Bully Pulpit Games


Bully Pulpit Games

A Fiasco Replay Manga!

Mar 3 2017

An artist and gamer whose pen name is Michinaki Michio discovered Fiasco (in English), did her own informal translation, and played it with her friends. She enjoyed it so much she not only illustrated their session as a manga (they played Logan Bonner’s Dragonslayers playset, by the way) but also explained the rules as she went along. Half of the folks she played with were brand new to roleplaying games as well!

The time, talent and energy Michinaki Michio devoted to our game is incredible, and the end result is both useful and beautiful, and all of us here at Bully Pulpit Games are both delighted and humbled! You can read the full comic on her twitter page.

Fiasco has never been cuter.

BPG at Dreamation 2017

Feb 17 2017

Dreamation 2017

The entire BPG team (Steve, Jason, Brennen, and Alex) will be at Dreamation 2017 in Morristown, NJ this weekend! If you’ll be there as well, please find us and say hello! If you ask, we might even give you a sneak peak of something we’re really excited about!

Free Game February: Cloud Bastion of the Dzanetume Peak-Lords

Feb 7 2017

It’s Free Game February, and we’d like to celebrate by sharing a brand-new Dungeon World adventure with you: The Cloud Bastion of the Dzanetume Peak-Lords.

In the remote and forbidding valleys west of the Anchorhold, above a forgotten pass through the mountains, floats a fortress. Since the end of the Age of Magic it has defended the pass, belching lightning, its secrets protected. The strange treasures of the Cloud Bastion of the Dzanetume Peak-Lords are a prize reserved for the cleverest of robbers.

You are not the cleverest of robbers.

This science fantasy aerial dungeon crawl includes plot hooks, traps, monsters, treasure cards, and illustrations by sixteenth-century Archbishop of Uppsala, Olaus Magnus. Gather a party and have fun; you will probably die!

And while you’re at it, pick up Jason’s other newly-released Dungeon World supplement, Juntu’s Floating Ice Hell!

Fiasco Playset Special: The Museum (a Doubleclicks Playset)

Jan 24 2017

Holy Smokes! A brand new playset, based on the music of the Doubleclicks!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us for a night at The Museum:

“Should that statue be moving? Should that skeleton be moving? Should the walls be moving?”

It’s a busy day at the Portland Science, History, Space and Time Institute and Museum. Research projects are coming to a head, important artifacts are going missing, investors are visiting for an important inspection and—of course—it’s time for another one of those darn Campfire Scout lock-ins.

Employees, visitors, and uninvited guests are all part of the mix tonight and, like you learn at those chemistry exhibits, just one wrong ingredient could make the whole thing blow up in your face, embedding shards of glass just everywhere. Metaphorically. (Metaphorically? Yeah, let’s go with that.)

This special release was created by Angela Webber and Richard Malena, hosts of the Gosh Darn Fiasco podcast, and edited by our good friend Will Hindmarch. The excellent cover art is by Matthew Bogart.

The Original Bully Pulpit

Jan 23 2017

Here at BPG HQ in these uncertain times, we find ourselves reassessing many things. We are two old white guys whose corporate mascot is another old white guy, for starters.

We love Theodore Roosevelt not for his faults—he was a man of his time and we’re clear-eyed about what that means—but for his progressive accomplishments. Busting trusts right and left, forbidding corporations from making campaign contributions, placing millions of acres of Federal land under conservation protection, negotiating the end to a terrible war (for which he won a Nobel prize), championing food safety. T.R. left a humane legacy we enjoy today. He wasn’t afraid to stand up to bullies.

So yeah, our name has the word “bully” in it, something that gets less cool every day. T.R.’s “bully” meant “terrific” in 1905 slang, but that meaning is long gone. The original bully pulpit —the amplified voice afforded to whoever is President of the United States— is soon going to be something T.R. wouldn’t recognize at all. So we’ll stick with the old version, thank you very much, and hope that you will, too.

