Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4, 2018
At the Hyatt Regency Morristown & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey


ROLE PLAYING & STORY GAME SCHEDULE for METATOPIA 2018

Updated 11/1/18 at 4:30PM EDT - THIS IS THE FINAL UPDATE.

The Big Board is now active at the physical convention. We can no longer process event reservations through email.

[FILLED] R104: [BETA TEST] "Battenburgh: Our Lady of Towers" by Giantkiller Games, Emma Gilbride; presented by Jack Graham. A Fiasco-like story game about overachieving families, their quirks, and their dysfunctions. If you love the family comedies of Wes Anderson (Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic), this game is for you - especially if you look at one of these films and think, "Oh crap, that's my family." In this setting, you'll play the family of a difficult Catholic patriarch in suburban Chicago in the early '70s. Revised from last year. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R105: [ALPHA TEST] "CODENAME: MIND BLOCK" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Hamish Cameron. A PbtA RPG about a charming, confident, and elegant superspy equipped with an array of technical gadgets who travels to exotic locales, meets interesting characters, uncovers diabolical villains and foils their evil plots. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R106: [BETA TEST] "Descent into Midnight" by Riverhouse Games; presented by Taylor LaBresh. A gifted team of psionic defenders fight mental, physical, and spiritual corruption threatening their ecosystem, their home, and their friendships. With shared world building, evocative playbooks and moves, and guided meditation and collaborative storytelling, Descent Into Midnight is aquatic gaming that is intense, emotional, and shows the wonder of the ocean. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R107: [BETA TEST] "Escapement" presented by Alex Tully. As the World Clock turns, the continental gears grind. With the friction between various nations on the rise, there is plenty of copper to be made and power to be taken. As privateers for the Gear of Durn, it is your job to look out for your patron's best interest, though what they don't know won't hurt you, right? Escapement is a steam/fantasy card-based PBtA RPG that uses a drafting system to create unique characters and adventures. The characters, unique moves, ties, weaknesses and more will be drafted to create characters that will be used in fun missions across various continental gears of the World Clock. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R108: [BETA TEST] "Fiasco in a Box" by Bully Pulpit Games; presented by Jason Morningstar, Steve Segedy. A game about dumb people getting in trouble. You play dreamers and schemers at the intersection of powerful ambition and poor impulse control, and things are not going to go well. This is a playtest of revised rules in celebration of the game's tenth anniversary. NOTE: This playtest is designed for people who have NOT played Fiasco in the past, or have very limited experience with it. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R109: [BETA TEST] "Get Ready 2 Rock" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Stentor Danielson. Your band has a big gig coming up, and you'll need to keep your rockstar antics in check if you want to keep getting more shows. But on the other hand, what's the point of being in a band if you can't live on the wild side? Make a date with stardom in this GM-less, Powered by the Apocalypse game of musical mayhem. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R110: [ALPHA TEST] "Please Save Our Village!" presented by Eli Eaton. A game Inspired by the film Seven Samurai and it's Western counter-part, Magnificent Seven. In it you will play heroes called upon to rescue a small village from a band of raiders/bandits/some other kind of threat (your group will decide). Some of you will likely perish, the question is will it have been from a miscalculated risk or an act of self sacrifice? And will the efforts of your heroes be enough to save this tiny village? Play to find out. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R111: [BETA TEST] "Praedormitium" by Drowning Moon Studios; presented by Joie Martin. A game inspired by lucid dreaming, where players portray "hypnopomps;" characters with the ability to influence and manipulate the realms of dream. It uses a deck of tarot cards as the basis of its resolution system, and can be played one of three ways depending on the GMs familiarity with the Rider-Waite tarot. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R112: [ALPHA TEST] "Princess World – Part 1: Building the Council" presented by Kevin Petker. A game of girls that rule. We will be exploring the concepts of Maybes, Truths, and Threads as we create characters to form the Princess Council; this is an examination of character and world generation using key components of the game. Powered by the Apocalypse. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R113: [ALPHA TEST] "Rest in Pieces" by Imagining Games; presented by Pete Petrusha. A dark comedy about bad days and difficult friendships. Create down-on-their-luck roommates that share a Pad with Death (a.k.a The Grim Reaper). Pay your fair share of the Rent before Death realizes you're just another loser! Rest in Pieces is a 2 hour one-shot story game set in fictional modern times that uses a Jenga Tower for task resolution. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R114: [BETA TEST] "Timepeekers" by Growling Door Games, Inc.; presented by Matthew McFarland. A sci-fi Powered by the Apocalypse game about children solving the Crisis of the future - a Crisis only they know is coming. You can prevent the Crisis, but you might learn a little too much about yourself in the process. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R115: [BETA TEST] "Zombie World: New Enclaves" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. The dead are walking, and the world as you know it has ended. All you can do is try to build something new in whatever place you can call your own. Come playtest new enclaves with game-changing effects for the card-based tabletop RPG of zombie horror. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R116: [FOCUS GROUP] "Imprint RPG" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Imprint is envisioned as high fantasy world building (traditional styled) RPG, play to discover your world's history and leave your characters mark on it. Magic only flows from the souls of creative artisans allowing them to Imprint items, armour and weapons with greater power. Gear is your level/class/powers, discover the history of ancient artifacts to unlock powers or make your own impression from your actions. Experience is spent directly and only into your gear. Heroism and Adventure await! Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R144: [ALPHA TEST] "A Space Between" presented by James Malloy. You've just met the person of your dreams and fallen madly in love. It is an intense and unexpected love. Unfortunately one of you has a contract with a major ice hauling corporation. They'll have to venture out into the dangers of deep space to fulfill the contract before you can spend the rest of your lives together. This game for two to four players follows the relationship and lives of people who have to spend much of their time apart. Through a series of debriefing sessions, you will reconnect with your loved one, share experiences, and make up for lost time. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R145: [BETA TEST] "Alter Arms" presented by Christopher Duffy Austin. A rules-lite, narrative based tabletop RPG set in a world populated by Japanese-style transforming super heroes in the style of Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Sailor Moon. Gameplay is about managing escalation: You can stay in your base form and have a wide range of versatility, or take on a more powerful form that's better suited to specialized tasks in exchange for bringing yourself closer to defeat. Are you a monster in disguise? A super robot made to look human? Do you gain powers from a cool belt? Or transform into enchanted royalty by drawing power from celestial bodies? What will you become? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R146: [ALPHA TEST] "CAT/MOUSE" by Event Horizon LLC; presented by Quinn Milton. One player is a criminal. The other is trying to catch them. But which is the cat, and which is the mouse? Use collaborative storytelling to narrate the twisted relationship between two masterminds. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R147: [ALPHA TEST] "Europa: Under the Ice" by Sulfur Press; presented by Tristan Zimmerman. Under miles of pack ice on the sixth moon of Jupiter, there is a night-black sea. Here, on the silent frontier, submarine crews face isolation and danger for knowledge, profit, and a second chance. Help me test the combat system, which is designed to recreate the seamless, unthinking teamwork of an actual maritime watchfloor during a crisis. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R148: [BETA TEST] "Exhumed" presented by Jason Tocci. The heroes of old are all dead-but with the doors of the underworld hanging open, the dead do not lie still for long. Rise up and learn who you were, or who you will be, in a setting inspired by Dark Souls and other grim fantasy games of damned heroes. Built upon the lightweight system from Into the Odd, with new rules for asymmetrical GMing and a flexible action economy, this game aims for a fast-moving but tactical experience that rewards creative problem-solving. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R149: [BETA TEST] "Flying Circus" by Newstand Press; presented by Erika Chappell. As air mercenaries in a fantasy world, engage in a daring dogfight in rickety planes, the come down to earth and fight the stress. This game blends Powered by the Apocalypse ideas and old-school crunch to create a highly detailed air combat system without maps or models. This game will focus on character interaction using premade characters. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R150: [BETA TEST] "Glorious & Fearsome" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. Play a Mythic, a dream given form from the seas of Chaos – larger than life, whether monsters or heroes. Your band of Mythics quests throughout the realms of Chaos and beyond to spread your legend and ensure your immortality in the hearts of all who hear their tales. A retooling of the classic diceless game Everway, Glorious and Fearsome includes game design lessons from successors such as Nobilis and Exalted to improve the play experience. Previous experience with Everway is preferred, but not required. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R151: [BETA TEST] "Guises" presented by Robin Russell. A game about identity, imagination, and liminal spaces inspired by Scots, Irish, and Welsh folklore and traditions. Players will take the role of children dressing up as mythical figures to complete an ancient ceremony on the eve of the shortest day of the year. The game uses unique dice pools for each player to build heroes based on common archetypes. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R152: [BETA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions (Character Conflict Creation)" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. A game about trying to change the universe by force and the consequences thereof, 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, and now their proxy wars are in your back yard. With the technology, skills, and determination at your disposal you can grasp the power to remove the tyrannical regime controlling your world, but what will be broken, who will die, and what will you do when the fallout of a successful mission can be as dangerous as a failed one? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

R153: [BETA TEST] "Mortal" presented by Mabel Harper. Within this Dark Souls-inspired, combat-heavy tabletop RPG, players can expect to embody survivors in a dark and hostile fantasy world on the brink of collapse. Death comes often in Mortal, but sound decision-making and proper resource management may help players see their characters through to live and fight another day. This playtest will take players through a variety of adventure and combat challenges, with each succeeding fight designed to be more difficult and demanding than the last. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R154: [BETA TEST] "Pasion de las Pasiones: La Rosa Querida" presented by Brandon Leon-Gambetta. A PbtA tabletop role playing game where you play the cast of the world's most dramatic and exciting telenovela: Pasion de las Pasiones, as well as the family watching at home. In Pasion de las Pasiones, lies will be exposed, plots will be shattered, hearts will be broken, and if you're lucky, you might even get a happy ending...at least for now. This playtest will test new versions of the moves and playbooks as well as attempting to put the experience system through it's paces. If you are a Latinx gamer or have familiarity with telenovelas, you are especially encouraged to sign up. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R155: [BETA TEST] "Pillar of Fire" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. Once again, Atlas Games' far future of epic space gods and multi-generational sagas returns to METATOPIA for another round of beta testing. This year we're testing out conflict frameworks of various kinds, which form the central part of many missions in the game. Join designer-developer Cam Banks to use awesome quantum powers to change the course of humanity. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R156: [BETA TEST] "Princess World – Part 2: Exploring the World" presented by Kevin Petker. A game of girls that rule. Using member of the Princess Council created in the previous session, we will have an adventure in Princess World using either Short Story or Chapter mode. This is an examination of basic rules and unpacking Truths to provide cool narrative options, as well as fast-play scenario generation. No previous experience needed and you do not need to have played in Part 1 to participate in this session. Powered by the Apocalypse. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R157: [ALPHA TEST] "Psychic Detective Agency" presented by Jay Treat. Leverage your uncanny powers to solve an important murder. We'll build a physical murder board to facilitate play. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R158: [ALPHA TEST] "Questlandia 2" by Make Big Things; presented by Hannah Shaffer. A fantasy world-building game about societies in trouble and how people confront collapse. Explore smog-filled mushroom kingdoms, upside-down cities haunted by power-hungry crow ghosts, and worlds beset by psychic warfare. This is an alpha test of the new Questlandia, which has been redesigned for long-term campaign play. Inspired by films like The Neverending Story, Fern Gully, and Spirited Away. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R159: [BETA TEST] "Scherzando!" by hamZardo, LLC; presented by Amber Autumn Gilchrist, Elizabeth Bellisario. In this musical story game about things going explosively wrong, you play both the characters and the soundtrack. It is a diceless, GMless, setting-agnostic experience in which you will tell a complete story over the course of one session. It is often bizarre, outrageous, and funny, but always earnest, safe, and collaborative. No musical experience necessary! Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

R160: [ALPHA TEST] "Tears of a Machine: Second Edition" by Robot Claw Design; presented by Russell Collins. A game of teen mecha pilots and their lives in and out of giant alien war machines. This new edition explores strengthening narrative play by streamlining rules . Playtests may include character creation, basic task resolution, and battlefield combat. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R161: [BETA TEST] "The Indie Scene" by Consensus Games; presented by Bill White. This game is Chapter 7 in a forthcoming academic book about the Forge, the "indie" RPG design and discussion site active from 2001-2012. In the game, PCs are people who talk about RPGs and try to create games, blogs, podcasts, zines, websites and other things in order to prove things about games, maintain their "indie cred," and make it past problems like Internet kerfuffles, and bad business decisions. We'll try out the rules as written, clarify procedures as needed, decide what additional materials might be good to include, and discuss ways it could be more accurately evocative of time and place. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R162: [ALPHA TEST] "The Others" presented by Nell Raban. A PbtA roleplaying game that deals with themes of marginalization, community and the relationship between self-improvement and social responsibility. Players portray members of a community struggling to thrive in the midst of a society that does not want them there. Be prepared to explore scenes of internal conflict and discrimination in a safe space. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R163: [BETA TEST] "Velvet Generation" by XIG Games; presented by Rich Ranallo. The Starchildren crossed the galaxy looking for the home planet of rock & roll. But by the time they arrive, Earth has changed for the worse. The oppressive Ministry of Music has all but stamped out free expression of any kind. The Starchildren and their Earthling allies in the rock & roll underground have no choice but to fight back with the power of music! (Neotraditional RPG, homebrew dice pool-based system.) Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] R164: [ALPHA TEST] "Xantolo" presented by Miguel Angel Espinoza. Halloween monsters are invading the Land of the Dead, threatening to corrupt and destroy all its unlife! But hope is not lost, Catrina is calling up a team of heroes: masked luchadores chosen among the bravest souls of the departed. These anonymous fighters, armed with their magical mascaras, wrestle on the ring in the Land of the Living to charge up their power (by the cheers of the crowd) so they can then face the werewolves, zombies, vampires, and witches of Halloween that threaten to destroy el mas alla. (A Forged in the Dark game of luchador monster hunters, where Mexican Dia de Muertos meets Halloween.) Players with familiarity with Blades in the Dark would be very welcome. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R165: [BETA TEST] "Xenolanguage" by Thorny Games; presented by Kathryn Hymes, Hakan Seyalioglu. It's five minutes in the future and we've made first contact. In Xenolanguage, you are a linguist tasked with deciphering an alien language. As you gain fluency, you begin to see the world differently. In this workshop, we will experiment with different techniques for deciphering the language. Come prepared to mainly experiment with mechanics and engage in design discussions. Play involves a shared channeling board that players touch to communicate during contact. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R204: [ALPHA TEST] "(Sad Ghosts From) Purgatory" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk. Inspired by many different "unlife beyond life" movies and games, (Sad Ghosts From) Purgatory is a Powered By The Apocalypse game about moving between planes or moving on. This alpha test will poke the mechanics, and players will be able to playjam their way through some possible playbooks. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R205: [ALPHA TEST] "Armored Society" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. Serland is a land of iron and armor, of machinations and ploys, of monsters and heroes. Do you what it takes to survive and thrive in this world of politics, desire, and danger? Come playtest the new character creation and conflict systems for this latest version of the Celtic-inspired fantasy game influenced by the works of Jane Austen and Game of Thrones. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R206: [BETA TEST] "Corona: Fate of the Stargazers" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. The Stargazers, psychic god-kings of a thousand solar fiefdoms, are losing their dynastic dominance over the galaxy. Are you an agent of the Throne, trying to keep your society intact, or are you a Free Alliance spy working to sabotage it? Perhaps a stateless Nomad who plies the causeways of the stars, or a member of the Great Houses who harbor self-aggrandizing agendas? Corona uses a significantly modified Fate system featuring a narrative tug-of-war between the narrator and the players and theaters of play ranging from the personal to the strategic. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R207: [ALPHA TEST] "Dream of the Empress" by Kazumi Chin, Iris Xie; presented by Iris Xie. A "Dream Askew" hack, Powered by the Apocalypse/PbtA game set in magical, mythical, queer, Ancient China. What role will you play? The Empress, the Princexx, the Colonizer, or maybe the Magical Scholar or Strategist? Navigate court society as your characters negotiate power relations and their own internal struggles with each other while navigating a very queer Confucian society. Engage with queerness, gender, disabilities, and other intersectional identities, and bring your desires and insecurities. Everyone struggles to claim their place in this society while still trying to leave their mark on the world, and Dream of the Empress is no different. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R208: [BETA TEST] "Escapement" presented by Alex Tully. As the World Clock turns, the continental gears grind. With the friction between various nations on the rise, there is plenty of copper to be made and power to be taken. As privateers for the Gear of Durn, it is your job to look out for your patron's best interest, though what they don't know won't hurt you, right? Escapement is a steam/fantasy card-based PBtA RPG that uses a drafting system to create unique characters and adventures. The characters, unique moves, ties, weaknesses and more will be drafted to create characters that will be used in fun missions across various continental gears of the World Clock. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R209: [BETA TEST] "For the Queen" presented by Kathryn Miller. The Queen has decided to undertake a long and perilous journey to broker an alliance with a distant power. The Queen has chosen all of you, and no one else, to be her retinue, and accompany her on this journey. She chose you because she knows that you love her. When the Queen is under attack, will you defend her? Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R210: [BETA TEST] "Hogwarts: An RPG" presented by David Brunell-Brutman. Perhaps you were born a Muggle, and the entire Wizarding World is new to you. Or perhaps you've always known an owl would arrive with your acceptance letter. Either way, you're now a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. You and your friends will have to summon all your bravery, cunning, intellect, loyalty, and magical skill to face the forces of darkness, uncover the secrets of Hogwarts castle, and outwit your rivals in other houses. And maybe even attend a class or two. Hogwarts: An RPG is a streamlined Powered by the Apocalypse game that lets players create collaborative stories in the world of the Harry Potter books & films. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R211: [BETA TEST] "HRPG (Human Resources RPG)" presented by Ian Moss. You have worked at the HR firm for a few years before you discovered their terrible secret, they are using Humans as Resources. Every time an employee retires, they are turned into fuel to power the building. Using an actual business card (supplied or bring your own), you will generate your office building and horrible office monsters to try and reclaim the hours of your life that this company has taken from you and find enough evidence to shut them down for good. How far up the corporate ladder can you climb? Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R212: [ALPHA TEST] "MDCLXVI (Baroque)" by 9th Level Games; presented by Christopher O'Neill. A Baroque Fantasy RPG using 9th Level's new POLYMORPH game system. It is our world in 1666 where Rome never fell, the Olympian Gods are real, and the Apocolypse is upon us. Play as Flying Musketeers or Savant Alchemists, Clockwork Soldiers or Zealots of Mars, Enchanting Odalisques or Vagabond Kinds and a host of other baroque and bizarre options. It's Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, mashed up with the Black Company, the 3 Musketeers, and over-the-top screwball Wuxia films. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R213: [BETA TEST] "Mutants in the Night" presented by David (DC) Collins. Mutants have been struggling to survive since humanity divided into two, 10 years ago. They now live in Mutant Safe Zones; rundown slums and ghettos surrounded by mighty walls, to placate humanity's fear of the unknown. Join together at the table to experience this Forged in the Dark game. Use your abilities as an Empowered Mutant to traverse this complicated world, and find out what it means to fight back against a system that's rigged against you. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R214: [ALPHA TEST] "Reach of Titan" by Third Act Publishing; presented by Jim McClure. An RPG where you play a team of hunters that must fight larger than life creatures call Titans. Players must work together as a unit to defeat these beasts in epic combats that are part puzzle solving and part traditional RPG combat. This game is based on it's own unique mechanical system, and play tests will be focused on completed several of these Titan encounters. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

