Last weekend the Cubicle 7 team were at the Origins Game Fair. We were one of the sponsors of the show this year, which was super exciting for us – Origins is one of our favourite conventions and it was thrilling to keep seeing our posters and banners around the venue.
We had a great show, so asked asked some of the team to write about their Origins experience.
Cubicle 7 are at Origins right now! We’re one of the sponsors of the show this year. This is super exciting for us – Origins is one of our favourite conventions and it’s thrilling to keep seeing our posters and banners around the venue.
Come and find us at our booth to check out sneak peeks of Dalek Dice, Cthulhu Britannica: London and The Lone Wolf Adventure Game, as well as to snap up hot-off-the-press games including Ruins of the North, and to browse our great selection of card and roleplaying games for The One Ring, Doctor Who, The Laundry, World War Cthulhu and more besides.
Dom McDowall, Ken Spencer, Walt Ciechanowski and newest recruit (but veteran of many, many games conventions) TS Luikart will be at the stall and running games throughout the show, so make sure you pop by to say hi and to find out the latest scoop on all of our games.
We’re also over the moon to have been nominated for two Origins Awards! Both our card game, Hobbit Tales, and The Darkening of Mirkwood campaign for The One Ring are up for Best RPG Supplement. Our first card game, Doctor Who: The Card Game, won an Origins Award when it was first released, so let’s see if we can scoop a second one with our second card game; and Shadows over Scotland won an Origins Award for Best RPG Supplement, so let's see if we can add another trophy from that category to our cabinet!
We're at UK Games Expo this weekend in Birmingham, UK. Dom, Andrew and Nick are staffing the stall, and we hope to see you there! We have an advanced copy of Cthulhu Britannica London Boxed Set to look through, the very first set of dice from the upcoming Dalek Dice that you can roll, lots of info about the Lone Wolf Adventure Game as well as our special guest Joe Dever himself! Plus all your favourite Cubicle 7 games to buy. Swing by our stand and say hello!
Welcome back! We’ve all been away over Easter taking a well-earned break, but are back at our respective desks and raring to go!
We’ve got all sorts of news and new products for you over the coming weeks, from Keltia and The SOE Handbook for World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour, to covers for forthcoming One Ring supplements, our next Kickstarter and more besides – as always, keep an eye on the website! The Eighth Doctor Sourcebook is also in US stores this week, and we’ll be taking another look at that tomorrow.
But, today we thought we’d take a quick look back at some of our recent news and new releases, to bring you all up to speed.
The GAMA trade show is an annual get-together for games manufacturers, distributors and retailers. It all happens in Las Vegas, and just as in previous years Cubicle 7 was in attendance - this year, however, we were co-sponsors for the first time!
Being based in the UK Las Vegas is a long way for us to travel but we find GAMA to be well worth the trip. It's a chance for us to meet face to face with our fellow publishers, distributors and retailers.
Our busy production schedule, and the way the hobby games industry is set up, means we don't always get a chance to communicate as much as we would like with our partners and contemporaries. The GAMA trade show offers precisely that chance, in a dedicated space.
It's not an event we've spoken much about before here on the Cubicle 7 website, but this year we decided to change that with our report about what we got up to at this year's GAMA trade show. What happened in Vegas isn't staying in Vegas!
Last weekend Cubicle 7 was at Dragonmeet 2014, one of the UK’s best conventions held right in the heart of London itself. We were there running demo games, holding seminars, chatting to fans about our books and selling lots of games to excited customers.
We had a great time there! Read on to find out what went on in our seminars and what 2015 holds for Cubicle 7.
This past weekend was Dragonmeet 2014, one of the UK’s best conventions held right in the heart of London itself. Cubicle 7 were there in force, running demo games, holding seminars, chatting to fans about our books and selling lots of games to excited customers.
Short version: we had a great time there! Read on to find out more about what we got up to.
The short version: We had an absolute blast!
The long version – Gen Con is a very special event in the gaming calandar, and whilst it's tough for us to bring a team, stacks of games, and a stand together on a different continent it's always well worth the effort.
This year GenCon attendance is reported as significantly higher than previous years and our experience is very much in line with that – the exhibit hall was busy throughout the day with hordes of gamers in attendance. It was great to meet so many of you.
This year we had something new on our stand: The Tower of Power™! We were a little nervous about how we'd get the 17 feet tall monolith built, but it all went swimmingly and you could see our stand from right across the exhibit hall.
Whilst we didn't have a "Big GenCon Release"™ - we release great games all year round! - Our flagship event for the show was a very limited supply of The One Ring Revised Edition hardcovers. These proved to be extremely popular, and all but sold out by the end of the show. It was wonderful to see the mature line into which The One Ring has grown. Support from you, the gaming public, for The One Ring was amazing and we're returning to work even more fired up to make even more great supplements for TOR!
In a similar vein seeing Doctor Who supplements lined up alongside the Limited Edition Corebook was really cool and a testament to how we've grown. Everyone was happy to hear that not only did we have the Fourth Doctor Sourcebook at the show, but that the Fifth Doctor Sourcebook won't be far behind. It's en route to our warehouse as we type.
We were very pleased to be spreading the word about our Lone Wolf Kickstarter, which funded in 18 hours, making it an easier sell! We were also pleasantly surprised to hear how many gamers in the US love Magnamund, and like us enjoyed Lone Wolf as one of their first gaming experiences.
