When we were growing up, we used to play something called Middle Earth Roleplaying Game or MERP. It was basically Dungeons & Dragons, but set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth. We loved creating characters, writing scenarios and playing for hours as we sat around a dining room table eating taco pizza from Casey’s General Store (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it) and drinking Dr. Pepper.
MERP is part of the reason we became writers. When we created characters we had to come up with backgrounds, what kind of languages they spoke, what their talents were, what they looked like, and more. It taught us how to make multi-faceted characters that went beyond stereotypes, and it was the part of the game that we loved the most. Our love for MERP is why we introduced gaming into the Grey Griffins series, but tabletop roleplaying games had gone out of style when we started writing, so we created Round Table, a hybrid that mixes a traditional tabletop roleplaying game or RPG (complete with D10 dice) with a Trading Card Game or TCG (similar to Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh).
But Round Table became more than a game. It afforded our characters an opportunity to learn how to fight monsters and dark faeries without getting hurt.
We had no idea that the Grey Griffins would end up selling nearly a million copies in the initial trilogy, nor were we ready for the popularity of Round Table. Five years after its inception, we still get a lot of requests from people wondering when Round Table will be available for purchase. Unfortunately, we’re not sure.
It was in development at an incredible gaming company called WizKids. They created something called Heroclix, a kind of chess meets RPG with miniature superhero action figures. Unfortunately WizKids folded in the middle of Round Table’s devlopment cycle, and though the company was later sold to NECA, HeroClix was the only property that survived the transition.
At one point it looked like someone was going to create an online version, but that fell through as well. So for now, we’re concentrating on wrapping up the Clockwork Chronicles trilogy with The Paragon Prison. Once that’s done, we’ll sit down and decide what comes next.
We want you to know how much we appreciate all of your support over the years. And we hope that one day we’ll be able to provide you with an opportunity to play Round Table!