R215: [ALPHA TEST] "Retrievers" by Saddle Shaped Games; presented by Jim Dagg. A"magitech" heist game about treasure hunting for good against the backdrop of an oligarchical society. Players portray members of the Retrievers' Guild, treasure hunters who specialize in helping the folks the watch can't, or won't. Testing will focus on the speed and ludonarrative effects of the core resolution system, as well as the Tension Track, which escalates the situation on every roll, ideally emphasizing the "sneak your way in, fight your way out" nature of the heist genre. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R216: [BETA TEST] "Robot Cities" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry. In the far future, when humanity has been [DELETED MEMORY], robots are all that are left. While the pre-programmed gadgets don't question these data gaps, Robots with self directed, adaptable AI can questions the laws and test their boundaries. You, a robot with illegal emotions, now run from the law. Will your feelings just get in the way of finding the truth, or can you use them to discover what's really going on? Robot Cities is a RPG that mechanically is inspired by FATE, PtbA, & 7th Sea, thrives in campaign play, and tells thrilling sci-fi noir stories. If you loved Giskard from The Robots of Dawn, dig the movie Gattica, or think the worst part of Westworld is humanity, Robot Cities is the game for you. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R217: [BETA TEST] "Steamscape Story RPG" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Wendelyn Reischl. Based on the Steamscape setting by Eric Simon. In this GMless story RPG you play as Aviators, Gunsmiths, Spark-Wranglers and all your favorite steampunk tropes. This test focuses on refining character creation, session finale, and advancement. No stats, no GM, all story. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R218: [BETA TEST] "The Art of Power" by Galileo Games; presented by Brennan Taylor. A game of medieval power politics in a fantasy kingdom ruled by women. Can you achieve your goals with the help of other political strivers, or will their ambition override your own? You can't achieve everything on your own, so how will you convince others to help you? What compromises must be made? Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R219: [ALPHA TEST] "The Blemished" by Personal Card; presented by Stephen Hensel. Something has been taken from you: a part of your body, a piece of your mind, a portion of your soul. One day the Great Giver came to you and offered you an opportunity: enter its service and it would give you a gift to replace what has been lost. As a champion of the Great Giver, it is now your sacred duty to use your gift to seek justice in the world and oppose the work of the Great Corruptor. This playtest will focus on developing the setting and mechanics of the game. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R220: [BETA TEST] "The Han Cluster" by Ede Sol Games; presented by Tracy Sizemore. A sci-fi setting for Savage Worlds set 650 years in the future. Humanity has colonized the Han Cluster and discovered a mysterious construct called "The Drift," through which they can leave their physical bodies behind and interact with the world as "Drift Ghosts." Sapient machines exist and have manifested Drift Ghosts of their own. Some wish to develop meaningful emotional relationships, prompting complex questions of what it means to be "human enough". We will play through a short adventure that explores the Han Cluster setting. In so doing, we'll examine The Drift both as a game mechanic that adds exciting new options to traditional role-playing action, and as a conduit through which humans might explore their relationships with each other and the passionate machines they not only created, but formatively influenced. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R221: [BETA TEST] "The Micean Council RPG" presented by Jim Davies. A tabletop role playing game in which players get to play heroic mice who save human children from supernatural threats like little demons and faeries. It happens in a version of our modern world that has dark, hidden magic and anthropomorphic animals. Stories in this game feel a bit like a cross between The Rescuers and Ghostbusters. The rules are non-deadly and narrative-focused, encouraging bold heroism in a charming urban fantasy setting. Would you enjoy describing how an elite mouse would take down a possessed cat using nothing but dental floss? That's the kind of thing you get to do in this game. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R222: [ALPHA TEST] "The Solvers!" presented by Betsy Rosenblatt. You and your friends are mystery solvers--you know a clue when you see one, even if it means getting into scrapes. This GM-less storytelling RPG is intended to create and emulate the experience of being in a kid-detective novel. The mystery and its solution build themselves procedurally, so no one knows more than anyone else, and everyone is surprised together. Players build the setting, create the clues, uncover the red herrings, face the perils, survive the cliffhangers, and solve the mystery. Ever wanted to be Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or one of their friends? Now's your chance! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R223: [ALPHA TEST] "The Steps Between" presented by Amr El-Azizi. The solution to every problem is pretty simple, at least in hindsight. Even when you factor magic into the equation. The Steps Between is a Powered by the Apocalypse system, inspired by the world and stories of Skulduggery Pleasant. The world exists at the intersection of Dark Urban Fantasy, Procedural Mystery, and a heavy dose of Comic Book Camp, where you play as a magic wielding investigator working with your local Sanctuary. I'm told Hellboy is a good touchstone. Your job is straightforward: Take out the threat of the day. While the start and end are clear, the mystery lies in The Steps Between. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R224: [BETA TEST] "Unnamed Kids on Bikes Project" presented by Jonathan Gilmour, Doug Levandowski. Doug and Jon are testing a follow-up to Kids on Bikes. We've been asked to keep the name secret for now, so we can't tell you any more until the actual test. We'll be looking at character creation and group formation in the game. No experience with Kids on Bikes necessary! While we won't ask you to sign an NDA, we will need you to keep the content of the test secret. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R262: [ALPHA TEST] "21JACK" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Nicolas Hornyak. An RPG system inspired by blackjack and story games. During the game, 21JACK modifies the casino rules of blackjack to craft an RPG system rooted in suspense and light-hearted tension. Using only a deck of cards, the Dealer goes head-to-head with the modifiers on each character sheet. Set in the alternate world of Crime Immortal, you'll play criminals who accidentally came into contact with ambrosia during and after Prohibition. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R263: [BETA TEST] "A Cool and Lonely Courage" by Plane Sailing Games; presented by Alex White. This is a tragic role playing story game about the women of the Special Operations Executive in world war 2 France, for two to five players. You have been captured by the Nazis, and are facing interrogation and death at their hands. Together as players you tell the stories of these brave women through their training, deployment, missions and eventual capture, and discover their lives through flashbacks. Playing cards are used to determine whether the focus of each scene is one of love, failure, success or death. A scene may directly involve other player characters, or it may involve other people who are played in the scene by other players around the table. The game ends with a final session where together you work out who lives, who dies, who tells their stories. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

R264: [ALPHA TEST] "Afterverse Space Combat" by Afterverse Inc; presented by Ray Nothangel. Help create the combat rules for Afterverse, a science fiction role playing game. That's all we know, since the designer hasn't been back in contact with us. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R265: [BETA TEST] "BLOCKBUSTER!" presented by Christopher Duffy Austin. In an attempt to save their failing studio Formula Pictures has used most of their upcoming film's budget hiring the most famous actors they can find. Turns out you can save a ton by not hiring writers or directors. Play as outlandish actors competing to be the star of a film they make up on the fly, changing the genre to suit your needs and hindering your opponents with dreaded studio notes! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R266: [ALPHA TEST] "CODENAME: MIND BLOCK" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Hamish Cameron. A PbtA RPG about a charming, confident, and elegant superspy equipped with an array of technical gadgets who travels to exotic locales, meets interesting characters, uncovers diabolical villains and foils their evil plots. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R267: [BETA TEST] "Dark Designs in Verdigris" presented by Richard Ruane. In Verdigris, the Emerald City's shadowy twin, weird mercenary crews make ends meet taking jobs from conspiratorial factions and mysterious cults. For use with World of Dungeons, this would include classless life-path character creation, a very brief city description, and random adventure starters. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R268: [ALPHA TEST] "Fractured Identity" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Dana Cameron. When nightmares are safer than being awake and memories are more vivid than the present, how can you craft a reality that you can survive in? Fractured Identity is a dark surrealist game about having difficulty distinguishing dreams from memories and losing one's sense of self. A cross between Fran Bow, Bluebeard's Bride, Dream Askew, Tarot, Dixit, and the movie Inside Out. Please be aware that this is a GMless/GMfull game. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R269: [BETA TEST] "Hexes and Eights" by Off Guard Games; presented by Stras Acimovic, John LeBoeuf-Little. A small old west town has dark and terrible secrets roiling up out of the ground, and experts in such things have shown up to try and take care of the problem. You play a townsfolk or hunter, trying to keep your secrets and deal with the local town's supernatural problem. A gmless, playing-card mechanic based game about hidden roles, bad choices, and the supernatural in the weird old west. Friday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R270: [ALPHA TEST] "Mic Drop" by Berdandy Studios; presented by Andy Berdan. A story game where the players follow a month in the life of a dumpster fire of a band on a train wreck of an album tour. The game is played traditionally at table, but the players interact with other band members on social media as part of the game. Craft a band persona and let the train wreck begin! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R271: [BETA TEST] "One Child's Heart" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Camdon Wright. A story game about child welfare professionals given an opportunity to enter the troubling memories of a child. You can't save a child from the realities of their life but maybe you can help them understand that it’s not their fault. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R272: [ALPHA TEST] "Perdition U - Character Creation" presented by Michael Meinberg. A narrative focused game inspired by tv shows like Riverdale and Gossip Girl, set in an upper crust university full of mysteries and intrigue. This playtest will focus on character creation and hammering out safety mechanics to determine the best way to make sure that everyone feels safe at the table when intese topics are at play. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R273: [BETA TEST] "Praedormitium" by Drowning Moon Studios; presented by Joie Martin. A game inspired by lucid dreaming, where players portray "hypnopomps;" characters with the ability to influence and manipulate the realms of dream. It uses a deck of tarot cards as the basis of its resolution system, and can be played one of three ways depending on the GMs familiarity with the Rider-Waite tarot. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R274: [BETA TEST] "Ross Rifles: Bloody Passchendaele" by Dundas West Games; presented by Daniel Kwan. You are a member of the 10th Canadian Battalion, who has been pulled out of reserve in order to support the men at the trenches of Passchendaele. You've only recently been shipped over to France from the training grounds at Valcartier, and the memory of home is still fresh in your minds. However, when you arrive at the trenches, you've not greeted by fanfare or celebration, but by pounding of German guns. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R275: [BETA TEST] "Scherzando!" by hamZardo, LLC; presented by Amber Autumn Gilchrist, Elizabeth Bellisario. In this musical story game about things going explosively wrong, you play both the characters and the soundtrack. It is a diceless, GMless, setting-agnostic experience in which you will tell a complete story over the course of one session. It is often bizarre, outrageous, and funny, but always earnest, safe, and collaborative. No musical experience necessary! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R276: [ALPHA TEST] "Shibuyan Knights - Mechanics" by Poplar Productions; presented by Moe Poplar. A fantasy role playing game in an Anime setting. Shibuya is like modern Tokyo, but it runs on steampunk, magic and honor, not technology. Represent your guild and save the day, the city, the world. Play testers read a one sheet of the game, and talk about what looks fun in this game and what mechanics would best serve it. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R277: [ALPHA TEST] "Silent Running" by Newstand Press; presented by Erika Chappell. Your nation stands on the brink of collapse, threatened on all sides by hostile powers. Across a deep and ancient ocean, the enemy brings war material to besiege your home. You must do your part to stop it as the crew of a submarine. Mixing detailed map gameplay with interpersonal scenes, with the tension and pressure of a hundred meters of seawater looming above. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R278: [BETA TEST] "Soldiers & Serpents" by Four-in-Hand Games; presented by Eric Simon. This session will test scenario scripting and GM tools, so one participant will be asked to facilitate. Archangel Uriel has called you for a special infiltration mission that needs to be handled quickly and quietly. You must succeed, but what price are you willing to pay? Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R279: [BETA TEST] "THE ZONE" presented by Raphael D'Amico. A sci-fi horror collaborative storytelling game. You will tell the story of a doomed mission to the powerful center of a mysterious quarantine zone that changes everything that enters. Players will build the world of THE ZONE, bring their characters face-to-face with their phobias and temptations, and ultimately choose how they lose their humanity in exchange for a chance to gain their deepest wish. Play is GM-less, with Archipelago style mechanics. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R280: [BETA TEST] "Turning Point" by Encoded Designs; presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh. A collaborative, dramatic, decision-making engine. Players will play a single character facing a major decision in their life. By playing out important scenes from their past, they will reveal the decision they will make. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R281: [BETA TEST] "Visigoths vs. Mall Goths" presented by Lucian Kahn. A tabletop role playing game about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and modern spooky teens, set in a shopping mall in a Los Angeles suburb in 1996. The world of the mall is richly populated and the rules are lightweight, allowing ample room for improvisation and collaborative storytelling. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R282: "Rosenstrasse Testimonials" presented by Moyra Turkington. War Birds: Rosenstrasse debuted at Metatopia in 2016 and is going to Kickstarter in 2019. We are now filming footage for the Kickstarter video. If you have played Rosenstrasse and would be willing to record a short testimonial for the campaign, please join us! Participants are able to enter and leave as they need to during this event - choosing it does not mean you are locked in for two hours. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 19 seats left.

