The gates have opened ...
I know I say this a lot ... but ... wow! Everybody's positive comments, photo's, gameplay videos, timelapse videos, rules questions etc have made me smile countless times over these... Read more
Man alive, when we first started The Awful Orphanage (3 or so years ago now), we never knew what we were getting ourselves into! It's been a real learning... Read more
On the road ...
Rather than post a couple of comments, we thought it might be easier to publish a quick update as to what's happening with your goodies! As we've said countless times... Read more
It's an update ... what could it be?
Hello everyone, I hope you're all well!
This week we've been hard at work getting all of the information we could on the boats so that we could give you... Read more
While we're waiting for our Orphans to land ...
Whilst the campaign for Tales from the Hollow Earth is running, and we're waiting for our plucky Orphans to arrive on shore we thought you'd like to take a look... Read more
Tales From the Hollow Earth is now live!
We are now live with Tales from the Hollow Earth ...
As a shipping update for The Awful Orphanage, we are now awaiting our bills which will let... Read more
Shipping Update - We're on the Boats!
You might have seen this image floating around our Twitter page ...
The games are in the cargo container, on the boat ... RIGHT NOW! Sooooooon!
This is such a... Read more
Production Update #6 - We're gonna need a bigger boat ...
Well, not really ... but take a look at this beautiful photo!
Seven Pallets of the core game (and more of all the additional stuff too) ready to go! We're... Read more
It's nearly the end of 2018 ... blimey!
Well ... 2018 is drawing to a close and what a year it's been! You beautiful people funded a game and world that we have been working on for way... Read more
Production Update #5 - It's a wrap!
That's it ... production is done! Wrapped! Finito!
It took a little longer than we hoped, primarily because we opted to invest heavily in the design of the board and... Read more
It was the night before Christmas (almost) ...
We've loved the idea of alt miniatures for as long as we can remember. Back when we were devising the timeline of The Awful Orphanage in terms of... Read more
Production Update #4 & Workhouse Grows
Hello everyone, Paul here ... hope you're all in fine fettle!
This week we have been focusing on the board, and as I type this i'm sat by the window... Read more
Production Update #3 and What Happens Next
Production is continuing at a rapid pace, we're now onto the binding of the boards and the assembly of each product (read that as putting things into boxes and then... Read more
Production Update #2
Hello everyone, we hope you're all well and in fine fettle ... we've held off a little longer this time around for an update as we wanted to give you... Read more
Production Update #1
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As you can see from the rather snazzy video above ... production is well underway and is going rather well (touch all the kinds of wood!). We're... Read more
The Awful Orphanage is Now in Production!
Yes, you read that right ... on Wednesday the 17th October at 11am we virtually pressed the button(s) to begin full production of The Awful Orphanage.
This morning at... Read more
We want your opinion ... let us know what you think!
Over the past few weeks we've been receiving a lot more enquiries asking about a full novel for The Awful Orphanage. Whilst we're not quite ready to do this yet... Read more
Download Gav Thorpe's 'A Sinister Beginning' eBook absolutely free!
It took a couple of extra days to finish this one off as we really wanted to include some beautiful illustrations ... and I have to say, the final... Read more
Listen to 'A Sinister Beginning' right now!
Whilst we wait for the illustrations that Simon is busy working on for the free PDF / ePub we're creating for A Sinister Beginning ... we've gone ahead and uploaded... Read more
Preview of A Sinister Beginning
We couldn't wait to show this off ... it's just too good! Here is the front cover of the story written by Gav Thorpe!
We knew it would be... Read more
Something ... is ... coming
As you all know we're now back from our trip to Shanghai and are awaiting the final changes we made to the board design. We hope you love the new... Read more
The BOARD Meeting
So we're back from Shanghai ... and we didn't want it to be too long until we posted an update. So watch this, we make no apologies!
And if... Read more
The Tale of Sir Lancelot
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Elizabeth Dean was hanged outside Newgate Prison in 1863 for the murder of infants. When the floor of the gallows dropped & the rope went taught, a... Read more
An Update ... Full of Updates
Well ... well ... well ... This week has been banana's so far and we're only halfway through as of writing this. Here's what's happening ...
See that image above,... Read more
The Woeful Tale of Alistair Beauregard
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Mary Taylor sat in the Attic Bedroom looking out of the barred window, it had been hours and the new inmate child they'd nicknamed Genius was still... Read more
The Pact ... available now, but not for long!
We love you ... every, single, one of you! Thank you for backing our project and putting your faith in our world, our game and its characters. At the moment... Read more
Submit your Lore Questions
As a little insight into the happenings here at Workhouse HQ, we're also hard at work on our second game which will explore what happens after The Breach and what... Read more
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An odd noise crept into Crow’s ear. She opened her eye, wincing, suspecting it to be the sniffing or scratching of a rat or dog. She saw... Read more
Weasel & Genius Boxed Set ... now available!
