A new Lone Shark Kickstarter: The Maze of Games Omnibus
Hello, friends from the Apocrypha Kickstarter! We hope you're all enjoying your copies of The Flesh, The Devil, and The Book of the Hybrids.
We thought you'd like to... Read more
A significant update with a significant number
Hi, it's Mike. This is Apocryphaupdate #66, which as you know is kind of a significant number for us. The base set was originally priced on Kickstarter for $66,... Read more
Apocrypha expansion fulfillment wraps up, the Master's Edition box takes form, and ravens take flight
After quite a lot of teeth-gnashing, all fulfillment of the expansions has finally concluded. Snakes & Lattes finished Canadian shipments a few weeks ago and GamesQuest finished European shipments over... Read more
US and Australia fulfillment complete, new resources, and a column about what's in our heads
Here is some news about the last stages of this Kickstarter:
- Expansion fulfillment in the US is complete. Quartermaster has sent out all packages to US addresses.
- Expansion fulfillment in... Read more
Expansion fulfillment begins, a new rulebook, and lots more
Here are a whole bunch of updates about a whole bunch of things related to the release of the long-awaited expansions for Apocrypha.
We've been getting lots... Read more
expansions arrive, rulebook layout, and Master's Edition boxes
Here's an update on packing and shipping the expansions for Apocrypha:
- We are happy to report that the container ships bound for Sydney, Southampton, and Jacksonville all arrived at... Read more
update on shipping the expansions, plus rulebook progress and PAX West
After weeks of negotiations, we finally have most of our Apocryphaexpansions on boats to head to their ports of fulfillment. However, typhoons and floods in Southeast Asia have disrupted our... Read more
more on The Flesh and The Devil, plus a new guided mode mission
We finally got a couple copies of the Apocrypha expansions in house right before Gen Con. They look very good. Take a look.
Those are nice looking boxes, and everything... Read more
The Flesh and The Devil finish in production
We're happy to announce that The Flesh, The Devil, and the Hybrid Mission Pack are all about to be done in production. We are arranging for the containers of those... Read more
expansions proofed and ready to go, plus summer convention news
Today we received and approved all the final physical proofs for The Flesh, The Devil, and the Hybrid Mission Pack. There are a whole lot of them, and... Read more
The Devil at the printer, Gen Con, and more fun for your phone
We have now reached the stage where everything remaining for the game is at the printer: The Flesh and the Hybrid Mission Packare underway, the wood boxes are being... Read more
The Devil gets bundled for print, plus a first look at the Masters Edition box
Happy Passover and Good Friday, everyone. We thought we'd take this holiday moment to share some news on the Apocrypha expansions.
The Devilis being bundled up on Monday for... Read more
The Devil finishes in playtest and graphic design
This week we're wrapping up the editing and graphic design of our final installment of our Apocrypha Adventure Card Game trilogy: The Devil. We're simultaneously wrapping up our final... Read more
Apocrypha: The Flesh is at the printer and we've cleared them to begin printing. We expect that to start in the next few weeks, while we wrap up The Devil ... Read more
progress on The Devil, some reviews, and thoughts on the rulebook
It's just after Christmas, and with visions of Yule Lads swimming in our heads, we're continuing to work on our third box of Apocrypha, The Devil. We've made a... Read more
hybrid missions and our plans for PAX Unplugged
Hey, here's a thing we haven't talked much about: our Hybrid Mission Pack. It's coming together and we figured we it'd be cool to tell you about it.
Originally, we... Read more
Halloween videos and an app update
Happy Halloween from your friends at Lone Shark! For this most hallowed of holidays, we've put the following temporal mutation up on our Apocrypha ℵ1 Companion App, which is... Read more
a tribute to our friend Stepto
I know we just updated yesterday, but this seemed important enough to bring up to our fans. The gaming and nerd-culture scene was rocked yesterday by the sudden death of... Read more
European shipping completed, our time at Essen, and a spooky Halloween gift
We have a Halloween gift for all of you, but first some news for our friends across the pond.
European shipping is done, and Essen is here
We're happy to... Read more
International conventions, gameplay videos, and the first look at The Devil
We're heading out to a couple shows that our outside our home country this week. We'll be bringing Apocrypha and some signed Contract Poison promo cards for attendees to pick... Read more
a message to EU backers
Dear EU Backers,
We were going to write an update today that all non-EU shipments of The Worldhave been sent out to backers, that EU assembly was done, and... Read more
a launch, EU/AUS fulfillment, The Flesh finished, a FAQ, and Mr. Whiffle
After quite a few challenges, we got The World out to backers, distributors, online sites, and stores in the US on August 17. Canada followed a week or two later,... Read more
Welcome to Day Zero
It's August 17, and the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game has launched. The World is now in the hands of nearly all of its US backers, and heading toward its non-US... Read more
US shipping ends, promo cards, support, and a spoiler alert
We're deep into shipping the game to our backers. Here's what's happened so far:
- We've sent out all of our United Statesorders, which are the vast majority of our... Read more
shipping The World, plus the Apocrypha ℵ1 Companion App
A whole bunch of arrivals descended onto Minneapolis this week.
