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Two HoP KS Milestones!
February 28, 2019 10:42 am CST
This blog post for House of Possession 
We are very excited to have released the Print-and-Play version of House of Possession yesterday to the First Escape Attempt - Second Floor backers. There were a few late nights there at the end, but it is worth it when you can make that check mark and move on to the next step.

Another milestone we hit was providing the final character desc ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Playmat Print & Play Codes
February 28, 2019 10:23 am CST
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
It came to our attention recently that our print & play codes for the Jack the Ripper playmat download had expired. This is the code that we give out at game conventions and other events when you meet us in person.

We have renewed the codes so, if you tried before and received a message that your code was bad, please feel free to try again. And as ...
by Ty Rucker
FAQ and Contact Us Working
November 18, 2018 04:18 pm CST
Just a quick thank you to the multiple folks that let us know the Contact Us and the FAQ pages were not working. Our Captcha had broken on both of those pages and that caused a failure anytime you wanted to submit either of those pages.

We have fixed them both and you should be able to once again use those pages.
by Ty Rucker
KantCon 2018 Starts this Friday the 13th!
July 08, 2018 11:53 am CDT
This next weekend we are very excited that we'll be at KantCon in Overland Park, KS! If you are going to be at KantCon, come find our vendor booth. Check out our wares, enjoy a demo of one of our games, and chat.

We are also hosting events. I'll teach you how to play Jack the Ripper so you can get a bluffing advantage over on your friends. Jack t ...
by Ty Rucker
Geekway to The West May 17th - 20th
May 16, 2018 07:48 am CDT
We will be at Geekway to The West in St. Charles, Missouri this week!

In 2016, we previewed Jack the Ripper to the Geekway attendees with a tournament. And so, Geekway has a special place in our hearts.

This year, Geekway is sold out so I hope this isn't the first you are hearing of it! If you have your ticket, be sure to come meet with us in our ...
by Ty Rucker
Nerdarchy Live Chat Monday, May 14th
May 10, 2018 05:08 pm CDT
I am super stoked to be chatting with Dave Friant on the Nerdarchy live chat at 12pm Eastern this Monday, May 14th. I am looking forward to hanging out and talking games!

Come watch us and ask questions!

In the meantime, here are some great Nerdarchy links, check them out! They have great blogs and great videos so be sure to pop over, if you have ...
by Ty Rucker
Kickstarter Campaign Is Live!
April 14, 2018 10:41 am CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
House of Possession started out as an idea for a card game and now it's fun primer board game. I am super happy to finally be able to announce, it's ready!

Testing is done, all the magnificent artwork by Alejandro Castillo is complete, packaging is designed, manufacturers have been chosen, and we are ready to get House of Possession on to game tab ...
by Ty Rucker
Introducing the HoP Primary Artist
January 07, 2018 08:01 pm CST
This blog post for House of Possession 
In the next several weeks, we’ll be opening the Kickstarter for House of Possession. So, I thought this was a wonderful time to introduce the Primary Artist for this project, Alejandro Castillo.

A few months ago, we sent out a request for artist submissions to help us finish our House of Possession game. During this process, we considered over f ...
by Ty Rucker
House of Possession is Coming Soon!
October 31, 2017 10:35 pm CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
First, if you are going to be at Midwest Gamefest near Kansas City this weekend, come find our booth. We're looking forward to another great weekend of gaming and sharing Jack the Ripper with you.

When we began the process of launching Jack the Ripper, it slowed the progress of House of Possession. On top of that, Con Season took every other momen ...
by Ty Rucker
Jack the Ripper – Panic Play Free Download!
June 27, 2017 07:45 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Do you find yourself wondering if Jack the Ripper can be a more brutal and vicious game? Well the answer is a resounding yes. We finally have the Jack the Ripper – Panic Play rule set available for free download!

Let me just say, I know that I recently told some of you Geekway to The West and DieCon attendees that this would be available a few w ...
by Ty Rucker
New Site Updates
October 23, 2016 04:48 pm CDT
As you have likely noticed if you have ever been to before, there are a few changes around here! We have update the site design and added a few pages as well. On the Jack the Ripper site you’ll find we have updated the Get Jack! page and added a Resources page (with links to videos and articles about Jack the Ripper) and a Do ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Backer Play Mat Options!
September 07, 2016 08:50 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Last month was great, I really enjoyed speaking with some of you throughout the course of the Kickstarter campaign and I had a blast at Gen Con too. We got to meet Mikey Mason and Christian Doyle and it was just an amazing time.

So for you Jack the Ripper KICKSTARTER backers, we wanted to share the designs for the play mats you may choose from. Yo ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Scavenger Hunter's Bag
August 18, 2016 10:49 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
The story of our card game, Jack the Ripper, focuses on a group of scavenger hunters that find themselves locked in warehouse with the notorious Whitechapel Murderer. So we think, and Jack agrees by the way, that a scavenger hunt is a great way to add another goal to our KICKSTARTER campaign!