When we sat down and created the Orphans for The Awful Orphanage, we wanted to create a well rounded set of characters that people would really get behind. Two of... Read more
2 Minutes, 12 Seconds
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"2 minutes and 12 seconds." Mary muttered to herself as she caught her breath. "Not as good as last time, but there's still room for improvement".
She'd... Read more
Are you BOARD of all these updates?
All of these pun headings are becoming hard work you know ... just like the hard work Simon has been putting in to finish off the board and surrounding frame.... Read more
Hey everybody - Tim here. It’s baking everywhere & pretty much everyone – Paul & family for example - has gone on holiday. So I've got to entertain you all... Read more
Roll up ... Roll up ... Read all about it!
We hope you agree that Simon has outdone himself this time! Let's see how many clues we can find!
It's all in the Cards ... again!
Sunday has rolled around again and we wanted to showcase some of the game elements we've been toiling away on ... we think you're going to like 'em!
The "Bum... Read more
The Breach approaches ...
It had felt like she'd been climbing through these caverns for hours now when in reality she'd only set out from her hidden room a few minutes ago. Her legs... Read more
Production ... let's get this thing moving!
One of the most difficult things when it comes to any form of manufacturing is working with companies and factories on the other side of the world.
Waiting for weeks... Read more
Seek and you shall find ...
Thank you for all of the support this week, we're delighted to say that the Pledge Manager is now open until the 1st of July but then we really must... Read more
The Time is Drawing Near ...
The Porridge Manager will close on the 21st June at Midday GMT
There is a little time left to complete your Pledge, pay for shipping and buy any additional miniatures... Read more
The Pocket Watch and the Flower
We hope you're all having a lovely weekend, we're hard at work here at Workhouse HQ making sure everything is ready so we can hit the ground running when the... Read more
Quick Update on a Fan Project :)
We've been constantly amazed by the stuff that people have been emailing us. Your creations set in the world of the Hollow Earth are utterly amazing but there is one... Read more
It's all in the cards ...
It's been a little while since we had a look at some of the cards you'll be rifling through during your games of the Awful Orphanage and we've got some... Read more
A Happy Little Accident?
You may remember that during our campaign we ran a design your own Orphan competition where we'd sculpt the winner and send the miniature to the creator!
Well, the sculpting... Read more
Curioser & Curioser
"Poor little Timmy Turner. Missing for days now and his poor mother is worried sick" muttered Barrowclough to himself as he sat and watched his prey. He'd seen the papers... Read more
It's time to Locke and ... Lance?
For those that might not know ... the Porridge Manager opens up this Wednesday ready for all you Orphans to whip through there and pilfer all the loot we have... Read more
Windows & Porridge!
Just a quick little update to let everyone know that the window for updating your payment details on Kickstarter if you've received a notification about it and still want your... Read more
Winner ... Winner ... No Chicken Dinner!
In total we had a whopping 171 entries for the 'Create an Orphan' competition, and in hindsight we definitely bit off more than we could chew hoping to go through... Read more
A Light Amongst the Darkness
The flickering flame danced along the wooden floors as Flo continued her exploration. Yesterday she was sure that the Sack Sewing Room was this way, but today she felt... Read more
Henry Cooper, an Orphan's Tale
Before we begin this woeful tale, we have just under a week to go until we hit the cut off date for the Kickstarter payments. If you want to secure... Read more
All Aboard the Dining Hall Express ... We're now calling into Kickstarter Central
We're absolutely over the moon with this sculpt and the level of detail is beyond superb! Brunel is obviously modelled after famed British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel who... Read more
A Sneaky Peek (Choo Choo!)
Good morning Orphans,
After taking a few days off to recover from the Kickstarter Comedown™ we're back, hard at work and moving everything forward. At the moment it's all about... Read more
The Porridge Manager
Whilst we're recovering over the next few days from what a great time we had during the campaign we wanted to let you know what's happening ...
Right now,Late... Read more
Thank you all!
Wow, we can not believe it ... thank you so much! This has been a hell of a ride and we're completely and utterly in your debt! Thank you for... Read more
It's the Final Countdown for The Awful Orphanage
It seems strange to think that it's already been 30 days since we pressed the button!
We were both talking about this yesterday and prior to launching it really felt... Read more
All Aboard the Dining Hall Express ... Brunel is unlocked!
Not only have we recently unlocked Flo, but we have also unlocked Brunel who is a premium add-on and will be available for purchase during the Pledge Management phase of... Read more
The Scarab Medallion
Young William Roberts hated boats, the rocky sway of the ocean turned his stomach within seconds. It felt like they had hit nothing but stormy seas since they left the... Read more
The Orphan's Toolkit
A week or so ago, one of our fantastic backers suggested that they would like to have the option of purchasing coloured base caps in order to keep track of... Read more
The Gruesome Two-some
The candle holder made a suitably satisfying noise as Mrs Watson plunged it into her own chest. The white milky residue of the candle was glossed in crimson red as... Read more
Olyver has been rescued!
