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

The Book of the Tarrasque at Gen Con 50!

The Tarrasque, the unkillable challenge. Do you have what it takes to fight the monster? Do you have what it takes to run the Tarrasque?

How do you begin to tackle something so epic, so incredible? What do you do if your players are ready for it? That’s where The Book of the Tarrasque comes in!

The Book of the Tarrasque is 75+ pages of advice, rules, handouts, history, paper miniatures, and adventure. Plus an interactive handouts packet lets you make your own paper miniature, print maps, log the epic game, organize optional rules, and more!

The Book of the Tarrasque will be available in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50!

The Book of the Tarrasque features:

  • New 5e rules that restore elements from previous editions (like regeneration and trample attacks) and add new options to challenge any group, no matter how powerful or prepared
  • An in-depth look at possible tactics brought to the table by players, as well as an in-depth look at the utility of many magic items against the Tarrasque
  • The most complete history anywhere of the Tarrasque in mythology, D&D history, other game systems, and even where it is an easter egg in other media
  • A foreword by Ed Greenwood
  • A robust set of handouts, recompiled stat sheets, paper miniatures, game logs, and large format scaled maps
  • A complete adventure to challenge 15th through 20th level characters and bring them against the Tarrasque.

The Book of the Tarrasque is for use with the 5th edition of the world’s most popular role playing game and grows it to epic proportions.

Are you ready to be epic? Find out by picking up The Book of the Tarrasque in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50!


Wrath of the Autarch at Gen Con 50!

In the spring, we finished the western keep. It was ready for trade by summertime. We received wheat from the Sunriders in exchange for mana drawn from the Obsidian Wood. In the fall, the Empire laid siege. We were prepared. Many died, but the keep held. Now it is winter and we plan. We will take Dusk’s Ayrie. Strengthen our bonds with the Sunriders. Finish the mana forge. We will not rest. We have seen what the Autarch is capable of. And when summer arrives again, we march…

Wrath of the Autarch is a tabletop kingdom building game. The players create a society over the course of the campaign, called the Stronghold. One player controls the schemes of the Autarch, the ruler of an empire which opposes the Stronghold. The other players control important leaders and heroes from the Stronghold. The campaign ends when either the Autarch is stopped or the Stronghold falls.

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Threadbare at Gen Con 50!

Threadbare Stephanie Bryant 2017With careful stitches and meticulous work, a ragdoll carefully sews back a torn limb on a panda who is crying out his troubles (girl troubles… isn’t it always a girl?) while he sips from a daintily painted teacup filled with brandy.

In another room in the shoebox house she calls home, the ragdoll’s other patients wait patiently for her craft. A Mekka bulldozer, metal with chipping yellow paint, is missing his front left wheel. He holds a vinyl doll’s head, waiting for it to be glued into the empty wheel well. It won’t roll quite the same, he knows, but he can live with the handicap until he scavenges a better part. 

The ragdoll finishes with her panda patient and wishes him a cheery farewell, tucking his payment (2 buttons and a tiny watch gear) into her skirt pocket. She quickly schools her face to hide her sly, greedy smile when she steps across the threshold to the waiting bulldozer. His repair is going to need glue, and glue is a costly resource, my friend…. Continue reading

Pick Up ScreenPlay at Gen Con 50!

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017“As someone who is both a writer and an avid player of tabletop RPGs, I was really looking forward to trying out ScreenPlay – and it didn’t let me down. ScreenPlay is the perfect blend between both of these things; exactly between a tabletop role-playing game and a collaborative story.”
– The Grind

Image a story of ancient warriors charged with recapturing an escaped demon. Or perhaps a band of modern day college-aged detectives solving crimes between classes. Maybe even a tale of a rebellion in steampunk 1800s France.

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017ScreenPlay is an ENnie nominated co-operative storytelling game built to bring those stories to life. Where players take on the role of Writers crafting the first draft of a script, novel, comic book series, whatever you can imagine. Take your characters to intriguing worlds of your own design and pit them against the forces of darkness you create for yourselves. You control the action through your characters and the descriptions you provide with each turn. Choose a Director to challenge the lead characters and present the outcomes to these events, create something truly original, exciting and engaging as you play with little to no prep time. The story is yours! 

Pick up ScreenPlay in the IGDN booth (#2437) at Gen Con 50!

  • Play in any genre or format you can imagine. ScreenPlay is built as a universal system that reacts to the story your group creates during play. No prep required!
  • Designed to allow everyone equal opportunity at the table. Every time a player offers a description through one of their characters, another player provides the outcome.
  • Dice are used to create complications, not determine success or failure.
  • The core rulebooks contains everything needed to create your own stories, including character and scene notes for use in your games, character creation guidelines, and advice for Directors.
  • Large print format makes ScreenPlay easy to read.

ScreenPlay combines traditional roleplaying mechanics with story game design to provide a unique experience, improvised storytelling, and exciting gameplay for new and experienced players alike.

For 2+ players. Ages 10 & up. To play, you’ll need dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12) and pencils.

Screenplay Broken Ruler Games 2017Pick up ScreenPlay in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50 and receive a free discount code for a PDF copy. You can find additional ScreenPlay treatments, such as Ironbound and Dial M For Monster, at brokenrulergames.net


Murders & Acquisitions at Gen Con 50!

