Monday, June 5, 2017

Origins and Gauntlet Gaming

Next week I’ll be running at Games on Demand: Origins. I’ve done that the last couple of years and loved it. Sherri will be with me again. Last time she played a bunch of games that made me jealous. I’ll be hosting first thing on Thursday morning, and then running Fri night, Sat morning and evening, as well as Sunday morning. If you see me, please say hi!!! I have two games on my menu: Magic, Inc and Tales from the Loop.

Magic, Inc
In the sorcerous corporation, Magic, Inc, your department lies at the bottom of the labyrinthine Org Chart. You like it that way. Your team has just managed to hang on- avoiding responsibility and blame. But doing so is hard work; you desperate transmute budgets, curse rival divisions, and make your faked resumes vanish. Can you avoid The Annual Review while getting your time-card signed? This game uses Action Cards, a card-based Fate hybrid.

Tales from the Loop
Welcome to Wayward, Ohio. You play teenagers in the late Eighties, solving Mysteries connected to the under-construction “Loop Project.” Everyday Life is full of nagging parents, never-ending homework and classmates bullying and being bullied. You will encounter the strange machines and weird creatures that have come to haunt the countryside as the Loop is being built. You can escape your everyday problems and be part of something meaningful and magical—but also dangerous.

Rich taught me to always bring a backup game or two, in case you get burnt out on one. I’ve been working on some convention-style character sheets for The Veil, a mid-point between the complexity of the playbooks and the pre-gens of the Cascade QS. I’ll probably bring that. Mutant Year Zero also might be a fun back-up since no one seems to be running it. However that takes up a lot of carrying space between core books, dice, and cards. I’m also considering Cryptomancer or Kuro.

In June for the Gauntlet Hangouts I’m running Grimm (2 sessions), Robert E. Howard’s Conan (2), and Mutant: Year Zero (4 sessions). July’s all hacks and reskins. I’m running Godbound with a Scion skin (2), Masks with elements from Rotted Capes (2), and Changeling the Lost PbtA (4). Last week I figured out my August schedule, which will be an all-Fate month. For that I’m doing Base Raiders shifted to Fate Core/FAE (2), a Hellboy game using Atomic Robo, and a Game of Thrones-inspired thronewar game using Fate and borrowing from things like Wrath of the Autarch. I’m also thinking that in October I’ll do another season of World Wide Wrestling since it has five Sundays. I like scheduling things this far out because it give me some deadlines for developing the material.

I record most of the games I run and post those on my YouTube channel. I've done many interesting and niche games Legacy, Cryptomancer, Kuro, The Veil, 7th Sea 2e, Feng Shui 2, and more. If you're curious about how they play, watch the videos.

This games are all part of the Gauntlet Hangouts. If you’re interested in online rpgs, check out The Gauntlet Patreon. We schedule 40-50+ online games per month, a couple months ahead of time. Patreon backers at the $7+ level get early sign up access to those; we open them up generally a week after posting. Our Patreon supports all of our podcasts: The Gauntlet Podcast, Discern Realities, +1 Forward, Pocket-Sized Play, and Comic Strip AP. Patreon supports also get Codex, a monthly themed zine with all kinds of cool stuff. 

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