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Based at Bristol Games Hub, Bristol, UK
Endgame:Syria (as part of GameTheNews initiative)
NarcoGuerra (as part of GameTheNews initiative)
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Auroch Digital is an independent game development studio based in Bristol, UK that works on original titles, partnership and work for hire projects. We specialise in board, card and strategy games working with major IPs, and our acclaimed 'GameTheNews' project which is widely regarded as a global leader in the production of newsgames and "games with purpose".
Auroch Digital was founded in 2010, initially as a consultancy, helping organisations like the BBC, Wellcome Trust and many others understand the business of games and gaming.
In October 2012, Auroch Digital expanded to become a development studio, creating pioneering newsgames like Narcoguerra and Endgame:Syria, earning our GameTheNews initiative its spot at the forefront of the “games with purpose” movement, with Auroch's Director, Tomas Rawlings, giving many talks around the world on this subject.
Today Auroch Digital also creates original games of its own for a more traditional gamer audience, as well as working in partnership with other games companies and major brands to develop titles using existing IPs.
The studio continues to grow and is already recognised as a leading development studio with a serious talent for connecting the real with the digital.
Last Days of Old Earth (PC)
A rich strategy game set in our far, far future where the sun is dying. Published by strategy specialist Slitherine, LDOOE gives players command of the last noble tribes of humanity as they attempt to survive among emotionless machines and marauding clans.
“A rich strategy game filled to the brim with combat choices” - God is a Geek
"Combines elements of turn-based 4X-strategy, tactical battles, trading card game, and post-apocalyptic world" - IGN Russia
“An interesting take on turn based strategy games” - Final Boss Fight
“One of the most polished early access titles I have seen this year” - Grab the Games
Dark Future: Blood Red States (PC, Other Platforms TBA)
After its success with its Chainsaw Warrior titles, Auroch continues to work with Games Workshop on a resurrection of its classic vehicular board game Dark Future. Due for release in 2016.
Plague Inc: Evolved (PC, Mac, Linux)
Plague Inc: Evolved is considered by many as the exemplary example of how mobile can successfully be translated to PC, with Auroch Digital working closely with Ndemic Creations to make this a reality. Plague Inc: Evolved is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero' - now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.
Endgame:Syria (Web, Android, iOS)
An interactive exploration of the events that have unfolded through Syria’s civil war. Part of the GameTheNews initiative, this is a simulation that uses interactivity to explore a deeply challenging real world event.
“Endgame: Syria is not giving us any answers - it’s encouraging us to ask more questions” - Wired
“Eschews simple sound bites and embraces the real complexity and often self-contradictory nature of politics and conflict” - Pocket Tactics
“Explores the military and political nature of this conflict by showing how in-game actions effect both of those fronts” - Venture Beat
Elections of US America Election: The Card Game (Physical Card Game)
Created in partnership with political satire site Wonkette, Elections was Auroch’s first foray into the world of physical games. Successfully funded and chosen as a Project We Love by Kickstarter, the project further solidifies the studio’s position at the cutting edge of blurring real world events with the world of games.
"Aims to capture something of the mad game that a political campaign can become" - Kotaku
"Brings together the best snark of political website Wonkette with the game design smarts of game developer Auroch Digital’s ‘GameTheNews’ initiative" - FortressAT
"Bald Eagles! Hot Dogs! Hand Guns! How more American can one game get?" Gameosity
Chainsaw Warrior (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS)
Based on the classic Games Workshop board game, Auroch Digital re-engineered the original 1987 board game to bring it to a whole new audience.
“A brutally awesome good time” - 148apps
“Perfectly judged, brutally demanding and almost impossible to put down...” - The Guardian
“Everything you want in a digitised version of the Games Workshop classic” - Gamercast.net
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS)
A completely new sequel to the original Chainsaw Warrior, featuring a brand new scenario and story, plus numerous gameplay updates and improvements.
“Excruciatingly tense and insanely fun at the same time, both of which keep you coming back for more. 8.5/10” - Game Debate
“A really nice surprise. It’s straightfoward fun and it really works. 8/10” - Retro 101
“This is solidly a ‘Buy’ on Steam at $5.99. I can’t be any clearer than that... plus it’s got alligators in which is always a plus!” - Angry Centaur Gaming
NarcoGuerra (PC, Mac, Android, iOS)
NarcoGuerra is a challenging and tactical newsgame that puts players on the frontline of one of the most dangerous conflicts ever: the War on Drugs. The game looks at the ongoing conflict from the perspective of the Mexican authorities trying to stamp out the drug trade within that embattled country.
“NarcoGuerra is Risk applied to the war on drugs; it’s hard, it’s political, it’s really quite good” - PCGamesN
“A unique and surprising handheld strategy experience” - Penny Arcade Report
“NarcoGuerra is a revelation” - GGSGamer
We’ve also worked on many smaller games for clients over the years, including BBC, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Exeter University and Knowle West Media Centre to name a few. Auroch Digital also devises, produces, and delivers game jams in many formats including Gamify Your PhD for the Wellcome Trust, Global Game Jam Bristol and Green Capital Digital Challenge.
Let's Play / Streaming / Video Policy
If you're a YouTuber, stream games on Twitch, or otherwise create video content around video games, we'd be delighted for you to do so with our titles. We're also totally fine with you monetizing your videos and streams.
Streamers and Let's Players looking to request a code should get in touch via our Contact Us page, providing the following information;
- Name of Channel
- Link to Channel
Our community team often shares streams and videos via our social media channels and blog, if you'd like to be considered for this, please also include;
- Link to Facebook / Twitter account
- Time and date (including timezone) of stream/video release.
Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!
Images of our titles can be found on the following links...
- Last Days of Old Earth
- Dark Future: Blood Red States
- Plague Inc: Evolved
- Elections of US America Election: The Card Game
- Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night
- Chainsaw Warrior
For our complete collection of logos, download our logo pack.
Awards & Recognition
Auroch Digital's Debbie Rawlings won a 'Brand You' award for the creation of Bristol Games Hub & was listed in MCV's Top 100 Women in Games.
Auroch Digital's Tomas Rawlings has won several awards for the design of Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land and is an accomplished keynote speaker.
- Interview about funding and creating on Creative England
- Tomas open PLAY15 festival talking about games and democracy.
- Foreign Policy looks at Engame:Syria
- Wired talk about the 'Gamify Your PhD' project.
- Tomas writes for GamesIndustry.biz on the iterative process in development.
- Games as part of science education on the Wellcome Trust blog.
Auroch blog: aurochdigital.com/blog
Tom's blog: agreatbecoming.com
Tom on Twitter: twitter.com/tomasrawlings
Team & Repeating Collaborators
Tomas Rawlings - Design & Production Director
Deborah Rawlings - Director of Operations
Peter Willington - Producer
Nina Adams - Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Johnty Clark - Lead Programmer
Codey Dyer - Lead Artist
Joshua Palmer - Programmer
George Parker - Programmer
Abhishek Sagi - Programmer
Mark Wonnacott - Programmer
Sam Chester - Programmer
Daniel Pugsley - Programmer
Chris Raadjes - Artist
Stu Griffin - Artist
Peter Pielak - Artist
Steve Martin - Designer
Jake Connor - Community Manager & Tester
Our most regular freelancers and outsource companies:
Fraser McCormick - Network Programmer
Stu Griffin - Artist
Rich Wallis - Programmer
Stuart Duffield - Sound Design
Red Panda Audio
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