This retro-styled, turn-based role-playing game was going to be an epic fantasy adventure through time. It would’ve had three lengthy acts with twists and side quests, and — if it were ever completed — it would likely end up being about 35 hours to play through.
As it is, the demo might give you 30-45 minutes of play time, representing maybe 3-5% of what it could have become.
Since this project is now decidedly caput, this demo’s more like a proof of concept.
Will there be more games to come from Problematic Press?
Meanwhile, stay tuned for more details to come about the launch of this magical tale.
This is it.
This is lit!
Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton is an author, a playwright, a performer, and an absolute treasure with the voice of a tempest.
Born in North West River and raised in Marystown, her connections to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador resonate throughout her works.
Her plays are regularly produced across the province, and her previous books include the award-winning They Let Down Baskets (Killick Press), Rants, Riffs and Roars (Creative Book Publishing), and This is the Cat (Creative Book Publishing). Her memoir, Love, Life, is forthcoming from Breakwater Books.
Problematic Press is a modest operation with limited resources. Our aim is to publish 1-2 books per year going forward.
Our titles are published as paperbacks and ebooks that are distributed through retailers and libraries both online and around the world.
Problematic Press is pleased to make this call for submissions.
DEADLINE: Open and ongoing, so submit whenever.
We are interested in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Final drafts should be 20,000-39,999 words.
Responses will be sent to applicants within two months.
Read the rest of this post thoroughly to get the details.
Find the link to the submission form at the bottom of this post.
We invite pitches from interested authors with titles intended for future publication, generally within the next year or two.
Provided the writing demonstrates exceptional mastery of English, we are open to considering original works from any person residing anywhere within Canada and legally entitled to work and earn income within Canada. However, we very much prefer to work with local creators in the St. John’s region of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This preference is stated outright.
Understand that any licensing agreement that may result from submitting your pitch represents an investment in you as well as your book. Beyond that, you must maintain a public persona that the publisher is excited to endorse. Liabilities will not be tolerated.
Expect this process to be lengthy, rigorous, and arduous. Our authors and artists thrive when challenged, and they have the dedication and patience required to persevere.
Before and after publication, all authors and artists are encouraged to pursue external funding opportunities, such as federal, provincial, and municipal grants. The timing of such opportunities will have an impact on the timeline of publication. That is understandable, and we are flexible enough to work within such a schedule for our grant-winning authors.
If this sounds thrilling to you, then dare to proceed.
Otherwise, turn back now, saving each of us a lot of time.
Problematic Press embodies the way of the MERCANARY™, our trademark sells-word chimæra.
In that spirit, we are excited to receive pitches for book-length works (20,000 words to 39,999 words in length) in a variety of genres.
The key to a winning pitch is that it is high-quality, daring excitement, but — above all — it must be an achievable goal for each of us, from revising to editing to promotion to publication and to promotion again.
Do you feel up for it?
Do not pitch a series.
Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript?
Turn back now.
You may continue.
Do you still feel up for it?
This is a test.
You are encouraged to come to this well-prepared.
Consider gaining experience and levelling up before you continue.
If you’re still here, you’re doing well.
What Problematic Press Wants
Problematic Press is only interested in pitches for hitherto unpublished anywhere original works of literature, and we are happy to consider such original works that fall within or near the following areas: