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At the Morristown Hyatt & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey


Role Playing and Story Game Schedule for METATOPIA 2014

Updated 11/5/14 at 11:45PM

METATOPIA Event Registration works slightly differently from other Double Exposure events. While there are no advancement rounds, some of the events are red to start with because they are "invitation only". This does NOT mean that you are completely excluded from playing in them, only that you need to be invited. So when you send an eMail to us, you may ask to be included in those events. We will probably call you and discuss your choices with you.

All non-panel events are classified as one of three different levels of Playtest:

[FOCUS GROUP]: The game is still in the concept stage and players should be expecting to discuss ideas and opinions about how the game should be created, but not actually test much.

[ALPHA TEST]: The game is in early development and not quite ready to play from beginning to end. Players should be expecting to play parts of the game, and perhaps replay those parts or focus on one section of the rules at a time.

[BETA TEST]: The game is in late development and is ready to be played all the way through. Players should be expecting to give feedback and criticism about the game while playing it.

If an event is tagged by the phrase "[NDA REQUIRED]", the Designer has asked that details about his/her game design be kept quiet. The Designer may ask players to sign an actual NDA form, or to just verbally promise not to discuss the game after the playtest.

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You are also allowed to submit a second and third choice for events in the same time slot, which will save us time in negotiating what you can get into if your primary choice is filled already. Just make it clear what is an alternate choice so we can enter things quickly.

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The MASTER INDEX OF EVENTS


R092: [ALPHA TEST] "Epiphany" by ONE SHOT Podcast; presented by James D'Amato & Kat Murphy. Epiphany is an RPG inspired by movies like Groundhogs Day, Stranger Than Fiction, and Freaky Friday. It creates stories where a flawed protagonist is changed through magical realism. Games revolve around a single protagonist, so there is only one person taking on the traditional role of a "player." Other players act as "Fates" who work together to build a cinematic world and compete for control over the protagonist's destiny. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R093: [BETA TEST] "Terra Incognita" presented by Vivian Abraham. Terra Incognita is a fantasy role playing game in the tradition of Dungeons & Dragons. It draws its inspiration from the history and legends of North, Central, and South America. This playtest will focus on the basic play rules: Conflict resolution, skill and ability use, and general game mechanics. Characters will be pre-gens, and we will run through several scenes of an adventure for beginning characters, with time for Q&A at the end. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R094: [BETA TEST] "With Great Power..." by Incarnadine Press; presented by Michael Miller. Sure, you soar through the clouds, juggle tractors, and emerge from infernos unscathed. So what? It doesn't help your ailing brother, your estranged ex-wife, or the neighborhood gossip. You can save the world, but are you willing to pay the price? A story game in redevelopment, I need to test a few subsystems and see how they interact. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R095: [BETA TEST] The New World; "Natives and Newcomers" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Bill White. In this free-wheeling narrative game of mash-up alternate history, you'll play as a wanderer, warlord, settler, soldier, or other historical archetype seeking to leave a legacy to the future that will shape the fate of your civilization and its rivals. The game uses a special oracular deck of playing cards to shape character options and the consequences of their actions. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R113: [BETA TEST] "Five Fires" by Thoughtcrime Games; presented by Quinn Murphy. The five elements of hip hop culture have changed and influenced the world. Five Fires gives you the opportunity to play a crew of MCs, breakdancers, DJs, and graffiti artists who are expressing their joys and pain, changing themselves and also their world. It is a game about making art with mechanics that don't require you be rap star or graffiti artist yourself. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance.

R114: [BETA TEST] "Forthright" by Room 209 Gaming; presented by Ray Watters & Bryan Shipp. A hybrid tactical-story RPG that emphasizes quick character creation, collaborative setting customization and fast play through streamlined combat and social conflict. Character growth comes from new options earned through choices made while adventuring, not bigger numbers, and difficulty is determined by the approach characters take to any situation. Where will your adventure take you? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R115: [BETA TEST] "Laser Kittens" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Cheyenne Rae Grimes. Welcome to Knoll Street School for Wayward Kittens! KSSWK is a big house where humans adopt stray and abandoned kittens. The adult cats in the house help to teach these young kittens how to be awesome cats before they get adopted by their forever home. There are many things young cats need to learn – how to clean themselves, how to pounce on bugs, how to find sunny places to lay in. But the most important thing to learn is how to control their lasers. Every cat has lasers, and each cat's lasers are unique. Lasers let cats do things that ordinary animals can't do. But lasers can be dangerous when you don't know how to use them properly. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

