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Creepy sto­ry­telling RPG Pup­pet­land is back in print for the first time in a decade. We speak to the artists be­hind the res­ur­rec­tion of the cult clas­sic

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“To me, pup­pets are like masks – there’s a weird free­dom to them,” says Heather Hud­son, one of the fan­tasy il­lus­tra­tors in­volved with the re­cently re­vived RPG Pup­pet­land. Back in print thanks to Kick­starter, Pup­pet­land is a unique in­die game cre­ated by John Scott Tynes, which sees play­ers act out night­mar­ish sto­ries in a warped realm in­spired by Punch and Judy.

By tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from YouTube clips of Punch and Judy shows, as well as the films of an­i­ma­tor Jan Švankma­jer, Heather was able to cre­ate sketches and dig­i­tal art for a quirky world where the pup­pets are aware of their sit­u­a­tion. “Pup­pet­land isn’t a smoothly pol­ished world, and the art needed to re­flect that,” she says. “I think Pup­pet­land hits that sweet spot of dark­ness and in­no­cence,” agrees Hol­lie Mengert, who has also pro­vided il­lus­tra­tions for the project. By stick­ing to a brief that spec­i­fied the art should look roughly drawn, her art­work, ren­dered with worn, scratchy brushes, is “Play­ful enough to not be too heavy, but creepy enough to keep things in­ter­est­ing”.

The deluxe edi­tion of Pup­pet­land re­leased by Arc Dream Pub­lish­ing is made up of 17 lav­ishly il­lus­trated tales with a stun­ning cover paint­ing by Ale­jan­dro Terán, and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing short story by John Scott Tynes. Re­leased in Septem­ber, we have 10 dig­i­tal copies, worth £15 each, up for grabs. For a chance to win, an­swer this ques­tion:

John Scott Tynes’ RPG Pup­pet­land was first re­leased in which year? A) 1995 B) 2005 C) 2015

Please sub­mit your an­swer on­line at

http://ifxm.ag/pup­pet­land. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to en­trants world­wide. The clos­ing date is 12 Oc­to­ber 2016 and the prize is non-trans­fer­able.

For a full set of com­pe­ti­tion rules please visit http://ifxm.ag/ifx-comp-rules.

The new cover by Ale­jan­dro Terán is a mixed me­dia piece that fea­tures spe­cially made pup­pets. The beau­ti­ful and de­lib­er­ately rough art in Pup­pet­land is wildly at odds with the more re­fined work Heather Hud­son nor­mally cre­ates.

Heather Hud­son’s art­work echoes the theme of a hor­ror story that of­fers re­prieves of hu­mour and play­ful­ness. Heather Hud­son’s ca­reer has spanned Magic: The Gath­er­ing cards and Cthulhu Christ­mas greet­ing cards – per­fect prepa­ra­tion for the dark realm of Pup­pet­land.

Vin­tage pup­pets and care-worn dolls in­spired Hol­lie Mengert’s art for the Pup­pet­land re­vival.

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