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Monkeyfun Studios delivers another exciting game experience, based on complex relationships, horror, and isolation. **Available Now for Pre-Order.**
Monkeyfun Studios delivers another exciting game experience, based on complex relationships, horror, and isolation. **Available Now for Pre-Order.**
673 backers pledged $16,949 to help bring this project to life.

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A Town Called Malice - A Nordic Horror Story Game

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A Town Called Malice is the new story game by Monkeyfun Studios, created by David Kizzia. It’s a combination of thematic Nordic Noir such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Broadchurch and The Killing, with isolated small-town horror similar to Thirty Days of Night, The Thing and Fortitude. Twin Peaks by David Lynch is a heavy influence, in its portrayal of small town secrets and underlying darkness that pervades every step the characters take.

 Check us out on our website, Facebook, and Twitter for updates and information! 


We will be charging shipping as we fulfill each item, using Backerkit to collect shipping information and take any additional pre-orders. As both gamers and backers ourselves, we will do our best to keep the cost of shipping down.

Estimated Shipping Costs

  •  Domestic Shipping: For shipping within the US, expect around $5-10 (USD). 
  •  EU/AU/CA Shipping: The majority of associated countries are easy to ship to, such as EU, AU, and CA. Expect each package to cost roughly $5-15 (USD). 
  •  Everywhere Else: Shipping everywhere else will be around $10-30 (USD). 

As part of our Stretch Goals, we will be making shipping more affordable in the following levels:

  • **FUNDED!** With the $10,000 level, we are including shipping to everyone who have pledged $50 and above.
  •  At the $15,000 level, we will include shipping to everyone in the United States. 
  •  At the $20,000 level, we will also include shipping to everyone in the European Union. 
A typical game of Malice, where danger lurks in every corner
A typical game of Malice, where danger lurks in every corner

A Town Called Malice is based on the Story Pillar System, created by Protagonist Industries in their work, Home by Dark by Jason Olsan. This system utilizes story game elements popularized in games such as Fiasco, where players develop the narrative and create complex character relationships as they struggle to keep the town together.

(pencil sketch of artwork)
(pencil sketch of artwork)


In the Story Pillar System, players are faced with three major story points (Pillars) to address.

In A Town Called Malice the three Pillars are:

  •  The Body - Found in the Town (or its surrounding area), its initial discovery and the victim's connections to the people of Malice throw the quiet Town into chaos.
  •  The Event - Vital to the Town's livelihood, the discovery of the Body threatens its success and the Town's survival.
  •  The Darkness - The lurking horror responsible for the terrible things happening to the Town, it is a growing threat soon to affect everyone unless it is averted, stopped, or destroyed.

An Actual Play on Happy Jacks RPG Podcast


A Town Called Malice involves the isolation of small towns tucked away from busy highways and large cities. Although the default setting envisions an isolated snowbound Nordic island or outpost near the Arctic Circle, a game of Malice can be set in other locations such as the rainy Pacific Northwest, a sun-drenched tourist stop that vacates when summer ends or even a cold, distant way-station in outer space. Malice is truly everywhere.


(pencil sketch of artwork)
(pencil sketch of artwork)

In the event of reaching our initial goal, we will be providing additional playsets  that can be used as new settings for Malice. These will be available in PDF format. We will also be providing new shipping options:

$10,000 **UNLOCKED** — Two additional playsets will be added:


"Station to Station" - In the cold depths of space, the residents of a lonely mining way-station orbiting the moons of Jupiter are terrorized by an unknown predator. Far from Earth, the locals are on their own. In space, no one can hear you scream.


"Season of the Witch" - Everyone in town knows of the legend of the Witch of Malice, the spooky story told at bedtime to children, until three teenagers are found dead in the woods, and the bedtime story becomes frighteningly real.

At the $10,000 level, we will also include shipping to everyone who have pledged $50 and above.

$15,000 — Two additional playsets will become available:


"And Also the Trees" - "Diane, I'm continuing down Highway 61 to the town of Malice, where a local girl was found wrapped in a plastic sheet in the woods..." 


Out of My Head" - The year is 1799 in upper state New York. A recent murder has thrown the simple farmers into a fearful uproar. The found body was missing its head. 

At the $15,000 level, we will also include shipping to everyone in the United States.

$20,000 — Two additional playsets will become available:

 At the $20,000 level, we will also include shipping to everyone in the European Union.

