We’re back from Origins 2018 and we had a great time! Origins is always a fun, friendly show, but this year we tried a few new things and we’re very excited about how it all turned out!

BPG Demo Booth
As a first this year we went the extra step of having our very own demo booth! This was a lot of work, but also very rewarding. We felt extremely legit, had a place to hang out and hob-nob with friends and fellow designers, and we had the chance to demo all our games to interested and interesting people. We still sold through Indie Press Revolution as usual, but they were right around the corner—and our presence really drove sales. IPR sold out of Fiasco, The Warren, and Night Witches pretty fast. It was really fun to show off our games, including Star Crossed—we brought a tumbling block tower and asked Kickstarter backers to sign it!

The 2018 Origins Bully Pulpit Booth Team
The 2018 Origins Bully Pulpit Booth Team

People were eager to learn more about what we are doing with Fiasco, and the reaction was universally positive. We left Origins more excited than ever about the revision. we’ll lay out more details about it very soon, and we’re anxious to hear what you all think. Briefly, we’re refactoring the game to make it play faster and be more accessible—the new version will retain the mechanical structure of the original game (why mess with that?) while streamlining play and creating new and weird opportunities for Fiasco enthusiasts to do their thing.

The Roach
You didn’t even know this was a thing yet, but we’re also working on a new version of the Shab-al-Hiri Roach. At Origins we also met with our friend Jay Treat, who is taking a strange and contradictory pile of notes and using them to revise our oldest published game. Now called simply The Roach, it will be a fun and engaging social deduction party game with all the academic horror and black humor you’d expect. Looking back on the original game is both instructive and terrifying—as written, it takes about six hours to play. The new version will shave at least five hours off that, while delivering the same horrible and hilarious time.

Ghost Court Improv!
One more really cool thing that happened at Origins: TBD Improv of Columbus put on a Ghost Court show, which was literally just playing Ghost Court on stage (with extra… singing?), and Jason got to play the bailiff. It was surreal and hilarious.

TBD Improv of Columbus Ghost Court Show
The TBD Improv of Columbus Ghost Court Show

All in all it was a pretty great show and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year, and sharing more about these cool new projects soon!

Origins 2018 Roundup
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