Turn is a slice-of-life supernatural roleplaying game with quiet drama about shapeshifters in small, rural towns. Our Kickstarter funded at 207%, and we're on track to fulfill the core PDF content by March 2019 and the print content by May 2019. Find more details in our Kickstarter updates! Please consider preordering a copy of the game for yourself OR one of our Bison community copies for a marginalized community member.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Poetry in hand!
8 days ago
– Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:43:07 AM
We're working away on our various bits! Turn's core text is back with Tracy, and I'm currently reviewing Jaye's text while the others are working on theirs. We have some of the stretch goal work staggered over the spring so I have plenty of time to do developmental editing while I work on Turn and so on, and John will start layout once we're done with the main text edits from Tracy & me, plus when we get all the art in.
Speaking of art, we have all of the poems now! A.J. has done such absolutely masterful work on these pieces, I can't even begin to detail how perfect they are! This is why I hired them, because they can write things that capture themes and concepts that I don't even know how to ask for. I am not sharing them all today, but I wanted to share one of my favorites from the collection, What It Is, which will be placed before the Towns section in the main book.
Thank you so much to A.J. for this incredible work and for helping me make my dream come true in Turn.
Raw text for screen readers - there is a break after "drop" and after "water":
What It Is
by A.J. Odasso
The town’s what it is because they’re in it,
because of the blueberries in the brush
that my grandfather planted one summer
before they took the fox and shot the thrush,
which ate my grandmother’s jam-making crop
off the brambles, because night on Summit
Street seethes with firefly-streaks above the drop
down to where my father swam the river
while they tamed the fox and named it
Lady, my uncle played jazz and shot pool
down the ditch that almost had his brother
when a deer crossed his path in the splendor
of the half-moon on my mother’s white face,
the babe she caught that night on the water
because the town’s what it is, what we are.
Welcome to our new beast artist, Cecilia Ferri!
14 days ago
– Sat, Jan 05, 2019 at 12:07:38 AM
We did a search for a new beast artist, and we found Cecilia Ferri through a submitted portfolio! Cecilia is an accomplished artist with a gorgeous style. It's a fair bit different from the original art style, but we think that it suits Turn perfectly and provides the game book with Cecilia's own flavorful artistic touch. The book itself is planned to be laid out like a journal, almost like someone learning themselves about shifters in Turn. We think Cecilia's style will be a change, but definitely a good one.
Please welcome Cecilia to the project!
Cecilia Ferri (she/her) is an Italian illustrator graduated in Publishing Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2015, at the Children's Book Fair, she was one of the finalists of the Silent Book Contest. In 2017 she won the "Giorgio Morandi" etching prize and was selected for the Children's Book Fair in Bologna where she won the Ars in Fabula Grant Award, attending the Masters in Illustration "Ars in Fabula" in Macerata. The same year she published her first children's book, "Comignolo".
18 days ago
– Tue, Jan 01, 2019 at 01:25:41 AM
The Turn beta is updated with the latest version of the text. It includes the tags for headers and sidebars and all because it was simply easier to include them and ensure it gave proper context for any of those things in the document. Sorry if the formatting is a little yikes - we'll keep at it. Feel free to provide comments, but know that it's getting emailed to Tracy for edits in the next five minutes so any changes will be addressed in the next round.
I also wanted to update you - we found an artist! We're just not announcing anything until we have a signed contract. When we do, I'll post their bio and information here! The choice for art has been a slight shift in how the book will be presented, but it ended up being truer to the heart of what I wanted for the design anyway. I hope you all love it when you see it!
One final thing: Thank you all SO MUCH for your support and enthusiasm for this project. It is a lot of hard work and your love for Turn has helped me keep going on days when things are not going so well. It's an amazing game, and you are all so awesome for helping make it happen!
Surveys & Pre-Order Store!
28 days ago
– Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 01:18:18 AM
The first set of surveys through BackerKit is out! If there's any issues, please let us know. They only go out to 5% of you for a test run, then get sent out to the rest of the crew after a brief test period! Yay!
First payments are out to all contributors! Everyone's at work. My edit responses are almost finished - Tracy will have a bunch more work soon (they've been paid for consulting and first editing too!). I'll be doing all the editing for the stretch goals to balance out some work, so I intend to be pretty done with Turn soon.
I'd like your input! We planned to put up the stretch goal towns as a purchaseable product alongside the main book. Many times Kickstarter stretch goals are exclusive, but I don't want the diversity of Turn to be kept only to those lucky enough to have funds when the Kickstarter was live! I hope you agree. What I'm not sure about is how to price it - and I figured I'd enlist all you superbackers. If you know of people who have sold stretch goals as supplements for their products, let me know and share thoughts on their price points! I value your perspective.
Also, our beast artist, Rhis, had schedule complications and had to step away from the project. We wish them the best with their continued work, but we need to find a replacement artist.
We are looking for someone with similar style to Rhis but obviously with their own personal flair, and a strong ability to draw realistic animals with highly expressive faces and flavorful design. We also need someone who can complete all of the planned art by the end of February (we will provide details to anyone interested, but it's around 9 pieces remaining), who is willing to work closely with John as art director and myself as final word. We operate under fair pay rates for sure, and can pay guaranteed as we have the Kickstarter funds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a portfolio showcasing relevant work as soon as you're able, if you're interested, and feel free to share this Kickstarter post with anyone who is interested if you aren't!
Thank you so much for your continued support! We're so happy to be making Turn real for all of us to love and play!
Enjoy any break you're getting right now, I hope it's awesome!
P.S. Expect an updated beta in January!
Update & Turn Edits on Twitch
about 1 month ago
– Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 12:01:26 AM
Brie here! I wanted to let you know we'll have draft contracts out for approval this week, then final agreements sent out as soon as the Kickstarter releases the funds!
We also plan to open BackerKit as soon as we can pay the funds, including add-ons (PDF, Print, Bison Community copies) and preorder (ditto), plus detailed surveys so we can properly fulfill your rewards. I'm trying to set it up as smoothly as I can! I would have had it sooner, but we had no startup funds. Soon tho!
Work will begin in earnest on stretch goals after contracts are signed, though rest assured the creators are enthusiastic and asking questions about how to best fulfill already.
I have read the edits/comments from Tracy and I hope to grind through them this week before my leave. Tomorrow (12/10) around 12pm Eastern I plan to stream writing some of the needed new content at twitch.tv/BrieBeau. I'll be focusing on a section detailing the rules and definitions! It will likely run about an hour. Please stop by if you can!
Thanks again for your continued support and enthusiasm! We're working hard to make this the best it can be!