fantasy

Dungeon World: A Litany of Scratches

Facilitator: 
IdiotSavant

The High Uttvelt is a natural labyrinth of impossibly high cliff walls, cut with deep gullies. Long ago, a thriving monastery stood on its edge, guarding a sacred healing spring and sending groups of monks west to pay for fine goods with silver. But decades ago the monks stopped coming, and the area was overrun with Drakes. But maybe some of their silver is still there...

This is a Dungeon World starter, based on on one of the adventure starters in the Trilemma Adventures book.

System: 
Dungeon World

Numenera Demo: The Kingdom Chalice

Facilitator: 
Rey

This is a demo, so we’re going to move quickly through the first act of the adventure. Like any RPG, we’d normally play through a lot of this stuff, giving the players a chance to take action, explore, ask questions, and discover much of this information through play instead of exposition. But today we’re going to zip through it to get to the heart of the adventure.

You live in the Ninth World. Legend has it that there have been eight previous worlds, each of which built great civilizations that flourished for millennia, spoke to the stars, reengineered the earth, creatures, and themselves, and mastered form and essence. Some people call that magic, but the wise know that these were technologies of the ancients.

The Ninth World struggles through a dark age, even as you are surrounded by the ruined splendor of the prior worlds. These remains often contain wondrous discoveries for those brave enough to face their many dangers. The purposes of the ancients’ leftovers are inscrutable and their effects often downright weird, but they can be a boon to people and societies toiling through this age of ignorance.

You and your friends learned of an ancient treasure called the Kingdom Chalice, rumored to cure the ill, grant knowledge and wisdom, and bestow heroic powers on its holder. Perhaps you seek it to bring enlightenment to your home cities, to pursue greater knowledge, or to access the riches or power such an item would surely bring. The Kingdom Chalice rests in an ancient city reached via a landmark called the Mouth of the Sky. But in days of searching you found no mouth, no city, and no chalice.

You stopped in an isolated village to rest and resupply. While supping with the village elders, an aging farmer appeared with a message of despair. “The earth bleeds,” she explained. “Where this dark blood seeps from the ground, my crops wilt and my animals lie ill.”

You followed as the elders investigated, and after some hours of tramping the partially wooded landscape, discovered that this dark fluid isn’t seeping from the earth—it’s raining, in a rarefied mist, from the area of a strange portal. There, a literal hole appears in the air, about 40 feet or so up, with several strange objects hovering below it. Through the hole, looking in from below, the sky seems different, and vague structures loom overhead!

System: 
Numenera

The Grand Wannabe Adventurer School Tournament

Facilitator: 
Julz Burgissser

It's the end of the school year at Wannabe School, the starting place of all truly great adventurers in Isen. Which means it's time to showcase everything you've learnt this year in the school's Grand Tournament! Sign up for as many competitions, duels and challenges as you like, there's something for everyone. The giant Golden Trophy with it's gleaming ruby shining brightly at the top of it, has been placed on the trophy table and it towers over the smaller awards. Everyone wants to be crowned Tournament Champion. Everyone wants to take that trophy home. Will it be you? Play to find out!

Set in the homebrewed World of Isen, created by Brad Zimmerman. Session DM’d by Julz Burgisser who plays Marley Kraff in the D&D 5e actual play podcast ‘Fate of Isen’ available for download on iTunes, Spotify and all good podcasting apps. See www.fateofisen.com for more details on Isen.

‘The Grand Wannabe Adventurer School Tournament’ is a homebrewed one shot adventure created by Julz to teach people how to play and use their characters skills, while playing in a learning supportive environment, based in The World of Isen created by Brad Zimmerman. The one shot is played over 3.5 hours (can be altered to suit timeframes shorter or longer if needed) with pre-generated level 1 characters.

Warnings: This session is fairly fun and super welcoming of all ages, abilities and who folx are or want to be. Due to the game being set at Level 1, no D&D knowledge is needed. This game is designed to teach and as such I would ask players with more game knowledge that still want to attend, to roleplay along in the spirit of that. I like to keep my players safety in mind at all times and run a respectful table with safety tools to keep it that way. Any questions regarding this, please ask.

