Dungeon World: Midnight Run
Dan Brown runs for David Schultz, James, and Philip Rogers
Three adventurers must escort a mysterious prisoner to The Underground Realm. Will they survive the Cemetery Vines? The bounty hunters? The ghosts of Jerance's Mine? Join us as we play to find out.
Checkpoint Midnight: Cold Iron Curtain
Alexi S. runs for Adam, Brian, Seann, and Will H
Vienna, in the midst of the Cold War: four operatives infiltrate a glamorous gala in pursuit of a magical tome for creating golems. Backstabbing, bridge-burning, and bear-fighting ensues.
The Final Rogue
Jim Likes Games facilitates for Alexi S., Sabine V., and Will H
This is our stupidly fun hack of The Final Girl where all the "victims" were villains and the "Killer" was Batman, taking them out one by one.
Bounty of the Week: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
David Miessler-Kubanek runs for Mark, Seann, Steven, and Thomas
This game uses a hack of Monster of the Week (Powered by the Apocalypse) with special thanks to Rich Rogers for showing me the way. On Tatooine during the Galactic Civil War, one of your own—the famed Boba Fett—went missing in action while serving Jabba the Hutt. The Bounty Hunters' Guild is paying you to retrieve your comrade, dead or alive for the good of the Guild, and to learn who was responsible. How you will respond may vary as you each have a personal connection to Fett.
Stentor Danielson runs for Kristina, Marleigh, and Olivia
Here's our GCOG session of Laser Kittens (in two parts because Streamyard crapped out and we had to switch to Zoom).
Hearts of Wulin: Rod of Destiny
Dan Brown runs for Alex, David Schultz, and Dean
The Rod of Destiny was stolen during the once-a-decade festival. Will our protagonists overcome their entanglements to locate it? Will they discover the identity of the mysterious warrior Quiet Flute? Will Swift Hare recover from his disastrous performance? Will Hallowed Night discover her true feelings? Will Scarlet Whirlwind see through her master's betrayal? And is Short Star the cat really dead? Join us as we play to find out.
End of the Line: The Last Flight of the Raven
Steven desJardins facilitates for Bodhi, Jon, Olivia, and Stentor Danielson
Five crew members of a Drodari vessel explore how the ship gained its personality, how we each formed our own unique relationship with the ship, and what we do when we discover the ship is going to be scrapped.
Eotenweard: the Elmet Witch
Alun R. runs for Bodhi, James, Patsy, and Scot Ryder
One of the players got it right when they said of this session of my PbtA game of Dark Age monster-hunting... "I'm sitting here processing how it ended and realised that the most inhuman character (literally a sometimes incorporeal spirit) ended up growing the most as a person, the most human character ended up losing their humanity, the on-the-surface 'lighter' cleric slayed the maybe-but-maybe-not a monster in a religious fervour and the on-the-surface 'darker' cleric wept for the monster she was sworn to slay. That symmetry in our character arcs is just so satisfying!" It was a great session! ...And a vindication of Gauntlet Community Open Gaming as it brought people into the community with little online play experience and little or no PbtA experience. I loved this session.
Trophy Gold: The Ruined Abbey of St. Clewd
Sam Zimmerman runs for Ivan, James, and Sabine V.
Upon a small hill on the outskirts of town sits The Abbey. Well, The Abbey of St. Clewd is it's full name, but if you asked about "The Abbey" to any of the residents of the nearby village they would know exactly what you meant. Although it has lain abandoned for decades, the townsfolk still whisper about the ruined building at night. They keep their voices low, glancing nervously around though no danger is present. Children disappear in the woods around The Abbey, crows constantly circle the broken tower, and those foolish enough to approach at night hear creaking and groaning from inside the abandoned church. Are you brave enough to search its vaults for abandoned treasures and rescue the missing children?
