Silent Titans Pre-Sale is Live

Hi! Silent Titans pre-sales are now live on the Swordfish Islands store. You can snag a copy here:
If you live outside the US, this is a great time to grab a copy as non-US copies sold during this time will ship from outside the US. PreSale ends April 22.

Books sold after April 22nd will all ship from the US.

More information and details to come, but here's the quick announcement!


A New Map

Hello Everyone,

We haven't forgotten this blog. Promise. In fact, we're working on a whole overhaul of the site to make a more meaningful and focused experience. Soon™

News Item #1 - A New Map

There is a new map of Hot Springs Island by Jason Thompson (@mockman). It is utterly amazing.

News Item #2 - Reprint of Hot Springs Island

We have completely sold out of the first print run of Hot Springs Island (1500 copies)! Thank you! A reprint is coming, and one of the things we were waiting for was this map. It's going to be incorporated into The Dark of Hot Springs Island. We're also planning to do a poster map of it ('cause omg how could we not?!). It should be coming very soon. No firm date, but it's at the top of the stack of things to get done.

News Item #3 - Silent Titans

We are publishing Patrick Stuart's new RPG book Silent Titans. We ran a Kickstarter right at the end of 2018, and the book is expected to be completed by the printer right at the end of March. We hope to have them up on the webstore as soon as they're available. We may even be doing a pre-sale.

News Item #4 - The Tomb of Black Sand

We are currently working on a small dungeon called The Tomb of Black Sand. It doesn't have anything to do with the Swordfish Islands themselves, but it will be done in the same style (in terms of the way the information is presented, and with the goal of being able to be dropped into any fantasy campaign world). It's being done as a part of Kickstarter's Zine Quest event, and is expected to be completed in time for Gen Con this year (August 1st).

There are a few other exciting things on the horizon, but we're not quite ready to talk about them just yet. Stay tuned. And thanks again for your ongoing support!

Reddit AMA - 11-09-18

Things have been kinda nuts on this front. The Dark of Hot Springs Island won the gold Ennie for best adventure at Gen Con 2018. It won the prestigious Ramanan Sivaranjan Awards for Excellence in Gaming 2018. And it just won game of the month for November 2018 on Reddit's RPG subreddit.

We're working on getting a reprint going (almost sold out of physical copies of the first run of books!). We're working on the next book The Spire Islands. There are two spire islands: North Spire Island (home of the green scaled lizardment the Goa) and South Spire Island (home of the blue scaled lizardmen the Kiru). Together these two islands have 26 hexes, making them slightly larger than Hot Springs Island (25 hexes).

Because we won game of the month on the RPG subreddit, we've been invited to do an "Ask me Anything". Stop by on Friday 11/09/18 from 11:00am - 12:30pm and ask us any questions you'd like about Hot Springs Island or the Swordfish Islands, or whatever else you like.

Not sure how to begin a campaign?

Here's one way to start a Swordfish Islands campaign

Your past does not matter.

About a year ago you got black bagged and thrown in a cell. A dark cell. They said you deserved it. There was a list of allegations. You could recognize the voices of people you knew testifying against you, or at least you thought you could through the hunger and the dark.

It wasn't right. It wasn't fair. And that doesn't matter. What matters is that it happened. And here you are.

After sitting in the dark for 6 months, the door opened and an impeccably clean person, wearing black pants, black boots, and a bright coat of saffron yellow offered you a deal. Redemption. The Martel Company needs recruits. It will be hard work. And dangerous. But there will be treasure, and you can buy back your good name. In time.

They beat you. But they fed you well. They beat you harder. But they gave you equipment. They beat you 'till your bruises bled, but only if you did not obey. And they were fair.

For 6 months you hauled rocks. Big rocks. Rocks that were stuck in mud or in rushing rivers. You became wonderful at tying knots and lashing. You can make a crude sledge out of just about anything. After about a month of the beatings and hauling the only thing you thought when you saw something was "How can I pick this up and move it".

You were not alone. You don't know how many others there were total because everyone came and went so quickly, but you were placed on a hauling team, and they became your family. You've slept together, bathed together, eaten together. Watched each other shit.

Maybe you've become friends. Maybe you hate each other. It doesn't matter. Trust was beaten into each of you one blackjack at a time by the Martel Company. You know you can count on the people you are with right now because you already have for months.

A week ago you were equipped to go to the islands. The Swordfish Islands. Men and women in yellow coats lined the rails of the ship and held crossbows to the haulers. Some tried to escape. They were shot, and no one flinched. Not even you.

They branded the back of your left shoulder once the ship set sail. Black magic swirled around the iron and it felt like you were marked by ice, though you had seen it in a blaze.

When all were branded a Martel representative spoke with the boom of a storm. "You belong to Martel now, and you have been brought here to haul. Haul gold. Haul statues. Haul art and treasures of magical danger you cannot even begin to comprehend."

"The more you haul and return to a Martel quartermaster, the quicker your brand will fade. I cannot tell you how much you must haul. That amount is tied to your crimes, and you have had plenty of time to reflect upon them, so you know your amount better than I."

"We may sink. There are reefs and storms and monstrosities of every stripe between here and our destination. If our quartermaster is incapacitated any Martel Company quartermaster can process your hauls. There will be others. Boats arrive at the Swordfish Islands weekly."

"You do not need to haul. You are always free to choose, but in time, the brand will consume your flesh."

A naked man was brought onto the decks. His mouth gaped and his eyes lolled about blindly. A crooked V of black and green flesh covered the left half of his body. As he was thrown to the deck, the flesh on his left side sloughed off like a corn husk and bones and shriveled guts spilled out.

And then, the storm struck.

[If your character's strength and constitution scores are below 15, increase them by one point. If either stat is 15 or higher, add a single point to your charisma because you look fantastic after all the work you put in over the last 6 months]

Books Are On Sale

As the title says, the Hot Springs Island books are on sale. 25% off. Check it out. Or don't. It's a sandbox adventure afterall.