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Open Play and Recent Activity

3 Nov

This last month has been a particular challenge.

Technicolor Dreams probably took a year off my life, and left me totally wiped out. Play Out Loud will undergo some considerable changes, many of which will directly affect RSG. This will all be for the better, it’s just that things have been busy, and some things have fallen behind. You’ll hear more about all of that before long.

RSGpdx Open Play

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, November 5th

Guardian Games

345 SE Taylor St.

This time we have an incredible line up of highly celebrated games. The center piece is the new playtest of the cult classic Feng Shui, a beloved action-movie style role-playing game. But we also have the recently kickstarted and highly anticipated Kingdom, the critically acclaimed and award winning 3:16 Carnage Among the Stars, and finally the GameChef 2013 Global winner, Pulse.  I have not played Feng Shui, but that game has a much greater reputation, so it doesn’t need my endorsement. However, I can speak for the remaining three titles. Kingdom is among my favorite not-super-emotionally-intense games ever. I’ve played a full campaign of 3:16, and there is some real brilliance behind it, but you’ll probably be hankering for a full campaign yourself. I ran Pulse at Technicolor Dreams, and though I was skeptical, I fell in love with it. It turned out to be a very powerful game. And, of course, drinks after!

Since it seems last session slipped through the cracks, I’ll mention what happened here. In the Halloween spirit, we had the Final Girl (a homage to slasher flicks), Ocean (a monster movie mixed with a psychodrama in a deep sea lab), Black Stars Rise (the Dungeon World team’s response to Tremulus, in other words, a game of Lovecraftian Horror), and finally, Paper Tigers (a political game where conniving, power hungry politicians ruin the country… a different kind of horror story from the rest). It was a great flock of folks, and we also said good-bye to one of our long time regulars. Bittersweet!

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Ladies’ Night, Open Play, and Technicolor Dreams 2013!

24 Sep

Instead of pummeling you with posts I’m going to unload all of the neat things coming up all at once. Ready? Here we go!

RSGpdx Ladies’ Night

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, September 25th

A&L Sports Pub

5933 NE Glisan St.

As usual, this is a game night by women, for women (and other gender minorities). On the menu tonight is The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen (a game of tall tales and bullshitting), Bacchanal (a game of lust an voyeurism), and the ever famous Fiasco (a game of high ambition and poor impulse control). So tell or bring your lady gamer friends or soon-to-be lady gamer friends, grab a drink and go nuts!

https://www.facebook.com/events/521849587901170/

RSGpdx Open Play

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, October 1st

Guardian Games

345 SE Taylor St.

You guys know the drill! We have a killer line up this time: Carolina Death Crawl (a Southern Gothic of destruction and debauchery), Serpent’s Tooth (a game about the effects of power on the powerful, and their fall from power), selections from the Misery Index (empathy building games about human suffering), and Kaitou Legacy (a game about master thieves and their great ambition). It’s going to be one of the most exciting sessions we’ve ever had!

https://www.facebook.com/events/529535717125827/

And finally, the largest event Play Out Loud has ever put on…

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TECHNICOLOR DREAMS 2013

8am Saturday October 4th –

8pm Sunday October 5th

Portland Abbey Arts

7600 N Hereford Ave.

You have no idea how excited I am for this. There is a lot of info, so I’m going to copy it over from the facebook event. I hope to see many old friends there, and make even more new ones!

Technicolor Dreams is bigger, better and badder than it was last year! Now we have two days for exploring alternative story mediums and creating stories spontaneously through play. Get ready to dive deep, do something new, and blow your mind into a whole new plane of consciousness!

You will find all kinds of non-digital, in-person group games centered around a shared storytelling experience. This includes story games, theater games, pervasive games and even old school roleplaying games. But you don’t need to know a thing about any of it. Each activity is suitable for beginners and newcomers from all walks of life. All you need to do is show up with the willingness to try something new and see where it takes you.

This is what all this awesome is going to cost you.
Sat + Sun $15
Sat Only $10
Sun Only $8

You can pay at the door or in advance. Links coming soon!

