Bedlam Hall is a macabre role-playing game set in the Victorian age, where the players become the hapless servant staff of the Blackwood Family, tasked with maintaining a semblance of order within the House while vying for prestige and privilege among their fellow staff members.
Each character strives to learn each other's Secrets while protecting their own, as the Blackwoods' unique peculiarities complicate the players' goals and daily routine. Solving the dark and horrible mysteries is less important, when compared to just surviving them for another day without losing one's sanity or position.
Powered by the Apocalypse
Bedlam Hall uses the Apocalypse World engine created by D. Vincent Baker, with a few dreadful modifications. The basic mechanics consist of rolling two six sided dice, adding any modifiers and then narrating the success or failure. Both end poorly, to be honest. One will only prolong the inevitable. Perhaps you should be playing something like whist. No one has died from whist.
In the event of reaching our initial goal, we will be providing you with subsequent stretch goals that will continue to pull you deeper into the lurking dread of Bedlam Hall. Things will just start appearing to you, things you didn't initially expect. And it will just...keep...coming...
There are terrible tales that occur within the household, and with the achievement of reaching $7,500 everyone at the $15 pledge level and greater will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the first Terrible Tale game adventure for the system. God help you.
The visions will only trouble you further at this point. The achievement of reaching $10,000 shall add greater and more unsettling artwork to what you will receive. No good can come of this, the eyes! The eyes see too much!
Things continue to worsen in the household. With the achievement of reaching $13,000 everyone at the $15 pledge level and greater will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the second Terrible Tale game adventure for Bedlam Hall. Perhaps these stories are merely rumors, who can say. But those scratches on the door, nothing normal could make... well best not to speak of it.
At $16,000, we will provide the (Not Cursed At All) Bedlam Hall challenge coin to those at the $40 pledge level and up. This limited edition keepsake is the first of its kind from Monkeyfun Studios, not unlike the time Uncle Fenimore came back with that inappropriate tattoo on his face from the West Indies.
Frankly this is embarrassing. We don't know why the creator of our games feels the need to create such things, we try to coax him back to more worthwhile pursuits. However, we were forced to accommodate his wishes and offer a copy of this mini-RPG about running a food truck in a swords and sorcery setting to all $15 pledge backers and above, should we reach the $20,000 mark. This almost makes us wish we aren't this successful, because it will only encourage him.
We are Monkeyfun Studios, creators of the 1970's action RPG, Spirit of 77. Our last Kickstarter not only funded well above its initial ask, but all products shipped within the month we had initially promised them. And now the voices demands we release this. We must obey. Wemust.
"David Kizzia" is of course the writing pseudonym of Mrs. Agatha Lountry of Coventry (1855-1920). Mrs. Lountry had written approximately fourteen novellas, including the Bedlam Hall game during her incarceration at the Ashbrooke Asylum for her murderous acts. We are glad to provide this material as part of her memorial.
With the conclusion of our Kickstarter campaign, we will be providing additional copies for acquisition through the remarkable efforts of Professor BackerKit and his incredible crowdfunding device.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Concerning Surveys and One Too Many Terrible Tales
12 days ago
– Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:07:03 PM
Hello my lovelies -
We are proud to announce that Professor Backerkit’s illustrious crowdfunding device has begun to do its work, with a minimum of serious injury to those surrounding it. As such, backer surveys are currently on their way via electronic post to all, with the intention of gathering personal and intrusive information about you that will be in no way used against you at a later time. Hooray for science!
Many of you have already filled out the pertinent details, for which we thank you with knowing grins and a subtle head nod. However if you have not seen your backer survey in your inbox, we recommend checking your bulk mail folder just to be certain. It may have fallen amongst your missives about vitality supplements and requests from Nigerian princes. However, if you still have not received it, we will be sending out a second round of the surveys later this month to those who have not received it.
As another item regarding the good professor’s crowdfunding device, we noted a trend where people have accidentally pre-ordered additional electronic copies of the Terrible Tales in addition to what their backer level already entails. Never fear, we are reviewing our orders to make sure you get exactly what you deserve. Does that sound ominous? We didn’t mean it as such. Probably.
