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.

Raised in Kickstarter
$23,182.00 / 631 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$1,102.00 / 645 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Considering The Inevitable Finality of All Things
8 months 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. 

It’s depressing. 

Ta, darlings!

~The Monkeyfun Gang

Considering Horrible Bloody Endings
8 months 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.

Ta, darlings!

The Monkeyfun Gang

Concerning Questionable Curses and Food Prepared By Barbarians
8 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. 

So you know. There’s that. 

 Ta, darlings! 

~The Monkeyfun Gang

Concerning Triskaidekaphobia and Cursed Coins
9 months ago – Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 07:53:44 PM

You probably don't know the word, but know the condition - Triskaidekaphobia is a mental condition, meaning "a fear of the number thirteen". Normally, it is deemed irrational, a superstitious holdover from a less sensible and uneducated time in our society.

And yet... Is there a better term to describe that unsettling dread that has been filling our hearts and minds as we slowly crept toward the $13K mark? An uneasiness scratching in the back of our minds, an invisible cut along the inside of our mouths that continually reminds us of its presence. No matter how we try to avoid it, we know it's there... waiting for us.

And now it has happened. The second Terrible Tale has been unlocked, despite all good intentions and hopes on our collective part. We have no one to blame but ourselves really. We are still deciding whether we will be sharing The Terrible Tale of Pride and Prescience (an unpleasant yarn about spiritualists and unfortunate secrets) or The Terrible Tale of the Continuation of Horrible Events (a discomforting diversion about orphans with the worst luck in the world). We welcome your input in this matter.

An Update On Our Artist's Unsettling Condition

After a lengthy and uncomfortable silence, we simply had to involve the authorities in checking on our artist's condition considering our last communication ended with strange gurgling and incoherent whispers. When they arrived, he had apparently locked himself in the basement and refused to come out until "the bad thing was out of his skull". We're not quite sure what that means either. However, he did slip the following character roughs under the door which would indicate he's continuing to make a form of progress. We think.

Regarding the Supposed Curse on Our Challenge Coins

We've received a few rather pointed questions about the $16,000 stretch goal of a commemorative challenge coin, so we would like to set the record straight so there's no more speculation or false information floating about. Challenge coins are historically shared among military units and organizations as a commemoration of special achievement and fellowship among its members. However we need to clarify the following:

  • There is no truth whatsoever to the accusation that the minting of these coins are in any way associated with the stolen "Bronze Scarab of Eh-Toh-Ta" statue, pilfered from the National Museum in London in 1856 by any member of the real Blackwood family. The Blackwood family did 100% comply with all questions from the authorities at the time and were not considered more than "temporary persons of interest".
  • Further, this Scarab statue was not found by the author of this work as part of his research into the historical background of the real Bethlehem Hall and Blackwood family. Nor was any supposed "curse" transferred to the author as part of that discovery.
  • This statue has not been melted down into these coins to hopefully break the curse or at least transfer this so-called "curse" to unsuspecting backers.
  • And finally, these coins do not share the same qualities as this so-called "cursed statue", and do not scream in any ancient or modern languages in the dead of night.

These are all simply not true. Trust us. You'll be fine. Or at least, you'll get used to it.

Ta, darling!

~The Monkeyfun Gang


Concerning Unpleasant Phone Calls and Future Hatwear...
9 months ago – Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 04:16:18 PM

"Hello, this is Michael."

"Hello, this is Monkeyfun Studios calling. We have some unfortunate news we need to share, regarding the artwork we requested you provide us for the Bedlam Hall project."

(excited) "Oh, it's no problem! Projects often don't fund on Kickstarter, I'd be happy to burn my initial sketches for the good of..."

"No, Michael. I'm afraid we will be funded. And we have reached the Additional Artwork goal."

(long pause) "But....But..."

"There's no escaping this, Michael. The imagery must continue."

"You realize I can't sleep with these things looking at me? I'm breaking out in sweats just thinking about this. Are you sure we just can't..."

"Michael, I'm very, very sorry about this. But the illustrations must continue. It's best to consider this as a cleansing effort, something that we can later consider a therapeutic experience that... my heavens, are you alright?"

"Just, just give me a moment."

I'm not sure what more should be said. But we have indeed reached the goal of additional artwork for Bedlam Hall's publication. It is a terrible world we live in these days, but we must soldier forward the best we can. Our next portent is the second of our Terrible Tales to be made available. At the most recent game convention we attended, we shared two of these wretched experiences with our fellow man. In the first, everyone died. In the second, shooting started. We're not quite sure which will be more appropriate for further dissemination so if this goal is reached we will allow you, our gentle audience, the opportunity to help with that decision.

Regarding Paper Hats and Orcs

Speaking of this recent gaming excursion, we also had the opportunity to test and share one of our endeavors in the near future, one that is currently a Stretch Goal for this horrible experience - Gruel Truck! Despite all efforts and expectations, this particular game was unfortunately quite the success. (Now we'll never get our game creator to focus on more productive matters.) As that we are halfway toward this goal in our campaign, we have been instructed to provide you a suitable warning about this endeavor in order to release us from liability. The particulars of this amusing diversion can be found on our website, as well as some rather spiffy photographs that demonstrate the jocularity to be had in its execution. 

For those of you opting to receive Physical Stretch Goals within the Continually Disturbing level, this particular game will be provided in a printed format, along with actual Gruel Truck paper hats for your pleasure. In the event of selecting the Digitally Dismal level, this will be provided in electronic format.

Now if you'll excuse we need to further console our illustrator. Ta, darling!

~The Monkeyfun Gang