In 2018 something happened and my body started becoming something new. It did this without my permission, without caring what I needed or who I believed myself to be.
You’re trapped in your skin - even if you don’t want to be. There are things you can do to change yourself, but there are parts of you, deep down in the dark, that shift without your control. You’re bound to these dark places, unable to escape. I became acutely aware, and troubled by this knowledge as my skin and bones started to twist into something I didn’t set out to be. It consumed, consumes, me still.
In 2018 I went to my partner’s childhood home in Seaside, Oregon.
He had grown up as an army brat, moving from place to place, but he always talked fondly about the wreckage of the Peter Iredale, the skeletal remains of a ship that went aground in 1906. The beach surrounding the bones of the ship was littered with large pieces of driftwood, whole trees practically, that had washed up on this stretch of lonely shore. The starkness of the water, the dull sand, the pieces of wood that breached the sand like broken vertebrates, it all pulled at me. It almost felt like an ache in my spine. It was beautiful and frightening.
This combination of the beautiful loneliness and unknown pull of the wreckage and beach twisted around the unwanted transformation I was undergoing and ARE, the hooded figure who wanders the stagnant beach, was created.
This is a different path than other Kickstarters I’ve done. NOSFERATU! was irreverent but kind hearted, Casket Land was a game that brought people together. THE BONES OF THIS PLACE is a move to atmospheric eldritch fiction. I want it to be a beautiful artifact that draws you in and leaves you beautifully empty.
I’m hoping to bring you a 9x6 48 page hardcover piece - the main story, as well as concept art and explanations of what exactly, ARE and WAS are.
I know I've asked a lot of you all, patience, opinions on gameplay, to be part of something I'd never done before...but this...This is the best thing I've ever done. This is my best attempt to come to terms with what's happening inside of me. It's personal, it's important. It has less than 48 hours to finish funding and become my true vision.
The Master Has Arrived!
6 months ago
– Thu, Mar 07, 2019 at 11:21:30 PM
The books have arrived and they look AMAZING!
I'm currently collecting all the bits that are going out with the books and we'll be packing them all up and sending them out next week. In the meantime, make sure to head over to BackerKit and insure that your shipping address is up to date. You will be receiving an email from BackerKit this week but in case you don't you can go straight here to login: https://nosferatu.backerkit.com/
Here's some more images of the book, because it turned out so good!!!
This is also an auspicious moment because our Kickstarter #ZineQuest campaign is only two days away from closing. If you like our boy Orlok and you like RPGs you'll probably also dig CASKET LAND!
It's a one night TTRPG with an occult-western vibe and absolutely dripping with lore. So if you're so inclined please consider backing CASKET LAND and/or helping us spread the word!
Thank you all SO MUCH for everything. For Backing NOSFERATU! and believing in me and in Orlok and for helping spread the word of #ZineQuest and, just everything. It's been so great and you're all so great and this is great and... AAAAH, YOU'RE ALL WONDERFUL!
6 months ago
– Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:36:52 PM
Our sweet boy Orlok has crossed the great ocean and is currently in customs. Which means you should be in the embrace of NOSFERATU! books at the end of the month!
In the meantime, some of you who follow me on social media will have noticed I've been posting some additional caskets recently - a few of you have actually DM'd me about it to ask what's up. Now the time has come to reveal my secrets!
Back in the fall I was invited to be part of Kickstarter's Zine Quest. I think this was mostly due to you the NOSFERATU! campaign and all you amazing Backers. So tomorrow I get to unearth CASKET LAND - my occult western contribution to the Kickstarter Zine Quest.
There are LOTS of caskets and LOTS of blood and LOTS of monsters in this mini RPG. Plus, I'm printing it stateside at a super cool scout books printer so it'll look cool AND not have to float its way across the ocean.
You all supported me once, and I'm gonna be grateful for that until the day Orlok comes up and drags me into my grave. I hope you'll support me again here.
Casket Land launches tomorrow - I hope I'll see your names on that project as well!
Just Waitin' on Books!
9 months ago
– Sat, Dec 08, 2018 at 04:19:29 PM
Oof...printing is a doozy!
Thank you all for being so patient as these books make the trek from overseas to us! We have everything else...minus these beautiful hard cover monsters.
Here's a little peek at the hard enamel pins! I'll throw up the poster and art cards in future updates...but they look pretty freakin' awesome.
If you are one of the 5% of people who STILL HAVE NOT FILLED OUT BACKERKIT INFO - please get on that. We are gonna be shipping all of this stuff REALLY soon. I NEED that info.
"But Marie!" You might be asking - "I'll see you at a convention! We're friends in St. Louis! I don't NEEED to fill out a backerkit info!"
ALL TREAT, NO TRICKS!
10 months ago
– Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 07:30:00 PM
Are you in for the spookiest update of the year??
The Nosferatu! files are at the printer and we are waiting to get on the print schedule (sorry guys...printer had some trouble getting us the good, GOOD paper we wanted!). The printer will send us the unbound mock up so we can make sure that it's absolutely perfect before they actually print and bind the whole order. We will definitely post some pics once we get these in! And GUYS! It's going to look SO GOOD with the additional treatments on the cover. We can't wait to get this in our hands and therefore in yours.
In the meantime...a treat for you! In your Backerkit you will find the full PDF of Nosferatu! just waiting to be downloaded! No tricks, just treats! BUT, for the 5% of you that haven't filled out your survey, you can't download this sweet, sweet PDF until you fill out your survey. The link get lost in your inbox? No worries! HERE IT IS! (please, please click it!)
As we get closer and closer to delivery, we want to make sure everyone will get their items around the same time. So please, the best way to honor Nosferatu! on this sacred and chilling day, is to fill out your survey as soon as possible.