Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Year End Wrap-Up

Happy Holidays, to all of our readers.

Season of the Witch

As the calendar winds down, we found time to squeeze in one last release. Every year, John's home game has one session devoted to eating too much food and an over top adventure that's in keeping with the very worst of very special Christmas episodes of ongoing TV series. It's particularly effective when the current campaign has nothing at all to do with Christmas. In keeping with that theme, Ross wrote up a new Accursed 1-sheet  entitled "Season of the Witch." Here's the background:

An idealistic young girl sets out to prove that the celebration of Evergreen Night is for everyone, even the reclusive and infamous Frau Pechta. The Penitents are asked to bring the girl back to her family before Frau Pechta’s inhuman hunger brings a grisly end to the holiday! Can the Accursed handle a sugar-spun stronghold, candy-frosted banes, and the spirit of the season?

Season of the Witch is now available from DriveThruRPG. We've decided to make it a Pay What You Want title, with a suggested price of $1.

Year End Sale

If you're looking for a last minute gift, all of our digital releases are now 25% off through the end of the 2016. When checking out, you can select an e-mail to send the PDF as a gift to a fellow gamer. Print / PDF combos also include a discount on the digital component. Note, though, that at this point, the print on demand copies will not arrive until the new year. Of course, if Santa gave you a little extra money this year, now's the perfect opportunity to flesh out or even complete your collection of any of our lines!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November Updates

It's been a bit since we've had any updates here. We've got more than a few irons in the fire, though, so let's just dive into a quick update.

Accursed and Fate Core

We love the Fate Core game system and offering a version of Accursed for that setting has been on our to do list for a couple of years. John finally found some time to get a real start on it, and he's produced a hack of the Grove Point 1-sheet as a publicly available taste. It's now up on DriveThruRPG as a Pay What You Want product. If you're even curious about how this might look, please grab a copy and give it a read. We've even included pregenerated characters to go with it. Please don't worry about any kind of payment until you've given it fair consideration. Then, if you'd like to see us do more with this please consider leaving a review and/or making a $1 payment. We're using this as a bellwether to determine if there's an audience for more.

Thanksgiving Sale

2016 has been a pretty challenging year for a lot of people. Fortunately, Melior Via has generally done okay this year, but we wouldn't have without your support. As a small way of saying thank you, we're discounting all of our digital products on DriveThruRPG starting at 9AM CST on Thanksgiving and running through Monday. Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, May 9, 2016

May Newsletter

We have a number of different irons in the fire at the moment, and we wanted to update you with our progress.

A Quiet Life

We've just released a new 1-sheet adventure, with the help of one of our World of Morden Kickstarter backers.

As the heroes travel through the Outlands, they come upon a small village, which seems to be in the midst of serious construction. They soon learn that a band of Accursed recently visited the town, and demanded that the refugees who settle it leave. As it turns out, those Accursed dwelt here, long before the Bane War began. Needless to say, they're unhappy about the refugees stealing their homes and land. The Witchmarked heroes must decide which party is in the right, and try to resolve their conflict, lest blood be shed between those who still oppose the Witches.

A Quiet Life is available from DriveThruRPG for $1.25

Heavyweight Standard Printing

DriveThruRPG is in the process of updating the printing process used for their standard printing. The change is focused upon the weight of paper used for the printing process. They've switched from a 50 pound weight to a 70 pound weight. The newer paper makes the books a little bit thicker and a little bit heavier. It also does a somewhat better job of absorbing ink, and, since it's thicker, it's more difficult to see artwork or text on the other side of a page.

We've completed the transfer process, designing new covers for all of our standard printing books to be compatible with the thicker pages. We've also ordered proofs to confirm that the pages look OK. The new books are more expensive to print, but we've chosen to keep our pricing the same. Any books ordered from Melior Via on DriveThruRPG going forward will use the heavyweight paper.

Review Drive

So, we just had to order a whole bunch of proof copies of our books. However, we don't maintain an inventory of our books. So, we don't really want to leave those sitting around. After a bit of thought, I've decided what to do with them. We want more reviews of our products. We're pretty sure there are at least a few folks out there who would like printed copies of our products.

