What has Shades of Vengeance been up to?

Hi everyone! Ed here.

2019’s been a really busy year for us, and now that we’re nearing the end of it, I thought I’d bring you up to speed on what we’ve done over here!

We kicked off the year with a Kickstarter for Era: Lyres ( https://www.era-games.com/era-lyres/ ), producing a Definitive Edition Rulebook which offers new mechanics, gameplay options, reward options and tonnes of extra creature features for our low fantasy storytelling game.

This has been received very well, and is up for an award next year, so we’re looking forward to seeing how that goes!

Not long after that, we created and funded The Era Zone, a zine for all of the Era Games which has produced four issues during this year. This offers extra material – stories, stats, campaigns and small expansions – for every single one of our games. It’s an absolute must for anyone who enjoys the Era games. It even offers early access to the Living Campaign I’ll be talking about later…

We’ve just published the 4th of these for Kickstarter backers, and the first of them is now available on DriveThruRPG. We’ll be offering the anthology in full colour version on our website really soon, if you want to catch up…!

Era: The Consortium passed its 5th Anniversary this year, and that has meant several new things in that universe – Miniatures of Stiletto Unit and a 5th Anniversary Definitive Edition were funded in March by eager fans. This 5th Anniversary Edition is updated and improved, with several things I wasn’t happy about in the Definitive Edition resolved!

As if that’s not enough (the miniatures are fantastically detailed, thanks to the work of an amazing team!), we also produced two full-cast audio dramas. Declaration: The Bug War #1 is an adaptation of the comic we produced a few years ago, which explores the Bug War’s beginning in detail. It’s available on Audible now:

Audible US – https://www.audible.com/pd/B0812864PL/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-170664&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_170664_rh_us

Audible UK – https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B081283GGJ/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-170664&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_170664_rh_uk 

We followed that up with Radio Free Taranis, a story about one man’s search for his sister, while exposing the corruption of Taranis! We were honoured to have the amazing Jennifer Hale involved in that project, and there’s a Season 2 coming soon! Again, Season 1 is available on Audible:

Audible US – https://www.audible.com/pd/B07XLVD4MX/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-164477&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_164477_rh_us 

Audible UK – https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07XVT4X1J/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-164477&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_164477_rh_uk

I know that all sounds like a lot of work, but I’m not finished yet!

The last part of this year saw Era: Forbidden, a brand new pocket game featuring Post-Apocalyptic Humanity caught in the middle of a war between Angels and Demons, has also been released! Digital Versions are with backers now, and I’m just waiting for the Paperback copies to arrive, so that will be available very soon now!

Finally, we’ve recently finished the Kickstarter for the amazing Era: Lost Legend: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadesofvengeance/era-lost-legend-a-final-fantasy-inspired-rpg

This game is one I’ve been wanting to make for a long time, and the great levels of support we have received will ensure that I am able to make an amazing game, bringing this universe to life in vivid detail!

That’s all (!) we’ve done this year, apart from attending more conventions than ever before and playing games with a huge number of people across our community!

Don’t forget you can always join us on Discord to have a chat: https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv and that we are entirely crowdfunded, so you can support us on Kickstarter or on Patreon, where we produce monthly content for your enjoyment: https://www.patreon.com/SoV

I will be back next week with a bit of a sneak peek for the future, so keep an eye out right here for more news.

– Ed

YouTube Video Releases this week:
Era: Lost Legend – Welcome to Stardust! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbFFoqy-1c

Era: Lost Legend – THORN Rebels Actual Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv1wDpP2EAg

The Era Zone – An Introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unz3v6eVG9Q

How to Create a Game – Audio Ed-Inar Recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwk8eDXks0Y