Sinister Fish Games was founded by Dave Clarke, who started playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1981, aged 8. Dave founded a live-action role-play club aged 14, and has never stopped playing games. He has previously been a full time latex weapon maker, learning support person, web designer, leatherworker, and sign maker.
In 2015, Dave decided to try being a tabletop games designer. However, empirical evidence showed that this would undoubtedly result in his death from starvation, so he became a publisher instead.
We don’t pay reviewers to review our games, and we never will. We provide one free copy of our games to the reviewers we choose to work with. We do pay select content creators for instructional “how to play” videos.
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 not paid, but are fed & watered sufficiently for them to remain conscious.
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 is powered with electricity from 100% renewable sources, and we recycle as much of our waste as possible. We will overcompensate for our carbon footprint by funding carbon capture projects around the world. Details of this will be posted here before the end of 2020.
In 2019, we supported #TeamTrees.