Sneak Peek: Arcane Crimes Division

You are a detective assigned to the Arcane Crimes Division in the sprawling, fantasy, city of Polarity. Together with your partner, you investigate magic and supernatural crimes, engage in thrilling chases and confront monsters and scoundrels. All while trying to keep your Captain’s blood-pressure from boiling over and consigning you to paperwork hell.

Detectives in the Arcane Crimes Division have exceptional skills and abilities; born from battle, scarred by magic, or drawn from long criminal experience. These abilities provide detectives with unique advantages when working a case, conducting a chase, or resolving a conflict. During each shift, teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. More details soon.


Pav Award Winner!

Instruments of the Chrysanthemum Throne has won a Pav Award in the category of Excellence in Narrative (The Poetic Serving).  The Pav Awards are a celebration of New Zealand's best and boldest game development achievement and it's a real honour to win this award for a tabletop roleplaying game.

Thank you to everyone who helped playtest this game, contributed  thoughts or their art and helped make it a reality. 

Pav Awards Finalist

Instruments of the Chrysanthemum Throne, has been named as a finalist for two categories of the Aotearoa New Zealand Pav Awards.  This includes the category of Excellence in Narrative (The Poetic Serving) and Excellence in Physical Games (The Tactile Taste).


The Pavs are a celebration of ANZ’s best and boldest game development achievements. From digital to tabletop, we aim to the put a spotlight on local games that have gone the extra mile to immerse, entertain and tantalise. The Pavs finalists go in the running for a coveted trophy and are featured in NZGF’s week-long games exhibition.

This is a huge honour and the celebrate, the game is on sale with 50% off until the Awards Ceremony on 16 July.  If you'd like to read more about Instruments you can download this one-page explainer.



A Slice of Heaven

For a limited time you can pick up a special game bundle, created to celebrate #KiwiRPG week. Straight from the South Pacific, these games are presented by Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa (a collective of game designers from Aotearoa New Zealand). The bundle features 11 products by 8 designers, showcasing a range of Kiwi content.
  • It’s family-friendly (and gamer-friendly) mayhem with DINOSAUR PRINCESSES! 
  • Blades in the Dark cartographic excitement with the DOSKVOL MAPS! 
  • The barbarian within the city in NOD! 
  • Deeply-imagined spacefaring in F-SPACE! 
  • Mindbending 70s SF weirdness with LEFTCOAST! 
  • Top-rope wrestling in SOARING LIONS! 
  • Mean girl brutality in HIGH SCHOOL PRINCESS! 
  • Bloody sword-and-sorcery in ON MIGHTY THEWS! 
  • Exploring new worlds in THE NATURAL PHILOSOPHERS! 
  • Existential bookery in QUIET DAY IN THE LIBRARY! 
  • And bring cats to the cyberpunk sprawl in CYBERKITTENS: PROJECT BAKENOKO! 
Pick it up today!

Children of the Storm Released

Children of the Storm is a free introductory scenario for the Instruments of the Chrysanthemum Throne Roleplaying Game. This is a complete, stand-alone, scenario set in mythical Japan 

All the rules necessary to run the game are included with this scenario.

The players take the role of a small group of children who are given an important task on behalf of their village and entrusted with Tsukumogami (sentient objects) to help them accomplish it. Against the backdrop of a raging storm, the children must contend with both supernatural and physical challenges if they are to save their village as the New Year begins.

Four pre-generated primary characters are provided, along with four pre-generated Tsukumogami; cantankerous secondary characters who may boss the children around should they become too reliant on their power. Complete rules for resolving all the Tasks described this scenario are also included, along with a summary for the GM to aid facilitation.