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Coming soon from Porcupine: The Elephant and Macaw Banner!

Porcupine Publishing licenses worldwide rights in English

for the RPG of The Elephant and Macaw Banner


HONG KONG, 01 October 2018 - This week, the series The Elephant and Macaw Banner sealed its second major licensing deal in two months, this time with Porcupine Publishing, a publisher of RPG books based in Hong Kong. Porcupine has an affinity with products related to Brazil; in 2016, Porcupine published Malandros, a game set in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro that was shortlisted for the Indie Groundbreaker awards. In the same year, it published UED: You Are the Resistance, a game created by Brazilians Julio Matos and Fabiano Saccol.


The Elephant and Macaw Banner began as a series of fantasy stories set in colonial Brazil. The stories have received nominations for the Nebula Award and other international awards. The Elephant & Macaw Banner RPG was released in Brazil in late 2017 and was an instant success, selling out its initial print run in just three months.


Christopher Kastensmidt, author of the series, says: "It is an honour to be able to work with Porcupine, a company that, in a few years of existence, has already published a number of daring and important works in its field. They contacted me very enthusiastically to offer The Elephant & Macaw Banner system to the international market. Porcupine believes in the project, which for me makes this partnership very enjoyable. "



Thomas McGrenery, founder of Porcupine and winner of the Ennie Award for Best Podcast for "Fear of a Black Dragon", writes: "Making the English edition of The Elephant & Macaw Banner RPG is a very exciting project. Like the stories that inspired it, the roleplaying game offers adventure and wonder, exploring a vibrant natural environment, a unique meeting of historical cultures and a rich tapestry of folklore, all of which deserve to be better known in the English-speaking world. It’s a real privilege to present in English the outstanding work that created the original Brazilian edition. "


This contract follows only six weeks after the announcement of a partnership with Guardbridge Books to publish the novel that inspired the RPG in English. The series is also on sale in China (through Douban Read), Spain (through Sportula) and Brazil (through Devir Livraria). A digital game based on the series is being developed to be released in 2020.


Quotes about the The Elephant and the Macaw Banner RPG:


"A beautiful Brazilian RPG that is an instant classic."

- NerdDestilado


"In EAMB historical Brazil meets the fantastic Brazil, where national myths and legends come to life, unlikely heroes arise and the most exciting adventures come true. It is the idealization of a universe that takes pride in being Brazilian. "

- André Cruz, O Velhinho do RPG


"The Elephant and Macaw Banner RPG takes you to a spectacular colonial Brazil, where myths and legends are real and challenges await those with the imagination and the courage to face them."

- Marcelo Telles, RedeRPG


"The Elephant and Macaw Banner reminds us of a fantastic universe that should be known to all Brazilians, masterfully rescuing our rich mythology and folklore, taking players on a journey not only for great adventures, but also for their own cultural identity."

- Dmitri Gadelha, history professor, founder of Vila do RPG


Covers of the Brazilian edition of the RPG:


Porcupine Publishing covers:



About Porcupine Publishing

Porcupine Publishing is a publisher based in Hong Kong. Founded in 2015, it specialises in roleplaying games and supplementary materials, creating both original works and licensed translations.


About The Elephant & Macaw Banner

The Elephant and Macaw Banner is an internationally recognised Brazilian fantasy series. The stories tell of the adventures of the Dutchman Gerard van Oost and the Yoruba Oludara, a pair of heroes who first meet in Salvador, Bahia in the 16th century. In Brazil, the stories, comics and RPG system have been adopted by schools in several states.

News, art and cultural references can be found on the website


About Christopher Kastensmidt

Christopher is an American who has been based in Porto Alegre since 2001. Former director of Southlogic Studios and Ubisoft, he is the author of comics, games and books published around the world.


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