With that in mind, the first eight people who contact me and offer me links to three reviews of Melior Via products that they have published (preferably on DriveThruRPG or Amazon) for our products will get a free copy of one of the 8 proofs that we have on hand. There are a few important caveats to this:
  1. You'll need to demonstrate that you're the author. Having a name or e-mail address that matches the reviewer's name is a good start.
  2. This will be first come first served. We aren't printing extra copies of books for this at this time.
  3. Due to the cost of postage, we're restricting this to people with a US mailing address. It is cheaper for us to print copies outside of the US and mail them than it is for us to post books internationally. If this goes well, we'll consider running a future contest for international reviewers.
Note that these do need to be new reviews. Once you've posted them, please drop a line to info@meliorvia.com with a link to the reviews.


We know that many of our supporters would like to see more 1-sheet adventures released. We're considering running a Patreon campaign to insure a flow of monthly adventures. This could also offer an opportunity for supporters to have a say in which settings we support, have custom artwork created to be featured in adventures, and even to play in games with our creators. If this sounds like a good idea, please let us know that you'd be willing to support it.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Updates and Releases - No Fooling!

We've wrapped up the series of World of Morden ebooks created through our January Kickstarter, and we wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the new products.

Bone and Barrow

We've previously talked about our releases of Frost and Fang as well as Science and Sea. Bone and Barrow is the final ebook in that series. Cairn Kainen and the Outlands were the first casualties of the Bane War. Neither could mount an effective defense against the Witch Armies, though for very different reasons. In both cases, their early collapses provided the Witches with the resources they needed to push the battle into Morden's other surviving nations. 

Now, both regions suffer under tyranny, long after the Witch Council dissolved. Hecate's Oubliette remains in the foothills of the Darkwall Peaks, and her banes prowl the Outlands. The Morrigan has made a new home in Blackroot Wode and collects a steady tithe of new souls to feed her cauldron.

Bone and Barrow provides additional information about the nation of Cairn Kainen and the Outlands that provide a barrier between the Darkwall Peaks and Morden's more stable nations.  It includes a broad range of different adventure hooks for GMs and players looking to explore these specific regions. It also introduces new banes as well as Hindrances and Edges specific to these cultures.

Bone and Barrow is available for $6 from DriveThruRPG. 
An important note on this release is that Sean Tait Bircher was so excited about his work on this that he wrote more than would fit. He's chosen to make his extra writing freely available on his blog

World of Morden

With the last of the ebooks complete, we can now also offer the print compilation of all four volumes. Accursed: World of Morden compiles the PDF releases from Sand and Stone, Frost and Fang, Science and Sea, and Bone and Barrow.  It's now available in several different print formats directly through DriveThruRPG, starting at$35. 

In the World of Morden, the forces of evil triumphed. The six great nations lost the Bane War to the Witch Council. Their armies were shattered. Now, Witches rule the land, but their Grand Coven has been sundered. The remnants of their massive army include captured citizens of the conquered nations who fought as the Witches’ shock troops. These soldiers became Accursed. Witchmarks burned into their flesh and souls transformed men and women into monstrous forms. Unable to return to their former lives, the Accursed wander the land, giving aid to those in need in an attempt to atone for past sins.

Sand and Stone Updated

As part of the World of Morden project, we created two new maps for Accursed: Sand and Stone. This required us to do a new layout of the ebook. When we did that, we ended up with a little extra space in the Hebron chapter, which we used to add another bane from the Crone's witchline: the Many Header. Previous buyers can download the new version from their DriveThruRPG library. Other interested customers can obtain Sand andStone for $6 from DriveThruRPG.

Ill Omens on DriveThru

We needed to add Ill Omens as a print product to DriveThruRPG in order to fulfill it to customers in our January Kickstarter. We've chosen to leave it available for purchase their as well for customers unable to obtain it through traditional channels. Ill Omens released in the summer of 2014, as a compilation of all of the adventures that we had released in PDF up until that time. It's now available for $20 on DriveThruRPG.

Paws and Stripes Charity Bundle

Melior Via is participating in a charity bundle organized by Fainting Goat Games. The bundle includes more than $200 worth of RPG ebooks in exchange for a donation of $20. All proceeds go to the Paws and Stripes charity. They're an organization devoted to training and providing service dogs to veterans in need of assistance.
Here's the direct link to the bundle: Paws and Stripes Bundle on RPGNow.

Other Accursed Projects

Ross continues to work on a novella for release in late 2016 that was funded by the January Kickstarter. We also have two short adventures that are in development in conjunction with a couple of our Kickstarter backers, which we expect to release this summer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Updates

We're still struggling a little bit with the time change here, but we've had a few different things happen, and we wanted to share them with you.  

Science and Sea
Our second World of Morden Kickstarter ebook has now been released. Backers should already have a coupon in their inboxes, and the PDF is now available for everyone on DriveThruRPG.

