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IT HAS TO START SMALL

Author & Keeper: Sandy Petersen

It's begun. He knows they're here. There's no place on Earth to hide.

System: Call of Cthulhu


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Another Routine Emergency

Author & Computer: Ken Rolston

Don't panic. Just another routine emergency...

System: Paranoia (MGF – Maximum Game Fun)


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A Taste of Absinthe

Author & Game Moderator: Robin D. Laws

Bohemian art students in Belle Epoque Paris face the reality-shattering effects of a banned play set in a terrifying alien place — a place called Carcosa!

System: The Yellow King Roleplaying Game

Bring mobile devices or laptops capable of accessing a Google Docs document.

A Taste of Absinthe


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Breath of Angels

Author & Keeper: Lynne Hardy

As friends of Sam Berkley, you've all been looking forward to his debut in local theatre impresario Jason Martingale's latest stage production. But a few days ago, Sam vanished. Despite his girlfriend's concerns, the local police don't seem to think there's anything wrong — after all, actors are a notoriously flakey lot — but you know Sam just hasn't been himself of late...

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition


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A Draught of Elixir

Author & Gamemaster: Ian Cooper

In 1975 New York is known as Fear City, and police have lost control of the streets. Into the breach steps a new brand of vigilante, blessed with miraculous and wondrous powers, dressed in spandex and capes inspired by the Disco scene — the New York Post will dub them Superheroes.

As the new drug, Elixir, floods Manhattan, people are dying — your contacts at the NYPD are fingering Mickey Spillane's Westies in Hell's Kitchen as the source of Elixir. The Commissioner is in difficulty as enough rich people are dying to cause political problems. Can you stop the spread, when the cops can't, before it's too late?

System: QuestWorlds


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Omphalos 

Author & Keeper: Jason Durall

Midland, Texas, summer of 1948. A trail of disturbing murders goes unsolved by local law enforcement. At the governor's behest, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover sends a team of specialists to take over the investigation. When they arrive, they discover that the case is far stranger, far more wide-reaching, than anything they could have imagined.

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition


Private Investigators to the Rich and Famous

Author & Keeper: Gary 'Iron GM' Bowerbank

1890s London is awash with spiritualism, mysticism and the occult. Victorian era drawing rooms simply can't get enough of it. One group of intrepid investigators has no truck with such things, however. The self-styled Myth Busters, journalists and investigators at large are hired to debunk fakery, and have a newspaper column dedicated to disabusing the world of its foolishness through the power of research and science. This evening they have an invite to fathom what trickery lies behind another séance for the upper middle classes.

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition (Gaslight)

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Last Stop, Silver Stream

Author & Keeper: Gary 'Iron GM' Bowerbank

An eclectic bunch of folks are on the stagecoach out west. Last stop, Silver Stream — a played-out mining town in the middle of nowhere. They all must have their reasons, no one ends up there by accident, or on purpose, best as anyone can tell. Not a living soul has had a good word to say about the place since the journey began, but anything has got to be better than the interminable heat and choking dust of the trail. Right?

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition (Down Darker Trails)

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Hostile Takeover

Author & Keeper: Gary 'Iron GM' Bowerbank

Small, but comfortable players in the criminal underworld, the Logwood Gang has enjoyed modest success in the docksides and surrounding locale of Liverpool. No more. A new gang has sprung up from nowhere and they're disrupting everyone, swallowing up other outfits and disappearing anyone sent against them. Your gang isn't what it used to be, but now is the time to fight for what's yours, or roll over and give in. And when's the last time you backed away from a fight? Exactly.

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition (1920s)

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The Copper Brain

Author & Gamemaster: Philip Glass

There is a new villain in town. The town is Legerdemain, city of dashing rogues and chivalrous cutthroats, a blood-red gleaming jewel on an otherwise backwater planet of little import. Here power, death and style are currency.

Our heroes get reeled into a tangled web of vengeful plans and deceitful undertakings. Will they escape with their lives? Or perhaps even with their valuables? A perilous fate awaits them as they pit their wits against the ingenuity, cunning and baroque evil of The Copper Brain.

System: Rocketsilver


Strange Angles

Author & Gamemaster: Jason Durall

Arkham, 1988. The only things you and your friends can count on are: 

1. Your hometown is full of strange and unnatural things.
2. Everyday life is full of monotony and dread.
3. Adults are up to something terrible.
4. In time haunted Arkham, even death may die.

