Concerning the Season of the Witch...
26 days ago
– Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:43:35 AM
Hello again, my lovelies...
Are you looking forward to Halloween? We know we are. We do love to see the faces of the neighborhood children visiting our doorstep, dressed in their delightful costumes, asking for treats. And the look on their faces as they bite into a caramel-covered onion is something we treasure every year. Call us nostalgic, we won't deny your claim.
As we quickly continue toward All Hallows Eve, we wanted to acknowledge that all Backer and pre-order purchases have been shipped and should be en route if you have not received them already. In addition, Bedlam Hall is now available for purchase from both DrivethruRPG and Indie Press Revolution. For those of you who wish to purchase Gruel Truck, there are slight differences between the two outlets we wanted you to be aware:
DrivethruRPG will only be carrying the core book of Gruel Truck, which includes all rules and both Truck Cards for character sheets for photocopy.
Indie Press Revolution is carrying the "Supersized version", which also includes 4 paper hats and separate Truck cards.
Both are excellent purchases, and we recommend acquiring them according to your personal tastes in hatwear.
For those of you who also purchased the Terrible Tale of an Unsettling Tradition, the electronic copy is available in advance, for all backers through BackerKit as part of the Digital Downloads. On October 31, it will then become available through DrivethruRPG to all others.
Speaking of Digital Downloads, a few people have requested versions of the character Playbooks in a higher resolution. We are currently working on this, and will be providing this soon. However, the current versions of the character Playbooks are perfectly fine. But we will keep you up to date on its progress.
We are also delighted to inform you first that Bedlam Hall and all our fine Monkeyfun products will be available through Studio 2 Publishing. We are very excited and pleased to join the Studio 2 Family, because frankly our regular family doesn't care for us at all.
And finally, we wanted to share with you a contributed photograph sent to us from Mr. Bryce Whitacre of Fearlight Games, who has delightfully subjected his gaming group to the Bedlam Hall experience. Quite a lovely table, don't you think?
We hope your Halloween is absolutely delightful, and do enjoy the candy. Don't we all deserve a little sweetness in our lives? Do be safe however. We're not 100% certain all of those Halloween decorations on the lawn are strictly for decoration...
~Your friends at Monkeyfun
Concerning Blood Red Letter Days...
about 1 month ago
– Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 09:31:00 PM
Hello hello, my lovelies...
We wish you a happiest Autumnal season, with the most delightful of holidays of the year to begin. It's like a Christmas in reverse, it would seem. So many of you, snuggled in your beds, praying that no unwanted packages arrive at your door as a horrible surprise. But unlike a visit from good Saint Nick, we do not discriminate on whether you've been bad or good this year. Everyone is equally punished with the same reward. Almost as if you all are on the Naughty List this year. Who would guess?
With an extremely slight number of exceptions, all books have been mailed out and are making their way to you as we speak. If you have not received your book yet, fret not. Our terrible powers are unfortunately nothing compared to the Dark Elder Gods of the U.S. Postal Service. However, if you do not receive your package in the next couple of weeks, we will make the appropriate offerings to The Great Mailed One and address appropriately.
For all those unfortunate souls who have missed out on both the Kickstarter campaign and the pre-order option, both Bedlam Hall and Gruel Truck will be available on DrivethruRPG and Indie Press Revolution this Friday, October 13th. How coincidental, that. However, for all of you lucky devils that have made proper precautions, you will be able to download the first Terrible Tale through the Downloads section of your Backerkit account. Friday the 13th brings terrible things to us all.
Speaking of Downloads, we want to remind you that Bedlam Hall character sheets/Playbooks are also available within the Download section. We wouldn't want you to think you had to write anything down by hand, of course. Not in this day of electronic wonder. Nay nay.
Once you have received your parcels, feel free to send us photographic evidence it has arrived. We will happily share the best presentations we receive, not unlike this lovely image taken by our dear friend Violet who shared her copy with her friend Alice and her cat -
It does cut quite the jib, does it not? We look forward to seeing yours, now that we've shown you ours. Did that sound untoward? We never know.
~Your friends at Monkeyfun
Considering Indecipherable Correspondence
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 01:02:41 AM
Hello again, my lovelies...
As we continue to diligently work on sending out as many parcels as we can, we thought we would take a moment to respond to a smattering of your questions and comments regarding our current status and shipping.
Messr. Steven White writes,
"I probably missed something, but my package arrived today without the hard copy of Bedlam Hall. Is this being shipped separately later?"
