UFO Press has been absorbed into fellow British RPG publisher Rowan, Rook and Decard with founder Minerva McJanda joining the team. It’s an acqui-hire.
The indie publisher may be best known for the post-apocalyptic Legacy game, the second edition of which was published three years ago, but there is a string of successes since then.
Voidheart Symphony was published this week, a game about mundane people delving into a demon-filled labyrinth to save the ones they love.
Shattered City is a DriveThruRPG copper best-seller and is a game about occupation and revolution in a fantasy world torn apart by war and Free From the Yoke is an electrum best-seller, based on Legacy, and Slavic fantasy.
Despite the successes, it’s been hard on McJanda who wrotes;
But when it comes down to it, I’ve been the sole owner and manager of UFO Press. Responsibility for production, fulfilment, budgeting, and marketing all fell to me, and while I am extremely proud of the end products it’s been a lot to carry on my own.
Rowan, Rook and Decard is a year or so older than UFO Press and founded by Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor and business director Mary Hamilton.
The team has been equally successful and are currently running a Kickstarter for SIN: A sourcebook for Spire. It’s a roleplaying game set in a towering city after the high elves invaded and subjugated the native dark elves to second class citizens.
In a welcome post, Grant Howitt noted;
We’re doubly proud, today, to be able to welcome a new member to our team: Minerva McJanda. Minerva has an established career in the industry as a designer and layout artist – her previous work includes (but is certainly not limited to) Legacy: Life Among The Ruins, Rhapsody of Blood, Voidheart Symphony and Lancer – and she did the layout on Heart: the City Beneath for us, too.
We’re absorbing her company, UFO Press, as part of Rowan, Rook and Decard – so pretty soon you’ll start to see her games for sale on our site and through our channels. UFO Press will remain active as an imprint of RRD, so you can still expect to see more of Mina’s games appearing through it as we move forward.
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