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Our History

Sinister Fish Games was founded by Dave Clarke, who started playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1981, aged 8. Dave started a LARP club aged 14, and has never stopped playing games. He has previously been a rubber sword maker, learning support person, affiliate marketing manager, web designer, leatherworker, and sign maker.

In 2015, Dave decided to try being a tabletop game designer, but evidence indicated that this would result in his death from starvation. He made the marginally more sensible choice to became a games publisher instead.

Sinister Fish Games currently has one full time employee (Dave), and one part-time (Carly).

Out first game was Great Scott! The Game of Mad Invention, which was made on a budget of about £50 and made just under £10,000 on Kickstarter in 2016. This was slowly followed by the Removable Sticker Set for Gloomhaven – a project born of being in the right place at the right time, and which allowed Dave to do Sinister Fish Games full time and led to him concentrating on publishing rather than design.

In 2018, Villagers was launched on Kickstarter and ended its run with over 14,000 backers. This was a great surprise to all concerned.

Sinister Fish Games exists to enable joy, and to have a positive overall impact on the environment.