Vote for Happy Birthday, Robot!
Vote for Happy Birthday, Robot!at the Ennies! There is some stiff competition from major games with a lot more market presence than our little Robot, but there's always hope.... Read more
Nominated for four Ennies!
The Ennie 2011 nominees were just announced and Happy Birthday, Robot! is nominated in four categories! Best Game, Best New Game, Best Production Values, and Product of the Year! Details... Read more
Just a quick head's up! Happy Birthday, Robot! can be found at the following URL:
That links directly to a blog post with the most prominent online stores offering... Read more
On the Shelves... Then off the Shelves
That is Happy Birthday, Robot!On an actual game store shelf! Not just any game store either, but Endgame, which consistently sets a high bar for what a game store... Read more
David Wendt posts about his first game of Happy Birthday, Robot! with his five-year-old and nine-year-old.
Happy Birthday Robot!
Robot liked the candles on his oil-frosted birthday cake.
But then... Read more
Pre-orderers, check your mailbox!
I sent out the signed-numbered books on Tuesday morning, so they should be getting to U.S. mailboxes today or tomorrow. They should be in Canada shortly thereafter. European and Australian... Read more
Signed, Numbered, Ready to Ship!
Those are all the signed and numbered books ready to be shipped off tomorrow. These are the books pre-ordered by the earliest backers. I tried to write as personalized a... Read more
Robot Dice Stickers
As you know, Happy Birthday, Robot!uses special dice called Robot Dice. Creating custom dice is a pretty expensive process, from production to shipping, so that was well outside of... Read more
88 Copies of "Happy Birthday, Robot!"
That's what 88 copies of HBR looks like, yup. So, I'm going to be personally signing and numbering and mailing several of these babies to some generous backers. I'll be... Read more
Now for sale!
Happy Birthday, Robot! is now available for sale at Evil Hat, Drive-Thru RPG, and RPGNow. Feel free to share those links with your friends and colleagues who've... Read more
Fred Hicks just posted pics of the proofs for the print version of Happy Birthday, Robot!
Check 'em out!
With an hour left, we just broke $3,000 in pledges!
So here's the plan, I'm going to go to sleep. (It's been a long weekend of furniture-moving.)
But when I... Read more
Only 12 hours left!
Thanks so much for your support over these last three months. Thanks to you, we're getting books to schools, libraries and charities across the world. HBR will be seen on... Read more
Last Call for Edits!
Hey pre-orderers, I'm making the last edits tonight. If you notice any errors or other weirdnesses in Draft #2, please send them to me sometime today. Thanks!
The Big Announcement
Now that we've reached 100 backers, it's time to lift the curtain on something we've had in the works. When this project first kicked off, Evil Hat Productions (www.evilhat.com) offered... Read more
So tell me a little something about yourself!
Well, specifically, how you heard about Happy Birthday, Robot!
Hear about it from Twitter? RPG.net? A friend? Tell me about it! : ]
Pre-orderers just got the revised preview PDF, but I couldn't help but share some preview pages:
Only 7 days left to pre-order! :D
Cover Concept 3
Click to embiggen.
Getting closer to the final cover design. I just haven't settled on that back cover text. Am I selling the right things? Should I be highlighting other... Read more
Preview PDF is out!
I just sent out a low-res preview PDF to the pre-orderers to help find any typos or other errors that the editor and I didn't catch in our... Read more
Revised Cover - Half the Panda, Twice the Party
The two pandas were really dominating the composition. One comment was "It's not 'Happy Birthday, Panda!'" So I cannibalized as much as I could from Rin's other illustrations to make... Read more
Quick mockup of the cover, using one of Rin Aiello's illustrations. What do you think? Too much panda?
Here's some more art from Rin Aiello!
Pre-orderers, you should expect your... Read more
Happy Birthday Robot on Femme Gamer!
Femme Gamer posted an overview of gaming-related generosity over the past few months. From the indie game bundle benefiting Doctors Without Borders to the video game bundle benefiting Child's Play.... Read more
The Magic Number: 100
Hey all, thanks again for your support. It's been a little while since the last post, so I thought I'd give you an update on the project status.
* Rin... Read more
Welcome, Drabblecast Listeners!
It's the last month of fundraising and the results so far have remained astonishing. We're double the initial fundraising goal to print the first run of the game. Pre-orders continue... Read more
Open Thread: Got questions about Happy Birthday Robot?
With about a month left in the fundraiser, I thought it was a good time to open the floor to all questions about Happy Birthday Robot. So, ask in the... Read more
[Video] Surprise Tango!
* There are only two slots left for your favorite library, school or after school program to get a free copy of Happy Birthday, Robot! Sign up your institution here.... Read more
[Video Update] Robots in Space!
* There are still five available slots for a public library, school or after school program to get a free copy of Happy Birthday, Robot!See the previous post for... Read more
Free Games to Libraries, Schools and After School Programs
We're giving away a free Print+PDF bundle to the first ten libraries, schools or after school programs who sign up.
If you know a US library, school or after school... Read more
New Video Story: "Switcheroo"
"Happy Birthday, Robot!"
"Congratulations, you get to become a real boy!"
The Professor cheerfully continues: "One catch: A boy must take your place!"
Robot knows Bobby wants to be a... Read more
VICTORY! Three free books to Kids Need To Game!
Thanks to all the backers who kept on pledging, we have enough pre-orders to send all three free books to Kids Need To Game!
I appreciate all the support you... Read more
More adventures from the 4th grade classroom!
Turns out that class isn't done yet! They were split up into groups so they could play on their own. Teacher's comments:
"One of the girls that was playing is... Read more
Robot in the classroom. Yeah, this is awesome. :D
Those are actual kids in the classroom playing Happy Birthday, Robot! Innumerable thanks go to Cassie Krause for running the game for her class. The book will include tips and... Read more
[Video Update] Tuna Can Kitties
Hey all, just a little update today. I'm working on the layout for the book right now. In this short video, you'll see me coloring another Rin Aiello illustration then... Read more
Happy Easter! Good news is hatching this weekend.
* Kids Need To Game:
We have enough pre-orders to send a second free copy of Happy Birthday, Robot! to Kids Need To Game! Woo! Thanks so much for... Read more
Early Review of Happy Birthday, Robot! 5/5!
Shane Knysh played Happy Birthday, Robot! with his family and gives it glowing remarks.
"Explaining the rules only took a few minutes and we were into the game quickly."
"It... Read more
First free book to Kids Need To Game!
Thanks so much to the most recent backers and pre-orderers (including the $1 backer ^_~ )!
Because of these generous folks, we can send the first free copy of Happy... Read more
New Sketches from Rin Aiello!
Rin sent a ton of new first drafts for the next batch of Happy Birthday, Robot! illustrations.
You can pre-order a PDF or Print+PDF bundle here. New pledges also allow... Read more
Donating free books to Kids Need To Game.
The first 24 hours were so successful, the goal was met and then some. Your enthusiasm exceeded my wildest expectations. That visceral urge to meet a clear, tangible goal is... Read more
Oh yeah, about the PDFs.
I honestly thought it would take a lot longer to meet the fundraising goal. Please forgive me for the delay! The full snazzy PDFs won't be ready for a few... Read more
We met the goal in 24 hours!
I want to thank all the backers who pledged their financial support to this game with such enthusiasm. I obviously over-shot that deadline or under-shot the $ goal, but either... Read more