But, if this would be a burden for you, all you have to do is write to Tayler at playoutloudpdx@gmail.com and tell us about it. We can go from there.

Along those lines, you are more than welcome to help pay somebody else’s way by chipping in a little extra.

For your convenience, the event is broken up into slots, with breaks for lunch and dinner:

Saturday 10/5
9am – 1pm
2pm – 6pm
8pm – 12pm

Sunday 10/6
10am – 2pm
3pm – 7pm

When you arrive, there will be sign up sheets for different activities for each slot. Just sign up and you are good to go! There will be no pre-registration for activities.

As details about specific games come in we’ll post about them so you can salivate all the while. Please keep in mind that as things come into focus the details may change just a bit. So stay tuned!

EXPLORE, ENRICH, ENJOY!

A few things to keep in mind as you have the time of your life:

Mind the neighbors. Quiet hours are 10pm – 7am. Just don’t make a ruckus outside and you’ve got nothing to worry about.

We can have alcohol in this space, but a Portland Abbey Arts staff member has to open it, and they have to charge a small opening fee.

There are kitchens and we can use them!

You are expected to clean up after yourself everywhere and always. Especially in the kitchen.

People of all experience levels, ethnicities, races, creeds, ages, body types, sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome. We are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for all participants, and we expect everybody to uphold these values.

We will be accepting donations for next year’s event if you feel so inclined to make such a contribution.

Weekend Admission (Sat + Sun), $15:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DWGR4DWKMTDXE

Saturday Admission (Sat Only), $10:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=72MQDKPWYN7QL
Sunday Admission (Sun Only), $8:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y43A7AT39VBCC
Saturday Dinner (All other meals provided in admission), $5:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7CWM3C62R6FSU

And the games so far!

RPGs/Story Games:
Fiasco, Tremulus, 1001 Nights, Drinking Quest, Dog Eat Dog, Serpent’s Tooth, Mouse Guard, Rouge 417, Montsegeur 1244, Kingdom, The Wildlings, Paper Tigers, PULSE, Willdling Tales, A Penny For My Thoughts, Touch, Norwegian Style, Get On Your Knees, Number One

Theater Games/Jeepform:
The Upgradem, The Gepeto Project, The Mother, No Way Out, Double Life, Without, Robin’s Friends

https://www.facebook.com/events/416437835136380/

Open Play 53: RSGpdx’s Second Birthday!

11 Sep

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, September 17th

Guardian Games

345 SE Taylor St

Wow, it’s been another year! So much has changed since our first Birthday Bonanza last September. We are fortunate enough to have lots of new faces and many familiar friends. It’s a growing family, that’s for sure.

Since Technicolor Color Dreams is just around the corner, these event will not be the over the top no holds barred that last year’s birthday party was. However, we have several critically acclaimed story games ready to go (see below) and we’ll be doing a potluck of snacks and sweets, so there will be plenty of merriment going around.

By now you know what to expect from RSG events, so here is what we have in store for you this time!

Archipelago

Archipelago:
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.

http://norwegianstyle.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/archipelago-ii/
microscope
Microscope:
Humanity spreads to the stars and forges a galactic civilization…

Fledgling nations arise from the ruins of the empire…

An ancient line of dragon-kings dies out as magic fades from the realm…

These are all examples of Microscope games. Want to explore an epic history of your own creation, hundreds or thousands of years long, all in an afternoon? That’s Microscope.

You won’t play the game in chronological order. You can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you. Want to leap a thousand years into the future and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made him such a hated ruler? That’s normal in Microscope.

You have vast power to create… and to destroy. Build beautiful, tranquil jewels of civilization and then consume them with nuclear fire. Zoom out to watch the majestic tide of history wash across empires, then zoom in and explore the lives of the people who endured it.

Mock chronological order.
Defy time and space.
Build worlds and destroy them.

