Investigation

Natural Enemy

Facilitator: 
Karen

Parasites, predators, pests and pathogens! It's all in a week's work for the Exotic Species Invasions team, as you keep New Zealand safe from invasive threats. You're all experts, of course, but sometimes even scientists don't know all the answers!

System: 
Homegrown

Sea Levels Rising

Facilitator: 
Karen Wilson

Childermas Atoll has been gradually eroding into the ocean, but Cyclone Hilda appears to have accelerated its demise. In the aftermath of the cyclone, there has been no contact from anyone on the island. Satellite pictures suggest that Stella Maris Mission and the Happy Squid processing complex are the only major buildings that survived the storm. An Emergency Response team was dispatched by seaplane from Auckland yesterday, but ceased transmitting en route.

Now you are on your way to Childermas. Your official role is to find and assist any survivors and clear the airfield so supplies and emergency personnel can be flown in. But as agents of a secret international taskforce, you are expecting trouble of a different kind.

System: 
TBD

Hussade, or The Pot

Facilitator: 
Bruno Knewstubb

Quandos Vorn must Die!

A game of vengeance sought sought between the stars, with peculiar cultures and wry humor inspired by the novels of Jack Vance:

Driven heroes will work against a sinister conspiracy as they close upon their goal: the destruction of their nemesis Quandos Vorn!
Vorn's name is feared throughout the Alastor cluster, but the vengeance-seekers each nurture a personal dream of cutting him down. Drawn together by chance or design, they may finally achieve their goal!
They know that his agent is present at the hussade field, but what is his game? How will the agent lead them to Vorn? And what if Quandos Vorn himself has come to watch his handiwork, but should pass unrecognised? It must not be so!

NB This game uses the DERPG Tagline system: players will be rewarded when they integrate specific witty comments into their banter.

System: 
GUMSHOE + Skullduggery

The Collectors Institute: Miranda's Rules

Facilitator: 
Alex Rodgers

As an investigation team for The Collectors Institute, you've recovered weather-control totems from Central American jungle temples, mind-altering Pink Floyd records from music collectors, and supernatural weapons from abandoned Cold War research bases.

So it was probably time that a less glamorous scenario occurred, as contacts are alerting you of strange goings-on in the exotic metropolis of Sheffield. Identification and collection of the Artifact is the main priority, though a chance to be a hero shouldn't be passed up.

Expect a comic, if occasionally creepy game both facing and wielding artifacts of variable power.

System: 
GURPS, simplified

Conspiracy X: What's up with Morris?

Facilitator: 
Marcus Bone

It began, as it always does, with a phone call. “Mother is ill and requires your assistance…” How it ends, however, is up to you…

What’s up with Morris? is a Conspiracy X adventure in which the characters discover that the “truth is out there” (or maybe not?) Set in the fictional town of Morris, Illinois during the halcyon days of the 1960s, this episode includes strange deaths, UFO sightings, and a sprinkling of conspiracy nuts. The big question for the investigators isn’t exactly who to believe, but rather who not to…

What is Conspiracy X?
Conspiracy X takes place in a world of dark secrets and hidden agendas where the only certainty is nothing is what it seems. The president might not be human, and the sign carrying paranoid on the street corner ranting about CIA mind control satellites may very well be right. In other words, a world just like yours, if you could see beyond the lies.

A combination of X-Files, Fringe and every other alien-hunting, government conspiracy setting you’ve ever read or watched on TV, Conspiracy X sees the players take on roles as agents of Aegis, the front line against and invasion of aliens and the supernatural. It is their actions that protects the world from within and without, often with great sacrifice.

Style of Play?
A story driven game for 3-5 players, it is primarily an investigation and clue-hunting game that throws in a bit of quite deadly combat. Expect handouts, the occasional tactical map and a few stand up figures. It should be noted that this adventure is simply a good old RPG scenario, like the ones you'd likely be playing in the comfort of your own home, and is what the players make it!

System: 
Unisystem

Conspiracy X: All Good Deeds...

