Monday, September 28, 2015

A look back: "Samhain"

It's finally Autumn (my favorite time of the year) and the super blood moon eclipse is behind us... time to focus our attention on Halloween!

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the mp3 release of "Samhain" by Stratos.

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Song Length = 03:19
Audio = Stereo MP3
Sample Rate = 44,100 Samples/Second
Bit Rate = 192 Bits/Second

Style = Cinematic / Soundtrack
Theme = Celtic horror!

Dark ambience.  Terrifying sounds.  Spine-tingling melodies.  This is Horrific Universe!

"Samhain" is track #12 on Horrific Universe: 12 Months of Horror (Bailey Records, 2010).  Composed and produced by Stratos, "Samhain" is a blend of ambient horror sounds and traditional Celtic instrumentation.  Inspiration for this horror tune song came from two distinct origins; history and pop culture.

Historically, Samhain marked the end of the harvest; the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half."  It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days and possibly marked the beginning of the Celtic new year.  It has some elements of a Festival of the Dead.  The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thinner on Samhain because some animals and plants were dying.  This event (Autumn) led to the belief that the dead were allowed to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living.  Bonfires played a large part in the festivities.  People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.

The Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them.  In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.  Samhnag - turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns - were also used to ward off harmful spirits.

The Gaelic festival became associated with the Christian All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, and has hugely influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween.

In pop culture, Samhain is the name of a character who assists Cassie Hack and Vlad fight the Black Lamp Society in the comic book Hack/Slash, issues #19 & 20 of the Devil's Due Publishing on-going series.  The character of Samhain also appears in the Hack/Slash Annual 2010: Murder Messiah (Image Comics).

Horrific Universe: 12 Months of Horror is part of the Horrific Universe catalog (dark ambience / horror music) of Bailey Records Composition and Sound Design.

"Samhain" is composed and arranged by Stratos of Bailey Records Composition and Sound Design - the team that brought you the Origins Award-nominated Universe87 Campaign Setting Soundtrack.

On October 27, 2014, we released the official video for "Samhain" on Youtube. Watch it here ->

Download "Samhain" by Stratos from, iTunes, DriveThruRPG, RPGNow or WargameVault. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Release - Kaiju Kaos: OMFG Series 1 Stat Cards

Today is the first of many new releases for Kaiju Kaos: The Miniatures Game. Today we released OMFG Series 1 Stat Cards for Kaiju Kaos: Smackdown. This deck provides the player with 5 character cards featuring the first series of Outlandish Mini Figure Guys by October Toys. Each character is fully playable in both Kaiju Kaos: The Miniatures Game and Kaiju Kaos: Smackdown.

Each deck of stat cards also includes a non-random Collectible Trading Card. This deck features card #6 - Ancon Annie by Clint Basinger.

These cards are currently available as a $0.99 PDF and/or $1.95 PDF & print-on-demand exclusively from In the following weeks, we will be releasing decks for Series 2-4 and also making the cards available through our Storenvy.

Game On!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Kaiju Kaos Releases: Kongo, Ragnarokk & Oriomnizoa!

Hello! Excited to announce that three gigantic new releases were made today for Kaiju Kaos by our partners over at Acheson Creations.

kk0403 - $45.00
Ragnarokk is the leader of the Rokk Monsters. The Rokk Monsters are member of the Everfolk. Ragnarokk takes his responsibility as a leader very seriously and often leads the charge against anyone or anything threatening the ecology of planet Earth. Ragnarokk was the first of his kind to fight alongside Special Mission Force when the humans encountered the vile Forces of Decay.

Ragnarokk has a 5” integral base and stands 8” tall (base to top of head). Ragnarokk comes in 4 large pieces and requires assembly. Sculpted by Cline A. Siegenthaler.

kk0625 - $25.00
Kongo is a giant ape who lords over all the other creatures of Kaos Island. Born of the Rift, Kongo possesses semi-human intelligence and great physical strength utilized in self-reservation. Since his discovery, humans and creatures alike have hunted the giant apes for sport and food. When the Beng-Arii Syndicate built a base on Kaos Island, Kongo retreated deeper into the prehistoric wilderness.

Kongo has a 4” base and is 7.5” tall (base to boulder). The ape is cast as a single piece with a separate base. Sculpted by Cline A. Siegenthaler.

kk0626 - $20.00
The origin of the colossal "space germ" code named Oriomnizoa the Pestilence Monster by SMF scientists is unknown. What is known. however is that the creature, and others like it, first appeared in late 2013 and is incredibly difficult to destroy. Immobile, Oriomnizoa waits for its prey to come near and then grabs with its agile tentacles. Another nickname for Oriomnizoa is "Hellmouth".

Oriomnizoa has a 6” base with tentacles that reach about 3" above its gnarly maw. The base of the creature is cast as one piece with two separate tentacles requiring attachment. Sculpted by Cline A. Siegenthaler.

Kaiju Kaos game stats for each of these characters can be purchased here ->

Read more about this new release at