[FILLED] R283: [BETA TEST] "Swords of the Serpentine: Fantasy GUMSHOE" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. The ancient Guild of Advocates may be run by the most corrupt and loathsome person this city has seen in generations, but they're politically untouchable and *far* too well protected for assassination. Your (extremely illegal) job? Dig into their past with forbidden sorcery, find a weakness to pry them out of power, and change the future of justice for everyone you know. This beta test for Pelgrane Press's forthcoming fantasy RPG focuses on stress-testing a few SotS systems such as sorcery, alchemy, economics, curses, and true names. Friday, 7:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R327: [BETA TEST] "13th Agency" by Critical-Hits Studios LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. One secret agency protects the world from terrible threats in secret, beholden not to any one entity but with relationships to a variety of icons of modern society. Utilizing your talents and your one unique thing, only you can protect this age. A love letter to d20 Modern utilizing the Archmage Engine (as seen in 13th Age). Familiarity with 13th Age helpful but not required. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R328: [ALPHA TEST] "A Wedding in the Village" presented by Mariam Ahmad. Play in the world of Sarzameen, a large continent of many city-states of monarchs, in a flux between conflict and alliance. A marriage alliance is taking place in a remote village in the mountains - and the players can either hinder, or help make sure this alliance goes smoothly. The world of Sarzameen is heavily influenced by the precolonial Desi (a term the creator likes to use that includes modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) subcontinent. This playtest will be done in D&D 5E, and will include pre-generated characters. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R329: [BETA TEST] "Battenburgh: Our Lady of Towers" by Giantkiller Games, Emma Gilbride; presented by Jack Graham. A Fiasco-like story game about overachieving families, their quirks, and their dysfunctions. If you love the family comedies of Wes Anderson (Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic), this game is for you - especially if you look at one of these films and think, "Oh crap, that's my family." In this setting, you'll play the family of a difficult Catholic patriarch in suburban Chicago in the early '70s. Revised from last year. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R330: [BETA TEST] "Circles of Power" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. A PbtA game of social justice wizards, where you portray people from marginalized communities who struggle against oppression. In this game, you are faced with inter-sectional problems, explore the role of activism and other challenging topics. Tgame involves issues of racism, sexism, colonialism, and ablism, and has robust safety tools. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R331: [BETA TEST] "Dark Designs in Verdigris" presented by Richard Ruane. In Verdigris, the Emerald City's shadowy twin, weird mercenary crews make ends meet taking jobs from conspiratorial factions and mysterious cults. For use with World of Dungeons, this would include classless life-path character creation, a very brief city description, and random adventure starters. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R332: [BETA TEST] "Duels & Detention" by Rising Stars Press; presented by Beth Rimmels. StarStorm Academy is now letting in students without innate magic ability, causing controversy. More importantly to your group of friends, a teacher confiscated a burn book and the enchantment hiding the magic ink will fade soon, revealing the insults and secrets contained within. Half of you need to sneak into the teacher's office to reclaim the book while the other half of you go to dueling club, taught by the same teacher. This is a playtest for the magic rules of Awesome 8's, a rules light, neo-traditional RPG. Some players will have magical characters and some will have non-magical to test how they interact as well as combat. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R333: [ALPHA TEST] "Fractured Identity" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Dana Cameron. When nightmares are safer than being awake and memories are more vivid than the present, how can you craft a reality that you can survive in? Fractured Identity is a dark surrealist game about having difficulty distinguishing dreams from memories and losing one's sense of self. A cross between Fran Bow, Bluebeard's Bride, Dream Askew, Tarot, Dixit, and the movie Inside Out. Please be aware that this is a GMless/GMfull game. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R334: [ALPHA TEST] "Furiku" presented by Ezekiel McGee. A tabletop RPG about shapeshifting, societal turmoil, and political intrigue. Players have two options: They can become shapeshifters that fight to survive and prove their right to exist within a world of hostile humans, or play as humans that can choose a life of privilege or work alongside the oppressed shapeshifters. Ideally the playtest will engage in some early brainstorming on how to incorporate a mechanics-light system into the game. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

R335: [BETA TEST] "Harnessed" presented by Ian Jarrard. Ever wanted to touch the moon? How about teleporting between cities? Care to reorient Newtonian physics? Piece of cake for those lucky enough to be Harnessed! Welcome to Harnessed – a d6 system where players shape reality. The time is the distant future. The Galaxy is shattered from wars of the past, but civilization is rebuilding. Explore technological wonders, shape your reality and bring the fight to multidimensional horrors. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

R336: [ALPHA TEST] "Long Live The Queen" by Encoded Designs; presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh. 17th Century courtly women spies who are actively working to thwart a time traveling corporation bent on stripping all the resources from Europe and the rest of the world. This is a Fate Accelerated game about courtly intrigue, espionage, and covert action. Looking to discuss ideas for how to find and reveal secrets, acting proper in court, and heat mechanics for espionage missions. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R337: [BETA TEST] "Mech vs Mech - PvP Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. In a world where mech battles are a sports phenomenon, choose your mech and make your name! We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will be divided into two teams and battle for victory! Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' mechs! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback! If you were in one of our tests last year, we encourage you to come see the changes we've made! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] R338: [BETA TEST] "Mortal" presented by Mabel Harper. Within this Dark Souls-inspired, combat-heavy tabletop RPG, players can expect to embody survivors in a dark and hostile fantasy world on the brink of collapse. Death comes often in Mortal, but sound decision-making and proper resource management may help players see their characters through to live and fight another day. This playtest will take players through a variety of adventure and combat challenges, with each succeeding fight designed to be more difficult and demanding than the last. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R339: [ALPHA TEST] "Pangalactic" by Consensus Games; presented by Bill White. A low-prep science-fiction adventure game where each adventure is a new situation prompted by the intersection of the planet, the player-characters, and the problem they face, all generated on the fly or in the moment via oracular means and player invention. We'll work through this process to identify its sticking points and its highlights for further development. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R340: [BETA TEST] "Passing" presented by Sam Saltiel. In the 1940's an alien spacecraft crashed onto Earth and since then humans have known that they are not alone in the universe. In this PbtA game you and your friends play shape-shifting aliens trapped in 1950's suburbia disguised as humans. Unable to return back to your home, you must decide how to best survive on this new planet. Will you hide your true face? Will you be able to? Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R341: [ALPHA TEST] "Root RPG" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. The Marquise de Cat and her force have come to bring industry to the woodlands, while the Eyrie Dynasties seek to reclaim what is rightfully theirs...and the mice, foxes, and rabbits of who live there are caught in the middle. You are vagabonds, the wandering, skilled rogues with no allegiance in the woodlands, and the power to tip the balance. Come test some initial systems for this new RPG set in the same world as the Leder Games board game Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R342: [BETA TEST] "Scherzando!" by hamZardo, LLC; presented by Amber Autumn Gilchrist, Elizabeth Bellisario. In this musical story game about things going explosively wrong, you play both the characters and the soundtrack. It is a diceless, GMless, setting-agnostic experience in which you will tell a complete story over the course of one session. It is often bizarre, outrageous, and funny, but always earnest, safe, and collaborative. No musical experience necessary! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R343: [BETA TEST] "Silver and White" by Photographs of Lightning; presented by Jackson Tegu. Set on the West coast of Canada in the mid 90's. Four suburban teenagers encounter the mystery that will shape their lives. They explore, and each time they touch, we players exchange cards. For them a few days, for us a few hours. We make up a story together, our invented truths springing from the cards we hold; and they step into the unknown, pausing at every awkward touch, hopeful despite everything to come. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R345: [BETA TEST] "The City Afterlife" presented by Rob Deobald. A political paranormal romance powered by the apocalypse. In this diceless, GMless urban fantasy RPG, inspired by Avery Alder's Dream Askew, awareness of a supernatural reality has entered the public consciousness. Play as preternatural movers and shakers struggling to be human in a world that is exploring questions like "What rights do vampires have?" and "Is mind-control a defense for murder?" Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

R346: [ALPHA TEST] "The Graham District" presented by Avital Lubin. Explore family dynamics over multiple holiday seasons as you build out a neighborhood using graham crackers and other snacks to show how residents lives grow and change. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R347: [BETA TEST] "The Han Cluster" by Ede Sol Games; presented by Tracy Sizemore. A sci-fi setting for Savage Worlds set 650 years in the future. Humanity has colonized the Han Cluster and discovered a mysterious construct called "The Drift," through which they can leave their physical bodies behind and interact with the world as "Drift Ghosts." Sapient machines exist and have manifested Drift Ghosts of their own. Some wish to develop meaningful emotional relationships, prompting complex questions of what it means to be "human enough". We will play through a short adventure that explores the Han Cluster setting. In so doing, we'll examine The Drift both as a game mechanic that adds exciting new options to traditional role-playing action, and as a conduit through which humans might explore their relationships with each other and the passionate machines they not only created, but formatively influenced. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R348: [ALPHA TEST] "The Others" presented by Nell Raban. A PbtA roleplaying game that deals with themes of marginalization, community and the relationship between self-improvement and social responsibility. Players portray members of a community struggling to thrive in the midst of a society that does not want them there. Be prepared to explore scenes of internal conflict and discrimination in a safe space. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R349: [ALPHA TEST] "The Solvers!" presented by Betsy Rosenblatt. You and your friends are mystery solvers--you know a clue when you see one, even if it means getting into scrapes. This GM-less storytelling RPG is intended to create and emulate the experience of being in a kid-detective novel. The mystery and its solution build themselves procedurally, so no one knows more than anyone else, and everyone is surprised together. Players build the setting, create the clues, uncover the red herrings, face the perils, survive the cliffhangers, and solve the mystery. Ever wanted to be Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or one of their friends? Now's your chance! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R350: [ALPHA TEST] "The Steps Between" presented by Amr El-Azizi. The solution to every problem is pretty simple, at least in hindsight. Even when you factor magic into the equation. The Steps Between is a Powered by the Apocalypse system, inspired by the world and stories of Skulduggery Pleasant. The world exists at the intersection of Dark Urban Fantasy, Procedural Mystery, and a heavy dose of Comic Book Camp, where you play as a magic wielding investigator working with your local Sanctuary. I'm told Hellboy is a good touchstone. Your job is straightforward: Take out the threat of the day. While the start and end are clear, the mystery lies in The Steps Between. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R351: [BETA TEST] "Thousand Year Old Vampire" presented by Tim Hutchings. A prompt-driven game of personal despair, in which players play a vampire over the many centuries of its existence. Easy rules and effective prompts help players become emotionally engaged with the themes in the game. This game is hardwired for solo play, but we are going to try it out for multiple players. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R383: [BETA TEST] "A Dire Situation" presented by Jabari Weathers. Conspiracy, deception, ink and parchment; A Dire Situation is an epistolary TTRPG in which players weave together a tragic and darkly comic tale of competing egos one letter at a time. Through pen, ink, a handful of stirring scenes and a collection of correspondence between the players at the table, players will establish powerful and bold correspondents, and find the story of their ruin. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R384: [BETA TEST] "Beamswords & Bazookas" presented by Justin Kahler. A tactical RPG that allows players create customized battle mechs and to play as the pilots who steer them into danger. In addition to fighting scaled-up battles against dangerous enemies, players will need to examine how their pilots deal with the stresses of being at war in order to recuperate between fights. For this play test you'll be a pilot of M.A.S.S., an international peace-keeping force and the first line of defense should the giant alien invaders ever return to Earth. Based on the Savage Worlds system. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R385: [BETA TEST] "Blightrealms" by Golden Dragon Studio; presented by Thomas Toynton. Blightrealms is set in Haros, a medium fantasy world that has been invaded by otherworldly beings. Black magic, armies of the risen dead, and fiendish warriors seek to transform Haros into a nightmarish landscape called The Blight. Through heroic roles, players work to protect the remnants of civilization and are humanity's best hope of stopping The Pestiline - the armies of The Blight. This is an excerpt of our recent GenCon sessions and introduces you to a rules-light system that supports a wide range of play styles. It uses a success-based D6 dice pool system along with two Story Dice, ranked class kits with abilities unique to each class, and leveled skills. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 3 seats left.

R386: [ALPHA TEST] "CardPG" by Pagoda Games LLC; presented by Brandon Gutowski. A new RPG system that uses 22 card decks as the core resolution mechanic, made from a standard deck of playing cards. Featuring deck building on level up and creative magic. The playtest will be various combat scenarios to test enjoyable combat mechanics and monster balance. Feel free to bring your own deck of cards. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R387: [BETA TEST] "Chosen" presented by Sam Hotchkiss. A game about discovering who you are and what you believe. You play the role of a Chosen, a young adult cursed to transform into a Spirit. Spirits are powerful, ephemeral beings who must spread a rigid ideology or perish. A Chosen's spirit nature offers them great power, but every time they tap into that power they move one step closer to losing their humanity. The most talented Chosen can escape their fate and avoid transformation, but doing so will make them an enemy of Spirits and humans alike. An RPG designed for short campaigns. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R388: [BETA TEST] "Clutch" by Nerdy City; presented by Sean Jaffe. An ancient conspiracy and a high-tech cult brings kids from a 1986 Miami suburb into contact with some strange invaders. Experience high-speed sci-fi in a familiar retro-synthwave setting with an emphasis on emotional relationships and crazy action. This is a follow-up game to Rememorex, taking place in the same setting but with some wild new rules and powers that will open the doors to a much wider world. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED] There are 7 seats left.