For the Honor
David Morrison facilitates for Olivia, Rob Ruthven, and Will
In the land of Athera, two Princesses have been visited by nightmares of a box hidden in the Endless Forest. Princess Prescia is a mostly loyal member of the Legion, who seek to bring all of Athera under their grasp. Princess Inara is a member of the Rebellion who fight against them. Prescia meets Princess Esfir of the rugged kingdom of Promontory while searching for the item, while Inara hires the forest warden Falcon to track down her counterpart. Who stands to gain most from this, and what are they willing to risk for it?
Space Station Omega (Cortex Prime): Into the Breach
David Miessler-Kubanek runs for Seann and Will H
In this game you play pivotal characters who live on and work with each other aboard a space station. The station is strategically located at a focal point in time – post- or pre-war, and space – in the thick of the most critical decisions fought among the most powerful political factions who are invested in the future of the galaxy. Everyone is still figuring out where they belong and what they are really fighting for while mysterious events unfold to challenge daily life. Nothing is the same anymore.
Good Society: Of Fields and Fondness
Maria M. facilitates for Josh, Kevin, and Leah Libresco Sargeant
Adelaide Mortcombe and Lisette Montmercy were once the best of friends. But when Adelaide steals, then proceeds to break Edward Brimsey/Briscombe's heart, Lisette leaves the country and their friendship behind. Three years later, Lisette returns under the upright and proper wing of Mr. Isaac Bradford (who once also loved Adelaide), who seeks to uphold societal conventions and also see people married exactly the way he wants them to be married. What Mr. Bradford doesn't expect, however, is the arrival of Captain James Hatherford and his good-heartedly-scheming batman, Corporal Fergus Westwood. Will wedding bells ring? Will friendships be rekindled? Or are old rifts too far apart to bridge?
Sam Zimmerman runs for David Schultz, Jim C., and Shannon
Révolution gives us politicians and detectives; mobs and weddings; cults and catholics; orphans rising to lead armies or command demons; the sounds of battle in the streets of Paris; the smell of gunpowder and alcohol; the feel of a knife in your back; asking "What do you do next?"
Great Soul Train Robbery: A Fistful of Brimstone
Alexi S. runs for James, Mario C, Marleigh, and Michael
A quartet of Desperados attempt to rob the train to Hell and steal back the deeds to their town. Will Griswald the blind drifter, Liza R. "Hellcat" the tomboy, Charlie "Wild Card" Carr the gambler, and Tzipporah Jenkins the revivalist claim their prize, or will Hell get its hooks into them first?
Hearts of Wulin: Encounters of a Spooky Kind
Lowell Francis runs for David Schultz, Jon, Jools, and Tara
With old tensions and wounds among them, our four heroes are drawn back to the capital to deal with a ghostly threat, only to discover that more pain awaits them in the form of a wedding.
NetWhere (Psi*Run): Down the Rabbit Hole
David Miessler-Kubanek runs for Manu, Nick, and Wibora
NetWhere is a science-fiction adventure tabletop roleplaying game that explores stories between truth and reality. In this game you play hackers who are searching for the Truth of the world while Agents of Truth try to stop them. In NetWhere, we will play to find out who these hackers are and what they are fighting for in this world and the next. The game is in playtest and is empowered by Meguey Baker's Psi*Run.
Trophy Dark: Temple of the Sky
Gabriel Robinson runs for Greg, Kim, and Mervyn
Secret Science Sewer Siblings: The Mutants Take Manhattan
Alexi S. runs for David Miessler-Kubanek, Donogh, Eleanor, and Greg G.
A one-shot of Secret Science Sewer Siblings, a game of teenage mutant ninja critters. Can the four siblings rescue their mentor from spacefaring, laser-wielding sewer sharks? And will they have to unexpectedly headline a rock concert at the aquarium along the way?
