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The Road to Epoli Book Trailer

We are so pleased to share the official book trailer of Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli. What better way to kick off a series of fantasy graphic novels than with a sweet, new trailer forged by a band of our buddies.

Narration by Logan Cunningham (Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre), Music by Evin Wolverton (The Road to Epoli, The Midnight Hour), and Editing and Animations by Luke Sharkey.

Behind the Scenes

 Logan Cunningham, Narration

Logan Cunningham, Narration

We had lots of fun making this beauty for you folks. You may recognize some elements too. We were fortunate enough to partner with Logan Cunningham, who we've been friends with for nearly two decades. You'll remember Logan as the brilliant narrator and voice of Rucks in Bastion, the debut action RPG from Supergiant Games. Logan also plays the sword in Transistor and we are eagerly awaiting his performances in Supergiant Games' new title Pyre, releasing this year.

 Evin Wolverton, Music

Evin Wolverton, Music

Additionally, fans will immediately recognize the melodic instrumentals of Evin Wolverton, the man behind the magic of the official Road to Epoli song that accompanies the first book of Rickety Stitch. Evin is a supremely talented singer/songwriter and we have been both friends and fans for many, many years. You can listen to more music on Evin's Soundcloud, and we encourage you to follow him. He's great.

And of course, the brilliant editing and animations were done by another long-time friend, Luke Sharkey. Luke is a true-as-the-north-star renaissance man. An editor, animator, sound mixer, actor, and dancer (yes dancer!) that appears magically on his ten speed cycle to work wonders with footage and sound. 

We couldn't have made this book trailer happen without a great team. And we're over the moon to have worked with not only great talents, but great friends.

The Music of Rickety Stitch

 Evin Wolverton

Evin Wolverton

When the main character of a fantasy series is a bard, you can expect music to play a big part in the narrative. But there’s more to it than just sprinkling in a groovy plot device. Like Rickety himself, we want to make the music a sort of character of its own.

Our goal is always to create stories within stories. That’s why we write Lore. And that’s why we name practically everything on the page, sometimes twice! Songs and stories in Rickety Stitch follow interesting parallels to Rickety’s own adventures, without being direct allegories. Every song is meant to be a story and have a story behind it.

Just like real life musicians, the songs are written to be reflective of real life (or in our case, character) experiences. Rickety Stitch writes music no differently. The big question is, did Rickety write the music? Or is the music bubbling up from his past experiences, or from some creative place that wants to relate to his current predicaments. That’s something we ultimately enjoy exploring.

As many of you know, we had the honor of working with Evin Wolverton on The Road to Epoli. Evin is a fantastic musician who is versed in many styles, and did an amazing job writing the music and performing it--a challenge for sure, as the song is quite the epic ballad. We took a moment to interview Evin, and learn about his process.

Where did you find inspiration for composing "The Road To Epoli"?

The lyrics are a dead ringer for the epic Scottish ballads I'd learned when I was young. I hunted for a melody that could both support both the adventurous spirit and the length of the song. I knew I'd found it when the refrain gave me goosebumps.

Who performed in the recording?

The vocals, instruments, and production are all me. Those summers spent at folk music camp finally paid off.

Will you be composing more music for Rickety Stitch?

Yes. I'm working with the Ben and James on songs that may appear in the series' future volumes. It's exciting to have a hand in realizing the curious world of Eem.

You can  listen to The Road to Epoli on YouTube or Soundcloud, where it’s available for free download. You can also pre-order Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli in both hard and soft cover.

Dungeons & Dragons is more than a game.

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Dungeons & DragonsPathfinder, and other pen and paper Role Playing Games are surging in popularity. We think there’s a number of reasons for that. RPGs are personal, social, nostalgic, creative, and, of course, super fun and good. All these reasons are compelling enough to sit with some friends and give RPGs a try, but for us, the creative is inescapable.

Full disclosure, we play various versions of Dungeons & Dragons (including invented versions). Since we were little kids. And with the same group of friends even. D&D is a part of our personas, even Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo wears the D&D geekdom merit badge proudly. The fun we’ve had and the stories of imaginary adventures we’d embarked upon at this point are practically limitless, but what really has made the experience profound, is how often we have drawn from that experience to create positive outcomes in our work and in our lives.

For us, so much of D&D is about the live, collaborative, and  creative exercise. We create characters, new worlds get fleshed out, and everything is always challenged. Ultimately new concepts and real life career decisions can emerge from the games we play.

In the future, we’ll have to share a glimpse into what our games are like. Until then, there are other folks talking about this too, lots of folks. In fact, here are two pretty great examples on how Dungeons & Dragons builds not only creativity, but can encourage people to learn resourcefulness and improve social interactions.

Things to check out:

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks Author Ethan Gilsdorf gives an excellent TedTalk on the subject and you should definitely check it out.

You should also check out the article: Behind Hollywood’s Closed Doors, A-List Stars Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons by Seth Abramovitch.