R389: [BETA TEST] "Degrees of Difficulty" by DoubleD Gaming; presented by Daniel Allen Berryman. A gaming system where our goal is to give players the freedom and flexibility to build truly one of a kind characters. DoD is a GRIM and GRITTY survival RPG where players need to be smart to survive. 40 years after a magical apocalyptic destruction, the survivors are just starting to venture away from safe havens and explore the world. They could find anything... Do you have what it takes to survive? Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

R390: [ALPHA TEST] "Europa: Under the Ice" by Sulfur Press; presented by Tristan Zimmerman. Under miles of pack ice on the sixth moon of Jupiter, there is a night-black sea. Here, on the silent frontier, submarine crews face isolation and danger for knowledge, profit, and a second chance. Help me test the combat system, which is designed to recreate the seamless, unthinking teamwork of an actual maritime watchfloor during a crisis. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R391: [ALPHA TEST] "Galactic Empires" presented by Jason Hilberdink, Ryan Schoon. The Galaxy is in crisis; can you seize the opportunity and improve your fortunes or will you be overtaken by events? In this hack of Undying (a diceless PbtA game), players will take the roles of powerful factions vying for status and influence in a sprawling sci-fi empire. Join us for an alpha test of this system: Pick your faction and watch your fortunes play out. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R392: [BETA TEST] "Hogwarts: An RPG" presented by David Brunell-Brutman. Perhaps you were born a Muggle, and the entire Wizarding World is new to you. Or perhaps you've always known an owl would arrive with your acceptance letter. Either way, you're now a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. You and your friends will have to summon all your bravery, cunning, intellect, loyalty, and magical skill to face the forces of darkness, uncover the secrets of Hogwarts castle, and outwit your rivals in other houses. And maybe even attend a class or two. Hogwarts: An RPG is a streamlined Powered by the Apocalypse game that lets players create collaborative stories in the world of the Harry Potter books & films. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R393: [BETA TEST] "Hyperreality" by Galileo Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. A Reality TV gameshow role playing game. You'll collaboratively create the show and characters, to play through a variety of events and situations both dramatic and comedic. Besides the basic play, we'll be testing some GM-side elements and recording audio to transform into example play. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R394: [BETA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. A game about trying to change the universe by force and the consequences thereof, 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, and now their proxy wars are in your back yard. With the technology, skills, and determination at your disposal you can grasp the power to remove the tyrannical regime controlling your world, but what will be broken, who will die, and what will you do when the fallout of a successful mission can be as dangerous as a failed one? Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R395: [ALPHA TEST] "Light and Shadow" by Axo Stories; presented by Alejandro Guzman Vendrell. A game about self-worth, and improving yourself in a journey of self discovery. It doesn't matter who you are, but who you want to become, and the journey you travel to get there. It's about turning what everyone defines as your weaknesses, and making them your strengths in your journey. It's about embracing your differences and uniqueness, flaws and virtues, in the world. It uses Mexico City as a background, since it is one of the biggest cities of the western hemisphere that manages to combine the magic of the prehispanic world, the style of the european conquista, and its own blend of modern and tradition that makes it a surreal city unlike anything in the world. One of the goals of Light and Shadow is to make Mexico City an option for urban fantasy games that does not rely on traditional stereotypes, and that actually does justice to the city, showcasing the wonderful and dark parts of the place. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R396: [ALPHA TEST] "Mech vs Mech: Monster Planet - PvE Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. A Mech vs Mech arena-spaceship has crashed on a planet of giant monsters! It's up to you, the daring competitive mech fighters, to defeat boss monsters and protect the ship! The test will be comprised of a single "boss battle". We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will face off against a game-master controlled giant-monster. Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' monsters! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R397: [BETA TEST] "Nahual" by Miguel Angel Espinoza; presented by Anne Ratchat. A Mexican Powered by the Apocalypse game of urban fantasy set in Mexico. Characters are shapeshifting nahuals that hunt angels to make a living. They run a "changarro" (business) together where they sell the angels they hunt as different types of products. The setting is an adaptation of Edgar Clement's comic books (Operacion Bolivar, Kerubim, Los Perros Salvajes). Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R398: [BETA TEST] "Project Violacea" by Wrong Brothers Gaming; presented by Colin Kyle. Help us playtest the tabletop RPG version of a game and setting designed by Keisha Howard and her organization, the Sugar Gamers, which advocates for underrepresented demographics in the gaming and geek community. A biopunk heist game, Project Violacea focuses on playing revolutionaries working to bring freedom and knowledge to oppressed people in a global, totalitarian regime. We are testing incorporating board game elements to streamline the game for new players, increase collaboration, and create two levels of play (individual and city level). The game also involves questions of bioethics, genetic engineering, body autonomy/ability, and substance use. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R399: [BETA TEST] "Red Carnations on a Black Grave: Character Creation Examination" by Aviatrix Games; presented by Catherine Ramen, Brand Robins. A freeform RPG about the Paris Commune, grounded in the intersectional lives of the people who lived, and died, for what they believed. In this focus test we will explore variations on character creation to find out which best helps players build interwoven, messy, personal stories. Using A:B tests and focused questions we'll explore what methods best help convey historical information without being overwhelming, and how the different approaches make players feel and relate to each other. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R400: [BETA TEST] "Tales of the Fisherman's Wife" by Stone Baby Games; presented by Julia Ellingboe. The mornings that they part ways always begin the same. The Fisherman sharpens the Wife's knives for oyster and abalone diving. The Wife mends his nets and polishes his boats. When they are apart, the Fisherman and Wifecatch the attention of otherworldly beings who try to seduce, possess, supplant, devour, or serve them. In turn, the Fisherman and Wife attempt to seduce, merge with, destroy, steal power, or enslave the ghosts and demons who prey upon them. When the Fishermen and Wives reunite, one or both of them may not be who or what they appear to be... This GM-less (or GM-light) RPG uses a simple card mechanic, word play, and lots of double entendre. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R401: [BETA TEST] "Xenolanguage" by Thorny Games; presented by Kathryn Hymes, Hakan Seyalioglu. It's five minutes in the future and we've made first contact. In Xenolanguage, you are a linguist tasked with deciphering an alien language. As you gain fluency, you begin to see the world differently. In this workshop, we will experiment with different techniques for deciphering the language. Come prepared to mainly experiment with mechanics and engage in design discussions. Play involves a shared channeling board that players touch to communicate during contact. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R435: [ALPHA TEST] "21JACK" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Nicolas Hornyak. An RPG system inspired by blackjack and story games. During the game, 21JACK modifies the casino rules of blackjack to craft an RPG system rooted in suspense and light-hearted tension. Using only a deck of cards, the Dealer goes head-to-head with the modifiers on each character sheet. Set in the alternate world of Crime Immortal, you'll play criminals who accidentally came into contact with ambrosia during and after Prohibition. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R436: [BETA TEST] "A Cool and Lonely Courage" by Plane Sailing Games; presented by Alex White. This is a tragic role playing story game about the women of the Special Operations Executive in world war 2 France, for two to five players. You have been captured by the Nazis, and are facing interrogation and death at their hands. Together as players you tell the stories of these brave women through their training, deployment, missions and eventual capture, and discover their lives through flashbacks. Playing cards are used to determine whether the focus of each scene is one of love, failure, success or death. A scene may directly involve other player characters, or it may involve other people who are played in the scene by other players around the table. The game ends with a final session where together you work out who lives, who dies, who tells their stories. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R437: [ALPHA TEST] "A Space Between" presented by James Malloy. You've just met the person of your dreams and fallen madly in love. It is an intense and unexpected love. Unfortunately one of you has a contract with a major ice hauling corporation. They'll have to venture out into the dangers of deep space to fulfill the contract before you can spend the rest of your lives together. This game for two to four players follows the relationship and lives of people who have to spend much of their time apart. Through a series of debriefing sessions, you will reconnect with your loved one, share experiences, and make up for lost time. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

R438: [BETA TEST] "Alter Arms" presented by Christopher Duffy Austin. A rules-lite, narrative based tabletop RPG set in a world populated by Japanese-style transforming super heroes in the style of Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, and Sailor Moon. Gameplay is about managing escalation: You can stay in your base form and have a wide range of versatility, or take on a more powerful form that's better suited to specialized tasks in exchange for bringing yourself closer to defeat. Are you a monster in disguise? A super robot made to look human? Do you gain powers from a cool belt? Or transform into enchanted royalty by drawing power from celestial bodies? What will you become? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R439: [ALPHA TEST] "Amigas Buenas" presented by Ileana Pinal Mansilla. A game about childhood friends who have gathered for lunch as adults. Their paths diverged, and as they come back together, they have to work through the distance brought by time. Story-heavy, system-light. We will be brainstorming mechanical support for the theme and structure for building drama and catharsis. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R440: [BETA TEST] "Battenburgh" by Giantkiller Games; presented by Jack Graham. A Fiasco-like story game about overachieving families, their quirks, and their dysfunctions. If you love the family comedies of Wes Anderson (Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic), this game is for you - especially if you look at one of these films and think, "Oh crap, that's my family." In this setting, you'll play the family of a renowned nature show host who's also a difficult mother. Revised from last year. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R441: [ALPHA TEST] "CardPG" by Pagoda Games LLC; presented by Brandon Gutowski. A new RPG system that uses 22 card decks as the core resolution mechanic, made from a standard deck of playing cards. Featuring deck building on level up and creative magic. The playtest will be various combat scenarios to test enjoyable combat mechanics and monster balance. Feel free to bring your own deck of cards. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R442: [ALPHA TEST] "CODENAME: MIND BLOCK" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Hamish Cameron. A PbtA RPG about a charming, confident, and elegant superspy equipped with an array of technical gadgets who travels to exotic locales, meets interesting characters, uncovers diabolical villains and foils their evil plots. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

R443: [ALPHA TEST] "Dimensions" by Broken Ruler Games; presented by Todd Crapper. Travel to new realities with outstanding abilities to bend it to your every whim without breaking it in this PbtA game of inter-dimensional travellers trying to fix their mistakes before it costs them their very existence. PbtA experience preferred. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R444: [BETA TEST] "Envoys" by Newstand Press; presented by Erika Chappell. A hundred thousand years into our future, humanity's descendants walk the stars with unmatched technological power. You play Envoys, posthumans tasked by the ruling intelligences to descend to isolated worlds of human colonists, introducing the primitive baselines to the majesty of the stars... whether they want to or not. A very dark game about power fantasies, imperialism, and restraint, written as a sort of paean to Exalted's themes. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R445: [BETA TEST] "Escapement" presented by Alex Tully. As the World Clock turns, the continental gears grind. With the friction between various nations on the rise, there is plenty of copper to be made and power to be taken. As privateers for the Gear of Durn, it is your job to look out for your patron's best interest, though what they don't know won't hurt you, right? Escapement is a steam/fantasy card-based PBtA RPG that uses a drafting system to create unique characters and adventures. The characters, unique moves, ties, weaknesses and more will be drafted to create characters that will be used in fun missions across various continental gears of the World Clock. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R446: [BETA TEST] "Fiasco in a Box" by Bully Pulpit Games; presented by Jason Morningstar, Steve Segedy. A game about dumb people getting in trouble. You play dreamers and schemers at the intersection of powerful ambition and poor impulse control, and things are not going to go well. This is a playtest of revised rules in celebration of the game's tenth anniversary. NOTE: This playtest is designed for people who have NOT played Fiasco in the past, or have very limited experience with it. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R447: [BETA TEST] "For the Queen" presented by James Stuart. The Queen has decided to undertake a long and perilous journey to broker an alliance with a distant power. The Queen has chosen all of you, and no one else, to be her retinue, and accompany her on this journey. She chose you because she knows that you love her. When the Queen is under attack, will you defend her? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R448: [BETA TEST] "Get Ready 2 Rock" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Stentor Danielson. Your band has a big gig coming up, and you'll need to keep your rockstar antics in check if you want to keep getting more shows. But on the other hand, what's the point of being in a band if you can't live on the wild side? Make a date with stardom in this GM-less, Powered by the Apocalypse game of musical mayhem. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R449: [BETA TEST] "Hyperreality" by Galileo Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. A Reality TV gameshow role playing game. You'll collaboratively create the show and characters, to play through a variety of events and situations both dramatic and comedic. Besides the basic play, we'll be testing some GM-side elements and recording audio to transform into example play. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R450: [ALPHA TEST] "Ninja U" by Personal Card; presented by Stephen Hensel. Congratulations on being chosen for this year's freshman class at Ninja University. With the main campus located conveniently near every major city, Ninja University prides itself in training the world's best overt operatives, perfect for any field. Pick your major, pass your exams, and try to top the rival Pirate Naval Academy's school prank in this diceless role playing game that takes a serious and satirical look at the intersection of college life and high-stakes espionage. This playtest will focus on testing and tuning the rules and progression system. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R451: [ALPHA TEST] "Princess World – Part 1: Building the Council" presented by Kevin Petker. A game of girls that rule. We will be exploring the concepts of Maybes, Truths, and Threads as we create characters to form the Princess Council; this is an examination of character and world generation using key components of the game. Powered by the Apocalypse. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R452: [ALPHA TEST] "Reach of Titan" by Third Act Publishing; presented by Jim McClure. An RPG where you play a team of hunters that must fight larger than life creatures call Titans. Players must work together as a unit to defeat these beasts in epic combats that are part puzzle solving and part traditional RPG combat. This game is based on it's own unique mechanical system, and play tests will be focused on completed several of these Titan encounters. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R453: [BETA TEST] "Soldiers & Serpents" by Four-in-Hand Games; presented by Eric Simon. This session will test scenario scripting and GM tools, so one participant will be asked to facilitate. Archangel Uriel has called you for a special infiltration mission that needs to be handled quickly and quietly. You must succeed, but what price are you willing to pay? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

R454: [BETA TEST] "Timepeekers" by Growling Door Games, Inc.; presented by Matthew McFarland. A sci-fi Powered by the Apocalypse game about children solving the Crisis of the future - a Crisis only they know is coming. You can prevent the Crisis, but you might learn a little too much about yourself in the process. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R455: [BETA TEST] "Velvet Generation" by XIG Games; presented by Rich Ranallo. The Starchildren crossed the galaxy looking for the home planet of rock & roll. But by the time they arrive, Earth has changed for the worse. The oppressive Ministry of Music has all but stamped out free expression of any kind. The Starchildren and their Earthling allies in the rock & roll underground have no choice but to fight back with the power of music! (Neotraditional RPG, homebrew dice pool-based system.) Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R499: [BETA TEST] "A Dire Situation" presented by Jabari Weathers. Conspiracy, deception, ink and parchment; A Dire Situation is an epistolary TTRPG in which players weave together a tragic and darkly comic tale of competing egos one letter at a time. Through pen, ink, a handful of stirring scenes and a collection of correspondence between the players at the table, players will establish powerful and bold correspondents, and find the story of their ruin. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R500: [ALPHA TEST] "Afterverse Space Combat" by Afterverse Inc; presented by Ray Nothangel. Help create the combat rules for Afterverse, a science fiction role playing game. That's all we know, since the designer hasn't been back in contact with us. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R501: [ALPHA TEST] "Armored Society" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. Serland is a land of iron and armor, of machinations and ploys, of monsters and heroes. Do you what it takes to survive and thrive in this world of politics, desire, and danger? Come playtest the new character creation and conflict systems for this latest version of the Celtic-inspired fantasy game influenced by the works of Jane Austen and Game of Thrones. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R502: [BETA TEST] "Awoke" presented by Kate Bullock. Set in a future we're all afraid of, Awoke is a game about resilient teens discovering the power to save their hearts from a broken reality. Use your hope to shape the story you want to see at your table, and bring a little magic back into the world - whether it wants it or not. Awoke is Powered by the Apocalypse and teen spirit. Safety Tools: The x-card, open door policy, lines and veils. Content warnings: oppression, young adults in dangerous situations. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R503: [BETA TEST] "Beamswords & Bazookas" presented by Justin Kahler. A tactical RPG that allows players create customized battle mechs and to play as the pilots who steer them into danger. In addition to fighting scaled-up battles against dangerous enemies, players will need to examine how their pilots deal with the stresses of being at war in order to recuperate between fights. For this play test you'll be a pilot of M.A.S.S., an international peace-keeping force and the first line of defense should the giant alien invaders ever return to Earth. Based on the Savage Worlds system. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R504: [BETA TEST] "Blightrealms" by Golden Dragon Studio; presented by Thomas Toynton. Blightrealms is set in Haros, a medium fantasy world that has been invaded by otherworldly beings. Black magic, armies of the risen dead, and fiendish warriors seek to transform Haros into a nightmarish landscape called The Blight. Through heroic roles, players work to protect the remnants of civilization and are humanity's best hope of stopping The Pestiline - the armies of The Blight. This is an excerpt of our recent GenCon sessions and introduces you to a rules-light system that supports a wide range of play styles. It uses a success-based D6 dice pool system along with two Story Dice, ranked class kits with abilities unique to each class, and leveled skills. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R505: [BETA TEST] "Cat-pocalypse World" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Stentor Danielson. Something terrible has happened to all the humans, and now cats like yourself are all on your own. Will you try to rebuild the good times of being a pet, or is it time to go feral and usher in the Age of Cats? Test your wits, your claws, and your adorableness in this game of feline survival and adventure, Powered by the Apocalypse. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R506: [BETA TEST] "Chosen" presented by Sam Hotchkiss. A game about discovering who you are and what you believe. You play the role of a Chosen, a young adult cursed to transform into a Spirit. Spirits are powerful, ephemeral beings who must spread a rigid ideology or perish. A Chosen's spirit nature offers them great power, but every time they tap into that power they move one step closer to losing their humanity. The most talented Chosen can escape their fate and avoid transformation, but doing so will make them an enemy of Spirits and humans alike. An RPG designed for short campaigns. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R507: [ALPHA TEST] "Dream of the Empress" by Kazumi Chin, Iris Xie; presented by Iris Xie. A "Dream Askew" hack, Powered by the Apocalypse/PbtA game set in magical, mythical, queer, Ancient China. What role will you play? The Empress, the Princexx, the Colonizer, or maybe the Magical Scholar or Strategist? Navigate court society as your characters negotiate power relations and their own internal struggles with each other while navigating a very queer Confucian society. Engage with queerness, gender, disabilities, and other intersectional identities, and bring your desires and insecurities. Everyone struggles to claim their place in this society while still trying to leave their mark on the world, and Dream of the Empress is no different. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R508: [ALPHA TEST] "Galactic Empires" presented by Jason Hilberdink, Ryan Schoon. The Galaxy is in crisis; can you seize the opportunity and improve your fortunes or will you be overtaken by events? In this hack of Undying (a diceless PbtA game), players will take the roles of powerful factions vying for status and influence in a sprawling sci-fi empire. Join us for an alpha test of this system: Pick your faction and watch your fortunes play out. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R509: [BETA TEST] "Guises" presented by Robin Russell. A game about identity, imagination, and liminal spaces inspired by Scots, Irish, and Welsh folklore and traditions. Players will take the role of children dressing up as mythical figures to complete an ancient ceremony on the eve of the shortest day of the year. The game uses unique dice pools for each player to build heroes based on common archetypes. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R510: [FOCUS GROUP] "K-Pop Goes Viral" by Ede Sol Games; presented by Tracy Sizemore. In the near now, a new virus feeds off human negativity and stress. It's killing people by the millions, but an eccentric media billionaire thinks she has the solution. She sponsors you, the most popular idol group in Korea, to create a "viral" experience of your own: a song, a video, and a culminating series of concerts to be broadcast all over the world. The mandate is simple, yet impossible - engender hope, inspire happiness, and eradicate the virus with an overwhelming flood of endorphins. This game is an examination of the positive influence of celebrity, attraction, music, dance, and theatricality. It explores the power of enthusiasm and the difficult obstacles we all face when spreading a positive message in a world that seems determined to wallow in despair. We'll explore the structure and mechanics needed to support the theme and underlying goals of the game. Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

