IGDN at PAX Unplugged!

Pax Unplugged 2017

Some members of the IGDN have headed off to Philly to take part in the first ever PAX Unplugged. With its emphasis on tabletop fun, the IGDN decided to get a booth as well as participate in panels, run games, and see what all the excitement is about.

The IGDN booth is #343, and will include such games as: Synthicide, Dreamchaser, Catthulhu, Murders & Acquisitions, and the CAPERS preview edition. There will also be GM screens, dice, and other accessories for some games. Pete Petrusha will be at the booth throughout the con, and will have a matching word game for people to try out. Other IGDN members you might spot at the booth or around the convention are Craig Campbell, John Kennedy, and Jack Berberette.

The Indie Game Bazaar booth is #414, and will be selling Emily Care Boss’s Romance Trilogy, along with her other games. They will have other small press indie rpgs as well.

The Magpie Games booth is #442, and will include new releases like Bluebeard’s Bride, Pasión de las Pasiones, and The Ward. They’ll also have copies of Urban Shadows, Masks: A New Generation, Epyllion: A Dragon EpicVelvet Glove, and more!

Make sure to catch Danielle at her GMing panel at noon on Saturday in the Dragon Auditorium. If you miss her there, drop by the John Wick Presents booth (#438) to say hi!

Joel Sparks will be running his new board game at Unpub on Saturday, CRUISE — The Game of Competitive Tourism!. Craig Campbell will be running both CAPERS and Die Laughing while Pete Petrusha will be running Dreamchaser and the Whispering Road over at the Games on Demand room, so be sure to check out these games.

And don’t miss Marissa Kelly’s Small Talk: Proper Game Mastering at 1 pm on Sunday! She’ll be sitting down with Luke Crane at the Kickstarter booth, #740.

Have a great con!

Women of Color – Khepera Publishing Needs You!

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Khepera Publishing Jerry Grayson 2017

I publish small independent tabletop roleplaying games and have done so since 2002. Whenever the subject of diversity comes up, a handful of people of color are invoked as part of the community. If the RPG industry is the Peanuts Gang, I’m the Franklin, the black guy.

There is never a lot of us, and it’s usually the same people. Occasionally, a new guy will pop up, but it’s just that, a new GUY.

Where are the Black, Latina, Native American, Indian, and Middle Eastern women game designers, writers, artist, and publishers?

I know that women of color play roleplaying games, I see them at conventions and game gatherings. Sometimes they sit at my table and play. I know there are more than I’m seeing but I want to be aware of you all. I want to know you, be mindful of you, follow and support you.

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IGDN Scholarship Winners Games at Metatopia

Metatopia 2017 Double Exposure, Inc. 2017

We announced our winners for the Metatopia Scholarship earlier, but now that Metatopia weekend is here you can go check out their games at the convention!

​Mike Espinoza​

Mike is running five sessions of Nahual. A Mexican role playing game Powered by the Apocalypse set on the universe created by the comic book artist Edgar Clément, started in the graphic novel Operacion Bolivar. In Nahual players are angel hunters, descendants from the powerful brujos nahuales that fought against the invading angels that came with the conquistadores. They have the dormant gifts that allow them to touch the gods and their harbingers, but their memory is lost, impoverishing the greatness of these wonders. Many angel hunters just struggle for survival, some crave power, others look for answers at the end they all agree in one thing: A nahual lives to hunt down angels.

You can find the game at one of these times.

R164: Friday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.
R287: Friday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.
R514: Saturday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session.
R631: Saturday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.
R804: Sunday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

Jessie Yaternick​

Is running two games in three slots. The first game is Capodecina, a gangster card game where players try to build themselves a crew to successfully pull off heists. You can choose to work with other players to complete the crew and share the rewards of a job. You can help other players out of jail or the hospital but you also have the choice to rat them out, shoot them, or steal their crew members. The first player to obtain enough reputation becomes the new “Boss” and wins.

You can find Capodecina at these times:

B177: Friday, 2:00PM – 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session.
B813: Sunday, 12:00PM – 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages

The second game is Quarantine Heroes which is a cooperative card game where the players must keep themselves and civilians alive against the threat of disease. Your team must handle exposures and control infections by finding and equipping gear, managing resources, and sheer luck. If anyone player or a civilian dies, then the game is lost.