Find the items below and email them to tyrucker @ crypt ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Developer's Blog #7
August 01, 2016 10:39 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
It is time, Folks! The Whitechapel Murderer, Leather Apron, Jack the Ripper is making another attempt at going free on our streets.

Help get Jack the Ripper to a game table near you by buying your deck on our KICKSTARTER campaign now ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Developer's Blog #6
June 15, 2016 09:44 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Ah well, I feel really silly right now. We did an interview with Mark over at The Final Roll and I posted on Facebook, and Twitter, and KICKSTARTER but I didn't post it here!

With everything else that has been going on, I guess it slipped through the cracks. In any case, you can use the link below to listen to that interview and learn more about J ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR Developer's Blog #5
May 26, 2016 08:57 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Hi there, Gamers! I know it's been a while but we have just a couple of quick points to kind of catch everyone up on. There are several things that are going on and I want to talk about the things we have recently been doing too. We have been very busy, and with that, I'd also like to apologize for how late we are on Scraps. With so much going on, ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR: Developer's Blog #4
April 26, 2016 09:51 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Quick post here to start a list of our Geekway to the West 2016 events. We have three Attendee-run Events and we'll be adding the Informal Events to this list too. A note for those that may not be lucky enough to be going to Geekway this year, we'll be at other events later so just keep an eye out for us!

Keep checking here for an updated list, as ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR: Developer's Blog #3
March 25, 2016 11:41 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Hey-hey! We got a bunch of our Geekway to the West giveaway merchandise in! So it's time to start talking about our Informal Events for this con. It is important to note that we also have at least one Attendee-run Event at Geekway that we'll announce just as soon as we can. The difference is simply this:

  • For Attendee-run Events, you'l ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR: Developer’s Blog #2
March 16, 2016 11:52 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
Just a quick line or two here to catch you guys up! It's been a while and we're sorry about that. Busy - busy - busy!

While we are ramping up for Geekway to the West to show off Jack the Ripper to you guys in person, we're also finishing up card layout and the main artwork. The artwork crept along much slower than any of us wanted for some time bu ...
by Ty Rucker
Jesse Kwe Joins HoP Team!
February 01, 2016 10:48 pm CST
Crypt Monkey Studios is happy to announce that artist Jesse Kwe is joining the House of Possession team!

When we saw Jesse’s great line work and that glimmer of magic hiding just behind the eyes of his characters, we knew we needed to ask him to join the House of Possession team.

We love comics here at Crypt Monkey too, and Jesse is currently i ...
by Ty Rucker
The Crypt Monkey State of the Union!
January 12, 2016 10:16 pm CST
I know it's been a while! We've been pretty busy getting ready for 2016 and it stands to be a crazy year. So I thought I would take a minute to talk about what we got done last year and what is in store this year.

Last year we opened the site knowing that we weren't even ready to release a game yet. We did this so that we could hear from you, lear ...
by Ty Rucker
User Accounts Now Available
October 27, 2015 12:12 am CDT
As excited as we are to announce that we have published the Jack the Ripper game site, we are also happy to be able to finally open user accounts to the public. All you have to do to sign up is click the Join button near the top right corner of the page. Fill out a little information and you are good to go!

Now with user accounts, you'll also noti ...
by Ty Rucker
JtR: Developer's Blog #1
October 26, 2015 07:51 pm CDT
This blog post for Jack the Ripper 
It's finally here!

The Jack the Ripper game site is open to the public and we couldn't be more excited. And on Halloween day! What a perfect time to open Jack's site! It has been quite a journey to get to this point and we have a few more miles to travel but we are getting there. And now, you guys can get involved ...
by Ty Rucker
Updates for October 2015
October 14, 2015 09:24 pm CDT
Hey, Gamers! I just wanted drop a line in here real quick, too much silence from us of late. We have been busy so blog posts and Scraps are lagging behind. So very quickly, I wanted to update you guys on the wither-tos and why-fors. So let me run down a few of these items for you right now before I jump back to work.

One of the things we are worki ...
by Ty Rucker
The "Rat Rod" Gaming Table
September 14, 2015 01:44 am CDT
As anyone that has been following our blog posts can tell you, Crypt Monkey Studios is a small shop. We have two games in beta testing right now, House of Possession and the more recently acquired Jack the Ripper, and a tiny staff to get our work done. That means we all have to wear different hats, and tasks that are not directly related to buildin ...
by Ty Rucker
Another Quick August Update!
August 28, 2015 10:35 pm CDT
Hey, everybody, happy Friday! I felt bad about falling behind on Scraps recently so I decided to jump ahead to make up for it.