We also had the print proofs of the new edition of The Doctor Who Card Game! Keep an eye out for news of that as we draw closer to release!
On Friday night we attended the ENnie Awards. We knew we'd been lucky enough to win one ENnie before we entered the hall – Rocket Age was the recipient of a Judge's Spotlight award thanks to ENnie judge Stacy Muth. We were over the moon to also collect a silver ENnie for Hobbit Tales in the category of Best Family Game. We won this last year for Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space, and we're really happy to be doing well in that category, which is near to all our hearts.
Boosted by the ENnie Award, Hobbit Tales went on to sell out at the show. It was not alone in selling out though! Heroes of The Solar System, Time Traveller's Companion, The Second Doctor Sourcebook, and a range of Laundry supplements also sold out. The final batch of The Doctor Who Card Games in the US almost sold out
We finished the show with 47 empty boxes.
Behind the scenes we had a raft of very successful meetings and we can't wait to reveal some of the exciting things we have planned for the end of this year and for 2015.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by the stand, we felt truly loved and we hope we can continue to do your enthusiasm for what we do justice in the coming year. Thanks too to the organisers of Gen Con and The ENnie Awards. We can only imagine what a huge undertaking these things are to put together.
Next week the Cubicle 7 Team fly out to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2014! You can find us at booth number 337, located just behind the Mayfair stand. You can see a larger map of the Gen Con Exhibit Hall here. Amongst our new offerings at the show we will have:
The new single volume hardcover of The One Ring Roleplaying Game
(limited GenCon-exclusive stock – first come first served!)
The Darkening of Mirkwood for The One Ring
The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook
The Limited Edition Doctor Who Rulebook
Plus all your favourite C7 core games and available supplements for The One Ring, Doctor Who, Hobbit Tales, The Doctor Who Card Game (very limited stock!) Victoriana, Rocket Age, World War Cthulhu, Cthulhu Britannica, Kuro, Yggdrasill, Primeval, Qin, and The Laundry.
Team members on the stand this year are: CEO Dom McDowall, Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson, Managing Editor Andrew Kenrick, TOR writer James Brown, Victoriana Line Developer and Doctor Who writer Walt Ciechanowski, TOR writer and the best of all of us, TS Luikart, Translations Line Developer and Doctor Who writer Andrew Peregrine, and Rocket Age Developer and World War Cthulhu writer Ken Spencer.
We'll be running demos of Hobbit Tales and The Doctor Who Card Game all weekend, so be sure to swing by, say hello and grab a game.
Industry Insider Guest of Honour
We're proud to say that our Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson will be an Industry Insider Guest of Honour at Gen Con 2014 for the second year running. Jon's seminar schedule runs like this:
Thursday 12pm - Art Matters
Why do hobby games have so much art in them? Novels don't. Why do games need art to sell, and do they need art to be good games? With Jon Hodgson, Elisa Teague and Richard Thomas.
Thursday 3pm - Return to the Castle of Gender Representation
Last year Industry Guests spoke about gender representation in gaming art. The seminar was packed and wonderful discussion ensued. What has changed in a year? With Jon Hodgson, Steve Kenson, Nicole Lindroos and Rich Thomas.
Friday 12pm - A Career in Gaming
Something a lot of people want, few achieve, even less break even. War stories and examples from those doing it. With James Ernest, Jon Hodgson, Eric Lang and Ryan Miller.
Saturday 10 am - Cross Media Chaos: Working With Media Properties
Something a lot of people want, few achieve, even less break even. War stories and examples from those doing it. With Jon Hodgson, Steve Kenson, Nicole Lindroos, Jay Little.
The One Ring Hardcover Pre-order Update
The ship carrying the One Ring hardcovers docked last week, and the shipment is now making it's way to our Atlanta warehouse. It's due to arrive just before the Gen Con weekend, mid-month, and work will begin immediately on shipping out your pre-ordered copies.
This means two things:
1: You'll be getting your copies of The One Ring Roleplaying Game very soon!
2: It also means we'll have a strictly limited stock of copies available at Gen Con for purchase by convention attendees. Gen Con is a unique event in the gaming calendar, and just like in previous years we want to have our most prestigious releases of this year at the show. Pre-ordered copies of The One Ring Roleplaying Game will already be being processed at that time, so if you're coming to Gen Con there will be no need for you to lug that satisfyingly heavy hardcover around the show. It will be being sent to your home whilst you enjoy the convention.
Of course if you are at the show feel free to drop by the Cubicle stand and take a look at The One Ring Roleplaying Game in the flesh. Pick it up, smell it, leaf through it's delightful pages. But there'll be no need to collect one from the show. Your pre-order will be on it's way.
We provisionally anticipate the US retail release of The One Ring Roleplaying Game to be the 10th of September. UK and Europe release date to follow.
We have two exciting pieces of news for the upcoming convention season:
First up Heart of the Wild for The One Ring has received a prestigious Origins Award nomination for Best RPG Supplement. The award winners will be announced at Origins Games Fair in Columbus, Ohio in June. Competition is extremely tough this year, and we’re honoured to be in such esteemed company.
Secondly, our Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson has been selected to be an Industry Insider Guest of Honour at GenCon 2014! Keep an eye on the GenCon website for details of his seminars and other Guest duties: http://www.gencon.com/experience/iigoh