R511: [ALPHA TEST] "Light and Shadow" by Axo Stories; presented by Alejandro Guzman Vendrell. A game about self-worth, and improving yourself in a journey of self discovery. It doesn't matter who you are, but who you want to become, and the journey you travel to get there. It's about turning what everyone defines as your weaknesses, and making them your strengths in your journey. It's about embracing your differences and uniqueness, flaws and virtues, in the world. It uses Mexico City as a background, since it is one of the biggest cities of the western hemisphere that manages to combine the magic of the prehispanic world, the style of the european conquista, and its own blend of modern and tradition that makes it a surreal city unlike anything in the world. One of the goals of Light and Shadow is to make Mexico City an option for urban fantasy games that does not rely on traditional stereotypes, and that actually does justice to the city, showcasing the wonderful and dark parts of the place. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R512: [ALPHA TEST] "Mech vs Mech: Monster Planet - PvE Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. A Mech vs Mech arena-spaceship has crashed on a planet of giant monsters! It's up to you, the daring competitive mech fighters, to defeat boss monsters and protect the ship! The test will be comprised of a single "boss battle". We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will face off against a game-master controlled giant-monster. Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' monsters! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R513: [BETA TEST] "Princess World – Part 2: Exploring the World" presented by Kevin Petker. A game of girls that rule. Using member of the Princess Council created in the previous session, we will have an adventure in Princess World using either Short Story or Chapter mode. This is an examination of basic rules and unpacking Truths to provide cool narrative options, as well as fast-play scenario generation. No previous experience needed and you do not need to have played in Part 1 to participate in this session. Powered by the Apocalypse. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

R514: [BETA TEST] "Project Violacea" by Wrong Brothers Gaming; presented by Colin Kyle. Help us playtest the tabletop RPG version of a game and setting designed by Keisha Howard and her organization, the Sugar Gamers, which advocates for underrepresented demographics in the gaming and geek community. A biopunk heist game, Project Violacea focuses on playing revolutionaries working to bring freedom and knowledge to oppressed people in a global, totalitarian regime. We are testing incorporating board game elements to streamline the game for new players, increase collaboration, and create two levels of play (individual and city level). The game also involves questions of bioethics, genetic engineering, body autonomy/ability, and substance use. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R515: [ALPHA TEST] "Questlandia 2" by Make Big Things; presented by Hannah Shaffer. A fantasy world-building game about societies in trouble and how people confront collapse. Explore smog-filled mushroom kingdoms, upside-down cities haunted by power-hungry crow ghosts, and worlds beset by psychic warfare. This is an alpha test of the new Questlandia, which has been redesigned for long-term campaign play. Inspired by films like The Neverending Story, Fern Gully, and Spirited Away. The game will conclude with a discussion about queer utopias. LGBTQ+ players encouraged. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R516: [BETA TEST] "Rapscallion" presented by Evanleigh Davis. Privateers and pirates! Mythical treasure hoards and dangerous sea leviathans! High drama on the high seas! And in the midst of this chaos, there's you, there's your ship, and there's your crew. Rapscallion is a game about these three things, and what happens to them. Come play if you like swashbuckling adventures, found-family stories, and Apocalypse Engine games. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R518: [BETA TEST] "Silver and White" by Photographs of Lightning; presented by Jackson Tegu. Set on the West coast of Canada in the mid 90's. Four suburban teenagers encounter the mystery that will shape their lives. They explore, and each time they touch, we players exchange cards. For them a few days, for us a few hours. We make up a story together, our invented truths springing from the cards we hold; and they step into the unknown, pausing at every awkward touch, hopeful despite everything to come. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R519: [BETA TEST] "Steamscape Story RPG" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Wendelyn Reischl. Based on the Steamscape setting by Eric Simon. In this GMless story RPG you play as Aviators, Gunsmiths, Spark-Wranglers and all your favorite steampunk tropes. This test focuses on refining character creation, session finale, and advancement. No stats, no GM, all story. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R520: [ALPHA TEST] "The Graham District" presented by Avital Lubin. Explore family dynamics over multiple holiday seasons as you build out a neighborhood using graham crackers and other snacks to show how residents lives grow and change. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R521: [ALPHA TEST] "The Others" presented by Nell Raban. A PbtA roleplaying game that deals with themes of marginalization, community and the relationship between self-improvement and social responsibility. Players portray members of a community struggling to thrive in the midst of a society that does not want them there. Be prepared to explore scenes of internal conflict and discrimination in a safe space. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R522: [ALPHA TEST] "The Solvers!" presented by Betsy Rosenblatt. You and your friends are mystery solvers--you know a clue when you see one, even if it means getting into scrapes. This GM-less storytelling RPG is intended to create and emulate the experience of being in a kid-detective novel. The mystery and its solution build themselves procedurally, so no one knows more than anyone else, and everyone is surprised together. Players build the setting, create the clues, uncover the red herrings, face the perils, survive the cliffhangers, and solve the mystery. Ever wanted to be Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or one of their friends? Now's your chance! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R523: [FOCUS GROUP] "Dying is Easy" by Consensus Games; presented by Bill White. Dying is easy; COMEDY is hard. This GMless game is an homage to old-school cinematic comedy "horror" like Abbott and Costello meet the Werewolf, with aspirations toward evoking the classy repartee of The Thin Man mysteries, but resigned to producing only Three Stooges-level banter. We'll workshop the basic game mechanics and discuss different framing mechanisms to drive play toward imposed or emergent story. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R552: [ALPHA TEST] "The Chosen" by Ironmark Games; presented by Mike Sette. A DM-less storytelling role playing game system where players are working to create a narrative where one player ends up being the "chosen one" What that means, and how they get there is entirely up to them. The core of the game is a dramatic push and pull of trying to succeed as a group while trying to become the chosen one. Each game players invent the story, invent their characters, and decide what "the chosen one" is. The setting can be the Office, and the Chosen one can be the one that gets the promotion. Or the setting can be an intergalactic singles bar and the chosen can be the one who gets to date some sentient slime. The sky is the limit and you can push your imagination it very bounds. The game can be silly or serious, however you want to go. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R562: [BETA TEST] "Apollo 47" presented by Tim Hutchings. A card-and-prompt driven game of lunar exploration through concentrated technobabble. The spotlight shines on one player at a time as they experience a hundred tiny annoyances, other players are the voices heard through the headset giving orders, helping out, and maybe just saying random numbers. A gentle game of indignation and slow failure with a 1600 page manual. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R563: [BETA TEST] "Blightrealms" by Golden Dragon Studio; presented by Thomas Toynton. Blightrealms is set in Haros, a medium fantasy world that has been invaded by otherworldly beings. Black magic, armies of the risen dead, and fiendish warriors seek to transform Haros into a nightmarish landscape called The Blight. Through heroic roles, players work to protect the remnants of civilization and are humanity's best hope of stopping The Pestiline - the armies of The Blight. This is an excerpt of our recent GenCon sessions and introduces you to a rules-light system that supports a wide range of play styles. It uses a success-based D6 dice pool system along with two Story Dice, ranked class kits with abilities unique to each class, and leveled skills. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R564: [BETA TEST] "Demihumans" by Robert Bohl Games; presented by Robert Bohl. An Apocalypse World where the apocalypse is the death of everything and everyone magical in a human fantasy empire. The Golden Age of magic is dead, the Empire has at last defeated the orcs, and it's now is the Fallen Age - the human age. You play the key citizens of an enclave within a human city, peopled by non-humans who are trying to keep their community and their peoples' cultures alive in the face of exploitation, malignant disregard, and systematic violence by human culture. Warning, this is a serious, heavy, and dark game. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R565: [BETA TEST] "Descent into Midnight" by Riverhouse Games; presented by Taylor LaBresh. A gifted team of psionic defenders fight mental, physical, and spiritual corruption threatening their ecosystem, their home, and their friendships. With shared world building, evocative playbooks and moves, and guided meditation and collaborative storytelling, Descent Into Midnight is aquatic gaming that is intense, emotional, and shows the wonder of the ocean. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R566: [ALPHA TEST] "Europa: Under the Ice" by Sulfur Press; presented by Tristan Zimmerman. Under miles of pack ice on the sixth moon of Jupiter, there is a night-black sea. Here, on the silent frontier, submarine crews face isolation and danger for knowledge, profit, and a second chance. Help me test the combat system, which is designed to recreate the seamless, unthinking teamwork of an actual maritime watchfloor during a crisis. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R567: [BETA TEST] "Glorious & Fearsome" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. Play a Mythic, a dream given form from the seas of Chaos – larger than life, whether monsters or heroes. Your band of Mythics quests throughout the realms of Chaos and beyond to spread your legend and ensure your immortality in the hearts of all who hear their tales. A retooling of the classic diceless game Everway, Glorious and Fearsome includes game design lessons from successors such as Nobilis and Exalted to improve the play experience. Previous experience with Everway is preferred, but not required. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R568: [BETA TEST] "Hogwarts: An RPG" presented by David Brunell-Brutman. Perhaps you were born a Muggle, and the entire Wizarding World is new to you. Or perhaps you've always known an owl would arrive with your acceptance letter. Either way, you're now a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. You and your friends will have to summon all your bravery, cunning, intellect, loyalty, and magical skill to face the forces of darkness, uncover the secrets of Hogwarts castle, and outwit your rivals in other houses. And maybe even attend a class or two. Hogwarts: An RPG is a streamlined Powered by the Apocalypse game that lets players create collaborative stories in the world of the Harry Potter books & films. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R569: [ALPHA TEST] "MDCLXVI (Baroque)" by 9th Level Games; presented by Christopher O'Neill. A Baroque Fantasy RPG using 9th Level's new POLYMORPH game system. It is our world in 1666 where Rome never fell, the Olympian Gods are real, and the Apocolypse is upon us. Play as Flying Musketeers or Savant Alchemists, Clockwork Soldiers or Zealots of Mars, Enchanting Odalisques or Vagabond Kinds and a host of other baroque and bizarre options. It's Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, mashed up with the Black Company, the 3 Musketeers, and over-the-top screwball Wuxia films. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R570: [ALPHA TEST] "Mic Drop" by Berdandy Studios; presented by Andy Berdan. A story game where the players follow a month in the life of a dumpster fire of a band on a train wreck of an album tour. The game is played traditionally at table, but the players interact with other band members on social media as part of the game. Craft a band persona and let the train wreck begin! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R571: [BETA TEST] "Mortal" presented by Mabel Harper. Within this Dark Souls-inspired, combat-heavy tabletop RPG, players can expect to embody survivors in a dark and hostile fantasy world on the brink of collapse. Death comes often in Mortal, but sound decision-making and proper resource management may help players see their characters through to live and fight another day. This playtest will take players through a variety of adventure and combat challenges, with each succeeding fight designed to be more difficult and demanding than the last. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R572: [BETA TEST] "Nahual" by Miguel Angel Espinoza; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. A Mexican Powered by the Apocalypse game of urban fantasy set in Mexico. Characters are shapeshifting nahuals that hunt angels to make a living. They run a "changarro" (business) together where they sell the angels they hunt as different types of products. The setting is an adaptation of Edgar Clement's comic books (Operacion Bolivar, Kerubim, Los Perros Salvajes). Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R573: [ALPHA TEST] "Pangalactic" by Consensus Games; presented by Bill White. A low-prep science-fiction adventure game where each adventure is a new situation prompted by the intersection of the planet, the player-characters, and the problem they face, all generated on the fly or in the moment via oracular means and player invention. We'll work through this process to identify its sticking points and its highlights for further development. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R574: [BETA TEST] "Passing" presented by Sam Saltiel. In the 1940's an alien spacecraft crashed onto Earth and since then humans have known that they are not alone in the universe. In this PbtA game you and your friends play shape-shifting aliens trapped in 1950's suburbia disguised as humans. Unable to return back to your home, you must decide how to best survive on this new planet. Will you hide your true face? Will you be able to? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R575: [BETA TEST] "Pillar of Fire" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. Once again, Atlas Games' far future of epic space gods and multi-generational sagas returns to METATOPIA for another round of beta testing. This year we're testing out conflict frameworks of various kinds, which form the central part of many missions in the game. Join designer-developer Cam Banks to use awesome quantum powers to change the course of humanity. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R576: [BETA TEST] "Praedormitium" by Drowning Moon Studios; presented by Joie Martin. A game inspired by lucid dreaming, where players portray "hypnopomps;" characters with the ability to influence and manipulate the realms of dream. It uses a deck of tarot cards as the basis of its resolution system, and can be played one of three ways depending on the GMs familiarity with the Rider-Waite tarot. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