However, we have yet to close the surveys so you are still free to make changes within Backerkit if needed.
In addition to this probing and highly intimate questioning, we have also utilized the good professor’s additional storefront transmogrifier to enable pre-orders for those of you wish to expand upon your previous orders. This is also open to those who unfortunately missed out on our initial campaign and want to atone for their shameful tardiness through the use of cash and credit. Our love and forgiveness can be purchased at very reasonable rates so act now. - Visit the Pre-Order Store.
As always, we thank you all for your support and wish you nothing but delight.
Concerning Electrical Burns and Fulfillment Surveys
26 days ago
– Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 09:16:37 PM
Dear Friends -
Once again, we thank you for sharing the terrible burden of Bedlam Hall with us, it is so comforting to know we won't be shouldering the blame alone.
We have spoken with Professor Backerkit regarding the execution of his crowdfunding device and he has recommended a few precautions to be considered prior to turning on power to the contraption. Although we will be bearing the brunt of possible electrocution and other maladies, there are certain items you should be aware of in regards to the process:
Those rapscallions at Kickstarter will first need to transfer over the funds, in order to produce these terrible items (this can take up to a fortnight, or two weeks for those of you that don't believe in "fortnights").
Second, there are certain questions that will need to be addressed, including where your items should be shipped. Professor Backerkit's device will send an electronic survey to collect this information, which we assure you will not be used against you whatsoever. Rest assured, we will give you proper warning before it is sent, in careful respect of those you who are easily startled by too many personal questions. You will not need to create a Backerkit account to answer your survey, mind you. The invitation email will contain a link to your personal survey.
It is important to submit your responses as quickly as humanly (or inhumanly) possible in order to process your rewards.
If you need to change your survey responses, add or remove add-ons, or update your shipping information, you can click on the link in your survey email again or request your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our Backerkit project page. (This page will only start working after we send the surveys out.)
For those of youwho question whether the smoke and heavy fumes generated by the good professor's contraption is safe for your delicate condition, you can also message us to provide the information, but answering your survey will help us get your rewards to you more expeditiously.
If you used Facebook to log into your Kickstarter account, the Backerkit survey link will be sent to the email you used for that account. Feel free to verify the e-mail address, among your interesting cat photographs and shouted opinions about political events next time you visit there.
If you have another email address that you'd prefer to use however, please message us. We're more than happy to make this as painless a process as possible, however once you have received the items... we're no longer responsible for the pain or sadness they may inflict. One must draw the line somewhere.
Again, thank you for never speaking about where we hid the... our apologies, wrong correspondence. Thank you again for your support.
~The Monkeyfun Gang
Considering The Inevitable Finality of All Things
about 1 month ago
– Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:09:04 PM
It’s quite the sobering thought, knowing the specific timing of one’s end. We like to think we go on forever, invulnerable to the passage of time while the moments slowly have their way with us. They drag us down, slow our step, weaken our constitutions, until finally we are merely a husk of what we once were, our high hopes slowly withering into painful regrets of what could have been, opportunities hopelessly squandered. And then, that horrid, dreadful moment we realize things have come to their unavoidable conclusion with no other options available.
Dear friends, that time is upon us.
For you poor souls who have contributed, you will be receiving an email via BackerKit that will instruct you on how to finalize your pledge information, select your add-ons, collect your mailing address (if necessary) tell us the name you want printed in the book's credits, and any other pledge level specific information. You'll also have the option to upgrade or add items to your pledge.
For those who might wallow in disappointment due to missing our Kickstarter campaign, be comforted. Just a bit. The books will be available for preorder through BackerKit. Once our dreadful artwork has been completed and horrendous text reviewed for proper use of the Queen’s English, we'll be preparing items for printing as soon as possible. Once a final approval for print version is completed, we'll make the electronic PDF’s available to backers.
We thank you sincerely for making Bedlam Hall a success. If you have any questions, feedback or comments please feel free to post them here on the Kickstarter project page, Facebook, Twitter, or on our website. You managed to show us there is indeed happiness and good hearts out there in a cold, dismal existence.
