LateGaming is a roleplaying company. We’ll leave the forums and stuff to RPGnet and TheRPGSite.


We’re holding two imprints at the moment; our own LateGaming brand and also Crucible Design, which also belongs to matt but shares a bit with some old friends.


We’ve produced two PDF books, Testament and Creed and will be continuing with “WotW:Earth” and “Viride” to start with. Later we’ll be turning our attentions to some of the books that never made it out of the Crucible Design stable. You can see the WotW: Earth development and Viride development on the blog.

“and one day, it was the end of the world. who knew? one day you wake up and well…you don’t wake up. it’s over. goodnight gracie. but then, what are you still doing here.”
You can download Testament here.

“something big is going down and you’ve got a ringside seat. turns out the world is ending and people who summon demons, people like you, people like me, are in deep shit.”
You can download Creed here.

Crucible Design

Crucible Design was a group of friends who were interested in producing RPGs. The 23rd Letter, SpaceNinjaCyberCrisis XDO and Zombi: The Earth Won’t Hold The Dead were all conceived and written by Matt Johnston. We’re the only source of Crucible Design’s books “The 23rd Letter”, “SpaceNinjaCyberCrisis XDO” and “Zombi”. We sell them to interested distributors and retailers internationally.

The 23rd Letter

The time is now. Psychics exist, not many, but enough – enough to worry those in power, and interest those who seek power. Governments and Corporations fight over them. The Network provides an imperfect refuge for those that escape the clutches of those who would abuse them or their powers.Thousands are maimed and killed each year by the Corporations and Governments. Some do this for power, some for defence, but they all do it, – for the next war will be fought with the mind – and the victor will control the destiny of the human race.

Zombi: the earth won’t hold the dead
What if the people who were dead got up one day?
What if they got up and started killing other people?
What if the people they killed just got back up and killed some more people?
What if it had already started?
What if that day was yesterday?

SpaceNinjaCyberCrisis XDO
Set in the world of San Metro, a massive city home to some 45 Million people. Highlights of the city include the Bay Marina, The Spire, PersComm Tower, The Sumarii Building and The Arch. The city also receives some 10 Million commuters on the complex public transport and ground traffic network. The city is also home to vigilantes such as the Boom Boys with their pirated high-tech power armour, covert Military Police (The Red and Black SOX) and organised crime. San Metro Police Department is stumbling under the workload. Vigilantes like the Boom Boys can only do so much to help. Perhaps it is time for another group to aid the city?

Crucible Design Downloads

Wildtalents fanzine 1 60K PDF

Wildtalents 3 fanzine 1.5MB PDF

Wildtalents 5 fanzine 373K PDF

23rd letter character sheet 22K PDF

zombi character sheet 86K PDF


The 23rd Letter, the Ghosted Psi symbol, Zombi: The Earth Won’t Hold The Dead, SpaceNinjaCyberCrisis are all trademarks of Crucible Design, used with permission. Testament, Creed, Qabal, Rapture are all trademarks of LateGaming.

About matt

Gamer. Writer. Dad. Serial Ex-husband. Creator of The 23rd Letter, SpaceNinjaCyberCrisis XDO, ZOMBI, Testament, Creed. Slightly megalomaniac
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  3. Chris says:

    is CD still an active company?

  4. matt says:

    Crucible Design ceased trading a couple of years ago. All copyrights and likenesses have reverted to their authors and the remaining books are being sold through LateGaming.

  5. Rom says:


    I liked reading the Zombi pdf. Is the print version always available?

    Thanks a lot.

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