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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.

Session 35: Fiasco and Dust Devils

20 Dec

6pm – 10pm
Tuesday, January 1
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

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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.

Or, that is what it would be, but this time around we’ll be trying a new playset that strives to set a different tone.

As the turn of the 20th century approaches, the Western world is rife with contradictions. A drive towards modernity clashes with a fierce traditionalism. Despite an outwardly prudish culture, brothels and opium dens are easily accessible. Class and racial tensions strain to the breaking point. Artists and eccentrics insist on pushing the limits,
even as strict laws and restrictive morality insist that they get back in line. Modern medicine is in the midst of violent birth pains, and many patients – especially the mentally ill – suffer the consequences. Life in the city is as grand as it is gritty, as terrible as it is beautiful. In this environment of infinite possibility and deep anxiety, such fantasies as
black magic, lurking monsters, wondrous inventions, and twisted experiments seem almost plausible, and perhaps even seductive. The world is changing fast, and nothing is as it seems.

Pull the trigger: http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/

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Dust Devils Revenged:

“Shoot or give up the gun.” In Dust Devils Revenged you tell stories of the lives and struggles of folk on the frontier. Will they be consumed by their personal demons or will they find redemption?

Dust Devils, the Indie RPG Game of the Year 2002, is back with a vengeance. Relive the toughest moments of the Old West in this acclaimed game. This “Revenged” edition is the latest and greatest version of one of the most highly respected Western RPGs.

Use this book with playing cards and poker chips to create your own exciting, powerful stories in the spirit of the Western.

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

Session 26: Kobolds Ate My Baby, The Shab-al-Hiri Roach

19 Aug

5pm – 9pm
Tuesday, August 28
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

 

Kobolds Ate My Baby:
It’s not your fault that Kobolds are gourmets. It’s not your 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 definitely, 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.)

In Kobolds Ate My Baby! Super Deluxx Edition 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!

Check it out at http://www.koboldsatemybaby.com/.

The Shab-al-Hiri Roach:
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach by Jason Morningstar is a dark comedy of manners, lampooning academia and asking players to answer a difficult question – are you willing to swallow a soul-eating telepathic insect bent on destroying human civilization?

No?

Even if it will get you tenure?

Satisfy your curiosity at http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/.