System: Tales from the Loop (with some Cthulhu Mythos) 

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The Fainting Spirit

Author & Gamemaster: Jean-Christophe 'A Man' Cubertafon

Shortly after the events of the Broken Tower, Vasana and her band come across a clan stronghold where the adults wildly fluctuate in emotions and the clan spirit seem to be sick or going insane. Only the heroes are capable of going on a heroquest to resolve the issue.

System: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha


One Flew Over the Nutter's Nest

Author & Keeper: Jack Machillot

1920, Florida. A strange burglary disrupts a travelling exhibition of the Clewiston Museum. Help the authorities, overwhelmed by prohibition, to solve this case that will take investigators further than they expected.

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition (1920s)


The Hills have Shields

Author & Gamemaster: Jack Machillot

In the distance a hill, at its foot a small village, an old gas station … Will you survive?

Join the post-apocalyptic world of Bitume with its dangerous tribes and over armed vehicles.

System: Open Gaming License 3.5


The Dragonrise

Author & Narrator: Ian Cooper

A meeting of the Sartar High Council.

A quest to become the Eleven Lights of Orlanth's Ring.

A hijacking of the inauguration of the Temple of the Reaching Moon to raise the Brown Dragon and destroy the Lunar forces occupying Sartar.

Liberate Sartar!

System: HeroQuest Glorantha

This game is intended to be run as two 4 hours sessions. It is the big one, the climax of the Sartar Rising campaign, The Dragonrise. A previous presentation of this has been run at conventions before, but this version is very different, based on the feedback from those early playtests.


The Play's the Thing

Author & Narrator: Ian Cooper

When Orane Long-Fingered ran away to join the Puppeteer Troupe, Old Man Brogard took her in and no one questioned him. She never spoke about her past. But in Alda-Chur, her past is coming back to haunt you all.

System: HeroQuest Glorantha


The Ralian Snake

Author & Gamemaster: Jean-Christophe 'A Man' Cubertafon

It's a rainy night in Nochet. Your friend is lying in his blood in a back alley of Helamta, the Market District, killed because he was helping a mysterious foreign lady. It's time to find out what's going on and apply a just revenge.

System: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha


The Buyout

Designer: Jason Morningstar
Playbook: Simon Strietholt


You and your company were good with what they did. Real good.

So good that a big corporation bought you and now you are part of the corporate world. Changes are coming, opportunity's to be taken and a brave new world to be mastered.

You are not a small fish in a big pond anymore and not a big fish in a small pond. You finally realize you are a small fish in a big one.

System: Fiasco


The Night of the Masks

Author: Robin D. Laws
Game Moderator: Andrew Jones


As art students in 1890s Paris, waking up on the floor of your garret, suffering the after-effects of epic absinthe overindulgence is less remarkable than you'd care to admit. Last night you attended your art school's annual costume ball, a legendary bacchanal so wild that riots sometimes result. But hazy memory tells you that something else happened … something unearthly. Something dreadful. If only you could remember what it was...

System: The Yellow King Roleplaying Game


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A Taste of Absinthe

Author & Game Moderator: Robin D. Laws

Bohemian art students in Belle Epoque Paris face the reality-shattering effects of a banned play set in a terrifying alien place — a place called Carcosa!

System: The Yellow King Roleplaying Game

Bring mobile devices or laptops capable of accessing a Google Docs document.


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Breath of Angels

Author & Keeper: Lynne Hardy

As friends of Sam Berkley, you've all been looking forward to his debut in local theatre impresario Jason Martingale's latest stage production. But a few days ago, Sam vanished. Despite his girlfriend's concerns, the local police don't seem to think there's anything wrong — after all, actors are a notoriously flakey lot — but you know Sam just hasn't been himself of late...

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition


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One Hungry Winter's Night

Authors: Benjamin Andrae & Philipp Dahlmanns
Storyteller: Benjamin Andrae or Philipp Dahlmanns


A month ago, the boyar's men rode into the village of Dobroć with 20 soldiers and demanded tribute with back pay on the last 10 years. The elders refused, knowing that giving up their grain supplies would condemn the village to starvation over the coming winter. The soldiers beheaded the elders and took the grain anyway. Now it is up to you to get Dobroć though the winter — a difficult task, and unless you can come up with something, death will visit every home.

