Born in the US, Ry Herman is now a permanent Scottish resident. He has been writing for most of his life, and his debut novel, the queer supernatural romcom Love Bites, will be published by Jo Fletcher Books in July of 2020.
Ry has worked at a variety of jobs, including submissions editor, theatre technician, and one job which could best be described as typing the number five all day long.
He acts and directs, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and 2019. He is bisexual and genderqueer. Hobbies include baking bread, playing tabletop roleplaying games, and reading as many books as humanly possible.
You can find out more about Love Bites and pre-order it here
Rita Orlov is a designer, maker, puzzlesmith and creator of PostCurious, a company specializing in narrative tabletop puzzle adventures. With a background in escape rooms and various kinds of design, Rita lives for the surprises and “aha” moments that can be discovered through puzzles and gamified storytelling. She holds a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design.
Rita is launching a Kickstarter soon for her latest creation, The Emerald Flame.
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Born in Glasgow, Bez fell in love with games at an early age. Her first memory is crawling towards a ZX Spectrum loading screen and since she was physically able to play computer and board games, she has been in love with rules, mechanics and their potential for entertainment or even contributing meaningfully towards someone’s life. One rule change can alter the game massively and it is this emergent chaotic complexity that has made Bez stay in love with game design.
She started seriously designing board games in 2006, but it wasn’t until she moved to London in 2012 that she discovered dedicated playtesting groups. Since then, she has been developing board games in earnest. ‘In A Bind’ was the first one that she considered genuinely super-awesome. It was remade as ‘Yogi’ and has gone on to sell many copies in 19+ languages. Bez subsequently created a game system (now called the ELL deck), and Kitty Cataclysm, both of which were funded on KS. She has also co-created a LARP about legal gender status, and is co-creating a boardgame about discrimination.
She is working to turn game design/publishing and illustration into a sustainable career.
Therefore here are some other options that it might be worth getting prior to the day to ensure that you can easily play games with your friends at the convention.
Board Games on Steam
There are currently several boardgames available free on Steam. Be aware that some of these may be limited time offers, so acquire them now in case they are back to full price by the time of the convention
Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig (tile placement -free if you get it before 30th March):
International Game Jam Winners: Three colourful competition winners can be found at this link for your free print and play pleasure along with links to plenty of other ace roll and write games from a game jam
If you want something a little more tactile, here is an online Jenga balancing blocks tower – enjoy! Sadly you can’t take it in turns but everyone can have a tower of their own and play on the honour system.
The RPGs for the Saturday Evening RPG slot (20:00 to 23:00) will be posted here as we get them. Links to pre-registration for games will go live soon.
GM: Martin Pickett System: Traveller (Mongoose 2nd Ed) Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: PG13 ReContact! : Skenta, 1032 Foreven. Interdicted for 400 years since a civil war destroyed the single habitable planet, killing nearly 3 billion sophonts in the process. To contain the threat, their neighbours destroyed every jump-capable ship in the system and retreated, wiping the databases of every mention of Skenta except a stark prohibition on contact. To this day the Skenta League and the Vilhet Open Alliance continue their bitter conflict through minor incidents and regrettable mistakes, each side maneuvering for advantage over the other. On a lonely research base hidden in the asteroid fields, scientists seek to re-invent the jump drive, a weapon that would all but guarantee victory for the VOA. Unless the enemy get it first. And unless something else happens…
GM: Lion Templin System: Homebrew Players 3 to 6 Content Rating: 18+ Stupid Heroes! : When the world dredges up the dumbest of super villains, there’s only one thing the public can do: go back to work and ignore it. Because this sounds like a job for Stupid Heroes! Stupid evil demands a stupid hero. Join us in the Hall of Breakfast with your own questionably useful or pretty damn unsafe super powers as we fight to keep the world meh from the menace of poor life choice super villains! It’s up to you to save(?) the day … again. Stupid Heroes is a one-shot adventure run on the GM’s own system that he makes up during the game. Required: Sarcasm, duh. Biting wit, check. Blatant disregard for common sense, POWER ON FOR ADVENTURE! And there will be some dice or something. Timmy Power Gamer and Rules Lawyer Larry need not apply. Prop 53 Warning: May cause cancer in some countries. Off void in Utah. Best viewed with Booze! Stupid Heroes, it’s .. OK!
GM: Andy Random System: Subjective Fudge, Background: Firefly universe Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: 15+ Easy Money! :
It seemed like an easy job, pick up a cargo, take it out to the Rim, get paid… and the pay was good!
Perhaps too good? Are you suspicious? Sure! Has greed overcome caution? Well Duh! I mean, how bad could it be?
Game set in the Firefly universe (though PCs will not be characters from the show), but using simple Fudge rules (no knowledge of Fudge required).
The RPGs for the Saturday Afternoon RPG slot (14:00 to 17:00) will be posted here as we get them. Links to pre-registration for games will go live soon.
Agone: The Inspiring Flame
GM: Stephen McMorland System: Agone’s unique system (Attribute + Skill+ Bonuses +D10) Players 4 to 6 Agone – The Inspiring Flame: A Baroque dark fantasy which features strange races, and a unique form of magic based on The Arts the world is suffering under the evil machinations of a mad god determined to destroy all beauty, freedom and free will, as The Inspired you have the power to defy him, save the goddesses that can revive the world and save everyone.
GM: Richard Coates System: D&D 5e Ebberon Players 4 to 6 Content Rating: PG13 Dragonshard Heist : Rollicking Wild West style Steampunk Fantasy with players cast as outlaws. There will be Injuns ( goblins), corrupt lawmen ( undead) stage coaches and the rest. Wanted ( add your name here) dead or alive. Reward 500gp . You tear down the poster and laugh: youve not even got started yet! You’ve heard rumours a wagon is coming by these parts ( Orcbone) It is carrying a consignment of Dragonshard crystals: fantastically valuable gems vital to magical technology. It will be well defended, perhaps the native goblins might help… at a price. GM using Zoom as subscribes to Zoom Pro.
