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


COMPLETE 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.

D001: "First Time METATOPIA Attendees" presented by Avonelle Wing, Darren Watts. Join Avonelle Wing and others for a METATOPIA orientation. All types of attendees welcome. We'll talk about the philosophy behind this unique convention, answer questions and introduce you to each other. Friday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D002: "How to Be a Playtester (101)" presented by Kate Bullock, Kelvin Ortega, Jennifer Graham-Macht. Our panelists talk about how to be good playtesters. Learn how to hear the questions being asked and answer with useful feedback. We all want to give helpful criticism; learn more about how to do that. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D003: "Mechanical Atmosphere: Emotional Feedback in Game Design" presented by Jabari Weathers, Jacqueline Bryk. Nuance in game design isn't just about numbers or "balance." Fewer numbers/less crunch doesn't necessarily mean that a design is "less complicated." Let's talk about how finding the right mechanic for the right task will help shape the player experience. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D004: "Face Your Fear" presented by Kiva Fecteau, David Beever, Jim Dagg , Kate Beaman-Martinez, Beth Rimmels. Congratulations. You screwed up the courage and got yourself to METATOPIA! Prepare to panic... or not. Talk with fellow participants in small groups to identify your fears and where they come from. You'll probably discover a lot of commonalities. Our workshop leaders have begun to overcome their own fears, and have seen success at METATOPIA. They'll share tips and techniques to help you stay afloat during the weekend. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D005: "Honing Your Game Pitch" presented by Jim McClure, Kenneth Hite, Cat Tobin. This panel is designed to help you establish the best way to present your game to consumers. From Elevator pitches, to focus points, to mechanical highlights, we will cover what is most important in getting people to buy into your game. Attendees should be prepared to discuss their game project as part of a group, and have an elevator pitch pre-prepared. The panelists will then help each individual attendee to hone their presentation. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D006: "Marketing Is More Than Social Media" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Beth Rimmels, Christopher Tang. While social media is an important tool for marketers to use, many companies confuse it for the whole breadth of a marketing. Hear expert marketing professionals talk about what marketing departments should be doing for game publishing companies. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D007: "Productive Playtesting" presented by Isaac Shalev, Gil Hova, Jennifer Graham-Macht. Join us for a roundtable conversation about how to get the best data from your time at the playtesting table. We'll discuss our experiences running playtests, and talk about common mistakes and how to avoid them. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D008: "Now What?" presented by Steve Segedy, Christopher Badell, Mark Richardson, Cat Tobin. Once you've created a game, what are your options for getting it out into the world? Come ask questions and find out about printing, distribution, and fulfillment options for independent designers and small publishers. We could also include discussion of Kickstarter, BackerKit, contracts, licensing, etc. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D009: "How To Work With Artists" presented by Jack Parra, Lissanne Lake, Scott Bowmanchester. This panel will touch on the process of how to find and approach artists, negotiate the contract, and then successfully work together. It's important that publishers get an artist's-eye-view of things so they can better understand what we do, the process, and the time involved and plan projects accordingly. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D010: "What Does Disability Representation Look Like?" presented by Shayna Cook, Elsa Henry, Shoshana Kessock. Designing and running analog games with accessibility in mind is difficult when you aren't sure what that looks like. Learn about what many disabled people would like to see in terms of representation, community members experiences as disabled gamers, and why you should make your games accessible. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D011: "Actual Play, Digital LARP & Online Gaming" presented by Maury Brown, Tara Clapper, Michael Meinberg, Seanna Musgrave. Analog (tabletop and LARP*) games with digital participants have their own challenges in design, mechanics, and community. This panel will discuss the trend and what it may mean going forward for designers, players and community managers. *yes, LARP. Yes, online. Yes, digital LARP online. Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D012: "Choice Mechanics" presented by Anne Ratchat, Rob Donoghue, Jennifer Martin. In each game, players make choices starting character design/assignment. How does a designer balance creating meaningful decisions while balancing choice paralysis? How does the feel of the game change by increasing and decreasing choices available? Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D013: "Navigating Consent in Gaming" presented by Sam Saltiel, Brand Robins, Camdon Wright, Eli Eaton. Good consent practice requires that consent is enthusiastic and informed. Let's talk about how to encourage a higher level of consent. We will discuss tools you can add at the table, but then we'll explore ways to integrate consent into the foundations of your design. Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D014: "Kickstarting in 2019" presented by Chandler Copenhaver, Steve Segedy, Christopher Batarlis. Kickstarter today is a different animal than it was a year or five years ago. Let's talk about the things you need to know if you're launching a campaign next year. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D015: "Horror Mechanics (For More Than Just Horror)" presented by Anne Ratchat, Kenneth Hite, Elsa Henry, Julia Ellingboe, Jabari Weathers. In the genre of horror, game designers and writers have developed an arsenal of tools specifically to disempower the characters in their worlds. These mechanics are assumed one-trick ponies but can also serve as useful mechanics for empowering play as well when understood. The goal of this panel is to break down why specific horror mechanics work and how to use them effectively, regardless of genre. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D016: "Queer Worldbuilding" presented by Mandy Perry, Ezekiel McGee, Nicolas Hornyak, Shoshana Kessock, Jennifer Gutterman. Building an inclusive gaming experience goes beyond pronoun stickers on name badges and accessible gaming areas. In this roundtable, participants will dig past 100-level inclusion to discuss writing inclusive and diverse worlds, with primary focus on LGBTQ inclusion and avoiding trope pitfalls. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D017: "Truth, Survival, and Empowerment in Darker Narratives" presented by Mabel Harper, Avonelle Wing, Misha Bushyager, Eli Eaton. A discussion about why some people, specifically members of minority groups, might feel drawn to darker games and survival narratives, and how fiction of this nature both describes reality and can also provide answers, empowerment, and revolutionary verve in a world that is hostile to racial, sexual, ethnic, and gender minorities. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D018: "Working With a Marketing Consultant" presented by Kira Peavley. Marketing isn't magic. You need a real strategy and a methodology that allows you to stand out. Working with a consultant can help you focus your strategy, set realistic goals, and better understand your data to help drive your marketing decisions and execution. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D019: "Understanding Financial Regulations for Crowdfunding" presented by Bradley Hausman. A brief overview of SEC and some state regulations regarding crowdfunding, and other forms of raising capital, and registering your campaign. In this roundtable, feel free to discuss your experiences and how others can learn from them. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D020: "LARP for Tabletop Designers, Tabletop for LARP Designers" presented by Jason Morningstar, Jay Treat, Jacqueline Bryk, Tim Hutchings. Live action role playing offers all sorts of interesting insights and techniques that are ripe for poaching for tabletop games - and vice versa. We'll discuss the affinities, differences, and edge cases in these related mediums. Hopefully you will leave with some new ideas, regardless of which design space you think you operate in. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D021: "Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Developing Cultural Touchstones for Immersive World Building" presented by Kristen Roberts, Jennifer Gutterman. Building dynamic worlds for your game is not just about swords, guns and magic. Much of what gives our world it's depth and richness is rooted in environment and evolving cultural traditions. Using examples like native cuisines, holidays, and slang terminology, this workshop will focus on how to develop setting-specific cultural touchstones that are relatable for your audience without being derivative or anachronistic. Incorporating these details into your game design not only creates a more immersive environment for your players, but also helps to build community and bring people together in real life. Join our workshop, bring your setting concepts, and learn about how to add and emphasize these important socio-cultural concepts in your world building and game design. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D022: "Ask a Marketing Expert" presented by Beth Rimmels, Mike Roberts, Mandy Perry. Learn the answers to your specific marketing & promotion questions from the experts. Beth Rimmels & Mike Roberts work for a digital marketing agency and are experts in social media marketing and SEO (how people find you on Google). Mandy Perry is an expert in tumblr marketing who just wrapped their first highly successful Kickstarter. This interactive workshop will also include live analysis of web sites as time allows. Bring your questions and learn how to get the word out about your product and establish a professional presence online. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D023: "Latinx Design" presented by Brandon Leon-Gambetta, Miguel Angel Espinoza, Mark Diaz Truman, Alejandro Guzman Vendrell, Jennifer Gutterman. Join us for a celebration of Latinidad and an opportunity to come together as a Latinx community. This panel of Latinx game designers come together to discuss what it is like to write, play in, and run games while Latinx. Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D024: "Plastics Prototyping: Using SLA 3D Printing to Design Your Components" presented by Zane Everett. Traditional 3D printing for component prototypes has typically resulted in sub-par samples, but the process of iterative design for getting a feel for how your game will look and handle is invaluable. Until recently, more sophisticated means of 3D printing have been prohibitive. With the latest release of affordable SLA printers in the past year prototyping incredibly high quality components has come within the price range of hobbyists and startup businesses. This presentation will cover the pros and cons of SLA printing, general tips for successful prints, and how it affects your bottom line. Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D025: "So You Want To Be A Good Male Ally" presented by Jason Morningstar, Rob Donoghue, Jonathan Gilmour, Brand Robins. Have you heard your fellow designers and players speaking out against sexism and harassment in gaming and wondered what you could do as a man to help? Join us for a lively and surprising conversation about being a better ally. Friday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D026: "Hardly A Soft Matter - Soft and Hard Incentives in Games" presented by Gil Hova, Tim Rodriguez. A "hard" incentive is a mechanical reward a game gives you for doing something, like a VP bonus. A "soft" incentive is a reward that won't give you a mechanical bonus, but makes you feel good somehow, like an achievement badge. We see soft incentives all around video games and RPGs. Why are board games, and hobby board game culture, so fixated on hard incentives? Could more soft incentives in board games help, or would they detract from the game? Friday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D027: "Golden Cobra Announcement" presented by Jason Morningstar. The Golden Cobra Challenge is a friendly contest open to anyone interested in writing and playing freeform games that ran through the month of October. Now we're ready to discuss our methodology, submission trends, and what we've learned about freeform in the process. And, of course, announce the winners! Join us for an informal discussion and awards ceremony. The winning games will be offered throughout METATOPIA, so come play with the judges as well. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D028: "Marketing 101: Creating a Basic Marketing Plan" presented by Juliet Meyer, Raymond Bruels. This is a basic course in marketing your brand and/or your product and helping you know the difference between the two in terms of tone and voice. Which social media platform is best for you? How should you measure success? Do I need a website/Facebook/Instagram/Telegram Channel/Sub-Reddit and what are those things? What are the different ways to market? What is my target demographic? How can you build an audience for your brand/product? Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D029: "Digital Prototyping Workshop" presented by Zintis May-Krumins. Prototyping is an important aspect of game design. Using the right tools can improve your workflow, keep things fast, replicable, and organized. In this workshop, you are invited to bring your laptop and get comfortable working with several free tools, such as cardmaker beta, paint.net, and google drive. After some quick instruction and a live demonstration, everyone is invited to practice, ask questions, and start on their own projects. The programs being covered are only available on Windows machines. Sorry Mac users. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D030: "The Price is Wrong! Understanding How to Price your Work" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Christopher O'Neill, Cat Tobin. The goal of this discussion is to talk about how to properly price work to not only avoid losing money, but to actually make money doing this thing. Our focus will be 3 fold - a rubric for pricing Board Games and RPGS, how to figure out market costs, and a discussion of why undervaluing and underselling your work HURTS EVERYONE. Chris has an MBA, and has run a publishing company for 20 years. Melissa is an expert on Game Retail. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D031: "Accessible Gaming Design Workshop" presented by Shoshana Kessock, Elsa Henry, Shayna Cook, Mandy Perry. This is a workshop to explore how to design accessible games from the ground up, tackle different accessibility needs, and how to have conversations about accessibility as game runners, designers, and participants. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D032: "The State of the Industry - 2018" presented by Stephen Buonocore. Stronghold Games' Stephen Buonocore takes the stage to talk about the state of the board gaming business as we move into 2019. The industry has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and if you're working off of old understandings, you might get caught short. Friday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D033: "The Joy of Honobono" presented by Rach Shelkey, Jacqueline Bryk, Maury Brown, Cheyenne Grimes. Honobono games. Heartwarming games. Pastoral games. Roleplaying games that focus on finding excitement in mundane situations and reinforcing positive emotion spaces go by several different labels. How do you design for uplifting gameplay? What impact do these games have on players? Our panelists will explore RPGs and mechanics that help players explore those warm fuzzy feelings. Friday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D034: "Podcasting for Promotion" presented by James D'Amato, Senda Linaugh. Being a guest on podcasts is a fantastic way to promote your game and build your brand. Our moderators will talk about how this might work and things you should know in advance to be a good guest. This will be run as a roundtable discussion. Friday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D035: "Prosocial Design: Build Empathy Through Games" presented by Jason Pitre, Jason Cox, Jennifer Martin. Games are are fantastic tools for building empathy and teaching skills to participants. This panel will explore the different ways that tabletop and live action role playing games can teach participants how to be better people, citizens, and community members through themes, mechanics, and procedures. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D036: "Ask Avie: What Do You Need?" presented by Avonelle Wing. Join Double Exposure's Avonelle Wing for a roundtable discussion about "the hobby gaming industry", whatever that means. From how to market yourself as a professional in the industry to why you need to understand the three-tier distribution system before you go to Kickstarter, Avie's available to answer your questions and to share the things she has learned this year. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D037: "Taxes in the Game Industry" presented by Bradley Hausman. A discussion of tax considerations for game Designers and Publishers. Understanding what forms may need to be filed, and how to best structure your business as an individual or a company. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D038: "Marketing 201: Creating Content around Your Brand/Product" presented by Juliet Meyer, Raymond Bruels. You've got a brand/product and you've got all the social media channels and a website. Great. Now what? Learn how to create consistent content for your brand/product that will resonate with your audience. This class covers Twitch streaming, social post scheduling/generation, as well as some ideas for rich media creation, and how to go about creating content for your brand/product using tools you already have! Bring your phone to this seminar. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D039: "Expanding Fantasy" presented by David (DC) Collins. Participate in a discussion about expanding the narrative fantasies applied to tabletop RPGs. The standard "set" of explored backgrounds and settings are not only old, but also fundamentally structured around a singular perspective. Inspecting the foundation of our fiction allows us to better understand the values or pitfalls of those choices, and how they may affect who decides to, or not to, join us at our table. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D040: "Build a (Better) Butterfly" presented by Michelle Lyons-McFarland. It's really easy to write truly terrible instructions. Join Dr. Lyons-McFarland for a hands-on demonstration how important it is to take the time to write truly good instructions. Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D041: "Being a Full-Timer" presented by Brian Neff, Darren Watts, Cat Tobin. There are a lot of people who will say that full-time jobs don't exist in the Gaming Industry. That is wrong. There are tons of ways to make a career out of making games. It involves working long hours and probably being underpaid, but they exist. Here's how to look for them, and how to prepare for them. Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D042: "Collaboration in Design" presented by Amber Autumn Gilchrist, Elizabeth Bellisario. Having extra eyes on a project is both useful and an added layer of complexity. What should you look for in a design partner, what should you do differently as a partial designer, and how do you avoid letting the stress of development ruin any friendships? This roundtable is aimed at answering questions like these. Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D043: "Modern War in RPGs" presented by Mark Richardson, Daniel Kwan, Erika Chappell. People with no practical combat experience discuss how to respectfully integrate historical modern conflict into human storytelling. What research was worthwhile? How do you approach historical accuracy vs game design and satisfying shared narrative. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D044: "Queer Erasure" presented by Sam Saltiel, Elsa Henry, Avonelle Wing, Eli Eaton. Queerness is not a monolith. Queer game design is not immune to erasure, and by examining the state of currently available and celebrated games (and games) that address queerness, we can explore ways to expand our narratives to include the entire glorious rainbow. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D045: "Barter and Collaborate to Improve Your Design Experience" presented by Pete Petrusha, Ann Stolinsky, Jennifer Gutterman. Could you, your business, or your game design benefit from a partner with skills that complement your own (layout, editing, illustration, marketing, etc.)? Many of us create games and journey the path to publication alone. Hiring freelancers to help is great, but what if you could pair up to collectively make games together, freeing you to work on the things you excel at and enjoy? Join us for a workshop where you'll identify your strengths in the tabletop gaming business and we'll introduce you to potential partners who can complement your skills to make more games together. Bring business cards and/or contact information to share! (Actual attendance will limit our variety of partners, so we’ll offer strategies for finding partners as well.) Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D046: "Sentinels of the Multiverse: The IP" presented by Christopher Badell, Darren Watts, Dave Chalker. The Sentinels Of The Multiverse card game has been an impressive success both critically and financially, and has created a community clamoring for more ways to interact with its heroes and villains. Greater Than Games has worked to satisfy that market with spin-offs, video games, and a forthcoming RPG. Join us for a very special panel which tells a story that everyone wants to hear. Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D047: "Navigating Nostalgia" presented by Rach Shelkey, Misha Bushyager, Michelle Lyons-McFarland, Senda Linaugh. Nostalgic media is flooding pop culture and the gaming community has taken notice! Our panelists will discuss designing with nostalgia as a focus: How do we deal with nostalgia not being universal across all players? What about the problematic parts of history that nostalgia conveniently overlooks? How do you navigate the toxic sense of entitlement that goes hand-in-hand with nostalgia in popular culture? Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D048: "Art For Your Game Without Breaking The Bank" presented by Jack Parra, Lissanne Lake, Scott Bowmanchester. Getting high-quality art is key to making a product look professional. How do publishers do it without breaking the bank? Our panel makes with the tips and tricks. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D049: "Success through Iteration" presented by Jay Treat, Mark Richardson. How much do you change your game between tests? Which way do you change it? How do you evaluate playtester feedback and suggestions against your design goals? When do you stop tweaking or abandon a path? Iteration is the key to success not just in a single project but in your design career. Let's talk about how, how to do that better, and what not to do. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D050: "Alien Worlds - Xenobiology and Speculative Zoology" presented by Jason Pitre, Rob Donoghue, Darren Watts. Fictional alien biology and ecosystems are fascinating. From the implied phylogeny of James Cameron's Avatar to the Alien's Xenomorphs, exploration of alien biology is a fascinating topic worth exploring for your science fiction, post-apocalyptic or even fantasy roleplaying games. On this panel, we will discuss the principles of speculative zoology and artificial ecosystems from xenophillic perspective. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D051: "Intersectional Feminism: Game Design That Tackles Topics that Matter" presented by Julia Ellingboe, Moyra Turkington, Misha Bushyager. Designing historical games is complicated, especially when we're telling the stories of people who are often forgotten. How do we handle those stories without accidentally perpetuating or compounding existing damage? Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D052: "We Want to Sign Your Game!" presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward, Curt Covert. Every publisher is looking for the next big hit. Every time they sit down with you, they want your game to be that hit. Here are some simple tips to making games that publishers are excited to sign. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D053: "Take Your Dice Outside: Narrative, Storytelling and How Tabletop Will Save Your LARP" presented by Sean Jaffe, Megan Jaffe, Joshua Harrison, Casey Edison. As role playing matures, the progression of how players move between LARP and Tabletop has changed the dynamic considerably. From the SCA to Vampire to today's blockbusters, LARP has always had a complicated and confusing relationship with tabletop, and we're going to explore how both mediums can build each other up. Role playing as a medium thrives when storytelling is completely free, so why do we box these two styles away from each other? Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D054: "Metaphorical Games - Fictional Reframing of Issues" presented by Jason Pitre, Mark Diaz Truman, Kate Bullock. Games are art, and can explore challenging subject material. It can often be useful to use fictional metaphors to recontextualize these difficult topics and make them easier to to examine with a layer of emotional distance. On this panel, the speakers will explore how and when to use metaphors in your game design, and the pitfalls to avoid. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D055: "Designing an RPG - Real-Time Workshop" presented by Jim McClure, Emily Reinhart, Greg Workman. During this workshop the moderators will actively design a brand new RPG from scratch while giving in depth analysis as to what the mechanics/systems are doing. This will be an interactive event where the attendees get to shout out concepts, themes, and mechanics "Who's line is it anyway?" style in order dictate the game that is being made and ensure the panelist had no prior planning. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D056: "How to Lose Money with a Kickstarter Success" presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward. Our first three crowdfunding campaigns made almost a quarter of a million dollars on Kickstarter. By the end of it, we were almost fifty thousand dollars in debt. Nicole and Peter from Jellybean Games talk about common mistakes made by first-time creators, and how to avoid them. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D057: "Approaching Allyship from a Genuinely Intersectional Perspective" presented by Julia Ellingboe, Brand Robins. There's no formal roadmap to being a "good" ally. It's easy to scratch the surface and stop moving, because you've challenged your own paradigm. That's not enough. Let's brainstorm tools and tactics for guiding allies towards functional engagement. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D058: "The Transitive Property of Myth" presented by Kenneth Hite. In this year's installment of "Ken Thinks About Stuff Out Loud", I look at the structural patterns of mythology. Are there actually structures of myth, and if there aren't, can we pretend there are? How can we take real-world myths and make them game material? How can we translate one myth system (that of the "standard fantasy world" for example) into another (e.g., Greek mythology)? And how can we translate any of it into dice, numbers, and heroic player character stories? Saturday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D059: "Immersive Theater, Interactive Theater and Public Play: What We Can Steal" presented by Jason Morningstar, Nicholas Fortugno, Amy Ashton, Marshall Bradshaw. Immersive theater, interactive theater, and public games all offer weird untapped potential for designers of all kinds of games. We've assembled a panel of experts in these disciplines that are adjacent to our own, and we'll see what we can learn and borrow from them. Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D060: "Free Previews vs. Ashcans: Building an Audience For Your Upcoming Release" presented by Todd Crapper, Mark Diaz Truman, Senda Linaugh, Sam Saltiel. Are you planning to release a free preview of your upcoming core rules or will you create an ashcan? What is an ashcan? Is free better than a paid preview? What can help make your preview stand out? This panel will look at the makings of either format and provide insights into how either relates to final sales of your core rulebook with award-winning panelists experienced in both formats and hard data from OneBookShelf. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D061: "Getting Started With DriveThruRPG" presented by Christopher Tang. Let's talk about how to interact with DriveThruRPG, some of the nitty gritty process but also the general principles to bear in mind and some of the things many people do not know like the details of the OGL, basic copyright law, the availability of Community Content programs, etc. Also taking audience questions liberally since I expect there will be those. We will also cover some of the ways the site has changed in the last year (mostly GDPR changes). Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D062: "Developing a Marketing Plan" presented by Jason Pitre, Beth Rimmels, Melissa Lewis-Gentry. In this special, 2-hour workshop, we will help you develop your own marketing plan for your games. The first half of the seminar will involve explanation of the key marketing principles and concepts for your use. In the second half, you will work in a small group to discuss how the information applies to you, and you will create your own basic marketing plan. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D063: "First Thoughts on Second Editions" presented by Russell Collins, Robert Bohl, Brennan Taylor. A moderated discussion with co-panelists on why to produce a second edition of a game; what makes a design a second edition; and how to go about introducing it. Questions from the audience at the end. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D064: "A Stage Gate Approach to Game Development" presented by Randy Lubin. A stage gate approach involves developing multiple ideas in parallel, starting with one sentence pitches. Each round of the design process advances to a higher fidelity pitch, rule set, or playtest and each round you cull a subset of the potential games. It's a highly effective method for generating a breadth of ideas, overcoming design anxiety, and developing with confidence. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D065: "The Art Of Mechanics" presented by Jim McClure, Emily Reinhart. This panel will cover the art behind using game mechanics to influence player behavior. The panelist will dissect mechanics from published games and discuss how these mechanics influence play, and what lessons designers can learn from them. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D066: "Why You Need a Business Partner" presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward. When turning your board game idea into a board game company, the first step is sorting out the logistics. Unless you have a burning desire to deal with accountants, spreadsheets, corporate structures, and The Joy of Taxes, you need a business partner. Nicole Perry and Peter Hayward are business partners; listen to them discuss how they split tasks, make sure that everything is covered, and the unexpected benefits of working closely with a partner. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D067: "Game Design Trash Fire Makeovers!" presented by James Mendez Hodes. Have you ever thought, "Wow, I'd love to run this cool game for my friends, but I can't because it's unspeakably offensive"? Let's apply game design and social justice principles to solve that problem before it starts! In this 201-level workshop, participants practice the skills designers, writers, and sensitivity readers use to collaborate with others and create games and fiction which are both progressive and fun. We'll go over some best practices together, then break into small groups to transform antiquated content into something beautiful and validating. Content warning for grappling with offensive materials, for example "this vampire faction is Islamophobic" or "this game's treatment of mental illness is ableist". Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D068: "Crunching the Cardboard - Tabletop Analytics and Feedback" presented by Brian Neff, Kiva Fecteau. Playtesting and gathering feedback is the first step. The next step is to figure out what to do with the data you've collected and apply it to your design process productively. We will talk about how to discern which data should change your path and how. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D069: "Deconstructing Religion In Your Games" presented by Shoshana Kessock, James Mendez Hodes. Religion has held sway across the world in various forms, and its influence has molded everything from how we live our everyday lives to the laws we make and the entertainment we consume. We will take a look at how real world religious ideologies have impacted the games we create, how they influence the worlds we build, and how we might deconstruct those ideas to approach our games from a different perspective. Specific care will be taken to contrast western ideologies from across the world. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D070: "Love Like A Bomb" presented by Kate Beaman-Martinez, Jonaya Kemper. We're going to examine some evolving wisdom about balanced, healthy intimate relationships and apply it to group dynamics. In this case, we're going to talk about how the concept of "love bombing" applies to gaming communities. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D071: "Beyond Bright Lights: Doing Cyberpunk Differently" presented by Jacqueline Bryk, Kate Bullock, Hamish Cameron. Much of cyberpunk focuses on the heroic outcast: the usually white male hacker or delivery person or shadowrunner bent on twisting the system for himself. Most of these stories take place in massive, crowded cities -- so why is it so rare to see any other narrative? Let's talk about how to expand our view of cyberpunk! Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D072: "Planning a Kickstarter? What You Need to Know!" presented by Juliet Meyer, Raymond Bruels, Chandler Copenhaver. Kickstarter can be amazing for creators, but there's a lot of other things around them that will help you find success. Learn how to market and plan for a Kickstarter, and what five things you should have in place long before the launch. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D073: "So You Want to be a Podcaster!" presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh, Monica Speca. Podcasting is the new blogging. Fame, fortune, influence. Or...software glitches, audience-building, busy cohosts. Let's talk about the complications and joys of being a podcaster in a roundtable format. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D074: "Designing RPGs With Safety Tools Included" presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh, Alex Roberts. Let's talk about integrating safety tools into your design process from the foundation. Yes, the x-card is valuable. Let's talk about design that builds the next generation of tools in from the beginning. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D075: "Don't Pay For Prototyping Parts" presented by Ann Stolinsky, Kiva Fecteau, Brian Neff. Some newbies feel they need to have their prototypes be gorgeous before playtesting even once. Designs may (probably will) change, so cobbling together materials may be a better idea. Let's talk about the everyday things you already own that can be pressed into service. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D076: "Making Your (Alt-)Historical Setting More Inclusive" presented by Eric Simon, Shoshana Kessock, Misha Bushyager. History is more diverse than we think. Whether you're developing settings that are close to real history or highly speculative alt-history, there's always room to expand representation by highlighting real people and experiences. Let's research together in this interactive workshop! Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D077: "Games And Education" presented by Jennifer Gutterman, Maury Brown, Shoshana Kessock. At every milestone in our lives, we have used games or game mechanics to entice learning, reward progress in development, train for work or career preparation or use games for entertainment and relaxation. This panel will discuss how games are used in education, in teaching, and applied to game design education specifically but also in general application to training as a whole. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D078: "Self Care in the Apocalypse " presented by Kate Bullock, Bronwyn Friesen. This workshop goes through simple, effective, and important self care techniques that can be implemented both at a convention and in daily life to help create a healthier, happier life and gaming experience. It also includes easy tips and tricks for having self care during games and in breaks at a game. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B079: [BETA TEST] "Agency" presented by John Atwood. A fast-paced game in which players attempt to dominate an espionage underworld, making strategic decisions with the agents and assets available to them in the moment. You only have two cards in your hand, but share a common field of assets that are only known to the players who have made contact with them. On your turn you will confront an opponent, make contact with the field, or move assets to your safehouse. You advance by dominating the city. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B080: [BETA TEST] "Duffer's Dice" presented by William Little. Hit your ball and bet on the misfortunes of your friends as you compete for the best round of golf in this spatial dice rolling game. Players try to pick the right shots and the right power, and then arrange the results of their unique dice physically on the board to drop the ball where they want. Guess what hazards another player will end up with so you can rib them mercilessly for their poor play - and bring that confidence forward into improving your own. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B081: [BETA TEST] "Enlightenment" presented by Rosco Schock. A thematic abstract about ancient Chinese monks who travel the land trying to gain mastery of the five elements of nature (fire, water, wood, metal, earth). Players control their monks by moving them around the world, meditating at temples, and observing interactions between pairs of elements. By observing how wood can be used to grow a fire, a monk will gain mastery of fire. Play continues until a monk gains mastery of all five and achieves Enlightenment. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B082: [BETA TEST] "Garden" by Galileo Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. A partners trick-taking game with a brain-burner element. We'll do a rules test and consider the function of the interface elements and how they contribute to or detract from gameplay. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B083: [BETA TEST] "Gems" presented by Marshall Roshto. A board game that relies heavily on teamwork and co-operation before it devolves into a cut-throat race to the finish. Players begin on a single team as they attempt to complete encounters. As players obtain resources, they can choose to recruit their own allies and ditch the human players on their quest for victory. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B084: [BETA TEST] "Life Siphon" by Lay Waste Games; presented by Jake Given. A strategy combat game where the only resource is your own life. Summon familiars to fight for you, cast spells to get an edge, and regenerate as much life as you can manage. Defend from the player to your right to live; defeat the opponent to your left to claim victory! Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B085: [BETA TEST] "Mechanical Advantage" presented by Doug Badzik. A resource exploitation and tech tree building game set in an alternate western history powered by machines using steam and aether. Players utilize unique abilities of mechanics, prospectors and chemists as they attempt to corner markets on resources, race to discover new technologies and build mechanical wonders. Simple to teach new players, but with mechanics and strategies that will challenge experienced players, Mechanical Advantage packs a significant game experience. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

