The following e-mail was forwarded to every gaming group and gamer in Ithaca whose e-mail I had access to.
Let’s see how the response is.
More cute stories about kindergarteners later.
The first ever Get Your Geek On-a-thon is taking place on November 20th in the office space beyond Odyssey Games above Autumn Leaves from noon until 8 o’clock. This is a tabletop role-playing game event designed to gather the many groups of gamers from all over Ithaca.
This event is about learning new systems, meeting new folks. No gaming geek should have to languish through an Ithaca winter without a weekly tabletop game to help ’em through the gray months.
I have asked friends of mine to run games and hope that future G.Y.G.O.-a-thons will have different faces behind the GM’s screen. The games being run at the GYGO-a-thon 1 will all be one-shots.
Below are the descriptions of the four games being offered at G.Y.G.O.-a-thon 1 with a corresponding link beneath each description. The link leads to the game’s thread within the G.Y.G.O.-a-thon forum. Each game will have its own thread with [G.Y.G.O.-a-thon 1] and the game’s title in the subject header. The first to post a with desire to play in the thread will be the first to be considered signed up for the game. The seats at each table are limited, so register and post your sign up sooner rather than later.
When choosing a game I encourage you to play at a GM’s table who you have never gamed with before but if some cross-over happens so be it.
The games don’t cost a thing but we will ask for $1 donation and Odyssey games has graciously offered to pay the difference for the rented space.
Here is the game line-up:
The Head that Wears the Crown
System: Ars Magica 5th ed.
GM: Matt Ryan
Number of players: 2-6
Synopsis: The wizard Nacamonius was sent to investigate the rumor that
the wizard Janus Redly has been secretly working for Thibaud IV, the count
of Champagne. Both members of the Order of Hermes, which explicitly
forbids magi (wizards) to work with mundane rulers, Nacamonius went to learn if
the rumors were true and dispatch Janus Redly from that position. Two weeks
ago, Nacamonius left with a two shield grogs (warrior protectors) for
the city of Troyes, royal court of Thibaud.
He has not returned.
A rescue party has formed to retrieve the beloved magus, consisting of
both Nacamonius’ apprentices, a friendly abbess, a screwed Breton mistral,
and two armed militants, all members of Nacamonius’ home covenant. They
must enter Troyes, which is having its annual fair, and find their master.
You are a member of that rescue party.
Player Notes: No knowledge of Ars Magica the game is necessary; I will
give you pregenerated characters and show you how to play. This is your
chance to try out the new edition, scheduled for a November release.
[Sign up for The Head that Wears the Crown at: http://s7.invisionfree.com/IthacaGamers/index.php?showtopic=40%5D
Vampire the Requiem Intro
System: Vampire the Requiem
GM: Jeff Lauer
Number of players: 3-5
The World of Darkness is born again and Jeff wants to know how it works at the table. Put your fangs to work and lower your Humanity as White Wolf’s new Vampire RPG is given an honest test run.
[Sign up for Vampire: The Requiem Intro at: http://s7.invisionfree.com/IthacaGamers/index.php?showtopic=41%5D
System: Burning Wheel
GM: Judd Karlman
Number of players: 4-8
The Elven Delegation has been dispatched to the Dwarven Ibunith Hold to congratulate the new prince on his coronation. The Gift is a game of intense political negotiations. One group plays the Dwarven Host, the other plays the Elven Delegation. Both groups try to navigate the complex structure of tradition and etiquette while keeping an eye out for treachery and opportunity. Can you guide your group to diplomatic victory, or will a breach of etiquette cause a sudden end your line?.
[Sign up for The Gift at: http://s7.invisionfree.com/IthacaGamers/index.php?showtopic=43%5D
The Great Escape
System: The Riddle of Steel
GM: Mario Cerame
Number of players: 3-5
You and a handful of others have been implicated in a crime you didn’t commit. You now are a prisoner on a Mediterranean island, looking forward to a slow death in a dark cell. But… someone has cooked a dagger into your loaf of mouldy bread. You must escape and present God’s justice through a trial by combat. The rest is our tale to tell in muscle and steel.
This one-shot adventure looks to introduce players to the rich and acclaimed combat system in The Riddle of Steel, as well as highlighting other elements of the system. Magic will not be featured in this one shot. Dice and characters will be provided, although of course players may bring their own d10’s if they wish.
[Sign up for The Great Escape at: http://s7.invisionfree.com/IthacaGamers/index.php?showtopic=42%5D
If you can’t make it due to other obligations or don’t get into a game, please don’t worry. We hope to do this again if this one is a success or you could start your own. If the games fill up, don’t be afraid to put yourself down as an alternate in case one of the players can’t make it.
The threads for each game will not only be for signing up but for each GM to announce any house rules, decide who will play which pre-made characters or for the GM to find a time and place to meet in order to facilitate character generation.
I hope this gathering of geeks is a fun success that we can repeat again this winter.
If you have any problems or have any suggestions, please feel free to e-mail me at this address.
Get your geek on,
Judd Karlman, G.Y.G.O.-a-thon Coordinator