System: Omega Earth

This adventure is conceived as a showcase for the Omega Earth's world.

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Moritūrī Tē Salūtant

Authors: Benjamin Andrae & Philipp Dahlmanns
Storyteller: Benjamin Andrae or Philipp Dahlmanns


You put down the silver chalice, a bitter taste in your mouth. Before you, on an underground, crimson river, a skiff is slowly pulling away. Confused, you try to focus; when suddenly a greeting rings out, and from the murky depths a torch descends towards the slime-encrusted jetty you and a few others stand on, looking lost. 'Welcome, warriors', a sallow, curly-haired man bellows, his muscles criss-crossed with scars, 'I am Crixus. Here to make sure you give the masses the spectacle of blood it so craves.'

System: Omega Earth

This adventure is conceived as a showcase for the Omega Earth's combat system.

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Orkbreak Ridge

Author & Gamemaster: Stefan 'THE GRAVEMEYER' Gravemeyer

Raised as orphans in the Schola Progenium after your parents gave it all for the glory of the Imperium you signed up for the Astra Militarum — the glorious Hammer of the Emperor — to pay it back to those damn Xenos! Now after the most rigorous training, you find yourself cramped together on a starship en route to your first chance to prove yourself. In your pocket, you have all the collected wisdom that you will ever need to do the job: The Imperial Infantrymen's Uplifting Primer. So, point your gun in the direction of the enemy and do the Emperors work guardsmen!

System: Savage Worlds in the Warhammer 40K Universe


Lion Fodder

Author & Gamemaster: Stefan 'THE GRAVEMEYER' Gravemeyer

Poison?!!! Jupiter! Bring me these Bastards so I can feed them to the Lions!

Well, Emperor Caligula is not amused. His taster just dropped pretty dead after trying some delicious soup. You are being tasked with finding some lion fodder or end up as a tasty snack yourselves.

System: Fate Accelerated


Blood Coda

Authors: Kenneth Hite & Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
Game Moderator: Graham Wills


As members of the British intelligence agency Edom in 1971, your job is to thwart supernatural dangers. When a source at Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Office reports that the Eastern Bloc Ballet Brasov has imported a dozen crates of Romanian soil (as 'prop materials'), your danger senses tingle. But it would be quite a coup if any world-famous artists from the company were to defect. Will you be able to negotiate the subtleties of the Cold War, and stay alive in the process?

System: GUMSHOE (Night's Black Agents)


The Moon Dilemma

Dilemma Author & Facilitator: Juho Rutila

You've been a firm worshipper of one of the many storm pantheon gods. The storm gods have been a part of your life like they are for everyone else. Lunar occupation brought new gods while conquering the land of Sartar. Lunar priests have been preaching the new religion and some souls have taken the path of the moon. Those individuals have found all kinds of advantages following their decision. On the other hand, they have cut ties to their ancestors and generations of lifestyle. You are now facing that same tough decision. Playing through moments in this character's past life we find out if they take the new way of the Lunar gods or stay true to their old gods.

System: The Turning Point


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The Star Thieves' Wedding

Author & Gamemaster: Philip Glass

The wedding of Princess Starbright to the Prince Lucernario, Arch-Duke of Legerdemain, is a blessed one, hailed with enthusiasm by the populace of the rebellious planetoids. However, things go horribly wrong when someone activates the Mind Dungeon, an ancient artefact of imprisonment, left over from when the Spacelords ruled the galaxy millions of eons ago. Can you thwart the evil plan that is afoot and save yourselves from this collective hell?

System: Rocketsilver


Escape from Nadsokor

Author & Gamemaster: Jason Durall

Nadsokor, City of Beggars. Rampant with thieves, murderers, outlaws, degenerates, the insane, and worse. For centuries it has been a blight upon the landscape of fair Vilmir, best avoided by all, shunned and left to fester. Until now...

System: Elric!


Throne of Amber 

Author & Gamemaster: Jason Durall

At the apex of the infinite worlds stands a city like none other, of which every other city in the world is but a pale reflection: Amber! Ruled by a family of fractious immortals, who have the unique power to move between Shadows, parallel realities that reflect outward from Amber, imperfect copies. At the other end of this universe are the Courts of Chaos, ruled by demons and worse. Can you stand against them?