B086: [ALPHA TEST] "Mill City" presented by Eric Alvarado. It is the 1880's. Minneapolis, Minnesota is ideally situated along the Mississippi River near the powerful Saint Anthony Falls, and is in close proximity to the wheat fields of the Northern Plains. The combination of these two features propels the city in flour production and earns it the moniker of "Mill City". In Mill City, players each represent a milling company and are responsible for producing flour and shipping it via boxcars to distribution centers. After milling is completed, the flour is loaded into boxcars and shipped to distribution centers in the Midwest. The player who can successfully balance milling and shipping based on the available waterpower and shipping capacity, and invest in the rising distribution companies will be victorious. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B087: [BETA TEST] "Mutology" by ThinkForm Games; presented by Jeremy Bartlett. A strategy card game for two geniuses. Players build a 40-card Mutology deck before sitting down to play. To win the game, players must collect five Research Point tokens by bringing double-sided Mutant cards into play using the cards in their deck and their unique Character card. A Mutology deck consists of Specimen, Radiation, Assistant, Device, and Procedure cards. Players automatically gain Concentration tokens at the start of their turn. During a phased turn, players spend these Concentration tokens to deploys cards from their hand into one of two zones. They will use the cards in these zones to work towards their deck’s strategy while combating their opponent so they cannot do the same. This process continues until one player earns their fifth Research Point token, immediately winning the game. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 8 seats left.

B088: [BETA TEST] "Non de Plume" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather Wilson. A Word Watching game! Build and change words with the help of author birds in this fast playing, word based card game. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B089: [BETA TEST] "Ooze" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. You are a survivor looking for safe haven, journeying together with others through a nightmarish post apocalyptic landscape blanketed by an rapidly-spreading, oozing green fungus-like growth. You must rely on one another to survive, but as everyone becomes more and more desperate, can you fully trust them? (Thematic, Program Action, Negotiation, Cooperative.) Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B090: [ALPHA TEST] "Pneumatic Press Productions" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. A tile arrangement and movement game. Place new molds in your factory and press them into each other to create goods. Sell your goods and increase factory efficiency even as your factory fills the brim with your old molds! Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B091: [BETA TEST] "Project: AYCE" by Gate Greeter Games; presented by Nicholas Greder. Are you a glutton for gourmet glory? Or a casual consumer of small portions? Test your stomach's will and capacity at the local All You Can Eat Buffet. Project: AYCE is a fast-paced, casual card game of ordering and eating dishes for the most points while simultaneously messing with the other players' orders. Secret objectives can turn the tide- or stomach- in your favor. Do you have what it takes to eat the entire buffet? Can you eat more than the person next to you? Who can eat the most and still walk out? Do you have food allergies or intolerances? No worries. You will not actually be eating anything. It's just a game. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Silly, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B092: [BETA TEST] "Reason and Treason" by Viewbird Games; presented by Allen Bradbury. Who can you trust? They say even among thieves there's honor, but in this world, who can you really trust? You're a criminal, apart of an upcoming syndicate who's gathered the interest of the law. The only problem is, are the people you trust on your side or are they one of the rats looking to take you down? A social deduction inspired by popular movies and game mechanics alike. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 10 seats left.

B093: [ALPHA TEST] "Red Rising Proto" by Unpossible Game Labs; presented by Orion McClelland. A mid to heavy weight tableau building game with area control elements, inspired by Jamey Stegmaier's red rising video (no direct affiliation with Jamey Stegmaier or the Red Rising properties). In this game, you play a powerful socialite manipulating a society on the verge of collapse for your own personal gain. Players will draft a selection of agents which they will arrange into an execution tableau. Players will direct their agents to collect resources, gain influence, control area, and influence powerful people in the world. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B094: [BETA TEST] "Risky Rockets" by Vanishing City Games; presented by John Dermody. A fast moving card game where players are trying to launch rockets, hopefully with a payload, and acquire prestige points by doing so. Players will need to match up capsules, payloads, rockets and crews to successfully place things like satellites, space stations, weapon platforms and various solar missions. The bigger the launch vehicle the more points but also more prone to explode on the pad. The games incorporates hand management, take that and risk mitigation mechanics. Have to wits to be a steely-eyed rocketeer? We will see. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B095: [ALPHA TEST] "Sloop" by University XP; presented by Dave Eng. Historical recreation of the 18th Hudson River Sailing Ship (sloop) as a pickup and deliver hand management game. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B096: [BETA TEST] "Taking Stock" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. A stock market manipulation game. Play cards to win shares in companies, but each card you play also affect the price of one or company's stocks or the contents of one or more player's portfolios. Your goal is to have the most shares in the companies with the highest stock prices. At the end of each round, the top share holders in each company earn points based on the current stock price. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B097: [BETA TEST] "The Carabas" by CATTHULHU.com; presented by Joel Sparks. The classic Jack Vance science fiction tale comes to gaming! On Old Tschai, humans struggle to thrive under alien domination. The only way to get wealth is to harvest the gleaming Sequins that grow in the bleak terrain known as the Carabas, but the predatory Dirdir have declared the Carabas their private hunting ground. The prey: You and your fellow treasure-seekers. Join Crews, search the Zones, and try to get out alive with all the Sequins you can carry. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B098: [BETA TEST] "The Librarians: the Adventure Card Game" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. In this game, players play as the characters from the known TV series, The Librarians as they go on adventures in their world, protecting artifacts and making sure they don't fall into the wrong hands! Players do this using premade decks of cards that highlight that character's strengths as they progress through a story adventure in the cards. This game uses a combination of dice and cards to tell an EPIC story in the Librarians Universe! Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B099: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B100: [BETA TEST] CANCELED BY DESIGNER. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

L101: [ALPHA TEST] "#instayoga" presented by Shawn Roske. Instagram yoga models post pictures of their spirituality while looking really good. This is a slightly silly, body-positive, all-ability experience! We will be doing some physical yoga, so while flexibility or skill is unimportant, personal responsibility and knowledge of your body's limits is mandatory. You must bring a smartphone with Instagram installed on it - use your own account or make a new one for the game. #yogafam #yogaeverydamnday #yogalife #instayoga #influencer #selfloveclub #loveeverybody #yogainspiration #namaste #yogajourney #bodypositive Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

L102: [ALPHA TEST] "Arksong" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock, Nicolas Hornyak. A scifi space adventure LARP setting following the growth of humanity out among the stars. Cultures have developed and evolved out of the former cultures of Earth, forming new groups out of the ashes of the old. This playtest is set to look at the cultural development of the setting material of Arksong to get ideas about its level of inclusivity, cultural sensitivity, and range of diversity in the already existing materials, as well as get suggestions for what might be done to make the game more inclusive going forward. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

