Monday, May 23, 2011

The Convention Scene

This past weekend, we attended AnCon in Hudson, Ohio. It's a very friendly local annual game convention. We had a great time talking about Hope Prep with other attendees and running HPS #0 Orientation, which everyone seemed to enjoy. Players were also given HPS Student ID badges, as a memento of their session. (We'll have these at Origins and Gen Con as well.)

These were our first public sessions of the scenario, as we gear up towards the summer convention season. Thanks to all who played or just stopped by to say hello. It's always great to get a chance to talk about Hope Prep with enthusiastic gamers.

Origins Game Fair registration doesn't seem to be selling quite as quickly as Gen Con sold through. The good news is that for those interested in playing HPS adventures at Origins, there remain a few tickets available. At this time, two of our sessions of Orientation each have a single ticket available. Three sessions of The Substitute also have tickets remaining. We're looking forward to attending both of those shows and running as many games as we can.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Projects Status Update 5/14/11

I thought today I would give a quick update on various projects so that readers might learn what Melior Via is currently pursuing. We have a number of irons in the fire, so this may seem just a wee bit unfocused. Fortunately, we have a number of people working on these projects, so the workload is nicely diversified.

The next Hope Preparatory School scenario (The Substitute) is making solid progress. Scott Schletz's draft is currently in editing. Jeff Preston is once more handling the cover. Wesley Street is working on the maps. Interior art descriptions need to be revised and assigned. We are on schedule for a June release for the M&M 3rd Edition release. For those following the convention scene, the description has already been posted among our Gen Con and Origins events.

The ICONS conversion for Orientation and the Freshman Character Pack are also both making solid progress. We should have those ready for a June release as well.

In the longer term, we have a few other projects in the works. Without going into too many details, here's a brief list of things we're working on:
-We have another system conversion for the HPS Freshman Handbook in progress.
-We recently contracted Dan Houser to create several pieces. These will go into a new HPS Character Pack.
-We have an additional setting in development. This one is not a supers setting, and it uses another licensed system.
-Preliminary writing on the third HPS scenario has been contracted. It's due for an August release in the M&M system.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hope Prep comes to ICONS

We're happy to announce that Melior Via has just released the Hope Preparatory Freshman Handbook for ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying from Adamant Entertainment. This is the same core material featured in the Super-Powered by M&M version, but the Game Mechanics section covering character creation and the freshman faculty members has been modified for the new system.

Moving forward, Melior Via will offer Hope Preparatory School materials that support both game systems. Our current plan is to release the Freshman Character Pack and Orientation! for ICONS next month.

Previous buyers should receive a coupon from OBS to purchase the ICONS version at a substantial discount. (If you have not yet received your coupon, please drop a line to

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hope Prep Events for Gen Con Indy 2011 SOLD OUT

Well, that went fast. We're thrilled to report that all of our Hope Preparatory School events for Gen Con Indy 2011 were sold out within about an hour of event registration going live.

There were a couple of instances where a ticket showed as available later in the day, but they were soon snapped up once more. As of this posting, none are showing as available. If you were hoping to play in one of our events, we have two suggestions:

#1) Keep an eye on the event listings. It's not uncommon for a ticket or two to reenter circulation over the next few days and weeks.

#2) Show up to the events with generics. Many of our events are scheduled for 8AM. It's not at all uncommon for folks to choose to oversleep. All of our scenarios are intended for six players, and we'd vastly prefer to accommodate that number.

#3) It's unlikely, but we might manage to scare up another GM between now and the convention. If we can obtain another Gamemaster, we'll keep that person on standby to run tables for players who arrive with generic tickets.

Thanks for the support! We look forward to meeting with as many players as possible at the show.