R116: [FOCUS GROUP] "Medias Res" presented by Vivian Abraham. Medias Res is a storytelling card game which begins in the middle of an action scene. The players create the setting and characters as they play out a single scene in the middle of a larger story. This game is a combination of cooperative and competitive gameplay. The playtest at Metatopia will be the first time that this game has ever been released into the wild, so to speak, and will focus on the general concepts rather than specific details of execution. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R117: [BETA TEST] "Noir World" by The Writer Next Door; presented by John Adamus. Noir World is a collaborative-GM Apocalypse Word hack focusing on a noir world of both classic and neo film tropes. Players take on the roles of detectives, femme fatales, mooks, war vets and more in tragic tales of crime, suffering and corruption as they not only direct play but shape the story they're telling. This game's influences run a gamut from The Maltese Falcon. Double Indemnity and Out of the Past to neo-noirs like Pulp Fiction, Sin City and Brick. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R118: [BETA TEST] "Prism" by Little Wish Productions; presented by Whitney Delaglio. Inspired by my webcomic, Prism the Miracle, and JRPGs, Prism is a semi-aquatic, 'pick up and play' RPG. An established code of ethics, a relationship tier, and a phase system to allow for more strategic combat are a few of its features. This game is recommended for those who like rules-light mechanics, and enjoy character interaction. Friday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R119: [BETA TEST] "Starjump Chronicles" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A collaborative space adventure story game. Space is calling, so get a crew, get a ship, find new places, find trouble, and make some noise. You'll be creating your universe and discovering your relationships and complications as you play. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R120: [BETA TEST] Riders; "Family Matters" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. Doomsday approaches...and you think the world and a fractured family is worth saving. Ride as a wayward mortal servant of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a sympathetic angel, or a demon who just likes mortals, looking to cheat Doomsday and keep the world going while Heaven and Hell both want you dead. This playtest will include character creation, immersion in the world and some stress testing of mechanics before we gear up for publication. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R123: [FOCUS GROUP] "Compass" by Black & Green Games; presented by Emily Care Boss. A storytelling game of shared world building, inspired by Microscope and the Quiet Year. Travelers venture forth into a landscape full of adventure and wonder, created in play. A GMless, freeform tabletop rpg with brief interludes of in-character play. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R124: [FOCUS GROUP] "Magic, INC RPG" by Age of Ravens; presented by Lowell Francis. In Magic, INC you play office workers in a magical corporation. Your department lies at the very, very bottom. You and your team just manage to hang on - avoiding responsibility and blame. To do so you have to work hard - carrying out desperate missions to alter budgets, undercut rival divisions, and mystically cloak your faked resumes. It's an episodic RPG. Think of a mix of Monday Begins on Saturday, Leverage, The Magicians, Office Space, Harry Potter, and The IT Crowd. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R127: [BETA TEST] "By the Book" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. You're straight cops in a crooked city, the only hope for restoring the faith people once had in city government. But as you try to clean up the streets, a masked vigilante haunts the shadows, threatening to prove once and for all that public officials are powerless in the face of darkness. Friday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R128: [BETA TEST] "Epyllion" by Magpie Games; presented by Marissa Kelly. Long ago, the Dragonlords banished the Darkness and saved the Dragon Kingdoms. You, the sons and daughters of the Dragonlords, must journey out into the wilds to learn the truth of the Darknesses return! Friday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R143: [FOCUS GROUP] "Dignity and Power" by Evil Hat Productions; presented by Clark Valentine. You are a queen, or a prince, or a great wizard, or a high priestess, or a warrior of wide renown - a lady or a lord of dignity and power. A great quest must be undertaken, and only you, and others like you, have the ability to complete it. But while you secure the fate of the world, can you ensure that your own realm stays safe? Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R144: [ALPHA TEST] "Faded Ages" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. This game explores the feeling of the turning of the ages in a fantasy world, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings or The Wheel of Time. During play, your characters struggle to establish potential truths, glorious or tragic, of present, past or future. This game focusses on how the future will be affected by history. Familiarity with Lord of the Rings is an asset. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R145: [BETA TEST] "Headspace" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Headspace is a cyberpunk game where the players are operatives fighting against evil corporations. You'll need to make use not only of your own hyper-competence but that of your teammates by use of shared mental and emotional consciousness, the Headspace. There's a catch though: Everyone's got baggage and digging too deeply into the Space can quickly turn a simple Op into a battle for your very mind and spirit. Headspace, powered by the Apocalypse, explores the boundaries between cinematic fiction and cinematic feelings. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R146: [BETA TEST] "Heart of the Rose" by Black & Green Games; presented by Emily Care Boss. A high-magic fantasy world, inspired by fairy tales and modern fantasy such as the books of Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley and Susan Cooper. A group of unlikely heros work together to unravel the dangerous mystery threatening the land, and learn more about their own potential along the way. A collaborative tabletop RPG, with simple token based mechanics. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R147: [BETA TEST] "Last Flight of KG200" by Atomic Overmind Press; presented by Kenneth Hite. This horror storytelling game presents a desperate crew, flying out of the heart of darkness, into the heart of mystery. It might kill them all, or worse: reveal the truth they fly from. Somewhere in the night sky, Something is waiting. Waiting for the last flight of KG 200. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R148: [BETA TEST] "Nautilus" presented by Ian Brown. Nautilus is a science-fiction RPG set in a universe with a mystery around every corner. Playing as humans (who have scattered among the stars), the Cairdeil-Eile (a genius, animalistic species), Ongyr (a sentient race of observer asteroids), or Lai (recently uplifted AIs), players explore this universe, uncovering secrets ranging from forgotten civilizations to devious political plots. Loosely based on the d20 system, Nautilus is designed for long-term campaign play, with an emphasis on flexible rules and fun, character-driven play. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R149: [BETA TEST] "Project: Dark" by Gameplaywright Press; presented by Will Hindmarch. Stealthy adventure gaming with a card-based rules system built from the ground-up to bring stealth-action play to the tabletop. Adventures can be set in a fantastical city or on a futuristic planet; let's find out! Come get a glimpse of this game that's great for 1-4 players plus a GM. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R150: [BETA TEST] "Strange New Worlds" by Critical-Hits Studios, LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. You know the drill: Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before…if only things wouldn't keep going wrong on routine missions. A Star Trek-inspired RPG, Powered by the Apocalypse. Knowledge of Apocalypse World a plus but not required. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R151: [BETA TEST] "The Waking Dreams Games Core Rulebook" by Waking Dreams Games; presented by Chad Brayman. The night is our friend for it is the time of Dreams. Dreams can be of anything, anywhere and at any time. Our system is just as open. Care to run a game set in Steampunk? Perhaps in the darkness of the Pangaea? Maybe dance on the embers of THE WAR? All is possible, just like a Dream. This is a die purchase/investment system that brings a unique experience to the table. From character creation to gameplay, each step is an easy progression into the next. Just wait till you see our spell/magic system… Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R152: [BETA TEST] "With Great Power..." by Incarnadine Press; presented by Michael Miller. Sure, you soar through the clouds, juggle tractors, and emerge from infernos unscathed. So what? It doesn't help your ailing brother, your estranged ex-wife, or the neighborhood gossip. You can save the world, but are you willing to pay the price? A story game in redevelopment, I need to test a few subsystems and see how they interact. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R153: [ALPHA TEST] Catthulhu; "Cats of Fuiry" by Catthulhu; presented by Joel Sparks. In this new setting for Catthulhu-style role playing, players are ambitious members of the Court of Queen Catania in the world of Fuiry, primal nexus of passion and terror where social and military conflicts decide the destiny of everything living thing throughout the multiverse. Come playtest an introductory scenario and give your feedback on setting and mechanics. Cats of Fuiry is the keystone of the long-brewing Worlds of Catthulhu supplement. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R156: [FOCUS GROUP] "Cthulhu: Strange Aeons" by Paradigm Concepts; presented by Eric Wiener. Explore the far reaches of space and confront the horrors of the Mythos in a new sci-fi setting for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Cthulhu: Strange Aeons takes the tropes of Lovecraftian horror and transplants them into a hard, gritty science fiction setting. The two initial books, the Investigator's Guide and the Keeper's Guide, define the setting and include everything you need to advance your Call of Cthulhu game into the far future. Subsequent books will explore the horrors of new worlds and the dark places between the stars. Cthulhu: Strange Aeons is fully licensed from Chaosium and is based on the 7th Edition of the Call of Cthulhu game system. Call of Cthulhu is a trademark of Chaosium Inc. and is used with permission. We are seeking input on twisting the tropes of Mythos horror to fit a hard-science near-future setting. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R169: [BETA TEST] "Cartel" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. Despite the upheaval of El Chapo's capture, Los Cartel de Sinaloa still rules with a tight fist throughout western Mexico, including the sprawling metropolis of Durango. In Cartel, you'll play the nacros, sicarios, and halcones that keep the world's largest drug operation running in Durango, evading the eyes of the law and the bullets of rival cartels. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R170: [ALPHA TEST] "Escape from Dreamworld" by Make Big Things; presented by Hannah Shaffer. Escape from Dreamworld is a surreal storytelling-role playing game that takes place inside the Dreamworld of Pip, a 7-year-old sleeping protagonist. Pip's Dreamworld is highly illogical, at times hostile, and inhabited by a host of fantastical characters and topsy-turvy settings. Inspired by classic dream stories like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Neverending Story. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R171: [BETA TEST] "Forthright" by Room 209 Gaming; presented by Ray Watters & Bryan Shipp. A hybrid tactical-story RPG that emphasizes quick character creation, collaborative setting customization and fast play through streamlined combat and social conflict. Character growth comes from new options earned through choices made while adventuring, not bigger numbers, and difficulty is determined by the approach characters take to any situation. Where will your adventure take you? Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R172: [ALPHA TEST] "Mutanthearts" by Tiny Knives Games; presented by James Stuart. You didn't ask to be born this way. When your powers came, wild, uncontrollable, beautiful, and dangerous, your friends, your family, everybody turned on you. The media says you should be locked up, registered, maybe even killed. But now you're at a school which promises to be safe, which promises acceptance. Can you find a new family here? Can you become a beacon to humanity, or will you choose a darker path? Expect high school drama, romance, superheroic action with themes of experiencing and fighting against bigotry. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R173: [BETA TEST] "Novapunk Setting & NOVA6 System" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Novapunk is an urban fantasy arcanopunk setting using a simulationist-lite system dubbed NOVA6 that supports narrative intrusion. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R174: [BETA TEST] "Solar Flare" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A space opera RPG about space-faring crews, interplanetary intrigue, and dealing with a changing universe. In the future, humanity rises from the ashes to survive and expand in a universe that was not ready for their fast ascent. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R175: [BETA TEST] Dungeonworld; "The Blood Oak" presented by Sarah Richardson. This is a Dungeon World setting and players will be going through the end of the adventure, which is set underground. Enter the town of Greybark, where none of the inhabitants are what they seem. Their daily life revolves around the blood red oak tended to by a cult of henna-haired elves. Its roots dig deep in earth wetted by the sacrifices of the townsfolk, but what is really behind its power? Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R176: [BETA TEST] Iron Edda; "Memories of Metal and Bone" by Stormin' Da Castle; presented by Jeremy Morgan. Memories of Metal and Bone is based on Iron Edda, using mechanics from Lady Blackbird and Always/Never/Now. Midgaard lies in ruin, and we've gone into space aboard our Jotunn living ships, but the damned Dwarves also found a way to develop spacecraft, and they're up here too. We're the crew of the Stormbeard, and we search for why Ragnarok didn't happen. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R179: [FOCUS GROUP] "Dignity and Power" by Evil Hat Productions; presented by Clark Valentine. You are a queen, or a prince, or a great wizard, or a high priestess, or a warrior of wide renown - a lady or a lord of dignity and power. A great quest must be undertaken, and only you, and others like you, have the ability to complete it. But while you secure the fate of the world, can you ensure that your own realm stays safe? Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R180: [ALPHA TEST] "Epiphany" by ONE SHOT Podcast; presented by James D'Amato & Kat Murphy. Epiphany is an RPG inspired by movies like Groundhogs Day, Stranger Than Fiction, and Freaky Friday. It creates stories where a flawed protagonist is changed through magical realism. Games revolve around a single protagonist, so there is only one person taking on the traditional role of a "player." Other players act as "Fates" who work together to build a cinematic world and compete for control over the protagonist's destiny. Friday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R188: [ALPHA TEST] "AfroFuture" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Set in a multiverse much like ours (but seen through Bootsy Collins's star-shaped sunglasses), AfroFuture is the game of funk-powered culture heroes from the Mothership sticking it to the transdimensional evil known as the Man. Portray characters from your favorite songs as you join the Social Justice War against history's greatest villains. This tabletop role playing game uses the Cortex Plus system to tell stories inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic's mythology, Janelle Monae's Metropolis Suites, Ishmael Reed's fiction, and more. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R189: [BETA TEST] "Dreamfall" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Laura Simpson. Dreamfall is a story game built on the Apocalypse Engine. What if you and a group of friends went to a fantastical dream world every night for five years? Now the world is collapsing, and you have five days to escape. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R190: [BETA TEST] "HYPERREALITY" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. HYPERREALITY is a satirical comedy roleplaying game about the best and worst of the new wave of reality TV. Chaos, controversy, adrenaline, sex, violence, and even death are just par for the course. It's time to win big, so put on your game face and take this chance to get anything and everything you ever wanted. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY.