We hope that we can continue to be a true bully pulpit from which to do what we can to encourage cooperation, kindness, creativity, and discovery. We’ll continue to embody the ideals of fair play and the square deal, and redouble our efforts to support those who would be the targets of what T.R. would call “physical and moral cowards”— definitely the wrong kind of bully.

As always, we’re humbled by your support and encouraged by your enthusiastic play. Thanks! Let’s continue to do amazing things together.

Ghost Court Now Available on Kickstarter!

Oct 12 2016

We’re very excited to announce that our new live-action party game Ghost Court is now available on Kickstarter! We’ve been working on this game for more than a year, and many people have played and enjoyed it so far. If you’re interested, back it for $10 or more and get access to the draft rules and playtest files to try it for yourself!

If you’re as hyped about this as we are, please tell your friends!

New Fiasco Playset: Fist City!

Sep 28 2016

Fist City CoverFrom the diamond-hard hands of James Mendez Hodes comes Fist City, a new Fiasco playset that takes you into the secret world of martial arts warrior-idiots. Bowing to no temporal authority and disregarding such mortal concerns as effectiveness, authenticity, and taste, you will clash with one another in underground fight clubs, heavily padded tournament halls, and black-backgrounded forums on the Internet. There’s no backing out now! The gloves are off, or in some cases on, depending on your style. Ahead of you, the road to hell is paved with broken bottles, splintered timber, and the curb-stomped faces of your enemies. Right after that it’s paved with warrants for your arrest.

Welcome, spiritual pilgrim and sublime master… to Fist City!

Ghost Court Featured at IndieCade

Sep 16 2016

UPDATE: Ghost Court is now available on Kickstarter!

We’re pleased to announce that our upcoming game Ghost Court has been chosen as an Official Selection in the Big Games category for the 2016 IndieCade Festival!

Ghost Court is a live-action party game about spectral justice in a small claims court. It is perfectly suited for a large group, but you can play with as few as six players. During play, the judge and court officers hear testimony while the rest of the players take turns as plaintiffs and defendants arguing over the petty disputes between the living and the dead.

Ghost Court is still in active development, and will be coming soon to Kickstarter. Keep your eyes on this space for updates!

Love in the Time of Charity Games!

Aug 16 2016

As usual, things all come together at weird times. At long last, two great collaborations have finally come together for release, and we’re excited to share them with you!

Love in the Time of KhvarenehLove in the Time of Khvareneh
by Matthijs Holter and Jason Morningstar

Love in the Time of Khvareneh is a story game for four or five players. Each player controls one character in a web of intrigue, with motivations, desires and secrets that will force them to forge and break alliances of love, power and magic. Chances are that some will meet a tragic end, while others find happiness, or the illusion of it—but this is up to the players to decide and explore during play.

Based on the Archipelago III game engine, Love in the Time of Khvareneh is an endlessly replayable, mythic one-shot of sex and ambition.

In addition, we’ve added Matthijs and Jason’s previously published collaboration, Love in the Time of Seið, to DrivethruRPG as well. If you don’t already have it, consider grabbing both games in this convenient bundle.

old-friends-coverOld Friends
By Ole Peder Giæver and Jason Morningstar

Old Friends is a freeform live-action ghost story by Jason Morningstar and Ole Peder Giæver designed for 4-6 players, with no GM. Playtime 3-4 hours.

Old Friends was nominated for 3 Otto’s at Fastaval 2016 for Best Presentation, Best Roles, and Best Effects.

These are Charity Projects!
As with Archipelago III, all profits from the sale of these games is going to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), our favorite badass Nobel Peace Prize winning de-mining charity.

We’re Really happy to be sharing these two juicy games at last, and we hope you enjoy playing them!

2015 Indie RPG Awards

Aug 11 2016


Bully Pulpit Games is pleased to say that, thanks to the votes of our industry peers, several of our games recently won Indie RPG Awards!

Indie Game of the YearNight Witches (tied with the excellent World Wide Wrestling!)

Indie Supplement of the YearFiasco Playset Anthology

In addition, Night Witches and the Warren were close runners-up in several categories, up against many excellent games!

Thank you to everyone who voted and for all the kind comments about our games!

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