R577: [ALPHA TEST] "Retrievers" by Saddle Shaped Games; presented by Jim Dagg. A"magitech" heist game about treasure hunting for good against the backdrop of an oligarchical society. Players portray members of the Retrievers' Guild, treasure hunters who specialize in helping the folks the watch can't, or won't. Testing will focus on the speed and ludonarrative effects of the core resolution system, as well as the Tension Track, which escalates the situation on every roll, ideally emphasizing the "sneak your way in, fight your way out" nature of the heist genre. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R578: [ALPHA TEST] "Root RPG" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. The Marquise de Cat and her force have come to bring industry to the woodlands, while the Eyrie Dynasties seek to reclaim what is rightfully theirs...and the mice, foxes, and rabbits of who live there are caught in the middle. You are vagabonds, the wandering, skilled rogues with no allegiance in the woodlands, and the power to tip the balance. Come test some initial systems for this new RPG set in the same world as the Leder Games board game Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R579: [BETA TEST] "Ross Rifles: Bloody Passchendaele" by Dundas West Games; presented by Daniel Kwan. You are a member of the 10th Canadian Battalion, who has been pulled out of reserve in order to support the men at the trenches of Passchendaele. You've only recently been shipped over to France from the training grounds at Valcartier, and the memory of home is still fresh in your minds. However, when you arrive at the trenches, you've not greeted by fanfare or celebration, but by pounding of German guns. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

R580: [ALPHA TEST] "Shibuyan Knights - Character Creation" by Poplar Productions; presented by Moe Poplar. A fantasy role playing game in an Anime setting. Shibuya is like modern Tokyo, but it runs on steampunk, magic and honor, not technology. Represent your guild and save the day, the city, the world. Play testers read a one sheet of the guilds, and write paragraphs describing their characters. We then go around the table exploring player expectations of what the game could be, what they'd like to get out of this setting and why they chose their guild/ character type. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

R581: [ALPHA TEST] "Tears of a Machine: Second Edition" by Robot Claw Design; presented by Russell Collins. A game of teen mecha pilots and their lives in and out of giant alien war machines. This new edition explores strengthening narrative play by streamlining rules . Playtests may include character creation, basic task resolution, and battlefield combat. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

R582: [BETA TEST] "The Art of Power" by Galileo Games; presented by Brennan Taylor. A game of medieval power politics in a fantasy kingdom ruled by women. Can you achieve your goals with the help of other political strivers, or will their ambition override your own? You can't achieve everything on your own, so how will you convince others to help you? What compromises must be made? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R583: [BETA TEST] "The City Afterlife" presented by Rob Deobald. A political paranormal romance powered by the apocalypse. In this diceless, GMless urban fantasy RPG, inspired by Avery Alder's Dream Askew, awareness of a supernatural reality has entered the public consciousness. Play as preternatural movers and shakers struggling to be human in a world that is exploring questions like "What rights do vampires have?" and "Is mind-control a defense for murder?" Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R584: [ALPHA TEST] "The Dino Project" by Broken Ruler Games; presented by Todd Crapper. What if the dinosaurs were never wiped out and developed into a thriving society built on knowledge? Play the role of a dinosaur scientist and travel back in time to learn about your ancestors in this GUMSHOE-based game for kids. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R585: [BETA TEST] "Visigoths vs. Mall Goths" presented by Lucian Kahn. A tabletop role playing game about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and modern spooky teens, set in a shopping mall in a Los Angeles suburb in 1996. The world of the mall is richly populated and the rules are lightweight, allowing ample room for improvisation and collaborative storytelling. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R586: [BETA TEST] "Xenolanguage" by Thorny Games; presented by Kathryn Hymes, Hakan Seyalioglu. It's five minutes in the future and we've made first contact. In Xenolanguage, you are a linguist tasked with deciphering an alien language. As you gain fluency, you begin to see the world differently. In this workshop, we will experiment with different techniques for deciphering the language. Come prepared to mainly experiment with mechanics and engage in design discussions. Play involves a shared channeling board that players touch to communicate during contact. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R587: [FOCUS GROUP] "Monsters and Secrets" presented by Eli Eaton. You are the resident of a small town where something strange is on the loose. Unravel the secrets of this mystery by exploring the secrets of each other. This game is inspired by film and television such as Hemlock Grove, Stranger Things and American Horror Story. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R624: [BETA TEST] "A Cool and Lonely Courage" by Plane Sailing Games; presented by Alex White. This is a tragic role playing story game about the women of the Special Operations Executive in world war 2 France, for two to five players. You have been captured by the Nazis, and are facing interrogation and death at their hands. Together as players you tell the stories of these brave women through their training, deployment, missions and eventual capture, and discover their lives through flashbacks. Playing cards are used to determine whether the focus of each scene is one of love, failure, success or death. A scene may directly involve other player characters, or it may involve other people who are played in the scene by other players around the table. The game ends with a final session where together you work out who lives, who dies, who tells their stories. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R625: [ALPHA TEST] "A Wedding in the Village" presented by Mariam Ahmad. Play in the world of Sarzameen, a large continent of many city-states of monarchs, in a flux between conflict and alliance. A marriage alliance is taking place in a remote village in the mountains - and the players can either hinder, or help make sure this alliance goes smoothly. The world of Sarzameen is heavily influenced by the precolonial Desi (a term the creator likes to use that includes modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) subcontinent. This playtest will be done in D&D 5E, and will include time for character creation. Saturday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R626: [FOCUS GROUP] "Breaking Spirals" by Wrong Brothers Gaming; presented by Colin Kyle. Ever find yourself spiraling out of control? How do you stop? How do you find balance? This is a free, one-page RPG designed for solo play, where you talk yourself through a bad situation with the goal of finding balance and acceptance. Inspired by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Breaking Spirals uses a balance gauge and two word banks (one positive, one negative) to help you breakdown your dialog with yourself. You win when you feel better and can move forward with yourself. Help us workshop with new game in a focus group so we can make it as beneficial as possible. Thank you! Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R627: [ALPHA TEST] "Breathe" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Camdon Wright. A GMless game about trying not to run out of air and how people justify the terrible things that they do to each other. The story is player driven but likely to contain serious subject matter. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R628: [ALPHA TEST] "CODENAME: MIND BLOCK" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Hamish Cameron. A PbtA RPG about a charming, confident, and elegant superspy equipped with an array of technical gadgets who travels to exotic locales, meets interesting characters, uncovers diabolical villains and foils their evil plots. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R629: [ALPHA TEST] "Connections" by Encoded Designs; presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh. Two people from different cultures try to find a way to build a friendship. Their connections are formed by stacking dice. Each die represents a way to form a connection, and how they are place will ultimately determine how deep and long this relationship will last. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R630: [BETA TEST] "Daedalus Fate" by Growling Door Games, Inc.; presented by Michelle Lyons-McFarland. A low-tech cyberpunk Fate game focused on discovering subversives within your utopian tech-reliant world and turning them over (or not) to the authorities. You're normal people -- citizens of New Hope -- who have neural chips that act as your interface with the world at large and customize your experience and knowledge. Using customized Fate Core rules. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R631: [BETA TEST] "Duels & Detention" by Rising Stars Press; presented by Beth Rimmels. StarStorm Academy is now letting in students without innate magic ability, causing controversy. More importantly to your group of friends, a teacher confiscated a burn book and the enchantment hiding the magic ink will fade soon, revealing the insults and secrets contained within. Half of you need to sneak into the teacher's office to reclaim the book while the other half of you go to dueling club, taught by the same teacher. This is a playtest for the magic rules of Awesome 8's, a rules light, neo-traditional RPG. Some players will have magical characters and some will have non-magical to test how they interact as well as combat. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R632: [ALPHA TEST] "Fractured Identity" by Ardens Ludere; presented by Dana Cameron. When nightmares are safer than being awake and memories are more vivid than the present, how can you craft a reality that you can survive in? Fractured Identity is a dark surrealist game about having difficulty distinguishing dreams from memories and losing one's sense of self. A cross between Fran Bow, Bluebeard's Bride, Dream Askew, Tarot, Dixit, and the movie Inside Out. Please be aware that this is a GMless/GMfull game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R633: [BETA TEST] "Interstellar Interventions" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Henry Ulrich. A game about trying to change the universe by force and the consequences thereof, 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, and now their proxy wars are in your back yard. With the technology, skills, and determination at your disposal you can grasp the power to remove the tyrannical regime controlling your world, but what will be broken, who will die, and what will you do when the fallout of a successful mission can be as dangerous as a failed one? Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R634: [ALPHA TEST] "Mercurial" by Legendsmiths; presented by Ryan O'Grady. In the early 8th century, Arabic alchemists discovered the much sought after mercury debasement reaction, enabling them to harness the awesome power of Azoth, the Prima Materia. For the next 400 years, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East enjoyed a Golden Age of prosperity, thanks to the limitless potential of Azoth. And by the end of the 12th century, nine-tenths of the population was dead. Help brainstorm and refine major setting elements for this post-apocalyptic fantasy world. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R635: [BETA TEST] "Mutants in the Night" presented by David (DC) Collins. Mutants have been struggling to survive since humanity divided into two, 10 years ago. They now live in Mutant Safe Zones; rundown slums and ghettos surrounded by mighty walls, to placate humanity's fear of the unknown. Join together at the table to experience this Forged in the Dark game. Use your abilities as an Empowered Mutant to traverse this complicated world, and find out what it means to fight back against a system that's rigged against you. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R636: [ALPHA TEST] "Ninja U" by Personal Card; presented by Stephen Hensel. Congratulations on being chosen for this year's freshman class at Ninja University. With the main campus located conveniently near every major city, Ninja University prides itself in training the world's best overt operatives, perfect for any field. Pick your major, pass your exams, and try to top the rival Pirate Naval Academy's school prank in this diceless role playing game that takes a serious and satirical look at the intersection of college life and high-stakes espionage. This playtest will focus on testing and tuning the rules and progression system. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R637: [BETA TEST] "Pasion de las Pasiones: La Rosa Querida" presented by Brandon Leon-Gambetta. A PbtA tabletop role playing game where you play the cast of the world's most dramatic and exciting telenovela: Pasion de las Pasiones, as well as the family watching at home. In Pasion de las Pasiones, lies will be exposed, plots will be shattered, hearts will be broken, and if you're lucky, you might even get a happy ending...at least for now. This playtest will test new versions of the moves and playbooks as well as attempting to put the experience system through it's paces. If you are a Latinx gamer or have familiarity with telenovelas, you are especially encouraged to sign up. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R638: [BETA TEST] "Quilt of Shadows" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk. The sun is dying out. It's like a storm is coming, but slowly and constantly. Every day we wake up to a sunrise that is slightly dimmer than the last. We don't know what mage cast a spell that went wrong, or which king angered which god, but we know that we're marching inexorably towards an end … if not The End. Quilt of Shadows is a minimalist Powered By The Apocalypse game about a fantasy world where the sun is dying. In other games, you might play the brave heroes who venture to the edge of the horizon. Here, you play the people who are suffering through the apocalypse, in towns where survival is key over any heroic feat. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R639: [BETA TEST] "Rapscallion" presented by Evanleigh Davis. Privateers and pirates! Mythical treasure hoards and dangerous sea leviathans! High drama on the high seas! And in the midst of this chaos, there's you, there's your ship, and there's your crew. Rapscallion is a game about these three things, and what happens to them. Come play if you like swashbuckling adventures, found-family stories, and Apocalypse Engine games. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R640: [ALPHA TEST] "Rest in Pieces" by Imagining Games; presented by Pete Petrusha. A dark comedy about bad days and difficult friendships. Create down-on-their-luck roommates that share a Pad with Death (a.k.a The Grim Reaper). Pay your fair share of the Rent before Death realizes you're just another loser! Rest in Pieces is a 2 hour one-shot story game set in fictional modern times that uses a Jenga Tower for task resolution. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R641: [BETA TEST] "Swords of the Serpentine: Fantasy GUMSHOE" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. The ancient Guild of Advocates may be run by the most corrupt and loathsome person this city has seen in generations, but they're politically untouchable and *far* too well protected for assassination. Your (extremely illegal) job? Dig into their past with forbidden sorcery, find a weakness to pry them out of power, and change the future of justice for everyone you know. This beta test for Pelgrane Press's forthcoming fantasy RPG focuses on stress-testing a few SotS systems such as sorcery, alchemy, economics, curses, and true names. Saturday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R642: [ALPHA TEST] "The Chosen" by Ironmark Games; presented by Mike Sette. A DM-less storytelling role playing game system where players are working to create a narrative where one player ends up being the "chosen one" What that means, and how they get there is entirely up to them. The core of the game is a dramatic push and pull of trying to succeed as a group while trying to become the chosen one. Each game players invent the story, invent their characters, and decide what "the chosen one" is. The setting can be the Office, and the Chosen one can be the one that gets the promotion. Or the setting can be an intergalactic singles bar and the chosen can be the one who gets to date some sentient slime. The sky is the limit and you can push your imagination it very bounds. The game can be silly or serious, however you want to go. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R643: [BETA TEST] "The Micean Council RPG" presented by Jim Davies. A tabletop role playing game in which players get to play heroic mice who save human children from supernatural threats like little demons and faeries. It happens in a version of our modern world that has dark, hidden magic and anthropomorphic animals. Stories in this game feel a bit like a cross between The Rescuers and Ghostbusters. The rules are non-deadly and narrative-focused, encouraging bold heroism in a charming urban fantasy setting. Would you enjoy describing how an elite mouse would take down a possessed cat using nothing but dental floss? That's the kind of thing you get to do in this game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R644: [BETA TEST] "Unnamed Kids on Bikes Project" presented by Jonathan Gilmour, Doug Levandowski. Jon and Doug are testing a follow-up to Kids on Bikes. We've been asked to keep the name secret for now, so we can't tell you any more until the actual test. We'll be looking at character creation and group formation in the game. No experience with Kids on Bikes necessary! While we won't ask you to sign an NDA, we will need you to keep the content of the test secret. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R645: [BETA TEST] "Untitled Urban Fantasy Tarot RPG" presented by Jason Tocci. A priest, a werewolf, and a ghost walk into a bar-and find the body of the bartender, murdered on neutral territory. Drawing inspiration from urban fantasy and horror stories like The Dresden Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman, this tarot-based RPG toolkit aims to get games up and running quickly. Playtesting will focus on character creation and on facing challenges by drawing cards, playing cards, and interpreting cards' imagery for good or ill. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R646: [BETA TEST] "Velvet Generation" by XIG Games; presented by Rich Ranallo. The Starchildren crossed the galaxy looking for the home planet of rock & roll. But by the time they arrive, Earth has changed for the worse. The oppressive Ministry of Music has all but stamped out free expression of any kind. The Starchildren and their Earthling allies in the rock & roll underground have no choice but to fight back with the power of music! (Neotraditional RPG, homebrew dice pool-based system.) Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 4 seats left.