This weeks history… the dawn of man!

http://www.lamemage.com/
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SKEW:
In SKEW the players guide a single protagonist from the ordinary world to a bizarre alternate reality. Will the protagonist understand this new world? Will the players? Do we understand the ordinary world as it is? Perhaps you will answer these questions and more, perhaps not. Perhaps you will find answers to questions unasked along the way.

SKEW is a surreal science fiction role-playing game that gets right to the point.

http://www.tao-games.com/skew/

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more athttp://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 52: Dog Eat Dog, Fiasco, Fanfic

30 Aug

Welcome to Ready, Set, Game PDX Open Play!

Ready, Set, Game PDX is an easy story gaming event. All you have to do is show up and play a game. You don’t need to bring anything other than the desire to play and the willingness to try something new. Absolutely everybody is welcome! No experience necessary! You are free to invite anybody and everybody; just make sure you RSVP. That helps us make sure everybody has a good time.

A story game is a game where the players create a narrative as a product of play. You might recognize a few things from other tabletop games, but the difference here is that you spontaneously make a collaborative story with the other players. There are always several different ones to choose from, so odds are good there will be one that’s just right. A description of each of the scheduled games will be posted as comments, so check ’em out!

At 6:00 we kind of loosely gather socialize for a bit. Please, just relax and chat! At 6:15 we all come together as a group and the facilitators introduce their games. At that point players sign up for whichever game they want and get down to business.

Last time we were in the back, and this seemed to work pretty well, but please share your thoughts!

Technically we have the space until 10:00, but we try to get games wrapped up around 9:30 or so. After the games, all who wish to do so go out for drinks and banter at the Speakeasy Tavern on 6th & Taylor. As usual, everybody is welcome!

Here is what we have this week!
Dog Eat Dog
Dog Eat Dog:
Dog Eat Dog is a game of colonialism and its consequences. As a group, you work together to describe one of the hundreds of small islands in the Pacific Ocean, defining the customs of the natives and the mores of the outsiders arriving to claim it. One player then assumes the role of the Occupation force, playing their capable military, their quisling government, and whatever jaded tourists and shrewd businessmen are interested in a not quite pacified territory. All the others play individual Natives, each trying in their own ways to come to terms with the new regime. The game begins when the war ends. Through a series of scenes, you play out the inevitably conflicted relationship between the two parties, deciding what the colonizers do to maintain control, which natives assimilate and which run amok, and who ends up owning the island in the end.

Dog Eat Dog’s system is light and easy to learn, designed for play with people who may not have seen or heard of roleplaying games — but with a token economy that eventually reverberates through every action your character takes, charging every choice with the possibility of death or assimilation. At the end of each scene, the Occupation judges the Natives according to a set of Rules that describe the relationship between the two parties, fining them or paying out tokens; the Natives, in turn, determine how the Rules change according to the events that happen in play. The setting is defined during play with input from all players.

http://liwanagpress.com/dog-eat-dog/
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Fiasco:
Maybe some dude from youth group talked you into boosting a case of motor oil, but now your cousin is dead in a swamp and you killed him. Maybe you and your girlfriend figured you could scare your wife into a divorce, but things went pear-shaped and now a gang of cranked-up Mexicans with latex gloves and a pit bull are looking for you.It seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong – inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You’ll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won’t go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.

Fiasco is an award-winning, GM-less game for 3-5 players, designed to be played in a few hours with six-sided dice and no preparation. During a game you will engineer and play out stupid, disastrous situations, usually at the intersection of greed, fear, and lust. It’s like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it’d take to watch one.

Playbook TBA!

http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/
fanfic
Fanfic:
Fanfic is a tabletop game for collaboratively creating erotic fan fiction – naughty fan-created stories inspired by existing works of fiction – and it aims to do it badly. You will explore the deepest sexual desires of characters from your favorite books, television shows, movies and video games.

Fanfic strives to emulate everything that is quirky and ultimately endearing about fan fiction. Bodice ripping. Stilted dialogue. Awkward turns of phrase. Improbable coupling. What better way to learn to do it right than to do it oh so wrong?

http://fanficgame.com/

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more athttp://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 51: SKEW, Tremulus & More!

