Welcome to the Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast!

Everybody dreams about becoming an author, artist, game designer, or some hybrid of the three but few aspire to become publishers. The 21st Century has become an age of self-publishing and has open so many creative doors than ever before. Independent publishing has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades with digital publishing tools, online distribution, and so much more. Yet these are still long, winding roads to master… unless you have a guide.

The Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast is a monthly podcast discussing the ins and outs of indie RPG publishing from the POV of our five co-hosts, each of them approaching these topics from their own experiences and successes in their fields. And did we mention most of them are current members of the IGDN? Because they are.

If you are an aspiring designer/publisher working on their first game, launching a Kickstarter project, or an long-standing publisher with a catalog a kilometre long (sorry, we’re Canadian and only deal with the metric system), the OGP is a podcast for you. Be sure to check out recent episode, Get That Sucker Out There!, for guidelines on choosing distribution channels, pricing, ever the hurdles of inventory taxes and join the discussion on our G+ community.

Pick Up ScreenPlay at Gen Con 50!

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017“As someone who is both a writer and an avid player of tabletop RPGs, I was really looking forward to trying out ScreenPlay – and it didn’t let me down. ScreenPlay is the perfect blend between both of these things; exactly between a tabletop role-playing game and a collaborative story.”
– The Grind

Image a story of ancient warriors charged with recapturing an escaped demon. Or perhaps a band of modern day college-aged detectives solving crimes between classes. Maybe even a tale of a rebellion in steampunk 1800s France.

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017ScreenPlay is an ENnie nominated co-operative storytelling game built to bring those stories to life. Where players take on the role of Writers crafting the first draft of a script, novel, comic book series, whatever you can imagine. Take your characters to intriguing worlds of your own design and pit them against the forces of darkness you create for yourselves. You control the action through your characters and the descriptions you provide with each turn. Choose a Director to challenge the lead characters and present the outcomes to these events, create something truly original, exciting and engaging as you play with little to no prep time. The story is yours! 

Pick up ScreenPlay in the IGDN booth (#2437) at Gen Con 50!

  • Play in any genre or format you can imagine. ScreenPlay is built as a universal system that reacts to the story your group creates during play. No prep required!
  • Designed to allow everyone equal opportunity at the table. Every time a player offers a description through one of their characters, another player provides the outcome.
  • Dice are used to create complications, not determine success or failure.
  • The core rulebooks contains everything needed to create your own stories, including character and scene notes for use in your games, character creation guidelines, and advice for Directors.
  • Large print format makes ScreenPlay easy to read.

ScreenPlay combines traditional roleplaying mechanics with story game design to provide a unique experience, improvised storytelling, and exciting gameplay for new and experienced players alike.

For 2+ players. Ages 10 & up. To play, you’ll need dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12) and pencils.

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017Pick up ScreenPlay in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50 and receive a free discount code for a PDF copy. You can find additional ScreenPlay treatments, such as Ironbound and Dial M For Monster, at brokenrulergames.net

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The Battle to Save The One Land Begins! Playtest High Plains Samurai For Free

High Plains Samurai 2017 Broken Ruler Games

It begins. Not with a whisper, but with a bang. And as the war draws closer to drawing first blood, Chaos has risen from the ashes in a plot to stop you from saving the One Land from total destruction. Will you step forth to save your homeland or will you join the forces of anarchy and watch it burn?

High Plains Samurai 2017 Broken Ruler GamesHigh Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition is now available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow for a 10-week public playtest. Download 84 pages of wire-fu action in a fantasy land of endless possibilities, wild powers, bullets vs. swords, and so much more… for FREE. From ENnie Award winning publisher and game designer Todd Crapper, High Plains Samurai is the ultimate wire-fu action mash-up combining gunslingers, samurai, steampunk, barbarians, gangsters and superpowers in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by a war of gods. Complete the various surveys as the game evolves to earn playtest points and achieve rewards when the playtest comes to a close on May 14, 2017It’s all right here on the HPS Rehearsal Edition page.

Plus, there’s a special incentive to help us fight Chaos. A couple of weeks ago, someone hacked our Twitter account and is masquerading as Chaos. (Pay attention to the rumours that it’s Chaos using their limited powers to creep through to our world… those are currently unconfirmed.) Despite our best effort, this hack continues today so we’ve added a new reward: challenge Chaos to a fight using our @BrokenRuler handle on Twitter and you’ll earn 1 playtest point. That’s enough right there to give you credit in the finished product (scheduled for release in 2018). Show this powerless fiend that we don’t sit back and let someone try to destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to create, show Chaos you are the heroes ready to thwart his plans to destroy the One Land.

Over the coming weeks, the Rehearsal Edition will continue to evolve and we’ll provide additional content, behind-the-scenes videos with the game’s creator, and answer your question on how HPS works. We’d also love to read your own experiences playing HPS – comment below or share them on social media with #SaveTheOneLand or
#HighPlainsSamurai. Show off your characters and let’s make this game something truly epic. Together.