L103: [ALPHA TEST] "The Abortionists" presented by Melissa Cohen. Chicago, 1972. A group of feminist activists perform illegal abortions in order to empower women. They risk imprisonment to offer abortions to low-income people, and in the process discover new things about their own power as women. Based on a true story, this LARP is a slow drama about women who experience positive personal transformation through living their politics. Play consists of tightly framed scenes called by the facilitator. We are hoping to test metatechniques for offering counseling, performing abortion, and being oppressed. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[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] B117: [BETA TEST] "Adventures in Neverland" by Jellybean Games; presented by Peter Hayward. Play as Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, or Tinkerbell, adventuring around Neverland and completing quests! With a unique follow-the-leader mechanic and plenty of unique, character-based goal cards, this thematic game is full of excitement, intrigue, stories, and magic. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B118: [ALPHA TEST] "Bot Battle Bedlam" by Encoded Designs; presented by Robert Everson. A two player card game of robot boxing. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B119: [BETA TEST] "Chronicle of Kings" by Pendelhaven; presented by Andrew Valkauskas. Set during the Viking age (700-1000) in the Fate of the Norns universe. Players take on a dynasty of Viking rulers who wish to be immortalized in legend. Victory is achieved by being the bloodline with the most renown, and the game rewards players for memorable play. There are many ways to achieve renown, allowing players to pursue different paths to victory. Every turn the players perform many actions, which include: quests, military conquests, trade/raid, diplomatic intrigue, etc. Each turn spans several years, meaning that the bloodline will need to plan for marriage and children. Mechanics are designed to tell a vivid and memorable story. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B120: [FOCUS GROUP] "Colombophilie" presented by Eric Paquette. Breed your pigeons, build up your loft, and race your pigeons way through a season and win the nationals. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B121: [BETA TEST] "ControVersus" presented by Daniel O'Hanlon. This card game for a divisive era is an Apples-to-Apples(TM) style game that promotes understanding of and stimulates discussion on U.S. political issues among students, colleagues, families, and friends without forcing players to reveal their own political positions. ControVersus aims to improve discourse by helping people talk about politics in a context that is not a reaction to current events or a debate about one's own opinions. ControVersus aims to promote understanding of U.S. political concepts and opinions across the spectrum. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B122: [BETA TEST] "Decay of Rome's Republic" presented by Dario Anselmo. A political negotiation game set at the fall of Rome's Republic. Play cards to influence politicians, use those politicians to vote in elections. Will you negotiate and backstab your way to the top of Rome's democracy? Or will you tear down the Republic and crown yourself Dictator for Life? Be warned: the more aggressively you play, the more aggressive action cards are unlocked for all players. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B123: [BETA TEST] "Doggerland" presented by Charlie Hoopes. 9000 years ago in post-Ice Age Europe, Stone Age hunter-gatherers wandered the marshy plains of Doggerland, a land bridge that connected Britain to the rest of Europe. As warmer global temperatures melted the ice sheets, sea levels rose, reducing the land bridge of to a series of islands, before completely submerging Doggerland under the North Sea. Players take turns laying rectangular tiles with 5 different terrain types to build Doggerland. Every player has different scoring objectives for how Doggerland should look. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B124: [BETA TEST] "Fiction Impossible" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. The Cosmic Librarian is dead! All literature is in upheaval! Characters are popping in and out of books! As one of the late librarian's assistants, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help some of fiction's greatest characters get back home to their proper books. Do the best job and you may be the next Cosmic Librarian. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B125: [BETA TEST] "Garment District" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Suzanne Zinsli, Christopher Zinsli. Buy and sell a variety of fabrics to dominate the fashion industry at the height of the New York City Garment District's influence. Play even on other players' turns in this new competitive strategy game from Cardboard Edison. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

B126: [ALPHA TEST] "Hero" by Dave Beever Designs; presented by David Beever, Tam Myaing. Travel the land to build an army and learn powerful techniques to help you on your way! Clash with other heroes in furious Kung Fu fights! Defeat evil warlords and make their land your own! Stamp out all opposition! Wait. Are you really the bad guy? In Hero you walk the fine line between liberator and conqueror. How will your tale be told? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B127: [ALPHA TEST] "iGots" by Elwood's Games; presented by Sue Ann Derkach. A gambling dice game (with chips, of course), in which skill and bluffing are definitely needed. Build the best poker-dice hand, and win the pot! Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B128: [BETA TEST] "Penguinscape" by Gold Dragon Games, LLC; presented by Kiva Fecteau. Every player is a penguin in this co-op game that somewhat simulates the harshness of Antarctica. You've just laid your egg and left it with your mate to care for. Now begins the dangerous journey to the water to fill up on food. Avalanches and slippery areas will push you down the slope, but you'll have to plan carefully to get through them on your way back. The leopard seal and orca await your arrival in the sea. And the Southern Giant Petrel races to find your rookery before you arrive with food for your chick. Can you make it back in time? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B129: [BETA TEST] "Pinball Showdown: Wizard Mode" by Shoot Again Games; presented by Diane Sauer, Nick Sauer. Experience pinball from the pinball's point of view. Score playfield devices, collide with other pinballs and score those sweet combos for bonuses. It's not as easy as it looks! Expansion for Pinball Showdown that adds a fifth player, some new devices, combos and new types of wizard modes. Familiarity with Pinball Showdown preferred, but not necessary. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B130: [BETA TEST] "Pomegranate Planet" by Paw-Warrior Games; presented by Ben Krieger, Josh Paugh. On Pomegranate Planet no one wants anything more than a good, tasty pomegranate. Take on the role of a pomegranate farmer trying to grow more pomegranates than your opponents. Although your enthusiasm for pomegranates is unmatched by others, you'll still need supplies if you wish to grow some! Players will bid on supplies in the market, but players won't know what each other's bid is until each bid has already been placed. What did your opponents bid? What do you think your opponents think you bid? The player who grows the best pomegranates wins the game! Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B131: [BETA TEST] "Raja Mandala" by InZane Games, LLC; presented by Zane Everett. To become hegemon of Southeast Asia in this political area of control game, you must leverage your skills of diplomacy, intrigue, and economic planning. By managing your court of councilors, you are able to spread your influence to neighboring cities, develop local economies, engage in warfare, and foster alliances. Maintaining influence in foreign lands will attract councilors with greater skills to your court. Gain supremacy through military, diplomatic, or economic means. How will you lead your empire? Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B132: [BETA TEST] "Sculpture Garden" presented by Tim Armstrong. You are an artist building your own sculpture garden. In this light strategy game, use overlapping card tiles to build the grounds of your garden, then place sculpture minis in the right place to create the best spectacle. Race against other players to win various awards first, but don't leave too many fans separated from their favorite sculpture. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B133: [ALPHA TEST] "Simple Machines" presented by Doug Levandowski, Luke Muench. You and your fellow city planners try to solve the problems facing your city using the same simple machine. Draw up your plans to solve today's crisis, then, because local ordinances are weird, hand off your drawing to another city planner to interpret. Vote for the best one, and earn the acclaim of your fellow planners by using materials that your city has too much of! Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B134: [ALPHA TEST] "Stockyards" presented by Eric Alvarado. Players acquire cattle, hogs, and/or sheep from a livestock auction for their respective stockyard. As stockyards fill, opportunities present themselves to fulfill contracts to earn profits that are split between the contracting player and the stockyard. Stockyards fuses the "high-card" mechanism from a traditional trick-taking games along with contracts found in an economical game. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B135: [BETA TEST] "Tank Robbers" by Cardboard Fortress Games; presented by Anthony Amato, Nicole Amato. Play as a rogue Tank crew in the last days of the war, hellbent on fame, fortune, and the ill-gotten loot hidden away in the city of Bankensberg. Use a light programming system of cards to move, heal, and blow up other tanks. Maneuver through buildings for cover, or just crush them under treads to find hidden power-ups! Blast your enemies and steal their gold as you race to the be the first to gain victory in this light tabletop combat game. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B136: [ALPHA TEST] "The Death of Jack and Jill" presented by Jessie Yaternick. A hide and seek, fantasy fairytale game for 2. Players need to outplay one another and defeat their opponent. Each player powers up spells and collects fairy tales while avoiding or searching for one another. If at any moment both players are in the same story, there are win conditions to consider. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B137: [BETA TEST] "Thunder Road: Reroaded" by Critical-Hits Studios LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. Live, die, and live again on the Thunder Road! Race and battle other gangs in this unofficial updated version of the 1980s classic board game Thunder Road, updating using modern game design techniques, and adding new options to increase replayability. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B138: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B139: [ALPHA TEST] "Vault Wars Expansion" presented by Jonathan Gilmour. Many heroes go forth to battle, but some never return; leaving behind their prized possessions. You'll be part of the bidding war for the vaults they left behind to gain valuable items - each providing Gold, Victory Points or new abilities. Outbid your opponents, equip artifacts to gain new abilities and find the gear your up-and-coming heroes are looking for to be victorious in Vault Wars. Players will take turns as an Auction Master, leading a cut-throat bidding war to selling off Vaults full of items to the other players. Experience with Vault Wars not necessary. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B140: [BETA TEST] "VS: ABOTcalypse" presented by Josh Hester. The epic robot battle game for global whatever. On a distant, forgotten world, war rages between robotic factions, locked in an escalating struggle for complete domination. You are a towering Omegabot. Control your horde of bots and unleash destruction upon your enemies. Victory is achieved by building and customizing a formidable force or destroying your opponents. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

L141: [BETA TEST] "Duetta: Liberating the City" presented by Randy Lubin. Players act as members of a secret society with the goal of liberating a fantasy city-state from a tyrannical government. Play includes society meetings where players regroup, share updates, and plan missions, in character. This alternates with rapid resolution rounds where players pair up and figure out which missions succeed or fail, out of character. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] L142: [BETA TEST] "Little Town" presented by Alex Roberts, Shawn Roske. Create a storybook land where tiny animal friends make a happy life together in their little town. We will play out a very special day in the town: The day before The Festival of Light. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] L143: [BETA TEST] "Operation Linebacker" presented by Tim Hutchings. Players are the crew of a B-52 bomber participating in the Operation Linebacker II bombing campaign during the Vietnam War. Play occurs in real time in the space of the plane. Interactions flip between highly scripted technical jargon and guided improvisation. This should be a medium-emotional experience as characters tease, share, confess and repress their feelings within the cracks allowed by the scripted framework. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 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.

B166: [ALPHA TEST] "BirdBombs" presented by Rosco Schock. A dexterity Roll'n'Write where players play as birds flying around from nest to nest. As they fly, they drop "bombs" (dice) on the unsuspecting people, house, cars, yard and walkway below. Players have a choice of using lots of little sparrow dice or using a smaller number of larger crow dice or a huge vulture die. Each kind of bird dice has a different effect when dropped. Players mark their hits on a scoresheet and get points and bonus actions for completing each area. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B167: [BETA TEST] "Cacophony of 2 Player Games" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Linda Fischer. Fast easy 2 player games in need of tweaking and rule book editing. Come and help Shadowsong Industries finish up a great lineup of small games. Players will swap around after each game and try something new within the time period. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B168: [BETA TEST] "CardZ: The 'Burbs" by Mantis Design, Inc.; presented by Gerald Kielpinski. Press your luck in this fast paced zombie survival card game designed for fans looking for a Z-game that finally satisfies their appetite for bloody realism. Your goal is simple–clear the neighborhood & rescue trapped survivors along the way! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B169: [BETA TEST] "Comic Auction" presented by Christopher Anderson. Collecting comic books can be a very lucrative business, as long as you get the right ones. Comic Auction uses a closed auction system. So when you win an auction, you will have to pay your opponent, unless they decide to pay you and take the comics for themselves. You'll have to read your opponents well to know just how far you can raise a bid you don't want, and how cheaply you can get the ones you do want. With 9 characters and 36 unique comics, each with a different pair of characters, you'll have to spend wisely to collect the biggest sets of matching characters. While also paying attention to bonus conditions for extra value. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B170: [BETA TEST] "Creatures of the Night" by CATTHULHU.com; presented by Joel Sparks. In this asymmetric game of supernatural strife, up to five players pursue their dark goals on the streets of the city. Old vampires, young vampunks, berserk werewolves, ghost gangs, and the undying Returned fight their way toward different victory conditions as the clock counts down to the Vampire Election. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B171: [ALPHA TEST] "Elderman" presented by Jessie Yaternick, Ryan Schoon. Tableau building, a strategy game about using villagers and resources to build influence all in order to impress the King and become the Elderman. Players control villagers and utilize their stats to benefit themselves. Some are used for the greater of the village and keep others for yourself. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B172: [BETA TEST] "Elements of the Gods" by Eat Tasty Games; presented by Jay Vowles. A reverse area control game about convincing the people of the world to worship you using the power of the elements. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B173: [ALPHA TEST] "Exocosm" by World War Kaan; presented by Kaan Emirler. A competitive universe-building and domination game where the players take on the roles of gods who deploy their planet sized Hunter Killer avatars and their demi-god champions known as the Unbeholden to build black holes, nebulae, and planets that give them the powers they require to fight the final duel to become the sole ruler of their universe. We'll be alpha testing the Setup, X Drive, dice, and resource management mechanics of the game engine. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B174: [BETA TEST] "Fight Royale" by Shadowsong Industries, Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek, Alf Fischer. Fight Royale is a strategic combat based press your luck dice game featuring 6 custom 6 sided dice and dice allocation. Players start with asymmetrical characters with abilities that can mitigate dice or effect the game for a cost each turn. Players then use the dice to maneuver and attack each other in an attempt to gain them enough Glory to win the game. The board is multi-tiered with different spaces offering different strategic advantages to add more depth of game play. Finally there is a card pool where players can enhance their fighters. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B175: [BETA TEST] "Gems" presented by Marshall Roshto. A board game that relies heavily on teamwork and co-operation before it devolves into a cut-throat race to the finish. Players begin on a single team as they attempt to complete encounters. As players obtain resources, they can choose to recruit their own allies and ditch the human players on their quest for victory. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B176: [BETA TEST] "Good Spirits" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Suzanne Zinsli, Christopher Zinsli. You and your fellow seance-goers will receive messages from the beyond and get help from friendly spirits in this new cooperative word game from Cardboard Edison. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B177: [ALPHA TEST] "Greedy Goblins" presented by David Gobiel. A card collection game. On their turn, players can either try to steal treasure cards from the Dwarf King's treasure hoard, mess with opponents using Tricksy-ness cards, or bank their ill-gotten treasure cards in an attempt to protect them from other players. When the treasure hoard has been depleted, all players tally their treasure by what pile it got banked into. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B178: [ALPHA TEST] "Heroes from Knoware" presented by Anthony Fiumano. Players find themselves in a magical dungeon where they must overcome many different types of challenges such as defeating Monsters, avoiding Obstacles, interacting with a Magical Objects. To complete these challenges you will need to use your Strength, Dexterity, and Magic Knowledge which are represented by different colored Dice. The game features Skill Trees, an equipment deck and spells. There is an optional element of backstabbing or helping your opponents. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B179: [BETA TEST] "High Rise" by Formal Ferret Games; presented by Gil Hova. The sky's the limit in the newest Formal Ferret Game! You and your opponents are constructing tall buildings in a city where there's only a tiny amount of corruption ever. The city is full of tenants who will give you special powers when you meet them or house them in buildings. It's up to you to manage time and synergies as you compete to build the tallest buildings in each neighborhood. You may need to take a bit of corruption here and there to grease the city's wheels, but a little bit won't hurt, right? This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B180: [ALPHA TEST] "I'll Take the Case: The Board Game" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold. A press-your-luck, dice rolling, set collection game where you play as an attorney building a practice and gain reputation. Take your cases to court to gain reputation, but your opponents can work against your and Object! The attorney with the highest reputation wins! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B181: [BETA TEST] "Kites and Clouds" by Growling Door Games, Inc.; presented by Michelle Lyons-McFarland. A family-friendly all-ages card game where you're flying kites and finding shapes in the clouds. No reading necessary, but there is some strategy involved. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B182: [BETA TEST] "Lazer Ryderz Season Two" by Cardboard Fortress Games; presented by Anthony Amato, Nicole Amato. It's season 2 of the radical 80s trackless racing game LAZER RYDERZ! After passing through the dimensional portals, our heroes find themselves in The Danger Zone. Test out strange new phenomena, exciting new characters, and the effects of terrain in our upcoming expansion. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B183: [BETA TEST] "Life Siphon" by Lay Waste Games; presented by Jake Given. A strategy combat game where the only resource is your own life. Summon familiars to fight for you, cast spells to get an edge, and regenerate as much life as you can manage. Defend from the player to your right to live; defeat the opponent to your left to claim victory! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B184: [BETA TEST] "Major and Minor Investment" presented by Brian Beal. A unique hand-building game in which you'll build your portfolio and manage your investments. You will have to manage your hand and sort your cards while trying to give minimal help to your neighbors. In this fast paced game you will spend cards and coins to upgrade your hand while trying not to deplete yourself of essential resources. The winner of the game is the player with the most coins at the end. This game is fast paced, but has a fairly steep learning curve. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B185: [BETA TEST] "Mechanical Advantage" presented by Doug Badzik. A resource exploitation and tech tree building game set in an alternate western history powered by machines using steam and aether. Players utilize unique abilities of mechanics, prospectors and chemists as they attempt to corner markets on resources, race to discover new technologies and build mechanical wonders. Simple to teach new players, but with mechanics and strategies that will challenge experienced players, Mechanical Advantage packs a significant game experience. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B186: [BETA TEST] "Obelisk" presented by Max Swietnicki. Anthram: A world of wild and unpredictable magic, barely kept together by colossal structures called Obelisks. Engage in a head-to-head conflict with enemies to destroy their Obelisk and achieve supremacy in this strategic two player card game. Strategic play is emphasized by positioning cards on a grid and a resource system that minimizes randomness. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B187: [BETA TEST] "Pavlov's Dogs" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather O'Neill. A pseudo-psychological card game of memory and conditioning. A fast, engaging game of following the rules and acting like fools! You'll be drooling for more! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B188: [BETA TEST] "Penny Dragons" by Coin Flip Games; presented by Robert Newton. A kind of co-op, very competitive game about tiny dragons working together to steal treasure from Tzuzu, the local "real" dragon. Players will build piles of treasure, try to outwit the AI dragon, and battle to claim the riches. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B189: [ALPHA TEST] "Quidditch" by University XP; presented by Dave Eng. Accurately re-creates the game Quidditch from Harry Potter as a deck building area control game. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B190: [BETA TEST] "Roll of a Lifetime" by Eric Meyers, Kevin Bullen; presented by Eric Meyers. Players live out their dreams of silver screen stardom by auditioning against rival actors, filling a tight filming schedule, and making the kind of career choices that can make or break an actor's legacy. As your filmography grows, will you become a versatile, award-winning superstar, or a typecast genre actor with a cult following? True to theme, the game features tons of difficult strategic choices around a modified dice rolling system for the actual auditions - since while smart decisions win out in the long run, you never know when a seasoned professional will bomb an audition, or when a young unknown will book their breakout role. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B191: [BETA TEST] "Salvage: Dimensional Collapse" presented by Nolan James. A tactical race to put your spaceship back together and escape an unstable space-time anomaly. Each Ship Part has a unique power, and combines with parts of the same shape or color to complete game-winning Full Sets. Only one ship will be able to escape, as the exiting ship will cause a Dimensional Collapse that will destroy all remaining matter in the anomaly. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B192: [BETA TEST] "Siege" by Aggressively Playable Games; presented by Noah Anderson, Drew Schapow. Work with your allies to stop the march of the cards. Beware: your collective resources will weaken over time, and the deck is relentlessly alive. Siege is a colorful, cooperative game for players who love a tense, difficult challenge. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 8 seats left.