This new installment of HoP Scraps returns to our friend Mark Vinter and his pal the Lobster Demon. Will Mark get out of the room before the big gray lobster bites him? Will he manage to find the second floor? Will the poo ...
by Ty Rucker
Announcing Jack the Ripper!
August 24, 2015 10:13 pm CDT
One of the projects that we've been working hard on here at Crypt Monkey is getting an agreement together for exclusive rights to publish Jack the Ripper; a card game that I designed along with Anthony Morris, John Watson, and James Gaugh. This is something we've really been looking forward to and I can tell you that it's been hard keeping it under ...
by Ty Rucker
Quick August Update!
August 21, 2015 11:28 pm CDT
We've been super busy on projects here at Crypt Monkey so I have fallen behind in Scraps! So I just wanted to let you guys know we have a new Scrap out in the Blair Rothe chronicle of House of Possession titled What to Do? We're already working on the next HoP Scrap and we'll get another developer blog post out there real soon too. House of ...
by Ty Rucker
HoP: Developer's Blog #5
July 27, 2015 11:37 pm CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
It's been way longer since the last developer blog than I had intended but we have been supper busy keeping all these projects moving forward. So I hope you'll accept my apology, Gamers!

Last time I wrote about HoP I mentioned that we had solved our play time issues. House of Possession is definitely a primer game. Well I am happy to add to that t ...
by Ty Rucker
New Things to Look For
July 06, 2015 07:35 pm CDT
Hello fellow dragon slayers and demon hunters! Just wanted to add in a quick blog post pointing out some recent and upcoming items.

First, we've published our third Scrap for HoP, titled What a Crappy Day. Blair Rothe is only the second main character we've introduced so far so we're really excited to get her in front of you guys. I think that thi ...
by Ty Rucker
HoP: Developer's Blog #4
June 16, 2015 11:13 pm CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
It's that time again and I have good news. In the last HoP blog post, I was complaining about our game play times. I'm happy to say that, after a few minor tweaks and a lot more testing, our times are now well within the primer game range. With this fix, we can stop worrying about whether or not this is really a primer game and focus on continued t ...
by Ty Rucker
Mark Vinter Returns
June 06, 2015 02:52 am CDT
Mark Vinter returns in latest House of Possession Scrap

Some of you had asked about what was in store for our poor Mr. Mark Vinter, the first of many victims to be on display in the House of Possession Scraps collection. In appreciation of your interest, we have released a continuance of Mark's story titled After ...
by Ty Rucker
Crypt Monkey Studios Corporate Site Open
June 01, 2015 10:37 pm CDT
We are very happy to announce that we have finally open the doors to our corporate site.

For a while now you have used the temporary version of for our contact form. That form is still over there in the newly released site but you can also find out a little more about our company now too. And if you are an artist or a wr ...
by Ty Rucker
HoP: Designer's Blog #3
May 27, 2015 12:56 am CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
I'll start this blog post by complaining! While I'm happy that we have released the site to the public and I'm happy that we have entered the beta stage of House of Possession, I'm not happy with our play times yet. I know I'm not supposed to talk about the "bad stuff" but:

1. It's the truth.
2. It's OK - we'll fix it!

So the problem we'r ...
by Ty Rucker
Crypt Monkey Games Site Officially Open!
May 20, 2015 09:10 pm CDT
We are happy and excited that we are finally able to open the doors to our games site! Feel free to jump around the site and learn about our games, read our Scraps and Blogs, and find out what we're all about. Then you can use our FAQ page to ask any questions you might have. We are looking forward to hearing what you think of the games we are work ...
by Ty Rucker
HoP Designer's Blog #2
April 30, 2015 10:10 pm CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
I've just received some great news, we'll be opening the doors to the Crypt Monkey Games site within the next two weeks! Not that any of you can read this until the doors are actually open but it makes me happy anyway. Now my challenge is to have HoP ready for beta by the time this happens! We are really close but this will be another short blog be ...
by Ty Rucker
What’s a Primer Game?
April 14, 2015 10:17 pm CDT
Has This Ever Happened To You?
Game night! Is there anything better? You show up, maybe even early, excited to get into the game with your friends and battle it out against hordes of goblins or werewolves. Tonight you will outwit dragons and stop a hostile takeover by a rival gang! Tonight your enemies fall to their ...
by Ty Rucker
HoP Designer’s Blog #1
April 09, 2015 11:01 pm CDT
This blog post for House of Possession 
So I'm really excited, to start with! As I write this, we haven't fully opened the doors to our games site yet but I know now that HoP is greenlit to move past alpha! We are nearing the end of alpha testing now. By the time the games site is open and you can actually read this first ever designer's blog for House of Possession, it will officially b ...
by Ty Rucker
Game Findr KickStarter
March 30, 2015 12:40 am CDT
We here at Crypt Monkey Studios are very excited about a new app called Game Findr that is picking up steam over at Kickstarter right now. Like a handful of magic beans, ...
by Ty Rucker
Work - Work & Chris Hardwick!
March 16, 2015 10:38 pm CDT
When I first started thinking about what kind of stuff we should include in our site blog, I knew I wanted to throw in some of the personal junk we might go through during this effort and some of the fun too. And of course we want to keep you guys up to date with where we are on our releases, events, and upcoming announcements. Based on that, I thi ...
by Ty Rucker Est. 2014
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