[11 11 11] Who's going? What are you running? What are you excited about?

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I'm excited!

I plan on running an one-shot convention scenario using four [maybe five] new original super special limited edition collectors pack playbooks. They'd be more like pre-gens characters with a few choices than full on playbooks. That combined with a more recent soft apocalypse, more aliens and little more science fiction / speculative realism, forth-session in, starting point.

Those of you planning on running Apocalypse World, what are you're con scenarios looking like?

Burning Wheel folks? What are you guys going to be doing?

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  • edited September 2011
    I'll be there and I'm super excited for 11 11 11!

    At minimum I will run Dogs in the Vineyard. But I'm also interested in running Mouse Guard and possibly Apocalypse World / Dungeon World.

    For Dogs, I will come with 2-4 towns prepared and let the group decide which to play. We'll make characters except I'll provide a list of NPCs to choose relationships from.

    For Mouse Guard, I'll provide pre-gens with Pass/Fails already checked off under each of their Stats/Skills so it is possible for them to level up in play. Like Dogs, players will choose Friends/Enemies from a provided list of NPCs. My goal for running Mouse Guard 1 shots is to make it feel like the finale of a longer campaign.

    I've never run a single complete 1 shot of Apocalypse World or Dungeon World. They have either been 2-3 shots or mini demo games. I'd love advice on how to run a successful 1 shot of Apocalypse World. For some reason, I'm having trouble imagining an epic 1 shot where the players are fully invested. I suspect it can be done, I just don't know what is the best way to do it.
  • My plan is to start with characters that are already in the shit, already primed and awesome but with enough pick from the list for buy in. And some "Given situation X, why did you shoot Dremmer?" or "What do you love most about Rolfball?" or "Why did you join the Dirigo?" I feel like having the players decided the characters motivations might make them more sympathetic, while still allowing for the concrete details of the situation be decided beforehand.

    Vincent talks a bit about running a one-shot in his con scenario. Mostly, it's that the stuff you would have done on the first session and maybe second session is mostly decided. So, the world is filled in and there are a couple of Fronts ready to strike midnight. I think maybe having a strong central set of stakes for the session might help keep it self-contained.

    When I played with John Harper at GPNW a few years ago, we just did the normal AW stuff but just at a quicker pace. He had a couple ideas and constrains for the session and we hit the ground running. I tired to create and push for a conflict and resolution (maybe too hard) between my Battlebabe and the Hocus. We ran out of time before it came to a real head. It would have made for a better PC-NPC-PC arc if the conflict had time to build over the course of many sessions. With that in mind, I'm baking in some tense PC-NPC-PC triangles into the characters from the get go, that can be played out over the course of a single session.
  • So you know those Burning Wheel "Microdungeons," such as Thelon's Rift?

    I'm running a macrodungeon.

    I don't know *exactly* what that entails, just yet, but it will definitely involve very high-LP characters and a map whose locations include moons, a comet, and different levels of heaven (or is it hell?).

    Matt
  • I will be there and running Apocalypse World. It'll be a post-Great War Apocalypse, all Chicago gangsters and weird fog off of the Lake. My plan is to 'dress the set', have a stack of pre-baked PCs ready to go, then let them loose to wreak havoc on whatever threats I have prepped.

    Looking forward to meeting some of the SG folks there! FWIW, I live in Westchester, an easy train ride into Manhattan, so if anyone wants to save a few bucks over staying downtown but still have access, let me know, I am happy to host a few gamers for the weekend.

    -JC
  • I won't be able to make it (though I would have loved to be there), but I just wanted to say:
    Posted By: Orly
    I plan on running an one-shot convention scenario using four [maybe five] new original super special limited edition collectors pack playbooks. They'd be more like pre-gens characters with a few choices than full on playbooks. That combined with a more recent soft apocalypse, more aliens and little more science fiction / speculative realism, forth-session in, starting point.
    This really caught my attention! It sounds like a really cool pitch. I'd love to hear more about as it develops (by whisper is fine, if you want to keep it under wraps for now).
  • I'm going! Friday and Saturday night most like. But I can't decide what to run. Apocalypse William Gibsonesque something perhaps. Or Burning Wheel in the Tudors maybe.
  • Is The Travatar accompanying you?
  • Posted By: DeliveratorSo you know those Burning Wheel "Microdungeons," such as Thelon's Rift?

    I'm running a macrodungeon.