[FILLED] B193: [BETA TEST] "Spaced!" by Gate Greeter Games; presented by Nicholas Greder. "Star Trek meets Pandemic" in a cooperative deep space strategy game. Guide your spaceship through a perilous asteroid field while finding the right balance between building upgrades, repairing damage, and pushing the ship forward. Be careful, for the next rock could tear the ship apart, or an unexpected malfunction could open the door and vent the crew. Tough choices and harsh events determine the fate of the crew in this sci-fi trope-filled journey through the stars. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B194: [BETA TEST] "The Dungeon Dome Card Game" presented by James D'Amato. A fast paced battling game that combines the magic of fantasy with the attitude of Pro-Wrestling. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B195: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B196: [BETA TEST] "Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade" by WizKids; presented by Zev Shlasinger. A funny arcade dueling game for 2 players. Play input cards to attack and make combos. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B197: [BETA TEST] "Unicorn Rescue Society" by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz; presented by Jesse Casey. A fast and fun card game from the world of the adventure/comedy kids book series. Join the Unicorn Rescue Society and save mythical creatures by matching them to their habitats. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, Recommended for Young Players (and their families). There are 8 seats left.

B198: [ALPHA TEST] "Valeriis: The Dragon's Eye" presented by Michael Conn. A board game with worker-placement and deck building elements. In this Steampunk Epic Fantasy, players take on the role of ship captains competing for favor and fortune on the trade winds of Valeriis. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B199: [BETA TEST] "Wasteland Trading Post" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. It's not easy keeping a post-apocalyptic town running smoothly. Your task is to make sure the town has all the necessities it needs, so you can concentrate on getting townsfolk the luxuries they desire. To acquire necessities and luxuries, you must scrounge, trade with other communities, or trade with other players. When you satisfy a townsperson's demand, you earn victory points and favors. The more important the person, the harder they are to satisfy and the more VP you earn. But while less important people give you fewer, they give you more favors. And those favors can help you get more goods to satisfy more demands and earn more VP and favors. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B200: [BETA TEST] "Wizards With Bazookas" presented by John Atwood. A unique genre of game called a "real-time" "deck-builder". Your wizard has spells to cast and a bazooka to fire, so take aim at your opponent along their wizard line and let all hell break loose. You'll begin with a starting deck then find upgrades as you wander the battlefield. As the frenzy of the battle escalates, your abilities will become fine-tuned and explosive. You are, of course, sagacious, but to win this fight you'll have to be good with a gun as well. You must wed speed and dexterity to strategy and instinct in order to make it out alive. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B201: [BETA TEST] "Zero Day War" by Lost Cog Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Players take the role of hackers from four different planets intent on taking advantage of the Sysnet security malfunction and stealing every file they can before the security protocols re-engage! Use your best exploits to acquire files and cause havoc for the other Hackers in the SysNet. Zero Day War sports a unique countdown mechanic that is used to activate all exploits simultaneously at the end of each Cycle. The Hacker with the most points wins! The system is yours for the taking... The Zero Day War has begun. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] L202: [BETA TEST] "Mantles in the Museum" by Jason Cox and Lillian Lewis; presented by Jason Cox. How do you find meaning in art? In this edu-larp, players are members of a diverse arts community that is responsible for sending three works to a prestigious exhibition hosted by the United Nations. The game is built to make art and art criticism more accessible, and is appropriate for people of any level of knowledge. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] L203: [BETA TEST] "NecBromancer" presented by Alex Rowland. 40 years ago, a mysterious NecBromancer cast a spell upon a graveyard just outside Marblehead, MA. Now, his fellow bros may walk the earth for a half-hour on their most cherished of nights, Thanksgiving. Bros from many generations emerge from their eternal slumber for their annual festivities; to crank butts, slam brews and give thanks. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. 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.

L225: [FOCUS GROUP] "Forgotten Forest" presented by Meghan Dornbrock. An interactive role playing game for children that guides and supports their imaginative play. Inspired by "Tales of the Crystals" this game will present re-playable audio narratives that encourage young players to transform their environment, perform tasks, and cooperate to progress the stories. It's a fantasy LARP-in-a-box for kids! Parents and children encouraged to participate. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B226: [ALPHA TEST] "All Tricks, No Treats" by Shoot Again Games; presented by Diane Sauer, Nick Sauer. You and your friends, brothers and sisters (plus that one annoying neighbor kid that always tags along) have just finished divvying up all of the good candy and you are down to those last terrible "treats". Stuff like pretzels, hard candy, stale candy corn and the dreaded rock. You want to get as little of that junk as possible, except for that one piece of junk that you secretly love! An abstract card laying game for weary trick or treaters. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B227: [ALPHA TEST] "cornfields" by Nerdy Pup Games; presented by Michael Addison. A cooperative horror game for two or more players. You wake up in your friend's car, wrecked in a ditch on a lonely road surrounded by cornfields. You don't know how you got there or where your friend has gone. Your head feels fuzzy, but maybe you can find answers in the small town just up ahead. But you'd better hurry - dark is approaching, and something is moving in the cornfields around you. Contemporary horror tropes from films like It Follows, House of the Devil, and Silent Hill meets elegantly simple cooperative rules similar to House of Danger. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B228: [BETA TEST] "Cubes" by Cap & Beard; presented by Nicholas Favia, Tony Gadaleta, Michelle Wenz. An abstract strategy game for 2 players. Move your pieces around the board to try and capture your opponents home cube. Strategy can change mid game, as each piece has the potential to be upgraded to change the way it moves. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B229: [BETA TEST] "Cykandros Archive: Galaxy at War" presented by Daniel Allardyce. Battle as a leader of one of five factions locked in bitter conflict in the Cykandros Galaxy. Using powerful military Assets, ingenious Research and impactful Events, players must protect their Shields and Leader while attempting to destroy their opponent's in this two-player strategy card game. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B230: [BETA TEST] "Decay of Rome's Republic" presented by Dario Anselmo. A political negotiation game set at the fall of Rome's Republic. Play cards to influence politicians, use those politicians to vote in elections. Will you negotiate and backstab your way to the top of Rome's democracy? Or will you tear down the Republic and crown yourself Dictator for Life? Be warned: the more aggressively you play, the more aggressive action cards are unlocked for all players. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B231: [ALPHA TEST] "Delvers of the Forgotten Forest" by Unpossible Game Labs; presented by Orion McClelland. A medium weight dice as worker placement game. You will be playing an operator, directing your workers (called delvers) into the forgotten forest in order to retrieve lost artifacts and ancient knowledge. The deeper into the forest you go, the more you will be exposed to the corruptions of the forest, and the harder it will be to retrieve your delvers. Fallen delvers will have their names placed on the hall of heroes, earning glory and bonuses for the operator's team. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B232: [BETA TEST] "Druid's Circle" by Kind Fortress; presented by Isaac Shalev. A wild land, like a wild horse, needs taming. It falls to Druids, masters of the delicate dance of life and weavers of primeval power, to bring order and balance to the wilderness. In Druid's Circle, players will channel power and vitality into the land by controlling the rains, and will master the forces of nature by building altars and other sacred sites and making offerings to powerful elemental deities. The powers of nature are bound up in circles within circles within circles, and control is always balanced on the edge of a stone knife. A medium-strategy game that features rondels and card-drafting. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B233: [BETA TEST] "Duffer's Dice" presented by William Little. Hit your ball and bet on the misfortunes of your friends as you compete for the best round of golf in this spatial dice rolling game. Players try to pick the right shots and the right power, and then arrange the results of their unique dice physically on the board to drop the ball where they want. Guess what hazards another player will end up with so you can rib them mercilessly for their poor play - and bring that confidence forward into improving your own. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B234: [BETA TEST] "FlipTales" presented by Ryan Mather. A party game for creative people. Each person plays a character in a story. Each scene, you come up with silly responses to a prompt. Set up a retired cobbler on a date, capture a genie to help an up-and-coming archaeologist, or steal gold from a corrupt king in this game's stories, each taking less than an hour to complete. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B235: [BETA TEST] "Grid Runners" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Alf Fischer. A game about intrigue, cooperation and backstabbing. With a completely different board each time you play and the variance of random drawing cards. In Grid Runners you take on the role of a hacker fighting for a cause attempting to hack their way into the central core of a corrupt organization, in an attempt to steal their information and use it against them to either help fund or increase the chances of your cause's success. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B236: [BETA TEST] "Hard Line" presented by Rocco Privetera. Players use ladder-climbing (in both directions) trick-taking gameplay with some special powers to control Zones for points over three rounds, with each round essentially being a bunch of "hands" being played simultaneously. Hard Line is a medium-light card game with a loosely-themed 80's hacking "Tron-ish" look. Fans of Tichu or any light trick taking games would enjoy, especially since you don't have to memorize previous hands! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B237: [BETA TEST] "KAZAM!" by Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek. A real time dice chucker with light engine building where players (magician's assistants) attempt to cast spells as quickly as possible to create the most exciting magic act and win the game. Each spell requires specific dice to activate, once plays have rolled the required dice for a spell they must yell out a magic word to cast a spell and grab it before anyone else. The various spells can either give the player an advantage or their opponents a disadvantage/hex to frustrate them. Do you want to convert your dice to something better, perhaps make a spell easier to case, or would you rather make your opponents sing while playing or even roll only one die at a time? The choice is yours in KAZAM! Please note this game will have a fast pace with some occasional excited yelling. Also, some magic hex cards will cause players to physically react to them such as standing up, making hand gestures, singing etc. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B238: [BETA TEST] "Lemons to Lemonade" by CAC Group; presented by Carroll Cradock. Based on the popular saying about making Lemonade from Lemons, this is a fast moving team game where within one minute players identify and, call out unexpected good, fun things that result from awful events - some of them outrageous events. The bar for success is raised with every round, creating intense competition from Start to the end at Round 8. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 7 seats left.

B239: [BETA TEST] "MDCLXVI - The Broken Age" by Waitress Games; presented by Brian Neff. In an alternate history 1666, the Gods are real, Rome never fell, and the God Emperor's light has vanished. A new God Emperor must be elected. Each of you is a city's Elector, vying to become the next in line to the throne, bestowing blessings on your city. In this Psuedo-Legacy drafting game, you will obtain troops, characters, and innovations on your quest to gain favor. But the choices you make will permanently impact the world, and modify each game going forward. Can you bring a new Golden Age? More importantly, what will you sacrifice to do so? Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B240: [BETA TEST] "Never to Return" by Maskmaker Productions; presented by Patrick Tsao. A cutthroat competitive multiplayer game with a paper-thin veneer of cooperation. Play as a group of medieval era villagers trapped in dark, malicious wood, attempting to escape with their lives and sanity intact. Endure dangerous terrain, terrible creatures and each other to navigate the treacherous wood neck by neck, and accumulate the cosmic Insights needed to escape. Only one shall escape - the others will be consumed by this fell wood. Which will you be? Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B241: [BETA TEST] "NYCthulhu: Gotham Terror" by 4d10 LLC; presented by Russ Lockwood. This fast strategy boardgame pits Cthulhu horrors against Humanity in a battle for 1920s NYC neighborhoods, then switches sides. Advanced Game adds Fear, Madness, and Taint attacks. Optional rules add elements to balance the game for varying player skill levels. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B242: [BETA TEST] "Operation S.T.I.N.G." presented by Paul Doust. As undercover bee spies, your Queen has given each of you the blueprints to infiltrate a rival hive. In this spatial strategy game, players will need to mix and match blueprints to pollinate cells at the right time for maximum impact. The game uses transparency overlays to allow players to strategize color and number combinations to "bee" victorious. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B243: [BETA TEST] "Pluck Off!" by OtterLabs LLC; presented by Emily Escovar. In this card game parody of city life, pigeons rule the roost and players win by helping them find nestmates (because the rent is too plucking high). You must use a combination of memory, strategic pluckery, poker face and pluck of the draw to dupe other players into giving up their hard-earned pigeon cards. And just when you think you've won it all, an Urban Vermin action card could pluck-up your game. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

B244: [BETA TEST] "Rap Godz" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. You take on the role of a rap artist at the start of their career in Hip Hop. Play cards onto your timeline to boost your money, rap skills, or street cred and earn record sales plaques. All players will be trying to achieve goals and reach milestones while competing to take over cities and avoiding/starting beef with other players. At the end of 3 albums, the player with the most plaques wins. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B245: [BETA TEST] "Sampson and Delilah" presented by Travis Magrum. An asymetric two-player drafting game. Each round, the Delilah player will need to bluff as she plays cards to help the Philistines and determine if she wants Sampson to win or lose. The Sampson player will be playing cards to fight the Philistines while trying to deduce Delilah's loyalty. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B246: [BETA TEST] "Scavenger Hero" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Andy Brookshier. You are a new breed of reality star. Participants are thrown into an abandoned ruin and must navigate waypoints while scavenging to find useful items to help you attack the others (or defend against attacks from them) all while being filmed for the public airways. Game play combines individual customizable card decks for each player and a common playing board for all to share. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B247: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Station" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. A cooperative game of sci-fi, action-adventure, and exploration, that is a highly detailed and unique sequel to Secrets of the Lost Tomb, set thousands of years into the future! With a new profoundly developed story and a thematic universe, extending the lore of the Secrets of the Lost Epic Saga, Secrets of the Lost Station will stand on its own, as a new Core Game, while also allowing players to expand upon the original Tomb-Crawling core game, now in space. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B248: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Strike Ninja Combat Game" by Pure Fun Games; presented by James Muckell. A family style strategy combat game where you take control of a small group of ninja warriors; trying to be the last ninjas standing on the map. Shadow Strike mainly focuses on movement tactics on a hexagon board, as well as dice rolling and "take that" card play You will fight using your inventory, consisting of Shuriken, Smoke Bombs, and...Candy Bars. Throughout the game you will gain access to better equipment for you ninjas, such as Swords and Grappling Hooks. You will also earn precious action cards that will really screw over your enemies. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B249: [BETA TEST] "Super Frenemies" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. YOU are a superhero. Destiny has brought you to the city of Urbania to protect the innocent, right the wrongs, and defend justice… better than everyone else. During each round of action, you'll try to build your identity by drafting a superheroic card and then it's off to fight some bad guys. Work together to defeat evil, but make sure you get the glory! After all, there's only room for one best superhero in Urbania. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B250: [BETA TEST] "The Few and Cursed" by Rock Manor Games; presented by Mike Gnade. A deckbuilding adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic earth where most of the water on the planet has been gone for seventy years. Without water, civilization just halted any progress and stayed pretty much the same...with the exception of the monsters, magic and curses that showed up. In the game, players take on the role of a curse-chasing bounty hunter looking to make a name for themselves. Players traverse the desert of the Pacific Ocean as they improvise and acquire new cards for their deck on their quest for the biggest bounties. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B251: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B252: [BETA TEST] "Treads vs. Panther(s)" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Treads is a card based World War 2 game where players take the roles of the crew of a single Sherman tank on the frontlines. This test is a combat stress test to see how tough it is for the characters to get blown up. Play to find out if you can all live. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B253: [BETA TEST] "UFO a Go-Go" by Akupara Games; presented by David Logan. A card game about hosting alien parties, following hilarious rules, and calling out your friends when they slip up. Invite Aliens to your party, just don't forget to be a good host for your guests and give each of them the attention they deserve. If an Alien feels neglected, they will leave for another party in the galaxy. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B254: [BETA TEST] "Ultimate Goo Monster" by Atelier Games; presented by Isaac Kramer. Competitive logical deduction game in which players collect and combine different goo monsters to discover their secret value. Experiment results are returned using a companion smart phone app or neutral player. Using information gained from your own experiments and partial information from other players' experiments, be the first one to use your knowledge to create the Ultimate Goo Monster! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B255: [ALPHA TEST] "Unicorns" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. A cute little game of matching for children, ages 5 through 10. Kids match blue, orange, pink, purple, yellow and red unicorns. To make a pair, kids take cards either from the pile, or from the other players! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Recommended for Young Players (and their families). There are 4 seats left.

B256: [BETA TEST] "Village Pillage: Dark Arts and Crafts" by Jellybean Games; presented by Peter Hayward. Play cards against your neighbors, steal turnips, and cast powerful spells to be the first to obtain 3 magical relics! This standalone expansion to Village Pillage introduces shields, magic, and a whole crew of new and powerful villagers to the mix. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B257: [BETA TEST] "War Columns" presented by Jeffrey Kunkel. A high fantasy, two player battling card game where proper positioning is key and your units are also your most precious resources! Seize control of key objectives to earn Victory Points and permanent advantages, balance saving up your supplies with the cost of waste and corruption and determine if your front line troops are best used to launch direct attacks or to enable you to order devastating strategies against your opponent. "War Columns" combines the tactical decisions of a card game with the positional play and strategic considerations of a board game, but without a board! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B258: [BETA TEST] "Z4X" presented by Zintis May-Krumins. Take the reigns of a fledgling space empire as you explore the galaxy in this sprawling 4X game. Explore local systems, spread your empire, gather your forces, settle inhospitable planets, research groudbreaking technologies, engage in galactic politics, and become the most formidable empire! This is a euro-influenced 4X game. It features dice combat, modular board, multi-use cards, area control, bidding, voting, objective fulfillment, and hand management. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

L259: [ALPHA TEST] "Fate Lives" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock. A new LARP system based on the Fate Tabletop RPG system designed by Phoenix Outlaw Productions. Tested for years during the Dresden Files Empire State Chronicles, Phoenix Outlaw is taking the rewritten rules out for a spin to prepare for upcoming events. Be a part of shaping this new LARP system in progress. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

L260: [BETA TEST] "Mantles in the Museum" by Jason Cox and Lillian Lewis; presented by Jason Cox. How do you find meaning in art? In this edu-larp, players are members of a diverse arts community that is responsible for sending three works to a prestigious exhibition hosted by the United Nations. The game is built to make art and art criticism more accessible, and is appropriate for people of any level of knowledge. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

L261: [BETA TEST] "No Further Questions" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Chad Wolf, Jeff Dieterle. A low-commitment, drop-in/drop-out party LARP about people holding press conferences that don't need to be held and the reporters on the scene asking the questions no one needs to ask. If you've ever wanted to ask a baseball manager about the joint custody arrangement after his octogenarian parents' divorce, this is the game for you . Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 2 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.

[FILLED] B284: [BETA TEST] "4X Ship Builder" by Ironmark Games; presented by Mike Sette. This is a light euro. In the game, players take on the roles of contractors that are hired to design and build space ships for an ever expanding empire. The empire is hell-bent on exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination. But you aren't. You just want to make that sweet sweet space-money. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B285: [ALPHA TEST] "Arcadia Galactica" by Nerdy City; presented by Sean Jaffe. In a distant, 8-bit galaxy, many worlds fight for control of the planet Arcadus, the coveted center of the Arcadia Galactica. Marshall armies of giant centipedes, space invaders, ghosts, race cars or the like from your various home worlds and fight, trade or explore for control. Arcadia Galactica is a storytelling board game, so it can be competitive or cooperative based on how the players choose to play. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B286: [BETA TEST] "Arthropodyssey" by Coin Flip Games; presented by Robert Newton. Researchers are trying to gather the most resources for their arthropod subjects in this dexterity and roll-and-write game. Discs are flicked into different zones to determine actions that can be taken on the scoresheet. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B287: [BETA TEST] "Beartenders" presented by Paul Doust. In this engine-building game, your objective is to provide the best quality and quantity service to your bear-y needy customers. Players take turns collecting resources, serving customers and gaining proficiency. The game uses a combination of resource management, worker placement and set collection, thereby rewarding players who are more efficient than the average bear. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B288: [BETA TEST] "Conquest of the New World" presented by Larry Bogucki. Historical worker placement about conquering and settling colonies in the Caribbean in the mid 1600s. Players choose 2 of 7 different actions each turn to try to settle and develop colonies in the Caribbean. Player's can develop their colonies in a number of different ways, by building Towns, Forts and Farms, as well as a number of other upgrades. The game ends when one player controls 6 colonies and builds a capital city. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B289: [BETA TEST] "Date Night" by Black Suit Games; presented by PJ Parent. A couple's party game played in teams (couples) trying to navigate through headaches, social media drama, out of bed children, and other real life obstacles to arrive in the bed room first and complete date night before the other teams can. Watch out as the other couples can sabotage you to keep you from winning by killing your mood to delay you from getting it on while they attempt to be the first couple to get it on. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

B290: [BETA TEST] "Dungeon Date" by Nerdy Pup Games; presented by Michael Addison. A backstabby setbuilding game. Build a trendy outfit of fantastic treasures and romance, befriend, and slay monsters with your sweet style! Date a lich, befriend an owlbear, or backstab your friend's orc boyfriend to earn the most renown of the dungeon season. Features simultaneous action selection, light tableau building, and a pinch of betrayal. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B291: [BETA TEST] "Dying Suns" by Eat Tasty Games; presented by Jay Vowles. A thematic deck-building game about exploring a dying galaxy to become rich and famous. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B292: [BETA TEST] "Equinox & Solstice" by Encoded Designs; presented by Robert Everson. A card game in which you try to score points by filling a tableau of cards while matching the current seasons and the transition between them. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B293: [BETA TEST] "Fight! Fight!! Fight!!!" by Zilla Games; presented by Chris Beaver. A light, fast-paced, take that game with a board full of eccentric characters who are abducted by aliens and are forced to fight each other. These aliens have abducted characters from all over the universe and trapped them within their spaceship prison as a battle arena. They are broadcasting these battles in order to see who can fight their way to freedom and be declared champion. The goal is to advance through the spaceship by fighting other characters, driving opponents backwards, using special character abilities, jumping through portals and ultimately reaching the final control room portal first, being declared champion and escaping the spaceship, thus, winning the game. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B294: [BETA TEST] "Firebreak" presented by Charlie Hoopes. In this cooperative game, your rangers must work together to protect a park from an outbreak of wild fires. Save as many cabins, airports, lakes, and conservation areas as you can. Every turn the blazes spread whichever direction the wind is blowing. Can you contain the blazes before too much damage is done? This game has been signed for publication. This playtest session will be used to observe the effects of some modifications the publisher is considering, and to solicit your feedback on those modifications Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B295: [BETA TEST] "FlipTales" presented by Ryan Mather. A party game for creative people. Each person plays a character in a story. Each scene, you come up with silly responses to a prompt. Set up a retired cobbler on a date, capture a genie to help an up-and-coming archaeologist, or steal gold from a corrupt king in this game's stories, each taking less than an hour to complete. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B296: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 13 seats left.

B297: [BETA TEST] "Gem Mania" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Players mine for gemstones, and accumulate wealth, in the first phase of the game. In the second phase, all non-claimed gems are auctioned. Player with the most valuable collection of gems wins. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B298: [ALPHA TEST] "Graffiti Knights" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. In this near future urban themed card game, you will control a crew of graffiti knights. Each day you will take actions to prep for or disrupt activities at locations around the city. Each night you will send out a crew to attempt to tag a spot. Other crews and police patrols can spoil your plans as you try to get as many locations as possible and eliminate the competition. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B299: [FOCUS GROUP] "Humility - The Game of Competitive Good Deeds" by Gold Dragon Games, LLC; presented by Kiva Fecteau. Sure, you can earn points by completing Good Deeds, but the truly humble will help other players complete their Good Deeds and earn even more points. I envisage the GD cards being somewhat like the Quest cards in Lords of Waterdeep, but instead of needing wizards and fighters to help complete these, you'll need to gather elements like kindness, money, or effort in this bag-building game. Help me determine what set of elements would work well for this, and brainstorm Good Deeds and their relevant elements. Thinking also of an 'Ego' variant to the game which would be more back-stabby. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B300: [ALPHA TEST] "I'll Take the Case: The Board Game" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold. A press-your-luck, dice rolling, set collection game where you play as an attorney building a practice and gain reputation. Take your cases to court to gain reputation, but your opponents can work against your and Object! The attorney with the highest reputation wins! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B301: [BETA TEST] "Kites and Clouds" by Growling Door Games, Inc.; presented by Michelle Lyons-McFarland. A family-friendly all-ages card game where you're flying kites and finding shapes in the clouds. No reading necessary, but there is some strategy involved. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B302: [BETA TEST] "Lycan" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Randy Keenan. You've been turned into a Werewolf against your will! The secret to undo this magic can be unlocked by visiting local townsfolk, completing daring quests, feeding on the unwary and defeating police forces, deadly Werewolf hunters and your opponents struggling to find their cure. The sacred moonstone can only heal one – will it be you? Lycan is a board game where players race from location to location attempting to fulfill their objectives while avoiding or conquering obstacles and dangerous enemies. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 4 seats left.

B303: [BETA TEST] "Major and Minor Investment" presented by Brian Beal. A unique hand-building game in which you'll build your portfolio and manage your investments. You will have to manage your hand and sort your cards while trying to give minimal help to your neighbors. In this fast paced game you will spend cards and coins to upgrade your hand while trying not to deplete yourself of essential resources. The winner of the game is the player with the most coins at the end. This game is fast paced, but has a fairly steep learning curve. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B304: [BETA TEST] "Meeple Towers" by WizKids; presented by Zev Shlasinger. Build levels of cardboard and place meeples. How and where you place meeples will score differently. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B305: [BETA TEST] "Order Up" by Cap & Beard; presented by Nicholas Favia, Tony Gadaleta, Michelle Wenz. A fast paced card and dice rolling game where you and your team will be putting together orders as they come in through your chaotic kitchen! Roll dice at different stations to prep and cook food to fulfill orders! Will your kitchen staff be fast enough to satisfy all those hungry customers? Come find out in Order Up! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B306: [BETA TEST] "Pavlov's Dogs" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather O'Neill. A pseudo-psychological card game of memory and conditioning. A fast, engaging game of following the rules and acting like fools! You'll be drooling for more! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

B307: [ALPHA TEST] "PitchFest" by Berdandy Studios; presented by Andy Berdan. A card-driven improv party game about pitching ridiculous video games. It's going to be a wonderful idea...until the publishers get their money-filled hands on it. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 10 seats left.

B308: [BETA TEST] "Quantum Edge" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Alf Fischer. Space jockeys line up their specialized ships and use speed, cunning, and sometimes a total disregard for safety to outmaneruver and lutlast their competitors through a 3, 5, or 10 lap race. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 8 seats left.

B309: [BETA TEST] "Raja Mandala" by InZane Games, LLC; presented by Zane Everett. To become hegemon of Southeast Asia in this political area of control game, you must leverage your skills of diplomacy, intrigue, and economic planning. By managing your court of councilors, you are able to spread your influence to neighboring cities, develop local economies, engage in warfare, and foster alliances. Maintaining influence in foreign lands will attract councilors with greater skills to your court. Gain supremacy through military, diplomatic, or economic means. How will you lead your empire? Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B310: [ALPHA TEST] "Reign of the Onyx King" presented by Jimmy Ellerth. Become a legendary Hero in this multiplayer card game. No collecting. No deck building. Just play. Reign of the Onyx King is the first expansion for Hero: Tales of the Tomes where one player will become the fearsome Onyx King and battle as a boss-style Hero against the other players. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B311: [BETA TEST] "Salvage: Dimensional Collapse" presented by Nolan James. A tactical race to put your spaceship back together and escape an unstable space-time anomaly. Each Ship Part has a unique power, and combines with parts of the same shape or color to complete game-winning Full Sets. Only one ship will be able to escape, as the exiting ship will cause a Dimensional Collapse that will destroy all remaining matter in the anomaly. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B312: [BETA TEST] "Santa Showdown" by Harder Than A Duck; presented by Mike Kaminky. Competitive Delivery Race with an Xmas theme. Deliver the Nice or Naughty way to fully upgrade your character. First to fully upgrade wins. Be quick, the Real Santa can show up and end the game early. Use powerful one time Gadgets or Brawl with your opponents to get an edge on the competition. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B313: [BETA TEST] "Sharknado: The Board Game!" by Devious Devices, LLC; presented by Anthony Rando. The officially-licensed tabletop game of the cult-hit franchise, Sharknado: The Board Game! is a cooperative, scenario-based game. Players assume the roles of brave citizens of a coastal city, working together to battle hordes of man-eating sharks as they attempt to thwart the ultimate weather phenomenon! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 3 seats left.

B314: [BETA TEST] "Spaced!" by Gate Greeter Games; presented by Nicholas Greder. "Star Trek meets Pandemic" in a cooperative deep space strategy game. Guide your spaceship through a perilous asteroid field while finding the right balance between building upgrades, repairing damage, and pushing the ship forward. Be careful, for the next rock could tear the ship apart, or an unexpected malfunction could open the door and vent the crew. Tough choices and harsh events determine the fate of the crew in this sci-fi trope-filled journey through the stars. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B315: [BETA TEST] "Stop the Death Ray" presented by Travis Magrum, Jonathan Gilmour, Christopher Badell. One player is an evil scientist is building a death ray and it's up to a newly formed superhero team to stop him. Hero players draft powers and abilities and work together to fight minions and thwart plots. The Villain has many tools in their arsenal and must use their resources wisely and set up diversions to make sure the plan comes to fruition. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED] ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B316: [BETA TEST] "Super Frenemies" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. YOU are a superhero. Destiny has brought you to the city of Urbania to protect the innocent, right the wrongs, and defend justice… better than everyone else. During each round of action, you'll try to build your identity by drafting a superheroic card and then it's off to fight some bad guys. Work together to defeat evil, but make sure you get the glory! After all, there's only room for one best superhero in Urbania. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B317: [BETA TEST] "They" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. You are the leader of of an expedition force, amassing food to feed your overpopulated planet. Scout out new sites in your flying saucer, suck up resources using giant feeding tubes, and fill up your cargo bay with rich nutrients for your hungry populace in this Euro-style farming game for interstellar aliens. (Action Selection Rondel, Tile Placement, Set Collection, Competitive.) Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B318: [BETA TEST] "Thick as Thieves" presented by Michael Conn. A game of devious cunning, backhanded mischief, and madcap antics all rolled up in a ridiculously fun Cockney accent! In this stand-alone, competitive card game for two to six players, you play a thief out on the prowl trying to snatch up the best loot the town has to offer before your friends do. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B319: [BETA TEST] "Thieves Honor" by Magic Circle Games; presented by Robert Booth. A card game where players are members of a criminal gang who just pulled off a major diamond heist but need to hide from the law until they can escape town. Only problem, can you trust your fellow gang members? (Probably not!) During the game you are trying to get rid of evidence that the police have against you and (probably) implicating others so that they get more evidence held against them. The first player(s) to get zero evidence at the end of a round wins the game. Game mechanics include hidden action selection, simultaneous action, and "take that". Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B320: [BETA TEST] "Ultimate Goo Monster" by Atelier Games; presented by Isaac Kramer. Competitive logical deduction game in which players collect and combine different goo monsters to discover their secret value. Experiment results are returned using a companion smart phone app or neutral player. Using information gained from your own experiments and partial information from other players' experiments, be the first one to use your knowledge to create the Ultimate Goo Monster! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

B321: [BETA TEST] "Witches' Sabbath" by Noirtoony Games; presented by Thomas O'Halloren. A token take on tactical combat, Witches' Sabbath is a 2 Player card-and-token skirmish game in which Players form a coven of three Witches and one Familiar to go head-to-head in the skirmish swamp- hurling brooms, spells, and unique abilities. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] L322: [BETA TEST] "God of a Gilded World" by Stone Baby Games; presented by Julia Ellingboe. In the beginning... The heavens and earth are one, the entire universe fits into in an egg-shaped cloud, or maybe a Mason jar or a salt shaker. You're the Creator, you decide. This is a creation story-building one-player LARP about a god who decides to get their crafty DIY vibe. The "game mechanic" is building a small moss terrarium - in character as that god. Players will be able to keep their terrariums and continue to play god and keep developing their creation myth as they care for their tiny glass-bound world. The designer will supply moss, substrate, and the other building blocks for literal world building. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] L323: [ALPHA TEST] "Hope of Redemption" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Wendelyn Reischl. This game is about tragedy and triumph, focused on human imperfection. It is an intimate story of people on opposites sides of a struggle, locked in a dance of hope and agony. This is an idea for a freeform larp centered around redemption, atonement, and forgiveness. The focus is on structure of the game and ways to include more than two players as meaningful participants in the LARP. Tone/themes: Emotional content. Power exchange dynamics. Vulnerability. Self doubt. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

L324: [ALPHA TEST] "Party Parent" presented by Elizabeth Stong. A fun night on the town turns can turn chaotic in the blink of an eye. All you can do is count on your friends to help you get through the night safely and have a good time. Take care of your friends and don't forget to hydrate! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 9 seats left.

L325: [ALPHA TEST] "Swap Meet" presented by Ashleigh La Porta. A parlor LARP about a group of androids who meet to trade body parts and, in doing so, find themselves. Themes of the game include transhumanism, gender/body dysphoria, and how we look for ourselves in the examples we see around us. Players will need to read character sheets, speak, listen, and tie strips of cloth around themselves. For each test, we will discuss the characters and their motivations, workshop the "swap" mechanic, and play an abbreviated version of the LARP. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

L326: [ALPHA TEST] "The Abortionists" presented by Melissa Cohen. Chicago, 1972. A group of feminist activists perform illegal abortions in order to empower women. They risk imprisonment to offer abortions to low-income people, and in the process discover new things about their own power as women. Based on a true story, this LARP is a slow drama about women who experience positive personal transformation through living their politics. Play consists of tightly framed scenes called by the facilitator. We are hoping to test metatechniques for offering counseling, performing abortion, and being oppressed. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT 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.

B344: [BETA TEST] "Wasteland Trading Post" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. It's not easy keeping a post-apocalyptic town running smoothly. Your task is to make sure the town has all the necessities it needs, so you can concentrate on getting townsfolk the luxuries they desire. To acquire necessities and luxuries, you must scrounge, trade with other communities, or trade with other players. When you satisfy a townsperson's demand, you earn victory points and favors. The more important the person, the harder they are to satisfy and the more VP you earn. But while less important people give you fewer, they give you more favors. And those favors can help you get more goods to satisfy more demands and earn more VP and favors. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 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.

L352: [FOCUS GROUP] "Matchstick Protocol" by Cavalry Games; presented by Stephen Dewey. A focus group discussion about an upcoming experimental 1-player ARG. You take on the role of a sleeper agent that may be tapped for a secret mission at any moment! I'm looking to discuss the parameters of the game, examine potential design issues, and generate ideas for how to get the most out of this design as it develops. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

B353: [BETA TEST] "Black Hills" by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz; presented by Jesse Casey. In 1874, gold was discovered in the Dakota Territory. Entrepreneurs from all over came to seek their fortunes. Including you. There's just one problem: by the time you got to the Black Hills, all of the prime gold claims had been taken. But there's still a fortune to be made. Build up your ranch and trade goods like corn, cattle, whiskey, and (of course) gold between markets with constantly fluctuating prices. But also be ready to hire a few gunslingers if bandits start to cause you business trouble. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B354: [BETA TEST] "BuildIt" by Paw-Warrior Games; presented by Ben Krieger, Josh Paugh. The real estate market is hot, and it has come time to develop more properties, but supplies these days are hard to come buy. At auction you will try to out bid your opponents on building materials. Make your opponents pay a lot for materials they need and try and get your materials for cheap. It is a race to get your materials and build your buildings first! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B355: [BETA TEST] "Chronicle of Kings" by Pendelhaven; presented by Andrew Valkauskas. Set during the Viking age (700-1000) in the Fate of the Norns universe. Players take on a dynasty of Viking rulers who wish to be immortalized in legend. Victory is achieved by being the bloodline with the most renown, and the game rewards players for memorable play. There are many ways to achieve renown, allowing players to pursue different paths to victory. Every turn the players perform many actions, which include: quests, military conquests, trade/raid, diplomatic intrigue, etc. Each turn spans several years, meaning that the bloodline will need to plan for marriage and children. Mechanics are designed to tell a vivid and memorable story. Friday, 10:00PM - 1:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B356: [BETA TEST] "Clear the Decks! Expansion" by Crispy Games Company; presented by Christopher Pinyan. A cooperative naval warfare card game set in the age of sail. Players each command three sizes of cannons and use different ammunition types as well as tactics, officers and marines to destroy different sections of the enemy ship while trying to protect their own cannons. Players share resources and are encouraged to discuss strategy for the benefit of the team. This game funded on Kickstarter and we are now testing bonus cards as well as expansion cards. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 7 seats left.