Manreia did not suffer any battles within its borders during the Bane War, but the nation still suffered grievous losses. She sent many soldiers and vast stories of supplies to aid the Army of Light in its battles. Since the war ended and Manreia surrendered, she has had to struggle under the Witches' tyranny, living in a turmoil that even Manreian ingenuity cannot overcome.

Refugees who left Manreian camps often boarded ships that carried them to the islands of the Discordian Sea. Most met with disaster, but a few have managed to survive on one of the many islands. Their lives are little easier than the ones they left behind, but at least they are less likely to directly encounter banes.

Science and Sea provides additional information about the nation of Manreia and life on the Discordian Sea within Accursed's setting of Morden. It includes a broad range of different adventure hooks for GMs and players looking to explore these specific regions. It also introduces new banes as well as Hindrances and Edges specific to these cultures.

For anyone who didn't back the Kickstarter, the ebook is now available for $6 in PDF from DriveThruRPG.

Melior Via is currently participating in the DriveThru GM's day sale as well. All of our older products (IE, before Frost and Fang) are now 30% off.

The Dark Queen's Gambit

The Witchmarked heroes discover a village in the Outlands destroyed by banes harboring a lone survivor. They must uncover the cause of the damage, rescue any other survivors, and try to put a stop to the banes responsible. In the process, they may uncover a new plot that the Dark Queen, Hecate, has already put into motion.

Dark Queen's Gambit is a 1-Sheet style scenario that focuses on the adventures of a band of Witchmarked heroes in the Accursed game setting. The adventure may be played as a standalone, or it may be used with the Plot Point Campaign included in Accursed. The adventure features brief scene descriptionss, with necessary game mechanics and opportunity for tasks that can be resolved in a variety of ways. 
This ebook is now available for $1.25 in PDF from DriveThruRPG. It was written by Richard Woolcock of Savage-Stuff!

Luck Points

John recently started dabbling in the 5th edition of the world's oldest RPG. He wasn't entirely satisfied with one of the mechanics, and decided to provided an alternative to the Inspiration system. Luck points aren't anything revolutionary, but they're a different approach that offers a little more narrative control for both the the PCs and the GM. A brief PDF is freely available and all of the game content is available through the OGL for re-use.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Accursed: Frost and Fang now Available

Thanks to the support of all of our backers, the first release from our World of Morden Kickstarter project has been completed. We sent it out to backers early this morning, and it's now available for general sale on DriveThruRPG as well. Here are the full details:

Frost and Fang

Valkenholm’s history began as a colony of Steppengrad, but they soon outgrew the Tsar and his Grafs. Ever since it became independent, the two nations have maintained a strong rivalry. In the wake of the Bane War, both countries struggle to survive. Their homes were the core battlefront. Their land was devestated and countless lives lost. Now, they soldier on under the tyranny of the Blood Witch and Baba Yaga.

Frost and Fang provides additional information about the nations of Steppengrad and Valkenholm within Accursed's setting of Morden. It includes a broad range of different adventure hooks for GMs and players looking to explore these specific regions. It also introduces new banes as well as Hindrances and Edges specific to these cultures.

Mike Brodu's map of Aziev:
Elif Siebenpfeiffer's illustration of the Watch in Valkenholm:

For people who didn't back the Kickstarter, the ebook is now available for $6 in PDF from DriveThruRPG.

Upcoming Releases

With Frost and Fang out, we're now concentrating on finishing up Science and Sea, the next release in the World of Morden series. This ebook focuses on the nation of Manreia and the dangers of the Discordian Sea. We're aiming to get that one completed and out in March of 2016. Bone and Barrow will follow that, presenting Cairn Kainen and the Outlands.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Funding Achieved! Stretch Goals in Progress

We've made great progress in just a few days, and we're now crested the $4000 mark. The first stretch goal – Science and the Sea, featuring Manreia and the Discordian Sea – is firmly in our sights. We appreciate your contributions to date, but we're going to need continued help spreading the word about the project. Don't forget, as we hit stretch goals, your pledges become more valuable.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Accursed World of Morden Kickstarter Now Live

Since we first started blogging about Accursed in 2013, the setting has enjoyed tremendous support from its fans. The game's initial publication depended upon a crowdfunding campaign. Without your help, it never could have come to fruition. Two years later, we're reaching out for your support once more. We want to create a companion volume to Accursed that explores the World of Morden, and we need your help to realize that.