AVAILABLE PRE-GEN CHARACTERS Dwarf Barbarian, Gnome Druid, Human Bard, Half-Elf Ranger, Halfling Wizard, Tiefling Rogue

System: 
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Escape across the Desert

Facilitator: 
Julz Burgissser

Arkvale Empire is crumbling after the Evil Empress was executed by Hero's and being an Arkvale soldier doesn't seem a good idea anymore. You've got a plan. You're going to head across the giant burning Dorekis Desert, surely you won't be followed and bought back. There's rumours of giant monstrous creatures seen all over the continent, but the desert has never been home to anything but sand, so you're not worried. All you have to do is make it across and you're free and you even have someone with you who knows the way! What could possibly go wrong? Play to find out!

Set in the homebrewed World of Isen, created by Brad Zimmerman. Session DM’d by Julz Burgisser who plays Marley Kraff in the D&D 5e actual play podcast ‘Fate of Isen’ available for download on iTunes, Spotify and all good podcasting apps. See www.fateofisen.com for more details on Isen.

‘Escape across the Desert’ is a homebrewed one shot basic monster encounter adventure created by Julz, based in The World of Isen created by Brad Zimmerman. The one shot is played over 3.5 hours (can be altered to suit timeframes shorter or longer if needed) with pre-generated level 10 characters.

Warnings: This session is fairly fun and super welcoming of all ages, and who folx are or want to be. Due to the game being set at Level 10, some basic D&D knowledge would be useful as the encounter is a little tricky, but I can assist those who really want to play. I like to keep my players safety in mind at all times and run a respectful table with safety tools to keep it that way. Any questions regarding this, please ask.

AVAILABLE PRE-GEN CHARACTERS Dwarf Barbarian, Gnome Druid, Human Bard, Half-Elf Ranger, Halfling Wizard, Tiefling Rogue

System: 
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

The Pinebridge Slasher

Facilitator: 
Julz Burgissser

A shadow has been slipping across Pinebridge, leaving a trail of gruesome murder and bewildered towns behind. It seems that whatever is behind the gory deaths has made it to Mept, Capital City of Pinebridge as they find another victim. The local force, known colloquially as the Mept Muckers for their slogans about cleaning up the filth, are scratching their heads about the strange circumstances around the death and Mept is humming with gossip, even more than usual. Captain Bobby Horg, has reached out to the only Investigators that he thinks can save his beloved city before the death toll climbs. The Famous Wistal Whistles Mystery Solvers are on the case. Can they find this Slashing Serial Killer or will they too succumb to a grisly death? Play to find out!

Set in the homebrewed World of Isen, created by Brad Zimmerman. Session DM’d by Julz Burgisser who plays Marley Kraff in the D&D 5e actual play podcast ‘Fate of Isen’ available for download on iTunes, Spotify and all good podcasting apps. See www.fateofisen.com for more details on Isen.

‘The Pinebridge Slasher’ is a homebrewed one shot horror madness investigation adventure created by Julz, based in The World of Isen created by Brad Zimmerman. The one shot is played over 3.5 hours (can be altered to suit timeframes shorter or longer if needed) with pre-generated level 5 characters.

Warnings: This session is fairly fun and super welcoming of all ages, abilities and who folx are or want to be, there are one or two moments of scary. Just the usual monsters that make you go mad to gaze upon and gory death stuff but I like to be upfront and keep my players safety in mind at all times. Any questions regarding this, please ask.

AVAILABLE PRE-GEN CHARACTERS Dwarf Barbarian, Gnome Druid, Human Bard, Half-Elf Ranger, Halfling Wizard, Tiefling Rogue

System: 
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Three goblins in a trenchcoat: The north pole

Facilitator: 
Bridget Hughes

You're goblins, sneaky, smelly goblins. You lie, you cheat, and you have a mission.

Christmas has just passed, and there's a labour dispute at the North Pole. The leader of your clan sees an opportunity to get in at the ground floor. Whether you're there as union busters, applying for a job, or just swiping whatever you can and setting the place on fire as you leave, is up to you.

This is a slightly modified version of the game "3 goblins in a trenchcoat" By Daniel Rodriguez. It's super rules light, there's no prep needed, and you get to wander around being goblins in (and out of) a trench coat, fooling those stoopid hoomans and elves.