B357: [BETA TEST] "Conquest of the New World" presented by Larry Bogucki. Historical worker placement about conquering and settling colonies in the Caribbean in the mid 1600s. Players choose 2 of 7 different actions each turn to try to settle and develop colonies in the Caribbean. Player's can develop their colonies in a number of different ways, by building Towns, Forts and Farms, as well as a number of other upgrades. The game ends when one player controls 6 colonies and builds a capital city. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B358: [ALPHA TEST] "Corkboard" by Ben Games; presented by Ben Daniszewski. A solitaire card game of manipulation and murder. Play as an organization of vampires determined to take over the city by any means necessary. Use cunning and careful card play to slowly grow in power. Be cautious though, because the greater your power grows, the faster you increase in notoriety. Allow your notoriety to grow too high and those of higher standing will quickly come and put an end to your ascent. Will you be the power people speak of with hushed tones, or will your network be undone by a single gang of meddling youths? Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B359: [BETA TEST] "Date Night" by Black Suit Games; presented by PJ Parent. A couple's party game played in teams (couples) trying to navigate through headaches, social media drama, out of bed children, and other real life obstacles to arrive in the bed room first and complete date night before the other teams can. Watch out as the other couples can sabotage you to keep you from winning by killing your mood to delay you from getting it on while they attempt to be the first couple to get it on. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B360: [BETA TEST] "Fight! Fight!! Fight!!!" by Zilla Games; presented by Chris Beaver. A light, fast-paced, take that game with a board full of eccentric characters who are abducted by aliens and are forced to fight each other. These aliens have abducted characters from all over the universe and trapped them within their spaceship prison as a battle arena. They are broadcasting these battles in order to see who can fight their way to freedom and be declared champion. The goal is to advance through the spaceship by fighting other characters, driving opponents backwards, using special character abilities, jumping through portals and ultimately reaching the final control room portal first, being declared champion and escaping the spaceship, thus, winning the game. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B361: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 11 seats left.

B362: [ALPHA TEST] "Heroes from Knoware" presented by Anthony Fiumano. Players find themselves in a magical dungeon where they must overcome many different types of challenges such as defeating Monsters, avoiding Obstacles, interacting with a Magical Objects. To complete these challenges you will need to use your Strength, Dexterity, and Magic Knowledge which are represented by different colored Dice. The game features Skill Trees, an equipment deck and spells. There is an optional element of backstabbing or helping your opponents. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B363: [ALPHA TEST] "Lenta" by Muffin Games LLC; presented by Fedja Buz. A simple abstract card game where your main objective is to be the first person to finish playing all the cards from your hand. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B364: [BETA TEST] "Metal Giants" presented by Nolan James. You are an enormous humanoid robot, part of an army that has invaded Earth from a distant star system. Now that victory has been achieved over the pitiful humans, in-fighting between you and the other robots has erupted. The time has come to join the brawl to settle who is the ultimate ruler of this newly won planet. You must harvest energy, as well as arm yourself with equipment, weapons, and shields to take on your adversaries. Each run of three cards must be carefully pre-programmed for maximum carnage. The robot that has demolished the most adversaries at the end wins! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B365: [BETA TEST] "Path of Good Intent" presented by Wonmin Lee, Grace Abe. A card-based map-building strategy game where players race to reach their life goal before others. Place cards on the map to create and block paths, collect and utilize two different resources for abilities that help yourself or screw with other players. Mario Kart meets Magic: The Gathering, the board game for all young professionals trying to achieve their goals in life! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B366: [ALPHA TEST] "Pneumatic Press Productions" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. A tile arrangement and movement game. Place new molds in your factory and press them into each other to create goods. Sell your goods and increase factory efficiency even as your factory fills the brim with your old molds! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B367: [BETA TEST] "Santa Showdown" by Harder Than A Duck; presented by Mike Kaminky. Competitive Delivery Race with an Xmas theme. Deliver the Nice or Naughty way to fully upgrade your character. First to fully upgrade wins. Be quick, the Real Santa can show up and end the game early. Use powerful one time Gadgets or Brawl with your opponents to get an edge on the competition. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B368: [BETA TEST] "Seasons Beatings" by Viewbird Games; presented by Allen Bradbury. A card head to head fighting game that is designed to emulate a conflict between two deadly individuals within the Violent Human universe. Each deck contains roughly thirty cards that represents a single character. Your in control of a seasoned fighter, who's aim is to make it into one of the most popular yearly tournaments: The Seasons Beatings. Before you can enter the tournament, you must qualify. The Gaia Invitational is held to scout out the finest of fighters. Many come to test their might, but are you the one who will claim victory? Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B369: [BETA TEST] "Second Line" presented by Rocco Privetera. Similar to a deckbuilder, Second Line uses physical tokens on a map of the French Quarter. Players run haunted funeral parades marching in 1890s New Orleans. They win by being first to remove the ghosts from their parade. The parade uses music to move, uses Fun to acquire new tokens, and battles other player's parades with Voodoo, Undead, drunks, and revelry. Players acquire new folks to join the parade to make the parade more powerful (or to sculpt it to meet certain objectives). Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B370: [BETA TEST] "Set a Watch (Expansion)" presented by Todd Walsh. Fight for the light before the evil Unhallowed consume our world in darkness in this cooperative puzzle adventure game. Testing possible new characters. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B371: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Strike Ninja Combat Game" by Pure Fun Games; presented by James Muckell. A family style strategy combat game where you take control of a small group of ninja warriors; trying to be the last ninjas standing on the map. Shadow Strike mainly focuses on movement tactics on a hexagon board, as well as dice rolling and "take that" card play You will fight using your inventory, consisting of Shuriken, Smoke Bombs, and...Candy Bars. Throughout the game you will gain access to better equipment for you ninjas, such as Swords and Grappling Hooks. You will also earn precious action cards that will really screw over your enemies. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B372: [BETA TEST] "Siege" by Aggressively Playable Games; presented by Noah Anderson, Drew Schapow. Work with your allies to stop the march of the cards. Beware: your collective resources will weaken over time, and the deck is relentlessly alive. Siege is a colorful, cooperative game for players who love a tense, difficult challenge. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B373: [BETA TEST] "Symposium" presented by Dan Cassar. A game about competing scientific theories. This medium weight, traditional-feel card game casts players as patrons of the sciences in the early days of the Age of Reason. The patrons seek to back the right theory at the right time. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B374: [BETA TEST] "Tourbus Israel" by Kind Fortress; presented by Isaac Shalev. Israel: A land of history and mystery, of ancient visions and modern ideas. Your job? To show a bus full of eager tourists the trip of a lifetime. In Tourbus Israel you'll plan a 7-day whirlwind adventure through this storied land, visiting its holy sites, beautiful beaches, haunting deserts and hippest nightclubs. Israel is a land of imagination, and you'll have to plan and play your cards just right to satisfy the desires of your customers. A card-based medium-strategy game. The core mechanism is that you can't rearrange cards in your hand, but each card can be used in multiple ways to travel, visit tourist sites, and enrich your experience. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B375: [BETA TEST] "Treads vs. Cities" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Treads is a card based World War 2 game where players take the roles of the crew of a single Sherman tank on the frontlines. This test is a combat test in an Urban setting, tight street fighting with Infantry support. Play to find out if you can all live. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B376: [BETA TEST] "Unsinkable" presented by Eric Slauson. A historical card game about the sinking of the Titanic. Players are members of the crew on the ill-fated ship who have been tasked with loading the lifeboats. Players are each in charge of loading a boat, pushing their luck by allowing more and more people to load. If a player loads too many passengers, the lifeboat will flip, the passengers will fall into the sea, and the lifeboat will be lost. If the player loads too few passengers, they will have to suffer the guilt caused by wondering if there is more they could have done. The player who amasses the least Guilt by the end of the game wins. Players will also be able to compare their performance to that of the actual crew of the Titanic. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B377: [BETA TEST] "VS: ABOTcalypse" presented by Josh Hester. The epic robot battle game for global whatever. On a distant, forgotten world, war rages between robotic factions, locked in an escalating struggle for complete domination. You are a towering Omegabot. Control your horde of bots and unleash destruction upon your enemies. Victory is achieved by building and customizing a formidable force or destroying your opponents. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B378: [ALPHA TEST] "Wizarding Wheel" presented by Tim Armstrong. You are a wizard harnessing the elements and gaining power. The game revolves around a wheel each player has in front of them. Each turn that wheel turns one space, and with it the elements you have access to change. Plan ahead to make sure you have the right resources at the right time, and be the first to unlock four seals of power. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

L379: [BETA TEST] "A Pirate's Life" presented by Jay Treat. Find love, acceptance, and pirate booty in this serious and heart-warming LARP about an elective family of pirates. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] L380: [BETA TEST] CANCELED BY DESIGNER. Friday, 10:00PM - 1:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

L381: [BETA TEST] "My Jam (Final Playtest/Kickstarter Launch Party)" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Jeffrey Dieterle, Eric Mersmann. The Beltane dance is the biggest event of the year at Robert Johnson Memorial High School, and it's happening tonight. Players are students who are also Phonomancers - magicians who focus their powers through music. You've already requested your favorite song, so the dance is your best opportunity to show off, unleash magical mayhem on your classmates, and maybe even do some dancing. My Jam is a freeform-inspired LARP based loosely on Kieron Gillen and Jaime McElvie's Phonogram comic series, and aims to combine the teen emotional drama of games like Monsterhearts with the atmosphere of a slightly awkward dance party. This will be the final playtest of the game as well as the launch of our Kickstarter, designed to occur on a night of mystical significance: One year after our first playtest. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 7 seats left.

[FILLED] L382: [ALPHA TEST] "Ships in the Night" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Chad Wolf. You are a fairy light, blinking in and out of existence, seemingly at random. You exist for 30 seconds or so and then you don't. You have no idea how much time has passed in between each time you come to be. Every 100 years, you take human form for a very short period of time with some other fairy lights you might know. This is the only time you can have the physical contact that you so desire and really get an opportunity to have an uninterrupted conversation with someone. What you do not know is that the next time you take human form will be a special occurrence because a new fairy light will be born. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; 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.

[FILLED] B402: [BETA TEST] "Arthropodyssey" by Coin Flip Games; presented by Robert Newton. Researchers are trying to gather the most resources for their arthropod subjects in this dexterity and roll-and-write game. Discs are flicked into different zones to determine actions that can be taken on the scoresheet. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B403: [ALPHA TEST] "Bot Battle Bedlam" by Encoded Designs; presented by Robert Everson. A two player card game of robot boxing. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B404: [BETA TEST] "CardZ: The 'Burbs" by Mantis Design, Inc.; presented by Gerald Kielpinski. Press your luck in this fast paced zombie survival card game designed for fans looking for a Z-game that finally satisfies their appetite for bloody realism. Your goal is simple–clear the neighborhood & rescue trapped survivors along the way! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B405: [FOCUS GROUP] "Colombophilie" presented by Eric Paquette. Breed your pigeons, build up your loft, and race your pigeons way through a season and win the nationals. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B406: [BETA TEST] "Continuum" presented by Joe Boyden. Unique abstract strategy game using sand timers with various times and movement rules on a hexagonal board. Each piece is flipped when moved, and cannot be moved again until its sand runs out; this also set the timer fro your opponent's turn. Capture the opponent's main piece (the "Traveler"), or their base to win the game! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B407: [BETA TEST] "ControVersus" presented by Daniel O'Hanlon. This card game for a divisive era is an Apples-to-Apples(TM) style game that promotes understanding of and stimulates discussion on U.S. political issues among students, colleagues, families, and friends without forcing players to reveal their own political positions. ControVersus aims to improve discourse by helping people talk about politics in a context that is not a reaction to current events or a debate about one's own opinions. ControVersus aims to promote understanding of U.S. political concepts and opinions across the spectrum. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 8 seats left.

B408: [BETA TEST] "Decay of Rome's Republic" presented by Dario Anselmo. A political negotiation game set at the fall of Rome's Republic. Play cards to influence politicians, use those politicians to vote in elections. Will you negotiate and backstab your way to the top of Rome's democracy? Or will you tear down the Republic and crown yourself Dictator for Life? Be warned: the more aggressively you play, the more aggressive action cards are unlocked for all players. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B409: [BETA TEST] "Heist City" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Suzanne Zinsli, Christopher Zinsli. Work together to pull off heists across the city in this cooperative bag-building game. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B410: [BETA TEST] "I'll Take the Case" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold. Play as an attorney collecting cards to gather clients, evidence, witnesses and paperwork to solve cases available to all players at the table. The more difficult the case solved, the more reputation the attorney gains. When all the cases are solved, the attorney with the highest reputation wins! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B411: [BETA TEST] "Major and Minor Investment" presented by Brian Beal. A unique hand-building game in which you'll build your portfolio and manage your investments. You will have to manage your hand and sort your cards while trying to give minimal help to your neighbors. In this fast paced game you will spend cards and coins to upgrade your hand while trying not to deplete yourself of essential resources. The winner of the game is the player with the most coins at the end. This game is fast paced, but has a fairly steep learning curve. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B412: [BETA TEST] "MDCLXVI - The Broken Age" by Waitress Games; presented by Brian Neff. In an alternate history 1666, the Gods are real, Rome never fell, and the God Emperor's light has vanished. A new God Emperor must be elected. Each of you is a city's Elector, vying to become the next in line to the throne, bestowing blessings on your city. In this Psuedo-Legacy drafting game, you will obtain troops, characters, and innovations on your quest to gain favor. But the choices you make will permanently impact the world, and modify each game going forward. Can you bring a new Golden Age? More importantly, what will you sacrifice to do so? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B413: [BETA TEST] "Mechanical Advantage" presented by Doug Badzik. A resource exploitation and tech tree building game set in an alternate western history powered by machines using steam and aether. Players utilize unique abilities of mechanics, prospectors and chemists as they attempt to corner markets on resources, race to discover new technologies and build mechanical wonders. Simple to teach new players, but with mechanics and strategies that will challenge experienced players, Mechanical Advantage packs a significant game experience. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B414: [BETA TEST] "Non de Plume" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather Wilson. A Word Watching game! Build and change words with the help of author birds in this fast playing, word based card game. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B415: [BETA TEST] "Operation: Coalition" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Jennifer Gutterman. It's 1915. World War I has started. But the greatest threat to the world is not mustard gas and blockades, but Giant Monsters from another Dimension. Assemble your crew of WWI unsung heroes to fix up your Mechs, power them with alien technology, and save the world from the real danger. A cooperative board game using dice placement, and 3D mech combat. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B416: [BETA TEST] "Pitch" presented by Samantha Anderson. A card game that requires you to pitch a movie to an executive producer, using popular tropes within film genres. Players receive one card from each category for your pitch: Character, Villain, Item, Setting, and Cliche. Depending on your budget (card), you may only be able to use a few of your cards to help your creativity shine through. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B417: [BETA TEST] "Raja Mandala" by InZane Games, LLC; presented by Zane Everett. To become hegemon of Southeast Asia in this political area of control game, you must leverage your skills of diplomacy, intrigue, and economic planning. By managing your court of councilors, you are able to spread your influence to neighboring cities, develop local economies, engage in warfare, and foster alliances. Maintaining influence in foreign lands will attract councilors with greater skills to your court. Gain supremacy through military, diplomatic, or economic means. How will you lead your empire? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B418: [BETA TEST] "Rooster Roundup & Shellfish Otters" presented by Eric Slauson. Players in the dexterity game Rooster Roundup are children in the wild west who are too young to be in a real rodeo so they decide to try to lasso and tie up roosters in their own backyard rodeo. The rules of the contest are simple: Lasso a rooster (throw your rubber band so that it completely encircles a rooster meeple) and tie it up (wrap the rubber band around the rooster so that it stays tied without you holding it). Shellfish Otters is a real time dice rolling game about otters who are trying to eat the most and the freshest shellfish that they can. Players will choose how deep to dive into the sea to retrieve shellfish (crabs, crayfish, and mussels), and then get to work on breaking open the shells (rolling specific dice combinations). The lower you dive, the fresher the seafood and the more points you can earn, but the harder the combinations needed to open the shells. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Silly, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B419: [BETA TEST] "Skullkickers" presented by Ian Moss, Jonathan Gilmour. You will be bidding on heroes and then taking those heroes into the dungeons. You need to hire heroes to venture out and defeat the boss monster and their minions. Each hero fights differently, whether they use cards, dice, or ammo tokens to defeat their enemies. But there are 2 things all the heroes desire: Coin and a Challenge. Whoever offers to send them in with the most coin and the least items gets to control that hero during the dungeon half of the game. Whichever player doesn't end up with a hero becomes the Boss for the round, whose job is to send hordes of monsters at the heroes and try to stay alive. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B420: [BETA TEST] "Smallball" presented by Mel White. A baseball simulation using dice and cards. Teams are rated in Pitching, Fielding and Hitting while players take turns alternating between playing the At Bat or Fielding teams. The dice add randomness and Manager Cards give each player the ability to have special influence on the game for one roll of the die! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B421: [BETA TEST] "Solo Shift" by Dave Beever Designs; presented by David Beever. Everyone called in but you. Can you keep it together and get through the shift? Solo Shift is a series of single-player games built around a common core mechanic: cards that time down as you try to deal with them. Try your hand as a barista in Solo Shift: Grind, making drinks for the customers before they walk out. Or, step up the tension in Solo Shift: Dispatch, where you guide ambulances to pick up patients and get them back to the hospital. Customers and patients will both time down every turn, so you'll need to plan carefully and mange your resources if you want to succeed. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B422: [BETA TEST] "Super Squad High" by Nerdy Pup Games; presented by Michael Addison. A cooperative teen superhero lifesim. A crime wave threatens the city, and you must stop the villain behind it. The catch - the villain is secretly one of your classmates at Excelsior High! Balance relationships, schoolwork, and keeping the city safe as you race to uncover the identity of the villain before their plot is completed. Features careful time management, puzzley dice-based crime fighting, and lots of poignant choices. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B423: [BETA TEST] "Taking Stock" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. A stock market manipulation game. Play cards to win shares in companies, but each card you play also affect the price of one or company's stocks or the contents of one or more player's portfolios. Your goal is to have the most shares in the companies with the highest stock prices. At the end of each round, the top share holders in each company earn points based on the current stock price. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B424: [BETA TEST] "The Carabas" by CATTHULHU.com; presented by Joel Sparks. The classic Jack Vance science fiction tale comes to gaming! On Old Tschai, humans struggle to thrive under alien domination. The only way to get wealth is to harvest the gleaming Sequins that grow in the bleak terrain known as the Carabas, but the predatory Dirdir have declared the Carabas their private hunting ground. The prey: You and your fellow treasure-seekers. Join Crews, search the Zones, and try to get out alive with all the Sequins you can carry. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B425: [ALPHA TEST] "The Goods and the Bads" by KinSoul Studio; presented by Jordan Mathews. In this game of cunning and strategy, The Management designs and builds a Bank, Art Museum, or Casino that will wow the public, but must keep out The Infiltrators who are looking to score big on their goods! While The Management works to keep their customers happy, a SPY lurks among them, aided by a hacker in his nearby van! Do you have what it takes to steal from the upper crust, or will you outwit the thieves with your lasers, cameras, and deduction? Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B426: [BETA TEST] "Thunder Road: Reroaded" by Critical-Hits Studios LLC; presented by Dave Chalker. Live, die, and live again on the Thunder Road! Race and battle other gangs in this unofficial updated version of the 1980s classic board game Thunder Road, updating using modern game design techniques, and adding new options to increase replayability. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B427: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B428: [BETA TEST] "Tricky Dungeon" presented by Doug Levandowski, Luke Muench. There's treasure in the dungeons, and you love betting on who'll get the most! In this trick taking card game, you'll select an adventurer, then try to meet that class's condition for victory! Each round, you'll select a new adventurer and send them back in! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B429: [BETA TEST] "War Columns" presented by Jeffrey Kunkel. A high fantasy, two player battling card game where proper positioning is key and your units are also your most precious resources! Seize control of key objectives to earn Victory Points and permanent advantages, balance saving up your supplies with the cost of waste and corruption and determine if your front line troops are best used to launch direct attacks or to enable you to order devastating strategies against your opponent. "War Columns" combines the tactical decisions of a card game with the positional play and strategic considerations of a board game, but without a board! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B430: [BETA TEST] "Witches' Sabbath" by Noirtoony Games; presented by Thomas O'Halloren. A token take on tactical combat, Witches' Sabbath is a 2 Player card-and-token skirmish game in which Players form a coven of three Witches and one Familiar to go head-to-head in the skirmish swamp- hurling brooms, spells, and unique abilities. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B431: [ALPHA TEST] "You Can't Win!" by Japhy Games; presented by Jeffrey Pinyan. A most uncooperative card game for people who just want to lose and go home. Each player takes turns attempting to lose some genre of game in spectacularly unlucky fashion, while avoiding unexpectedly lucky interventions by the other players. The first player who loses each genre of game wins! Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Silly, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