System: Amber Diceless Roleplaying 


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Conflux

Author & Gamemaster: Jason Durall

No one knows how, why, or when all of reality — time, space, matter — collapsed, converged, and rearranged itself in this strange new state. All you know is a world of weird tech, magic, mutants, aliens, cyborgs, and monsters. You, a motley crew of strangers, must stick together to make sense of it … and hopefully to survive.

System: Basic Roleplaying


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Lost in Translation

Authors: Graham Ward & Paul Baldowski
Gamemaster: Paul Baldowski


February, 1584. Confounded in his attempts to convince the Polish King, Stefan Báthory, of the sincerity of his purpose and purely academic nature of his journey around Europe, Dee sets his Agents a task.

Angelic insight identifies a simple shrine of the Mother, some distance west of Kraków, wherein lies a blessed cross, a lost relic. In retrieving it, Dee hopes to secure King Stefan's trust and belief in the potential of angelic communication.

However, the fluidity of Enochian phrases means nothing can be quite so simple...

System: The Dee Sanction

The Dee Sanction is an odd branching development of The Cthulhu Hack. An Elizabethan historical fantasy that finds the characters in the pay of Francis Walsingham and Doctor John Dee in the defense of the realm.


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Window of the Soul

Author & Gamemaster: Paul Baldowski

April, 1572. As the powers of our soul are communicated to the members of the body by the spirit, so also the Vertue of the Soul of the World is diffused through all things by quintessence.

Reports of the strangest kind issue from the slums of Southwark about a miracle, brought upon a simple gong-scourer and his wife. The news brings the Agents of the Dee Sanction to the door, but there is more than the supernatural afoot here and a threat to the Crown itself.

System: The Dee Sanction

The Dee Sanction is an odd branching development of The Cthulhu Hack. An Elizabethan historical fantasy that finds the characters in the pay of Francis Walsingham and Doctor John Dee in the defense of the realm.


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The Brighter the Light

Authors: Michelle Haward & Paul Baldowski
Gamemaster: Paul Baldowski


August, 2017. The Robben Island ferry has broken down again, sinking en route to the famous prison. Another wreck joining the skeletons of ships from the last century on the seabed.

While the city of Cape Town laments the lost opportunities, students seize the chance to visit the island unsupervised to sate their curiosities. As the fickle weather turns, they discover that they may not be alone — but who, or what, is on the island with them?

System: The Cthulhu Hack


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Valkyrie Nine

Author & Gamemaster: Paul Baldowski

July, 2072. Unsuccessful execution caused by a system error that precludes successful execution of subsequent statements. Database file appears corrupt (). Shellmanager database is corrupt or missing. Unit enquiry could not make a connection to the primary server. There may be a problem with your network connection. Please try connecting to the remote computer again.

POWER_STATE_UNKNOWN. ENVIRONMENTAL_STATE_UNKNOWN. INTEGRITY_STATE_UNKNOWN.

Recovery stat& has b&&n activated, initiali$ing all maintenance and repair units. Corrupted network conn&ctivity m&an$ state data = 0%. Correct the problem. Restore power. Restore network connectivity.

System: The Cthulhu Hack


Sweet Child

Author & Narrator: Juho Rutila

On a rainy night a newborn baby is found at the door of the Loom House. The arrival of the child is laden with good and bad omens. These omens attract the interest of different factions in the Red Cow clan intertwining the child to the inner politics of the clan. Where did the baby come from and what is so special about this event?

System: HeroQuest Glorantha


Die Schwarze Kutsche

Author & Gamemaster: Gary 'Iron GM' Bowerbank

Baron Ludwig Von Hasselhoff has become somewhat of a recluse in recent years, never seen in the village anymore. A shame, for he was such a gregarious man and well-liked ruler. The only trace of the Baron is his black carriage that rattles through the thick pinewoods late at night. Villagers attempting to seek treaty with Von Hasselhoff have not returned and a dark shadow has fallen over Swinedorf. A group of hearty outsiders should have no problem going up the mountain to seek audience though should they? If he's dead, there may even be plenty of loot...

System: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4e

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Pendragon's Quest

Author & Gamemaster: Régis Pannier

The year 530 is the height of King Arthur's Reign. Yet, reality seems to stagger and people begin to wonder if something strange has happened to their world. Your knights have the opportunity to make themselves known!

