Gaming at Leprecon 47

Because I can’t wait for them to fix the actual website, here are the need-to-know facts about gaming at Leprecon this comig weekend.

Gaming at Leprecon 47

Welcome seekers of adventure. We feature four concurrent role-playing games, each very different, for your enjoyment.

All games are one-shots, meaning we intend to start and finish this very session. 

All games will have pre-generated characters provided, so we can jump right in.

Our virtual game room opens at 4:15 pm on Sunday, March 21st. All are welcome to join one of several RPG’s conducted over our Zoom channel.

To join you must:

  • Become a member of the convention (free!) Start here!
  • Choose a game Listed below.
  • Email the GM from the email address you want to use to send and receive PDF documents.
  • Pre-generated characters and other game documents come as PDF’s. [Adobe Acrobat]
  • Choose your character (first chosen – first got).
  • Join the Zoom meeting at 4:15 pm on Sunday.

All of our games are intended for general audiences and geared towards novice players.

Session A – How the West was Shot to Hell

An Episode of Go Action Fun Time

Tony Padegimas

TPadegimas@LepreCon.org

A road race through the post-apocalyptic wasteland that was once the western US, but is now ravaged by beserk weather, vicious bandits, killer robots, soulless zombies and the horrifying consequences of aliens who “meant well”. 

Go Action Fun Time is a role-playing game recreating action/adventure science-fantasy cartoon shows.

Teen-age superheroes from across time and space have been thrown together as a team (in theory) to compete in a reality game show produced by chaotic and perhaps insane gods. These heroes now travel randomly through time, pursuing strange and crazy challenges given to them by the Producers, and perhaps righting wrongs along the way.

The adventure is designed to be run start-to-finish in 3-4 hours. Pre-made characters are available.

Every participant will receive a free PDF copy of the Go Action Fun Time Basic Rules.

Session B –  Leprechauns Stole My Baby

Jason Youngdale

JasonaYoungdale@gmail.com

You are a kobold just trying to get by in the world. You have a great family and sweet loot gathered up over the years. There is always the threat of pesky adventurers raiding the dungeon you live in, but now there is a new threat,  Leprechauns!

Those punks stole some of your loot and your Kobold baby! Kobolds are the ones supposed to be stealing babies! It is time to gather your mediocre kobold friends and attack! Prizes awarded to the team if they survive.

Pre-generated characters provided.  No RPG experience necessary.

System Used: Kobolds Ate My Baby! (latest edition)

Number of Players: 3-5

Session C – Lochy’s Charms

Matt Ralston

dndralston@gmail.com

Good King Lochlainn O’Shenanigans has had a terrible turn of luck, his collection of charms has been stolen. Word has spread that the king is looking for brave adventurers to retrieve his most prized possessions. Any one who succeeds will be rewarded with gold, fame, and most importantly one favor from the king. The journey is sure to be wrought with dastardly traps, and perilous beasts. If you think you have the fortitude to take on such a challenge the king will be holding a ceremony on the 21st day of March. Come and receive a blessing of good luck before you set out to find Lochy’s Charms.

Pre-gen characters (halfling adventurers) provided. 

Number of Players: 3-6

System Used: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

Session D – Terrorform – Survive the Dark

Russ Jordan II

RussellJordanII@ArgonautsIncorporated.Onmicrosoft.com

Welcome to the future!

Corporations have replaced governments.

The solar system (SolSys1) has been invaded

twice, leaving Earth’s environment

hazardous and livable space a luxury.

People are clustered throughout the system

in domes, orbiting stations, and on

vessels. Adventurers and investors alike

are looking for a world to terraform.

Somewhere between the dangers in the

dark, there is paydirt to be had.

This LepreCon,

survive the dark….

4-7 players. Pre-generated characters provided.

System: Terrorform RPG

Presently we are working on our resource book short version for a game review, so we do not have any game rules to hand out.

What the players need to play will be on their basic character sheets. The initial part of the Session I will provide a quick Q&A about the world, play tips, rules, and expected Zoom etiquette for the play session.

Argonauts Incorporated

www.ArgonautsIncorporated.com

A scattering of opportunities

We’ll go by looming deadline:

I am the gaming coordinator for Leprecon 47 – a virtual convention happening March 20-21. My end of it is at the end, starting 5pm on March 21.

To whit:

I am still seeking game-masters to run one-shots over Zoom with players who would not reliably have copies of said game in hand. This creates some challenges I’ll cover later. Right now, if you want to be one of these brave masters, contact me at my convention address: tpadegimas@leprecon.org

If you just want to play:

Player Recruitment Blurb:

Our virtual game room opens at 5pm on Sunday, March 21st. All are welcome to join one of several RPG’s conducted over our Zoom channel.

To join you must:

  • Become a member of the convention (free!) [link]
  • Choose a game. [link]
  • Email the GM from the email address you want to use to send and receive PDF documents. 
    • Pre-generated characters and other game documents come as PDF’s. [acrobat link]
  • Choose your character (first chosen – first got).
  • Join the Zoom meeting at 5pm on Sunday. 

All of our games are intended for general audiences and geared towards novice players. 

This is not approved verbage (the place-holders for links give that away). But knowing how this works, I am three days away from the full stop of asking permission and just doing what needs to be done.

As the blurb indicates, the ony way to manage this across all common platforms is to all sign up on RollD20 exchange emails and traffic in PDF files.

It’s 2021. Figure out PDF files.

This one is mine!

I am already down to six Executive Producer comp copies of Go Action Fun Time (See last post). But I will still get them to you on those same terms. Hand-delivered in the Phoenix Metro area – as long as you can wait until I’m in the neighborhood. (I drive 100 miles a day for my day job. This will happen.)