L432: [ALPHA TEST] "#instayoga" presented by Shawn Roske. Instagram yoga models post pictures of their spirituality while looking really good. This is a slightly silly, body-positive, all-ability experience! We will be doing some physical yoga, so while flexibility or skill is unimportant, personal responsibility and knowledge of your body's limits is mandatory. You must bring a smartphone with Instagram installed on it - use your own account or make a new one for the game. #yogafam #yogaeverydamnday #yogalife #instayoga #influencer #selfloveclub #loveeverybody #yogainspiration #namaste #yogajourney #bodypositive Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] L433: [BETA TEST] "Gather: Children of the Evertree" by Cavalry Games; presented by Stephen Dewey. A hybrid LARP/tabletop game inspired thematically by worldbuilding games such as The Quiet Year and Microscope. Gather is an immersive worldbuilding freeform LARP-style game. Mechanics involve improvising answers to question prompts without the assistance of other players, so improvisational skills are a plus. Content Warning: Players are required to say differing words in unison with each other while also listening to the other players, which may generate additional difficulties for players who have hearing, speech, or sensory overload difficulties. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

L434: [ALPHA TEST] "Swap Meet" presented by Ashleigh La Porta. A parlor LARP about a group of androids who meet to trade body parts and, in doing so, find themselves. Themes of the game include transhumanism, gender/body dysphoria, and how we look for ourselves in the examples we see around us. Players will need to read character sheets, speak, listen, and tie strips of cloth around themselves. For each test, we will discuss the characters and their motivations, workshop the "swap" mechanic, and play an abbreviated version of the LARP. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT 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.

B456: [FOCUS GROUP] "Treads vs. Relationships" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Treads is a card based World War 2 game where players take the roles of the crew of a single Sherman tank on the frontlines. This is an early playstorm of Crew Creation and building Relationships between soldiers and other crews in your Tank Platoon. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B457: [ALPHA TEST] "(S)word in the Stone" by Legendsmiths; presented by Ryan O'Grady. Be the first to draw the fabled S-word in the stone and become the rightful ruler of Wordelot! A light-hearted competitive word-making game with quests, power-ups, and monsters. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B458: [BETA TEST] "Agency" presented by John Atwood. A fast-paced game in which players attempt to dominate an espionage underworld, making strategic decisions with the agents and assets available to them in the moment. You only have two cards in your hand, but share a common field of assets that are only known to the players who have made contact with them. On your turn you will confront an opponent, make contact with the field, or move assets to your safehouse. You advance by dominating the city. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B459: [BETA TEST] "Arena Champions" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Randy Keenan. Twenty years have passed, and it is again time for the Choosing. The four realms gather for 3 days of deadly battles - each bringing their prized Champions. The crowd screams for blood, and gamblers pace nervously. Massive iron doors swing open, and combatants enter to discover their fate. They charge forward with fevered resolve. Until the first blow lands, they are all – Arena Champions! Players draft a hand for use in combat and position their Champions for each battle, managing their cards and their gold. Morale, the currency heaped upon the victorious and denied to others, determines the ultimate winner. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B460: [BETA TEST] "Black Hills" by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz; presented by Jesse Casey. In 1874, gold was discovered in the Dakota Territory. Entrepreneurs from all over came to seek their fortunes. Including you. There's just one problem: by the time you got to the Black Hills, all of the prime gold claims had been taken. But there's still a fortune to be made. Build up your ranch and trade goods like corn, cattle, whiskey, and (of course) gold between markets with constantly fluctuating prices. But also be ready to hire a few gunslingers if bandits start to cause you business trouble. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B461: [BETA TEST] "Cacophony of 2 Player Games" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Linda Fischer. Fast easy 2 player games in need of tweaking and rule book editing. Come and help Shadowsong Industries finish up a great lineup of small games. Players will swap around after each game and try something new within the time period. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B462: [BETA TEST] "Cubes" by Cap & Beard; presented by Nicholas Favia, Tony Gadaleta, Michelle Wenz. An abstract strategy game for 2 players. Move your pieces around the board to try and capture your opponents home cube. Strategy can change mid game, as each piece has the potential to be upgraded to change the way it moves. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B463: [BETA TEST] "Cykandros Archive: Galaxy at War" presented by Daniel Allardyce. Battle as a leader of one of five factions locked in bitter conflict in the Cykandros Galaxy. Using powerful military Assets, ingenious Research and impactful Events, players must protect their Shields and Leader while attempting to destroy their opponent's in this two-player strategy card game. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B464: [BETA TEST] "Enlightenment" presented by Rosco Schock. A thematic abstract about ancient Chinese monks who travel the land trying to gain mastery of the five elements of nature (fire, water, wood, metal, earth). Players control their monks by moving them around the world, meditating at temples, and observing interactions between pairs of elements. By observing how wood can be used to grow a fire, a monk will gain mastery of fire. Play continues until a monk gains mastery of all five and achieves Enlightenment. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B465: [BETA TEST] "FLOW" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. You are an agent of FLOW, an organization dedicated to maintaining the stability of the time continuum. Jump to different nexus using chrono-strings, and orchestrate events to stabilize the continuum, while shaping the ripple effect down the timelines. Uncover the nefarious plot to destabilize the continuum, as you work closely with other agents to balance order and chaos. (Pickup and Deliver, Network Building, Shared Action Points, Cooperative.) Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B466: [ALPHA TEST] "Graffiti Knights" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. In this near future urban themed card game, you will control a crew of graffiti knights. Each day you will take actions to prep for or disrupt activities at locations around the city. Each night you will send out a crew to attempt to tag a spot. Other crews and police patrols can spoil your plans as you try to get as many locations as possible and eliminate the competition. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B467: [BETA TEST] "Hedge Knights" presented by Travis Magrum. A lord is looking to hire a knight and you might be just the right hedgehog for the job! Place your workers to train your strength and dexterity, show off your prowess in the Melee, Joust, and Archery events, and do odd jobs for the townsfolk to make your time a little easier. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B468: [ALPHA TEST] "Ix The Undying" presented by Rocco Privetera. Players compete to be the most influential house on Ix, a dystopian city-ship on an apocalyptic world. Players use worker-placement to resurrect forbidden districts, manage resources, conscript more gangs, get upgrades and assume control of valuable offices. Ix is always under constant attack from threats, and the city has to keep moving or it gets overwhelmed. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B469: [BETA TEST] "Lazer Ryderz Season Two" by Cardboard Fortress Games; presented by Anthony Amato, Nicole Amato. It's season 2 of the radical 80s trackless racing game LAZER RYDERZ! After passing through the dimensional portals, our heroes find themselves in The Danger Zone. Test out strange new phenomena, exciting new characters, and the effects of terrain in our upcoming expansion. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B470: [BETA TEST] "Meeple Towers" by WizKids; presented by Zev Shlasinger. Build levels of cardboard and place meeples. How and where you place meeples will score differently. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B471: [BETA TEST] "Mutology" by ThinkForm Games; presented by Jeremy Bartlett. A strategy card game for two geniuses. Players build a 40-card Mutology deck before sitting down to play. To win the game, players must collect five Research Point tokens by bringing double-sided Mutant cards into play using the cards in their deck and their unique Character card. A Mutology deck consists of Specimen, Radiation, Assistant, Device, and Procedure cards. Players automatically gain Concentration tokens at the start of their turn. During a phased turn, players spend these Concentration tokens to deploys cards from their hand into one of two zones. They will use the cards in these zones to work towards their deck’s strategy while combating their opponent so they cannot do the same. This process continues until one player earns their fifth Research Point token, immediately winning the game. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B472: [BETA TEST] "Never to Return" by Maskmaker Productions; presented by Patrick Tsao. A cutthroat competitive multiplayer game with a paper-thin veneer of cooperation. Play as a group of medieval era villagers trapped in dark, malicious wood, attempting to escape with their lives and sanity intact. Endure dangerous terrain, terrible creatures and each other to navigate the treacherous wood neck by neck, and accumulate the cosmic Insights needed to escape. Only one shall escape - the others will be consumed by this fell wood. Which will you be? Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B473: [BETA TEST] "Operation S.T.I.N.G." presented by Paul Doust. As undercover bee spies, your Queen has given each of you the blueprints to infiltrate a rival hive. In this spatial strategy game, players will need to mix and match blueprints to pollinate cells at the right time for maximum impact. The game uses transparency overlays to allow players to strategize color and number combinations to "bee" victorious. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B474: [BETA TEST] "Path of Good Intent" presented by Wonmin Lee, Grace Abe. A card-based map-building strategy game where players race to reach their life goal before others. Place cards on the map to create and block paths, collect and utilize two different resources for abilities that help yourself or screw with other players. Mario Kart meets Magic: The Gathering, the board game for all young professionals trying to achieve their goals in life! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B475: [BETA TEST] "Pavlov's Dogs" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather O'Neill. A pseudo-psychological card game of memory and conditioning. A fast, engaging game of following the rules and acting like fools! You'll be drooling for more! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B476: [BETA TEST] "Penguinscape" by Gold Dragon Games, LLC; presented by Kiva Fecteau. Every player is a penguin in this co-op game that somewhat simulates the harshness of Antarctica. You've just laid your egg and left it with your mate to care for. Now begins the dangerous journey to the water to fill up on food. Avalanches and slippery areas will push you down the slope, but you'll have to plan carefully to get through them on your way back. The leopard seal and orca await your arrival in the sea. And the Southern Giant Petrel races to find your rookery before you arrive with food for your chick. Can you make it back in time? Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B477: [BETA TEST] "Plutocracy" presented by Christopher Anderson. Five factions battle for dominance of the galaxy. But you don't control any of them. You are an influencer using your connections to manipulate all of the factions to your own benefit. Invest in factions, send recruits around the galaxy, use your power to influence the outcome of wars, and try to be in power when the battles end. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B478: [ALPHA TEST] "Reign of the Onyx King" presented by Jimmy Ellerth. Become a legendary Hero in this multiplayer card game. No collecting. No deck building. Just play. Reign of the Onyx King is the first expansion for Hero: Tales of the Tomes where one player will become the fearsome Onyx King and battle as a boss-style Hero against the other players. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B479: [BETA TEST] "Reservoir Cats" by FoxMind Toys & Games; presented by Andy Geremia. Assemble your heist team and work together to off you opponents through voting. Earn the most gems my correctly predicting who'll survive the heist, and who doesn't make it out alive. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B480: [BETA TEST] "Risky Rockets" by Vanishing City Games; presented by John Dermody. A fast moving card game where players are trying to launch rockets, hopefully with a payload, and acquire prestige points by doing so. Players will need to match up capsules, payloads, rockets and crews to successfully place things like satellites, space stations, weapon platforms and various solar missions. The bigger the launch vehicle the more points but also more prone to explode on the pad. The games incorporates hand management, take that and risk mitigation mechanics. Have to wits to be a steely-eyed rocketeer? We will see. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B481: [BETA TEST] "Rule the Stars" by Eat Tasty Games; presented by Jay Vowles. A roll-and-write game about connecting stars by tracing lines and curves. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B482: [BETA TEST] "Sharknado: The Board Game!" by Devious Devices, LLC; presented by Anthony Rando. The officially-licensed tabletop game of the cult-hit franchise, Sharknado: The Board Game! is a cooperative, scenario-based game. Players assume the roles of brave citizens of a coastal city, working together to battle hordes of man-eating sharks as they attempt to thwart the ultimate weather phenomenon! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 3 seats left.

B483: [ALPHA TEST] "Sloop" by University XP; presented by Dave Eng. Historical recreation of the 18th Hudson River Sailing Ship (sloop) as a pickup and deliver hand management game. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B484: [BETA TEST] "Symposium" presented by Dan Cassar. A game about competing scientific theories. This medium weight, traditional-feel card game casts players as patrons of the sciences in the early days of the Age of Reason. The patrons seek to back the right theory at the right time. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B485: [BETA TEST] "Top Reporter! Animal Rescue" by Blood & Fire Gaming; presented by Dean Bedford, Timothy ODonnell. A card game in which you play a Reporter competing with others to break the most stories. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B486: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B487: [BETA TEST] "Tourbus Israel" by Kind Fortress; presented by Isaac Shalev. Israel: A land of history and mystery, of ancient visions and modern ideas. Your job? To show a bus full of eager tourists the trip of a lifetime. In Tourbus Israel you'll plan a 7-day whirlwind adventure through this storied land, visiting its holy sites, beautiful beaches, haunting deserts and hippest nightclubs. Israel is a land of imagination, and you'll have to plan and play your cards just right to satisfy the desires of your customers. A card-based medium-strategy game. The core mechanism is that you can't rearrange cards in your hand, but each card can be used in multiple ways to travel, visit tourist sites, and enrich your experience. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B488: [BETA TEST] "Vanish (Ninja Deathmatch Edition)" presented by Joe Boyden. "You sunk my Ninja!"... Zombicide meets Battleship... but with Ninjas. Miniature tactical fighting combined with the hide & seek psychology of Battleship... this card-driven (no dice!), hexagonal boardgame that lets you "vanish" from the battlefield in a cloud of smoke. Reveal your opponents to strike lethal blows, near (katana) or far (shuriken). Track your Ninja's actions with a simple, strategic note sheet (e.g. Clue). Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B489: [BETA TEST] "VS: ABOTcalypse" presented by Josh Hester. The epic robot battle game for global whatever. On a distant, forgotten world, war rages between robotic factions, locked in an escalating struggle for complete domination. You are a towering Omegabot. Control your horde of bots and unleash destruction upon your enemies. Victory is achieved by building and customizing a formidable force or destroying your opponents. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B490: [BETA TEST] "Wheelbarrow Race" by Elwood's Games; presented by Sue Ann Derkach. In this family-friendly yet competitive board game, individuals or teams race to collect a complete sets of objects in their wheelbarrows and be the first to make it to the shed. But beware of groundhog holes! When you hit one, draw a card – it can help or hurt you, or help you to help or hurt another. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B491: [BETA TEST] "Zero Day War" by Lost Cog Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Players take the role of hackers from four different planets intent on taking advantage of the Sysnet security malfunction and stealing every file they can before the security protocols re-engage! Use your best exploits to acquire files and cause havoc for the other Hackers in the SysNet. Zero Day War sports a unique countdown mechanic that is used to activate all exploits simultaneously at the end of each Cycle. The Hacker with the most points wins! The system is yours for the taking... The Zero Day War has begun. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] L492: [ALPHA TEST] "Arksong" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock, Nicolas Hornyak. A scifi space adventure LARP setting following the growth of humanity out among the stars. Cultures have developed and evolved out of the former cultures of Earth, forming new groups out of the ashes of the old. This playtest is set to look at the cultural development of the setting material of Arksong to get ideas about its level of inclusivity, cultural sensitivity, and range of diversity in the already existing materials, as well as get suggestions for what might be done to make the game more inclusive going forward. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

L493: [BETA TEST] "I Came Here To Be Heard" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Chad Wolf. The town of West Shore, Illinois is landlocked. Its name was changed from Prospect Hill in order to attract summer tourists in the 1910s. Its name was Prospect Hill to cash in on 19th century gold rushes. No gold has ever been found in the town. No one alive could tell you the name before that. It is a small town of around 1,000 people. It is diverse both racially and socioeconomically. More importantly, it has biweekly municipal meetings where the mayor and/or council discusses proposed legislation and issues. Without fail, the more colorful members of the community show up to have their voices heard. This is a game about one such meeting. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] L494: [BETA TEST] "Little Town" presented by Alex Roberts, Shawn Roske. Create a storybook land where tiny animal friends make a happy life together in their little town. We will play out a very special day in the town: The day before The Festival of Light. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

L495: [ALPHA TEST] "Royals Anonymous" presented by Ezekiel McGee. A light-hearted freeform LARP where players can portray their favorite nobles from history and fiction-at a self-help group. Players will get to create mantras, participate in visualization exercises, and spend a lot of time griping about how hard it is to be the one in charge. This is the first playthrough of the game. Participants are asked to give feedback on the basic structure of the game. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 11 seats left.

