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£10,858
pledged of £9,000pledged of £9,000 goal
375
backers
3days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, June 29 2019 1:56 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome to the Awful Orphanage, or as it is otherwise known, Mrs Prendergasts Home for Wayward Children.

A place where children are to be neither seen, or heard ... from again! 

Now, normally one wouldn’t use words like “rotten”, “grave” or “dark” when describing a building. However, nothing is normal about the forboding Orphanage. The sign over its cast iron gates reads Mrs Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children yet nobody has ever seen the children in the grounds. 

Founded by Mrs. Elspeth Prendergast in a time where everything looked bleak and dreadful, many folks thought that it would be a perfect place for those wretched homeless street urchins to grow up. How wrong that turned out to be...

Now, the townsfolk see figures walking around the house through the windows and shuffling henchmen guarding the perimeters. Various whispers on the streets of Victorian London say that no-one ever leaves that place. They might suspect that something isn’t right, but no one will dare to say it out loud. Hushed talk about a tall fellow that seems to float through the building and a ghastly green glow emanating from one room.The last man that dared to speak up, has been missing ever since.

Every child who is a resident of the place nicknamed “The Awful Orphanage” will gladly tell you about all the terrors that lurk in that wretched building, if you can find one to talk to you that is. 

So, we have asked some brave writers to do just that; to find all the scraps of information that might have leaked from that dreaded house. Maybe someone has seen something! The fact that no one has seen the children will hopefully not mean that their stories will be left untold...

Workhouse Games has teamed up with luminary authors including Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill, Mark Latham, Sarah Cawkwell, Nick Kyme, Ben Counter and Aaron Dembski-Bowden to create a beautiful anthology of short stories that explore and expand the stories and happenings in The Awful Orphanage and the forthcoming Hollow Earth tabletop skirmish game. 

During our initial campaign for The Awful Orphanage we also produced an audiobook of the short story written by Gav Thorpe, we've included a snippet here so you can get a good feel for The Hollow Earth universe and lore.

The Awful Orphanage
The Awful Orphanage

The Awful Orphanage is a mildly evil tabletop game for 1 to 6 players that sees you and your friends navigating winding corridors and rooms, search for items, dodging orderlies and running from the nefarious Gaunt & Sinister Man all whilst searching for one of the hidden Magical Talismans to free yourself from this macabre prison!

Will you work together and give everyone a chance to escape? Or are you just playing along until you can be sure of your victory, and leave your friends behind ...

There can only be one winner in each game, so use items against your friends to ruin their turns, force them to fight the Orderlies or even steal items from them in the hope that you'll be the one holding a talisman and stopping the evil Ms. Prendergast and her other-worldly cohorts.

The Awful Orphanage is the first game in the Hollow Earth series being produced by Workhouse Games.

As backers might have seen in our previous crowdfunding campaign we aren't shy of putting in the extra effort when it comes to our products. For Backers who would like a limited edition miniature, we've got a doozy for you! We've commissioned a superbly detailed resin miniature of Mrs Prendergast herself summoning the Gaunt & Sinister Man... feast your eyes on it below ...

Not only does this diorama offer a unique painting experience and lots of blood and guts to get your brush going, it also comes with rules for The Awful Orphanage too! Beware though these are only offered in strictly limited numbers as each one is being cast by hand here in the UK.  

Backers of The Awful Orphanage will be more than aware of the arrival of two new Orphans to the Orphanage that offer brand new ways to play the game. We're over the moon with these new sculpts and their new abilities are going to make The Awful Orphanage even more accessible than before.

These two new hand-cast arrivals will be available in superbly detailed resin as an add-on for £30 during the Pledge Manager (Porridge Manager) phase of the campaign so you're welcome to back the project for the smallest pledge and grab them later on. Any funds you have pledged that aren't assigned to any specific items will be carried over for you to spend later.

Felicity Watson, otherwise known as 'Flick' is an Orphan we've been working on for a few months now alongside a wonderful UK based community group who provide support for those who need it. Not only is Flick's miniature beautiful, she's one of the most well equipped Orphans we've introduced to the game. She is able to carry FOUR (yes four!) items at all times and once per game can also move 3 spaces for the cost of 1 action point ... 

