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Yikes, almost August already?  Time sure flies when you’re assembling the biggest event in the history of your company…

A few things to fill you all in on:

  • The Strange Aeons Core Rulebook is sold out, and will be available in PDF format only until 2nd Edition ships next year.  This also means the Bundle of the Beast is no longer available, as only Morbid Adventures and Shocking Tales #3 remain in stock.
  • 2nd Edition development is cruising along nicely.  We continue to tweak, refine and build on our current playtest edition.
  • The Kickstarter campaign remains on target for Q4, and will feature both a new rulebook (currently looking to be at least double the size of the old edition) and a revised miniature line with a substantial number of brand new sculpts.  Depending on what we hit for stretch goals, we also plan to offer some cool new game aids.
  • We’re endeavouring to put all the pieces in place to offer VAT and duty-free shipping for backers in Canada, the USA and EU.

Right, back into the lab – we still have a lot to do!

After reviewing our stock levels, we’ve decided to slash the price of the printed edition of Morbid Adventures, our Strange Aeons scenario compilation, to $16 from it’s original price of $24.95.  The price of the Bundle of the Beast, which contains Morbid Adventures along with the Core Rulebook and Shocking Tales #3, has been reduced to $60 accordingly.

It’s high time to let out our little secret and explain why we’ve been cloistered away of late: we’re hard at work developing Strange Aeons – 2nd Edition!  More details will be forthcoming over the next few months, but here’s a quick summary of the basics:

  • 2nd Edition will consolidate and refine existing rules as well as introduce new content
  • We’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign for the book along with new models and accessories in Q4 of this year
  • Release is targeted for Q2 2015

1st Edition rules will remain available in the interim.  We’ve reduced the price of the PDF Rulebook to $20, and the PDF rules bundle to $60.  Prices for the printed rules will remain unchanged, as supplies are limited – one of the many reasons we’re moving forward on 2nd Edition.  We’ll keep you updated over the course of the summer!

March 21st always marks the first day of the Cult of the Black Goat’s calendar, and we celebrate that by sending out a fresh Cult newsletter and introducing a new exclusive model!

First, the newsletter.  In the past, issues of Fhtagn! were attached to a simple email, but membership has grown to the point that we’re trying out a delivery service.  Most Cultists appear to be getting their messages just fine, but if you were expecting one and haven’t received it, double check your spam folder and let us know if you haven’t got one.

Now, the model!  This year we present ‘The Watcher’, sculpted for us by our good friend Bob Murch.  New Cult members will now receive this model as part of their welcome package, and existing members will have one added to their first non-PDF webstore order placed this “Cult year”.  You should also check out Bob’s own paint job on this model.

You looking at me?

Still not a member of The Cult of the Black Goat? Check out the benefits!

A bit of a good news/bad news update this month.

Some Fun!

Uncle Mike is currently hosting the Lovecraftian Painting Circle over at Lead Adventure Forum. Only 100 freshly painted mythos horrors will be accepted to the circle! Head over the check out the entries or submit your own tentacled terror to the proceedings.

The Good!

We’ve finally caved in and added PDF editions of our in-print rulebooks to the UMW Shop.  Strange Aeons ($24), Morbid Adventures ($16) and Shocking Tales #3 ($12) are now all available in digital editions.  There’s also the ‘Virtual Insanity’ bundle, which nets you the whole range of SA rules for a mere $66.66.

“What prompted this sudden change of heart towards the gentle PDF?” you might ask?  There’s a few factors at work here.  First, our out-of-print material has sold very well, indicating that the demand is strong, and that there isn’t a noticeable issue with piracy.  Second, there are quite a number of people who aren’t keen on paying for shipping, which brings us to…

The Not Quite So Good

For a few years now, Canada Post’s insidious rate creep has been persistently nipping at our heels like an insatiable Hound of Tindalos.  Despite Mike’s valiant effort to eliminate all Euclidian corners from his lair (at least that’s what he told me he was doing – may have been he just needed to vacuum…), those foul beast finally have us in their clutches.  Alas, the time has finally come to raise the UMW Shop shipping rates.  Here’s what things look like now:

Expedited Parcel (2-7 business days): $12.00

Up to 1kg: Small Packet Air (no tracking, approx. 1-2 weeks): $12.00
Over 1kg: Expedited Parcel (4-10 business days + customs): $25.00

Small Packet Air (no tracking, approx. 1-2 weeks)
- Up to 0.25kg: $12.00
- 0.26 to 0.5kg: $18.00
- 0.51 to 1kg: $36.00
- 1.01 to 2kg: $50.00
Orders over 2kg will ship by Air Parcel (same timeframe, but with tracking) at a flat rate of $75.

