A Study in Emerald By Treefrog Games Neil Gaiman Meets Sherlock Holms Meets HP Lovecraft The Board Game!

A Study in Emerald

What happens when you get a veteran board game designer to create a board game based on a short story by Neil Gaiman which features Sherlock Holmes in a world ruled by the monsters from the works of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos?

You get A Study in Emerald by Treefrog Games

The setting is an alternate reality 1880’s where the great old ones have risen and rule over man. You can read the story it’s based on on Neil Gaiman’s web page. It’s worth a read as it’s quite good.

I’ve not had a chance to read through the rules of this game but it looks really interesting. You are assigned a secret identity as the start of the game, I assume ala Battlestar Galactica, you are either on the side of the restorationists, who want to overthrow the great old ones, or the loyalists, who want to keep them in power.

You travel the world and do things with cards (Like I said I’ve not read the rules I’m still excited though).

You can download the play test files off the games site and have a look, they aren’t much to look at because they still haven’t added artwork yet, but you can get an idea of the game from looking at them.

I definitely think this is on my “to buy” list, unless I hear really horrible things about it.


Story Idea: I for one welcome our <x> Overlords

So I’ve thought up an idea for a seris of short stories that I’d like to work one. The basic premise is things that seems totally harmless rising up and taking ove the world.

I’ve so far got an idea for two of these, one is based partly on a dream I had a fewweeks ago and partly on a Poem/Song I wrote when I was 15 (I’ve got no idea where the poem is now, I may have a copy on my web server), the other is based on a random thought I had yesterday while tidying up the house, which as I was tidying just grew and grew.

I’m going to try to write these up as soon as I can, they shouldn’t come to more than 1k words.

But to give you a teaser The working titles are:

“I for one welcome our Faery overlords” and “Rise of the Butterflies.”

I’ve scribbled down the opening sentence of each of them on a scrap of paper, because I know that for me that is the hardest part.

Anyway I’ve got paid work to do at the moment.