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Bedlam Hall - A Macabre Victorian Role-Playing Game

Created by Monkeyfun Studios, LLC

Bedlam Hall - A Macabre Victorian Role-Playing Game
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631 backers pledged $23,182.00 on Kickstarter

A dreadpunk tabletop rpg combining Downton Abbey with the Addams Family, including backstabbing politics and horrible secrets.

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$23,182.00 / 631 backers
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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Concerning Illustrations and Improvements
3 months ago – Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 07:23:32 PM

Hello again, my lovelies...

We have now begun the warm, pleasant descent into the sweltering torture known as summertime. I don't know about you, but summer holds special memories for me personally - a fond remembrance of days past in an idyllic, picturesque youth. I remember those fine, warm days cavorting around the swimming hole near our town, and the one summer when my aunt requested I whitewash our picket fence while my best friend Huckleberry and I discovered...

No, wait. No. I may be mis-remembering this.

In any event, progress continues as we do our reviews of the initial Bedlam Hall layout, along with some final adjustments that have proved necessary in order to sleep through the entire night. We keep finding strange imagery and markings on pages we had previously thought to be complete. However we continue to accommodate these strange turns of events whenever possible. It certainly must be our minds playing tricks on us again. You did hear that shrieking in the distance, didn't you? Our sincerest show of gratitude to our dear associate, Professor Violet Baldwin for calming our tattered nerves and clarifying items of note within the main text. "Defenestration" is a much harder word to spell correctly, it would appear.

Of Grueling Illustrations

In addition to our progress surrounding Bedlam Hall, we are pleased to announce we have enlisted the illustrative efforts of Mr. Scott Irwin for the interior art work for Gruel Truck! We knew Mr. Irwin was our sort of artist when he showed us his work involving a person welded to their own dog. 

It's conceptual. And indeed, we got it.

We will be sharing his initial sketches as they become available, and we promise no dog-welding will be taking place at this venture. We make no guarantees about our next project, however. 

Until our next update, we wish you pleasant thoughts and think of you often.

Ta darlings!  

~The Monkeyfun Gang  

www.monkeyfunstudios.com

Concerning Surprises and Ice Picks
4 months ago – Thu, Jun 08, 2017 at 08:43:43 PM

 Hello again, my lovelies.

Our update this week will remain quick and to the point, like a stabbing to the eye with an ice pick (in a loving way, of course).

  • We have begun layout on the main book. This will of course be our main focus for this month in order to make sure you receive your text as soon as possible.
  • We will indeed be at Gencon this year in the month of August. All of our scheduled games at the event have already sold out, which was a delightful and unexpected surprise. That's a bit of a redundancy on our parts, aren't all surprises unexpected? However, we will be on hand periodically within the dealer's room when we're not running games or avoiding the authorities as general practice. More on this soon.

There are surprises on the horizon so you should expect them soon! Wait. How does that... Never mind. Ta, darlings!  

~The Monkeyfun Gang  

www.monkeyfunstudios.com

Concerning Awful Certainty and Locked Doors
4 months ago – Wed, May 24, 2017 at 08:03:14 PM

Hello once again, my lovelies and welcome to update number lucky thirteen. Are you surprised to have made it this far? We know we are.

We cannot deny the passing of the hours. There is a dreaded realization within the steady ticking of the clock that serves as a constant reminder of the unyielding march of time. No matter who we are, where we dwell or what we attempt, we are all walking toward the grim finality that awaits us all in the end. 

...and that end is the publication of our efforts! Yes, we have made some great strides in the recent days, including:

  • Completion of the final artwork from Michael Tuck, whom we gratefully acknowledge as a true gentleman as he takes a well-deserved rest at the Murdstone Asylum for Nervous Behavior. From what we understand, he has been making excellent progress. 
  • Completion of the main text's editing by the World's Most Dangerous Editor, Bryan Whitlock. Mister Whitlock returned his recommended edits in a crimson-stained sack, stabbed to the front door with a large, carving implement. We're not sure at what point during the night it was delivered, but we've learned not to ask. 
  • Steady progress in the creation of both our Not Cursed At All Challenge Coin and sticker array. 
  • We are making preparations for overall page layout, and continue to finalize the text for our mini-RPG, Gruel Truck. 