Considering Horrible Bloody Endings
about 1 month ago
– Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 08:19:38 PM
The Ides of March is permanently carved into our collective consciousness, whether it stems from a scholarly interest in the history of ancient civilizations or a knowledge of humanities and the more colorful plot developments from William Shakespeare. But regardless of the source, we should always remember that March 15th is attributed to a moment in time where people came together in unison, bonded by a common purpose and forming a community of peers with one goal in mind.
Admittedly, that goal was stabbing someone to death. But let’s focus on the positive.
As we wind down toward the inevitable conclusion of our Kickstarter campaign (not unlike a grandfather clock riddled with gunfire), we are delighted to have reached our final Stretch Goal of the GRUEL TRUCK! mini-RPG being available to the appropriate backer levels. For those of you who selected the Continually Disturbing reward and above, this will mean you shall receive both a physical copy of the game as well as actual GRUEL TRUCK! paper hats. We believe tabletop games need more hats. And stabbings. But again, let's focus on the positive.
For those of you who have only selected the Physically Depressing reward, you will be receiving an electronic version of GRUEL TRUCK! (in addition to the electronic stretch goals, and the physical copy of Bedlam Hall). However, you still have a sliver of opportunity to increase your pledge to the Continually Depressing Reward and receive the physical copy of GRUEL TRUCK! and accompanying paper hats (along with the Not Cursed at All Challenge Coin).
Remember, time is quickly running out and we will be closing our campaign tomorrow morning once the rays of a warming sun part the dark clouds and murky morning air. However, once we have concluded the campaign, we will indeed have additional add-ons available for purchase through the wonders of Professor Backerkit's incredible crowdfunding device. Frankly we aren't sure how it works either. We suspect witchery.
So let us await the morrow and come together with a sense of accomplishment, one that does not involve stabbings. Yet.
Concerning Questionable Curses and Food Prepared By Barbarians
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Mar 08, 2017 at 10:19:41 PM
Oh thank heavens. Our curse has been lifted.
Well not the curse, mind you. Just our participation in it. Now that we’ve reached the $16K goal, we are relieved to distribute the (Not Cursed At All) Challenge Coin to all of you who backed on the Continually Disturbing level ($40) and beyond. But you’ll be fine, trust us. There is no evidence that anyone has perished due to these Challenge Coins, mostly because they were never seen again. But we do like your chances! They’re quite sporting, we feel.
The Final Disturbing Possibilities
As we continue toward the last length of our Kickstarter campaign, we believe it worthwhile to try and lighten spirits a touch. Not a great deal, mind you. Noooo, things are still awful and dreadful for everyone involved. But we wanted to provide a brief respite in the murk and lurk of Bedlam Hall with the opportunity to receive the first of our mini-RPG line - GRUEL TRUCK!
In GRUEL TRUCK!, players take the roles of former adventurers in Middle Earth, banding together to form a food truck and make their fortune with mighty spatulas in hand. Whether you opt to play a Dwarven Fry Cook, Wizard Counter-person or Barbarian Clean-Up Crew, you’ll find that serving hot sandwiches is just as hard as dealing out cold sharpened steel in the world of swords and sorcery.
In addition to the normal version of the game, GRUEL TRUCK! also allows for competitive play between multiple trucks. Ever wondered if you could run an RPG for 12 people? It’s not just possible, it’s hysterical! We brought GRUEL TRUCK to Strategicon Conventions and the players had a blast -
“I never knew being an Orc fry cook and serving up hot Goblin nibblets would be so rewarding.”
"Better than a Korean BBQ taco truck!"
“At last, the game we've been waiting for, food trucks in Middle Earth. Fresh and new, just like the food you'll be serving up."
“The Kosher Balrog, that I wasn't expecting.”
“Fast-paced and fun, it scratches an itch nobody knows they have, buried somewhere between a business simulation, an RPG and total chaos.”
Should we reach the $20,000 mark, not only will you get a free copy of the game, those who opted to receive the Continually Disturbing Reward and beyond will also receive GRUEL TRUCK! paper hats as part of the package. Ultimately, reaching this goal either provides a much needed light at the end of a dark, psychological tunnel or this is final proof of a morally bankrupt universe, spirally its way to a justifiable and sorely needed heat death to end this sort of madness.