Archive | February, 2013

Session 39: Durance, Sagas of the Icelanders, Cthulhu Dark

18 Feb

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, February 26
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

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On a remote planet far from civilization, the worst criminal scum from a dozen star systems have been dumped, charged with building new lives under the watchful eye of Authority. Within a brutal hierarchy of savagery and servility, convicts and guards alike must make hard choices. Every colonist has their own code of conduct and their own aspirations—aspirations that invariably come at the expense of others. This dangerous new world is too small for everyone to succeed. In fact, it may well be too small for anyone to succeed. Only the shrewdest, the toughest and the luckiest will get a chance to find out. Will you be among them?

Durance is the latest game from designer Jason Morningstar, author of the award-winning game Fiasco. It is a fast-paced, low-prep, highly collaborative game designed for 3-5 players and one or more sessions of play and includes a detailed, engaging science fiction setting.

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Sagas of the Icelanders:
Sagas of the Icelanders is a game about the lives of norse settlers in Iceland, 10th century A.D. The game deals with the trials and issues that the norse people had to deal with on the icelandic frontier. It takes a more accurate historical approach to vikings and their culture than is common in most games, but avoids excessive minutiae of attack rolls or damage, focusing instead on the turbulent relationships and strict cultural norms that make up their original sagas.

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Cthulhu Dark:

Cthulhu Dark is a rules-light Lovecraftian game. (It gets its name because it’s essentially Cthulhu Light, but you can’t call a Cthulhu game that, so it’s Dark.)

The rules are fun and incredibly minimal: they fit on one sheet of paper. You don’t need a character sheet to play, so you can start playing after two minutes of prep.

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February Ladies’ Night!

17 Feb

5:45pm – 10pm
Wednesday, February 20
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.What games are in store? Fiora will be bringing “Project Ninja Panda Taco,” a collaborative storytelling role playing game where you play a Mastermind trying to take over the world, designed by Jennifer Steen (who does Jennisodes)

Of course:
There may be some Quiet Year action happening, too.

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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Session 38 V-Day Special: Bacchanal, Kim & Marshall, GxG, Princess Provocateur

9 Feb

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, February 12
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

This week we have something very special just for you. Since this sessions doesn’t quite fall on Valentine’s Day this year, the game do not quite feature romance. Instead, they focus on lust, dysfunction, and broken expectations. Three of these games are hot out of the oven Portland indie efforts, and have no pictures. Good thing these games don’t leave much to the imagination!

It is late summer in Puteoli, south of Rome, 61 A.D., when the city finds itself playing unexpected host to the god Bacchus. Caught up in the madness of wine, the citizens throw off their togas and mingle as equals with slaves and foreigners in a debased fervor. And your own plans for a hasty departure are lost to this decadence which separates you from the companion with whom you would travel.

Bacchanal is a game for adults and asks for a measure of trust from each player. Join in the debauchery ready to extend that trust and care.

Disrobe and dive in:

Kim & Marshall:
Kim & Marshall is a game about exploring the semi-fictional relationship between Marshall (Eminem) and Kim, his wife. It is about what happens to a relationship when broken tools are all you have to work with.

It’s a game for 3-4 players. One player will play Marshall, one will play Kim, and one or two players will play the Pressure, setting scenes and complicating the lives of K&M.

-Marshall’s player has powers to change what other people at the table say.
-Kim’s player has powers to force Marshall, the character, to do things in the fiction.
-The Pressure players have power to force Kim & Marshall into difficult situations.

The story of Kim & Marshal can be emotionally troubling. These are tough times for the struggling couple.

Call it like you see it:

Tomoe is a Freshman at the prestigious Atarashigawa Academy, an exclusive Catholic boarding school for girls. When she took her entrance exams, by some fluke the results were submitted to the wrong school – and despite the Academy’s rigorous standards, not only was she accepted, but she received a full scholarship as well! Her family wouldn’t let her pass up such an opportunity, and soon she found herself rubbing shoulders with the wealthiest and most influential young women in the country!

Tomoe’s outspokenness and common upbringing haven’t earned her many friends, and nothing ruffles the feathers of the elite cliques more than when she unintentionally caught the attention of the Academy’s Senior Roses: Hirose, the wealthy heiress to the Tanimura Corporation; Rei, the dashing star of the school tennis team; and Chitose, the enigmatic student council president.

As her Seniors vie for her affection, Tomoe finds herself torn between them as old rivalries are exposed and grudges flare up. Will Tomoe be able to make any lasting friendships, much less fall in love? Help guide her through three outings to see if romance will blossom!

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Princess Provocateur:
Since ancient times, demonic overlords and megalomaniacal wizards have kidnapped princesses to further their nefarious plots, hiding them away in trapped towers, mysterious mazes, or dangerous dungeons. When all hope seemed lost, a hero would appear to defeat the villain and win glory, wealth, and the heart of the princess…it was tradition, after all.

Well, you know what? Tradition stinks. Here you are, stuck in a dank cell with a few other princesses, sitting on moldy straw in cold, unsanitary conditions, awaiting some foolhardy, so-called “hero,” who for all you know may already by dead! Besides which, you and the other princesses aren’t so keen on being treated as a prize.

You aren’t the princesses of yore – each of you is capable in your own right. You don’t need a hero to save the day. Most of these guards look like pushovers, anyway. If a barbarian, a kid with a funny hat, or a pair of mustachioed plumbers can defeat a villain, why can’t a bunch of princesses who have been schooled in fencing,
problem-solving, and leadership?

Time to kick tradition in the butt.

A new fairy tale begins:

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