In this Monday’s episode we are joined by special guest Mark Palmer who is talking to us about the great work being done for Albacon 2020, an online RPG convention taking place on 3rd and 4th October 2020 raising money for It’s Good 2 Give a great charity that provides support for young cancer patients and their families.
In this episode of the Red Dice Diaries podcast I give a report on the recent one-day Con where I ran some 5E starter rules using Greg Gillespie’s Barrowmaze setting, I’m joined by some special guests including anchorites and online players from my previous games.
…so you may be asking yourself what Con+1 is, well put simply it’s an online convention where people can get involved playing RP games from the comfort of their homes, using Skype, Hangouts, etc, have a great time and game with some people.
But wait, that’s not all, by getting involved in the convention you’re also helping raise money for Childsplay, a great charity that helps provide games and entertainment for children suffering from a variety of different illnesses, bringing a bit of joy into their lives. All proceeds from the various convention merch are going to Childsplay and there’s also a telethon event running where some great donated prizes can be won.
So not only will you be having a great time, you’ll helping make a difference in other people’s lives, what more could you want?
It’s been a few weeks since I was at the UK Games Expo, a yearly gaming convention that takes over the Birmingham Hilton hotel and a signficant amount of the Birmingham NEC, I’ve been a few times and always look forward to seeing a lot of the UK people I game with online “in the flesh,” this was my first year actually GM-ing at the convention though.
I was asked by Lloyd Gyan–Modiphious game advocate, RP Hipster and general great guy–who I game with a fair amount, to help him and a few others run Games on Demand, essentially the idea being that people who haven’t prebooked into a game in advance can rock up, buy a quick ticket for a game from the desk and then stroll down the room where we are and jump into a game. This is a great idea because the pre-booked games sell out pretty fast, perhaps you weren’t sure if you could make it, or perhaps you came for something else but are interested in this roleplaying thing that people have been banging on about, well if that’s the case you can still get in a game on demand. Continue reading “Reflections on the UK Games Expo”
To those of you who aren’t aware BrigadeCon is an online tabletop RPG convention that was started last year by the Youtube RPG Brigade and has been continued this year by a talented team of organisers. You can find details on the convention by clicking on the link below:
Basically the Con is 24 hours of online gaming (normally using Google Hangouts), panels and giveaways; last year was great fun with people from different timezones getting together and gaming.
So what am I doing for Brigade Con 2015?
Well last year I ran a couple of panels for the convention whereas this year I’m going to be running two games, you can find details below:
The Thing from the Hills
(Fate Accelerated, Wild Blue Setting)
“Just a few generations ago, the people of what would be called the Blue Lands came in search of wealth and fleeing religious persecution. When they arrived, they found a land steeped in magic, valuable resources… and the Folk, inhuman and amazing magical beings. Unfortunately a war erupted for the Blue Lands, and the settlers won – pushing the Folk far to the west of this vast continent and establishing a kingdom in the Blue Lands.
The Blue Lands is now wealthy and wondrous, taking full advantage of the miracle mineral Cobalt, and the Skywood trees that grow lighter as they go older… even floating into the sky! But too, now are Powers: men and women born in the generations since arrival with gifts of superhuman talents and abilities unknown, and the numbers keep growing…
In order to negate potential dangers of Power abuse resulted in the creation of the Queen’s Wardens, the law-enforcement organization of Major Powers answering only to Queen Aurora V and no limit to their remit to defend the Blue Lands. With vengeful Folk, sky pirates, bandits, noble intrigues, monsters and more… get ready pardner.”
Word has reached the Wardens that something is killing the calves of Emerson Kleebergers herd in the ranching town of Edge Hill, threatening to stop the precious flow of food to Cobalt City; at his wits end Kleeburger has dispatched a message to the Queen begging her to send someone to investigate.
Why so Serious?
(NWOD werewolf using simplified rules system)
“There’s something wrong in your territory, there have been a rash of strange death, each victim dying with a rictus grin etched on their features; the deaths started when Bobos Circus of the Fantastic moved into the area, but strangely none of the mortal authorities seem to have made the connection, leaving it to the supernatural guardians of the small town of Strangehaven to track down and hunt the cause of this laughing plague.”
This game is a NWOD werewolf game where the players will portray members of the Uratha pack who claim the sleepy American town of Strangehaven as their territory; the game is for 3-4 players and uses a simplified version of the NWOD system more suited to one-offs, there will be a selection of pre-genned characters available as the pack finds themselves with a deadly mystery on their hands. Can they determine it’s cause and end the strange plague or will the small town die laughing?
Picture by Edward Walton Wilson, used for non-profit purposes, no challenge intended to any copyrights.