Of Heavy Chains and Firmaments

We are exactly one week away from the end of the month, in which all profiles shall be considered finalized and locked down. This includes whatever personalized information you have requested within your initial order. If you have not filled out your survey or are harboring second thoughts on whether it's safe to attach your Christian name to anything associated with this horrid endeavor, now is the time to make any changes. We will be sending final reminders to those of you who have still not completed your surveys via Professor Backerkit's marvelous contraption. 

...and with that, we take our leave. In our next update, we will be sharing details regarding our schedule at GenCon and a few other items of note. Until then, as always, ta, darlings!

~The Monkeyfun Gang  

www.monkeyfunstudios.com

Concerning Things Hidden and Within View
5 months ago – Wed, May 10, 2017 at 09:43:12 PM

A fine hello to you, my lovelies - 

There has been so much terrible progress on Bedlam Hall, we are simply beside ourselves with excitement and not just because we've taken to talking to our reflections in the mirror again. We're certain that is quite normal behavior. Especially when we hear voices talking back to us from behind the glass. 

We would't want to seem rude, now would we?

Of Unsettling Designs 

 

We have received the final proof copy of the Not Cursed At All Challenge Coin and we must say, it looks rather sharp. We consider ourselves pleased with our fortune in finding a jeweler's shop willing to melt down the original casting of the Bronze Scarab of Eh-Toh-Ta statue, because honestly, why let a death curse stand in the way of such beauty? Not that this was the case, of course. Nothing surrounding that theft is connected here whatsoever.

Of Progress Toward Consequences

In addition, we have also begun forwarding our initial draft to the World's Most Dangerous Editor, Bryan Whitlock, who has already begun sharpening his knives for the occasion. Our artist, Mr. Michael Tuck, is finishing up his final designs and all things move forward with uneasy speed.  

Of Congregations Most Foul

We also would like to inform you all that our scheduled Bedlam Hall games at this year's GenCon have been approved and will be available for those in attendance. After fifty years of service, it's quite possible they given up all hope and will allow things to burn to a terrible conclusion. And what better to do that with, than with live demonstrations of both Bedlam Hall and Spirit of 77. If you catch us in a puckish mood, we may even do a game of Gruel Truck amongst you lucky few. 

We will continue to keep you up to date on what is occurring at the Hall, both here and other locations. Trust us, we know you'll find the way.

Ta darlings!  

~The Monkeyfun Gang  

www.monkeyfunstudios.com

Concerning 28 Lost Souls and the Sinister Company We Keep
5 months ago – Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 08:34:12 PM

Hello again, my lovelies...

So many of you have been delightfully prompt in providing your survey information, allowing us ample time to send you such delights in the post - 94% of you as a matter of fact. To those of you who have taken the proper steps in completing this task, we offer our sincerest thanks in making our terrible existence a little easier in such a manner. 

But 28 of you. Ohhhh you naughty, naughty 28. We see your puckish antics, waiting until the last moments to complete your survey. However, perhaps your e-mail invitation was lost amongst your other correspondence, which we choose to believe to be the situation. After all, we strive to see the good in all men's hearts even if we have to go through the entire rib cage to do so. It shan't come to that. We know you better.

We will be sending a reminder survey to those of you still outstanding, and in the event you do not receive it, you may always find the survey recovery page at https://bedlam-hall.backerkit.com/

Of Dangerous Men

For those of you who are familiar with our more lighthearted product about 1970's pop culture, Spirit of 77, you may be familiar with some of our recurring associates that we enlist in our efforts. One name in particular is of special concern for those of a gentle disposition - The World's Most Dangerous Editor, Bryan Whitlock. Mr. Whitlock has been our editor for quite some time, an expert in rather unsavory wordsmith details we best not describe for those you of a delicate nature. Best be said that Mr. Whitlock is considered a specialist in rather particular skills, one we have enlisted with great care and caution. Simply put, Mr. Whitlock will do things on behalf of the English language. Terrible things. We felt it best to forewarn you that Mr. Whitlock is about to be engaged with the Bedlam Hall draft, and once Mr. Whitlock has finished his grim work... well it's best not to dwell on the aftermath. Best to realize that there are nefarious forces at work to provide your entertainment and diversions. We do this because we care.

Ta darlings!

~The Monkeyfun Gang  

www.monkeyfunstudios.com