Friday, September 4, 2015

A release, a sale, and some news

We have a few small announcements that we need to share.
New Release
Last week, we released Fall of the Tower, an adventure for Accursed. This began as a special event run at Gen Con 2014 for a few of our Kickstarter backers. It represents a turning point in the struggle for the future of Morden, a savage blow struck against either the Witches who have conquered the land or the Order of the Penitent that seeks to save it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Releases and Other 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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2014 - An Accursed Year

Over the month of January, many different organizations did 2014 year end reviews and awards. Since Accursed hit print distribution in 2014, many such groups gave it some consideration. We're honored to say that we earned recognition from several different groups. In particular, Tommy Brownell honored us with a pick in Tommy's Top Six, Topless Robot included us in their Top 21 of 2014, and Diehard GameFAN gave The Banshee of Loch Finnere 3rd place for Adventure of the year. We're in the company of some amazing publications with these awards, and it's an absolute honor.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanks to You

As the holiday season begins, we wanted to come up with some small way to show our gratitude for the past year. Since we launched the Kickstarter for Accursed, the game community has embraced our work, and been extremely supportive of it. We're appreciative of that support, and we wanted to find some small way of expressing that gratitude. In the spirit of the buying frenzy that has now begun, we've launched a small sale on DriveThruRPG. Specifically, we've marked down the Accursed Player's Guide from it's regular price of $10 to just $1.

In order to get this price, you'll need to use the sale link.


While some people may like to buy this to sample the setting, we're also hoping that some people will use the gift option (available once the game's in your shopping cart) to send the guide to potential players or to friends who might be interested.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cthulhu Could be Coming?

Well, sort of...

This is certainly our silliest update ever, but, I can't resist sharing it.

Christian Lindke of Twin Suns Entertainment is currently running a Kickstarter. It's not really a gaming Kickstarter even, but it likely has plenty of appeal to most gamers. Specifically, he's running his second Kickstarter to fund the creation of Cthulhu-themed Christmas Cards. (The first one was two years ago and I loved the cards I received, as did the card recipients.)

He's just added a bonus goal to the project. If it funds, John will write a short adventure set in Morden, which features the Cthulhu Claus character as well as artwork from the Kickstarter project.

Here's the direct link to that project update:

Cthulhu Cards Kickstarter

Please be aware that this is not a permanent change to add the Old Ones into the setting. It's just a 1-shot, humorous toned adventure, that could be a fun change from the norm.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Book and Gen Con Info

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.