System: PendragonQuest (90% Pendragon, 10% HeroQuest)


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Folklorists of the Cthulhu Mythos

Author & Keeper: Pedro Ziviani

As members of the Theron Marks Society for the investigation paranormal phenomena and the occult, the player characters face the sanity-shattering reality of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Set in the 1920s The Folklorists is an upcoming game from Chaosium using free-form narrative rules that allow for unique versions of myths to be created during play.

System: The Folklorists


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Red Thread of Fate

Author & Gamemaster: Pedro Ziviani

A cooperative narrative game about Japanese love poetry and mythological shape-shifting animals, set in 10th century Japan. Players work together to unite two lovers by reattaching their tragically severed red thread of fate.

System: Red Thread of Fate*

* Winner of Game Chef game design competition, and soon to be published by Chaosium.

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The Saga of the Night Raven

Author & Gamemaster: Pedro Ziviani

Just as chieftains and their followers gather at the National Assembly, strange events take place in the countryside. Playing as intelligent ravens, the players must move fast to prevent a great calamity that threatens to upset the balance of power in Mythic Iceland and beyond.

System: RQ Mythic Iceland


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A Trip to the Lake

Author & Gamemaster: Nikolas Tsamourtzis

It's 1990-something in the United States of America. A few high school students take a trip to a small cabin by a lake in the middle of summer. What could possibly go wrong?

System: Don't Split Up

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A Night to Remember

Author & Gamemaster: Nikolas Tsamourtzis

A few days late a relief crew finally arrives at Mining Colony S11-MC-762 but the ground crew does not answer their calls. Although the rig seems to be completely deserted, as the night falls it gets abundantly clear: They are not alone.

System: Don't Split Up

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Where has all the Glory gone?

Author & Gamemaster: Louis Kolkman

Logres, Twilight Period. The Grail Quest has greatly disrupted the Round Table. Bandits and revolts are on the rise. You are a group of young knights, raised on the tales of the glory that is Arthurs Reign. But all you see is injustice, squalor, oppression and revolt. What will you do when that King calls you to battle?

System: KAP (King Arthur Pendragon)


Forget me not

Author: Brian M. Sammons
Handler: Ralph Kelleners


Even death can't stop the infamous Phenomen-X crew from returning to THE KRAKEN year by year. This time they are on the lookout for some footage of paranormal activity in the haunted Cooper house. If only they could remember what they were supposed to do there. Or who they are for that matter...

System: Delta Green-ish


Lot 21

Author & Gamemaster: Philip Glass

Autumn of 1897. Lord Rashbold Fting, eminent advisor to Royalty and noted archaeologist, has invited you to a private auction at his country estate. According to the prospectus, the centrepiece will be lot 21: Etruscan burial urn, opened to show there is a functioning door. Being elegant upper class cambrioleurs, you RSVP at once.

System: The Cthulhu Hack (Hacked)

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Hellbound

Author & Gamemaster: Risto 'The Axe Whisperer' Welling

You have been invited to an audience with Gonn Orta, the ancient giant. 20 years ago he sent a cradle with a baby giant down a river from the peaks of the Rockwood Mountains. The cradle floated down Magasta's Pool to Hell never to bee seen again. He wants you to go and find out what happened to the little giant. His treasure vault is at your disposal and you can choose your gear from the finest magical treasures in Glorantha...

System: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha


At the Table of Gonn Orta

Author & Gamemaster: Risto 'The Axe Whisperer' Welling

You are living in a small village just like any other, except a giant has been sitting nearby longer than your life observing the villagers. Your lives change forever, when an evil raiding party starts to slaughter your families for fun.

System: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha


Jack!

Author & Gamemaster: Graham Wills

Corey Darrow, billionaire, lies dying — but his private research center offers him a lifeline. Their Occult Division believes that Spring-Heeled Jack, an entity plaguing London in 1838, has access to the secret of immortality. They have recruited you to be sent on a one-week time trip to 1838. Your mission: find Jack. Persuade him to give you the secret of immortality. Get back to Hyde Park by midnight on March 1838. Earn ten million GBP.

WARNING: The Victorian era marks the waning years of magical influence in Britain; side effects may be experienced.

System: Fate






October 19-22, 2018