Mark Diaz Truman and Marissa Kelly started Magpie Games in 2011 to bring new stories and experiences to the gaming industry that has brought so much joy to their lives. Since then, Magpie Games has grown into a dedicated team of like-minded individuals who work to produce unparalleled gaming experiences and nurture healthy and inclusive communities.
We are best known for creating games that give players a chance to immerse themselves in dynamic, intriguing worlds in a real and meaningful way. Whether we’re focused on unique art projects designed by auteur creators, like Bluebeard’s Bride and Cartel, or intellectual properties beloved by millions, such as Avatar Legends, we strive to make every project a special experience.
For over a decade we have been dedicated not just to making amazing games, but to making the TTRPG industry a more open and inclusive space. We helped found the Indie Game Developer Network (2011) to support small publishers and work regularly with the Game Manufacturer Association (GAMA) on diversity and inclusion efforts across the industry. We’re proud to say that we’ve helped make tabletop gaming a better space for everyone—our colleagues, our fans, and our employees.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our fans. Over the last ten years, Magpie Games has raised over $10 million from more than 100,000 backers through crowdfunding, including the most funded roleplaying game of all time—Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. We are honored and thrilled to have the trust of so many in our endeavors, and we can’t wait to see what the next decade has to offer!
The Magpie Discord is a thriving community focused on our favorite thing: games! Join over two hundred amazing community members to discuss games like Masks, Urban Shadows, Bluebeard’s Bride, and Root! This welcoming community space focuses on design, GMing tools and tips, and how to have the best experiences with some of your favorite games.
We have unique channels for each of our games, including the ashcans, so you can connect with other players and GMs, talk about what you bring to the game, and find out how others get the most out of their games. It’s an opportunity to connect with the GMs you played with at conventions like Gen Con or Pax Unplugged, and hear what games they’re running next! Play games with other Magpie fans, connect, and share a welcoming space with some of the best players and GMs out there.
The Discord is one of the best places to get news, talk to the community, get recruited for GMing at conventions, engage with the Curated Play GMs, and hang out with people who genuinely love gaming. There are spaces just for the various streams and podcasts featuring Magpie games, as well as a space to discuss safety tools and tricks.
You can join the Discord today! Just read our code of conduct, hit accept, and dive in! We can’t wait to hang out with you!
As Magpie Games has grown, we’ve come to manage a number of spaces: live convention spaces, our Discord server, and a multitude of Kickstarters. To ensure a great experience with us, we’ve created some guidelines on best behaviors. While the guidelines below are not exhaustive for being a good member of our community, this is the stuff we think is worth calling out and making explicit. We reserve the right to change or modify these rules as we go forward, and we hope you all have suggestions for additions and modifications as our community spaces grow:
Be Kind—At some level, we're all here for each other. If we're lucky, we get to have great discussions, challenge our own ideas, and communicate across great distances through tiny screens. But none of that can happen if we're cruel, unfair, or mean to each other. Before you post, ask yourself if you're adding anything of value to the discussion with your words. If not, take a step back and come back when you're ready to be good to everyone else who is here.
Be Charitable—Assume that everyone here is trying their best. Ask for clarification before you declare something to be racist or sexist or terrible, and quietly report posts that violate these rules and DM us instead of giving the original poster more of your energy.
Be Specific—Clearly state what kind of information or feedback you’re looking to get from us or the community, and provide enough context so everyone in the conversation understands what you need or want to discuss. When engaging with big topics, ensure you share your experiences rather than speak in generalizations or for an entire group of people.
Be Inclusive—We want to create the most welcoming community we can, both for this space and for our games, so think carefully about how what you're saying might read to someone who isn't you. Derogatory or hurtful comments, jokes, and discourse drive off people who would otherwise be a great part of our community. Let’s make our spaces welcome to everyone!
Be Good—Post your best stuff here. Reach beyond easy answers or simple questions and offer this community your best. We’re always excited to get feedback, but we ask that you take the time to make sure you’re offering us your most thoughtful critique. We are really excited to have you here, and hope you're excited to be here too!
Be Accountable—It’s important that we all take time to reflect and grow. If you witness or are part of a community conflict, take the time to reflect on what you contributed, listen to what needs to happen to move forward, and engage in healthy changes.
In the event someone engages in unacceptable behavior, please report their actions directly and move on. Our team will deal with the issue.
To talk to us about an issue, use this guide:
At a con… Talk to the event host!
On Discord… DM a moderator!
On Kickstarter… Send us a direct message!
For everything else, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you break the rules, we’ll talk—mostly we hope to steer you toward a better path that keeps you in this community. If your behavior is especially flagrant or hurtful, then we may not allow you to continue participating in our spaces, events, or projects.
We are thrilled to see so many content creators making podcasts, articles, and videos about games! The team here at Magpie Games wants to support these creators as best we can.
Want to feature our games on your stream? For anyone looking to feature one of our products, here are some commonly asked questions we’ve received from content creators:
Can I feature your game for an actual play?
Absolutely! We are thrilled to have gamers playing our games for an audience!
Can I use your cover art for my streaming and promotion?
Yes! In addition, we’re happy to share some of our art resources with
anyone reviewing or running our game. Below are packs of art resources
for our most popular games.
What other resources are available to streamers and reviewers?
That depends on the game. If you’re interested in something more than
art resources, please shoot a message to us at email@example.com.
Will you share my episode on your social media?
We’ll have to check it out before sharing, but in general we are happy
to promote content featuring our products or designers. Please let us
know when you plan to release your work and tag us to remind us that
Interview Our Staff
We’re always thrilled to talk about our games! Our availability is schedule dependent, so contact us with information about who you would be interested in interviewing and what topics you would like to cover so we can get you on the calendar.
In general, we’re most excited to talk about:
• Publishing Process
• Upcoming Projects
• Game Mechanics
• Designer Bios