Jan 102012
 

Evil Hat Productions Announces ‘Atomic Robo’ RPG License

Double 2011 Origins Award Winner Licenses Eisner-Nominated Comic Book

SILVER SPRING, Maryland— January 10, 2012 — Evil Hat Productions, LLC, today announced an agreement to produce, publish, and distribute a role-playing game based on the Eisner-nominated Atomic Robo comic book. The Atomic Robo RPG will be co-written by Atomic Robo scribe Brian Clevinger and Kerberos Club: Fate Edition author Mike Olson, creator of the Strange Fate version of the Fate engine.

“I’m such a big fan of the world Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener create in every page of Atomic Robo,” said Fred Hicks of Evil Hat. “When I found out they were fans of role-playing games—including Evil Hat’s own Spirit of the Century—it was clear we had a giant-sized opportunity that had to be pursued.”

With The Atomic Robo RPG, Evil Hat will build on the legacy of Fate games like Spirit of the Century and The Dresden Files RPG—together with the ideas of Evil Hat’s upcoming Fate Core project and Mike Olson’s Strange Fate work. The stand-alone game will deliver a fast-paced and fast-to-play role-playing experience focused on the themes of Atomic Robo—action-science, robots, angry talking dinosaurs, high weirdness, and more.

“Brian and I are lifelong RPG nerds, I mean enthusiasts, and we could not be more excited to partner with Evil Hat and Mike Olson to bring readers even closer to the world of Atomic Robo,” said Scott Wegener. “There’s over a century of adventure in our comic book, but we can only show you guys slices of the whole picture. This game opens up so many opportunities to play with that world, its history, the weird unexplored corners, and the might-have-beens,” added Brian Clevinger.

The Atomic Robo RPG  begins development in late February of 2012. “We’d love to get The Atomic Robo RPG out in 2012, and if everything comes together fast and smooth we might just manage that,” said Hicks. “But as with all licensed projects at Evil Hat, we want to take our time to make sure we serve the license and the fans well. Thankfully, Brian and Scott have the same opinion, here. The Atomic Robo RPG that we release will be the best one we can possibly make, period—and that may take us into 2013.”

For more information about Evil Hat Productions, the Fate system, Spirit of the Century, and the Dresden Files RPG, visit www.evilhat.com. For more information about Atomic Robo, visit www.atomic-robo.com. Atomic Robo is published by Red 5 Comics, available at www.red5comics.com and in comic stores everywhere. Kerberos Club: Fate Edition is published by Arc Dream Publishing, www.arcdream.com.

About Evil Hat Productions

Evil Hat Productions believes that passion makes the best games. It is this passion for gaming that raised Evil Hat to its acclaimed position in the RPG community. Our games can be used to build the best kinds of role-playing experiences—full of laughter, storytelling, and memorable moments. Today we don’t just run games, we don’t just make them, we work with you to make your play the best it can be—the kind that upholds and gives birth to passions of your own. That’s the Evil Hat mission, and we’re happy to have you along on it.

Since its inception, Evil Hat has won accolades ranging from the Indie RPG Awards, the Golden Geeks, the ENnies, and the Origins Awards, most recently claiming the Origins Awards for both Best Roleplaying Game (The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story) and Best Roleplaying Game Supplement (The Dresden Files: Our World).

About Atomic Robo

Brian Clevinger is a ten year veteran of online and independent comics. You can laugh at and sometimes with his early work at nuklearpower.com. Follow him on Twitter at bclevinger.

Scott Wegener used to fly planes until he found out it was nothing like High Road to China. Now he draws comic books as a form of very slow starvation. Follow him on Twitter at Scott_Wegna

Press contact

Fred Hicks
Email: feedback [AT] evilhat.com
Website: http://www.evilhat.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/fredhicks

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  • MrPrim

    Possibly 2013?

    Horsefeathers.

    • http://twitter.com/fredhicks Fred Hicks

      Not sure what to make of that comment. :)

    • MrPrim

      Impatience, Fred, simple impatience ;)

      This is the second one of your licenses that is specifically targeted at me (Dresden was first).  If you pick up the license for the collected works of Neil Gaiman, the Areas of My Expertise Trilogy, the Unwritten comic book, or, perhaps, FATE Discworld I will be convinced that you are stealing my dreams (Or the dreams of some other stereotypical nerd, since that list reads like a general nerd survival kit).

    • http://twitter.com/fredhicks Fred Hicks

      He’s on to us! We need to relocate the HQ! DIVE, DIVE!

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  • Ezra

    Does this mean anything for the future of the Fate Core and Strange Fate branches?

    • http://twitter.com/fredhicks Fred Hicks

      You mean, like… they’ll both be more awesome? :)

      Be more specific, if you can — I’m not sure how to interpret what you’re really asking for here.

    • Ezra Bradford

      I was wondering if this will lead to the branches growing together or merging, or if the two branches will carry on in their separate trajectories of awesomeness.

    • fredhicks

      Impossible to say at this juncture. :)

  • John Powell

    Woo Hoo!

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  • http://twitter.com/multiplexer multiplexer

    Hell yeah!  Atomic Robo rules!  

  • http://twitter.com/JonathanBolding Jonathan Bolding

    Profoundly excited about seeing more from Mike Olson- Strange Fate pushes my happiness levels towards infinity.

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  • Anonymous

    An RPG where I can pull psudeo-science explanations out of my ass? Hell yes where do I click to give you my money?

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  • Francisco Bustos

    Wait. Fate Core and… would you play with robots? I’ll check the comicbook. Count me in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.eisner Philip Eisner

    WANT.

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  • HungryGamer

    How does one sign up to be a playtester of this game, or do you already have a core of testers that you use?

    • Anonymous

      We’re not there yet! If we do need more playtesters, we’ll put out the call.

  • Revengel

    BEHOLD MY MASTERY OF YOUR MAMALIAN TABLE TOP GAMING SYSTEM!!!

    Go you guys!  Where will you post the call for playtesting?  On your site?

    • Anonymous

      Here and/or the atomicroborpg.com site.

  • Mike S.

    How did I miss this?  Hot damn.  You guys rock.  Count me in.   Let’s see, two copies of Spirit of the Century, one of Don’t Rest Your Head, and Dresden Files: Your Story.   You guys are some of the best value for dollar in the gaming industry.   I hope it’s as much fun for you to write as it is for us to get.  Thanks.

    • fredhicks

      At least you’re hearing about it now, right? :)

    • MrPrim

      It’s too late.  He missed it.

  • AndreaParducci

    Any recent news?

    • fredhicks
    • AndreaParducci

      Nice to hear that! Now I’m really curious about the modified Strange Fate. I hope for SOME detail added (added importance to equip, equip with some aspect, more trappings, multi-actions, etc.), of course I like character is more important that his equip, but something more could be tasty.

      2012/7/3 Disqus

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