In 1995 I published Puppetland, a storytelling game with strings in a grim world of make-believe, on my website. This diceless, experimental RPG has gone on to have a long and strange life. It was reprinted in 1997 in the UK games magazine Arcane and then appeared in an expanded edition from Hogshead in 1999. Edge Entertainment published a Spanish edition soon after and then MIT Press included it as an appendix in their 2007 anthology of academic essays, Second Person. And bizarrely enough, I sold the movie rights for Puppetland in 1997 to the producers of the first Dungeons & Dragons movie.
But Puppetland has not been widely available in more than a decade. So I’m very glad to announce that the Hogshead edition has returned, for a very short time, as an ebook through the Bundle of Holding’s Indie Initiative special offer:
It’s included with a lot of other early indie RPGs including My Life With Master, Dogs in the Vineyard, and the indispensable Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
If you want to follow what’s happening with Puppetland, I suggest you like the game’s Facebook page:
because a brand new edition of Puppetland is currently in development. Meanwhile, however, please check out the Bundle of Holding for an amazing deal on a bunch of great indie RPGs.
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