The UK Games Expo 2015 is imminent (in-fact I’ll be getting aboard a train to take me there tomorrow evening), I’ve not really done much convention gaming in the past TBH (unless you count a Gen Con UK umpteen years ago where I was distracted by my wife falling off a bus the first night there, but that’s another story) so this will be my first real experience of con gaming.
So what made me decide to take the plunge?
Well previously I’ve always been put off a bit by the notion of 24/7 gaming, I need a bit of time to re-charge between games and the idea of just hammering through one game after another without really having time to enjoy them has never really appealed to me; since I started doing RPGs online though I’ve played in a number of very enjoyable one-shot games, and this has made me decide to give the UKGE 2015 a try. Also two of my regular Jadepunk players (Jenny and Mathew) are attending the convention (I think we can let Thashifoff given that he lives in New Zealand) so it will be nice to actually meet them in person, I think we’re in a couple of games together and I know Jenny is running a Hollow Earth Expedition game that I’m playing in.
So what am I planning to do there?
Well I’m going to try and resist the urge to buy a lot more RP books since I have a big stack I need to work my way through and review as it is; I’m attending the event as a tester to see whether I enjoy convention gaming, with a view to possible running something in the future if I do (gotta spread that Fate love somehow ;)). So this event is about relaxing for me and enjoying gaming, I’m not going to be taking any big camera rigs with me to record videos or anything along those lines, that said however, I will have my Dictaphone and my mobile phone so there is a possibility that I’ll produce some bloggable material, as long as it doesn’t interfere too much with the gaming side of things.
Can’t wait to get to the convention now and see what it’s like 🙂
Every year my FLGS Spirit Gameshosts a gaming convention at the local town hall called Beer & Pretzels; I normally have a wander down each year and this year was no exception, after trundling down to the store to buy Age of Rebellion myself and Hannah (my lovely wife) headed back to the town hall and stopped in.
There is normally far more wargaming and boardgaming than RP that goes on at the convention, it’s good fun if you love those things, but as anyone who knows me will tell you, my wargaming years are far behind me and i’ve never really been one for boardgames; the idea of spending hours allocating resources and pushing playing pieces around a board may be some peoples idea of fun (and if you love that stuff, go for it, have fun) but to me it sounds like being trapped in some unfathomable level of hell (that’s right i’m looking at you Settlers of Catan). However today I was feeling decidely chipper with an excellent one-shot of Edge of Empire under my belt, a great number of energy drinks quaffed and the prospect of purchasing a copy of Age of Rebellionin the near future, so my wife persuaded me to give some boardgames a go.
I must say that in the few hours we spent there I actually had a great deal of time, perhaps my previous grumblings about board/card games (except Battlestar Galacticaand Family Business, those games are ace) were unfounded, or rather only applied to a few games in particular.
First of all we played a game called Librium, it’s basically a cool variant on Jenga, where you put cards with slots into a centre card mounted on a magnet (normally stuck on a bottle top or from a pendulum, we bought a set that comes in a can serving as the base – well cool); we actually met the creator there and also spoke to him the previous year, very nice bloke and he gave me a complimentary clear plastic laser-cut keyring which is has now proudly taken it’s place on my big bunch of keys (love a freebie).
We then went on to play a game called Traxwhich is all about building the longest line of your colour out of tiles in an eight-by-eight grid, i’m sad to say that this game looked a lot more fun than it turned out to be; originally it looked like there was a limit on the types of patterns you had on your tiles but it turned out each one was double sided and had the same design. It was an interesting concept but not one I’ll be racing back to revisit.
Myself and Hannah then returned this game to the extensive lending library of games that is provided at Beer & Pretzels(a great feature of the convention that, whilst not possible at larger cons, does make B&P stand out) and pulled out a game called Forbidden Island.
Forbidden Island turned out to be an excellent co-op game where you race as a team (playing randomly dealt character each with a special ability) to collect four mysterious treasures and escape in a helicopter as the island sinks around you. This was a great fun game, simple to understand that we played a number of times, the first we escaped with a sizable time margin, the second we lost because in the first couple of turns Hannah’s character drowned as the part of the island she stood on sank and, if a character goes out of the game then it’s game over. Our friend Guy turned up just as we were about to pack the game away so we had another game, this time missing out by the narrowest of margins, the helipad sinking as we ran towards it; although we’d lost we reversed that turn and did things slightly differently (christening it a ‘directors cut alternate ending’) to see if we could’ve won. Turns out we could have, but I suppose that’s the benefit of hindsight.
Another cool thing was one of my friends from LARP, Andrea turning up and say hello so that was cool; unfortunately Hannah had work to do and I was itching to read some Starwars goodness so we heading home at about 5pm.
Overall a very enjoyable day and, if you’re ever in the Burton area of the UK around this time of year I highly recommend you give Beers & Pretzels a look.