R191: [FOCUS GROUP] The New World; "Scenario Brainstorming Session" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Bill White. The New World is a game that lets players collaboratively build an alternate history setting and then play in it. But sometimes players want to just get to play, and forgo the world-building so that they can concentrate on playing a character. That means they'll need pre-generated scenarios, which someone will need to write. In order to help potential scenario writers, this session involves, after a brief explanation of the relevant game mechanics, participants with an active historical imagination brainstorming potential alt-history setting ideas in order to test and refine a scenario creation style guide for "The New World." Friday, 6:00PM - 700PM; Serious, All Ages.

R192: [ALPHA TEST] What Came Before; "Rogues Gallery" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. This game is meant to be played during an ongoing Pathfinder/D&D or Dungeon World campaign when you don't have everyone show up for a session. The adventurers sit around a campfire and a rogue tells a story of her mentors' great deeds of larceny. You play through that flashback-adventure as an all-rogue party. All players must have experience with Pathfinder/D&D or Dungeon World. Bonus points if you have read the 2nd ed Complete Book of Thieves, or if you have OSR experience. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R196: [BETA TEST] "The Dark Road" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. The gunslinger, the priest, and the mother come to the town of Charcas, searching for signs of the El Hombre Muerto. Their journey has already carried them away from the sea of dreams to this forsaken place. What will they find here? Will they survive this town? Will they honor the Law and return to the Road? Friday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R215: [BETA TEST] "Action Cards RPG" by Age of Ravens; presented by Lowell Francis. Action Cards offers a card-based RPG system in which individual player decks serve as a unique randomizer for their character. It combines ideas from Fate Core, Risk Legacy, and other games. GMs can use Action Cards for ongoing campaigns or players can draft decks for one-shots. The system itself can model many genres. This session will use a fantasy city-guards scenario to demonstrate the mechanics. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R216: [ALPHA TEST] "Bluebeard's Bride" presented by Sarah Richardson. This is a Apocalypse World hack involving the Bluebeard fairy tale, and will investigate mature themes and triggering subjects such as domestic violence and abuse. You are part of a young bride's mind, fresh from the grey drudgery of her cloistered life at home with her mother. Now you have been installed in Bluebeard's castle, although your new husband has left you alone while he attends to urgent business. You have the keys to every room. He has warned you not to venture into his private chamber. Can you resist the pull of your curiosity? Created by Whitney Beltran, Marissa Kelly and Sarah Richardson. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R217: [ALPHA TEST] "By Word and Deed" presented by Mel White. By Word and Deed is a fantasy roleplaying game where conflict resolution determines narrative priority for the players. The main goal of the playtest is to determine what kind of controls are needed for player narration that allow creativity and authorship without infringing on other player characters' roles as protagonists in the game world. Secondary goals include identifying to what extent the conflict resolution mechanics support player character cooperative play versus player character conflictual play; identifying the need for a default setting or a setting creation process; and integrating character creation and advancement mechanics with narrative style of play. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R218: [BETA TEST] "Champions of Asgard" by Magpie Games; presented by Marissa Kelly. The description for this game is forthcoming by the designer. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R220: [ALPHA TEST] "Dead Scare" by Blind Lady Versus; presented by Elsa Henry. It is 1953 and the dead have risen. You, a suburban housewife must survive with your neighbors, or die trying. Better dead than Zed. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R221: [ALPHA TEST] "DEMON HUNTERS: A Comedy of Terrors" by Corvus Dormiens; presented by Amanda Valentine. Recruited to the world's last bastion of defense against the dark, you and the other members of your demon-hunting chapter deliver righteous fury to your foes, or at the very least try not to get added to the roster of next year's "In Memoriam" film clip at the Brotherhood's annual meeting. Come help us beat this Fate-influenced training simulation designed by Cam Banks for Dead Gentlemen Productions into shape before the next apocalypse. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R222: [BETA TEST] "Five Fires" by Thoughtcrime Games; presented by Quinn Murphy. The five elements of hip hop culture have changed and influenced the world. Five Fires gives you the opportunity to play a crew of MCs, breakdancers, DJs, and graffiti artists who are expressing their joys and pain, changing themselves and also their world. It is a game about making art with mechanics that don't require you be rap star or graffiti artist yourself. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance.