- The shipping containers for The World base set arrived in Minneapolis and cleared customs. (Similar containers made their way to... Read more
final chance for address changes, plus a new arrival
We're locking down our spreadsheets for fulfillment on Monday. So if you have any reason to change your address, you should do it right now. The PledgeManager page is at ... Read more
The World finishes up at the printer
Here's what happened after a nice morning out with Guybrush.
That's a real copy of the game. Its arrival tells us that several thousand copies of The Worldare about... Read more
The World's release date
Our policy is to not share release dates until we get them from our printer. Now we have one, and we're sharing it with you.
Our printer has been working... Read more
What The World looks like
We got these in the office this week.
Those are the actual printed proofs of Apocrypha: The World.We found the last little issues involving color corrections... Read more
A release schedule, a rulebook, dividers, and what "set in the modern day" means
Hello from the GAMA Trade Show! We've spent the last week showing off a near complete version of The World box to distributors and retailers, and we got an overwhelmingly... Read more
production update, Fae and Deathless, and how missions and structures work
We've spent the last month going back and forth with our printer, checking and re-checking our base set, and working on paper stock and dice samples to get everything right. As usual,... Read more
Welcome to our World
I'm happy to report that the Apocrypha Adventure Card Gamebase set is all finished on our end and is at the printer. Last night I checked the final proofs... Read more
final base set preparations, new layouts, and more cool art
As a director of many projects, I know that the first indication that a creative team is ready to be done with something is that they start putting the words... Read more
An epic-length post on printing, distribution, and strategy
Now that we can see the end of our build on Apocrypha coming, I'm going to take a moment to give you an update on where we are and how... Read more
final layouts and flavortext
We have been powering through production and flavortext creation for the Apocrypha base set. Elisa has been cranking out card layouts, and this approach is where we’ve ended up.
There's... Read more
the base set in layout, a new print-and-play, how symbols work, and all the Novem
We have a lot of great stuff in this update! It all summarizes to "The base set is mostly done, and much of the chapter box is done too." The... Read more
A new rules set, the base set to layout, and meet your saints (part 2)
Big news from your Sharks! We've put the finishing touches on a new rulebook as well as the two story sections—Candlepoint and Skinwalkers—that are in the Revelation Box (a.k.a., the... Read more
a big progress report and a look at your saints (part 1)
Hello, Apocryphans. We've basically been doing this for the last couple months.
So apologies for a bit of delay in updating. We've got some cool shinies to show you... Read more
a whole lot of cards, Running Apocrypha as an RPG, and an update on game progress
Hello, Kickstarter! It's been about six weeks since the last Apocrypha update, but we have a lot to say this time. Let's get right into it! Here's a question I... Read more
a story comes together
OK, I promised a look inside my brain. This is a much deeper look at my process than I've shown before, and I hope you'll enjoy it. As usual, there... Read more
2016: The apocalypse is coming
Hello, Apocryphans! It's 2016—Do you know where your apocalypse is?
Well, we'vegot a pretty good idea, because we've been cranking on this game. We have written the chapters and most... Read more
an updated print-and-play and a new Kickstarter for The Ninth World
So, um, not surprisingly we found a couple errors in the print and play. A lot of them came from people's comments on the game, so thanks for the feedback! ... Read more
An Apocrypha game you can play
Happy December, Apocrypha fans! All of our designers have arrived in town for the Apocrypha summit (our fourth such summit, actually), where we are meeting to put the final major... Read more
In Apocrypha, all of our Fridays are Black
Here in the States, we are in our national post-feast lethargy. So posted forthwith, here is the latest undead monster for Apocrypha: the Tryptophantom.