19 Aug

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, August 20th

Guardian Games

345 SE Taylor St

Wow guys, sorry for the delay! I’ve got to get caught up.

Welcome, again, to Ready, Set, Game PDX Open Play!

Ready, Set, Game PDX is an easy story gaming event. All you have to do is show up and play a game. You don’t need to bring anything other than the desire to play and the willingness to try something new. Absolutely everybody is welcome! No experience necessary! You are free to invite anybody and everybody; just make sure you RSVP. That helps us make sure everybody has a good time.

A story game is a game where the players create a narrative as a product of play. You might recognize a few things from other tabletop games, but the difference here is that you spontaneously make a collaborative story with the other players. There are always several different ones to choose from, so odds are good there will be one that’s just right. A description of each of the scheduled games will be posted as comments, so check ’em out!

At 6:00 we kind of loosely gather in the “Blue Area” of Guardian Games and socialize for a bit. Please, just relax and chat! At 6:15 we all come together as a group and the facilitators introduce their games. At that point players sign up for whichever game they want and get down to business.

Technically we have the space until 10:00, but we try to get games wrapped up around 9:30 or so. After the games, all who wish to do so go out for drinks and banter at a nearby establishment – which this time is the Speakeasy Tavern on SE 6th & Taylor St. As usual, everybody is welcome!

Here is what we have this week!

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SKEW:
This is SKEW. It is a role-playing game by Ben Lehman.

“when we play this game we will create
a science fiction short story
a protagonist is struggling to understand
a world that is beyond understanding”

http://www.tao-games.com/skew/

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Tremulus:
Tremulus is a storytelling game of Lovecraftian horror where you take on the role of a person who has been destined to live an interesting life, one touched by blood and bile, dark revelations, and horrible sacrifice.

The weight of the world is upon your shoulders as you strive to drive back the darkness threatening to drown it out.

For four erstwhile investigators.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227949612/tremulus-a-storytelling-game-of-lovecraftian-horro

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more athttp://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 50: Tremulus, Witch: the Road to Lindisfarne, Psi.Run

30 Jul

Welcome to Ready, Set, Game PDX Open Play!

Ready, Set, Game PDX is an easy story gaming event. All you have to do is show up and play a game. You don’t need to bring anything other than the desire to play and the willingness to try something new. Absolutely everybody is welcome! No experience necessary! You are free to invite anybody and everybody; just make sure you RSVP. That helps us make sure everybody has a good time.

A story game is a game where the players create a narrative as a product of play. You might recognize a few things from other tabletop games, but the difference here is that you spontaneously make a collaborative story with the other players. There are always several different ones to choose from, so odds are good there will be one that’s just right. A description of each of the scheduled games will be posted as comments, so check ’em out!

At 6:00 we kind of loosely gather in the “Blue Area” of Guardian Games and socialize for a bit. Please, just relax and chat! At 6:15 we all come together as a group and the facilitators introduce their games. At that point players sign up for whichever game they want and get down to business.

Technically we have the space until 10:00, but we try to get games wrapped up around 9:30 or so. After the games, all who wish to do so go out for drinks and banter at a nearby establishment. As usual, everybody is welcome!

Here is what we have this week!
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Tremulus:
Tremulus is a storytelling game of Lovecraftian horror where you take on the role of a person who has been destined to live an interesting life, one touched by blood and bile, dark revelations, and horrible sacrifice.

The weight of the world is upon your shoulders as you strive to drive back the darkness threatening to drown it out.

For four erstwhile investigators.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227949612/tremulus-a-storytelling-game-of-lovecraftian-horro
witch
Witch, the Road to Lindisfarne
It is the year of our Lord 1350 and an unholy plague sweeps across our beloved Britain. Measures have been taken to contain and eliminate it, but still families must surrender their mothers, fathers, sons and daughters to the mass graves.

They say that one in three have been marked for death. But marked by whom? Are the sick being punished for their sins by God?

No. This foul curse is the work of the Devil and his wicked agent, the Witch.

