Grim Con 2020 Game Sign Up opens 9 pm Tonight

Hi all

Registration for Grim Con is now closed.

The attendee list has been updated with all the names of the attendees. 

Game Sign Up will open here at 9 pm tonight.

Also when you give us your 1st and 2nd choice of game, please indicate if you are coming to the social on Saturday night (7.30-10 pm) or either of the planned panels that are due to be held on Friday night ( 9-10.30pm ) and Sunday Morning (11.30-1 pm). Roderick our social organiser will then email you the joining details for those events.  More details about these events when I send out the email this evening.

Picking up the Threads

System: Aftermath (FGU)
GM: Chris Hart

Sheffield, 1984, nuclear fall-out from a ground-burst at Crewe is falling on the city. The emergency operations team are coordinating the relief efforts from the basement of the town hall. Energy supplies are low, the battery cells on their short-wave radios have nearly run out, what options remain?

Over 18s, bring a calculator

This is one of the games for Grim Con 2020 – registration open now.

Fan Boy 3 Open and Still Ace

Over the years I’ve seen the term “Fine Local Gaming Store” (or FLGs) thrown around to describe many a games store, but Manchester’s Fan Boy 3 with its perfect storm of gaming space and well-stocked selection of games truly deserves the title. And they have been our generous hosts over the last year and a bit, before lockdown.

I’m happy to say back in July they opened the shop. I made a visit recently with Henry, my 10-year-old son. It was quieter than usual, but then again it was during Wednesday afternoon. Henry and I were able to look around the shop, which is all set up with the required safety standards. The two-metre distancing squares and the one-way system makes the shop floor look like a game board. There is handwash and a perspex screen by the till. It’s all very unobtrusive, and my greatest fear that the familiar fun place, I go to grab my gaming supplies would be significantly dulled by anti-Convid 19 measures were utterly unfounded.

Talking of gaming supplies me, and Henry filled my man-bag with stuff; A Pokemon box set for Henry, a beautiful gleaming copy of Theros the new D&D book, and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit (the starter set for the full game which comes out soonish).

I even had a natter with Phil, who was on duty that day in the shop, which was good. Cut short by our H pulling on my sleeve keen to join the rest of the family at the Manchester Cat Cafe (which I wholeheartedly recommend if you like fluffy cats).  I left not sure when I’ll be back again since I’m pretty much housebound here in Oldham since I work from home, but more than glad I had visited.

Another thing Fanboy 3 have done during lockdown is update their website,  so it’s even more clear about what’s going on at the shop. Also if like me you can’t make it into the shop, there’s now a web store.

Fan Boy 3 home page
Fan Boy 3 home page – click for larger image

On a Bank by Moonlight

System: The Fall of Delta Green (Gumshoe)
GM: Chris Hart
It might be the Summer of Love, but Delta Green agents must face unimaginable horror…
Agents are sent upstate New York to a small town of Milltown where two members of the same hippie commune have died on one night, one shot in self-defence by the police, the other in a car accident. Recovered from the scene was an idol similar to those found on previous Delta Green missions. How did they come to die? What were they doing with the idol? Does it have anything to do with the commune?
Come and join the stakeout.
Based on the 2018 Quickstart by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
Please note this game is a morning game (10.00 – 13.00)

Go Play Manchester May 2nd/3rd Player Allocation

Here we go folks this weekend’s player to game allocation.

Saturday

Coddefut’s Stipule
Lyonesse RPG
GM: Chris Hart
pookie __
Tom Gaffey
Andrew Jones

The Werewolves of Manhattan
Monster of the Week
GM: Steven Blyth
Debbie Bagg
John Smithe
Udo Kaiser

Sunday

Edge of Destruction
Palelomythic
GM: Paul Mitchener
Tim Gray
Roderick Hamilton
John Smithe

This is Not an Exercise
River of Heaven
GM: Newt Newport
Debbie Bagg
pookie __
Udo Kaiser
Dörte Böhle

Players, GMs have your contact details and will be in touch with joining instructions.

If you can no longer play, please let your GM know as soon as possible or contact us via the contact page.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up. Have fun games! 🙂

Sign up for Go Play Manchester Online May 2nd/3rd 2020

And here we go, sign up for the next instalment of GPMO online is up and live!

1. Review the games available.

Saturday

Sunday

2. Fill out and submit the following form.

[Event passed form removed]

3. Please note by signing up to Go Play Manchester you are signing up to the event not a particular game. Please give 1st and 2nd choices for the days you are attending. It makes it easier for me as the organiser to allocate players to games and makes sure that none of the GMs is without players. If you do only want to sign up for one particular game, please note you will have a lower priority for allocation to that game than someone who gives me a 2nd choice.

4. Once all the games are full, by Friday at the very latest I will email you with a link to the page which has the game allocation on. The GMs will then contact you via email with instructions on how to join.

Any questions please contact us. Also if you can not make it please let us know before the game so we can reallocate your place.

This is Not an Exercise

System: River of Heaven (D100 sci-fi)
GM: Newt
Day/Time: Sunday 3rd May 1 – 5 pm.

This is Arnold, the Ship’s AI, thank you for your recent enquiry.

“Where and I’m I and how did I get here?”

Ok, let’s review your situation.

You’re a member of the crew of the star-ship Asher. A merchant vessel working out of Jericho and shipping luxury goods to the worlds of the Kentauran Hegemony.

This job has a high turnover, and you’re a newcomer, one of six, joining an existing crew of three old-timers. Due to the importance of this job, the company has chosen to be completely compatible with one another via a series of biometric and psychological tests you went through during selection.

Even with the short jumps in the hold of a Step Ship, where the Asher will be one of many vessels its carrying through the wormholes that its Visser Cube creates, it’s a long-haul job. Where you are going to spend most of your time in cryostasis, with your mind occupied in VR. It’s a bit like dreaming, but you’re in charge, and it’s all a computer-generated.  You are in VR-sleep now. You are on route to Turan-Prime, a round trip that will take approximately 23 years.

Occasionally I, Arnold, will run disaster-scenarios, to gather data for my risk-management processes. Do not be alarmed if you appear to be woken up abruptly from Cryo-Sleep with the ship’s systems flashing red and stating, “This is not an exercise!”. Please play along to allow me to gather data efficiently for your health and safety.

Such a disaster scenario is about to run soon

The Werewolves of Manhattan

System: Monster of the Week
GM: Blythy

Day/Time: Saturday 2nd May. 1.30pm

A spate of brutal attacks and sightings of strange animal-like people in the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan has lead to stories of werewolves on the rampage. No sane person would believe that, of course. And neither do you as seasoned monster hunters – werewolves have evolved to hide their existence well. So what’s going on? It’s either not werewolves at all or it is and their numbers are increasing and dangerously out of control..