HPS Legends Wins Gold at the ENnies

ennies 2018 goldBroken Ruler Games has won the Gold ENnie Award with High Plains Samurai: Legends for Best Free Game! Winning gold not only means we’ve received an award but that we received the most votes out of all the awesome candidates on the list this year and that astounds us the most. This was truly unexpected and we’re honoured to have received such esteemed recognition from the roleplaying community.

You can watch the exact moment on YouTube.

Thank you to Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games for accepting the award on our behalf and delivering the speech (even if he didn’t curse) and for Jason Pitre of Genesis of Legend Publishing for bringing it back across the border. There is not enough thanks to give to everyone who helped make this game possible but we are going to try over these coming days and weeks. It’s an exciting time as we get ready to launch the Backerkit portion of the final release for the High Plains Samurai Roleplaying Game‘s core rulebook (stay tuned for that).

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees and a special thank you to everyone who voted for HPS.

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Vote For HPS Legends Before July 22nd

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If you haven’t heard yet, High Plains Samurai: Legends is nominated for a 2018 ENnie for Best Free Game and voting has just begun. As one of the more than 1,000 people who have a copy of HPS Legends sitting in their computer or tablet, we’re counting on all of you to help us turn this nomination into an award as we prepare to release the core rulebook for the High Plains Samurai Roleplaying Game.

This is Broken Ruler Games’s third product to feature on an ENnies list over the past five years (with two nominations, including this one and ScreenPlay: The Rehearsal Edition, and a Judges’ Spotlight for Killshot: The Director’s Cut in 2013). It has been our absolute pleasure to bring these games to light with the people who have made this possible, but it has also been our responsibility to ensure everyone gets a high quality game that pushes my skills as a game designer, publisher, and pushes your experiences as a fan of roleplaying games. Your vote for High Plains Samurai: Legends will help us accomplish an important goal for the future of Broken Ruler Games – to win a major award in an open-voting category. That means every vote counts.

You can vote online at ennie-awards.com.

HPS Legends Nominated for an ENnie Award!

EnniesIt is with great excitement and anticipation that we share with you this announcement. High Plains Samurai: Legends has been nominated by the ENnies as one of the past year’s Best Free Games and we are extremely humbled by this recognition. Sitting along with some great companions (or is that… competition?) such as Esper Genesis, Sage of the Goblin Hoard, and Forthright, this is the third nomination in this category for Broken Ruler Games. And we’re feeling lucky.

Thank you to everyone who helped make HPS Legends what it is and congratulations to all the nominees.

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You can read the complete list of 2018 nominees on the ENnie Awards website.

You can learn more about HPS Legends on our page and at highplainssamurai.com

A War Game To Write Home About…

By The General's HandWhat do generals tell their families back home about the atrocities of war? What fears and bravado do they share with their spouses, children, friends from childhood? What truths lie behind the fog of war?

Our second Fragments mini-game, By The General’s Hand, is now available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. Inspired by an episode of the Gaming & BS podcast, this is a 2-player game about a fictional war played out using handwritten letters sent home to loved ones. Each letter contains an update on how the war is progressing with dice rolls used to determine either side’s victories, defeats, and setbacks encoded within the letters. Players are encouraged to handwrite their letters and reveal the impact of war on these dedicated soldiers and the worlds they affect as they answer questions with each corresponding letter.

It’s only $1.50 USD for a PDF of By The General’s Hand and we’d love to hear the results of your wars. A great game to play between other games to help pass the time with a tactile approach to war simulations.

Play HPS at Origins

Origins-Game-Fair-logo-450x240.pngTo everyone going to the Origins Game Fair this week(end), enjoy and have a great time trying everything new and beloved! We’re so pleased to know that High Plains Samurai: Legends will not only be on sale at the IGDN booth, but there will also be a game of Showdown in Yung Zhi available for new Writers to try. Massive thanks goes out to the IGDN for helping to make this happen (and at GenCon too). We hope you have a chance to check it out.

You can learn more about HPS Legends here and discover more about the world of the One Land at highplainssamurai.com.

Looking For Directors At GenCon & Origins 2018

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018Thanks to our membership with the IGDN, there will be games of High Plains Samurai: Legends available at both Origins and GenCon this year… but we need Directors (GMs) to run them for us. Due to numerous reasons, attending these cons ourselves is not a possibility and so we’re more than happy to help sweeten the deal.

If you’re interested in running HPS Legends at either of these cons, please send Todd an email and let him know which of the current slots for either Origins or GenCon you can handle. We’ll take care of the rest. And for your generosity, we’re going to provide you with a print copy of HPS Legends as well as a digital “Director’s Care Package” with all the cheat sheets, character notes, and handouts you’ll need to run your game with style.

Showdown at CanGames

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Do you think you have what it takes to bring in Dollface dead or alive?

This Saturday, May 19th, gamers in the Ottawa area can try their hand at some bounty hunting in the One Land. Todd will be running two sessions of “Showdown in Yung Zhi” from High Plains Samurai: Legends and you can purchase print copies of our latest release at the Ottawa Story Games booth (run by the ever awesome Jason Pitre from Genesis of Legends Publishing and author of Sig: Manual of the Primes).

You can learn more about CanGames right here. You can also jump right onto their online schedule to book your seat on Saturday.