Olyver is safe & sound, and now included in every copy of the core game!
Last night, Olyver escaped from the clutches of the Gaunt & Sinister Man and ran... Read more
Verity takes the Spotlight
Verity Valentine Deville was born in the Parish of St Mary, Rotherhithe, London in 1857. Her father, Valentine Henri Deville, was a sailor of French descent. Mary, her mother, worked... Read more
Live Chat, Lore, Rules and The Second Game
We received a ton of questions this time around, hopefully I didn't spill the beans too much ... what ... I did? Damn it!
The Awful-est Journey
It's strange to think that we first began developing The Awful Orphanage almost two years ago!
The Gaunt and Sinister Man wasn't as we know him now. The first concept... Read more
Let's take a peek inside the Rooms
The Rooms within Miss Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children are an important part of every game.
Its these rooms where you'll find loot, weapons, horrors and the all important Talismans!... Read more
The Second Edition of the Rulebook
First off, thank you all so much for continuing to support us and our little game! We're beyond amazed and deliriously happy with what we have achieved with your help!... Read more
Looting & Getting Stuff
Every Orphan knows that in order to find one of the magic talismans you need to loot rooms!
When you do you'll uncover some useful items and some not-so-useful ones!... Read more
The Orphanage Awakes ... Bill
“…I’m telling you, the noises you hear from the place sometimes at night. Whatever’s going on, it ain’t right, someone should do something about it, make a stink…”
The... Read more
It's time to talk about Rollo's secret
Rollo is a kind individual, one that exists purely to help others ... or so it would seem!
Since his arrival at The Home for Wayward Children, Rollo has exterted... Read more
The History of The Gaunt & Sinister Man
From the Journal of Cecily Amherst, December 1872
The evidence collected from the former site of The Home for Wayward Children and the subsequent breach into what we now... Read more
Retailers Pledge Now Available
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We're delighted to announce that The Awful Orphanage Retailers Pledge is now available. We have received numerous e-mails from various stores around the world asking about the... Read more
The Creepy Clown Kid gets closer ...
With our first Stretch Goal down we're now onto the arrival of The Creepy Clown Kid!
There are some Orphans who still hear the echoes of laughter from the corridors... Read more
Thursday Game Night with Gav Thorpe!
This Thursday (5th April) at 8:30pm GMT / UTC we'll be sitting down for a large game of The Awful Orphanage with none other than New York Times best-selling... Read more
Create Your Own Orphan Competition!
It really has been a rollercoaster ride of excitement running this campaign, and so far we've received so many ideas for Orphans, characters and expansions that we thought it would... Read more
The Orphanage Awakes ... in a Slightly Better Mood!
Good news everyone!
(I bet you read that in Professor Farnsworths voice!). We got some delightful news to share with you all ... Over the past few hours we've received... Read more
The Orphanage Awakes
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The Expansion you've all been e-mailing, messaging and asking for ... The Orphanage Awakes!
The Orphanage Awakes allows players to take control of Miss Prendergast and her... Read more
Paul & Tim play the Awful-est Orphanage
Paul and Tim sit down and play The Awful-est version of The Awful Orphanage ... tricks abound!
And sssshhhh ... but I think we let out a secret... Read more
Funded, Stretch Goals & Creepy Noises
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Thank you so much! Last night around 11pm (ish) we crossed the threshold and The Awful Orphanage became fully funded! We're beyond amazed at the reception we've... Read more
Look who's on the Painting Table today!
In preparation for our game tomorrow live on our Kickstarter page, we're painting up Alyce. The detail on these mini's absolutely lovely ... We can't wait to see what... Read more
The final stretch goal ...
Good morning Orphans, we hope this morning hasn't been too comfortable. We wouldn't want you to think the Home for Wayward Children was a spa break!
Anyhoo, we've received a... Read more
The Alyce Update (aka Neill is going to kill us!)
So today has been curious ... geddit!?
We've been in discussions all day regarding Alyce, and are really happy to tell you that we're going to be including Alyce in... Read more
The Rulebook (well, a draft version!)
Here we go! The first draft of the rulebook is now available to download here!
We are actively seeking suggestions to improve the rules, make things clearer and also your... Read more
Co-op & Solo Play included as standard!
With yesterdays roller coaster out of the way, we'd like to tell you about something else we've been working on ... Co-Op and Solo Play straight from the box!
In... Read more
Shipping Times Updated ... Now Jan/Feb 19
You've asked and we've worked our little bee-hinds off today to get the best (and still pessemistic) estimate of our shipping times for The Awful Orphanage!
After hours of phone... Read more
First Question & Answers
First of all, before we dive into answering the most common questions we've been asked we'd like to say THANK YOU. The response has been amazing, and we're so excited... Read more