Facilitator: 
Marcus Bone

It began, as it always does, with a phone call. “Mother is ill and requires your assistance…” How it ends, however, is up to you…

All Good Deeds… is a Conspiracy X adventure in which the characters will discover that the consequences of change can be very harsh indeed. Set in Atlanta in early 1999, this episode includes cancer victims, MiBs, FEMA and more than a few Doctors, as the group races against time to discover the source of the aforementioned change before it is too late.

System: 
Unisystem

No Choice, Pal

Facilitator: 
Sean Broadley

Some bonds can't be broken. Bonds forged in mud, under enemy fire, the heart pounding, home just a memory, sharing misery and the frenzy of combat. Your unit was in Afganistan, and then you became mercenaries in Central America. You fought soldiers and terrorists, and the dark creatures that control them: drug dealers, politicians, vampires. You learned about secret wars in the shadows, where nothing is what it seems. And in a world where nothing can be trusted, you trusted each other.

You were one of the lucky ones who made it, and came home when the unit disbanded.

Now the Lt has sent you a message. Four letters long. "Help"

So you're coming. On Greyhounds and Amtrak, you're rolling into town to do whatever it takes to defeat whoever, or whatever, has him up against the wall.

(The game is a SDC sketch by Alasdair Sinclair, being run by Sean Broadley. Despite the veteran characters the game is investigative and character based, rather than being a combat-fest.)

System: 
Night's Dark Agents

Home Front

Facilitator: 
Andy Miller

March, 1941. As the German war-machine rolls on, Britain stands alone at the brink. In London and other major centres, the blitz rages and the country hold its breath and waits for the next attack. Though the threat of an imminent invasion may have passed, the country is still under siege, and many fear that it will on be a matter of time before the Nazis arrive.

All of this seems a lifetime away from the picturesque village of Blakely. Here the volunteers of Blakely Home Guard patrol the village and keep a watchful eye out for a German invasion as the country’s last line of defence. Events, however, will soon bring even greater horrors to Blakely and prove that heroes can be found in even the most unlikely of places.

EPOCH is a game of character-driven survival horror. The goal is to deliver a tense and scary experience in a single game session. EPOCH players are active participants in the creation of the game atmosphere and have complete control over the creation and ultimate fate of their characters.

System: 
EPOCH

Incident at Talos

Facilitator: 
Marcus Bone

Talos IV, the most advanced space station in this region of the Bleed, faces destruction.

Karia Darsell, intergalactic terrorist and unstoppable assassin has posted a warning - Talos IV and everyone onboard will be destroyed unless her demands are met in the next 24 hours. The problem is no one knows exactly what those demands are...

So it is up to our Heroes, the Lazers (the region's freelance police), to not only stop this terrorist threat, but also find out who or where Karia is hiding, and what has made her so angry.

This adventure is a science fiction game using the Ashen Stars (GUMSHOE) system. Combining action and investigation it is set-up as a race against time, in which the character's actions will determine whether or not the space station is saved and just who might survive. It would best suit players wanting a challenging investigative (GUMSHOE at its heart is a investigation game) roleplaying experience where they will have to make hard choices and difficult decisions.

System: 
Ashen Stars (GUMSHOE)

Operation Thundering Faith

Facilitator: 
Marcus Bone

Mr Verity requires your attendance...

And so it begins again, another mission for the Ordo Veritatis (a secret organisation dedicated to the protection of humanity and the destruction of Outer Dark Entities). In this operation the characters find themselves called into investigate the apparent suicide of a high school student, who has seemingly, almost overnight, developed a vestigial twin.

Facing a hostile town, reluctant witnesses and a hidden evil, the operatives are in a race against time to prevent the permanent destruction of the membrane that protects reality from the horrors of beyond.

The Esoterrorist (2nd Edition) is a modern day conspiracy horror game using the GUMSHOE system. This adventure is one of investigation, discovery and drama, and would best suit players looking for a hard hitting, plot driven, game session (i.e. more SVU/Criminal Intent than Action/Adventure). Please note that this plot includes some adult themes, although the depth to which these are explored will be left up to the players to decide during play.

System: 
The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition
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