We are thrilled to announce that Pelgrane Press are acquiring publishing company Gameplaywright. The sale will complete on 31 December 2023, and Gameplaywright products will be available from the Pelgrane Press webstore from 1 January 2024.
Gameplaywright, founded and run by Jeff Tidball and Will Hindmarch, are the publishers of thoughtful books about tabletop games. Pelgrane fans will likely be familiar with them through Robin D. Laws’ seminal books on story beats in RPGs, Hamlet’s Hit Points and Beating the Story. Other titles Gameplaywright have published include game design workshop in a box The White Box Essays, and required reading for anyone thinking of a career in gaming retail Friendly Local Game Store, by successful FLGS owner Gary Ray.
Speaking personally, I own a copy of almost everything Gameplaywright have published. I’ve long believed their brand of insightfully examining tabletop gaming occupies a vital, and sadly underserved, space in the industry, and both Simon and I jumped at the opportunity to include their top-rate books in the Pelgrane catalogue. I believe Pelgrane and Gameplaywright share similar aims and values, and I’m delighted Jeff and Will agreed with us that Pelgrane was a natural home for their efforts.
And for those fans of Gameplaywright wondering what this means for the future of the brand, rest assured that we intend to run it as an ongoing imprint. To that end, I have the pleasure of announcing a new Gameplaywright title, to be published by Pelgrane Press in 2024.
Robin D. Laws is currently working on a follow-up to Hamlet’s Hit Points and Beating the Story. Titled Hamlet’s GM Screen, Robin says about it, “This book will follow up on the number one request of Hamlet’s Hit Points readers, providing directly actionable advice for GMs by using beat analysis to look at common moments in roleplaying.”