No, just kidding. Instead, we just... Read more
Happy Halloween from the Apocrypha crew
It's Halloween! And for those of us working on Apocrypha, it's a magical time of year. Time to share some lovely new art that will spook you out a bit. ... Read more
Apocrypha morphs and coalesces
First, if you're one of the 19% of backers who hasn't signed up in PledgeManager, please do it soon. We want to keep track of you! (I mean that... Read more
Dawn of the Apocrypha PledgeManager
Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know that our PledgeManager has launched, and email invites have been sent to backers of the campaign. Your invite will have gone to whatever... Read more
Update #20: Pledge manager update, some game progress, and Doctor Zeez's solutions
We've gotten a lot of questions about when our surveys are going to go out and whether it's possible to order copies of Apocrypha even after the Kickstarter has ended.... Read more
Update #19: Much Celebrations Wow, a Great Crew, and What Happens Now
OK, none of us saw that finish coming. That was quite a bit of excitement right at the end. Here's what happened:
- We got 2,477 backers who ordered even more... Read more
Update #18: Our Final Hours on Earth, A Promo Card Update, and a Highly Singular Character
We're down to the final hours and we have one stretch goal left. This one's exciting: Every Kickstarter backer will receive a "Day Zero" promo cardthat is available exclusively... Read more
Update #17: Final Stretch Goals, A Shark Frenzy, and Doctor Zeez's Conclusions
We've had a bit of a surge in the last couple days, and we appreciate all the support for our strange little game (okay, our strange big game). We've been... Read more
Update #16: The Forty-Eight Hour Checklist, a Gamemastering Guide, and the Final Gameplay Video
At the 48-hour mark, Kickstarter alerts people in various ways that the campaign is coming to a close. So people who've either not seen the campaign or haven't looked at... Read more
Update #15: Our #FragmentFriday Faves, A Critical Question from One of Our Backers, and Doctor Zeez's Prescriptions
It's Mother's Day! And because we don't want to make Mother Gaia angry, we don't have any news about stretch goals or add-ons for Apocrypha backers today. What we have... Read more
Update #14: Fragments of Many Hues, The Master's Insides, and a Little Kickstarter for Mr. Bear
We had an amazing #FragmentFriday! So many twisted people contributed so many twisted memories. We're compiling them and will post about it tomorrow or Monday.
Speaking of fragments, we unlocked... Read more
Update #13: An Essay on Design, #FragmentFriday, the Retailer Crate, and Doctor Zeez's Symbologies
We're very excited to have topped $200,000 and unlocked the cross-chapter rule set. We're now looking to unlock that set of 9 multicolor fragment promo cards, which will be... Read more
Update #12: A New Hope (And New Dooms Too!), Storytime with Mr. Forbeck, the Beast Box, and Dr. Zeez's Sensibilities
We hope everyone is enjoying Star Wars Day! We've got some bold goals for the day, so read on if you'd like to hear about them.
Thanks to everyone for... Read more
Update #11: A Mission Playmat, Boxes of Hope and Doom, Shipping in Multiples, and 1,500 Fantastic People
We are very happy to have reached 1,500 backers today. Thanks to everyone for that!
Special thanks to Jon Bolding at the Escapist for this great pieceabout Apocrypha and... Read more
Update #10: The Funding of All Chapters, Mr. Rothfuss Invades Candlepoint, and Cross-Chapter Missions
There's a lot of cool things in this update, but one thing is the coolest of the cool:
Thanks for funding all the chapters of Apocrypha!
This is great news.... Read more
Update #9: An Apocrypha Soulbinder, The Serpents Slither Out, The Physicians, Mr. Straub, and Doctor Zeez's Communications
Thank you guys for speeding us past $160,000 and unlocking The Book of the Serpents. Just one more stretch goal to go before we complete the chapters.
You might... Read more
Update #8: The Serpents, Mr. Baur, Gameplay Notes, and a Major Award™
We received some news overnight that I think backers of this project will enjoy: the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, which uses a similar game system as Apocrypha, won the 2015... Read more
Update #7: The Damned Released, The Golems, Ms. Kowal, and Our Humble Kickstarter Fund
Thanks to you, we unlocked The Damned! (Say, that sounds safe.) That means our dear, devil-obsessed friend Erin M. Evans will be telling us all about the demons she... Read more
Update #6: Gaia Unleashed on Earth Day, The Dreamers Sleep, The Damned, Ms. Evans, Australian Shipping, and Doctor Zeez's Decapitations
Yesterday was Earth Day! What a perfect day to unleash the fury of Mother Gaiaand her horde of nature spirits on an unsuspecting human populace. And that's just what... Read more
Update #5: Your Chance to Ask Us Anything, The Book of the Dreamers, Mr. Baker, and A Six-Figure Thank You
Thanks to everyone for helping us reach $100,000! We've now unlocked the Book of the Fae. In part due to his fans hearing about it from a Penny Arcade Twitter... Read more
Update #4: A Rulebook, New Stretch Goals, The Book of the Animus, Ms. Johnson, and Doctor Zeez's Intrusions
Here is the current rulebookfor the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game. It's our playtest document, and has not gone through editing or layout. But it should give you a solid... Read more
Update #3: Book of the Deathless Unlocked, and a Card Creator of Your Very Own
Thanks everyone for helping us reach the first stretch goal! The Book of the Deathlessis now unlocked, so the all-chapters box and Master's Edition will contain at least one... Read more
Update #2: Mr. Holkins, Mr. Rothfuss, and the Rest of the Remembrance Team. Plus Fragments, The Fae, and Doctor Zeez's Surgical Options
Hey, guys, we have some more gameplay for you here. Specifically, we're talking about how memory fragments work and who's writing them. I'm joined by my friend Jerry "Tycho" Holkins... Read more
Update #1: News on Funding and Shipping, a Characters Video, the Deathless, Mr. Cordell, and Doctor Zeez's Diagnosis
Thanks to all our backers for getting us to our goal in less than 24 hours! We have a long way to go on the campaign, but the key is... Read more