Numero Group: By The Numbers

Numero made a board game: Cities of Darkscorch coming May 2014
January 28, 2014, 11:04 am
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In the brave tradition of George and Charles Parker, Milton Bradley, and Gary Gygax comes Cities of Darkscorch—the Numero Group’s embattled first attempt at board game creation. Cities is the playable companion to Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, our 48th mainline release and a harrowing dive into the Stygian caverns of the American hard rock underground. A dice-rolling, card-driven, heavy rock band van ride through a fantasy landscape, Cities of Darkscorch could not begin to exist without Robert Soden, who, in 1975, set about creating a tapestry of maps, floorplans, and dungeon schema—the D&D-based lands of Eldara.  Expanding upon Soden’s meticulous vision, Cities of Darkscorch required newly commissioned card art and band logos to summon up a gravely themed mythical land of desolate outposts, warring bands, and the familiar ills that befall them.

Roleplaying as any of Darkscorch Canticles’ sixteen determined bands, one to six players traverse the broken roads of Darkscorch—battling such forbidding quartets as Grimsword, Narcissus, Ass-Centaur and 97 more—to collect city banners from such pits of hard rock competition as Afterdath, Wizard’s Wellspring, and Throk. Along the way, players may augment their bands through the use of fate cards with new artwork from the demented minds of John McGavock McConnell and Eliza Childress. The ultimate goal is Numenor, victory, and a record contract penned in brimstone, VD, and pot smoke.

Packaged in a custom game box with new artwork by Robert Soden, in a limited edition of 1500, Cities of Darkscorch includes the following elements:

• 25×25 full color Cities of Darkscorch Gameboard
• 16 Wooden Player Tokens/45 Adapters
• 6 Banner Boards
• 100 Fate Cards
• 100 Foe Cards
• 1 20-Sided Combat Die
• 1 6-Sided Movement Die
• 1 4-Sided Performer Die
• 1 Instruction book
Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles 2LP and CD with alternate cover art by Robert Soden.

Cities of Darkscorch, Supa Edition — limited to 500 copies. 

Cities of Darkscorch, Supa Edition includes all of the elements of Numero’s Cities of Darkscorch game, plus a bonus 7” featuring “Animal Woman” b/w “Red Brained Woman” by LA heavy rock honchos Supa Chief. Also included is a custom-printed guitar pick, which serves double duty as an additional Cities of Darkscorch Player Token. Full color pic sleeve features a game board map extension, complete with its own exclusive Darkscorch city.

Watch a preview here:

And if your mom will allow it in the house, pre-order Cities of Darkscorch here.

Eccentric Breaks & Beats Volume 2

After we issued Eccentric Breaks & Beats last year our inbox was suddenly flooded with junior producers looking to do something similar. A handful of sorta-okay-but-not-really-that-great entries were submitted, but none could touch the original Shoes boot.

When Adam Calman from Parallel Thought dropped their entry into our lap a few days into the new year, we were eyeball-deep in royalties and couldn’t process how good the mix actually was. It was played on computer screens, background to our Excel nightmare. When the tide of checks and statements ebbed, Numbero 2 was engrained in our minds, we just didn’t know what to do with the damn thing.

Between Pressed At Boddie, the Penny & the Quarters debacle, Willie Wright, Salsa Boricua De Chicago, Father’s Children, Nickel & Penny, and our looming Boddie box set, there seemed to be no room for another record. And rather than let EBB Volume 2 collect dust and play counts on our hard drives, we decided to let it live in the same manner that the original EBB had: unfettered. But perhaps best of all, we’ve decided to make it free.

If you bought Volume 1, you may’ve noticed our bite on the original Ultimate Breaks & Beats cover concepts. We enlisted Eliza Childress, second runner-up in our Pressed At Boddie design contest to create another ridiculous/hideous cover, and we think she succeeded. That she turned it around in five days is perhaps more impressive.

Lastly, Adam Calman sent over a little context for the mix:

With 2011 being Drum and Knowledge’s’ (founding members of the label and musical collective that is Parallel Thought) 10 year anniversary, they decided to create a project that would represent the hard work they had put in over the past decade.  Being a classic hip hop production group, their appreciation for samples and the artists of an older era seemed natural to evolve the project into a instrumental mix of beats, breaks and edits of songs that moved the soul. By choosing one labels library (the mighty Numero Group) to use as the source for their musical collage, they found creative freedom to use parts of samples that would normally be avoided in conventional hip-hop because of clearance issues. In the sprit of the culture, the idea and project itself was very spontaneous and began without  permission from anyone.  This turned into a challenge for the group who knew that the only right way for the project to come out would be to impress the label who’s records they sampled enough to agree to its release.  With the blessing from Numero, this project truly does showcase how music from the past can still lay the foundation for music of the present.  For a 10-year anniversary release, we at Parallel Thought, could not be prouder, heres our gift to you!

Dig in.


And the winner is…
February 3, 2011, 8:29 pm
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After much deliberation (and then a snow storm), we’ve picked the winner of our Pressed At  Boddie design contest. We got hundreds of entries (we’ll be posting a list of our top 25 soon), whittled it down to ten, and on Tuesday decided on this:

Some of you may be scratching your heads wondering why we picked something so rudimentary. and that’s just it, if you were pressing a record with the Boddie’s in 1973, you were not a graphic designer or an illustrator. Chances are you sketched out the logo for your on a cocktail napkin. Your choices at Boddie were ink color and paper color, and most people chose black ink and a red label. If they spelled your name right you won.

So congrats to Nicholaus Becker. You hit it perfectly.

We got so many incredible designs in that we honestly don’t know what do do with them. In that spirit, we’re doing one design for the LP and one design for the CD. Kathryn Wallace, you got the LP slot:

This design is far more detailed, but really hits the amateurish nature of the whole thing. From the microphone stands to the depiction of the Detroit Superior Bridge*, this thing reeks of homemade. The open space on the bottom was a huge plus as it gives us room to fit in the track listing.

Lastly, we couldn’t resist calling attention to the label that was most popular in our office, but was just too well done to use. Eliza Childress, take a bow:

The detail on this is superb, made by someone who can not only draw, but found a way to pull multiple Cleveland landmarks into the mix. Childress’ entry is a straight-up work of art, but no one making records at Boddie was this talented with a pen. Eliza, if you’re reading this, we’re trying to find some way to use this or you for something, do get in touch.

More of the best and the worst to come over the next week.

*The Detroit-Superior Bridge (officially known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge) is a 3,112 foot (949 meter) long compression arch suspended-deck bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. The bridge links Detroit Avenue on Cleveland’s west side and Superior Avenue on Cleveland’s east side, terminating west of Public Square. The bridge was begun in 1914 and completed in 1918 at a cost of $5.4 million, with construction carried out by the King Bridge Company. It was the third high level bridge in Cleveland (the first was the Old Superior Viaduct and the second the Central Viaduct, also built by the King Company). At the time it was completed, it was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.