    I don't know *exactly* what that entails, just yet, but it will definitely involve very high-LP characters and a map whose locations include moons, a comet, and different levels of heaven (or is it hell?).

    Matt
    If you make this scenario available to the public afterwards, I'd be very interested. It sounds kickass.
  • Posted By: FigureFourPosted By: DeliveratorSo you know those Burning Wheel "Microdungeons," such as Thelon's Rift?

    I'm running a macrodungeon.

    I don't know *exactly* what that entails, just yet, but it will definitely involve very high-LP characters and a map whose locations include moons, a comet, and different levels of heaven (or is it hell?).

    Matt
    If you make this scenario available to the public afterwards, I'd be very interested. It sounds kickass.

    Thanks! I'll try to remember to post it here and at BW once it's done.

    Matt
  • Hm, Luke. Not sure if the Travatar can escape Art Historical obligations, but I know deep in his heart he desires nothing else than to be there. Keep you posted!
  • I will be there; flying in from Chicago for this mutha! Please be my friend!

    My event concept is "Burning Gilmore Girls". It will probably suck; if I can get out of running it, I will. :)
  • I am going to run a Burning Wheel game, maybe the same game twice, in which the players have a bunch of cash dice and magic items from taking a Dragon's Lair and either have to get their shit back to the city or make it back to the city and have to decide how to spend a fortune.
  • edited October 2011
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    I'll be running this bad boy. The latest Parsely game.
  • I'm running a BW game where the players just beat a dragon and have a metric fuckton of cash dice for their resource checks to pan out and spend. I'm just curious to see how the world pushes back when these peasant dragon-slayers come down out of the mountains wth a 3 kings' ransoms in gold and magic.

    Also thinking of running a game with the Wheel-forged.
  • I'll be there.

    MOUSE GUARD:
    "Winter 1892-Gaslights and Ghouls" The steam-driven metropolis of Lockhaven holds terrors in its shadows. Can even the Guard defeat them?
  • I was a for-sure until last week and the plan is/was to run a session of my MGSF (Mouse Guard: Sci FI) superhack. But medical issues are raising their ugly heads here @ home so I'm only a maybe at this point. :-/ Should know more Monday.
  • edited October 2011
    I'm hoping to run...

    BLACKEST DAY
    Mouse Guard

    "If you don’t behave, the Flying Devils will swoop down while you sleep, rip you from your bed, scare you for days so you marinate in your own tears and then, if you're lucky, only taste you." At least that's what mommies and daddies tell their children. But it's the parents that should have listened! It’s been nearly 20 years since you retired but with Gwendolyn dead and Lockhaven decimated by flying squirrels... it's time to fasten your cloaks one last time!

    POINT HOLLOW
    Dogs in the Vineyard (modified)

    A modest town explodes with wealth when the people of the faith forge an agreement with the Mountain People to work their mines. Penance, a former cultist you saved from a town possessed by demons, sends you a letter… "it's happening again!"

    EAST YORK
    Dogs in the Vineyard (modified)

    They never came back. You sent a group of faithful to the big city to get copies of the Book of Life printed. 6 months later you receive a letter: "They've taken our books! We don't deserve to be forgiven. We had to do horrible things to buy them back. We almost have enough money but someone's trying to kill us. It can't be, but I think it is…"

    LITTLE VALLEY
    Dogs in the Vineyard (modified)

    Your teacher, spent months hunting down pornographers, decides to retire to Little Valley. Suddenly, Little Valley is rocked by an earthquake. With their water supply destroyed, mass malnutrition, Little Valley is about to swallow itself whole. But your teacher never asks you to come. Never asks for help. Especially your help.
  • Michael,

    Your one-shot pitches are always so damned hot.

    Dag.
  • The provisional schedule is up!

    http://www.burningwheel.org/?p=346
  • Also, my understanding is there are a few slots still open. So if you know someone who would enjoy attending, let them know to register asap.
  • Uh hi everyone and local nyc guys + girls! Two things:


    First, my hack thing is going really well terms of completeness and will be provisionally play tested next week. So if you wanted to play it it's the one with my name on it!

    Second thing is that I was planning to stay at a hostel but the thought crossed my mind to reach out to the local indie crowd and see if they's wanna put me up on their couch. I'd be happy to contribute whatever the cost of a hostel would have been for the hassle.
    Cheers
  • I'm not going, but I'm curious: Everyone who goes has to run a game, right? That's awesome! But doesn't the math on that not work? Like, say there are 5 games the first day, all with 1 GM and 3 players. The rest of the weekend you'd need to have 15 games, with the same pool of 20 players, which...there's no time for that many games. Am I just confusing myself? Does it matter?