[FILLED] R223: [BETA TEST] "Heart of the Rose" by Black & Green Games; presented by Emily Care Boss. A high-magic fantasy world, inspired by fairy tales and modern fantasy such as the books of Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley and Susan Cooper. A group of unlikely heros work together to unravel the dangerous mystery threatening the land, and learn more about their own potential along the way. A collaborative tabletop RPG, with simple token based mechanics. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R224: [FOCUS GROUP] "Monsters" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Cheyenne Rae Grimes. For those who live with irrational thoughts, the world can be a terrifying place. But what if those thoughts came to life? Coming up with a game that deals with the complexities of dealing with sensitive subjects and taking play into places one doesn't talk about in polite company. Depression, anxiety and other disorders will be at the heart of this game and the subject matter is not be easy. As someone who has suffered from such thoughts, I'm looking to create a game that will prove to be cathartic to it's players by seeing their characters battle the monsters from their own minds. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R225: [BETA TEST] "Noir World" by The Writer Next Door; presented by John Adamus. Noir World is a collaborative-GM Apocalypse Word hack focusing on a noir world of both classic and neo film tropes. Players take on the roles of detectives, femme fatales, mooks, war vets and more in tragic tales of crime, suffering and corruption as they not only direct play but shape the story they're telling. This game's influences run a gamut from The Maltese Falcon. Double Indemnity and Out of the Past to neo-noirs like Pulp Fiction, Sin City and Brick. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R226: [BETA TEST] "Terra Incognita" presented by Vivian Abraham. Terra Incognita is a fantasy role playing game in the tradition of Dungeons & Dragons. It draws its inspiration from the history and legends of North, Central, and South America. This playtest will focus on the basic play rules: Conflict resolution, skill and ability use, and general game mechanics. Characters will be pre-gens, and we will run through several scenes of an adventure for beginning characters, with time for Q&A at the end. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R227: [BETA TEST] Fate Core; "Dreamdiver" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Josh Harrison. Dreamdiver is a Fate Core game about your imagination. You play a Diver, running the dreamscape to liberate new ideas, protect the collective unconscious, and overcome the enemies of free thought. Each dream comes alive as an original character, with skills, stunts, and abilities that make every dive unique. Together with your friends, you'll explore the hopes, fears, and inner lives of your characters across two worlds. In this session, we'll focus on dream creation, dream travel, and the setting-specific skills featured in Dreamdiver. We'll also try to stop a psychic mega-corporation from dominating the world overnight. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R228: [BETA TEST] Iron Edda; "Memories of Metal and Bone" by Stormin' Da Castle; presented by Jeremy Morgan. Memories of Metal and Bone is based on Iron Edda, using mechanics from Lady Blackbird and Always/Never/Now. Midgaard lies in ruin, and we've gone into space aboard our Jotunn living ships, but the damned Dwarves also found a way to develop spacecraft, and they're up here too. We're the crew of the Stormbeard, and we search for why Ragnarok didn't happen. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R233: [ALPHA TEST] "Epiphany" by ONE SHOT Podcast; presented by James D'Amato & Kat Murphy. Epiphany is an RPG inspired by movies like Groundhogs Day, Stranger Than Fiction, and Freaky Friday. It creates stories where a flawed protagonist is changed through magical realism. Games revolve around a single protagonist, so there is only one person taking on the traditional role of a "player." Other players act as "Fates" who work together to build a cinematic world and compete for control over the protagonist's destiny. Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R247: [BETA TEST] "Fate Divergent" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. Try out Magpie Games' deep hack of Fate Core, a system designed to minimize the role of combat while expanding on Fate Core's potential for exploration and drama. In this demo, we'll showcase a new 70's horror setting that draws on The Conjuring, The Exorcist, and Oculus for maximum terror. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R248: [BETA TEST] "Ill Counsel" by Human Hand & Brain; presented by Keith Stetson. Ill Counsel is a story game of nobles making law in a sword-and-sorcery royal court. Players propose solutions for the difficult issues facing the kingdom, argue points, maneuver for support, make deals, break deals, and backstab with abandon. But you can’t press all of your proposals through, so which of them will you sacrifice for the greater good – or at least the lesser evil? Features player-directed tone and content. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R249: [BETA TEST] "Novapunk Setting & NOVA6 System" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Novapunk is an urban fantasy arcanopunk setting using a simulationist-lite system dubbed NOVA6 that supports narrative intrusion. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R250: [BETA TEST] "Showdown: The Action Movie RPG" presented by Matthew Weber. Collaboratively create a cinematic work of heroic violence in the vein of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Rock. Players take on either Heroic or Villainous roles, as well as shared creative duties involving the use of "props" and "sets." This game aims for emulation of genre rather than deep thematic explorations or challenge-based play. Friday, 10:00PM - 2:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R251: [ALPHA TEST] "Special Circumstance" by the glyphpress; presented by Joshua A.C. Newman. Shock2.0 is Joshua A.C. Newman's wholly redesigned (and almost wholly untested) engine for Shock: Social Science Fiction. We'll start with a few threads of setting (to be revealed at playtime), refine our vision of the world, and then we'll hold on as it all changes beneath our feet! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R252: [BETA TEST] "The Waking Dreams Games Core Rulebook" by Waking Dreams Games; presented by Chad Brayman. The night is our friend for it is the time of Dreams. Dreams can be of anything, anywhere and at any time. Our system is just as open. Care to run a game set in Steampunk? Perhaps in the darkness of the Pangaea? Maybe dance on the embers of THE WAR? All is possible, just like a Dream. This is a die purchase/investment system that brings a unique experience to the table. From character creation to gameplay, each step is an easy progression into the next. Just wait till you see our spell/magic system… Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R253: [BETA TEST] "Variance" by Curious Purpose Games; presented by Rishi Agrawal. A storytelling, dimension-hopping game where characters travel to different worlds to complete missions and save their own world in the process. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R254: [ALPHA TEST] "Warriors of the Mystic Realms" by Critical-Hits Studios, LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. Relive the glory of the '80s in this homage to Saturday morning cartoons, B-movie fantasy, and cheesy superhero action. In Warriors of the Mystic Realms, you play one of these Chosen, men and women gifted with fantastic and magical powers, joined together to destroy the Anti-Matter Monarch and his fiendish cross-dimensional minions. Lift your Lazer Sword! Grasp your Rocket Rifle! And summon the Valiant Hordes of Meggidon! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R255: [BETA TEST] "Writer's Blocks" by Eschaton Media Inc.; presented by Michael Pucci & Ashley Zdeb. Writer's Blocks is a shared story telling game that rotates between story tellers, focus characters, and locations where scenes can take place. It is designed to be a new twist on traditional table top role playing games. Writer's Blocks uses double 12 dominoes to determine core character traits, story settings, as well as the tempo and degree of success (or failure) players have as the story goes on. With the master system, additional worlds, and thousands of variants, Writer's Blocks is the game for getting to the heart of what table top gamers are looking for. The story. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R256: [BETA TEST] Witch Hunter: the Invisible World 2nd Edition; "Upcoming Expansions" by Paradigm Concepts; presented by Eric Wiener. We are seeking to experiment with new rules concepts for upcoming expansions for the successful Witch Hunter the Invisible World 2nd Edition game. The characters featured will mix established rules with relatively-untried concepts to test "balance", workability and most importantly: fun. Experiences WH players preferred but not necessary. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R269: [ALPHA TEST] "AfroFuture" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Set in a multiverse much like ours (but seen through Bootsy Collins's star-shaped sunglasses), AfroFuture is the game of funk-powered culture heroes from the Mothership sticking it to the transdimensional evil known as the Man. Portray characters from your favorite songs as you join the Social Justice War against history's greatest villains. This tabletop role playing game uses the Cortex Plus system to tell stories inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic's mythology, Janelle Monae's Metropolis Suites, Ishmael Reed's fiction, and more. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R270: [BETA TEST] "Corona: Autarchy's End" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. A sci-fi story game with strategic elements, inspired by the Braunstein game: Dune meets Diplomacy. The players control the movers and shakers in the court of a declining solar empire ruled by a powerful psychic autarch. Will you try to save the crumbling order, or put your ambitions above stability? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R271: [BETA TEST] "Dreamfall" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Laura Simpson. Dreamfall is a story game built on the Apocalypse Engine. What if you and a group of friends went to a fantastical dream world every night for five years? Now the world is collapsing, and you have five days to escape. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R272: [BETA TEST] "Eclipse Phase: Fate Edition" by Posthuman Studios; presented by Jack Graham. Eclipse Phase is a transhuman sci-fi/horror game about talking octopi and badass anarchists saving the future from killer AIs infected by an alien virus. The original d100 system came out in 2009. Ryan Macklin (writing/design) and Jack Graham (development) are now working on a Fate conversion. This playtest focuses on how EP-specific setting features - like body hopping, hacking, and reputation networks - make the jump to Fate. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R273: [ALPHA TEST] "Epiphany" by ONE SHOT Podcast; presented by James D'Amato & Kat Murphy. Epiphany is an RPG inspired by movies like Groundhogs Day, Stranger Than Fiction, and Freaky Friday. It creates stories where a flawed protagonist is changed through magical realism. Games revolve around a single protagonist, so there is only one person taking on the traditional role of a "player." Other players act as "Fates" who work together to build a cinematic world and compete for control over the protagonist's destiny. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R274: [ALPHA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. Interstellar Interventions is a game about trying to make the universe a better place, one mecha-equipped armed conflict at a time. All manner of high tech polity and transplanetary state vie for influence and control across human occupied space, their proxy wars, covert actions, and border conflicts carried out by highly trained operatives in advanced mecha. The current playtest version will focus on a zone-based positioning system, a hazard-and-collateral-damage system, and the combat system. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R275: [FOCUS GROUP] "Medias Res" presented by Vivian Abraham. Medias Res is a storytelling card game which begins in the middle of an action scene. The players create the setting and characters as they play out a single scene in the middle of a larger story. This game is a combination of cooperative and competitive gameplay. The playtest at Metatopia will be the first time that this game has ever been released into the wild, so to speak, and will focus on the general concepts rather than specific details of execution. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R276: [BETA TEST] Fate Core; "Smoke and Glass" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Abigail Corfman. You are a group of professional criminals with a dangerous plan - you want to steal from Jonathan Farrow, a powerful businessman with connections to the Office of War. Your target: a stone knife that's reputedly a magical relic of the Royal Age. This job could make their names as thieves for hire in Kroy, but each of you have an ulterior motive for why you want to visit the manor. The game begins one week before the heist. In one week, Farrow will be hosting a masquerade ball at his estate. It's the perfect cover for a burglary. Smoke and Glass is a Fate Core setting about crime, punishment, and the difference between what's legal and what's right. It takes place in Kroy - a steam powered industrial city of factories and skyscrapers built on the wreckage of a magical kingdom. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R280: [BETA TEST] "By the Book" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. You're straight cops in a crooked city, the only hope for restoring the faith people once had in city government. But as you try to clean up the streets, a masked vigilante haunts the shadows, threatening to prove once and for all that public officials are powerless in the face of darkness. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R281: [FOCUS GROUP] "Otrera" by Otrera Technology; presented by Jonthan Bethune. Developing games is hard. Otrera makes it easier. Otrera is a full-featured software toolkit for designing original games. Optimized for tabletop games, Otrera does much of the complex mathematical balancing and formatting for you. It publishes an attractive game manual you can patent, play, or sell. Otrera will help to democratize game development and bring new voices to an industry in need of new perspectives. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R298: [BETA TEST] "Action Cards RPG" by Age of Ravens; presented by Lowell Francis. Action Cards offers a card-based RPG system in which individual player decks serve as a unique randomizer for their character. It combines ideas from Fate Core, Risk Legacy, and other games. GMs can use Action Cards for ongoing campaigns or players can draft decks for one-shots. The system itself can model many genres. This session will use a fantasy city-guards scenario to demonstrate the mechanics. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R299: [ALPHA TEST] "Adventurous" by Gameplaywright Press; presented by Will Hindmarch. Action-adventure in the tradition of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft using a new generation of tags, Keys, and more! This simple, stunt-driven, environmentally rich game spotlights player choices for single-session and campaign play. Come to help hone this game! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R300: [ALPHA TEST] "Bluebeard's Bride" by Magpie Games; presented by Marissa Kelly. This is a Apocalypse World hack involving the Bluebeard fairy tale, and will investigate mature themes and triggering subjects such as domestic violence and abuse. You are part of a young bride's mind, fresh from the grey drudgery of her cloistered life at home with her mother. Now you have been installed in Bluebeard's castle, although your new husband has left you alone while he attends to urgent business. You have the keys to every room. He has warned you not to venture into his private chamber. Can you resist the pull of your curiosity? Created by Whitney Beltran, Marissa Kelly and Sarah Richardson. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R301: [BETA TEST] "Champion of the Realm (Character Creation)" by Consensus Games; presented by David Petroski. You were once the designated Champion of a magical realm. After many years of fighting for the good and just, you gave up your title to live out your days in quiet solitude. Now a new Evil Presence has arisen that threatens the land. The call has gone out for one who can stand against this menace and make the world safe again. The Realm needs its Champion! Dusting off your weapons and refreshing your magic lore, you make your way across the lands of the Realm to confront the evil forces and defeat them wherever they are found. In your travels, you will collect resources...mighty weapons and mystical treasures...to help you defeat the evil force. All the while, the evil continues to grow, eroding the will of the forces of good with every passing day. Can you defeat the evil before it eliminates the forces of good? Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R302: [BETA TEST] "Dreamfall" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Laura Simpson. Dreamfall is a story game built on the Apocalypse Engine. What if you and a group of friends went to a fantastical dream world every night for five years? Now the world is collapsing, and you have five days to escape. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R303: [BETA TEST] "Noir World" by The Writer Next Door; presented by John Adamus. Noir World is a collaborative-GM Apocalypse Word hack focusing on a noir world of both classic and neo film tropes. Players take on the roles of detectives, femme fatales, mooks, war vets and more in tragic tales of crime, suffering and corruption as they not only direct play but shape the story they're telling. This game's influences run a gamut from The Maltese Falcon. Double Indemnity and Out of the Past to neo-noirs like Pulp Fiction, Sin City and Brick. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R304: [ALPHA TEST] "Special Circumstance" by the glyphpress; presented by Joshua A.C. Newman. Shock2.0 is Joshua A.C. Newman's wholly redesigned (and almost wholly untested) engine for Shock: Social Science Fiction. We'll start with a few threads of setting (to be revealed at playtime), refine our vision of the world, and then we'll hold on as it all changes beneath our feet! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R305: [BETA TEST] "Terra Incognita" presented by Vivian Abraham. Terra Incognita is a fantasy role playing game in the tradition of Dungeons & Dragons. It draws its inspiration from the history and legends of North, Central, and South America. This playtest will focus on the basic play rules: Conflict resolution, skill and ability use, and general game mechanics. Characters will be pre-gens, and we will run through several scenes of an adventure for beginning characters, with time for Q&A at the end. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R306: [BETA TEST] Riders; "Family Matters" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. Doomsday approaches...and you think the world and a fractured family is worth saving. Ride as a wayward mortal servant of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a sympathetic angel, or a demon who just likes mortals, looking to cheat Doomsday and keep the world going while Heaven and Hell both want you dead. This playtest will include character creation, immersion in the world and some stress testing of mechanics before we gear up for publication. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R335: [ALPHA TEST] "Ars Magica GUMSHOE RPG" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. The Quaesitors of House Guernicus are the executors of Mythic Europe's magical traditions, seeking out the rot that festers in the heart of the Order of Hermes. Using hermetic magic and the assistance of their trusty companions & grogs, Quaesitors must solve mysteries impossible to solve with 13th century methods. Join designer Cam Banks in testing this marriage of gaming's premier investigative rules with the award-winning world of Ars Magica. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R336: [ALPHA TEST] "Bluebeard's Bride" presented by Sarah Richardson. This is a Apocalypse World hack involving the Bluebeard fairy tale, and will investigate mature themes and triggering subjects such as domestic violence and abuse. You are part of a young bride's mind, fresh from the grey drudgery of her cloistered life at home with her mother. Now you have been installed in Bluebeard's castle, although your new husband has left you alone while he attends to urgent business. You have the keys to every room. He has warned you not to venture into his private chamber. Can you resist the pull of your curiosity? Created by Whitney Beltran, Marissa Kelly and Sarah Richardson. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R337: [ALPHA TEST] "By Word and Deed" presented by Mel White. By Word and Deed is a fantasy roleplaying game where conflict resolution determines narrative priority for the players. The main goal of the playtest is to determine what kind of controls are needed for player narration that allow creativity and authorship without infringing on other player characters' roles as protagonists in the game world. Secondary goals include identifying to what extent the conflict resolution mechanics support player character cooperative play versus player character conflictual play; identifying the need for a default setting or a setting creation process; and integrating character creation and advancement mechanics with narrative style of play. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R338: [FOCUS GROUP] "Displacement" by HitMouse Studios; presented by Joshua Ferraiuolo & Warren Morrison. Displacement, is Fantasy RPG that approaches the RPG genre from a slightly different angle. The players are all sentient creatures that have been taken from their original realities when near death and brought to an unfinished world to have a second chance at life. Hopefully in doing so they and the others who have been brought there before them will also help the complete the world and fight the evil. Unfortunately the established native Humans are prideful and xenophobic. Displacement focuses on character growth, social development and the question when do you conform to the requests of society and when do you stand apart. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R339: [ALPHA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. Interstellar Interventions is a game about trying to make the universe a better place, one mecha-equipped armed conflict at a time. All manner of high tech polity and transplanetary state vie for influence and control across human occupied space, their proxy wars, covert actions, and border conflicts carried out by highly trained operatives in advanced mecha. The current playtest version will focus on a zone-based positioning system, a hazard-and-collateral-damage system, and the combat system. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R340: [BETA TEST] "Nautilus" presented by Ian Brown. Nautilus is a science-fiction RPG set in a universe with a mystery around every corner. Playing as humans (who have scattered among the stars), the Cairdeil-Eile (a genius, animalistic species), Ongyr (a sentient race of observer asteroids), or Lai (recently uplifted AIs), players explore this universe, uncovering secrets ranging from forgotten civilizations to devious political plots. Loosely based on the d20 system, Nautilus is designed for long-term campaign play, with an emphasis on flexible rules and fun, character-driven play. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R341: [BETA TEST] "TimeWatch Mythos" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin W. Kulp. 1920's Arkham: There are horrible things that live beyond the walls of mortal comprehension, abominations that slide through time itself to change history and turn the world into sanity-blasted nightmare. You wage war against them. And congratulations! You must be succeeding, because they've noticed you. They're coming for you. And perhaps you should stop them before you are erased from existence. TimeWatch Mythos is a Lovecraftian setting for the newly Kickstarted GUMSHOE game of time travel, investigation and chronal mayhem. Saturday, 2:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R342: [ALPHA TEST] Catthulhu; "Cats of Fuiry" by Catthulhu; presented by Joel Sparks. In this new setting for Catthulhu-style role playing, players are ambitious members of the Court of Queen Catania in the world of Fuiry, primal nexus of passion and terror where social and military conflicts decide the destiny of everything living thing throughout the multiverse. Come playtest an introductory scenario and give your feedback on setting and mechanics. Cats of Fuiry is the keystone of the long-brewing Worlds of Catthulhu supplement. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R343: [BETA TEST] Parseley; "Wizard Town" presented by Matthew Weber. You awaken in the middle of the night to find that the Tower of the Master Wizards has been breached. Your teachers are dead or gone, but whatever terrible portal they opened threatens to engulf the entire town in monsters. Now it is up to you, the apprentices, to put things right in Wizard Town. A Parseley engine game that introduces individual characters and leveling up for a more RPG-like experience, but with the focus still solidly on puzzle-solving. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R357: [BETA TEST] "Eclipse Phase: Fate Edition" by Posthuman Studios; presented by Jack Graham. Eclipse Phase is a transhuman sci-fi/horror game about talking octopi and badass anarchists saving the future from killer AIs infected by an alien virus. The original d100 system came out in 2009. Ryan Macklin (writing/design) and Jack Graham (development) are now working on a Fate conversion. This playtest focuses on how EP-specific setting features - like body hopping, hacking, and reputation networks - make the jump to Fate. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R358: [ALPHA TEST] "Escape from Dreamworld" by Make Big Things; presented by Hannah Shaffer. Escape from Dreamworld is a surreal storytelling-role playing game that takes place inside the Dreamworld of Pip, a 7-year-old sleeping protagonist. Pip's Dreamworld is highly illogical, at times hostile, and inhabited by a host of fantastical characters and topsy-turvy settings. Inspired by classic dream stories like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Neverending Story. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R359: [BETA TEST] "Golden Dawn" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Stephen Tasker. Golden Dawn is a Tabletop RPG inspired by the video game Persona. Players are cast as humans fighting against shadowy beings with vast magical power who exist in places just beyond where normal human beings can see. Creatures from other dimensions feed on human emotions and abilities by drawing them into their own minds and trapping them in a prison made of their own fears, traumas and anxieties. The players play as Awakened; people who have faced their own darkness and awakened previously dormant power contained within them, their Avatar. Deals with themes of insanity, horror, and heroism. Saturday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R360: [BETA TEST] "Headspace" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Headspace is a cyberpunk game where the players are operatives fighting against evil corporations. You'll need to make use not only of your own hyper-competence but that of your teammates by use of shared mental and emotional consciousness, the Headspace. There's a catch though: Everyone's got baggage and digging too deeply into the Space can quickly turn a simple Op into a battle for your very mind and spirit. Headspace, powered by the Apocalypse, explores the boundaries between cinematic fiction and cinematic feelings. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R361: [BETA TEST] "Heart of the Rose" by Black & Green Games; presented by Emily Care Boss. A high-magic fantasy world, inspired by fairy tales and modern fantasy such as the books of Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley and Susan Cooper. A group of unlikely heros work together to unravel the dangerous mystery threatening the land, and learn more about their own potential along the way. A collaborative tabletop RPG, with simple token based mechanics. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R362: [BETA TEST] "Last Flight of KG200" by Atomic Overmind Press; presented by Hal Mangold. This horror storytelling game presents a desperate crew, flying out of the heart of darkness, into the heart of mystery. It might kill them all, or worse: reveal the truth they fly from. Somewhere in the night sky, Something is waiting. Waiting for the last flight of KG 200. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R363: [FOCUS GROUP] "The New Rules Fantasy Project" by Thoughtcrime Games; presented by Quinn Murphy. Fantasy is a great genre, but many common assumptions and tropes have not been thoroughly questioned. What would a fantasy game look like that questioned our basic thoughts on the genre? Based on the series of articles "The New Rules of Fantasy" (located at http://thoughtcrimegames.net), we are building a fantasy world and game based on these results of these questions. The focus group will then help this project on multicultural fantasy take shape to make fantasy that is both fun and accessible in the right sort of ways. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R364: [BETA TEST] "SBURBia" presented by Nick Roth. Is your average RPG a little too serious for you? Want to play something where Friendship is a stat and Magic only works if you Believe hard enough? Then SBURBia is for you! A genre-bending game of Adventure and Zany Fun, SBURBia is a tabletop RPG inspired by the popular webcomic Homestuck. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

