The Last Treefrog Game
Treefrog is both pleased and saddened to announce the imminent release of A Handful of Stars which will be the very last game that will be published under our label.
It has been a struggle to keep Treefrog going for the last few years. The games market has become increasingly crowded with new releases and as a small company we have found it difficult to compete. I have decided that it is better for me to focus on my core strength, which is game design, and leave matters of production and marketing to others. There will be plenty more ‘Martin Wallace’ designs in the future, they will just lack the Treefrog logo.
A Handful of Stars is the final game in an unintended trilogy. It is a space themed game that builds on the concepts and mechanisms first seen in A Few Acres of Snow, then developed in Mythotopia. Rather than bore you by going into lots of detail about the game, the rules are posted on this site so that you can download them. If you have played either of the two former games then much of what you will find here will be familiar.
We will be printing 2500 copies in all, all with English language rules. There will be no collector’s edition, just one version of the game. I have already sold the rights to the game to Fantasy Flight Games, who may or may not print a new version at some time. They purchased the system so that they could use the core mechanics for other games, so I have no idea what their plans are for this game. This is a long way of saying, ‘buy it now!’ You will only be able to buy the game directly from a number of sources. Treefrog still has a few debts to pay off – including the shipping bill for Moongha Invaders, so pretty much all of the money we make will go to various creditors. Some of you may question the high price, but please remember that with a shorter print run production and art costs are higher (art and graphic costs are fixed, so the smaller the print run the higher the cost per unit). The various companies that we have arranged to handle sales are taking a lower than normal margin, so most of the profit is heading back to Treefrog.
All of the files are now ready to go to the printer’s. To help with cash-flow we will be making the game available for pre order. If you live in the USA then you are best ordering the game from either Grey Fox, Board Game Geek or Stratamax. Those lucky Canadians can go to BoardGameBliss. If you live in the UK or Europe then you are best ordering the game from Gameslore. For Australia and New Zealand you will need to order from The Games Capital in Canberra. For those folks in other parts of the world then simply take your pick from the above, but shipping costs will be higher. Hopefully the games will be ready to ship by March 2017 – it takes about eight weeks to print the game, plus a little extra time for seasonal holidays.
I would like to thank in advance all of those people who take the plunge and pre-order the last Treefrog game – please be assured that it will be a great help to us. I would also like to thank the folks at Grey Fox, Board Game Geek, Stratamax, BoardGameBliss, Gameslore and The Games Capital for helping to facilitate sales of the game.
Finally, a massive thanks to all of those people who have supported myself and Julia over the years, either by buying our games or just being there when help was required.
Brass Mobile Launched
Brass Mobile now available for download!
I’m pleased to be bringing admirers of Brass some great news! If you’re a fan of the board game, you can now play Brass anytime, wherever you are. Brass mobile allows you to play with friends, colleagues or other Brass lovers around the world.
Brought to you by the team at Phalanx/Cublo, we think this new version of Brass will make existing players of the board game very happy, as it retains the integrity of play, while bringing next gen graphics to a whole new customer. As always, you’ll be competing to build lucrative economies during the British Industrial Revolution.
Now you can put the game in your pocket and enjoy a design refresh.
- 3 or 4 players per game
- AI opponent
- Network multiplayer with push notifications
- Local multiplayer (pass & play)
- Refreshed artwork
- Works in any orientation (portrait & landscape)
- In-game tutorial & manual
- Achievements and leaderboards
Julia and Martin are away from home travelling with family and are unable to respond promptly to emails about missing pieces, rules questions and other queries. They will try and catch up as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience and understanding
Grey Fox Games to Publish A Study in Emerald
Treefrog are very pleased to announce that Grey Fox Games are the US publishers of A Study in Emerald second edition. Please see the following link for more details.
A Study In Emerald 2nd Edition Rules
The English rules for A Study In Emerald 2nd Edition are available to download here.
The English rules for Ships are available to download here
Treefrog’s New Direction
Julia and I have decided that it is time for Treefrog to make a change in direction. We will cease to produce our own titles and focus instead on designing games for other companies. There are numerous reasons behind this decision, but the main factor has been the increased costs of running the company from New Zealand. This does not mean the end of ‘Treefrog’ style games, it just means they will appear with another companies logo on.
The last game off the slipway will be A Handful of Stars, which hopefully will be available in the first half of 2016. This will be a limited production of 2500 units, so we will be taking pre orders close to the point where the game will be ready for shipping.
To clarify the situation with Brass, Treefrog will not be producing the new Kickstarter edition. We are presently negotiating with another company, we hope to have positive news soon.
Have now returned from our trip to the UK, which is partly an explanation of why we have not posted something earlier on this matter.
It is with great regret that we have to announce that we no longer have the licence to produce Discworld Ankh-Morpork or The Witches. I’m sorry to disappoint those fans looking forward to the next game, just one of those things.
A Study In Emerald Returns
Treefrog will be releasing a new, updated, modified, streamlined version of A Study in Emerald later this year. After many hours of discussions with various focus groups we have decided to call the game ‘A Study in Emerald, 2nd edition’. If all goes to plan then the game will be ready to ship from our German printers, Ludo Fact, in September.
The new version of the game sports all new artwork by Ian O’Toole and Tatiana Kuzilova and a streamlined set of rules, which will hopefully help those folks who found the first version a tad complicated. Although the game is simpler it still retains the feeling of paranoia from the first version. What I have done my best to do is remove inconsistencies and reduce the number of available actions to the minimum.
You can check out the new artwork here on the A Study in Emerald game page.
A Study in Emerald will be produced in co operation with a number of other companies, including:
Ediciones MasQueOca (Spain)
The English language version will be distributed in the UK by Esdevium, Canada by Lion Rampant, and Australia by Good Games. We will announce our US distributor at a later stage.
The rules will be posted to this site in the next few weeks.
Please note that the game comes without a free poster.
Treefrog Games are very pleased to announce that the third and final subscription game, ‘Ships’, will be going to press soon. Almost all of the files are ready to go and we hope to have the game ready to ship within the next three months. The game is being printed by Whatz games, who are based in China. so there will be an additional delay for shipping.
As most of you know, there will be two versions of the game, the standard edition and the limited edition. The limited version has a slightly different cover and wooden ships instead of counters.
Artwork for the game is posted on the page for Ships. The rules will be posted soon, just making final corrections.