While I don't forsee there being many triggering themes, we'll be using lines and veils and the X card in this game.

System: 
3 Goblins in a trench coat

Reality TV

Facilitator: 
Bridget Hughes

A group of strangers compete for fabulous prizes on a reality TV show. Alliances will form, tensions will flare, bonds will be broken, heads will roll - Wait, what?

A modern fantasy/horror game that leans into the tropes. Plenty of room for comedy too. The object isn't to win the game so much as to play out the shenanigans, try to survive, or die amusingly trying.

System: 
FATE

The Lich King's Commission

Facilitator: 
Richard Love

King Valdern was a wise sorcerer king who ruled over a golden age of peace, artistry, and plenty.

That was three hundred years ago.

Two years ago, adventurers pillaged the old king’s tomb. In their haste for treasure, the tomb raiders broke seals that returned Valdern to the world as the evil Lich King. Since then, the Lich King’s armies of skeletal warriors have marched the land; each defeat suffered by the living swelling the ranks of the dead. Now only the capital, Heledon, remains.

Three days ago, the living King Barnardous the brave, and his sons, marched north with his remaining soldiers to meet the armies of the dead king in battle. No bodies have floated back down the river. This is a bad sign, and now the remains of Barnardous and his sons surely march south upon the capital at the side of the Lich King.

The only desperate hope left is you, the royal artists. You must save the kingdom by devising great works of art to present to the evil Lich King and awaken the wise soul of King Valdern.

System: 
Custom

The Elder Rolls

Facilitator: 
Chris Haddock

Yes you read that right. No it's not a typo.

The Elder Scrolls is a beloved videogame series, famous for broad open worlds, a tabletop inspired setting and bugs. Many Many bugs.

I've been working for the last half year or so I have been developing a tabletop conversion of the setting, as I was dissatisfied with what systems have been created. It follows a few core principles:

- The core experience of an Elder Scrolls game (free open world, developing your skills, collecting cheese).
- Engaging systems that are easy for a GM to run, and gives power to the players.
- Takes examples of the best parts of Elder Scrolls III, IV and V.

The system is at a point where I would love to get some feedback on how it works, and just try my hand at telling some tales set in the land of Tamriel.

This is a d100 system, most of the dice rolling is done using 2d10. Rolling under your skill rating lets you do what you want.

If you're a fan of the Elder Scrolls, or just want to help test out a new game system, please feel free to sign up! Read on for a brief blurb of what we'll be up to.

"The Nerevarine has brought peace to Vvardenfell, ending the Blight Storms and terror that came from Red Mountain. But the work was not over for Jiub, a former Dunmer prisoner and his companions. For the land of Morrowind was plagued by another terror, one that not even Nerevar Reborn could quell.

Cliff Racers.

Play as Saint Jiub and his companions as you seek to rid Vvardenfell of its most hated inhabitant. What surprises will await you as you carry out the holy work assigned to you?"

System: 
The Elder Rolls d100

Girl Underground

Facilitator: 
Lauren McManamon

Girl Underground (www.girlunderground.org) is a tabletop rpg about a curious girl in a wondrous world, inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Labyrinth, the Wizard of Oz, Spirited Away, and similar tales; written by Lauren McManamon and Jesse Ross.

Follow a young girl's journey of self-discovery through a whimsical, twisty fantasy land with the friends she meets along the way. Explore willowy woods filled with whisper-soft lies, or tricky fairy rings with riddling promises, all on the way to overthrow an unjust ruler, until you eventually find your way back home.

Players will create the Girl who is our protagonist for this adventure. They will also create unique companions to support her along the way. Some familiar faces include the Beastie (Puss in Boots, the Cheshire Cat, and other rebellious animals), the Faun (half-person, half-magic, all indulgence and whimsy), and the Runaway (Peter Pan and similar lost children).

Content notes: This is a game about discovering your core beliefs as a young person and using them to overthrow society's rules and norms. Some themes that may arise are gender exploration, gaslighting, growing up and the shame and awkwardness that comes with it, and patriarchal constructs.

However, the players choose which themes will come up in the game, and we will absolutely not touch upon subject matter that would be un-fun, upsetting, or triggering. This game is intended to be a safe, fun way to explore growing up.

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