Here’s the final allocation of players to games for this weekend’s Go Play Manchester online. GMs have been contacted with lists of players and contact details so they will send you joining instructions shortly.
Greenwood of the Fey
Please note this game could do with at least one or two players, please let us know if you would like to play via the contact form.
Return to the Savage North
Warlords of the Meatgod Guy Milner
Survival of the Fittest
Please note A Touch of Sun (Beyond Dread Portals) isn’t running due to zero signups. I’m taking this as a sign from the Universe to get out in the sun and do some gardening 😀
Thanks for everyone for pulling this together at such short notice. Future GPMOs will have a longer lead-in time 🙂
Ok folks here’s the allocation for the first Go Play Manchester Online.
GMs have been sent these lists along with your contact email and will be in touch to explain how to join their game. Any problems with this please contact us. Also if you are no longer able to play please let me or the GM know, so we can readvertise your space.
Saturday’s Games 1-5 pm
Message from St Michel (Achtung Cthulhu)
GM: Steven Blyth (aka Blythy)
The Edge of the World (Skyraiders)
GM: Newt Newport
The Lightning Station (13th Age)
GM: Guy Milner
Sunday’s Games 1-5 pm
Defenders of the Dragon Empire (Monkey)
GM: Newt Newport
Nyarlathotep: His Part in My Downfall (Only War)
GM: Roderick Hamilton
The Bishop’s Treasure (Fate)
GM: Paul Mitchener
In place of our regular face to face meet up at Fanboy 3 this week, we are running an Online version over two days, with a social at the virtual pub the Mitchester Arms the night before.
Friday Night: Social at the Mitchester Arms. Our regular guest GM Paul Mitchener set up a virtual pub for gamers over Google Hangouts, which ran with great success last Friday. He’s making it a regular weekly thing, and we have a table where we can meet and say hello to one another before mingling with the rest of the pub.
GPM Online March
The main event split over two days with two games on Saturday and Sunday, with more to be announced during the week.
Saturday 1-5 pm
Message from St Michel – Actung Cthulhu (Fate version) with Blythy.
The Edge of the World – Skyraiders of the Floating Realms (D100 Fantasy) with Newt
Sunday 1-5 pm
The Bishop’s Treasure – Wolfshead (Fate) with Paul Mitchener.
Nyarlathotep: His Part in My Downfall -WW2 Cthulhu using the Only War rules with Roderick.
More games to come since we’ve had at least one GM throw his hat into the ring since we got the initial line up sorted. Also, I’ll release the full descriptions of each game, along with requirements for virtual gaming tabletop and any joining instructions from the GM as the week progresses.
For now, register your attendance. You can attend just one day or both. If demand is high, you might only get into one game.
Once you’ve registered, I’ll email you when you can choose your games, which should be either Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll then notify you when people have been allocated to the games, either Thursday or Friday night at the latest.
If you are new to online gaming, I’d recommend this guide to playing RPGs online by Dom, who is a seasoned convention GM.
You’ll need a headset with a microphone as well as pc with a robust internet connection. I would recommend getting a reconditioned call centre headset with a USB connection. Not only are they cheap from eBay, but the quality is also excellent, and they are amazingly robust.
The next Go Play Manchester is on Saturday 8th February, from 1 pm to 5 pm at Fan Boy.
If you are coming register below.
You will be alerted when games sign-up starts, which will be the weekend of 1st Feb. Registered players will get priority at sign up for games, and it helps us greatly when planning for the number of games. If you drop out at any point, contact us so we can free up your space.
If you want to GM fill out this form with the details of your game. If you’ve not GMed with us before please read our GM’s information page.
The idea was simple to run a day meet up, with games in the morning and afternoon, to celebrate Go Play Manchester’s 1st Anniversary.
Two months of constant publicity, on Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth through the shop at Fanboy 3, later and suddenly on Saturday 11th at 10 am when I walked through the door 40 odd people were already there eager to get on with the gaming. And after my brief introduction, they did, sorting themselves out with tables and getting down to the hard work of rolling dice and describing their characters actions. I joined John Ossoway’s River of Heaven game and had a cracking time being a space marine in a slick sci-fi action thriller (read my review here).
Even due to last-minute dropouts we ran 13 games over the two slots
Fanboy 3, as usual, were excellent hosts. I cannot emphasise how much of Go Play’s success both at Winter Con and during the usual monthly meetups are down to Hedi and her staff. It’s a lovely, comfortable venue, where the game shop side of the business is neatly pushed to the side to allow a massive amount of organised play as well as pick up games in-store. The games side of it is well maintained and fantastic, with a wide range of boardgames and RPGs. My wallet is significantly lighter after browsing the excellent selection of RPGs during the con.
We took an hour for lunch which gave folk time to socialise as well as decamp to local eateries nearby in the Northern Quarter and Piccadilly Gardens. After the con was over a large group of us went to the Port Street Beer for a few post-con real ales 😊
Will we be doing it again this time next year? Hell yes! It’s inspired me to run another one day con later in the year (details to follow because it is still in discussion), as well as commit to more regular afternoon meetups which starting next month.
Note, there have been two changes in how we organise things that arose from the day.
Saturday suits us so much better than Sunday, and more importantly Fan Boy 3, who run regular D&D events on Sunday. We were struggling for numbers and they were struggling to fit us in alongside the D&D. So while neither side is not ruling out Sunday Go Play’s in the future, in the main, we shall now be meeting on Saturday afternoons.
To help with the increased attendance, and if I can’t make it on the day, Roderick, who some of you have had the pleasure of playing in his WFRP/W40K, is going to be my deputy.
Thanks to everyone who came along and played or ran a game at Winter Con and made it such a triumphant day.