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Workhouse Games was started in 2011 when Paul and Tim began creating their own games to be played at local tabletop gaming clubs around the east midlands. During that time they began working on their game Hollow Earth world with the first full game being The Awful Orphanage. The company has gone on to create premium resin miniatures as well.

Being new to the market Workhouse Games reached out to Kickstarter to spread the word about their game. They started their campaign for The Awful Orphanage on March 22, 2018. They released a special sculpt of their little orphan Alyce free for every backer. They came up with the idea that they would release alternate sculpts of Miss Prendergast, The Gaunt, and Sinister Man as their final stretch goal. By March 29th the project was 100% funded. In celebration Workhouse games released a soundtrack for the game. They were successfully able to raise 59,310 pounds for the production of their game.

For years Mrs Prendergast has taken in the wayward children of the town for a fee. But little do they know that Mrs Prendergast hides a deep dark and murderous secret. When the beds are full Mrs Prendergast summons an emaciated being with magic to kill the children that are in the Orphanage and harvest their souls. Players will be able to work together to try to get free from the Orphanage and find items to fight back against Mrs Prendergast.  

To play the game corridor and room tiles are placed uniquely with each game. Each player will become and orphan and be able to create and explore the orphanage. Search the rooms to find items that can be used to rid the orphanage of Ms Prendergast. If an orderly is encountered then you could be sent back to your room and your items confiscated. You can use items like roller skates, and marbles to slow your friend down. The first player to get to the office with a talisman and put a stop wot Ms Prendergast is the winner. To find out more about The Awful Orphanage please visit the links below.


Game Information:
Suggested Players: 1-6
Suggested Play Time: 30-90 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
16 high quality miniatures
26 room tiles
70 corridor tunnels
69 loot tokens
60 stuff cards
2 employee dice
1 six sided dice
4 piece board game

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: March 22, 2018
Ship Date: June 6, 2019
Website: Workhouse Games