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The Awful Orphanage - A mildly evil game for 2 to 6 players

A project in Leicestershire, UK by Workhouse Games

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A mildly evil board game in which a group of orphans attempt to stop the murderous governess of the Awful Orphanage, Ms. Prendergast
Backers: 1293
Average Pledge Per Backer: £46

Funded: £59,310 of £30,000
Dates: Mar 22nd -> Apr 21st (30 days)
Project By: Workhouse Games
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Latest News

It's the Final Countdown for The Awful Orphanage

April 21st - via:
It seems strange to think that it's already been 30 days since we pressed the button!We were both talking about this yesterday and prior to launching it really felt like we might get funded, and we were feeling pretty good about this little world we... (Read More)

All Aboard the Dining Hall Express ... Brunel is unlocked!

April 20th - via:
Brunel, complete with his Train Not only have we recently unlocked Flo, but we have also unlocked Brunel who is a premium add-on and will be available for purchase during the Pledge Management phase of the project for £8. Brunel sits within his... (Read More)

The Scarab Medallion

April 19th - via:
Young William Roberts hated boats, the rocky sway of the ocean turned his stomach within seconds. It felt like they had hit nothing but stormy seas since they left the port of Alexandria, Egypt.  "Put your head over the side and look down" Joseph... (Read More)

The Orphan's Toolkit

April 19th - via:
The Orphan's Toolkit - Miniatures not included A week or so ago, one of our fantastic backers suggested that they would like to have the option of purchasing coloured base caps in order to keep track of their miniatures a little better during each... (Read More)

The Gruesome Two-some

April 17th - via:
The Bryant & May Match Factory The candle holder made a suitably satisfying noise as Mrs Watson plunged it into her own chest. The white milky residue of the candle was glossed in crimson red as it pushed deeper and deeper into her torso whilst... (Read More)

Olyver has been rescued!

April 17th - via:
Olyver is safe & sound, and now included in every copy of the core game! Last night, Olyver escaped from the clutches of the Gaunt & Sinister Man and ran as fast as he could towards the safety of The Attic Bedroom.  Front View  - Back View... (Read More)

Verity takes the Spotlight

April 15th - via:
Verity Valentine Deville was born in the Parish of St Mary, Rotherhithe, London in 1857. Her father, Valentine Henri Deville, was a sailor of French descent. Mary, her mother, worked in a dockside tavern and was always singing. Mary earned many a tip... (Read More)

Live Chat, Lore, Rules and The Second Game

April 13th - via:
We received a ton of questions this time around, hopefully I didn't spill the beans too much ... what ... I did? Damn it!  (Read More)

The Awful-est Journey

April 11th - via:
It's strange to think that we first began developing The Awful Orphanage almost two years ago! The Pale Haggard King The Gaunt and Sinister Man wasn't as we know him now. The first concept for him came from Tim's twisted imagination in the form of... (Read More)

Let's take a peek inside the Rooms

April 9th - via:
The Rooms within Miss Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children are an important part of every game. Its these rooms where you'll find loot, weapons, horrors and the all important Talismans! So we managed to pluck Simon, our artist, out of his laudanum... (Read More)

The Second Edition of the Rulebook

April 8th - via:
First off, thank you all so much for continuing to support us and our little game! We're beyond amazed and deliriously happy with what we have achieved with your help!About a week ago, we uploaded the first draft of The Awful Orphanage rulebook for... (Read More)

Looting & Getting Stuff

April 7th - via:
Every Orphan knows that in order to find one of the magic talismans you need to loot rooms! When you do you'll uncover some useful items and some not-so-useful ones! Let's take a look shall we? Scrapping cards are useful items to have to hand when... (Read More)

The Orphanage Awakes ... Bill

April 6th - via:
-   “…I’m telling you, the noises you hear from the place sometimes at night. Whatever’s going on, it ain’t right, someone should do something about it, make a stink…”  The man paused, staring across at his pox-faced drinking... (Read More)

It's time to talk about Rollo's secret

April 5th - via:
Rollo is a kind individual, one that exists purely to help others ... or so it would seem! Since his arrival at The Home for Wayward Children, Rollo has exterted a calming influence on his fellow Orphans. If they are unable to move from fear then he... (Read More)

The History of The Gaunt & Sinister Man

April 4th - via:
From the Journal of Cecily Amherst, December 1872  The evidence collected from the former site of The Home for Wayward Children and the subsequent breach into what we now know as The Hollow Earth, has led me to investigate the mysterious figure... (Read More)

Retailers Pledge Now Available

April 4th - via:
 - - - We're delighted to announce that The Awful Orphanage Retailers Pledge is now available. We have received numerous e-mails from various stores around the world asking about the Retailers pledge, we wanted to make sure that we would be able to... (Read More)

The Creepy Clown Kid gets closer ...