You can find Quarantine Heroes at this time:

B540: Saturday, 2:00PM – 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

​Justin Rogers​

Justin is running three slots of Family Without Values. It’s a dysfunctional family comedy RPG built off the mechanics of the game Swords Without Master by Epidiah Ravachol. In it, each player will choose a playbook a la Apocalypse World and answer some questions to create their scheming, narcissistic, and foolish family member, then begin playing out scenes as creators, actors, and audience. Dice are rolled to determine the overtone of the scene and the tone of each action — will they be “Cheeky and Fun,” or “Tragic and Cruel”? Players slip and struggle against the manipulations of other family members and their own inadequacies until, presumably, nothing is accomplished

You can find it during these times:

R219: Friday, 2:00PM – 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.There are 3 seats left.
[FILLED] R627: Saturday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.
R841: Sunday, 12:00PM – 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

​Victoria Cana​

Victoria is running six slots of Gladius, a betting game about guts, glory, and gambling! Over the course of five rounds, players bet on teams of gladiators and play influence cards to alter the outcome of each event. Your goal is to make sure you’re on the winning end by any means necessary. Can you outwit your opponents to profit off of the gladiatorial games, or will you be left empty-handed?

B246: Friday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.
B321: Friday, 8:00PM – 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.
B531: Saturday, 2:00PM – 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.
B583: Saturday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.
B823: Sunday, 12:00PM – 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.
B858: Sunday, 3:00PM – 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

J​acqueline Beckwith​

Jacqueline is running two sessions of Cobblestone,  A gothic horror PbtA game where the mundane walk among the monstrous. How do you handle being powerless in a world of strange power? How do you make your own empowerment? Manage the delicate balance of your mind and emotions as you seek to understand, destroy, or simply cope with the supernatural. In the end, maybe the true horror is in how we handle it. Take up your lanterns and walk the Cobblestone. Both are filled, but with the way the convention goes someone might need a last minute spot so be aware of this anyway.

[FILLED] R406: Friday, 10:00PM – 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session.
[FILLED] R750: Saturday, 10:00PM – 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left

​Jeeyon Shim​

Is running two games with one slot each. The first is In the Vein a game where your last year at Fog Mountain’s School of Magic feels as though it will never end – not least because you managed to land yourself, yet again, in advisory review. You and your other unfortunate peers must pass the school’s most dangerous professor’s tests of your knowledge – even if it costs you your life. In this Trackers Earth LARP, intense interpersonal drama intertwines with herbalism and our Curriculum of Shadows, Trackers’ unique method of teaching stealth and tracking. Players will learn an introduction to the vast array of medicinal – and poisonous – plants that grow in California as well as camouflage with natural materials. Be prepared to get dirty!

L450: Saturday, 9:00AM – 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

The second game is Hellboy LARP. Have you ever wanted to work alongside Hellboy as an investigator in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense? Dark Horse Comics joins forces with Trackers Earth to bring you the only officially licensed Hellboy LARP in the country, a truly unique exploration of the supernatural and real world survival skills. Be the first to workshop this exciting collaboration!

L746: [ALPHA TEST] Saturday, 10:00PM – 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

Camdon Wright

Camdon is running two slots of One Child’s Heart.  There are moments from childhood that alter the course of a life with their weight. Science has given you the chance to enter the memories of a child drifting toward life’s darkness. Can you, and the rest of your team, support, nurture, and protect a stranger when they need you the most? A heart is a fragile object that contains the power of humanity. Content warning: This game explores traumatic childhood issues like poverty, neglect, malnutrition, and bullying.

R356: Friday, 8:00PM – 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.
R634: Saturday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

Jefferson Lee

Jefferson is running three slots of The City. A game where the COMPANY barely tolerates operations by The OPPOSITION, even if they all act under the same OATH, but sometimes national security requires their special brand of graceful brutality. So when something terrible happens and The Opposition shows up in your city, you know that there will be very little room for Traitors like you. You have to do what you can to protect your secrets, your future, and in the process, maybe do some good in the city that you love. The City is a Poker card based game that takes place in Portland, OR. It is a rules-lite storytelling game that has its heart in noir, but borrows some of its style and class from an espionage thriller.

R296: Friday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session.
R413: Friday, 10:00PM – 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.
R712: Saturday, 8:00PM – 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left