Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Sale!

Melior Via is just one of the many publishers participating in DriveThruRPG's Christmas in July Sale.

It just launched today, and runs for about a week. This year, however, there's one particularly notable change. In addition to marking down ebooks, DriveThruRPG also offered publishers a chance to mark down their print products as well. We've opted into that, and have discounted all of our print products by 15%. Almost all of these are exclusively available through DriveThruRPG, and we have never had a sale on them before. If you've been considering the Premium Hardcover Color Edition of the Accursed, the Accursed GM Screen, or our Double Deck of Accursed Cards, there has never been a better price.

Our Far Away Galaxy Poster Space Battle Map set is also included in the sale. I don't think you'll find another fully illustrated 3 foot x 3 foot battlemap for $5.10.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Crowdfunding Successful, Thank You!

Today, the Kickstarter project to fund The Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Story successfully concluded. Much to our surprise, we even managed to attain our $10,000 stretch goal. Thank you to everyone who supported the project and to all who helped us spread the word about it. We're indebted to you for your efforts. We intend to deliver a great product to you in return.

Monday, July 6, 2015

1 Week Update on The Thin Blue Line Kickstarter

The Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Story has been running for about a week now. We've been toying with the 50% funded line for the past couple of days approaching it and even briefly passing it, before a couple of backers had to withdraw. We're grateful for all the support and attention its received to date. We feel like a community is emerging around the project, and that's deeply gratifying. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Thin Blue Line Kickstarter Launches

This is a landmark day for The Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Story. We're launching a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter today, to fund the full production of the RPG. We're tremendously excited about this, and we hope you'll consider supporting us in our efforts. Jason has been working on this project for years, and I'm thrilled that he chose to team with Melior Via to bring his vision to life.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sundry Updates

A number of things came together in short order recently. They’re not really thematically linked, but they’re all important. So, let’s dive into them quickly.

Accursed GM Screen Now Available

Over the weekend we received our proof copy of the Accursed GM’s screen inserts. We ordered it along with the customizable screen, and we’re very happy with the combination. All 8 of the panels reproduced our colors very effectively, and we love the way it turned out.
The PDF of the screen panels is now available for $3. Printed cards (US Letter size) are available to order for $7. Those who particularly like the screen we used can also combine the printed cards with the screen for $31.95. 

Direct Link to the Screen

Accursed Map Now Available

We’ve had a printed map of Morden available on our Zazzle site for a while. However, it’s a little more expensive than we’d like it to be, and that site’s a little off the beaten path. Recently, DriveThruRPG enabled the ability to print posters. Conveniently, those are about the same size as our map. We’ve just received the proofs of the map and we’ve now turned that on for ordering.
It’s now available in print for $6. It’s shipped flat, folded in half. 

Direct Link to the Map

Thin Blue Line Blog has launched

Melior Via will be publishing a new setting later this year. The Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Story is Jason Marker’s creation. In it, he shows his love for the city by exploring some of its darkest legends. Players take on the roles of the officers of the city’s Corktown Precinct. These officers have either demonstrated paranormal abilities or had a close brush with the supernatural. The damaged, over-worked, and under-paid officers must keep paranormal activity in Detroit under wraps and out of sight.
Jason’s posting updates to the new blog a couple of times each week as we continue development work on the project. The Thin Blue Line will be a modern horror setting, requiring the Savage Worlds rulebook and the Horror Companion for use. 