[FILLED] R365: [BETA TEST] "Six Guns Without Master" by Human Hand & Brain; presented by Keith Stetson. Six Guns Without Master is a story game of the peril and potential of the American West. Those who followed the setting sun knew not what they might find in that wide, unorganized territory - flora, fauna or something much, much more foreign. We will work together to tell the story of those who struggled to survive at the intersection of humanity, nature and that which transcends both. Based on Swords Without Master by Epidiah Ravachol. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R366: [BETA TEST] Fate Core; "Dreamdiver" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Josh Harrison. Dreamdiver is a Fate Core game about your imagination. You play a Diver, running the dreamscape to liberate new ideas, protect the collective unconscious, and overcome the enemies of free thought. Each dream comes alive as an original character, with skills, stunts, and abilities that make every dive unique. Together with your friends, you'll explore the hopes, fears, and inner lives of your characters across two worlds. In this session, we'll focus on dream creation, dream travel, and the setting-specific skills featured in Dreamdiver. We'll also try to stop a psychic mega-corporation from dominating the world overnight. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R371: [FOCUS GROUP] "Let's Talk About Superheroes" by Curious Purpose Games; presented by Rishi Agrawal. In this focus group, game designer Rishi Agrawal asks you to bring your superhero A-game for a game inspired by Dial H, about ordinary people gaining superpowers for short periods of time. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R372: [FOCUS GROUP] "Otrera" by Otrera Technology; presented by Jonthan Bethune. Developing games is hard. Otrera makes it easier. Otrera is a full-featured software toolkit for designing original games. Optimized for tabletop games, Otrera does much of the complex mathematical balancing and formatting for you. It publishes an attractive game manual you can patent, play, or sell. Otrera will help to democratize game development and bring new voices to an industry in need of new perspectives. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R379: [BETA TEST] "Corona: Autarchy's End" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. A sci-fi story game with strategic elements, inspired by the Braunstein game: Dune meets Diplomacy. The players control the movers and shakers in the court of a declining solar empire ruled by a powerful psychic autarch. Will you try to save the crumbling order, or put your ambitions above stability? Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R380: [BETA TEST] "Starjump Chronicles" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A collaborative space adventure story game. Space is calling, so get a crew, get a ship, find new places, find trouble, and make some noise. You'll be creating your universe and discovering your relationships and complications as you play. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R381: [BETA TEST] Witch Hunter: the Invisible World 2nd Edition; "Upcoming Expansions" by Paradigm Concepts; presented by Eric Wiener. We are seeking to experiment with new rules concepts for upcoming expansions for the successful Witch Hunter the Invisible World 2nd Edition game. The characters featured will mix established rules with relatively-untried concepts to test "balance", workability and most importantly: fun. Experiences WH players preferred but not necessary. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R385: [BETA TEST] "The Dark Road" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. The gunslinger, the priest, and the mother come to the town of Charcas, searching for signs of the El Hombre Muerto. Their journey has already carried them away from the sea of dreams to this forsaken place. What will they find here? Will they survive this town? Will they honor the Law and return to the Road? Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R386: [BETA TEST] Dungeon World; "Unlikely Heroes" presented by Matthew Weber. You wake up. You don't know where you are, and you don't know these strange people in the darkness with you. But they seem broken somehow, outcasts somehow...just like you. Will you be able to work together to survive? Or will your frailties and vulnerabilities doom you all? (DW hack that experiments with Bonds and Helping/Interfering; very serious themes involving disability/difference and trust.) Saturday, 7:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R387: [BETA TEST] Fate Core; "House of Bards" by Critical-Hits Studios, LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. The city of Costracinni sits in the middle of a fantasy empire continually at war. While The Emperor handles all aspects of war in distant lands, The People’s Benevolent Ruling Council must deal with all the domestic issues. The Inquisition and the Wizards’ Guild try and influence the Council for favorable legislation, and the House of Bards tries to uncover the secrets of it all for the newspaper. Knowledge of Fate preferred. Saturday, 7:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R409: [ALPHA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. Interstellar Interventions is a game about trying to make the universe a better place, one mecha-equipped armed conflict at a time. All manner of high tech polity and transplanetary state vie for influence and control across human occupied space, their proxy wars, covert actions, and border conflicts carried out by highly trained operatives in advanced mecha. The current playtest version will focus on a zone-based positioning system, a hazard-and-collateral-damage system, and the combat system. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R410: [FOCUS GROUP] "Monsters" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Cheyenne Rae Grimes. For those who live with irrational thoughts, the world can be a terrifying place. But what if those thoughts came to life? Coming up with a game that deals with the complexities of dealing with sensitive subjects and taking play into places one doesn't talk about in polite company. Depression, anxiety and other disorders will be at the heart of this game and the subject matter is not be easy. As someone who has suffered from such thoughts, I'm looking to create a game that will prove to be cathartic to it's players by seeing their characters battle the monsters from their own minds. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R411: [BETA TEST] "Novapunk Setting & NOVA6 System" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Novapunk is an urban fantasy arcanopunk setting using a simulationist-lite system dubbed NOVA6 that supports narrative intrusion. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R412: [BETA TEST] "Prism" by Little Wish Productions; presented by Whitney Delaglio. Inspired by my webcomic, Prism the Miracle, and JRPGs, Prism is a semi-aquatic, 'pick up and play' RPG. An established code of ethics, a relationship tier, and a phase system to allow for more strategic combat are a few of its features. This game is recommended for those who like rules-light mechanics, and enjoy character interaction. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R413: [BETA TEST] "Project: Dark" by Gameplaywright Press; presented by Will Hindmarch. Stealthy adventure gaming with a card-based rules system built from the ground-up to bring stealth-action play to the tabletop. Adventures can be set in a fantastical city or on a futuristic planet; let's find out! Come get a glimpse of this game that's great for 1-4 players plus a GM. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R414: [BETA TEST] "SBURBia" presented by Nick Roth. Is your average RPG a little too serious for you? Want to play something where Friendship is a stat and Magic only works if you Believe hard enough? Then SBURBia is for you! A genre-bending game of Adventure and Zany Fun, SBURBia is a tabletop RPG inspired by the popular webcomic Homestuck. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