Pasión de las Pasiones: Noticias del Mundo (Parts 1 and 2)
Jim Likes Games runs for Kyle Wist, Pearl Zare, Scot Ryder, and Shannon
For Gauntlet Open Gaming, we tuned into the mega-smash telenovela News of the World and experienced intrigue, romance, betrayal, speeding motorbikes, and of course, drama.
Forget-Me-Not: The Mystery of Jessica Ashwick
Steven desJardins facilitates for Jim Likes Games and Lara
Jessica Ashwick is dead, and for Sheriff Gray and newspaper owner Roberta Euker, Graham Coop is the prime suspect. But local businessman Donovan Wood wants to keep his ties to Coop secret, and public radio DJ Patrick has ideas of his own.
Alien Dark: Fiorina 161
Alun R. runs for Glitch, Greg, Kim, and Philip
Burned out XO of the USCSS Lake, Greg Fayne & Navigator Arroyo investigate a rogue beacon on the far side of the refinery complex while Chief Engineer Smithson and the Lake's Science Officer, Johanson get on with the survey they are being paid for. Fayne and Arroyo find a deserted scavenger shuttle and a body killed in a way ex-Marine Fayne can't explain. Meanwhile, Captain Jackson, left minding the ship is surprised when 'something' boards the Lake. By the time the teams get back she's missing but Johanson, driven by a desire to know more, follows a blood trail to find 'something' wrapped around her face. Evelyn joins her and gets too close to a large ovoid organic thing... Meanwhile, hyped-on-uppers Smithson is having an episode while Fayne tries to hold the crew together. That's when Arroyo gets an offer from Weyland-Yutani that would solve all her problems... We end on a Mexican stand-off between the tough Fayne, protective Johanson, desperate Arroyo and hyped Smithson... A great pilot episode leaving the network begging for more...
Star Wars Saturday
1%er Swoop Gang
Rich Rogers runs for Blaise, Greg, John, and Steven Watkins
The Sanguine Womp Rats of Corellia rob a hover train and pin it on a rival, but when they decide to take him out, the Imperials get wise.
Hit the Streets: Defend the Block: Lower Park (Session 3 of 4)
Alun R. runs for David Walker, Donogh, Jim Likes Games, and SalamanderJames
The personal fall-out from the previous session continues but then all hell breaks loose as young people start rioting all over Lower Park! Hotwire has to come to terms with the fact that sweet reasonableness isn't always enough; Young Void wonders about joining the anarchy before his better judgement asserts itself; and Blink pushes his 'ghosting' ability to the breaking point to protect his family. Meanwhile, the Shadeux-Computer works out there's more to the music these kids were listening to than meets the eye, but is interrupted when she gets a call for help. After the crisis is averted and the villains plot foiled we finally see Hotwire make a connection with Shadeux; learn more about Void, and understand how his family's values make protecting Lower Park so important to Blink...
Star Trek Adventures: Pilot Episode Part 1 (Session 1)
Jim Likes Games runs for Eli S., Jo Zantek, Pearl Zare, Robert Angus, and Steven S.
The crew of the Antikythera (NX-06779) bond over a party game from Risa, before encountering an ion storm of unprecedented power. A distress call from within prompts the daring rescue of a shocking individual! Part 1 of our 2-part 'pilot' episode.
Fellowship: Rebellious Youth (Session 2 of 12)
David Morrison runs for Alex, David Walker, Jamila R. Nedjadi, and Steven S.
The rebels make their way to the idyllic seaside town of Port Sundown, but the stolen plans reveal that the town is harbouring a dark secret, and will soon come under attack. Sabila is introduced to the wonders of funnel cakes, and enlists the aid of Hans the Baker's Boy in their fight against the Empire. Phaethon has to confront a member of his former Order to save his new companions. And Ossian fights hard to keep peace in the streets of the town. Meanwhile, Kalliban bides his time for the moment to strike...
Kyle H. runs for Leah Libresco Sargeant, Pearl Zare, Richard Moser, and Steven desJardins
The players did a great job playtesting my game about a Selkie who has recovered their magical sealskin and must decide if they will return to the ocean. I had a great time with this freeform LARP and got a lot of good feedback. Game is available here.