Tristan Peters aka Trip is always late, and always presents himself looking like he's been dragged through a hedge backwards! In fact ... he's dressed completely in reverse too! In the game, Trip always fights last when in a room full of Orphans and Orderlies so you'll be able to cackle with wild abandon when you fling him into a room, loot it like crazy and chuckle as Orderlies appear in front of your "friends".

Let's take a quick look at some detail shall we?


Graham McNeill is a New York Times Best Selling author responsible for some of the most climactic novels in the Games Workshop Horus Heresy series of novels. Currently working for Riot Games, creators of League of Legends, Graham is poised to dive into The Hollow Earth and take on the story of the demise of Mrs Prendergast. 

Graham is writing the largest of the tales for this Anthology dealing with the demise of Mrs Prendergast and the breach into The Hollow Earth.

Gav Thorpe has a long history with the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, and has written many novels for the same. He is a New York Times best-selling author with his novella The Lion, and winner of the 2017 David Gemmell Legend Award for his novel Warbeast.

Gav is returning to the somewhat woeful tale of Bill, the head Orderly at the Home for Wayward Children. 

 Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a New York Times Best Selling author and has contributed to the Horus Heresy and Night Lords series of novels for Black Library. Described by Dan Abnett as 'heretically good' we know that Aaron will unleash and uncover more twisted tales inside the Home for Wayward Children.  

Sarah Cawkwell is one of the writers we just had to include. Her novel 'Valkia the Bloody' takes a character we should rightfully fear and gives the reader empathy into her murderous nature. 

Sarah is writing a characterful tale about Lance, the boy with a bucket on his head who firmly believes he's a knight of the round table.

Mark Latham is an author and games developer responsible for amazing Sherlock Holmes tales and his Steampunk-based 'Apollonian Case Files' series of novels. His games design expertise has taken him from The Batman Miniatures game all the way to the new Harry Potter game too!

Mark has opted to take on Locke, and is taking him deeper into The Awful Orphanage than any Orphan has dared to venture.

Ben Counter is responsible for one of the best Horus Heresy books (in our humble opinion) and is the creator of the Soul Drinkers chapter of Space Marines too! Ben is a perfect choice for this anthology as his dark writing style will uncover some horrendous happenings behind those iron gates!

Ben has sunk below The Orphanage in order to tell the tale of Burke, Hare and Snappers; their pet crocodile and their arrangement with the Gaunt & Sinister Man too.

By Vulkan's fiery mantle, Nick Kyme is an amazing author who breathed life (and possibly fire) into the Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines. Nick also contributed heavily to the Tales of Heresy anthology proving he knows his stuff when it comes to collecting stories together!

Nick has chosen Prof to be the focus of his adventure and promises to unlock secrets about the hidden pathways that only the Prof can see.

Michael J. Hollows is a writer for Black Library, with his debut short story Ashes of Grimnir being the first story to feature a female Duardin in the lead role. He has also been featured in Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies such as the story Endaris in Far Worlds, a tale of a industrial society coming to terms with first contact with a mysterious device, as well writing historical fiction for HarperCollins.

Michael is taking on the grim tale of The Gaunt & Sinister Man, and what happens when a family strikes a bargain with our favourite nefarious fellow.

David Guymer is a freelance writer and occasional scientist based in the East Riding, a place whose name alone conjures images of galloping lancers and rampaging hordes - although, to the region's great loss, the only orcs tend to be imaginary. When not writing, David can be found exorcising his disappointment at the gaming table and preparing for the ascension of the children of the Horned Rat.  

We're giving one lucky backer the chance to be published in Tales from the Hollow Earth and sit alongside luminary authors! To enter, just back the campaign at any book level and then submit your idea on our website ...

We will read every single entry and then choose one (or maybe even two) authors to work with us in expanding their idea and turning it into a fully fledged story where YOU will set the lore of the character in The Hollow Earth!

https://www.workhousegames.com/competition/

Shipping for your pledge is charged after the campaign ends, during our Pledge Management stage of the campaign. 

For the UK we estimate that a single book will cost around £3

For the everywhere else we estimate the cost will be around £5 untracked and £10 tracked. However we will be negotiating for a more preferred rate so consider this the worst case scenario! 

Risks and challenges

As we are a small company we feel that we have researched just what we are getting ourselves into extensively. We are working with renowned, well known authors who have hundreds of titles to their name and understand just what we are looking for.

We are also partnering with a UK publisher and printer and all items will be shipped direct from Workhouse Games HQ for your peace of mind.

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