R647: [FOCUS GROUP] "K-Pop Goes Viral" by Ede Sol Games; presented by Tracy Sizemore. In the near now, a new virus feeds off human negativity and stress. It's killing people by the millions, but an eccentric media billionaire thinks she has the solution. She sponsors you, the most popular idol group in Korea, to create a "viral" experience of your own: a song, a video, and a culminating series of concerts to be broadcast all over the world. The mandate is simple, yet impossible - engender hope, inspire happiness, and eradicate the virus with an overwhelming flood of endorphins. This game is an examination of the positive influence of celebrity, attraction, music, dance, and theatricality. It explores the power of enthusiasm and the difficult obstacles we all face when spreading a positive message in a world that seems determined to wallow in despair. We'll explore the structure and mechanics needed to support the theme and underlying goals of the game. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R690: [BETA TEST] "13th Agency" by Critical-Hits Studios LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. One secret agency protects the world from terrible threats in secret, beholden not to any one entity but with relationships to a variety of icons of modern society. Utilizing your talents and your one unique thing, only you can protect this age. A love letter to d20 Modern utilizing the Archmage Engine (as seen in 13th Age). Familiarity with 13th Age helpful but not required. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R691: [ALPHA TEST] "CardPG" by Pagoda Games LLC; presented by Brandon Gutowski. A new RPG system that uses 22 card decks as the core resolution mechanic, made from a standard deck of playing cards. Featuring deck building on level up and creative magic. The playtest will be various combat scenarios to test enjoyable combat mechanics and monster balance. Feel free to bring your own deck of cards. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R692: [ALPHA TEST] "CAT/MOUSE" by Event Horizon LLC; presented by Quinn Milton. One player is a criminal. The other is trying to catch them. But which is the cat, and which is the mouse? Use collaborative storytelling to narrate the twisted relationship between two masterminds. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R693: [BETA TEST] "Chosen" presented by Sam Hotchkiss. A game about discovering who you are and what you believe. You play the role of a Chosen, a young adult cursed to transform into a Spirit. Spirits are powerful, ephemeral beings who must spread a rigid ideology or perish. A Chosen's spirit nature offers them great power, but every time they tap into that power they move one step closer to losing their humanity. The most talented Chosen can escape their fate and avoid transformation, but doing so will make them an enemy of Spirits and humans alike. An RPG designed for short campaigns. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R694: [BETA TEST] "Clutch" by Nerdy City; presented by Sean Jaffe. An ancient conspiracy and a high-tech cult brings kids from a 1986 Miami suburb into contact with some strange invaders. Experience high-speed sci-fi in a familiar retro-synthwave setting with an emphasis on emotional relationships and crazy action. This is a follow-up game to Rememorex, taking place in the same setting but with some wild new rules and powers that will open the doors to a much wider world. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED] This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

R695: [BETA TEST] "Corona: Fate of the Stargazers" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. The Stargazers, psychic god-kings of a thousand solar fiefdoms, are losing their dynastic dominance over the galaxy. Are you an agent of the Throne, trying to keep your society intact, or are you a Free Alliance spy working to sabotage it? Perhaps a stateless Nomad who plies the causeways of the stars, or a member of the Great Houses who harbor self-aggrandizing agendas? Corona uses a significantly modified Fate system featuring a narrative tug-of-war between the narrator and the players and theaters of play ranging from the personal to the strategic. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

R696: [BETA TEST] "Dark Designs in Verdigris" presented by Richard Ruane. In Verdigris, the Emerald City's shadowy twin, weird mercenary crews make ends meet taking jobs from conspiratorial factions and mysterious cults. For use with World of Dungeons, this would include classless life-path character creation, a very brief city description, and random adventure starters. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R697: [BETA TEST] "Scherzando!" by hamZardo, LLC; presented by Amber Autumn Gilchrist, Elizabeth Bellisario. In this musical story game about things going explosively wrong, you play both the characters and the soundtrack. It is a diceless, GMless, setting-agnostic experience in which you will tell a complete story over the course of one session. It is often bizarre, outrageous, and funny, but always earnest, safe, and collaborative. No musical experience necessary! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 7 seats left.

[FILLED] R698: [ALPHA TEST] "Dis/Connect" by Newstand Press; presented by Erika Chappell. In an alternate cyberpunk future, the world stands on the brink of collapse or salvation. As domestic intelligence agencies of the Canadian government, work to try and stabilize the world and right injustice to the best of your abilities as the systems of the world around you, and your very bodies, turn against you. A reimagining of retro style cyberpunk RPGs with a modern approach to storytelling, conflict resolution, and character dynamics. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R699: [ALPHA TEST] "Europa: Under the Ice" by Sulfur Press; presented by Tristan Zimmerman. Under miles of pack ice on the sixth moon of Jupiter, there is a night-black sea. Here, on the silent frontier, submarine crews face isolation and danger for knowledge, profit, and a second chance. Help me test the combat system, which is designed to recreate the seamless, unthinking teamwork of an actual maritime watchfloor during a crisis. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] R700: [ALPHA TEST] "Flawless" presented by Michael Conn. An RPG with PVP elements where players take on the roll of neigh omniscient cosmic beings shoehorned into relatively unremarkable people. Over the course of an adventure they vie via conspiracy or combat for the fate of our universe and all the others. All the while battling with the constraining nature of the hosts they inhabit. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R701: [ALPHA TEST] "Galactic Empires" presented by Jason Hilberdink, Ryan Schoon. The Galaxy is in crisis; can you seize the opportunity and improve your fortunes or will you be overtaken by events? In this hack of Undying (a diceless PbtA game), players will take the roles of powerful factions vying for status and influence in a sprawling sci-fi empire. Join us for an alpha test of this system: Pick your faction and watch your fortunes play out. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

R702: [BETA TEST] "Guises" presented by Robin Russell. A game about identity, imagination, and liminal spaces inspired by Scots, Irish, and Welsh folklore and traditions. Players will take the role of children dressing up as mythical figures to complete an ancient ceremony on the eve of the shortest day of the year. The game uses unique dice pools for each player to build heroes based on common archetypes. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R703: [ALPHA TEST] "Omniversal Tales" presented by Jabari Weathers. An existential fantasy TTRPG set in a surreal world named Esque, a world with the blessing and curse to carry Humanity's story forward from Earth in a time when Humanity itself is a quickly growing concept. Players create characters referred to as Strangers; named as such because of their engagement with their strange world, their fellow inhabitants, and their mysterious relationship to the truths of themselves. As the Strangers try to establish themselves and their relationships to each other and Esque at large, players examine the tensions between their world's rigid expectations of the Strangers, and the unique and often shifting truths they embody. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R704: [BETA TEST] "Pasion de las Pasiones: La Rosa Querida" presented by Brandon Leon-Gambetta. A PbtA tabletop role playing game where you play the cast of the world's most dramatic and exciting telenovela: Pasion de las Pasiones, as well as the family watching at home. In Pasion de las Pasiones, lies will be exposed, plots will be shattered, hearts will be broken, and if you're lucky, you might even get a happy ending...at least for now. This playtest will test new versions of the moves and playbooks as well as attempting to put the experience system through it's paces. If you are a Latinx gamer or have familiarity with telenovelas, you are especially encouraged to sign up. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R705: [ALPHA TEST] "Perdition U - Mechanics Test" presented by Michael Meinberg. A narrative focused game inspired by tv shows like Riverdale and Gossip Girl, set in an upper crust university full of mysteries and intrigue. This playtest will focus on the mechanics of the game, testing out a number of what-if hypotheticals and seeing how flexible the system is for accomodating the different kinds of circumstances that might occur in the setting. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R706: [ALPHA TEST] "Retrievers" by Saddle Shaped Games; presented by Jim Dagg. A"magitech" heist game about treasure hunting for good against the backdrop of an oligarchical society. Players portray members of the Retrievers' Guild, treasure hunters who specialize in helping the folks the watch can't, or won't. Testing will focus on the speed and ludonarrative effects of the core resolution system, as well as the Tension Track, which escalates the situation on every roll, ideally emphasizing the "sneak your way in, fight your way out" nature of the heist genre. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R707: [BETA TEST] "Silver and White" by Photographs of Lightning; presented by Jackson Tegu. Set on the West coast of Canada in the mid 90's. Four suburban teenagers encounter the mystery that will shape their lives. They explore, and each time they touch, we players exchange cards. For them a few days, for us a few hours. We make up a story together, our invented truths springing from the cards we hold; and they step into the unknown, pausing at every awkward touch, hopeful despite everything to come. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R708: [BETA TEST] "Soldiers & Serpents" by Four-in-Hand Games; presented by Eric Simon. This session will test scenario scripting and GM tools, so one participant will be asked to facilitate. Archangel Uriel has called you for a special infiltration mission that needs to be handled quickly and quietly. You must succeed, but what price are you willing to pay? Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R709: [BETA TEST] "Tales of the Fisherman's Wife" by Stone Baby Games; presented by Julia Ellingboe. The mornings that they part ways always begin the same. The Fisherman sharpens the Wife's knives for oyster and abalone diving. The Wife mends his nets and polishes his boats. When they are apart, the Fisherman and Wifecatch the attention of otherworldly beings who try to seduce, possess, supplant, devour, or serve them. In turn, the Fisherman and Wife attempt to seduce, merge with, destroy, steal power, or enslave the ghosts and demons who prey upon them. When the Fishermen and Wives reunite, one or both of them may not be who or what they appear to be... This GM-less (or GM-light) RPG uses a simple card mechanic, word play, and lots of double entendre. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R710: [BETA TEST] "The City Afterlife" presented by Rob Deobald. A political paranormal romance powered by the apocalypse. In this diceless, GMless urban fantasy RPG, inspired by Avery Alder's Dream Askew, awareness of a supernatural reality has entered the public consciousness. Play as preternatural movers and shakers struggling to be human in a world that is exploring questions like "What rights do vampires have?" and "Is mind-control a defense for murder?" Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R711: [ALPHA TEST] "The Steps Between" presented by Amr El-Azizi. The solution to every problem is pretty simple, at least in hindsight. Even when you factor magic into the equation. The Steps Between is a Powered by the Apocalypse system, inspired by the world and stories of Skulduggery Pleasant. The world exists at the intersection of Dark Urban Fantasy, Procedural Mystery, and a heavy dose of Comic Book Camp, where you play as a magic wielding investigator working with your local Sanctuary. I'm told Hellboy is a good touchstone. Your job is straightforward: Take out the threat of the day. While the start and end are clear, the mystery lies in The Steps Between. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R712: [BETA TEST] "THE ZONE" presented by Raphael D'Amico. A sci-fi horror collaborative storytelling game. You will tell the story of a doomed mission to the powerful center of a mysterious quarantine zone that changes everything that enters. Players will build the world of THE ZONE, bring their characters face-to-face with their phobias and temptations, and ultimately choose how they lose their humanity in exchange for a chance to gain their deepest wish. Play is GM-less, with Archipelago style mechanics. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R713: [BETA TEST] "Thousand Year Old Vampire" presented by Tim Hutchings. A prompt-driven game of personal despair, in which players play a vampire over the many centuries of its existence. Easy rules and effective prompts help players become emotionally engaged with the themes in the game. This game is hardwired for solo play, but we are going to try it out for multiple players. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R714: [BETA TEST] "Zombie World: New Enclaves" by Magpie Games; presented by Brendan Conway. The dead are walking, and the world as you know it has ended. All you can do is try to build something new in whatever place you can call your own. Come playtest new enclaves with game-changing effects for the card-based tabletop RPG of zombie horror. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R739: [ALPHA TEST] "A Space Between" presented by James Malloy. You've just met the person of your dreams and fallen madly in love. It is an intense and unexpected love. Unfortunately one of you has a contract with a major ice hauling corporation. They'll have to venture out into the dangers of deep space to fulfill the contract before you can spend the rest of your lives together. This game for two to four players follows the relationship and lives of people who have to spend much of their time apart. Through a series of debriefing sessions, you will reconnect with your loved one, share experiences, and make up for lost time. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R740: [BETA TEST] "Degrees of Difficulty" by DoubleD Gaming; presented by Daniel Allen Berryman. A gaming system where our goal is to give players the freedom and flexibility to build truly one of a kind characters. DoD is a GRIM and GRITTY survival RPG where players need to be smart to survive. 40 years after a magical apocalyptic destruction, the survivors are just starting to venture away from safe havens and explore the world. They could find anything... Do you have what it takes to survive? Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R741: [ALPHA TEST] "Draw" presented by Jay Treat. The fastest game in the West. We'll be shooting and dealing with moral gray areas within minutes using a novel poker-powered combat system and double-sided coins. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R742: [BETA TEST] "Harnessed" presented by Ian Jarrard. Ever wanted to touch the moon? How about teleporting between cities? Care to reorient Newtonian physics? Piece of cake for those lucky enough to be Harnessed! Welcome to Harnessed – a d6 system where players shape reality. The time is the distant future. The Galaxy is shattered from wars of the past, but civilization is rebuilding. Explore technological wonders, shape your reality and bring the fight to multidimensional horrors. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R743: [BETA TEST] "Hexes and Eights" by Off Guard Games; presented by Stras Acimovic, John LeBoeuf-Little. A small old west town has dark and terrible secrets roiling up out of the ground, and experts in such things have shown up to try and take care of the problem. You play a townsfolk or hunter, trying to keep your secrets and deal with the local town's supernatural problem. A gmless, playing-card mechanic based game about hidden roles, bad choices, and the supernatural in the weird old west. Saturday, 10:00PM - 1:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R744: [BETA TEST] "Hogwarts: An RPG" presented by David Brunell-Brutman. Perhaps you were born a Muggle, and the entire Wizarding World is new to you. Or perhaps you've always known an owl would arrive with your acceptance letter. Either way, you're now a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. You and your friends will have to summon all your bravery, cunning, intellect, loyalty, and magical skill to face the forces of darkness, uncover the secrets of Hogwarts castle, and outwit your rivals in other houses. And maybe even attend a class or two. Hogwarts: An RPG is a streamlined Powered by the Apocalypse game that lets players create collaborative stories in the world of the Harry Potter books & films. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R745: [BETA TEST] "Mech vs Mech - PvP Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. In a world where mech battles are a sports phenomenon, choose your mech and make your name! We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will be divided into two teams and battle for victory! Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' mechs! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback! If you were in one of our tests last year, we encourage you to come see the changes we've made! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R746: [ALPHA TEST] "Please Save Our Village!" presented by Eli Eaton. A game Inspired by the film Seven Samurai and it's Western counter-part, Magnificent Seven. In it you will play heroes called upon to rescue a small village from a band of raiders/bandits/some other kind of threat (your group will decide). Some of you will likely perish, the question is will it have been from a miscalculated risk or an act of self sacrifice? And will the efforts of your heroes be enough to save this tiny village? Play to find out. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R747: [BETA TEST] "Red Carnations on a Black Grave: Materials Examination" by Aviatrix Games; presented by Catherine Ramen, Brand Robins. A freeform RPG about the Paris Commune, which uses cards based on placards and broadsheets from the era to present details, images, and story ideas. In this test we will examine the play materials for content and form, to tease out specifics of instructional design and provocative images to support players with beautiful, terrible - and above all relevant and useful - information. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R748: [BETA TEST] "Robot Cities" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry. In the far future, when humanity has been [DELETED MEMORY], robots are all that are left. While the pre-programmed gadgets don't question these data gaps, Robots with self directed, adaptable AI can questions the laws and test their boundaries. You, a robot with illegal emotions, now run from the law. Will your feelings just get in the way of finding the truth, or can you use them to discover what's really going on? Robot Cities is a RPG that mechanically is inspired by FATE, PtbA, & 7th Sea, thrives in campaign play, and tells thrilling sci-fi noir stories. If you loved Giskard from The Robots of Dawn, dig the movie Gattica, or think the worst part of Westworld is humanity, Robot Cities is the game for you. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R749: [BETA TEST] "Xenolanguage" by Thorny Games; presented by Kathryn Hymes, Hakan Seyalioglu. It's five minutes in the future and we've made first contact. In Xenolanguage, you are a linguist tasked with deciphering an alien language. As you gain fluency, you begin to see the world differently. In this workshop, we will experiment with different techniques for deciphering the language. Come prepared to mainly experiment with mechanics and engage in design discussions. Play involves a shared channeling board that players touch to communicate during contact. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R784: [BETA TEST] "A Cool and Lonely Courage" by Plane Sailing Games; presented by Alex White. This is a tragic role playing story game about the women of the Special Operations Executive in world war 2 France, for two to five players. You have been captured by the Nazis, and are facing interrogation and death at their hands. Together as players you tell the stories of these brave women through their training, deployment, missions and eventual capture, and discover their lives through flashbacks. Playing cards are used to determine whether the focus of each scene is one of love, failure, success or death. A scene may directly involve other player characters, or it may involve other people who are played in the scene by other players around the table. The game ends with a final session where together you work out who lives, who dies, who tells their stories. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R785: [BETA TEST] "Battenburgh" by Giantkiller Games; presented by Jack Graham. A Fiasco-like story game about overachieving families, their quirks, and their dysfunctions. If you love the family comedies of Wes Anderson (Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic), this game is for you - especially if you look at one of these films and think, "Oh crap, that's my family." In this setting, you'll play the family of a renowned nature show host who's also a difficult mother. Revised from last year. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 2 seats left.