R415: [BETA TEST] "Starjump Chronicles" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A collaborative space adventure story game. Space is calling, so get a crew, get a ship, find new places, find trouble, and make some noise. You'll be creating your universe and discovering your relationships and complications as you play. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R416: [BETA TEST] "Terra Incognita" presented by Vivian Abraham. Terra Incognita is a fantasy role playing game in the tradition of Dungeons & Dragons. It draws its inspiration from the history and legends of North, Central, and South America. This playtest will focus on the basic play rules: Conflict resolution, skill and ability use, and general game mechanics. Characters will be pre-gens, and we will run through several scenes of an adventure for beginning characters, with time for Q&A at the end. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R417: [BETA TEST] "TimeWatch Parallel Realities" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin W. Kulp. There are infinite realities out there, and there are corporations mining them for their resources. Instead of time traveling, you slide between parallel universes as company troubleshooters. But there are rats in the system, and it's up to you to track them down... TimeWatch Parallel Realities is a sci-fi setting for the newly Kickstarted GUMSHOE game of time travel, investigation and chronal mayhem. Saturday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R418: [BETA TEST] Fate Core; "Smoke and Glass" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Abigail Corfman. You are a group of professional criminals with a dangerous plan - you want to steal from Jonathan Farrow, a powerful businessman with connections to the Office of War. Your target: a stone knife that's reputedly a magical relic of the Royal Age. This job could make their names as thieves for hire in Kroy, but each of you have an ulterior motive for why you want to visit the manor. The game begins one week before the heist. In one week, Farrow will be hosting a masquerade ball at his estate. It's the perfect cover for a burglary. Smoke and Glass is a Fate Core setting about crime, punishment, and the difference between what's legal and what's right. It takes place in Kroy - a steam powered industrial city of factories and skyscrapers built on the wreckage of a magical kingdom. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R423: [FOCUS GROUP] "Fate of the Galaxy" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre & Mark Richardson. A focus group for a galactic game about the cost of leadership. It's a game where players portray the great leaders who act on a planetary scale, and portray each-other's subordinates. It's a game where people need to fight to save their personal lives, their system, and the entire galaxy. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R436: [ALPHA TEST] "AfroFuture" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Set in a multiverse much like ours (but seen through Bootsy Collins's star-shaped sunglasses), AfroFuture is the game of funk-powered culture heroes from the Mothership sticking it to the transdimensional evil known as the Man. Portray characters from your favorite songs as you join the Social Justice War against history's greatest villains. This tabletop role playing game uses the Cortex Plus system to tell stories inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic's mythology, Janelle Monae's Metropolis Suites, Ishmael Reed's fiction, and more. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R438: [BETA TEST] "Six Guns Without Master" by Human Hand & Brain; presented by Keith Stetson. Six Guns Without Master is a story game of the peril and potential of the American West. Those who followed the setting sun knew not what they might find in that wide, unorganized territory - flora, fauna or something much, much more foreign. We will work together to tell the story of those who struggled to survive at the intersection of humanity, nature and that which transcends both. Based on Swords Without Master by Epidiah Ravachol. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R453: [BETA TEST] "Champion of the Realm (Actual Play)" by Consensus Games; presented by David Petroski. You were once the designated Champion of a magical realm. After many years of fighting for the good and just, you gave up your title to live out your days in quiet solitude. Now a new Evil Presence has arisen that threatens the land. The call has gone out for one who can stand against this menace and make the world safe again. The Realm needs its Champion! Dusting off your weapons and refreshing your magic lore, you make your way across the lands of the Realm to confront the evil forces and defeat them wherever they are found. In your travels, you will collect resources...mighty weapons and mystical treasures...to help you defeat the evil force. All the while, the evil continues to grow, eroding the will of the forces of good with every passing day. Can you defeat the evil before it eliminates the forces of good? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R454: [BETA TEST] "Forthright" by Room 209 Gaming; presented by Ray Watters & Bryan Shipp. A hybrid tactical-story RPG that emphasizes quick character creation, collaborative setting customization and fast play through streamlined combat and social conflict. Character growth comes from new options earned through choices made while adventuring, not bigger numbers, and difficulty is determined by the approach characters take to any situation. Where will your adventure take you? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R455: [BETA TEST] "HYPERREALITY" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. HYPERREALITY is a satirical comedy roleplaying game about the best and worst of the new wave of reality TV. Chaos, controversy, adrenaline, sex, violence, and even death are just par for the course. It's time to win big, so put on your game face and take this chance to get anything and everything you ever wanted. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R456: [ALPHA TEST] "Mutanthearts" by Tiny Knives Games; presented by James Stuart. You didn't ask to be born this way. When your powers came, wild, uncontrollable, beautiful, and dangerous, your friends, your family, everybody turned on you. The media says you should be locked up, registered, maybe even killed. But now you're at a school which promises to be safe, which promises acceptance. Can you find a new family here? Can you become a beacon to humanity, or will you choose a darker path? Expect high school drama, romance, superheroic action with themes of experiencing and fighting against bigotry. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R457: [BETA TEST] "Project: Dark" by Gameplaywright Press; presented by Will Hindmarch. Stealthy adventure gaming with a card-based rules system built from the ground-up to bring stealth-action play to the tabletop. Adventures can be set in a fantastical city or on a futuristic planet; let's find out! Come get a glimpse of this game that's great for 1-4 players plus a GM. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R458: [BETA TEST] "Six Guns Without Master" by Human Hand & Brain; presented by Keith Stetson. Six Guns Without Master is a story game of the peril and potential of the American West. Those who followed the setting sun knew not what they might find in that wide, unorganized territory - flora, fauna or something much, much more foreign. We will work together to tell the story of those who struggled to survive at the intersection of humanity, nature and that which transcends both. Based on Swords Without Master by Epidiah Ravachol. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R459: [BETA TEST] Riders; "Family Matters" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. Doomsday approaches...and you think the world and a fractured family is worth saving. Ride as a wayward mortal servant of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a sympathetic angel, or a demon who just likes mortals, looking to cheat Doomsday and keep the world going while Heaven and Hell both want you dead. This playtest will include character creation, immersion in the world and some stress testing of mechanics before we gear up for publication. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R465: [FOCUS GROUP] "Fate of the Galaxy" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre & Mark Richardson. A focus group for a galactic game about the cost of leadership. It's a game where players portray the great leaders who act on a planetary scale, and portray each-other's subordinates. It's a game where people need to fight to save their personal lives, their system, and the entire galaxy. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R480: [ALPHA TEST] "AfroFuture" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Set in a multiverse much like ours (but seen through Bootsy Collins's star-shaped sunglasses), AfroFuture is the game of funk-powered culture heroes from the Mothership sticking it to the transdimensional evil known as the Man. Portray characters from your favorite songs as you join the Social Justice War against history's greatest villains. This tabletop role playing game uses the Cortex Plus system to tell stories inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic's mythology, Janelle Monae's Metropolis Suites, Ishmael Reed's fiction, and more. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R481: [ALPHA TEST] Dungeon World; "The Blood Oak" presented by Sarah Richardson. This is a Dungeon World setting and players will be going through the end of the adventure, which is set underground. Enter the town of Greybark, where none of the inhabitants are what they seem. Their daily life revolves around the blood red oak tended to by a cult of henna-haired elves. Its roots dig deep in earth wetted by the sacrifices of the townsfolk, but what is really behind its power? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R482: [ALPHA TEST] "Dead Scare" by Blind Lady Versus; presented by Elsa Henry. It is 1953 and the dead have risen. You, a suburban housewife must survive with your neighbors, or die trying. Better dead than Zed. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R483: [BETA TEST] "Dreamfall" by Sweet Potato Press; presented by Laura Simpson. Dreamfall is a story game built on the Apocalypse Engine. What if you and a group of friends went to a fantastical dream world every night for five years? Now the world is collapsing, and you have five days to escape. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R484: [ALPHA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. Interstellar Interventions is a game about trying to make the universe a better place, one mecha-equipped armed conflict at a time. All manner of high tech polity and transplanetary state vie for influence and control across human occupied space, their proxy wars, covert actions, and border conflicts carried out by highly trained operatives in advanced mecha. The current playtest version will focus on a zone-based positioning system, a hazard-and-collateral-damage system, and the combat system. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R485: [BETA TEST] "Laser Kittens" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Cheyenne Rae Grimes. Welcome to Knoll Street School for Wayward Kittens! KSSWK is a big house where humans adopt stray and abandoned kittens. The adult cats in the house help to teach these young kittens how to be awesome cats before they get adopted by their forever home. There are many things young cats need to learn – how to clean themselves, how to pounce on bugs, how to find sunny places to lay in. But the most important thing to learn is how to control their lasers. Every cat has lasers, and each cat's lasers are unique. Lasers let cats do things that ordinary animals can't do. But lasers can be dangerous when you don't know how to use them properly. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