This Forgotten Babylon
GM: Martin Pickett System: Traveller (Mongoose 2nd Ed) Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: PG13 This Forgotten Babylon : On a desolate planet in a remote system, a survey crew has found something extraordinary. A ruined city, abandoned for tens of thousands of years, build with technology never seen before. Immediately the system was placed under interdiction, and a courier sent to arrange a large-scale survey mission. But a secret is a hard thing to keep. Freelance salvage crews across the sub-sector keep administrators ‘on retainer’ to get word of finds like this first, to steal a march on the competition. You are one such crew, and years of bribes have just paid off. Imagine the price you will get, selling the first artifacts of this newly discovered alien race. You have arrived in-system, ahead of the competition and the authorities. All you have to do now is fill your hold with treasures and get away before anyone can stop you. Simple.
The Box of Dreams Copperjacket@gmail.com The Box of Dreams
GM: Aaron Billingham System: Coriolis Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: PG13 The Box of Dreams: The portal jumps and space runs back to Coriolis Station have been agonisingly long. Threateningly close to the cold dark, even your cargo hold full of treasure has been no comfort. It should have been an easy job picking apart valuable tech and cultural artefacts from the trash of an abandoned planet, but one charming little box caught your engineer’s eye, who on a whim, added it to your haul. And then dreams began. All could be yours: the treasure, the ship, more even, and for such a small price, just open the box. A science-fiction thriller set to Coriolis’s ‘Arabian Nights in space’ background.
GM: Alan Jackson System: Homebrew Players 4 to 5 Content Rating: 15+ Dropzone: Join the Colonial Marines! Explore the Galaxy. Meet new exciting xenomorphs and get eaten by them. Colony planet LV-246 has stopped responding and you’ve been sent to find out why. Good luck.
The RPGs for the Saturday Morning RPG slot (10:00 to 13:00) will be posted here as we get them. Links to pre-registration for games will go live soon.
GM: Simon Proctor System: Numenera Players 3 to 5 Creeping Doom: The village of Gelbrox has a problem. A giant numenera device has been slowly approaching for many years. Now it encroaches on the farmlands and the elders have asked you to help.
Trooble t’ Mill
GM: Richard Coates System: D&D 5e Ebberon Players 4 to 6 Content Rating: PG13 Trooble t’ Mill : A Dickensian flavour steampunk noir adventure set in the City of Sharn, Ebberon: a city of shining skyscrapers above and festering slums below. You scratch a living as freelance oinvestigators. You have been offered a highly lucrative but highly dangerous contract to uncover the illegal use of magical technology by a prominent House Cannith industrialist. Start by finding out why his locked out workers are rioting. GM using Zoom as subscribes to Zoom Pro.
Princess Noreena’s Hats
GM: Martin Pickett System: The Princess Bride RPG Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: PG13 Princess Noreena’s Hats: Tensions are running high between Florin and Guilder, Prince Humperdinck’s ships shutting down all official trade between the two neighbouring countries. This leaves many opportunities for enterprising private individuals to supply the demand. Short on money and goodwill (as usual), you have a chance to earn both. All you have to do, according to your employer, is simply transport some hats from Florin to Princess Noreena, ruler of Guilder. Simple, no?
GM: Matthew Barrowcliffe System: Homebrew Players 3 to 5 Content Rating: 15+ Tabula Rasa: You have a headache, you are tied up in a small room with some others. You all look confused. Where are you? Who are you?
GM: Steve Ironside System: Over the Edge, Second Edition Players: 3 to 5 Content Rating: 15+ Garden Party: Mayor Monique D’Aubainne of Al-Amarja has sent you a free, Free, ALL-EXPENSES-PAID! VIP pass to visit the island for a soireé that she is giving in a couple of days’ time. With things the way they are at home, this seems like a perfect opportunity to get away, and maybe even discover a permanent new life – the Mayor certainly seems keen to have you come along, even though you’ve never heard of her or the island! Still, as the plane descends, you’re confident that a good time awaits..
Brian Nisbet started running running gaming (Leprecon,
Gaelcon, K2) and SF conventions in Ireland in the mid-90s. In 1998 he got
involved in the International Discworld Convention, held in the UK, and went on
to chair it twice in 2010 & 2012. He co-chaired Shamrokon, the 2014
Since then he’s mostly been on the committees of
Worldcons (Helsinki, San Jose, Dublin, Washington DC) or Worldcon bids (Chicago
in 2022, Glasgow in 2024) in a variety of roles.
He’s been attending Conpulsion since the late 90s and
he’s been MCing the Charity Auction there since… er… a while. He’s
incredibly sad to be missing all of his Scottish gaming friends this year,
but he’s very proud to help out with the online version of the auction!
Conor Kostick was a designer for the world’s first live action role-playing game, Treasure Trap before moving into literary pursuits. Conor was the editor of Socialist Worker in Ireland and a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland and twice chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union.
He was awarded the Farmleigh writer’s residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 and 2013. In 2015, Conor Kostick became Chairperson of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and was President of the Irish Jury for the EU Prize for Literature, and in that year too he was appointed to the Board of the National Library of Ireland. In 2018, the Kerala Literature Festival, India, chose to showcase Irish literature and Conor Kostick was one of seven Irish writers invited to participate as well as being recruited by the UK’s Ockham Publishing to lead a new imprint, Level Up publishing, publishing LitRPG.