The people pray for an answer and now within the great city of London, the source of the vile plague, God may have given it. A woman has been taken prisoner by the Church after confessing the use of Witchcraft to bring the blight upon us.

Three days have passed since then and during this time the heads of the Church have been in consultation without rest. Today they emerged and gave their counsel.

The woman must be taken in a caged cart to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Once there, an ancient ritual will be performed to cleanse this land of her and her black plague.

It will take two weeks to reach the site, but as the sun breaks the horizon on the Sabbath then the Witch will face her absolution.

This is the story of that journey.

http://www.ukroleplayers.com/witch/
PsiRun
Psi.Run:
Whoever’s after you, you know one thing: they will stop at nothing to capture you and you’ll stop at nothing to stay free. The holes in your memory vie for attention with your startling abilities – stay one step ahead of the Chasers long enough to answer your questions, and hope your psychic powers don’t go wild.

They took your life.
You got away.
They want you back.
Run!

http://nightskygames.com/welcome/game/PsiRun

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more athttp://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 49: The Sundered Land, Bacchanal, Hollowpoint

11 Jul

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, July 16th

Guardian Games

303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

Welcome, again, to Ready, Set, Game PDX Open Play!

Ready, Set, Game PDX is an easy story gaming event. All you have to do is show up and play a game. You don’t need to bring anything other than the desire to play and the willingness to try something new. Absolutely everybody is welcome! No experience necessary! You are free to invite anybody and everybody; just make sure you RSVP. That helps us make sure everybody has a good time.

A story game is a game where the players create a narrative as a product of play. You might recognize a few things from other tabletop games, but the difference here is that you spontaneously make a collaborative story with the other players. There are always several different ones to choose from, so odds are good there will be one that’s just right. A description of each of the scheduled games will be posted as comments, so check ’em out!

At 6:00 we kind of loosely gather in the “Blue Area” of Guardian Games and socialize for a bit. Please, just relax and chat! At 6:15 we all come together as a group and the facilitators introduce their games. At that point players sign up for whichever game they want and get down to business.

Technically we have the space until 10:00, but we try to get games wrapped up around 9:30 or so. After the games, all who wish to do so go out for drinks and banter at a nearby establishment. As usual, everybody is welcome!

Here is what we have this week!
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The Sundered Land:
The Sundered Land is a series of 5 single-page games plus 2 supplements set in the Sword & Sorcery ruins of the future. And we are going to play as many as we can!

The games are mutually compatible and overlapping, but self-contained. Each game plays in 20-60 minutes. You can play them in whatever order you like. You can bring the character from one game into the next, or create a new character whenever you like. Each of the games has a GM, but you should take turns from game to game to game.

In Caravan Guards, you’re guarding a caravan on the Burnt Road, and the Hazard player creates monsters and other dangers to try to destroy it.

In Night Watch, you’re passing the night by telling your comrades stories from your past.

In At Ends, you’re down to your ambition and your wits, trying to make your way on the streets of a city of intrigue.

In Warriors, you’re meeting your enemies in battle.

http://nightskygames.com/welcome/game/TheSunderedLand
hollowpoint-title
Hollowpoint:
Hollowpoint is a role-playing game that uses a novel engine to generate fast on-the-fly violent action at the drop of a hat, brought to you by the award-winning developers of Diaspora. It’s ideally suited to a single evening’s play and encourages regular character death because, hey, this shit’s dangerous. Hollowpoint has been nominated in three categories for the 2012 ENnie awards: best rules, best game, and product of the year.

http://www.vsca.ca/Hollowpoint/
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Bacchanal:
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 sensual game of debauchery for players both mature and courageous.

http://www.halfmeme.com/bacchanal.html

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more athttp://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 48: Crossroads, Into the Odd, Pickets & Blinds, Bhaloidam

30 Jun

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, July 2nd

Guardian Games

303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

The drill:
6:00pm – Chit chat, socialize, make merry.
6:15pm – Introduce the games and facilitators, facilitators will have the sign up sheets. Then, game on!
9:30pm – Drinks at …? Where should we go guys?

