Cubicle 7

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Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd
Private
IndustryGame publisher
Founded2006[1]
FounderAngus Abranson and Dominic McDowall-Thomas[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Dominic McDowall-Thomas, TS Luikart, Andy Law
ProductsAdventures in Middle-earth, The One Ring Roleplaying Game, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Doctor Who: The Card Game, Hobbit Tales
Websitehttps://www.cubicle7games.com

Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd is a British games company that creates and publishes tabletop games. Best known for its Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings games, Cubicle 7 offers titles covering a range of licensed and self-developed properties.

History[edit]

Angus Abranson and Dave Allsop formed the role-playing company Cubicle 7 with the priority of publishing new material for Allsop's role-playing game SLA Industries, and Abranson brought on his friend Dominic McDowall-Thomas in January 2004 to edit the books, but later in 2004 production ground to a halt and Allsop pulled out of Cubicle 7 to pursue other opportunities. In late 2006, Abranson and McDowall-Thomas formed Cubicle 7 Entertainment Limited, with the two of them as partners.[2]:427 In 2006, Cubicle 7 bought British small-press publisher Heresy Games and published a new edition of their role-playing game Victoriana in 2009. The company's first licensed game was Starblazer Adventures.[2]:428 Cubicle 7 then licensed the French game Qin: The Warring States in 2007 and also got the license to produce their 2009 Doctor Who Roleplaying Game.[2]:429 In 2008, Cubicle 7 began partnering with small-press publishers to do the publishing and distribution for them, including Adamant Entertainment, Alephtar Games, Arc Dream Publishing, Cakebread & Walton, Arion Games, John Wick Presents, Khepera Publishing, Monkey House Games, Postmortem Studios, Savage Mojo, and Triple Ace Games.[2]:430-431

Games[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]

Cubicle 7 designs, develops and publishes the following role-playing games:

  • Doctor Who Roleplaying Game (role-playing game based on the TV series)
    Won an Origins Award for Best Card Game in 2013.[3]
  • Primeval (role-playing game based on the TV series)
  • The Laundry (role-playing game based on the Laundry Files series of novels)
  • Cthulhu Britannica (a series of supplements and adventures set in historical England, for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game)
Victoriana, boxed set.jpg
  • Victoriana (roleplay in an fantasy alternative Victorian era). The game published by Heresy Games in 2003, with second and third editions by Cubicle 7 in 2009 and 2013.[2]:428 It was reviewed by Black Gate #15 (Spring 2011)
  • Lone Wolf Adventure Game (based on Joe Dever's Lone Wolf gamebook series)
  • World War Cthulhu (a fantasy World War Two and Cold War setting for the Call of Cthulhu RPG - it requires the Call of Cthulhu rulebook to play)
  • Rocket Age (a retro-pulp space opera role-playing game, set in an alternative 20th century where Einstein, Tesla and Ray Armstrong rode the first rocket ship to Mars, entering in a new space opera era)
  • Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play - the 4th edition of the venerable fantasy rpg[4]
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar - a separate game from Fantasy Role-Play[5]

Cthulhu Britannica[edit]

Cthulhu Britannica.jpg

Cthulhu Britannica is a series of role-playing game supplements produced by the British game company Cubicle 7 Entertainment for use in the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game produced by Chaosium. The series allows for games to be set in the United Kingdom. Cubicle 7's Call of Cthulhu license resulted in the Cthulhu Britannica (2009) core book,[6][2]:432 which included five scenarios. Additional books were then released every year until 2012, including Shadows over Scotland.[6] In 2013 a Kickstarter campaign was run in order to produce a boxed set and series of supplements set in London, with the London Boxed Set set being released in the following year. [7]

Former licenses[edit]

Cubicle 7 announced on 27 November 2019 that they would cease publishing the The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth properties.[8]. Cubicle 7 had published The One Ring for eight years at that time.[8]

Card, dice and board Games[edit]

Cubicle 7 designs, develops and publishes the following card, dice and board games:

Translations from French into English[edit]

Cubicle 7 translates and publishes the following role-playing games from the French publisher "Le Septième Cercle":

Publishing partners[edit]

Cubicle 7 also works with a select group of publishing partners to bring their games to a wider market:

  • Hot War (Contested Ground)
  • Cold City (Contested Ground)
  • 3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars (Box Ninja Games)

Awards[edit]

Cubicle 7 has won 12 ENnie Awards,[9] 2 Origins Awards,[10] Best in Show, Lucca 2012[11] and a Golden Geek.[12]

Notable events[edit]

In June 2009, Cubicle 7 announced[13] that it had joined the Rebellion Developments group of companies.

In November 2011, Angus Abranson left Cubicle 7 to form Chronicle City.[14]

In December 2014, Cubicle 7 announced that it had left the Rebellion Developments group of companies, following a successful management, buy out led by CEO Dominic McDowall.[15]

In December 2017, Dominic McDowall and Cubicle 7 announced that they would be producing a new RPG in the Warhammer universe; Warhammer Age of Sigmar. This game has been part of a personal quest of McDowall to bring back the style of play with Warhammer he had played in his youth.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GamesIndustry International (2009-06-02). "Cubicle 7 acquisition". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702- 58-7.
  3. ^ "39th Origin Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
  4. ^ "Cubicle 7 and Games Workshop announce new edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Cubicle 7". cubicle7.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  5. ^ "Warhammer Age of Sigmar Roleplaying Game Announced! | Cubicle 7". cubicle7.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  6. ^ a b Stuart Boon. "New Treasures: Cthulhu Britannica: Shadows Over Scotland".
  7. ^ thegaminggang review
  8. ^ a b https://www.cubicle7games.com/unexpected-tor2-update/
  9. ^ "ENnie Awards". ENnie Awards.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-01-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Lucca Games Best of Show - Wiki - BoardGameGeek". boardgamegeek.com.
  12. ^ "2012 Golden Geek Awards Winners! -".
  13. ^ "Cubicle 7 Joins Rebellion Group" Archived 2010-01-24 at the Wayback Machine, June 2, 2009
  14. ^ "The Angus Abranson interview: A look inside Chronicle City". www.geeknative.com.
  15. ^ "cubicle 7 leaves rebellion group - Cubicle 7". www.cubicle7.co.uk.
  16. ^ Jarvis, Matt (December 2017). "A New Old World". Tabletop Gaming Magazine. Warners Group Publications Plc.

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