What is This About

We’re Aviv and Eran, two London-based Israeli gamers who work in and around the tabletop gaming industry and enjoy various creative activities. Also, games!

What’s the webcomic about?
A group of friends are playing a tabletop role playing game, with all the cool, sometimes frustrating, sometimes surprising things that happen to you when you’re involved in such an activity.
Also, the world of Crystal Heart in which they play is wicked cool – everyone has stones instead of hearts and they can get super powers by replacing the stone with a Crystal. Yeah!

Didn’t you guys use to do mostly one-off jokes?
Yes, and you can read them all here. We moved to London a few years ago (and two years apart), and a lot of the webcomic’s humor comes from this culture clash. Several years ago in Israel, we used to have a popular webcomic called V Squared – it was hosted by a video game website called Vgames, so it’s a clever play on words – and for a while we’ve been wanting to re-ignite that flame, since we had a lot of fun creating a gaming webcomic. Thanks to a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign of Eran’s RPG podcast, we got the needed kick to, well, start, this new webcomic, this time in English. …but also in Hebrew, here.

After two successful years of doing this, we’ve decided we want to try something new‎. So now, Crystal Heart!

Crystal Heart is an official Savage Worlds licensed product! 

Crystal Heart is an official Savage Worlds licensed product

“This game references the Savage Worlds game system, available from Pinnacle Entertainment Group at www.peginc.com. Savage Worlds and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Used with permission. Pinnacle makes no representation or warranty as to the quality, viability, or suitability for purpose of this product.”


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Contact Us

Our email address for any enquiry is [email protected]uptofourplayers.com. Our personal emails are listed below.


See us Elsewhere on the Interwebs

We've been interviewed on: Geek On Radio, Geeks RetreatSecret Hitler, The Campaigner
We have a GeekList on BoardGameGeek with all of the games we featured in strips.
We're up on Board Game Links

Translations
These guys occasionally translate strips for their websites:
Czech: Karel Hladis for
hrajeme.cz
Portuguese: Renato J. Lopes for tabulaquadrada, Vivian for Flynns, and Carlyle for his store.
French: Sandy for Edge Entertainment
Polish: Artur Górecki, The Fellowship of the Board

 

Aviv Or

[email protected]art, writing, site design

I've been drawing comics ever since the 90's animated X-Men series showed me a brand new world of superheroic, fantastic, tights-wearing action adventure. Well, at first it was less comics and more mangled doodles of flying humanoids, but with time (and with a copy of the magnificent How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way) doodles became characters, characters started posing in scenes, and scenes turned into stories.

I worked on several printed comics and a popular (aforementioned) Israeli webcomics, illustrated books, board and card games, online social games, and  some Viber stickers. Nowadays I'm a freelancer available for work in the gaming market. Hit me!

But all work and no play makes me cranky, so I try to find the time for personal projects as well, like

Find me on the web:

 

Eran Aviram

[email protected]writing, some storyboarding, logistics

I edit and write games, with the main purpose of turning more people into players, and then give those players the tools that allow them to enjoy more things. These days I'm mostly proud of these things:

  • Hosting and producing "On the Shoulders of Dwarves", the English edition of Israel's main RPG podcast (running in Hebrew since 2013).
  • Editor for City of Mist
  • Developer for Venture Forth, a storytelling card game in which you play the entire campaign in a couple of hours. Soon to be available through DrivethruCards.
  • Three Suggestions, a series of short content articles meant to give players and GMs some interesting and roleplay-provoking ideas, for use in all sorts of settings. Each set of suggestions is also accompanied by a new or variant rule, for use in either Fifth Edition or Dungeon World.

Previously, I also did these things:

  • Translated or edited every major roleplaying book published in Israel since 2002, including D&D 3th and 4th ed., Pathfinder, Exalted, and Dungeon World (also, some board games)
  • Used to own and manage Tactica, a board game and RPG store in the middle of Tel Aviv, for two and a half years
  • Used to write for a major Israeli video game site Vgames.co.il, later became editor for several years
  • Part of a rotating panel of hosts on Gamepod, one of Israel's major video game podcasts
  • Previously the Venture Lieutenant of Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild for the London Area
  • Helped in organizing several major and minor RPG conventions, in various roles

Find me on the web:

 

Both of Us

Some of our past collaborative efforts include:

 

Tech Guys

Aviv Manoach is a marketing professional with several years of experience with both SMB and corporate clients, including work with some of the largest companies in Israel. Founder and editor of IceL.me, a gaming and technology website; publisher of roleplaying games. Find him here.

Evyatar Amitay is a front end / game developer and a Blizzard enthusiast. He is not a miniature hoarder, only plays one in a popular webcomic. Find him here.