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The Lone Wolf fantasy gamebooks raised a generation of gamers. After 30 years on his shelf, Gary Chalk has a surprise for us.
You are Lone Wolf, the last of the Kai Lords. Or perhaps you are Prince Pelathar, heir to the throne of Sommerlund. Or maybe you are a Giak warleader, sent by the Darklords to raze the land. Now you can be all of these . . . on your tabletop.
We have teamed up with legendary author and illustrator Gary Chalk to bring to light this original creation after 30 years on his shelf. Gamers at Indiecon 2012 got the first chance to playtest it and now two years later the whole game is almost ready for printing.
With Kickstarter funding, the goal is to produce a wargame on a grid-based battlefield played with beautiful hand-drawn cardboard standups, designed and/or illustrated fully by Gary Chalk, the original artist of the classic Lone Wolf gamebook series.
Gary is working with Jamie Wallis from Greywood Publishing as graphic designer as publisher, after having published the Gun Dogs gamebook app together in 2013, and with Megara Entertainment as editor and Kickstarter manager, after having been close friends for years.
Megara shared a soft launch for public feedback on September 17th, and interested backers may pledge to the campaign starting on November 5th 2014. The site has a free downloadable print-and-play version for gamers to try before backing.
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“The Lone Wolf Board Game is innovative and a pleasant surprise to folks who’ve playtested it. The content of the board game sounds like great fun and Gary’s art is terrific as usual. Here I am sitting next to my stack of Lone Wolf books (the early ones!) and I’m delighted to see something both new and old happen with them.” — Richard S. Hetley, Megara Entertainment, LLC
“We approached Mikaël and Richard from Megara to be our Kickstarter management team after their highly successful Way of the Tiger campaign last year. We were very happy when they agreed to join us on our Lone Wolf – The Board Game project. We have every faith in both the board game and our team that we will reach our target goal. Working with Gary Chalk has been a dream come true. It isn’t often that you get to work with a childhood hero.” — Jamie Wallis, Greywood Publishing
“We have designed the game so that an exciting clash between the forces of good and evil should take no longer than a couple of hours to play to a conclusion. The set will come with individual stand up playing pieces that represent the warriors of Magnamund. The first set will features the defenders of Sommerlund, hordes of Giaks and huge Gourgaz lizards. There will be about forty of these full colour playing pieces in the first set. Although the game is designed as a fantasy wargame, individual personalities such as Lone Wolf will have special abilities. We have a complete expansion set already in mind that adds good and evil magic-users to the mix, along with loads of special spells to spice things up.” — Gary Chalk
About Megara Entertainment
Megara develops print full-colour gamebooks (The Way of the Tiger, Fabled Lands, Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories), pen-and-paper roleplaying games (upcoming: The Way of the Tiger and the Fabled Lands RPG), and iOS electronic gamebooks (Arcana Agency: Prologue, Fabled Lands, The Keep of the Lich-Lord).
We are an international company of artists and game designers throughout the world. The USA branch is in Seattle, Washington. In Europe, we are Megara Entertainment SARL in Cannes, France.
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About Jamie Wallis & Greywood Publishing
I started role playing back in 1980. My younger brother, Toby, and I would spend hours playing Tunnels and Trolls (if I could find enough d6). Back in 2002 I wrote, laid out and did the downloads for 8 d20 Fighting Fantasy coversions for Myriador Ltd. It was at Myriador that I worked with one of my all-time heroes and favorite fantasy artists Martin McKenna. When Myriador went pear-shaped I started up my own graphic design and type setting company called Jaytype. I specialised in the design and layout of books in the RPG industry. Over 10 years I designed and typeset over 100 books for the likes of Goodman Games, Hogshead Publishing, Cursed Empire and Steampower Publishing. Greywood Publishing was formed in 2007 by myself and my best friend Ant Lavisher. Ant came up with the Greywood name; it was a beloved town that was the centre of our ‘real life’ D&D game sessions back in mid 1980s.
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About Gary Chalk
Lone Wolf came to life as a fantasy gamebook series first published in the 1980’s written by Joe Dever and illustrated by Gary Chalk. Joe and Gary collaborated on the first eight gamebooks before going their own ways. Gary Chalk’s influence is known across literature and gaming. As an artist, he specializes in children’s and fantasy illustration, bringing light to such beloved series as Redwall. He also illustrated and created components for games such as HeroQuest, Talisman, and 1st edition Space Hulk, and created full games including Cry Havoc, Battlecars (with Ian Livingstone) and the recent Gun Dogs app (with Jamie Wallis). And 30 years ago Gary Chalk designed his own board game version of Lone Wolf.
Today, after much playtesting and revision, he would like to ask your support in bringing you Lone Wolf – The Board Game.
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