R486: [BETA TEST] "SBURBia" presented by Nick Roth. Is your average RPG a little too serious for you? Want to play something where Friendship is a stat and Magic only works if you Believe hard enough? Then SBURBia is for you! A genre-bending game of Adventure and Zany Fun, SBURBia is a tabletop RPG inspired by the popular webcomic Homestuck. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

R491: [BETA TEST] "Novapunk Setting & NOVA6 System" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Novapunk is an urban fantasy arcanopunk setting using a simulationist-lite system dubbed NOVA6 that supports narrative intrusion. Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R496: [ALPHA TEST] "Bluebeard's Bride" presented by Sarah Richardson. This is a Apocalypse World hack involving the Bluebeard fairy tale, and will investigate mature themes and triggering subjects such as domestic violence and abuse. You are part of a young bride's mind, fresh from the grey drudgery of her cloistered life at home with her mother. Now you have been installed in Bluebeard's castle, although your new husband has left you alone while he attends to urgent business. You have the keys to every room. He has warned you not to venture into his private chamber. Can you resist the pull of your curiosity? Created by Whitney Beltran, Marissa Kelly and Sarah Richardson. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R497: [BETA TEST] "Eclipse Phase: Fate Edition" by Posthuman Studios; presented by Jack Graham. Eclipse Phase is a transhuman sci-fi/horror game about talking octopi and badass anarchists saving the future from killer AIs infected by an alien virus. The original d100 system came out in 2009. Ryan Macklin (writing/design) and Jack Graham (development) are now working on a Fate conversion. This playtest focuses on how EP-specific setting features - like body hopping, hacking, and reputation networks - make the jump to Fate. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.


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