Tales from the Year Between is the flagship publication of Skullgate Media. It brings a disparate group of writers together twice a year to invent a world from whole cloth, and then turns them loose to tell the stories of that world.
Chris Van Dyke came up with the idea on May 27th 2020 while quarantined in Brooklyn during the Covid-19 pandemic. He missed playing D&D with his friends, and although he was getting a lot of writing done while being stuck at home with his kids, he wanted to do something social. He'd been sitting on the idea of a massive game of The Quiet Year for ... well, years, and it seemed like a good time to try it out. He put out a call on Twitter hoping for 10-15 participants, and in under 24 hours had more than 30.
He spent the next week home-brewing custom rules for The Quiet Year, as the game is designed for 4 people sitting around a table, not 32 people spread from Dubai to Australia. The writers then spent a week playing the game to create a world, then used the world to create the book that became Achten Tan: Land of Dust and Bone
We are now at work on our third book, this time based on a different story teling game, I'm Sorry, Did You Say Street Magic? However, the spirit and the goal is the same: use a game to create an amazing, fantastic, and exciting world, then unleash a group of writers to tell thrilling stories. Each book turns into a community in its own right as we value fun, collaboration, and creativity above all else. All our writers own not just their writing but the shared world they invent, and we encourage them to take risks, push the boundaries of genre fiction, and let their imaginations soar.
As Chris says over and over: it's all good. "Factum Est Bonum"