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Omnihedron Games is an independent publisher of fine role playing games.

Based in the north of the UK, to date Omnihedron Games has published the Napoleonic role playing games Duty & Honour and Beat to Quarters.

From a Facebook post dated November 27, 2014:

This has been a very difficult decision to come to, but having faced the harsh reality of the matter in the face for a few weeks now, I know it is the right one.

I have decided to discontinue my activities as Omnihedron Games.

This will mean that, sadly, there will be no further games content and that the revised edition of Duty & Honour just wont be happening. I'll be converting my remaining pdf products to 'Pay What You Want' and clearing off any backstock of print that I have ... and then that's that.

Now, I feel the need to explain why and how I came to this decision.

Omnihedron came around at a time of great change in my life and it was a companion for me during some very dark times of redundancy and job hunting. It has been a way of taking my creative urges and channelling them directly into something very exciting. To take an idea and, almost single-handedly, transform it into four books - and then do it again for another - is something that I never thought I would be able to do, but I did!

Now however, life has moved on and as this happens so things change. Staring at the keyboard, waiting to start the text for D&H v2.0 time and again, I realised that I just wasn't inspired anymore. Frankly and honestly, if I have to read another piece of Napoleonic fiction again I may stab someone with a bayonet. The passion that drove me in my writing seven years ago has passed away, eaten up sadly by the relentless demands of my career and my changes in circumstances.

Sorry games design and publishing - I'm just not that into you anymore.

So rather than churn through the process of producing a by-the-numbers revision of D&H and launching it on a kickstarter I wasn't really happy with and then dealing with a launch and the relentless toil of promotion for something I wasn't one iota enthused about, I decided that it was time to just leave it there.

There were other signs - I wanted to be part of the UK RP Collective thingy, but I had no passion there. I wanted to sign up for a table at Dragonmeet, but I had other things to do everytime I sat down to write the email. My website fell down about a month ago and I sort of rescued it but I just couldn't be bothered to re-establish it as it was. When you just know you're avoiding something, you know it's time to get out.

Its time to get out!

However not without thanks!

There have been dozens of people who have championed my games over the last six years.Mike at Leisure Games and Jim at Patriot Games have been stalwart purchasers and distributors. I have my cabal of trusty playtesters including two sets of insanely pedantic Scottish gamers and of course, my Geordie gaming massive who were always there to help and 'advise'. Throughout the country there have been people who have ran the games and made their name -EvilGaz, Novalord and PurpleDragonWitch from UKRoleplayers were all trailblazers as were the Dutchies who I don't think I have ever met. There are people who have taken ERA to their hearts and are playing it in schools and colleges to engage young people. As a teacher you can only imagine what pride that gives me!
There are, however, three people I have to single out. Without Malcolm Craig, none of this would have happened and I am forever in his debt for the five minutes he spent talking to me at GenCon and the many subsequent hours of mentoring. Mick Red has been a BEAST when it comes to promoting all of my games and has probably earned his weight in sales. Finally, and most obviously, Peter Frain (my tamed artist) has been by my side from Day One and he has launched a rather successful career in game art (see the cover of the Fate Toolkit book, Heroes of Hellas, the upcoming Barbarians of Lemuria revision, River of Heaven from d101 and many more). Peter has been awesome, dealing with my loose-ended art 'direction' with aplomb - and he's a great mate.

To every single person who has bought or played my games, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think every gamer secretly wishes to have their own game published and you have let me live the dream.

Now, I think I can hear the Old Guard advancing. Time to face my Waterloo.....

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