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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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

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.

Misdirected Mark Takes On High Plains Samurai

MMPFeatured-400x319It’s been a very exciting couple of weeks for the One Land and now the first episode has dropped on your favourite pod catchers. The trio of Phil, Chris, and Bob from the Misdirected Mark Podcast are playing a 3-episode actual play of High Plains Samurai: Legends! If there was ever a group that would be the target audience for this game, it’s the folks at MMP (who have been incredibly helpful and awesome about this game).

It’s a unique new format and the first time they’ve ever done it on their show, which makes us extra proud to be the premier game of their new AP segment. Modelled after the Walking Eye podcast, the trio plays 20-minute scenes of the game before taking a sidebar to discuss the mechanics for a total of two scenes per episode. Afterwards, they will dedicate an episode to discuss a particular aspect or mechanic from the game. After far as APs go, this is about as in-depth as you can get with a good assortment of fight scenes and dialogue scenes to highlight the core mechanics of the game.

Check out the first session of High Plains Samurai on the Misdirected Mark Podcast. You can also catch the third session live on Twitch this coming Tuesday, May 8th at 8:45pm EST.

Exploring the Atlas

Screenshot 2018-03-20 15.21.18It’s been almost a month since the Atlas of the One Land launched on HighPlainsSamurai.com and we’ve already discovered a train station, a former monastery, a bounty hunter, and a gargantuan earth elemental that roams the central regions of the Wastes. Plus there’s tips for converting your HPS Legends pre-generated characters into a catar, one of the feline humanoids of the Pale Jungle outside of Monsoon. If you haven’t explored the One Land yet, take a look at what the Atlas has for you.

 

  • The Devil’s Throat, the entranceway to Yung Zhi overwhelmed by refugees
  • The Catar, the cat-like people of Monsoon with guidelines for converting HPS Legends‘ pre-gens into catar
  • Fireball Zuo, the bounty hunter from Ballad of a High Plains Samurai
  • Titan, a gargantuan earth elemental in the heart of the Wastes
  • Port Royale, a way station outside of Serenity Falls where you can catch a ride with the Caravan
  • The Grotto, a former monastery outside of Monsoon

If your group has created interesting new locations and characters during the course of your stories, share them with us. We’re always eager to add more discoveries to the Librarian’s collection. Simply click on the “Submit Your Discovery” button on the Atlas and help other Directors populate their worlds.

 

Measuring Success: The First Quarter of 2018

What the…?!! We’re already one quarter of the way through 2018? Wow, that was fast. Which means it’s time for the quarterly update on BRG sales for the first 25% of the year.

Let’s start by offering up the actual sales numbers, with 99% of them coming from OneBookShelf sites (DriveThruRPG and RPGNow) and the rest from BreakoutCon this past month.

Product Total Sold Gross Sales Earnings
Killshot: The Director’s Cut 8 $20.90 $13.59
PDF 8    
Hardcover B&W 0    
Hardcover B&W + PDF 0    
Killshot: An Assassin’s Journal 2 $0.00 $0.00
PDF 2    
Softcover B&W 0    
Killshot: Direction 0 $0.00 $0.00
PDF 0    
Softcover B&W 0    
Killshot Files #0 11 $0.00 $0.00
PDF (Free) 11    
Killshot Files #1 4 $5.96 $3.87
PDF 4    
Killshot Files #2 3 $6.82 $4.43
PDF 3    
Ironbound 38 $1.40 $0.91
PWYW 17    
Blessed and the Damned 21    
ScreenPlay 4 $56.52 $47.31
PDF 3    
Softcover POD 3    
Softcover POD + PDF 0    
Dial M for Monster 1 $0.00 $0.00
PDF 1    
Softcover POD 0    
Fragments 402 $0.00 $0.00
Duel (PDF) 402    
High Plains Samurai: Legends 472 $90.00 $62.55
PDF 470    
Softcover B&W + PDF 3    
Softcover CMYK + PDF 1    
TOTAL 952 $181.60 $132.66
Killshot Directors Kit (Bundle) 2  

Launching T-Shirts Into The Crowd…

HPS_Legends_cover_web_850x1200_Jan2018There’s a vast difference between the total number of sales and the money we earned as a result of those downloads. It’s a difference I expected for one reason: freebies. There were two new releases launched this quarter, HPS Legends and Duel. Both of them are free PDFs (with Legends available in paid softcover copies through a variety of sites). While Duel was always intended to be a free PDF (it’s only 8 pages long), there was some internal debate on Legends‘ price. The deciding factor was building an audience. Because BRG used to be part of the Mystical Throne Entertainment family, those sales were part of MTE’s data and were not guaranteed to port over to ours. As a result, the decision was made to make Legends free to help build up an audience for BRG (as well as HPS) and because it was created as a kind of stretch goal from the Kickstarter. That’s why this section is called “Launching T-shirts…” because that’s exactly what this first quarter was all about. Just without the t-shirts. Or the canons that killed Ned Flanders’ wife.

The numbers for both new products are very encouraging as both earned over 400 downloads a piece, primarily in the month of March. There were even a couple of softcover sales for Legends online. As both products were the central focus of this first quarter, mission accomplished. The true measurement of their success will reveal itself by next quarter.

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Speaking of free stuff, this quarter also saw the release of the official High Plains Samurai website (highplainssamurai.com). Beyond your typical setting-based website with basic rules, setting overview, and purchase links, the site features a weekly blog post called the Atlas of the One Land. If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a peak and learn about new locations, characters, even gargantuan monsters that wander across the Wastes. Data on the first two weeks of operation have been right on cue. To quote the Gauntlet podcast, this site is giving me life right now.

Add on the few sales for our older products, especially Killshot, and these numbers were very much what I was expecting. Q2 will be light with the launch of our second Fragments mini-game, By The General’s Hand, before the latter half of 2018 brings the full glory of HPS to the masses. Expect something about it on the site soon or you can learn more by signing up for the Broken Newsletter to the right side of this page (or on the bottom if you’re on a mobile). So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a core rulebook to finish.

The Atlas of the One Land: Titan

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Since Jeff Brown emailed that first draft of the map of the One Land, there has been a giant elemental walking through the middle of the Wastes. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what that creature might be, the Atlas has the answer for you. Meet Titan, a gigantic earth elemental acting as both caretaker of the Wastes and guardian of those with noble intentions who find themselves caught up in the inevitable violence. Written by the Librarian herself, this new entry in the Atlas includes information on how to incorporate Titan into your own stories. Enjoy!

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