USAGI YOJIMBO, 2nd edition – Tabletop Role-Play Now Taking Pledges

Now in Kickstarter: Stan Sakai’s award-winning comic series tells the story of  Miyamoto Usagi, a swordsrabbit with the heart of a hero, as he wanders a fantastic version of 17th-century Japan.  Now, Sakai’s Japan and its cast of anthropomorphic characters come to life in stories you write yourself. Explore immense castles and humble villages; meet bounty-hunters and crime bosses; battle ninja spies and scheming lords; and encounter monsters from beyond the natural world.

  • Complete game in one volume: This latest edition of Usagi has been updated and revised with material from over thirty years of award-winning Usagi comics.
  • Character creation: Take on the role of a fearless samurai, a crafty ninja, a wise priest, or other adventurer in fantasy Japan.
  • Rich story: Immerse yourself in a richly-detailed world with valiant Usagi, sly Kitsune, gruff Gennosuke, clever Ishida, and other heroes from the comics.
  • Thrilling Adventure: Face the challenges of Usagi’s world: violent bandits and criminal overlords; corrupt lords and dreadful schemers; maleficent sorcerers and foul demons; and more!
  • New edition, Powered by the Apocalypse: easy to learn, but full of complex choices. A roll of the dice makes the difference between safe & sure… or bold & dangerous!
  • Work together: A unique system of story, support, and setback points helps you and your fellow players pool your resources, bolster each other, and face your challenges as a group.

To play this game, you will need two six-sided dice, counters, and a sense of adventure. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Pledge now for unique rewards:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sanguine/usagi-yojimbo-tabletop-role-playing-game-second-edition

Posted by Imperator • 16-Aug-2019 10:17 am

Anthrocon 2019: Here Be Monsters

Thanks to everyone who made Anthrocon 2019 into a monstrous success! This year saw the debut of IRONCLAW’s Book of Monsters by Tempe O’Kun, Ursula Vernon, and the proverbial more.

Anthrocon 2019: Sanguine Table

L-R: Norman Rafferty, Tempe O’Kun

We had such overwhelming response this year that we sold out of almost all our titles! But don’t despair, you can order all of our books, including the new Book of Monsters, from many fine retailers such as DriveThruRPG.

Posted by Imperator • 9-Jul-2019 1:44 am

IRONCLAW 20th Anniversary Celebration at BundleOfHolding.com

For the high has to come from the low, as volcanoes burst through the snow… in 1999, IRONCLAW: Anthropomorphic Fantasy Role-Play debuted at Origins Game Fair Expo, DragonCon, and a few other places. Sanguine Games’ flagship product came into this world, with teeth bared and steel drawn. Magic, gunpowder, nobles, priestesses, monsters, heroes, and more, all in the debut. Ironclaw wasn’t just about playing a character, it was about playing your character, where you made the hero you wanted to see in the world.  A leader in its field, Ironclaw would later receive a GenCon Award in recognition of its outreach to new and to under-represented gamers.

Two decades on, and Ironclaw remains a leader in gaming. Squaring the Circle: 2nd edition added more options, more setting, and more stories, while streamlining play to make these things happen at a modern pace. (It’s both smaller and bigger at the same time, how does that work?)  There may be games that are like it, but there is no game that is Ironclaw.

Now you can experience the history for yourself. Sanguine Game has partnered with Bundle of Holding to offer a full retrospective of the Ironclaw gaming line.  Any pledge to receive all the books of the Ironclaw 1st edition, which ran from 1999 to 2005. Pledge more, and you can receive the complete 2nd edition, including the core Omnibus edition that has all you need to play.

This Bundle of Holding package is only for a limited time, so don’t miss out. These twentieth anniversaries don’t come every year! And thank you for your support over these few decades. It’s people like you that keep independent publishers like us alive, long enough to buy beer and to rent a car.

Tap here for the Ironclaw 20th Anniversary Celebration on BundleOfHolding.com .

Posted by Imperator • 18-Feb-2019 2:02 pm

Midwest Furfest 2018: Never Let Capitalization and Spacing Hold You Back

Our table at Midwest Furfest 2018, with Norman Rafferty and his “burner phone” for making the good deals

Post-Midwest Furfest Sales-a-bration!

Thanks to your support, and to our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, we’ve had record sales this year. Come celebrate with us with all our DriveThruRPG digital titles marked down for a limited time!

DIY: Resources for the Self-Publisher

At our panel, we had a lot to talk about, and people had a lot of good questions. Here’s links to the materials we presented and some of the stuff that just didn’t fit in the time allotted.

Our Slide Show Presentation:

“DIY 101: How to Self Publish” From left: Madison Keller, Jess E. Owen, Norman Rafferty

Tap here to see lots of slides detailing the finer points, including some we didn’t have time for. Whether you’re making a book, a game, a novel, or a program, the same fundamentals apply to all. This slide-show is frequently updated as we learn new things, along with you.

Budget Worksheet:
To better assist you in your budgeting, we’ve uploaded a spreadsheet to address the questions you had from the panel. Tap here to view our worksheet on Google Drive. Edit the values in the yellow cells until you get a project with a goal that you can meet.

Sample Work-for-Hire Contract:
We’ve also added a sample work-for-hire contract, that you can use with your outsourced talent. Note: we’re not attorneys. Tap here to view this contract on Google Drive. We use the basics of this contract when we work with our talent. Specific, written agreements are always better than some vague words, to make sure that everyone’s getting fair treatment. There’s lots of commentary in this file on what we would change, and for what.

Other Useful Links:
Video of Anthrocon 2018’s self-publishing panel, with MCA Hogarth and Norman Rafferty (Youtube)
How to write a press release (Gamasutra)
A Primer on Intellectual Property (BoozyBarrister)
The E-Myth Templates, to help with various business concerns
MCA Hogarth’s Non-Fiction Books about the self-publishing experience

Do you have more questions? Write to us at support@sanguinegames.com!

Posted by Imperator • 3-Dec-2018 12:11 pm

BOOKS OF MONSTERS AND LEGENDS taking pledges now

It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s finally happening. We’ve assembled a dream team of your old favorites and some new voices for the most strange and fantastic Ironclaw yet!  From stories about characters in Calabria and voyages thither, to new menaces lurking in the dark corners of undiscovered country.

Learn more about the Monsters and Legend project by tapping this link. Pledge now for unique rewards!

Posted by Imperator • 8-Sep-2018 5:11 am

Anthrocon 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA: You can’t spell “Pierogi” without R, P, and G

Anthrocon was a huge success this year! Thanks to everyone who came by to see our panels on how to self-publish (hosted by M.C.A. Hogarth and Norman Rafferty). The landscape is always changing and there were lots of good questions. Also a big thanks to everyone who showed up at our gaming demonstrations. And to the staff who ran everything. And everyone else. Really, a great show.

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Posted by Imperator • 10-Jul-2018 12:24 pm

Origins Game Fair and Expo – Where the Lines are Short and the Skies are Blue

Thanks to everyone who came by to see us at the Origins Game Fair! Once again, our “How to Self-Publish” panel was a great success. Lots of interesting questions, and we always have new stuff to learn. Here’s some materials from our presentation, always being updated as we learn new things.

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Posted by Imperator • 16-Jun-2018 11:44 pm