Archive | January, 2013

Session 37: Poison’d, The Wildlings, Norwegian Style, and The Quiet Year

20 Jan

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, January 29
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

In this the Year of Our Lord 1701, did end the bloody career of the pirate Captain Jonathan Abraham Pallor, called Brimstone Jack.

He did not die on the gallows, nor by the sword, nor shot in two by cannon. He died of poison, administered to him by his cook, an assassin under the King’s orders.

This is what happened next.

a pirate rpg
& for adults, please.

rave the new world:

The Wildlings:
It happened while the seasoned warriors of your village were on the open seas, plundering foreign lands. A beast, hidden in the snows and howling winds, wreaked havoc one night, damaging longhouses and eating livestock. Worst of all, it took the chieftan’s young daughter. Time is of the essence, so the wise elders called upon you and your friends, warriors-in-training, to take up the challenge of confronting this beast, wherever its lair may be. You are…THE WILDLINGS.


norwegian style
Norwegian Style:
We will be playing a number of short-form games and game poems. The short-form games will come from the Norwegian Style book, a collection of Norwegian games translated into English. The poems will come from the book 24 game poems, and maybe other places, too.

The short-form games are experiences that tell a whole story in about an hour. In one we’ll all play murder suspects, trying to pin down the real murderer. In another we’ll tell unresolved stories about childhood.

The game poems are bite-sized chunks, usually 15 minutes each, that focus on a single tone rather than making a coherent story.”

A new world awaits:,

The Quiet Year
The Quiet Year:
For a long time, we were at war with The Jackals. But now, we’ve driven them off, and we have this – a year of relative peace. One quiet year, with which to build our community up and learn once again how to work together. Come Winter, the Frost Shepherds will arrive and we might not survive beyond that. But we don’t know about that yet. What we know is that right now, in this moment, there is an opportunity to build something.

The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern.

Make your future:

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Session 36: Dog Eat Dog and Archipelago

8 Jan

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, January 15
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

Dog Eat Dog
Dog Eat Dog:
Dog Eat Dog is a roleplaying game where you play out the colonization of a Pacific island, with the players taking on the roles of the Natives, while one embodies the Occupation forces. It’s designed to be fun and thought-provoking for experienced roleplayers, but easily accessible for people new to the hobby. A token economy tracks your decisions and determines whether you’ll go out fighting, assimilate, keep hold of the island, or lose it forever.

Hear the news:

Archipelago (third edition):
Archipelago is a game styled after Ursula K. LeGuin’s «Earthsea» books. It is a game of grand destinies, that at the same time has time to dwell on the details of plants, words, everyday lives. It is a game that is about great conflicts, but at the same time treats its characters’ stories with respect. It is not a steel framework, but a spider web of thin threads creating subtler stories.

This game works best if you play it slow. Sometimes, the best thing to do is wait a little and see how things unfold. Ged stayed with Ogion for years, learning about the old language, the names of flower petals and bugs. There’s time to let the characters evolve.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Take your time.

Turn the page:

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January ’13 Ladies’ Night!

4 Jan

5:45pm – 10pm
Wednesday, January 9
The Green Dragon Bar & Bustro
928 SE 9th St


No boys allowed! Let’s drink good beer, eat good food, enjoy each others’ company, and play quick, easy-to-learn, story-based role playing games in a welcoming environment.

The featured game this time around will be Animal Crime: “On the mean streets of Animal City, one marmot stands on the brink between justice and oblivion.”

Sniff out the truth:

There are rumors that 1001 Nights may be played as well.

If you are a seasoned role-player and/or story-gamer, you are more than welcome, and please let me know if you might like to help facilitate, either at this first game night or sometime in the future.

If you are intrigued by RPGs and/or story games, but have had your doubts about jumping in to an established group (especially one that — let’s face it — is sort of dominated by dudes), you are SUPER DUPER EXTRA welcome. These games take no more than a few minutes to learn, play within a couple of hours, and focus on story rather than rules.

Story games are a little bit like board games, and a lot like grown-up versions of the “let’s pretend” games you probably played as a child. Above all, They are about TELLING A STORY TOGETHER. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s not about making the best character or mastering the rules. It’s about CREATING something together and HAVING FUN. Come check it out!

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