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Now Available: Juggernaut

Posted by Steve on April 17th, 2015 — in News

Juggernaut Cover


JUGGERNAUT is a live-action game about free will by Jason Morningstar, and featuring photography by J.R. Blackwell. It is designed for 4-6 players and 1-2 hours and plays like a creepy Twilight Zone episode. The game requires cards but the rules are available as a free download.

It is July third, 1950. The Korean War is eight days old. National Security Council Report 68 is sitting on Harry Truman’s desk, a grim outline of the Cold War that is to enfold the world for the next 40 years. Alan Turing’s paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” is circulating for review. Cinderella is a box office sensation.

And you have invented a computer that can see the future.

JUGGERNAUT requires almost no preparation, replay value is high, and it is always weird and intense To play. To play you’ll need the deck of cards (either the premium, print-on-demand deck or the print-and-play version you cut yourself). You’ll also need a private space and the soundtrack MP3, which simulates the ominous roar of the machine. Labcoats and other props are optional!

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Wheels Down! The Night Witches Have Landed

Posted by Steve on March 18th, 2015 — in News

night_witches_coverNight Witches, the RPG about Soviet women at war, has been officially released and is now available to the general public! If you’d like to grab a copy for yourself, here’s where you can find it:

The digital edition is available from both DrivethruRPG and Indie Press Revolution. At the moment this is just the core PDF file but we’ll soon be adding Epub and Mobi files as well.

The print edition is also available at IPR, as well as through Atomic Empire’s Amazon storefront and at friendly local game stores near you. The book is 184 full-color pages and is a thing of beauty!

As usual the PDF is included with any brick-and-mortar sale of the print book through Talk to staff at the store and make sure they know about the program when you buy your book.

The handouts are available for download here on our site. This includes the playbooks, duty stations, scenarios, reference sheets, and even a list of great Russian names.

Finally, if you’d haven’t already, feel free to join us at the Night Witches community on Google+ to discuss Night Witches, ask questions, and share the stories from your game sessions!

What’s Coming Up for BPG?

Posted by Steve on March 12th, 2015 — in News

We’re busy as parasitic ichneumon wasps here at Bully Pulpit HQ!

In March, Jason will be a Guest of Honor at Gamestorm, in Portland/Vancouver.

In April, Jason will visit his ancestral homeland as a guest of Pyrkon in Poznan, Poland.

In May, the entire BPG staff – both of us! – will attend Ropecon in Espoo, Finland, where we will indulge in wild exploration of jokamiehenoikeus.

Night Witches has been released, and The Warren is in full-scale development!

Smaller games are also in production as well, so watch this space for news!

The Night Witches Kickstarter is Now Live

Posted by Steve on October 28th, 2014 — in News

The NIGHT WITCHES tabletop RPG Kickstarter is now live! We hope you’ll consider joining us as we take off with the 588th Night Bomber Regiment!

Product Updates: Durance Cards and Fiasco T-Shirts Now Available

Posted by Steve on October 6th, 2014 — in News

Due to popular request, we’re making a few older exclusive products publicly available again!

DrivethruCards POD – $8.00

This high quality deck of 65 cards is a supplement for Durance that was previously only available to our awesome Kickstarter backers. It includes 12 Survey Factor Cards (six Planet and six Colony cards); 20 Planetary Survey Cards; 20 Colonial Record Cards; and 12 Special Settings Cards— these are custom settings you can choose to use instead of following the normal process. They come in matched planet/colony pairs and were designed by Clinton Nixon Dreisbach, Graham Walmsley, Rafael Chandler, and Chris Bennett.

DrivethruCards POD – $4.00

This smaller deck of 23 cards is a supplement that only previously existed as a convention demo tool, enabling us to set up Durance games quickly with pre-made characters and lots of front-loaded hooks and connections. The deck includes 10 Notable Cards and 12 Oath Cards.

Both decks of cards should fit nicely in one of Drivethru’s large plastic deckboxes.

Atomic Empire – $20.00

Our local game store Atomic Empire is now stocking the classic Fiasco T-shirt for us. The shirt design is based on the cover work by John Harper and lovingly screen-printed by Flytrap Studios on 100% cotton American Apparel shirts.

If you’d like to order one for yourself, you can do it here on their web store, in both Men’s and Women’s sizes. If they run out of stock in your size, let us know and we’ll restock!