R786: [BETA TEST] "Blightrealms" by Golden Dragon Studio; presented by Thomas Toynton. Blightrealms is set in Haros, a medium fantasy world that has been invaded by otherworldly beings. Black magic, armies of the risen dead, and fiendish warriors seek to transform Haros into a nightmarish landscape called The Blight. Through heroic roles, players work to protect the remnants of civilization and are humanity's best hope of stopping The Pestiline - the armies of The Blight. This is an excerpt of our recent GenCon sessions and introduces you to a rules-light system that supports a wide range of play styles. It uses a success-based D6 dice pool system along with two Story Dice, ranked class kits with abilities unique to each class, and leveled skills. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] R787: [ALPHA TEST] "Breathe" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Camdon Wright. A GMless game about trying not to run out of air and how people justify the terrible things that they do to each other. The story is player driven but likely to contain serious subject matter. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R788: [BETA TEST] "Cat-pocalypse World" by Glittercats Fine Amusements; presented by Stentor Danielson. Something terrible has happened to all the humans, and now cats like yourself are all on your own. Will you try to rebuild the good times of being a pet, or is it time to go feral and usher in the Age of Cats? Test your wits, your claws, and your adorableness in this game of feline survival and adventure, Powered by the Apocalypse. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R789: [BETA TEST] "Demihumans" by Robert Bohl Games; presented by Robert Bohl. An Apocalypse World where the apocalypse is the death of everything and everyone magical in a human fantasy empire. The Golden Age of magic is dead, the Empire has at last defeated the orcs, and it's now is the Fallen Age - the human age. You play the key citizens of an enclave within a human city, peopled by non-humans who are trying to keep their community and their peoples' cultures alive in the face of exploitation, malignant disregard, and systematic violence by human culture. Warning, this is a serious, heavy, and dark game. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R790: [BETA TEST] "Flying Circus" by Newstand Press; presented by Erika Chappell. As air mercenaries in a fantasy world, engage in a daring dogfight in rickety planes, the come down to earth and fight the stress. This game blends Powered by the Apocalypse ideas and old-school crunch to create a highly detailed air combat system without maps or models. This game will focus on character interaction using premade characters. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R791: [ALPHA TEST] "Perdition U - Scenario Test" presented by Michael Meinberg. A narrative focused game inspired by tv shows like Riverdale and Gossip Girl, set in an upper crust university full of mysteries and intrigue. This playtest will focus on the initial scenario for con play and for inclusion in the main rules. A particular emphasis will be placed on the NPCs, to see which ones pop and draw attention. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] R792: [BETA TEST] "Project Violacea" by Wrong Brothers Gaming; presented by Colin Kyle. Help us playtest the tabletop RPG version of a game and setting designed by Keisha Howard and her organization, the Sugar Gamers, which advocates for underrepresented demographics in the gaming and geek community. A biopunk heist game, Project Violacea focuses on playing revolutionaries working to bring freedom and knowledge to oppressed people in a global, totalitarian regime. We are testing incorporating board game elements to streamline the game for new players, increase collaboration, and create two levels of play (individual and city level). The game also involves questions of bioethics, genetic engineering, body autonomy/ability, and substance use. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R793: [FOCUS GROUP] "Reach of Titan" by Third Act Publishing; presented by Jim McClure. An RPG where you play a team of hunters that must fight larger than life creatures call Titans. Players must work together as a unit to defeat these beasts in epic combats that are part puzzle solving and part traditional RPG combat. This focus group is intended for discussion of the game as a whole beyond its combat system. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

R794: [BETA TEST] "Ross Rifles: Bloody Passchendaele" by Dundas West Games; presented by Daniel Kwan. You are a member of the 10th Canadian Battalion, who has been pulled out of reserve in order to support the men at the trenches of Passchendaele. You've only recently been shipped over to France from the training grounds at Valcartier, and the memory of home is still fresh in your minds. However, when you arrive at the trenches, you've not greeted by fanfare or celebration, but by pounding of German guns. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R795: [ALPHA TEST] "Shibuyan Knights - Character Creation" by Poplar Productions; presented by Moe Poplar. A fantasy role playing game in an Anime setting. Shibuya is like modern Tokyo, but it runs on steampunk, magic and honor, not technology. Represent your guild and save the day, the city, the world. Play testers read a one sheet of the guilds, and write paragraphs describing their characters. We then go around the table exploring player expectations of what the game could be, what they'd like to get out of this setting and why they chose their guild/ character type. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R796: [ALPHA TEST] "Tears of a Machine: Second Edition" by Robot Claw Design; presented by Russell Collins. A game of teen mecha pilots and their lives in and out of giant alien war machines. This new edition explores strengthening narrative play by streamlining rules . Playtests may include character creation, basic task resolution, and battlefield combat. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R797: [BETA TEST] "The Micean Council RPG" presented by Jim Davies. A tabletop role playing game in which players get to play heroic mice who save human children from supernatural threats like little demons and faeries. It happens in a version of our modern world that has dark, hidden magic and anthropomorphic animals. Stories in this game feel a bit like a cross between The Rescuers and Ghostbusters. The rules are non-deadly and narrative-focused, encouraging bold heroism in a charming urban fantasy setting. Would you enjoy describing how an elite mouse would take down a possessed cat using nothing but dental floss? That's the kind of thing you get to do in this game. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R798: [BETA TEST] "Untitled Urban Fantasy Tarot RPG" presented by Jason Tocci. A priest, a werewolf, and a ghost walk into a bar-and find the body of the bartender, murdered on neutral territory. Drawing inspiration from urban fantasy and horror stories like The Dresden Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman, this tarot-based RPG toolkit aims to get games up and running quickly. Playtesting will focus on character creation and on facing challenges by drawing cards, playing cards, and interpreting cards' imagery for good or ill. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R799: [BETA TEST] "Visigoths vs. Mall Goths" presented by Lucian Kahn. A tabletop role playing game about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and modern spooky teens, set in a shopping mall in a Los Angeles suburb in 1996. The world of the mall is richly populated and the rules are lightweight, allowing ample room for improvisation and collaborative storytelling. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

R831: [BETA TEST] "Beamswords & Bazookas" presented by Justin Kahler. A tactical RPG that allows players create customized battle mechs and to play as the pilots who steer them into danger. In addition to fighting scaled-up battles against dangerous enemies, players will need to examine how their pilots deal with the stresses of being at war in order to recuperate between fights. For this play test you'll be a pilot of M.A.S.S., an international peace-keeping force and the first line of defense should the giant alien invaders ever return to Earth. Based on the Savage Worlds system. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] R833: [BETA TEST] "Degrees of Difficulty" by DoubleD Gaming; presented by Daniel Allen Berryman. A gaming system where our goal is to give players the freedom and flexibility to build truly one of a kind characters. DoD is a GRIM and GRITTY survival RPG where players need to be smart to survive. 40 years after a magical apocalyptic destruction, the survivors are just starting to venture away from safe havens and explore the world. They could find anything... Do you have what it takes to survive? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R834: [BETA TEST] "Descent into Midnight" by Riverhouse Games; presented by Taylor LaBresh. A gifted team of psionic defenders fight mental, physical, and spiritual corruption threatening their ecosystem, their home, and their friendships. With shared world building, evocative playbooks and moves, and guided meditation and collaborative storytelling, Descent Into Midnight is aquatic gaming that is intense, emotional, and shows the wonder of the ocean. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] R835: [ALPHA TEST] "Dream of the Empress" by Kazumi Chin, Iris Xie; presented by Iris Xie. A "Dream Askew" hack, Powered by the Apocalypse/PbtA game set in magical, mythical, queer, Ancient China. What role will you play? The Empress, the Princexx, the Colonizer, or maybe the Magical Scholar or Strategist? Navigate court society as your characters negotiate power relations and their own internal struggles with each other while navigating a very queer Confucian society. Engage with queerness, gender, disabilities, and other intersectional identities, and bring your desires and insecurities. Everyone struggles to claim their place in this society while still trying to leave their mark on the world, and Dream of the Empress is no different. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R836: [BETA TEST] "Duels & Detention" by Rising Stars Press; presented by Beth Rimmels. StarStorm Academy is now letting in students without innate magic ability, causing controversy. More importantly to your group of friends, a teacher confiscated a burn book and the enchantment hiding the magic ink will fade soon, revealing the insults and secrets contained within. Half of you need to sneak into the teacher's office to reclaim the book while the other half of you go to dueling club, taught by the same teacher. This is a playtest for the magic rules of Awesome 8's, a rules light, neo-traditional RPG. Some players will have magical characters and some will have non-magical to test how they interact as well as combat. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R837: [BETA TEST] "Fiasco in a Box" by Bully Pulpit Games; presented by Jason Morningstar, Steve Segedy. A game about dumb people getting in trouble. You play dreamers and schemers at the intersection of powerful ambition and poor impulse control, and things are not going to go well. This is a playtest of revised rules in celebration of the game's tenth anniversary. NOTE: This playtest is designed for people who have NOT played Fiasco in the past, or have very limited experience with it. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R838: [ALPHA TEST] "Flawless" presented by Michael Conn. An RPG with PVP elements where players take on the roll of neigh omniscient cosmic beings shoehorned into relatively unremarkable people. Over the course of an adventure they vie via conspiracy or combat for the fate of our universe and all the others. All the while battling with the constraining nature of the hosts they inhabit. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

R839: [BETA TEST] "Harnessed" presented by Ian Jarrard. Ever wanted to touch the moon? How about teleporting between cities? Care to reorient Newtonian physics? Piece of cake for those lucky enough to be Harnessed! Welcome to Harnessed – a d6 system where players shape reality. The time is the distant future. The Galaxy is shattered from wars of the past, but civilization is rebuilding. Explore technological wonders, shape your reality and bring the fight to multidimensional horrors. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] R840: [ALPHA TEST] "MDCLXVI (Baroque)" by 9th Level Games; presented by Christopher O'Neill. A Baroque Fantasy RPG using 9th Level's new POLYMORPH game system. It is our world in 1666 where Rome never fell, the Olympian Gods are real, and the Apocolypse is upon us. Play as Flying Musketeers or Savant Alchemists, Clockwork Soldiers or Zealots of Mars, Enchanting Odalisques or Vagabond Kinds and a host of other baroque and bizarre options. It's Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, mashed up with the Black Company, the 3 Musketeers, and over-the-top screwball Wuxia films. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

R841: [BETA TEST] "Mech vs Mech - PvP Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. In a world where mech battles are a sports phenomenon, choose your mech and make your name! We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will be divided into two teams and battle for victory! Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' mechs! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback! If you were in one of our tests last year, we encourage you to come see the changes we've made! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] R842: [BETA TEST] "Nahual" written and presented by Miguel Angel Espinoza. A Mexican Powered by the Apocalypse game of urban fantasy set in Mexico. Characters are shapeshifting nahuals that hunt angels to make a living. They run a "changarro" (business) together where they sell the angels they hunt as different types of products. The setting is an adaptation of Edgar Clement's comic books (Operacion Bolivar, Kerubim, Los Perros Salvajes). Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R843: [BETA TEST] "Swords of the Serpentine: Fantasy GUMSHOE" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. The ancient Guild of Advocates may be run by the most corrupt and loathsome person this city has seen in generations, but they're politically untouchable and *far* too well protected for assassination. Your (extremely illegal) job? Dig into their past with forbidden sorcery, find a weakness to pry them out of power, and change the future of justice for everyone you know. This beta test for Pelgrane Press's forthcoming fantasy RPG focuses on stress-testing a few SotS systems such as sorcery, alchemy, economics, curses, and true names. Sunday, 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

R844: [BETA TEST] "The Han Cluster" by Ede Sol Games; presented by Tracy Sizemore. A sci-fi setting for Savage Worlds set 650 years in the future. Humanity has colonized the Han Cluster and discovered a mysterious construct called "The Drift," through which they can leave their physical bodies behind and interact with the world as "Drift Ghosts." Sapient machines exist and have manifested Drift Ghosts of their own. Some wish to develop meaningful emotional relationships, prompting complex questions of what it means to be "human enough". We will play through a short adventure that explores the Han Cluster setting. In so doing, we'll examine The Drift both as a game mechanic that adds exciting new options to traditional role-playing action, and as a conduit through which humans might explore their relationships with each other and the passionate machines they not only created, but formatively influenced. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

R863: [ALPHA TEST] "21JACK" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Nicolas Hornyak. An RPG system inspired by blackjack and story games. During the game, 21JACK modifies the casino rules of blackjack to craft an RPG system rooted in suspense and light-hearted tension. Using only a deck of cards, the Dealer goes head-to-head with the modifiers on each character sheet. Set in the alternate world of Crime Immortal, you'll play criminals who accidentally came into contact with ambrosia during and after Prohibition. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R864: [ALPHA TEST] "Dimensions" by Broken Ruler Games; presented by Todd Crapper. Travel to new realities with outstanding abilities to bend it to your every whim without breaking it in this PbtA game of inter-dimensional travellers trying to fix their mistakes before it costs them their very existence. PbtA experience preferred. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

R865: [ALPHA TEST] "Mech vs Mech: Monster Planet - PvE Test" by Suburbivore Workshop; presented by Mick von Heyn, Jim Pettit, Jared Tripp. A Mech vs Mech arena-spaceship has crashed on a planet of giant monsters! It's up to you, the daring competitive mech fighters, to defeat boss monsters and protect the ship! The test will be comprised of a single "boss battle". We've tried to find a balance between detailed mechanics and quick rules, and we need your help testing! Players will face off against a game-master controlled giant-monster. Fans of games like D&D 3.5, 4e, GURPS, XCOM, and Fallout 1 & 2 will find some mechanics familiar. The game is played on a hex-grid. Players of all experience levels are welcome, just be ready for basic math and fightin' monsters! Sessions will be casual; we're just looking for some feedback. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] R866: [ALPHA TEST] "Omniversal Tales" presented by Jabari Weathers. An existential fantasy TTRPG set in a surreal world named Esque, a world with the blessing and curse to carry Humanity's story forward from Earth in a time when Humanity itself is a quickly growing concept. Players create characters referred to as Strangers; named as such because of their engagement with their strange world, their fellow inhabitants, and their mysterious relationship to the truths of themselves. As the Strangers try to establish themselves and their relationships to each other and Esque at large, players examine the tensions between their world's rigid expectations of the Strangers, and the unique and often shifting truths they embody. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R867: [BETA TEST] "Passing" presented by Sam Saltiel. In the 1940's an alien spacecraft crashed onto Earth and since then humans have known that they are not alone in the universe. In this PbtA game you and your friends play shape-shifting aliens trapped in 1950's suburbia disguised as humans. Unable to return back to your home, you must decide how to best survive on this new planet. Will you hide your true face? Will you be able to? Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] R868: [BETA TEST] "THE ZONE" presented by Raphael D'Amico. A sci-fi horror collaborative storytelling game. You will tell the story of a doomed mission to the powerful center of a mysterious quarantine zone that changes everything that enters. Players will build the world of THE ZONE, bring their characters face-to-face with their phobias and temptations, and ultimately choose how they lose their humanity in exchange for a chance to gain their deepest wish. Play is GM-less, with Archipelago style mechanics. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.


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