connection, an Ars Magica podcast, interviewed the President of Black Chicken Studios, inc., about the Ars Magica Kickstarter and our current Holdfast Kickstarter. Here... Read more
The Third Saga of Gon Durul
The issues with Amazon have passed by like a storm on the mountain; thanks for standing with us!
We're off to an early (and great!) start, and thank you... Read more
Issues with Amazon Payments
To the Clan:
Looks like Amazon and Kickstarter aren't playing well together and have had to be separated for a moment- all payments are failing, it's site wide, and evidently... Read more
New Digital Tier at $35
Courtesy of Khanach, we've added a new Digital Tier at $35, for those of you that would like the OGL/Pathfinder Compatible Sourcebook, but without the shipping.
Thanks, and may... Read more