The Locksmith’s Dream tickets available now!

(Website issues now fixed! The Locksmith’s Dream is BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS.)

“Secret gods live beneath the skin of the world. Five of them meet every year to exchange secrets and agree particular notes of history. Their conversations aren’t for our ears, but even after they’ve gone, their gossip still troubles the earth; the air still prickles with doors…”


🎉🐦 The Locksmith’s Dream tickets are AVAILABLE NOW! 🐦🎉

Each year the Avian Hours – that’s the Beach-Crow, the Witch-and-Sister, the Elegiast, the Vagabond and the little-known Name of the Moth, Ferezeref – meet to discuss the topics of the gods. Afterwards, mortals attend the Roosinghall to pick through abandoned tidbits of secret knowledge. This is what we’re calling the Locksmith’s Dream, and invite you to pick through the snippets of the gods this October and December with us.

Ivan has done a wonderful job of setting up the official site, where there’s bagloads of photos, info and you can see all the properly beautiful rooms you can stay in. It’s also where you can actually book tickets, so go forth and enjoy! If you can make it, see you there…

Secret Historian boxes: The Grove of Green Immortals

As you know from my blog last week, our first Secret Historian boxes are also now available on the merch shop! There are only 25 of them available, though, so nab yours quick – or wait until next month’s box comes out, which will be all about Crossrow. Your only two options! 😎


We’re not ready to share a vertical slice of the game yet, but here’re some updates!

We’ve finalised the design of the Wisdom Page, the occult sort-of skill tree where you can choose which forbidden knowledge to specialise in, and which affects what you can do elsewhere in the game based on your choices. We’ve hidden the full size of the chart, but you can see the first four levels here:

Players choose cards or objects to commit to each slot up the chain, pledging allegiance – for example – to Birdsong by committing a skill card for Ramsund, the language of secrets. This will enhance the player’s Birdsong affinity and ability, opening up new opportunities elsewhere and unlocking the next tier of the branch.

We hope it’s also a nice roleplaying opportunity, as you can see that each of the nine Wisdoms is variously associated with several Principles from [i]Cultist Simulator[/i]. People have strong feelings about whether they’re a Winter-y sort who wants a beautiful end or a Lantern-type who’s brilliant but a bit caustic or a Forge-person who really loves hitting things with hammers. The Wisdoms are deliberately broader, drawing from multiple Principles at once, so they should open up new avenues of characterisation. Which is useful in, er, an RPG!

Speaking of the Wisdoms, we’ve uncovered a new letter from a mysterious ‘Arthur’ to his nephew, discussing the Illumination-affiliated events that took place in a Pyrhhic battle against the Khusgai of Persia, and the bravery – and unmasking of Lieutenant Malcolmson. Most importantly, though, weep for Menander, the bravest steed that ever was!

“Nephew, make a fist of your hand. Muscles move beneath the skin. So powers move beneath the skin of the world, at impulses equally invisible, but greater.”

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And finally, we also have a mock-up of Hush House’s layout to share. Please note that this is not what the game will actually look like (though mmmm isn’t it all nice and neat in a grid), but it is likely to represent the layout of rooms in the final game. We’ve censored some of the more deep-lore rooms, and you can’t see all of it – but here’s a first glimpse at the library at the centre of it all!

If you like what you see, please wishlist BOOK OF HOURS to keep updated with our progress! More on that in the next few months.

Cultist Simulator’s birthday

It’s Cultist’s anniversary, so we’re running a Midweek Madness sale on Steam throughout this week. You can get everything [i]Cultist Sim[/i]-y for basically dust and a broken ha’penny (50-66% off everything, to be exact). So that’s


The indomitable Canadian sensation that is Systemchalk – probably a Long by now, at least – is broadcasting Cultist on the Steam store page, for anyone who’d like to see the game being wrestled to its knees while a soothing voiceover describes the inevitable descent into penury, madness and occult calamity.

AND FINALLY we’re restocking The Lady Afterwards: Boxed Edition on the Etsy shop tomorrow at noon BST. We’ll restock the boxes every Tuesday, alternating between noon BST and 6PM BST to facilitate different international buyers. Be there! The box is really great! I promise!

Happy birthday to Iris, the Mansus, all the Histories and most importantly to Cultist Sim, the little game that could. Celebrate in your favourite way for us, Believers! We couldn’t have done it without you. We’re off to desperately refresh the Locksmith’s Dream back-end and see how many people are buying tickets, and then play a bunch of V Rising to chill out. TOODLE PIP ♥

13 comments on The Locksmith’s Dream tickets available now!
  1. | > { not a chance of getting on the website.Sadly, it’s been jammed from 5:45. I guess I shan’t be going to The Manse.

    1. Not necessarily! We’re working to bring the site back up, but there are definitely still tickets available. Sorry for the wait!

  2. I briefly saw the booking page for an instant, but when I tried to go further the site just kept timing out or 503ing…continuing to refresh and look, hoping that no one else is sneaking and snagging all the places during the confusion.

    1. And now I have the page again, but it just gives me 404 errors for every clickable thing, save for Beta, which for some reason loops back to Home Page.

      1. This is us switching things on and off to try and isolate the server issues. We’ll have it back up and not 404ing ASAP. Sorryyyyyyy

  3. Was trying last evening and had a similar experience as the comments above (everything locked up from just before 6, one tantalising glimpse just before 7 and then the homepage looping when you click book now or book my stay). Is it worth sticking with it until there’s a “sold out!” sign on twitter? Have realised during this process that my understanding of how websites handle traffic amounts to little more than a mental image of the three stooges trying to get through the same door, so if you’re still trying to sort things out I hope your morning isn’t too torrid.

    1. The Locksmith’s Dream website is back on its feet, and people are able to book tickets again now. Let us know if you have problems, but it *should* now function properly…!

      1. Still looping on my tablet but worked fine on my phone (still no idea if this is pertinent information – sorry!). All booked. Really, really excited! Good luck with everything and thanks for you’re help.

  4. Got my ticket, and my box! I’m super excited for both, I wonder what kind of lore snippets and secrets I’ll be able to find in both..

  5. Argh! Now I’m looking for a roomie – introvert old LARPer female who tends to stay up late and get up early, but quietly! Looking for similar to share room?

  6. In regards to Lady Afterwards (and cultist simulator),

    Is there a place that details information about the days and hours that are ruled by the various Principles etc for those of us looking to make custom TLA campaigns (and to satisfy our need to know Everything about this fantastic universe)? Or could this info be created perhaps? I’d even very happily pay for an expansion to TLA that details all of this kind of info necessary to build custom campaigns (would be wicked if this got to include Book of Hours things) as I would be thrilled to spend lifetimes exploring TLA campaigns and ideas (a mission in the Mansus perhaps? Witness/help/hinder a cult explore a setting from CS? Become a Long yourself?) with my friends 🙂

  7. One question, can one book a ticket if they are currently underage but will then not be by the time of the event?

  8. Hi Ethan, absolutely. The age limit for the event is 18, so as long as anyone attending is eighteen at the time of the event that’s fine. Hope to see you there 🙂

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