Eric Lang, designer of Blood Rage, Cthulhu: Death May Die and more, has departed tabletop publisher CMON for a career in freelance game design and activism.
After three years as director of game design at the studio, Lang announced that he would be stepping down from the position. During his time with CMON, Lang was responsible for helming titles including Rising Sun - the second game in the designer’s unofficial ‘mythic trilogy’, following Blood Rage - and co-op board game Marvel United, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year.
Lang said that his decision to leave the publisher was fuelled by a desire to focus on creating games and dedicating more time to his work around public advocacy around board games.
“Now felt like the right time for me to return to my roots; focusing on game design and public advocacy for our amazing hobby,” Lang said.
Lang’s departure follows the successful Kickstarter campaign for Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the third title in the ‘mythic trilogy’, due to be published by CMON in May 2021. During an interview with Dicebeaker earlier this year, Lang described Ankh as being simpler than Blood Rage and more asymmetric - with players having different objectives and abilities - than Rising Sun.
The blog post announcing Lang’s departure revealed that Blood Rage will be getting a sequel, despite the designer previously confirming that Ankh would be the final game in the ‘mythic trilogy’. How this Blood Rage sequel will fit alongside the other games in ‘mythic trilogy’ is yet to be revealed, but Lang has been confirmed to be working on the upcoming board game alongside “tabletop adaptations” of upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077, including a card game called Afterlife - which is being redesigned from scratch after being put “on the shelf” by Lang. CMON also confirmed that Lang would be working on “more than a dozen other projects in different stages of development” in the near future.
A family board game co-designed by Lang and Mike Elliott - who previously worked together on dice-rolling game Quarriors - codenamed Barrrge was also revealed in the blog post.