Monkey Morning 15, Half time on the Kickstarter!

We’re now officially half way through the Kickstarter and in a very healthy position indeed.

Main Rulebook funded on day one, followed by Stretch Goals 1 +2 which provide extra content for that book + a separate quick start rule booklet which will be be free in pdf form and low cost in print. Stretch goal 3, The Ministry of Thunder funded yesterday, and this will be a 5 scenario book. I’m quite  chuffed about this because I’ve wanted to do this for years and now have the funds to get it done properly.

We’re now funding the Monkey Companion (which I’ll blog about in detail tomorrow).which is basically a book of short articles and adventures. One of these feature hopping vampires from Chinese Kung Fu movies, and Peter Frain has done a cracking job on illustrating one of them.

Chinese Vampire by Peter Frain

Chinese Vampire by Peter Frain

Monkey Morning 4 of the Kickstarter, the story so far

Its Saturday morning, and Day 4 of the Monkey 2nd Incarnation Kickstarter  and this is where we stand.

The basic goal of the new edition with streamlined rules and new art by the likes of, Peter Frain, Daniel Barker and a new cover by Jon Hodgson FUNDED!  (within 16 hours on the first day!)

Stretch Goal One: If you see Buddha on the Road, an extra adventure in the main rule book and the basis of a Quick Start booklet FUNDED!

Currently we are funding Stretch Goal Two: Defenders of the Dragon Empire as a chapter in main rule book that deals with how to create and play mortal heroines and heroes in the game, and we are just under 50% towards being Funded..

If you’ve backed it tell your friends. The bigger this gets the more stretch goals with new content we can fund.

If you’ve  not backed, but are curious about what this game is about, please click the link below and read on….

Kickstarter Launch Delayed

Just to let you know that I’m delaying the Kickstarter launch until this coming Wednesday (11th January).

Nothing major, I’ve just got a couple of things I want to get sorted before the campaign starts.

So see you Wednesday!

23 Days of Monkey, Day 1 The Journey Begins

It took fifteen years to write and develop the first edition of Monkey the Storytelling game of the Journey to the West. It was first released in July 2010 at the Continuum Games Convention in Leicester UK. You see this was five years ago, when we didn’t have Kickstarters in this part of the world, so taking it along to the largest con I went to and selling a good fifty copies (about a quarter of the attendees) was a big thing for me.  It set the tone for Monkey’s sales, which have mainly been face to face direct sales. One of the aims of the 2nd incarnation kickstarter is to bring the game to a wider audience outside of people who know it from the local cons I’ve run it at or who have come across it online by chance.

Below is a gallery of good memories from the 1st edition’s launch five and a half years ago.

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And so with this post the Journey to Monkey’s 2nd Incarnation Kickstarter begins!
Here’s a clip from the Japanese 1970s TV series that was one of my principle inspirations for the game.



Day 1 of 23 Days of Monkey, Kickstarter in 22 days on 8th January 2017.

A reminder “23 Days of Monkey” starts tomorrow

So in 23 days the Kickstarter for Monkey the 2nd Incarnation opens on Sunday 8th January.

In the run up as is traditional with KS I’ll be doing advanced previews of what to expect of the new edition and other fun bits about the game. Since it’s the festive season at the moment I’m framing my posts within a “23 Days of Monkey” theme. Consider it a sort of Advent calendar with words rather than chocolate 🙂
(If you want the chocolate at home feel free to get a tray, label it with numbers 1 to 23 and put a chocolate next to each number).

I’ll be sharing the posts via the usual social media I use (G+/Facebook), but if you are a Monkey Fan (or Monkey Manic as I’m coming to call you) please re-share and get the word out. One of the reasons I’m doing the Kickstarter is to get word out about the game further than the people who have come across it from the conventions I go to or have happened across it by chance. So please re-share.

Come back tomorrow for the first day of the 23 Days of Monkey!

 

Kickstarter Date + more Exciting News!

Kickstarter Date + more Exciting News!

OK this is the post-Dragonmeet shoot out about all that is happening in the world of Monkey.

Big one…is….I finally can announce a Kickstarter date for Monkey 2nd Incarnation

Sunday 8th January

Write it down in your diary or save the date to your calendar app of your choice.

Me kicking it at Dragonmeet

23 Days of Monkey!

Starting 17th December will be 23 daily post about the new game and stuff associated with it, in a run up to the Kickstarter. So expect previews and fun insights about the to get you all over excited about it!

Dragonmeet

Dragonmeet was a good con for Monkey. Lots of folk picked up a copy of Monkey (and you can too at the crazy cheap price of £5 (free postage in the UK) and expressed their appreciation

And look courtesy of Lloyd Gran, who was a living ambassador for the game, Monkey got a big shout out on the What’s Hot In Story Games Panel 2016.

(Lloyd kicks in at 1140 if you can’t contain your excitement and want to jump right in and hear what he has to say about the game)

Monkey #1 Fan Lloyd

New name for the system: The Balance System

I currently refer to the card based system that Monkey uses for action resolution as the Yin/Yang system, but thinking about the gentle interaction of Yin & Yang energies especially in light of a very Yang (active/in your face) Dragonmeet followed by Yin week after (passive to the point of almost succumbing to illness) its more about Balancing those two forces with your choices of card plays. So the Balance system is the new name for it. Not only does this play forward into the other Chinese Epics I want to use the system for but also makes it suitable for other action-thriller type games I have in mind.

Beer

Post-Dragonmeet meal I discovered what I’m now dubbing the Official Beer of Monkey – Laughing Buddha Beer.

Laughing Buddha Beer the official Beer of Monkey

I’ll be getting a case of this light refreshing tipple in for the Midwinter Festivities, and I’ll even be drinking it out of a glass made out of a recycled bottle, which you can get from the appropriately named Totally Funky online shop.

Made from a Laughing Buddha beer bottle

Made from a Laughing Buddha beer bottle

That’s it until Saturday.

Until then stay Irrepressible!