That is correct, dear Steven. For those of you who are abroad in Canada, Europe and elsewhere outside of the States, you will be receiving two packages in the post - one from us that will contain your Gruel Truck parcel and additional physical items, and the physical Bedlam Hall book directly from DrivethruRPG (if that is what your backer level entails). Have no fear, my friends. We will make certain you will get what's coming to you.
The Reverend Hoddypeak from the Buena Yurba area writes us regarding the Gruel Truck text indicating,
"You know. No one else is going to say it so I feel that I should step forward and speak for someone who cannot speak for himself.
Hothgar the Unpleasant's Yelp reviews were terribly unfair."
We tend to agree, gentle parson. Hothgar the Unpleasant is a terrible victim of both circumstance and unfortunate parentage, although we're told his parents, Mr. and Mrs. The Unpleasant are fine, upstanding individuals. We will do what we can to correct this terrible slander in his name.
Lady Stokesberry wrote us regarding our timetables -
"Do you guys have a plan of when mom expedited shipping will start?"
Excellent question, Lady Stokesberry! We believe motherhood is the necessity of invention, of course. Although we tend to believe you meant when more expedited shipping will begin. However, we have decided to err on the side of caution and wrapped the Lady Dowager in brown paper and twine, taping her mouth and hands securely so no nosy postal workers would dare question the bundle's contents. For other shipping, we have completed all expedited backers, and are now making our rounds through normally shipped packages and solitary book orders. We are targeting a completion date of all shipments by the first week of October, provided Mama does not free herself again. She is quite spry for her age.
Well, enough of our pleasantries, we need to get back to our mailings here at the Hall. We do hope you have a pleasant remainder of the month.
~Your friends at Monkeyfun
Concerning Natural Catastrophes and the Escape of Unnatural Terrors
2 months ago
– Sat, Sep 16, 2017 at 07:51:30 PM
Hello once again, my lovelies...
Oh my, have we been tardy in our correspondence? Our sincerest apologies for such unconscionable behavior. We would never want you to think you weren't in our thoughts at all times. For you are. Always. Yes, always. Not like those others, they don't care about you like we do.
Of course we, like so many others, have been preoccupied with overcoming terrible events that have been plaguing our friends and loved ones, a blightful scourge that has been ripping families apart, threatening lives and homes and making us question the existence of a loving and merciful existence beyond our own.
We are, of course, speaking about GenCon. And so many of you came over to us during the event to say hello, shake our hands and try to convince us not to release Bedlam Hall for the good of a tired and weary world. We truly sympathize with your tearful requests and wish we could accommodate. But we can't. It's too late - we have already begun shipping to our Expedited Backers and have begun to slowly carve upon the rest of you. (In a manner of speaking, of course).
It's terrible, we know. The dread and suspense of wondering when these... things will be appearing at your doorstep, knowing there is no way to forestall the inevitability of its arrival. We assure you with loving and tender hearts, there is nothing you can do. It's coming. For all of you.
~Your friends at Monkeyfun
Concerning the Madness of Seeking Perfection
3 months ago
– Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 09:48:15 PM
Hello again, my lovelies,
It has been said that perfection is not a gift, but rather a temptation. To those who consider themselves artisans, craftsmen or creators of any sort, they know what it means to be plagued with the nagging tooth of what could be, what could be possible, if only we did not inhabit such mortal shells plagued with frailties and limitations.
So we continue the refinement of our efforts, pursue improvement to our meager skills in order to barely approach that which has driven some of us to madness. Our best never being quite good enough, driving us further with an unhealthy obsession. Other infringements upon our time and attention, such as our friends and loved ones, even our health, these things rarely matter in our pursuit of achieving that which has not existed before - a perfect demonstration of our craft, that can never be replicated once it has been obtained.
I am hesitant to say that we ourselves are not above such attentions and obsessive behavior. You should see our sock drawer, really. We have begun matching mates by thickness - it's the only thing that truly matters. But we have also applied these compulsions to Bedlam Hall, which we feel you deserve. As such, we have made revisions to the electronic text that have been graciously suggested by many of you (a special word of thanks to Mr. Richard Forster), and have made this new electronic version available through BackerKit. These changes have also been applied to our physical copy that has been submitted to DrivethruRPG, and we are expecting a new proof to review in the mail.
In the meantime, we have also provided Character Sheet templates also through Backerkit, which is now available for download as well. Now you have the option of running your friends through quick jaunts to Bedlam Hall as we continue our determined pursuit of providing you the finest publication possible.
Once our sock drawer is re-organized.
~Your Friends at Monkeyfun