Role Playing Games – Pickup Games at ScaledCon

Did not have time to write and submit a game to GM at ScaledCon. Can’t find an RPG to play amongst our pre-registered games. Want to play something quick and light with only one page of rules? ScaledCon have you covered. Here are a couple of links to one page microgames that you can easily use to start a pick up roleplaying game on the day. Just provide a link to to the game you want to play from the lists below to your player’s and viola, everyone will have the rules to play. Then you can use Webex and Rolz to get a game going.

TableTop Gaming Magazine

The wonderful folk at TableTop Gaming magazine have links to 14 free microgames you can download and play most are just one or two pages in size.

Amongst a strong field New Gods of Babel looks interesting, so here is an online Jenga balancing block tower for you to use with it.

Passenger also look interesting though maybe a little close to home for some at present

Rowan, Rook and Decard

Rowan Rook and Decard have a website with variety of cool one page pay what you want games.

If we had to choose three they would be:

Honey Heist like Ocean’s Eleven but with bears!

The Witch is Dead a game about a witch’s familiars seeking vengeance.

Pride and Extreme Prejudice all about marriageable ladies and giant robots

Something more traditional

If you want to run a more traditional game here is a site for quickly pre-generating characters for a variety of systems

Saturday Evening RPGs

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.

The hour is dark and the dice are too

ReContact!

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…

Stupid Heroes!

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!

Easy Money!

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).

Saturday Afternoon RPGs

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.

Treasure is not always what it seems

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.

Dragonshard Heist

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.

Dropzone

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.

This game will run over Zoom

Saturday Morning RPGs

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.

Trust not in the dice, for they will lead you to madness

Creeping Doom

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?

Tabula Rasa

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?

Garden Party

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..

Roleplaying – Preparation for Players

First things first get your free ticket https://ti.to/scaled-events/scaledcon . After that you will need to take a look at the technologies we intend to use for the online RPGs so that you are ready on the day since roleplaying online needs a little more preparation by players than playing face to face.

Paper character sheets – Ah that takes me back – to February before everything had to move online

Finding your GM on the Day

There will be general social chat spaces via Discord which is how we plan to link GMs up with players so make sure you know how Discord works (its super simple). The discord links for the social meeting spaces will be published nearer the time.

Our plan is for individual games to run over Webex using the Rolz online dice roller via links which GMs will post into Discord.

When starting the game be sure to ask your GM if you are allowed to buy charity rerolls in contribution to the Grassmarket Community Project

Webex

So that everyone is prepared on the day with the same technical setup, the plan is for all games to use Webex. This is because it is free and you can easily post links to the virtual meeting room. To sign up for Webex visit https://www.webex.com/ and sign up for the free tier. You will also need to download the Webex client which should be available for Windows, Mac and Linux. there are also Android and iPhone clients if you don’t have a computer. There are a bunch of handy tutorials on the site. The GMs will create a meeting and then post the link so that players can join

Rolz

Rolz is a handy free website which lets you create virtual rooms for text chat and more importantly DICE! First create a login at https://rolz.org/join. Your GM will create a “dice room” for your game and share the weblink so that you can join it. There is a useful sidebar when you enter a dice room which explains how to roll dice (basically prefix with a hash like #2D6) The system supports a wide variety of dice and systems with exploding dice and wild dice.

Handouts and Character Sheets

You may get pre-generated characters from your GM to speed play along since everyone has enough to grapple with without trying to allocate those last couple of advancement points

If your GM has maps or character sheets for you these will likely be sent by email. We won’t share your email with your GM lest we anger the mighty gods of GDPR, so you will need to give your GM your email on the day, then check your mail box. The cool kids may also try to share content direct through Webex. Speak to your GM on the day.

Calling GMs- Register your ScaledCon role playing game(s) now and get the necessary software ready

We are now registering role playing games for ScaledCon, the online virtual replacement for Conpulsion. We would love for you to GM at the convention.

There will be three RPG slots on Saturday 4th April

  • 10.00-13.00 for the early risers
  • 14.00-17.00 for the mere mortals
  • 20.00-23.00 for the night owls

GM Registration – NOW CLOSED

Friday April 3rd – GM REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER MORE GAMES.

Player registration is still open. You can also arrange pickup games on the day

Registering your game is easy. Go to the signup for ScaledCon at https://ti.to/scaled-events/scaledcon and select the GM and other hosts ticket type

Then you will be led through registration and receive a confirmation like . This step should look like the picture below (if not you may have selected the General Admission ticket type, just hop back and start again)

If you see this, congrats you have mastered our signup page like a mighty wizaard

After you register we will contact you

Once you register watch your email (and your spam just in case) since we will email you a Google Form to get details for each of your games. The form will need:

  • Your email – so we can link this up with your registration
  • A title for your game
  • What time slot you want the game to run in
  • The name you wish to GM under (this will be public)
  • The system of your game
  • The number of players for your game
  • A description of your game
  • A link to the Webex call you will use to host your game (see below)
  • A link to the Rolz dice roller you will use to run your game if needed (see below)

If you don’t get the email, please contact us at scaledcon@scaledevents.co.uk

Finding Your Players on the Day

There will be general social chat spaces via Discord which is how we plan to link GMs up with players so make sure you know how Discord works (its super simple). The discord links for the social meeting spaces will be published nearer the time.

Our plan is for individual games to run over Webex using the Rolz online dice roller via links which GMs will post into Discord.

When starting the game be sure to let your players know if you are allowing charity rerolls in contribution to the Grassmarket Community Project

Webex

So that everyone is prepared on the day with the same technical setup, the plan is for all games to use Webex. This is because it is free and you can easily post links to the virtual meeting room. To sign up for Webex visit https://www.webex.com/ and sign up for the free tier. You will also need to download the Webex client which should be available for Windows, Mac and Linux. there are also Android and iPhone clients if you don’t have a computer. There are a bunch of handy tutorials on the site. As a GM you will need to create a meeting and then save the link so that you can share it with your players (and with us so we can try to keep things organised)

Rolz

Rolz is a handy free website which lets you create virtual rooms for text chat and more importantly DICE! First create a login at https://rolz.org/join. Then create a “dice room” for your game and get the weblink so that you can email it to us and share it with your players. There is a useful sidebar when you enter a dice room which explains how to roll dice (basically prefix with a hash like #2D6) The system supports a wide variety of dice and systems with exploding dice and wild dice.

Handouts and Character Sheets

If you have maps or character sheets for your players these will likely need to be sent by email. We can’t sharepeople’s emails lest we anger the mighty gods of GDPR, so you will need to get your player’s emails on the day, then send them and handouts. The cool kids may also try to share content direct through Webex.

Since things will likely take a little longer to set up than face to face RPGs its likely a good idea to pregenerate character sheets for your players to speed things along.