And for the games!

crossroads

Crossroads:
There’s a man at the Crossroads Cafe who can give people what they want, if they do something specific in return. You are going to visit him. This is a ready-to-play story game for up to four players and a facilitator.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/per-fischer/crossroads/paperback/product-18789509.html

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Into the Odd:
The world is too large for anyone to fully map and too old for academics to accurately record. Explorers return from every direction with tales of bizarre places, wondrous and horrific.

You are an Explorer, braving the unknown in search of riches, fame, knowledge or power.

Academics know that searching in places too dark or distant would show things too foul to be recorded. Even the most comprehensive references of wildlife are filled with apocryphal entries. Those that seek out monsters to slay will find death before long.

The setting of Into the Odd, by Chris McDowell, is filled with normality. Sure, there are revolutions, terrorists, murders and wars, but this is all very mundane stuff. The Odd is out there to be found, buried beneath the surface. Battles may be fought with guns instead of swords, power may be held by politicians instead of wizards, but down under it all, there is something terrible, something unknowable…something Odd.
This will be a variant of Into the Odd, set in more modern times. That will be all you will need to know…or all that you will EVER know…

http://soogagames.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-into-odd-is-horror-game.html

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Pickets & Blinds:
This is a game. It’s you against the other players. There will be winners and losers, but everyone is going to have to live with what they’ve done.

Some games have you move little metal dogs and race cars across a board. Other games make you throw dice, or run around, or make difficult strategic or diplomatic decisions. This game has none of that. This game is all about telling stories: stories about how normal people in normal American towns end up killing each other.

Every player is going to tell his own story. Each story will be a separate and unique tale of a murder in the suburbs. The stories are told one scene at a time as everyone takes turns. Every time your turn comes up, you tell a little more of your main character’s story, picking up where you left off, describing another scene. The stories are not scripted, and there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. You are trying to keep everyone else at the table entertained.

As you tell your story, you’ll try to include particularly
exciting moments (called Triggers). Once you work a
Trigger into your story, you get to play a simple, Memory- style card game, the goal of which is to capture pairs. As pairs are made, they are removed from play. Collecting these pairs earns you points, and when the cards run out, the player with the most points wins.

Successfully collecting pairs also allows you to mess with the other players’ stories, making things trickier for their characters, and generally heightening the tension. This leads to even more exciting stories.
But it’s not all that cut and dry. There is another factor
at play: which card that can’t be paired up? If at any time you’re able to guess what card is without its match, you greatly increase your chances of winning. Guess wrong, and you’ll lose the game. There’s a reason that odd card is called “The Downfall.”

http://www.picketsandblinds.com/

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Bhaloidam “Super Dysfunctional”:
You’re a team of superheroes with a contract to protect Megaopolis. Sadly – between sky-high insurance premiums, inflated contractor budgets for repairing damages done by the team, and ever-increasing support-staff salaries – this highly-coveted contract barely covers operational expenses, let alone pays the supers a living wage. So, you’re forced to seek endorsements in order to live the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed. Unfortunately, in order to land the good endorsements, you must stand out as an exceptional member of your team.

So now, with Megaopolis under threat, you must balance working _with_ your team to fulfill your contract, while making sure you grab enough of the limelight to pay your mortgage next month.

http://www.bhaloidam.com/

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 46: Nicotine Girls, Kobolds Ate My Baby, Out of the Blue

1 Jun

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, June 4

Guardian Games

303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

The drill:
6:00pm – Chit chat, socialize, make merry.
6:15pm – Introduce the games and facilitators, facilitators will have the sign up sheets. Then, game on!
10:00pm – Any and and all who wish go out for drinks and/or banter, at one of the nearby establishments. Let’s talk about it.

And for the games! We are expecting one or two more games, but so far we have…

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Nicotine Girls:
Plain and simple, nicotine girls is a roleplaying game of teenage, lower-income girls looking for happiness. Each of you will play a girl with hopes, dreams, problems and fears. This will be a game about their chaotic and at times fair, but often totally unfair, lives.