Eotenweard: Deals, Daggers, Devils (Session 1 of 2)
Blake Ryan runs for Alun R., Paul Rivers, and Will H
Ultraviolet Grasslands Season 2: Cities of the Plain (Session 2 of 3)
Horst Wurst runs for Abe Lincoln Jr., Chris Thompson, Fraser Simons, and Puckett
Where our heroes weather a garbage sandstorm, share drugs with Copperwire nomads, follow a trail of Vomish dreams, ride the Paternoster of hands and enter the brain tissue mainframe of Sourcefac Johnny-7.
Checkpoint Midnight: Spies in the City of Dreams (Session 3 of 4)
Alexi S. runs for Josh H, Puckett, and Richard Moser
A new jumping-on point for our game of spy fantasy in Cold War Vienna. Anders, a slippery collector, enters the scene with a lead on the fabled Voynich Codex. Jack the undead soldier ends up taking a mission from a handler he despises. And Viola the lucky con-artist leads the infiltration of an arcane library associated with the Dreamstealers.
Kyle H. runs for Kim, Lara, and Puckett
The pernicious RadioStar cult carries out a ritual to summon the world-ending horror known only as "Ron."
Zombie World (Session 3 of 4)
Jason Zanes runs for Dan Pucul, Jon Grim, Kyle H., and Matthew
The survivors brave the zombie-infested town of Glendale and raid the police station. Much loot is plundered but at what cost?
Brindlewood Bay (Chapter 3)
Jim Likes Games runs for Alexi S., Andrea, Bryan, Darold Ross, and Pearl Zare
The Murder Mavens crack their first case, and are neck-deep in another murder!
Dangerous Times (Session 1 of 2)
Lowell Francis runs for Bethany H., Scot Ryder, and Steven desJardins
Our group of intrepid reporters hear about strange goings on surrounding the ruins of the old Dreamland Park, leading them to a den of cults, corruption, and kidnapping.
Project: Dark (Session 3)
Mikel Matthews runs for Lara, Paul, and Will
The Church of the Ancestor - Having traced the conspiracy that took the Thieves' Guild and is threatening to overthrow the Queen to the Church of the Ancestors, Dominik and Twylla get some arcane help from Samantha, a thief with some magical skills, to see what they can find in the Church before High Mass on Sunday, when everything is supposed to happen.
Hearts of Wulin: Coeur de l'Epee (Session 4 of 5)
Alun R. runs for Alexi S., Leandro Pondoc, Sabine V., and Steven desJardins
Despite having won the respect of his Colonel, Volo Aventine is sent to the Spanish frontier to allow any possible scandal to dissipate, as the Rebel, Thibault, joins the cast and is given his mission. Meanwhile, Mateo spends time working out how to defeat the Cardinal's nephew, Guy; Nathalie is sent on an assassination mission; and L'Inferne discovers the truth about her actor-manager. Then there is a night at the Theatre Spectaculaire for all the characters when plots are revealed, relationships tested, naivete crushed, and a new friendship formed... Oh! What a Night!
Masks: Cosmic (Issues 0-2)
David Walker runs for Civi, Erez, Pearl Zare, and Steven S.
Excelsior super fans! Join us dear readers for the first three issue of Masks: Cosmic! Where our screwball heroes sling shot around a sun, rescue a 12-foot tall alien superstar and learn that betrayal is inevitable when one of your dads is the Galaxy's greatest tyrant!
Into The Dark: Crepuscular Days (Session 1 of 2)
Leandro Pondoc runs for Liana, Philip Rogers, and Steven S.
The Murk stirs and those not in the dark are left to pay the price. As the walls of Tyrell are broken through by strange tremors, the Order of the Silver Flame dispatch three delvers to find the source and hold back the dark.
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