April 3rd - via:
With our first Stretch Goal down we're now onto the arrival of The Creepy Clown Kid! There are some Orphans who still hear the echoes of laughter from the corridors and rooms of Miss Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children. However, don't be fooled... (Read More)

Thursday Game Night with Gav Thorpe!

April 2nd - via:
--- This Thursday (5th April) at 8:30pm GMT / UTC we'll be sitting down for a large game of The Awful Orphanage with none other than New York Times best-selling author Gav Thorpe!  Gav is a writer, games developer and winner of the 2017 David... (Read More)

Create Your Own Orphan Competition!

March 31st - via:
 It really has been a rollercoaster ride of excitement running this campaign, and so far we've received so many ideas for Orphans, characters and expansions that we thought it would be awesome if we created a competition where the winners Orphan... (Read More)

The Orphanage Awakes ... in a Slightly Better Mood!

March 30th - via:
Good news everyone!(I bet you read that in Professor Farnsworths voice!). We got some delightful news to share with you all ... Over the past few hours we've received so many emails, messages and direct messages on Twitter and Facebook and enquiries... (Read More)

The Orphanage Awakes

March 30th - via:
 - - -  The Expansion you've all been e-mailing, messaging and asking for ... The Orphanage Awakes!  The Orphanage Awakes allows players to take control of Miss Prendergast and her villainous cohorts as they try to steal the souls from the... (Read More)

Paul & Tim play the Awful-est Orphanage

March 29th - via:
Paul and Tim sit down and play The Awful-est version of The Awful Orphanage ... tricks abound! And sssshhhh ... but I think we let out a secret add-on :)   (Read More)

Funded, Stretch Goals & Creepy Noises

March 29th - via:
 - - -  Thank you so much! Last night around 11pm (ish) we crossed the threshold and The Awful Orphanage became fully funded! We're beyond amazed at the reception we've received and are ready to take this game forward to manufacturing and deliver... (Read More)

Look who's on the Painting Table today!

March 28th - via:
-- In preparation for our game tomorrow live on our Kickstarter page, we're painting up Alyce. The detail on these mini's absolutely lovely ... We can't wait to see what you do with yours!   (Read More)

The final stretch goal ...

March 28th - via:
Good morning Orphans, we hope this morning hasn't been too comfortable. We wouldn't want you to think the Home for Wayward Children was a spa break!  Anyhoo, we've received a whole host of e-mails in the past 4 days guessing what the final Stretch... (Read More)

The Alyce Update (aka Neill is going to kill us!)

March 25th - via:
 So today has been curious ... geddit!?  We've been in discussions all day regarding Alyce, and are really happy to tell you that we're going to be including Alyce in the core game regardless of funding goals. The amount of e-mails, private... (Read More)

The Rulebook (well, a draft version!)

March 25th - via:
Here we go! The first draft of the rulebook is now available to download here! We are actively seeking suggestions to improve the rules, make things clearer and also your ideas for our artist too! We'd love to hear them all! This draft also doesn't... (Read More)

Co-op & Solo Play included as standard!

March 24th - via:
 With yesterdays roller coaster out of the way, we'd like to tell you about something else we've been working on ... Co-Op and Solo Play straight from the box!   In every copy of The Awful Orphanage we will be introducing a selection of... (Read More)

Shipping Times Updated ... Now Jan/Feb 19

March 23rd - via:
You've asked and we've worked our little bee-hinds off today to get the best (and still pessemistic) estimate of our shipping times for The Awful Orphanage!  After hours of phone calls, skype meetings and chats with our logistics and our factory... (Read More)

First Question & Answers

March 23rd - via:
First of all, before we dive into answering the most common questions we've been asked we'd like to say THANK YOU. The response has been amazing, and we're so excited to share this world we're creating with you all, The Gaunt & Sinister Man is... (Read More)

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