Based at Bristol Games Hub, Bristol, UK
Endgame:Syria (as part of GameTheNews initiative)
NarcoGuerra (as part of GameTheNews initiative)
Bristol Games Hub
77 Stokes Croft
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 TBC)
We're working on Dark Future: Blood Red States, a RealTimeShift Vehicular Action Strategy game that combines the tactical play of an RTS, with the intensity and quick thinking that action games demand.
Set in the dangerous and gangcult-controlled highways of Games Workshop's classic Dark Future universe, Blood Red States tasks players with building up a mercenary team of Sanctioned Ops and then taking them out onto the climate change-ravaged Big Empty of the United States. There they'll issue commands to fight dramatic rolling battles against violent gangs in heavily armed cars and trucks, while unravelling some of the mysteries hiding in the American wasteland.
Plague Inc: Evolved (PC, Mac, Linux)
Plague Inc: Evolved is considered by many as the prime example of how mobile can successfully be translated to PC. Auroch Digital worked in collaboration with Ndemic Creations to help make Plague Inc. on desktop a reality. The new version sees the same captivating gameplay with the addition of multiplayer, user-generated content and much more.
Endgame: Syria is a free interactive exploration of events unfolding in Syria today. Developed in around two weeks in December 2013, the game allows users to explore the options open to the Syrian rebels as they push the conflict to its endgame. Each choice the user makes has consequences – the types of military units you may deploy, the political paths you choose to tread. Not only does each choice impact the current situation but your choices may also impact the final outcome. Users can play and replay events to see how different choices on the ground might lead to different outcomes. This game was produced as part of our GameTheNews.net initiative.
“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 of US America Election: The Card Game 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
"Intelligently written and sometimes cuttingly cynical, Elections of US America Election brings a refreshing levity to the serious mood around global politics" - The Guardian
"Bald Eagles! Hot Dogs! Hand Guns! How more American can one game get?" Gameosity
Our re-boot of the 1987 cult-classic boardgame by Games Workshop: Step into the combat-boots of Chainsaw Warrior – a former special-forces solider who has been cybernetically modified to undertake the most dangerous covert missions. New York has only an hour left to live. A rare and strange phenomena known as 'spatial warping' has resulted in a dimensional breach from our world into a nightmare zone. All other attempts to stop this breach have failed. All that is left is one man facing overwhelming odds.
“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 is a new chapter for Games Workshop's cult classic! Based on the original Chainsaw Warrior board game, this sequel adds new layers of intensity to the game's unique formula. It's the year 2035 and the crazed followers of a near-forgotten God have opened a hole into a nightmare dimension. He saved New York in 2032 - can Chainsaw Warrior now save the world?
“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
Can you End the Never-Ending War? NarcoGuerra is a challenging and tactical newsgame that puts you on the frontline of one of the most dangerous conflicts ever; the War on Drugs. As part of our GameTheNews initiative we took a look at the ongoing conflict from the perspective of the Mexican authorities trying to stamp out the drug trade within that embattled country. As the Chief of Police you must attempt to retake Mexico’s regions from the cartels whilst dealing with corruption within the police force itself.
“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.
- Rock Paper Shotgun covers our adaptation of Ogre
- Guardian covers Elections of US America Election: The Card Game
- Tomas speaks about his inspirations behind Dark Future: Blood Red States
- Interview about funding and creating on Creative England
- Foreign Policy looks at Endgame: Syria
- Wired talk about the 'Gamify Your PhD' project.
- Games as part of science education on the Wellcome Trust blog.
- Company profile on TechSpark
Tom's blog: agreatbecoming.com
Tom on Twitter: twitter.com/tomasrawlings
Bristol Games Hub site: bristolgameshub.com
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
George Parker - Programmer
Sam Chester - Programmer
Daniel Pugsley - Programmer
Daniel Brodie - Programmer
Chris Raadjes - Artist
Peter Pielak - Artist
Dan Leaman - Artist
Steve Martin - Designer
Jake Connor - Community Manager & Tester
Our most regular freelancers and outsource companies:
Fraser McCormick - Network Programmer
Stu Griffin - Artist
Ilse Marshall - Project Management & Production
Rich Wallis - Programmer
Stuart Duffield - Sound Design
Red Panda Audio
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