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 currently has one full time employee (Dave), and one part-time (Carly).
We believe that publishers should not have a financial relationship with the people who review their games. We think this is better for gamers, better for reviewers, and encourages publishers to publish better games.
We don’t enter into any kind of financial relationship with the content creators who review our games. We provide one free copy of a game to the reviewers we choose to work with.
We pay select content creators for informational how-to-play videos and Kickstarter preview content, but we do not solicit reviews or opinions from those creators.
Sinister Fish Games compensates event crew at a higher rate than the UK’s National Living Wage for workers aged 25 & over, and provides accommodation as required. Playtesters are currently not paid.
Games are for everyone. Sinister Fish Games does not tolerate sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive remarks or behaviour. These constitute harassment, and have no place in our hobby.
We aim to publish games that promote fun & friendship, and we believe in having respect and care for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion, political belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We believe that organised human civilisation is threatened by climate change, and that a massive global effort must be made to mitigate the effects of anthropomorphic global warming. Sinister Fish Games aims become a climate positive business by the end of 2020.
Our office and warehouse are powered with electricity from 100% renewable sources, and we recycle as much of our waste as possible.
Where possible, we choose climate neutral delivery services when ordering office & warehouse supplies.
We are working to source FSC certified wood products for our games, and on reducing the amount of single-use plastic we use.
We intend to overcompensate for the carbon footprint of manufacturing our games by funding tree planting and carbon capture projects around the world.
Currently, we have sponsored the planting and care of 50 trees with Treedom.
In 2019, we supported #TeamTrees.