On the plus side, we’ve refined the weights of a number of items, particularly rulebooks.  This should (hopefully) minimize the impact of the new rates on overseas customers.

We’ve tried to hold off on this as long as humanly (or possibly humanoidly) possible, but the time has come to get our store shipping rates aligned more closely to reality.  As of February 3rd, virtually all rates will be increasing, but you still have a few days to take advantage of the current prices.

Also, to improve your options, we’ll be introducing PDF editions of the Strange Aeons Rulebook, Morbid Adventures and Shocking Tales #3, making our entire rules catalogue available in digital format.

Well, Krampus has really settled in and made himself at home at Uncle Mike’s Lab.  He’s drinking all the beer, eating whatever he can lay his hands on, and…  well, long story short, we can’t seem to get him to leave.  The upside to this for you, the consumer, mercifully distant from Krampus’ distinctive odour, is that we’ll be continuing to sell our exceptionally popular (glad you like him!) Krampus miniature until January 15th.

The snow is falling outside Uncle Mike’s lab, and we’ve been trimming the tree with anything red or green.  Some of it is still moving, and we’re hoping the smell isn’t too overpowering in three weeks.  Yes, the holiday season is upon us, so grab a cup of coffee/eggnog/cocoa/scotch/glogg (pick one – mixing is generally inadvisable) and settle in for some festive insanity.


As promised, today marks the release of our special holiday Krampus model, complete with terrified children.  We’ll be selling this pack throughout the month of December (possibly into January if supplies hold out), and also have some amusing new scenarios for Krampus to star in – one each for Strange Aeons and Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten.  You can download those, along with profiles for both Krampus and the Children, on the Resources page.  Or, if you want to save a bit of time, this handy archive has all four files wrapped together for you.  We’ve also revised our 2011 holiday scenario, Nightmare on 34th Street, to match up better with the new rules for Children, so dust off that Maniac Santa!  Still not enough eldritch cheer for you?  Don’t forget to sprinkle your games with some Season’s Beatings.

As an added silly season bonus, and something for those Scrooges out there who wouldn’t touch a holiday miniature if their life depended on it, we’ve burned the midnight oil to get our Hybrids cast up and ready for release.  The response to our recent preview was so positive, we felt it wrong to keep them from you any longer, thus these fishy denizens can also now be yours!  Visit our Online Store to get shopping.


j_cockburn_winnerWow, what a finish!  It was looking like a pretty lean year only one week ago, but BrushOff! 2013 finished with a record-setting number of entries.  After a lengthy chain of judging emails (the Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition would be hard pressed to get out of Uncle Mike’s Lab under current conditions), we’ve selected the winning entries.

Single Pack
1st Place – Rob Mitchell’s Cultists bowled us over with their detailed robes and hand-painted Cult of the Black Goat banner in tow
2nd Place – Florian Stockbauer’s Godling was too massive and horrifying to be ignored

1st Place – Jim Cockburn’s Dagonites (pictured) swept in and stole the show in this category.  What a Deep One!
2nd Place – Rob Mitchell crops up again with his eye-searingly green horde of Death Cultists

Our sincere thanks to everyone that submitted an entry and made BrushOff! a success once again.

Two days to Krampus…

After a deluge of last-minute entries, we’ve almost matched the bar set by the past two years of BrushOff!  Thanks to everyone that’s taken the time to put brush to resin and prepare an entry.  As we won’t be judging the entries until Tuesday (thanks in part to an imminent snowstorm of epic proportion), we’re extending the contest an extra day to give any final stragglers a chance to finish up and get their entry in.  Submit by the end of the day Monday – you can possibly push your luck to Tuesday morning, but no guarantees – and we’ll get your entry into the competition.  Check back in a few days to see the winners, and to witness the arrival of Krampus…

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