Updates from the Forge 34 is now out! We've got nine articles this time introducing and showcasing different creative geek projects.

This time we have everything from fantasy webcomics to travel writing and from battling cyberpunk overlords to the struggle for survival among leafcutter ants - if you like indie games and writing, or other creative geeky stuff, please have a read & let us know what you think :)


Our other new article is a new piece from @JubalBarca, entitled "Ritual and re-use: writing places that feel alive" . It looks at how you can deepen your village and town settings from the standard "Here's a standard set of functions, and here's the buildings that do them" to create a more integrated & connected environment.

Read it here:

Two new !

Firstly, rbuxton's "The Betrayal of the Card", which focuses on the use of cards, decks, and counters in and poses some interesting questions about the differences between them:


Latest article from us is an interview with Stormwell of Utherwald Press, designer of RPG setting books, about his projects! His main work is the dieselpunk setting primer Frozen Skies for the Savage Worlds RPG system - we discuss rules, inspiration, process, upcoming ideas, and more:


Our latest newsletter, Updates from the Forge #33, is now out! It has updates on the progress of a bunch of indie/hobbyist games, comics, and things like that, including stuff from @JubalBarca and @nuhn :)


New article: we're starting a new interview series with Exilian's creators and members! In this first interview, Jubal goes and interviews Aure, lead of Moral Anxiety Studio and creator of the fantasy visual novel "Tales from Windy Meadow".

Read on to find out about the game development process, the setting, how the and gameplay interacted, and more besides:


Special new article by @JubalBarca for World Pangolin Day, as his "An Unexpected Bestiary" series does an extra-length special just on pangolins, their folklore, and how to use them in creative settings:


It's not long until February the 14th! And of course that means the day everyone's been waiting for... Saints' Cyril and Methodius Day!

If for whatever reason you feel like you need an alternative to what the world thinks you should be doing on Feb 14th, do celebrate Cyril & Methodius Day, a festival of languages, writing and learning, with us :) As ever we'll be doing charity fundraising for the event as well.

More information here:

Also, tiny pixel pangolin (which will probably go super blurred at Masto image view scale):

Our creative competition is now ended! You can see the results here, and more importantly check out our little showcase of entries, which were all responses to the theme "candle" in a range of different ways!


If you want to help test @JubalBarca's game The Exile Princes, a warband-gathering RPG where you explore a strange fantasy world with graphics based on medieval manuscripts, check the link below for details - it's just gone into closed beta testing:

The more the merrier/boosts appreciated!

Issue 32 of our Updates from the Forge newsletter is now out! It covers free creative resources, tabletop and PC game development projects, and a song about porcupine evolution, among other things. Please do have a read:


Happy (late) New Year, fediverse!

We will try and keep tooting regularly this year, though we're really stretched for people so we apologise in advance if there are breaks. Please talk to us when we pop up, we may be an official organisation-y account but we do like to be talked to.

Best wishes to all of you. Do creativity, do geekery, boost independent-made content, be yourselves, be kind, and we hope 2019 is good to all of you. :)

We have a new article out! This is part three of Jubal's "An Unexpected Bestiary" series, which looks at different obscure animals, their cultural impact, and their lives, for use in setting design or just for interest! If you're a , , or just interested in cute , this might be up your street:


Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it from all of us at Exilian!

Here's some squirrels that have found the mysterious SNOW ORB OF HAPPINESS and want to share it with you all :)

The fantasy visual novel TALES FROM WINDY MEADOW, by our friends at Moral Anxiety Studios, has been released!

A slice of life interactive tale focusing on the characters' choices, dreams and anxieties rather than on adventure or romance, Tales from Windy Meadow follows three young people growing up in a small community in a dangerous fantasy world and the issues, both big and small, that they face along the way.

Read more here:

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