Houston, TEXAS - December 1, 2016 - Games like Belly of the Beast and Perseverant by Ben Dutter will soon be available to thousands more gamers. This is a result of a new agreement between Ben’s Sigil Stone Publishing and Stewart Wieck at Nocturnal Media that will expand the availability of Ben’s games, including Hunt the Wicked and Vow of Honor. These games all successfully funded on Kickstarter and are available in digital form and print-on-demand formats, but in 2017 they will all appear in new offset printed editions.
“I supported Ben’s Belly of the Beast on Kickstarter after the setting captured my imagination,” said Stewart, also a long-time game designer. “As I looked closer, I found a D6 system with innovative changes that integrated with the narrative. This elegant relationship between setting and system reminded me of King Arthur Pendragon, the much-loved classic by Greg Stafford that we publish at Nocturnal Media.”
The agreement allows Ben to focus on his game and product design while retaining complete control over both new and existing properties. Nocturnal Media will assume most of the role traditionally associated with a publisher, including sales, marketing and inventory. All of the games with be co-branded by both Nocturnal Media and Sigil Stone Publishing.
Ben said, ”I've long-admired Stewart's work and impact on the industry, as well as his tenacious pursuit of invigorating game lines (new and old alike). With our new partnership, SSP will be able to produce more games at a quality standard that just wasn't possible before. In short, I can't express my excitement — fans of my work are in for a treat.”
Sigil Stone Publishing will fulfill the recent Kickstarter for Perseverant as Ben has outlined to the project backers. Those who missed the Kickstarter may purchase the PDF or POD editions on DriveThruRPG.com or directly on the Nocturnal Media website in the first quarter of 2017.
The first new game under this agreement will premiere on Kickstarter in March 2017. Clash of Steel is a tactical game of medieval duels that’s a departure from the narrative RPG games Ben has created in recent years. The game features a bidding mechanic and low-luck strategic outcomes. The two-player game features about 70 poker-sized playing cards with artwork by Devin Hoyt.
Several more projects are planned for 2017, including a supplement for Belly of the Beast and a brand-new RPG in the narrative style of Ben’s other games that will be his largest game yet.
You can find more about Ben’s current games and order them at DTRPG using these links:
Belly of the Beast
Hunt the Wicked
Vow of Honor