Itinerary: March 29th, 2017

8:00am Team meeting.

9:00am File TPS report.

10:30am Bug phone while Smithson is in the restroom.

11:00am Snag Ronnie and Anne and teach Lumbergh a lesson.

12:00pm Lunch (bribe Hallie).

1:30pm Hack Dalton’s account. Confirm passwords.

3:00pm Sell passwords.

3:30pm Firing range with Ronnie.

4:15pm Pay off Valesquez.

6:00pm Drinks with the gals!!!

11:30pm Terminate John.

Murders & AcquisitionsMurders & Acquisitions is a tabletop RPG of subterfuge, espionage, intrigue, theft, and murder set in an absurd corporate world. Players portray office go-getters determined to get the corner office by whatever means necessary. Anything is fair game in an over-the-top, cut-throat corporate world.

Murders & Acquisitions will be available in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50!

Murders & Acquisitions features:

  • An all-in-one game book. Character creations. Full rule set. GM guidelines and tools. Everything you need to play in one place.
  • Eight company backdrops within which you can set your story.
  • Five chapters of modular, add-on rules to bring a variety of fantastical elements to the game – magic, monsters, future tech, cosmic horror, and the apocalypse – allowing players to craft a unique play experience for each campaign.
  • Guidelines for creating your own custom material.
  • A host of free PDF support materials available for download at DriveThruRPG.com.

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Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny at Gen Con 50!

Dreamchaser Imagining Games 2017If you could live out any story, any moment—what would you experience?

Lead a Rebellion • Ride a Dragon • Win an Academy Award • Free an Innocent Man • Race to the Stars • Restore Your Memory • Get the Girl/Boy • Live to Tell About It • Seal an Ancient Evil • Become the Perfect Weapon •
Solve a Madman’s Riddle • Uncover the Truth…

Your character has a moment, a challenge, a purpose waiting for you. Will you chase it? Will you realize your dream?

No dream is too great or too small…find your strategy for success!

Dreamchaser: A Game of Destiny is an immersive story building game where a game master guides players on a journey to achieve their dream. The players imagine a goal for their game—their story. They let that goal inspire them, imagining characters to play and experiences to have. Experiences they want to share. They live out that story wherever it takes them— a story of pursuing their dreams.

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Wild Skies has Taken Flight!

Wild Skies: Europa Tempest Wet Ink Games 2017Wet Ink Games is pleased to announce our first game is now complete and available for purchase. Wild Skies: Europa Tempest, is on DriveThruRPG in digital, softcover and hardcover options.

Wild Skies is a full role playing game of pulp-inspired adventure set in a “diesel-punk” version of 1930s Europe. In this world the Great War did not turn out well for anyone and political instability led to new governments and lots of mercenary soldiers looking for work. The setting is fully described and includes all the airplanes, political machinations, flying battleships and on-going military conflicts you can shake a control stick at. We should also mention there have never been humans in this world and instead everyone is a humanoid animal.

Wild Skies: Europa Tempest Wet Ink Games 2017

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Monsters at Gen Con 50!

Monsters Growling Door Games 2017Monsters can be killed. They are horrifying, deadly, and often implacable, but they die. That is the grim hope upon which SAVE is built.

—Dr. Ruby Garrett, Report on Monsters

Monsters is an antagonist book for Chill® Third Edition, detailing creatures of the Unknown that don’t fit neatly into other categories. In this book, you’ll find 15 new creatures of the Unknown, as well as in-depth discussions of how these creatures fit into the world of Chill®. Also included are new pre-generated characters and new Edges and Drawbacks for use in your Chill® games.

Monsters will be available in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50!

Monsters features:

  • 15 new creatures of the Unknown to bedevil your Chill players
  • In-depth discussions of monsters in the setting of Chill, revealing new history and secrets of the Eternal Society of the Silver Way
  • 15 “case starters,” story seeds that you can flesh out for use in your Chill campaign
  • New Edges and Drawbacks

Monsters is the second supplement for Chill 3rd Edition, and requires the Chill core book to use. Chill is an investigative modern horror RPG, and uses a simple percentile system, as well as dark and light tokens. More information – including a free quickstart – is available at growlingdoorgames.com.

The Unknown is powerful and hungry…but we can push it back, with your help.

Pick up the Monsters, the Chill core book or Limited Edition Boxed Set, the Chill Master’s Screen, and SAVE: The Eternal Society in the IGDN booth (#2437) at GenCon 50!

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Gen Con 50

The IGDN has its own room at Gen Con 50 inside the Indiana Convention Center! It’s located on the second floor right by the exhibit hall!

The IGDN Room is #239!

If you want to escape the crush of the exhibit hall, or are looking for some great ways to spend your time, you should check out the following IGDN member events!

IGDN Room Map Gen Con 50 2017

Phantom Pain by Parenthesis Press

Play an archetype of the Major Arcana defending our world from nightmares that have crossed through the looking glass in a fun, fast, narrative system powered by the turn of a Tarot deck.

A terrible, unknown dream-creature haunts the mirror-ways, preying upon dreamers and dream-folk alike. The players must destroy it before its power threatens even them!

Game ID: RPG17107300, Thursday at 10:00 AM

Game ID: RPG17107301, Friday at 10:00 AM

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