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Monday, August 29, 2011

HPS #2 Halloween Ball Now Available for ICONS and M&M3E

In an effort to make up for lost time, HPS#2 follows fairly closely on the heels of the ICONS release of The Substitute. For the first time, we're doing a simultaneous release of both the M&M3E and ICONS versions of the adventure. It's now available on DriveThruRPG.com for just $4.99

Halloween Ball
The Halloween Ball, a night of costumes, dancing, dark arts—wait, what? It’s up to you to stop the troublemakers before the dance is ruined.

Halloween Ball is a scenario in the HPS Freshman Year story arc. It may be played as a standalone, or it may be used with first-year characters who are already established in the Hope Preparatory School setting. A map of the dorm and a range of NPCs provide everything a gamemaster needs to run the scenario and experience a day in the life of a metahuman student.

This scenario also provides background and game information on Sister Synestria’s Certified Soothsayers Society. This organization is devoted to providing the professional support necessary to distinguish between professionals highly talented in the fields of precognition and postcognition from mere charlatans. Their Certified Soothsayer Professional (CSP) certification program offers the gold standard recognized by governments and businesses worldwide.

Direct Link to the M&M3E version.
Direct Link to the ICONS version.

This is the first product that we've featured Dan Houser as our new cover artist. In honor of that fact, here's a look at the great cover art he did for us without any interference from the publishing logos.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Substitute Now Available for ICONS!

This came through a bit later than originally intended, but the ICONS conversion of HPS #1 The Substitute is now available through DriveThruRPG.com for just $4.99.

The Substitute

Dr. Bailey's acting strangely... even by his usual standards. In Super Science class, he spent the whole time asking us questions. Then, we saw him actually reading sports news. What's going on?

The Substitute is a scenario in the HPS Freshman Year story arc. It may be played as a standalone, or it may be used with first-year characters who are already established in the Hope Preparatory School setting. A map of the gym  and a range of NPCs provide everything a gamemaster needs to run the scenario and experience a day in the life of a metahuman student.

This scenario also provides background and game information on Pryde Academy. This institute is an analog of Hope Prep from a parallel dimension. Dedicated to preparing its students for global domination, the Academy’s faculty has only recently discovered the HPS earth.

The Hope Prep School Freshman Handbook provides additional details about the HPS setting used in this scenario.

This PDF uses layers for ease of printing and is sized for compatibility with popular electronic reading devices.

CLICK HERE for the direct link.

Halloween Ball, our next release is back from editing and in layout. I hope to have this one available for ICONS much sooner after the M&M3 release.

Thanks for your support!

-John Dunn
http://www.meliorvia.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gen Con 2011 Report

Gen Con went very well for us this year, thanks to all who came out and played or just stopped by to ask questions. Our eight events, featuring the M&M3 versions of Orientation and the Substitute were well attended and well received. Both our players and GMs all seeemed to have a great time. Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting us. Players went home with laminated student IDs featuring the characters that they played in the events.

Over the course of the show, we handed out promotional postcards at both the DriveThruRPG and the Green Ronin booths. Many thanks to both companies for helping us to promote the setting. We also were privileged to meet quite a few bloggers and podcasters over the course of the show, several of whom I hope to be in touch with in the coming months.

On Saturday, I was able to attend Pinnacle Entertainment Group's seminar. They were kind enough to give me an opportunity to announce that Hope Prep will be coming to Savage Worlds this fall. The license has been granted and work is well underway. The current goal is to have that available in September, barring any complications with other work.

Finally, many thanks to all who took advantage of our "We Broke Even" bundles. The sale was a great success. I look forward to any feedback from those who chose to purchase the PDFs!

Monday, August 1, 2011

We Broke Even! Bundles

Yesterday something very exciting happened in the course of Melior Via's history. We have now sold enough copies of the Hope Preparatory School Freshman Handbook to cover our development costs. I guess since I'm admitting my excitement about this, it makes it pretty clear that none of our other products have gotten to that level of success yet, but the fact that one of them has is a major milestone for us.

So, we decided that we need to do something to celebrate the success. I realize that one sale just ended, but I think we can still launch another. For the next week, there are two Hope Preparatory School bundles available through DriveThruRPG. They're each priced at $5.00 and include the Freshman Handbook along with the introductory scenario - Orientation. One is for M&M3 and the other is for ICONS. That's like buying Orientation and getting the Handbook for just a penny!

Here are the direct links:
We Broke Even! M&M3 Bundle
We Broke Even! ICONS Bundle

This week is Gen Con - we look forward to a lot of great gaming at the show and hope to see folks who have enjoyed the Hope Prep setting. For those who can't attend, I hope you get a chance to get some games in at home.