Direct Link to the Blog

Gen Con 2015 Schedule

Melior Via is hosting several events at Gen Con this year and John’s participating in a couple of others. If you’re assembling your schedule in preparation for event registration (coming 5/17/15) please keep these events in mind! 
RPG1571207 Accursed - The Lost Pyramid Thursday @ 9:00 AM 4 hours
The Order of the Penitent has asked your team to investigate rumors coming from Hyphrates. Banes once loyal to the Djinn have been searching the desert, reportedly trying to uncover a legendary site. A pyramid may exist which connects Morden with the Summerlands of the Seelie Fey. Could this be a way to bring the Seelie back to the world? Worse yet, could the banes use it as a gateway to bring back the Djinn? Game with one of the setting’s creators!
SEM1571371 How to RPG Freelance! Thursday @ 2:00 PM 1 hour
Join experienced gaming professionals as they present a guide for anyone looking to enter the gaming industry, from highs to lows & everything in between.
RPG1571208 Accursed - The Lost Pyramid Friday @ 9:00 AM 4 hours
The Order of the Penitent has asked your team to investigate rumors coming from Hyphrates. Banes once loyal to the Djinn have been searching the desert, reportedly trying to uncover a legendary site. A pyramid may exist which connects Morden with the Summerlands of the Seelie Fey. Could this be a way to bring the Seelie back to the world? Worse yet, could the banes use it as a gateway to bring back the Djinn? Game with one of the setting’s creators!
RPG1572461 Thin Blue Line - Mummy's Curse Saturday @ 9:00 AM 4 hours
Two guards murdered and the ancient Egyptian exhibit vandalized at the Detroit Institute of Art. The Corktown Precinct investigates the unexplained. Preview an upcoming setting!
SEM1575984 Savage Worlds Licensee Seminar Saturday @ 4:00 PM 1 hour
Learn what's in the works for Savage Worlds licensee companies!
SEM1576204 RPG Business Sense Saturday @ 5:00 PM 1 hour
Focusing on the business of producing and selling your own product; learn about resources to make that part easier. This seminar is interactive. Audience questions and comments welcome. Topics may include information about trade groups, administrative structure, pros and cons of distribution, crowdfunding (e.g. Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Patreon), marketing and advertising, the usefulness of contracts, and other topics the audience wants to discuss.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shaintar-Accursed Crossover!

Melior Via is proud to announce the release of a crossover adventure, enabling characters to travel between the worlds of Shaintar and Morden. With permission and support from Evil Beagle Games, we've released Darkest Tides, an adventure and sourcebook about both settings.

Darkest Tides Cover

The adventure begins in earnest when the heroes arrive at Cata'Lasis or Respite—places that conceal a connection between worlds. Ranking members of the heroes' organization have sent the characters to the island in response to a request for aid. The aid requests are in response to numerous sightings of unusual creatures that have taken place in the area. Tracking the corrupted beings uncovers a larger tunnel complex. Examination of the caverns reveals that they are the remains of something ancient.

Darkest Tides is a 19 page adventure for a band of Rangers from Shaintar. It can also be adapted for  Witchmarked heroes from Accursed. The adventure may be played as a standalone, or it may integrated into a larger campaign. It follows a four act structure, while also providing details on the regions of Cata'Lasis in Shaintar and the corresponding city of Respite on Morden from Accursed. Darkest Tides includes necessary game mechanics and opportunity for tasks that can be resolved in a variety of ways. Conversion notes are provided for transferring characters between the two settings.

Shaintar: Legends Arise and Accursed provides additional details about the setting used in this scenario, however, only Shaintar: Legends Arise is required to fully make use of the game mechanics presented. Savage Worlds is also required.

Available for $6.00 exclusively from DriveThruRPG!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gen Con and Accursed: Ill Omens

It's a week until Gen Con, so it seems like we probably should have let this information out earlier. Oops.

We've been pretty hard at work on a few different projects, and we want to share that information with you. So, let's dive into a few different bulletpoints.

Print Partnership
Melior Via has partnered with Studio 2 Publishing. They're shepherding our print releases into retail distribution through traditional hobby games stores. Accursed was our first release through this partnership and is either now available or will be available very shortly through traditional sales channels. Accursed: Ill Omens (see below) is now available for pre-order to distributors and should be available in retail stores at the end of this month (August 2014). We'll be continuing to work with them on all future print releases, and we're very excited about having this opportunity.

Accursed: Ill Omens

So, what's that you ask? The first print supplement for Accursed is an adventure package, and it's now available to distributors to pre-order through Studio 2 Publishing. This includes all of the adventures that we've released electronically to date – including the playtest one sheet that was part of the Kickstarter and that we haven't sold anywhere else yet. It's a 64 page softcover, with a MSRP of $20. Gen Con attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the book early, as Studio 2 Publishing will have it in their booth. Here's the back cover text:

Morden has fallen to the Witches, but their banes continue to prey off of the mortal survivors. This book of adventures presents a variety of different challenges for Morden’s Witchmarked heroes to overcome. New foes are introduced and locations are expanded. The adventures range in scope, with some suited to a single evening’s entertainment, while others could encompass several nights of play. Any of them can be interspersed with the Plot Point Campaign included in the Accursed core book.

Gen Con Ross, Jason, and I will all be at Gen Con, wearing a number of different hats. Because of that, none of us will be in one place consistently. However, John and Ross will both be visiting the Studio 2 Publishing booth (1317) fairly regularly. (Jason will be wearing his GM hat for FFG much of the time.) If you want to track us down, drop a message to and we'll do our best to respond promptly and meet up with you. We're always happy to talk about Accursed.