WHAT IS "MODIPHIUS"?
Modiphius is a British Entertainment publisher partnering with creative talent to develop unique creative properties. We develop roleplaying games, boardgames, miniatures, novels, cool accessories and more. We aim to inspire those who read, play or encounter our work with tales of heroism, adventure and courage.
Modiphius is the brainchild of gaming entrepreneur Chris Birch who founded the business in 2012 with his wife Rita before launching the successful Achtung! Cthulhu gaming universe via Kickstarter in early 2013.
Since then Modiphius has run a string of increasingly successful Kickstarters including the reboot of the Mutant Chronicles RPG, the Thunderbirds Co-operative game by Matt Leacock, the official Infinity RPG and the massive Conan Roleplaying game Kickstarter.
As well as their own IP Achtung! Cthulhu, Modiphius has also published other major licensed properties like Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game, the forthcoming Fallout Wasteland Warfare wargame, Free League's Tales From The Loop and the DUST Adventures RPG based on Paolo Parente’s DUST universe, and the introductory Airfix Battles Wargame.
Chris and Rita are well known for personally leading their projects and have worked hard to build a great reputation for excellent customer service and a strong family atmosphere in the company. Modiphius is built on strong principles of good business practice working fairly with freelancers and staff. Chris and Rita's personal goal is to raise awareness of child trafficking through their support for India's Vision Rescue (see below)
We are always looking for new writers, creators or artists to work with on our own projects or to help publish their own writing. Please contact us if you would like to find out about working with us. Please include links to examples of your work.
WHAT DOES "MODIPHIUS" MEAN?
The word 'Modiphius' was the name of a solar system in a world that Chris Birch worked on with long time collaborator Stuart Newman (they co-wrote FATE Sci-fi game Starblazer Adventures together) and came from the verb 'modified' which is defined as:
CHRIS: I loved the idea of transformation - through inspiration we encourage people to transform, to evolve into something more. My own life evolved in 2012 with my marriage to Margarita, the development of Modiphius and finally the platform to develop the creative projects spinning around in my head. I've always been a fan of Greek Myth, and those epic tales of Odysseus, Perseus and others weren't just great action stories but meant to educate, to inspire and teach the young men and women of Greek times. So that old star system name popped into my head when I was dreaming up a name for our venture and I suddenly imagined this old warrior, his bones aching from the years, resting in the sunshine on the steps of a crumbling temple whilst the children pleaded for just one more story.
"Wait wait wait!" Modiphius' laughed as the children sitting around him on the crumbling steps screamed for this story or that story, already told a hundred times but never tired in their minds. He gripped the old battered spear leaning against the pillar and levered himself up into a more comfortable position. Arched his back, stretched his arms and took in a breath of the sea air. Still more little minds burning hot with anticipation joined the crowd and the voices grew to a crescendo. He smacked the tip of the spear against the ruined wall three times and then all was quiet, for they knew this meant a new story...
His gravelly voice echoed around the fallen temple, "I was once sent on a perilous quest, against a foe that threatened to consume our world, the task so fraught with danger that none who went before had returned..." The looks on their faces, eyes agog, imaginations spinning more than made up for the aches and pains of old age, for he could see in each and every one of them a seed of greatness.
To my wonder, a new friend, Elias from Greece, saw this story and told me about the "Argyraspides" (in Greek:"ΑΡΓΥΡΑΣΠΙΔΕΣ") or 'Silvershields', where the name for our community team came from. Not so much is known about them, they were veterans of Alexander III's Great Army who were over sixty years old (imagine their training, experience & formidability), who were held in high honour by him. So you see perhaps there was a Modiphius living in Ancient Greece, or perhaps they'll be a Modiphius a million years in our future sitting amongst the ruins of our world, but I know he would enjoy telling every single story to inspire those around him.
I hope our worlds and stories inspire you, to create, to imagine to transform & to grow.
* none of the Webb's are related, fyi.
Our Extended Family
Modiphius works with a very large pool of creative talent including artists, writers, designers and editors who contribute to our many games.
If you would like to join our team please contact us with examples of your work
Modiphius has chosen to support Vision Rescue through a number of different projects. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for a Vision Rescue Bus (see below). Mumbai is one of four major metropolitan cities within India and has a population of twenty four million people. There are currently 300,000 children living on the streets of Mumbai and even with all the provided help it is estimated that only 15,000 of these children receive any kind of attention and care.
Vision Rescue is a registered non-profit charity involved in feeding, providing non-formal education, medical help, skills training and other kinds of assistance to the addicted and abused street children. The charity aims to provide food and to give non-formal education to the street children in Mumbai. They provide counseling for young addicted adults offering rehabilitation, skills training and assistance into employment for as many as we can. They aim to encourage and motivate them to live a life of fulfillment and dignity. You can see a video about their work here.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO VISION RESCUE
Vision Rescue has four main goals:
1. Rescue kids
This project focuses upon providing education and food to street children who may or may not be part of a family unit. The aim of this project is also to bring about transformation in the lives of the children who are provided for within our day care centre run for children of commercial sex workers. This project also focuses on redirecting children's energy through sports education.
2. Rescue the Trafficked and the Addicted
This project primarily reaches abused, both men and women, who are trafficked and living a life of substance abuse. The outreach teams make frequent visits to offer counseling, love and hope.
3. Rescue the Sick
This project aims to provide free health services to the poor and needy where access to public health services is not possible due to high costs and poor standards. This project networks with other like-minded groups working within the health sector.
4. Rescue the Underprivileged
This project aims at reaching out the marginalized sections in the community and empower them economically by helping to form self help groups, providing skill training.
Vision Rescue Buses
One of the key tools is the buses - old school buses re-licensed to bring food and education to kids in the worst slums, those most at risk of ending up in crime, trafficking or worse.
Each Bus caters to 225 Children at 3 locations minimum from Mon to Friday.
Each Location we will have
Reaches out 12 locations with Four Buses
Modiphius Entertainment has committed to help Vision Rescue secure another second hand school bus at a cost of $20,000.