You can find the complete rules through the link below.

http://www.halfmeme.com/nicotinegirls.html

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Kobolds Ate My Baby:
It’s not your fault that Kobolds are gourmets. It’s not you fault that King Torg (All Hail King Torg!) is hungry. It’s not your fault that the tastiest thing a Kobold has ever eaten is sweet baby! And it’s defineatly, not your fault that Kobolds are the most incompetent, reckless, and accident prone race to ever crawl out of a cave. But it is your problem…

King Torg (All Hail King Torg!) needs you – yes, you – to go out to the nearby human town and bring back the freshest, tastiest, plumpest human babies you can find – or, the King will be eating you (and Kobold’s pretty darn tasty.)

Kobolds Ate My Baby! Super Deluxx Edition is the all new Beer and Pretzels Role-Playing Game! You and your friends take on the roles of Kobolds (short, furry cannon fodder with a penchant for gluttony and mayhem). Your mission is to raid towns and villages in search of the most delectable of Kobold treats – Babies! Along the way, you will learn forbidden magicks, face fearsome chickens, worship the Big Red God, die Random Horrible Deaths, and cook your friends for dinner!

http://www.koboldsatemybaby.com/

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Out of the Blue:
‘Out of The Blue’ is a game designed for three players, designed to emulate a classic “buddy cop” movie. One player takes on the role of the Veteran, another plays the Rogue, while the third takes on the role of the city and its people: The Beat. The cops have one week to solve the case and prove the Rogue’s capabilities, while making sure that the Veteran survives long enough to retire.

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.

Open Play 45: Spione, NanoWorld, Microscope, Monsterhearts

20 May

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, May 21

Guardian Games

303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

The Breakdown

6:00pm – Chit chat, socialize, make merry.
6:10pm – Introduce the games and facilitators, facilitators will have the sign up sheets.
6:15pm – Game on!
10:00pm – Any and and all who wish go out for drinks and/or banter, at one of the nearby establishments. Let’s talk about it.

And for the games!

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Spione:
It’s pronounced “shpee-OH-nuh” and means “spies” in German. It’s a book about spies in Berlin during the Cold War. It also presents Story Now, a new way to author and enjoy spy-fiction.

http://spione.adept-press.com/

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NanoWorld:
NanoWorld is a game about clones on the day things go wrong.

You are one among Nano’s vast workforce. You are a clone; will you discover yourself in the dystopian world of Nano?

NanoWorld is one of the new wave of nano ga-es and is based upon the Apocalypse World game system.

www.finemessgames.com

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Microscope:
Humanity spreads to the stars and forges a galactic civilization…

Fledgling nations arise from the ruins of the empire…

An ancient line of dragon-kings dies out as magic fades from the realm…

These are all examples of Microscope games. Want to explore an epic history of your own creation, hundreds or thousands of years long, all in an afternoon? That’s Microscope.

You won’t play the game in chronological order. You can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you. Want to leap a thousand years into the future and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made him such a hated ruler? That’s normal in Microscope.

You have vast power to create… and to destroy. Build beautiful, tranquil jewels of civilization and then consume them with nuclear fire. Zoom out to watch the majestic tide of history wash across empires, then zoom in and explore the lives of the people who endured it.

Mock chronological order.
Defy time and space.
Build worlds and destroy them.

www.lamemage.com

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Monsterhearts:
Monsterhearts lets you and your friends create stories about sexy monsters, teenage angst, personal horror, and secret love triangles. When you play, you explore the terror and confusion that comes both with growing up and feeling like a monster.

Based on the Apocalypse World engine, this is a game with emergent story, messy relationships, a structured MC role, and a focus on hard choices.

It’s designed to evoke stories like True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ginger Snaps or The Twilight Saga. If you like supernatural romances, or stories of monstrosity and personal horror, or if you just like watching sexy people ruin their lives, then you’ll love this game.

http://buriedwithoutceremony.com/monsterhearts/

Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.