Go Play Manchester IV Sunday May 26

We now have a date for the May edition of Go Play Manchester. Put a date in your diary for Sunday 26th May, which is the last Sunday in this month.

As a reminder of how things work and since we are not on our usual 2nd Sunday of the month, here are the dates & deadlines of all the setup steps.

Now – Call for GMs, if you want to run a game on Sunday 26 May, please send me the details via the submission form on the Games Masters’ Information page.

Sunday 19 May – Player sign up opens, the week before the meetup.

Friday  24 May – Details of who has been allocated which game will be published via the website.

I look forward to seeing you all at the end of the month. Its been too long.

All the best,

;O) Newt

The Mystery of Tarston

System: Heroic Fantasy
GM: Udo Kaiser

The heroes have plundered ancient ruins and found magic items, ancient silverware, gold and gems. When they return to Tarston to sell their loot there are inexplicable problems…

Additional Information
Heroic Fantasy is Graham Spearing’s expanded version of the Black Hack, with fantasy races, more classes and even an introductory adventure, published by Wordplay Games.

The Black Hack is a streamlined modern take on Old School Dungeons and Dragons by David Black, which will be familiar to fans of both early editions and 5th Edition alike.

The Heights of Orlanth

System: 13th Age Glorantha

GM: Newt Newport

Why is your adventurer going to Orlanth Heights?

Is it to visit the Puppet Troupe Shrine?

Perhaps you are a Troll checking out the rumours of a Lead Mine on this hillside?

Do you seek Sorcerer’s Tower that is built on its edge?

Or perhaps you just want to get to its vantage point and throw magic stones across the gorge at the fort of the hated Lunars.

There are many reasons to go to the sacred cliffside that is Orlanth Heights. In this 13th Age Glorantha adventure, you will explore them.

No experience of Glorantha or 13th Age required. This adventure is designed as a straightforward introduction to both setting and system.

Additional Information

Glorantha is a psychedelic mythological fantasy setting, with more in common with Ancient Bronze Age than the Medieval Period. For more information visit its dedicated web site.

13th Age is Jonathan Tweet’s  (3rd Edition D&D ) and Rob Heinsoo’s (4th Edition D&D)  love letter to D&D. As well as the familiar classes, levels, armour classes and hit points, it has many rulings that make it a more story focused narrative game.

13th Age Glorantha mixes the two together. Its probably the most accessible version of Glorantha produced, with a system familiar to D&D fans adapted to tap into Glorantha’s exciting themes, such as fighting chaos horrors and going on magical Hero Quests.

Produced by the fine people who publish Call of Cthulhu, Chaosium Inc, this review on the Gnome Stew blog gives a more comprehensive rundown of the game.

The Emperor Protects

System: Only War

GM: Roderick Hamilton

Citizens of Vuultath IX! What have YOU done for your Emperor?
Join the PLANETARY DEFENCE FORCE and CRUSH HIS ENEMIES!
– Gain New Skills!
– Make New Friends!
– Learn to Fight!
– Free Uniform!
+++Defend Proud Vuultath from the Enemies of Mankind!+++

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The Emperor Protects will use the Only War system to give you a taste of life as an ordinary human in the vast Warhammer 40,000 universe.

You will play citizen-soldiers of a small market town on one of the innumerable worlds in the Imperium, rising to the defence of your neighbours as a shadow falls across your world.

The odds will be long. The price of failure immense. But you will show the citizens of Vuultath that The Emperor Protects.

“To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.”


Only War uses a percentile system for easily adapted combat, and The Emperor Protects will include streamlined rules in order to keep the story moving quickly. Players can expect some interaction and investigation, along with tactical planning and deadly, deadly combat.

Games Allocation for Go Play Manchester II Feb 10 2019

Here we go movers and groovers, this month’s meetups player allocation to games.

Game Bad King John Greenwood of the Fey Sovereign Steel Reign
System OpenQuest Dungeon Crawl Classics Eclipse Phase
GM Newt Neil John
Player 1 Doerte Boehle Andrew Murphy
Roderick Hamilton
Player 2 Udo Kaiser Josh Clark

OK as you can see attendance is way down this month, and there may have to be some moving around of players on the day. BUT if you’ve not presigned and are coming, please drop me a line at newt@goplaymanchester.com, and I’ll put you in a game, which will help us immensely. Also games may fill up with walk-ins on the day.

All the games are going to be held on the big round tables upstairs at Fanboy 3, so see you there on Sunday 1pm-5pm 🙂

Greenwood of the Fey Sovereign

System Dungeon Crawl Classics
GM Neil Benson

War is looming. The Earl of Nanch and his neighbouring elven kingdom are sharpening the spears of aggression. Those on the border are split between two dangerous dynasts. Pressed into duty for lord and country, the peasants and gong farmers of Nanch find themselves in a strange and unnerving forest full of denizens older than the practice of naming. In this new world, the rules of life and death are a game of whimsy practiced by fantastic forces, and bizarre ancient feuds re-ignite in the chaos of war. Those errant attendants of Nanch will be fortunate to survive the madness of either ruler!

A Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) level 0 funnel for 4 to 5 players

Additional Information

Dungeon Crawl Classics is a d20 based system that will be easily picked up players familiar with any edition of D&D. The publisher Goodman Games, explains it best:

“You’re no hero.

You’re an adventurer: a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long-dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them.

Return to the glory days of fantasy with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game. Adventure as 1974 intended you to, with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery. Fast play, cryptic secrets, and a mysterious past await you: turn the page…”

Plus funky dice, how many other games have d5, d7, d14, d22 and d30?

The 0-level funnel is the perfect convention, one-shot adventure format, great for new and experienced players alike. Each player has between 2 and 4 level 0 pre-generated characters – farmers, peasants, guards – who are plunged into a dangerous adventure. Not all of them will survive (in fact many of them will die in the most glorious of fashions), but for those who do an upgrade to level 1 awaits! These adventures are always a lot of fun that place problem solving and action over detailed backgrounds and in-depth roleplaying.