(pencil sketch of artwork)
(pencil sketch of artwork)

We are pleased to offer the following special rewards as part of the Malice Kickstarter:

  • With the Nafn pledge level, backers may submit either their name or a loved one to be used within the Malice text.
  • With the Teikning pledge level, backers may submit a photograph of themselves or loved one to be transformed into a citizen of Malice, immortalized in our artwork.  In return, backers will receive the hi-resolution file. 

Terms: Permission must be provided from the subject. Monkeyfun Studios reserves the right to reject submissions that we feel do not fit the tone of the game or the criteria we provide. By submitting a photo, you grant us a permanent and non-revocable but non-exclusive license to use the resulting portrait in Monkeyfun products. (This means we can use them in A Town Called Malice and other work/materials, and you can also do whatever you like with it.) 





David Kizzia is the creative force behind Monkeyfun Studios, co-creator of Spirit of 77 and creator of Bedlam Hall and Gruel Truck. He has written and published several adventures, including the Ennies Award nominated Masterpiece 77. This is his third Kickstarter project.

Lauren McManamon is a professional editor, game designer, and technical writer. Her previous editing credits includes Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG by the Storybrewers, The Veil: Cascade, Uncanny Echo, and Hack the Planet by Fraser Simons. She's also the editor for Codex, the Gauntlet community's monthly zine. 

Novo Malgapo has provided amazing artwork for multiple Spirit of 77 adventures and projects, and we're delighted to have him join us once again to provide the interior artwork for Malice

Risks and challenges

A Town Called Malice is complete in terms of its game mechanics and is currently in its final edits. As with all publishing, risks in regards to printing delays always exist and we will keep our investors up to date with progress as well as any unforeseen delays. However, because we have completed much of the work in advance, and have shown a great track record in providing our games in a timely manner, we are confident that we will have the game out on time.

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    Takk - Thanks

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    Stafrænn - Digital

    You will receive a digital PDF copy of A Town Called Malice, all digital PDF Stretch Goals and your name included in the book's credits.

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    Líkamleg Bók - Physical Book

    Malice arrives - You will receive a physical copy of A Town Called Malice in softcover format, a digital copy of A Town Called Malice, and all unlocked Stretch Goals and your name included within the book's credits. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING )

    Includes:
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • The printed version of A Town Called Malice - softcover
    • Your name included within the book's credits
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    Hardcover Bók - Hardcover

    Malice arrives - A physical copy of A Town Called Malice in hardcover format and all Unlocked Stretch Goals and your name included within the book's credits. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING )

    Includes:
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • The printed version of A Town Called Malice - hardcover
    • All additional unlocked stretch goals
    • Your name included within the book's credits
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    Líkamleg Bók Fyrr - Expedited Delivery

    Malice arrives quickly to your door. You will receive a physical copy of A Town Called Malice in softcover format, signed by the author, in an expedited timeline. All Unlocked Stretch Goals and your name included within the book's credits. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING)

    Includes:
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • A printed softcover copy of A Town Called Malice - signed
    • Expedited delivery
    • All additional unlocked stretch goals
    • Your name included within the book's credits
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    Hardcover Bók Fyrr - Expedited Hardcover

    Malice arrives quickly to your door. You will receive the physical copy of A Town Called Malice in hardcover format, signed by the author, in an expedited timeline. All Unlocked Stretch Goals and your name included within the book's credits. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING )

    Includes:
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • A printed hardcover copy of A Town Called Malice - signed
    • Your name included within the book's credits
    • All additional unlocked stretch goals
    • Expedited delivery
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    Nafn - Named character

    Malice knows your name. Your name (or a name of your choice) will be included within the actual text of the game. You will receive the physical copy of A Town Called Malice in hardcover format, signed by the author, (expedited). All Unlocked Stretch Goals along with your name included within the book's credits. (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING )

    Includes:
    • Your chosen name within the text
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • A printed hardcover copy of A Town Called Malice - signed
    • Expedited delivery
    • Your name included within the book's credits
    • All additional unlocked stretch goals
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    Teikning - Illustration

    Your face is known in town. In addition to receiving a signed hardcover (expedited) and all unlocked stretch goals, you have the option to send us a photograph of either yourself, a family member, or a good friend to be transformed into an illustrated character that will be added to our playsheets and you’ll receive the hi-resolution digital file to use however you like. (Please note that you must get permission from the subject.)

    Includes:
    • High resolution illustration - digital format
    • The final digital copy of A Town Called Malice - PDF format
    • A printed hardcover copy of A Town Called Malice - signed
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    • Your name included within the book's credits
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Funding period

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