Pushing it at real cons has slowly paid off it seems.

Congruently, in investigating strategies for running RPG’s over Zoom (the format imposed upon me), I came across RollD20 – which may make me the last player to find it. It is now a firm part of the marketing-strategy-in-my-head that GAFT gets incorporated into this format and any other similar formats we find reasonable. This effort will likely be the subject of future updates.

Unobtanium Bazaar is still doing all those things we announced last post. (no link -scroll down).

Ford Canyon Trail

I finally updated Are We Lost Yet with a hike I took over the weekend, and remain sore from.

I learned that I have, comfortably, an eight mile hiking range through mountainous terrain. The route I took covered ten miles. So, even though I limped to the car, I have no regrets.

It took 10-12 man-hours to produce that blog article, from trailhead to the publish button, and not counting drive time.

I was hoping to announce an equal time-sinking article on integrating the Star Trek Universe with Traveller – but social obligations ate those hours, and I am past bedtime as I write this.

Even so, WORD COUNT is high:

Another chapter for the next 64 novel. 1800 words.

Writer’s Group: 500 words.

Hiking research – half-day = 1000 words.

Hike research and draft document = 750 words

Ford Canyon Blog Post = 1000 words plus photos and format = 500 words

GAFT GM Recruitment: = 500 words.

This blog = 1000 words.

TOTAL= 6500

{My goal is 5000}.

I don’t count Leprecon things.

Whiskey and bed.

Now we know.

Trying to pick out life events from the blur

When I first found myself living alone, I wanted most of all not to end up with a boring routine of a lifestyle.

Careful what you wish for.

There’s been some news, and I’m trying to remember it all. Let’s see… Oh yeah.

A couple of years ago, I promised Woody that if he ended ever actually chairing a Leprecon again, I would run gaming for him. I had forgotten about that promise, but he did not. So here we go.

I am the gaming chair for Leprecon 47 – a virtual convention taking place in our imagination on the internet March 19-21, 2021.

It has been decreed, without my advice or consent, that no events of this con shall conflict, so rather than filling a small meeting room with loud gamers from mid-morning until the shift change in security throws us out sometime past midnight, I have only two sessions: late afternoon Saturday and Sunday.

I am relatively certain I can run concurrent games in that window, but as I write this, I think maybe I should ask.

Anyway, if you can run a game (RPG or other) on Discord or Zoom (the con has a Zoom account – which is basically our only expense), and desire to play it with strangers, then I have an opportunity for you.  Contact me for more information.

Yes, I will be running Go Action Fun Time (even if I am the whole game room). I will run Lasers in the Jungle (which I only run at cons) (because its adapted from a module published for a completely different game) and will run the world premiere of Dungeon of Darkest Doom by Jason Youngdale.

The first follower separates a leader from a lone nut.

Hopefully, I will not be the whole of programming.

What else? Oh – Hidden Lake went well.

Is this really period? Whatever. We’re time travelers.

The mask discipline in Buckeye is comparable to Kingman, but we are all outdoors, so it’s hard to panic. Worry a little about the unmasked boomers close-talking, but not panic. I’m wearing my mask, after all. And I’ve already had it, and even if I’m re-infected, it was a three-day annoyance to me. I am fairly certain that there is a genetic profile that is only annoyed by the virus, and a genetic profile that falls over dead within days, and that I possess the former. But you, Boomer, are free to take whatever risk you feel comfortable with.

Donald Trump set his presidency on fire to ensure that freedom. (I joke here. It would be great if his reasons were anything so noble- if misguided.)

I reflect, though, that Boomers, terrified of Muslim terrorists, are the reason that the TSA has a collection of my corkscrews. OK.

Cheryl in her natural habitat.

Back to UnObtanium, I had been warned that the state sales tax would be a recurring nightmare for me, but it turns out that in COVID times, Arizona discovered the power of technology. Rather than mail my form monthly, we can file on-line. And, because we made less than $500 in 2019 (when we did not exist) we can file annually.  So, I paid my $50 or so for the Kingman event last year, online, in about 20 minutes.

A year from now, I am hoping it takes a few hours to do the same thing – and that we go over the threshold where we have to file at least quarterly.  That’s right – it is a goal to owe more tax more often, because that is a marker of success.

I am part of a civilization and I hope and work for its success. I guess that makes me a liberal.

I am old enough to remember when that would have made me conservative.

That was not what I wanted to tell you about.

Oh – Ruby Vroom (my 2015 Subaru Forester) has passed 100k miles. So, that was sudden. We’ve talked about this elsewhere.

What else? Oh – I am starting to get edits back on Taliesin’s Last Apprentice. (The sequel to Beanstalk and Beyond) It’s mostly been typos. So that’s good?

In contrast, perfect has, indeed, become the enemy of done with the printed version of Go Action Fun Time. I’m comfortable with the content. I am still fussing over the (print) layout.

In particular, I am editing the illustrations to eliminate the scan errors and pencil smudges that make them look even less professional that the theme we already have.

Dopple left hanging – but waay better than the lineart.

There was one more damn thing…

AH!

Last week marked my 54th orbit around the sun. I treated myself to some Sushi, a bottle of favored whiskey, and later may order some underwear online, because I am 54.

And I need my sleep.

Photo by C Zierman

WORD COUNT:

A chapter of the second book of the 64: 1500 words.

Writer’s group: 500

Editing photos for GAFT: 2000 (I did this all day).

This blog: 1000

The original lineart

That makes 5000 – though I am cheating bit. I wrote this blog Monday (before the deadline, but did not post it (or add links and graphics) until after deadline.  But I’m lowballing the illustration count.

I say I earn whiskey – birthday whiskey.

Now you know.