    I ask this because I love the idea, but I want to see what it looks like in practice. Maybe a better question for after the con.
  • There are five game slots total. Three on Saturday and two on Sunday. Assuming everyone ruba one game for 3-5 players and then plays in all the other game slots, it should work out. The number of slots for the whole con is the ideal number of players (including the GM, if there is one) per game.

    I actually like this model a lot because it means that their will always be enough games for all the players. Rather than at a lot of cons I've been to where a small number of GMs bust their asses running games back to back for everyone that showed up, which still often leaves orphan players out.
  • Oh and I'm totally going to try to run Monsterhearts too!
  • I was going to run straight up Apocalypse World, and then I was reading this old thread about alternate settings and there was a King Arthur one mentioned. WHAT. The maelstrom is actually fae. DOUBLEWHAT. That sounds awesome. Post apocalyptic medieval fairy Arthurian land?!? Yes please. I don't think I could put that together in a week for a one shot though. Or maybe...
  • I can't wait for 11 11 11!

    If you are interested in going, my understanding is registration is closing very soon, maybe today (although not sure).
  • edited November 2011
    Registration is closed!

    If anyone on this board is going and interested in being in my slot to play Eschaton: Pre-Apocalypse World: Transhuman Boogaloo, whisper me or something, cause I'm happy with the rules and playbooks but I don't really know what kinda themes and stuff the table is gonna be into but LUKE DECLARETH that we have scenarios ready. I like to know that my potential players aren't gonna find cool and engaging.
  • Posted By: anansigirlI was going to run straight up Apocalypse World, and then I was reading this old thread about alternate settings and there was a King Arthur one mentioned. WHAT. The maelstrom is actually fae. DOUBLEWHAT. That sounds awesome. Post apocalyptic medieval fairy Arthurian land?!? Yes please. I don't think I could put that together in a week for a one shot though. Or maybe...
    I've had a little (private) obsession about running an Apocalypse World, but set in a dark/low fantasy setting. Something like Game of Thrones, or maybe like the Book of the New Sun. No rules changes, just a straight reskin. I think it would work really well! Almost all the playbooks make total sense, too: the Lord (Hardholder), the War Captain (Chopper), the Rake (Battlebabe), the Prophet (Hocus), the Alchemist (Savvyhead), etc...

    The Gunlugger's really the only one that's challenging to reskin. You can leave him out, make him some kind of steampunk/alternate fantasy gun person, call him the Ogre, or maybe some kind of escaped/deserter Imperial Battle Wizard.

    I'm going to try it sometime. Someday.
  • Because I'm lazy and the game is awesome, I'm running In a Wicked Age! Eat your hearts out all you suckers laboring over hours of prep.

    I'm excited about the free food. There will be free food right?
  • Posted By: OrlyLUKE DECLARETH that we have scenarios ready
    Wait, you mean I can't let the players run the game? WHAT ABOUT PLAYER AGENCY.
  • You can totally let the players run the game, Luke just wants to make sure there is a bit of framework to hang the game onto.
  • MY FRAMEWORK SHALL ERUPT FULLY FORMED FROM THE BROW OF DAVID VINCENT BAKER
  • Nathan, your game looks rad. If I wasn't running in your slot, I would play. Best of luck with the game!
  • Posted By: jenskotNathan, your game looks rad. If I wasn't running in your slot, I would play. Best of luck with the game!
    :) / :(
  • Yeah, Nathan, that looks hot.

    I hope you'll create some kind of final version that's human-readable!
  • It's not so bad printed out!

    Also: I know nothing about graphic design or layout.
  • edited November 2011
    Updated final schedule and descriptions (because you all made liars out of me)
  • Also, the schedule and priority system worked really well last time. We scheduled 50 events last year and only had to fold two of them for lack of players.
  • edited November 2011
    Well, I was moderately stoked about taking the MGSF superhack out for a stroll, and now I'm totally fucking stoked. We did a runthrough on Tuesday and I think it's gonna be pretty darned fun.

    Participants will get print copies of the rules draft, I hope, assuming I have time today to make that happen.

    6:30 Saturday: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

    EDIT: Preview of what I'm running if anyone's interested.
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