[FILLED] L496: [ALPHA TEST] "School For Future Villains" presented by Anne Ratchat, Shayna Cook. No one quite knows when this school started or what purpose it serves. But as a student with unconventional dreams, you think you have found a place you can truly push your own potential. At this trans-dimensional school, you can hone your magic, science, or horrifying presence. Inspired by comic books, trope-y fantasy, and Bollywood, among many other things. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

L497: [ALPHA TEST] "The Abortionists" presented by Melissa Cohen. Chicago, 1972. A group of feminist activists perform illegal abortions in order to empower women. They risk imprisonment to offer abortions to low-income people, and in the process discover new things about their own power as women. Based on a true story, this LARP is a slow drama about women who experience positive personal transformation through living their politics. Play consists of tightly framed scenes called by the facilitator. We are hoping to test metatechniques for offering counseling, performing abortion, and being oppressed. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

L498: [BETA TEST] "The Emperor's Orchard" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk. "They called the orchard I served in "The Emperor's Harem" -- and we were, in a sense." The Emperor's Orchard is an American freeform LARP. Play over five scenes, and wrestle with frustation, control, and revolution. Players may take on the roles of the Emperor, the Empress, their nobles, or the sentient trees living in the Emperor's orchard. Content warning for objectification and possible consensual touching. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 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.

B517: [BETA TEST] "Pinball Showdown: Wizard Mode" by Shoot Again Games; presented by Diane Sauer, Nick Sauer. Experience pinball from the pinball's point of view. Score playfield devices, collide with other pinballs and score those sweet combos for bonuses. It's not as easy as it looks! Expansion for Pinball Showdown that adds a fifth player, some new devices, combos and new types of wizard modes. Familiarity with Pinball Showdown preferred, but not necessary. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 5 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.

[FILLED] B524: [BETA TEST] "Arcova" presented by Jessie Yaternick. A massive fantasy RPG board game with multiple rules sets dependant on the number of players. Includes; resource building, battling other players, map travel. To win, you must amass an army of loyal retainers, weapons, armor, and magical spells to defend yourself and seize power from other warlords. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B525: [BETA TEST] "Bonsai" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Suzanne Zinsli, Christopher Zinsli. Grow the best bonsai tree in this pleasant strategic game. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B526: [BETA TEST] "BuildIt" by Paw-Warrior Games; presented by Ben Krieger, Josh Paugh. The real estate market is hot, and it has come time to develop more properties, but supplies these days are hard to come buy. At auction you will try to out bid your opponents on building materials. Make your opponents pay a lot for materials they need and try and get your materials for cheap. It is a race to get your materials and build your buildings first! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B527: [BETA TEST] "Clear the Decks! Expansion" by Crispy Games Company; presented by Christopher Pinyan. A cooperative naval warfare card game set in the age of sail. Players each command three sizes of cannons and use different ammunition types as well as tactics, officers and marines to destroy different sections of the enemy ship while trying to protect their own cannons. Players share resources and are encouraged to discuss strategy for the benefit of the team. This game funded on Kickstarter and we are now testing bonus cards as well as expansion cards. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 8 seats left.

B528: [BETA TEST] "ControVersus" presented by Daniel O'Hanlon. This card game for a divisive era is an Apples-to-Apples(TM) style game that promotes understanding of and stimulates discussion on U.S. political issues among students, colleagues, families, and friends without forcing players to reveal their own political positions. ControVersus aims to improve discourse by helping people talk about politics in a context that is not a reaction to current events or a debate about one's own opinions. ControVersus aims to promote understanding of U.S. political concepts and opinions across the spectrum. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

B529: [BETA TEST] "Creatures of the Night" by CATTHULHU.com; presented by Joel Sparks. In this asymmetric game of supernatural strife, up to five players pursue their dark goals on the streets of the city. Old vampires, young vampunks, berserk werewolves, ghost gangs, and the undying Returned fight their way toward different victory conditions as the clock counts down to the Vampire Election. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B530: [ALPHA TEST] "Delvers of the Forgotten Forest" by Unpossible Game Labs; presented by Orion McClelland. A medium weight dice as worker placement game. You will be playing an operator, directing your workers (called delvers) into the forgotten forest in order to retrieve lost artifacts and ancient knowledge. The deeper into the forest you go, the more you will be exposed to the corruptions of the forest, and the harder it will be to retrieve your delvers. Fallen delvers will have their names placed on the hall of heroes, earning glory and bonuses for the operator's team. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B531: [ALPHA TEST] "Exocosm" by World War Kaan; presented by Kaan Emirler. A competitive universe-building and domination game where the players take on the roles of gods who deploy their planet sized Hunter Killer avatars and their demi-god champions known as the Unbeholden to build black holes, nebulae, and planets that give them the powers they require to fight the final duel to become the sole ruler of their universe. We'll be alpha testing the Setup, X Drive, dice, and resource management mechanics of the game engine. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B532: [BETA TEST] "Fiction Impossible" by Spare the Rod Games; presented by Rod Currie. The Cosmic Librarian is dead! All literature is in upheaval! Characters are popping in and out of books! As one of the late librarian's assistants, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help some of fiction's greatest characters get back home to their proper books. Do the best job and you may be the next Cosmic Librarian. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B533: [BETA TEST] "High Rise" by Formal Ferret Games; presented by Gil Hova. The sky's the limit in the newest Formal Ferret Game! You and your opponents are constructing tall buildings in a city where there's only a tiny amount of corruption ever. The city is full of tenants who will give you special powers when you meet them or house them in buildings. It's up to you to manage time and synergies as you compete to build the tallest buildings in each neighborhood. You may need to take a bit of corruption here and there to grease the city's wheels, but a little bit won't hurt, right? This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

B534: [BETA TEST] "Hobo Game" by Elwood's Games; presented by Sue Ann Derkach. This is a combo card/board game, in which players try to be the first Hobo to quit riding the rails and settle down in a house. The game uses actual glyphs that were/are part of the hobo pictorial language. Collect sets of glyphs to improve your score. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B535: [BETA TEST] "Life Siphon" by Lay Waste Games; presented by Jake Given. A strategy combat game where the only resource is your own life. Summon familiars to fight for you, cast spells to get an edge, and regenerate as much life as you can manage. Defend from the player to your right to live; defeat the opponent to your left to claim victory! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B536: [ALPHA TEST] "Mill City" presented by Eric Alvarado. It is the 1880's. Minneapolis, Minnesota is ideally situated along the Mississippi River near the powerful Saint Anthony Falls, and is in close proximity to the wheat fields of the Northern Plains. The combination of these two features propels the city in flour production and earns it the moniker of "Mill City". In Mill City, players each represent a milling company and are responsible for producing flour and shipping it via boxcars to distribution centers. After milling is completed, the flour is loaded into boxcars and shipped to distribution centers in the Midwest. The player who can successfully balance milling and shipping based on the available waterpower and shipping capacity, and invest in the rising distribution companies will be victorious. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B537: [BETA TEST] "Multinational" by Multinational Games LLC; presented by Jason Costa. Oil, steel, construction, transportation: take control of an industrial behemoth that spans industries and continents. Decide what businesses to acquire, what to produce, and where to ship it, but above all, be nimble. Got a freighter mid-Pacific when new tarifs go into effect? Maybe aggressive marketing can save you. Profit margins getting squeezed by rising wages? Try moving production. Is Shanghai real estate crashing right after you built your megatower? That's a tough one. You'll have to figure it out as you build your tableau of businesses and move resources around the board to become the world's dominant Multinational. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B538: [BETA TEST] "Quest for the Holy Grail" by FoxMind Toys & Games; presented by Andy Geremia. Defeat your foes as you move around the board, in a race to reach the Holy Grail. As you defeat each foe, gain special abilities to help you strategize your way to the Holy Grail. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B539: [BETA TEST] "Scare Dare" presented by David Gobiel. A last-player-standing, tile-placement, press-your-luck game. Players take the role of different kids entering a haunted house in an attempt to see who can last the longest. While exploring the house, players will attempt to scare out other players using tricks, traps, and other cards they find in the house. However, the house is full of creatures, ghosts, and other things that players must be wary of. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B540: [BETA TEST] "Scavenger Hero" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Andy Brookshier. You are a new breed of reality star. Participants are thrown into an abandoned ruin and must navigate waypoints while scavenging to find useful items to help you attack the others (or defend against attacks from them) all while being filmed for the public airways. Game play combines individual customizable card decks for each player and a common playing board for all to share. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B541: [BETA TEST] "Sculpture Garden" presented by Tim Armstrong. You are an artist building your own sculpture garden. In this light strategy game, use overlapping card tiles to build the grounds of your garden, then place sculpture minis in the right place to create the best spectacle. Race against other players to win various awards first, but don't leave too many fans separated from their favorite sculpture. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B542: [BETA TEST] "Seasons Beatings" by Viewbird Games; presented by Allen Bradbury. A card head to head fighting game that is designed to emulate a conflict between two deadly individuals within the Violent Human universe. Each deck contains roughly thirty cards that represents a single character. Your in control of a seasoned fighter, who's aim is to make it into one of the most popular yearly tournaments: The Seasons Beatings. Before you can enter the tournament, you must qualify. The Gaia Invitational is held to scout out the finest of fighters. Many come to test their might, but are you the one who will claim victory? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 4 seats left.

B543: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Station" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. A cooperative game of sci-fi, action-adventure, and exploration, that is a highly detailed and unique sequel to Secrets of the Lost Tomb, set thousands of years into the future! With a new profoundly developed story and a thematic universe, extending the lore of the Secrets of the Lost Epic Saga, Secrets of the Lost Station will stand on its own, as a new Core Game, while also allowing players to expand upon the original Tomb-Crawling core game, now in space. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B544: [BETA TEST] "Set a Watch (Expansion)" presented by Todd Walsh. Fight for the light before the evil Unhallowed consume our world in darkness in this cooperative puzzle adventure game. Testing possible new characters. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B545: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Strike Ninja Combat Game" by Pure Fun Games; presented by James Muckell. A family style strategy combat game where you take control of a small group of ninja warriors; trying to be the last ninjas standing on the map. Shadow Strike mainly focuses on movement tactics on a hexagon board, as well as dice rolling and "take that" card play You will fight using your inventory, consisting of Shuriken, Smoke Bombs, and...Candy Bars. Throughout the game you will gain access to better equipment for you ninjas, such as Swords and Grappling Hooks. You will also earn precious action cards that will really screw over your enemies. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B546: [BETA TEST] "Sharknado: The Board Game!" by Devious Devices, LLC; presented by Anthony Rando. The officially-licensed tabletop game of the cult-hit franchise, Sharknado: The Board Game! is a cooperative, scenario-based game. Players assume the roles of brave citizens of a coastal city, working together to battle hordes of man-eating sharks as they attempt to thwart the ultimate weather phenomenon! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B547: [BETA TEST] "Splitsville" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. A quick, fun game about servng ice cream. The more scoops, the better, but there's only so much to give out, share and you'll be giving out even less. Risk taking from the largest tubs of ice cream, or can you play it safe by making more from less. Even then, can you avoid splitsville? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B548: [BETA TEST] "Super Frenemies" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. YOU are a superhero. Destiny has brought you to the city of Urbania to protect the innocent, right the wrongs, and defend justice… better than everyone else. During each round of action, you'll try to build your identity by drafting a superheroic card and then it's off to fight some bad guys. Work together to defeat evil, but make sure you get the glory! After all, there's only room for one best superhero in Urbania. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B549: [BETA TEST] "Symposium" presented by Dan Cassar. A game about competing scientific theories. This medium weight, traditional-feel card game casts players as patrons of the sciences in the early days of the Age of Reason. The patrons seek to back the right theory at the right time. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B550: [ALPHA TEST] "The Goods and the Bads" by KinSoul Studio; presented by Jordan Mathews. In this game of cunning and strategy, The Management designs and builds a Bank, Art Museum, or Casino that will wow the public, but must keep out The Infiltrators who are looking to score big on their goods! While The Management works to keep their customers happy, a SPY lurks among them, aided by a hacker in his nearby van! Do you have what it takes to steal from the upper crust, or will you outwit the thieves with your lasers, cameras, and deduction? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B551: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 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] B553: [BETA TEST] "Witches' Sabbath" by Noirtoony Games; presented by Thomas O'Halloren. A token take on tactical combat, Witches' Sabbath is a 2 Player card-and-token skirmish game in which Players form a coven of three Witches and one Familiar to go head-to-head in the skirmish swamp- hurling brooms, spells, and unique abilities. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B554: [BETA TEST] "Zombie Deck Builder" presented by Travis Magrum, Jonathan Gilmour, Ian Moss. A cooperative game designed for people new to deck building games. Players take on the roles of survivors as they search for resources and fight the ever-present zombie threat . Can you make it through the city alive? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED] There are 2 seats left.

L555: [BETA TEST] "A Lion in Mississauga" presented by Alex Rowland. Players embody actors cast in their first, big, career making roles. They arrive at the show's first rehearsal only to discover that there have been some setbacks in production and that they may be in for more work than they expected. The game is a rules-light absurdist freeform LARP where characters are forced to put on an equally absurdist play for the sake of their careers. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 3 seats left.

L556: [BETA TEST] "Backspin Orbit Invitational" by Event Horizon LLC; presented by Quinn Milton. It's the greatest spaceship race in the galaxy, and the racing crews have one last night to get their heads in the game. What they don't know is that their ships have a mind of their own. This is a freeform collaborative larp set in the Event Horizon universe (sci-fi) and no prior knowledge or prep is needed. Over the course of the game you will strive to improve the morale and teamwork of your race crew, have private moments with your ship, and play a GM'd hack of Kerplunk to tell the story of the race! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 24 seats left.

L557: [BETA TEST] "Be Your Best Keanu" presented by Elizabeth Stong. A party LARP about Keanu trying directing, with cast and crew of all Keanu/Keanu characters. Right? Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 18 seats left.

L558: [BETA TEST] "Duetta: Liberating the City" presented by Randy Lubin. Players act as members of a secret society with the goal of liberating a fantasy city-state from a tyrannical government. Play includes society meetings where players regroup, share updates, and plan missions, in character. This alternates with rapid resolution rounds where players pair up and figure out which missions succeed or fail, out of character. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

L559: [FOCUS GROUP] "Forgotten Forest" presented by Meghan Dornbrock. An interactive role playing game for children that guides and supports their imaginative play. Inspired by "Tales of the Crystals" this game will present re-playable audio narratives that encourage young players to transform their environment, perform tasks, and cooperate to progress the stories. It's a fantasy LARP-in-a-box for kids! Parents and children encouraged to participate. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

L560: [BETA TEST] "Gather: Children of the Evertree" by Cavalry Games; presented by Stephen Dewey. A hybrid LARP/tabletop game inspired thematically by worldbuilding games such as The Quiet Year and Microscope. Gather is an immersive worldbuilding freeform LARP-style game. Mechanics involve improvising answers to question prompts without the assistance of other players, so improvisational skills are a plus. Content Warning: Players are required to say differing words in unison with each other while also listening to the other players, which may generate additional difficulties for players who have hearing, speech, or sensory overload difficulties. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] L561: [ALPHA TEST] "Swap Meet" presented by Ashleigh La Porta. A parlor LARP about a group of androids who meet to trade body parts and, in doing so, find themselves. Themes of the game include transhumanism, gender/body dysphoria, and how we look for ourselves in the examples we see around us. Players will need to read character sheets, speak, listen, and tie strips of cloth around themselves. For each test, we will discuss the characters and their motivations, workshop the "swap" mechanic, and play an abbreviated version of the LARP. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 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!***

B588: [BETA TEST] "Arena Champions" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Randy Keenan. Twenty years have passed, and it is again time for the Choosing. The four realms gather for 3 days of deadly battles - each bringing their prized Champions. The crowd screams for blood, and gamblers pace nervously. Massive iron doors swing open, and combatants enter to discover their fate. They charge forward with fevered resolve. Until the first blow lands, they are all – Arena Champions! Players draft a hand for use in combat and position their Champions for each battle, managing their cards and their gold. Morale, the currency heaped upon the victorious and denied to others, determines the ultimate winner. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B589: [BETA TEST] "Chronicle of Kings" by Pendelhaven; presented by Andrew Valkauskas. Set during the Viking age (700-1000) in the Fate of the Norns universe. Players take on a dynasty of Viking rulers who wish to be immortalized in legend. Victory is achieved by being the bloodline with the most renown, and the game rewards players for memorable play. There are many ways to achieve renown, allowing players to pursue different paths to victory. Every turn the players perform many actions, which include: quests, military conquests, trade/raid, diplomatic intrigue, etc. Each turn spans several years, meaning that the bloodline will need to plan for marriage and children. Mechanics are designed to tell a vivid and memorable story. Saturday, 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

B590: [ALPHA TEST] "Core Crisis" by Encoded Designs; presented by Robert Everson. The computer core at an experimental facility is malfunctioning, threatening to destroy the entire complex. Players must rescue the employees and then try to prevent the destruction of the facility. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B591: [ALPHA TEST] "Corkboard" by Ben Games; presented by Ben Daniszewski. A solitaire card game of manipulation and murder. Play as an organization of vampires determined to take over the city by any means necessary. Use cunning and careful card play to slowly grow in power. Be cautious though, because the greater your power grows, the faster you increase in notoriety. Allow your notoriety to grow too high and those of higher standing will quickly come and put an end to your ascent. Will you be the power people speak of with hushed tones, or will your network be undone by a single gang of meddling youths? Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B592: [BETA TEST] "Cry Monster!" by Shoot Again Games; presented by Diane Sauer, Nick Sauer. You and your monster friends are worried as the villagers have finally had enough of all of your shenanigans and are hunting you all down one by one. It's every monster for themselves in this game of deduction, deception and survival. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B593: [BETA TEST] "Deities Domination" by Muffin Games LLC; presented by Fedja Buz. You play as a God looking to lead your tribe to dominate the earth. In this unique Catan meets deck building style game, you expand your tribe, explore unique terrains and battle monsters all in the name of your God. Choose to be benevolent or malevolent to your tribe or to that of others and balance your own powers against your tribe as you race against the other Gods in your quest for dominance. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B594: [BETA TEST] "Doggerland" presented by Charlie Hoopes. 9000 years ago in post-Ice Age Europe, Stone Age hunter-gatherers wandered the marshy plains of Doggerland, a land bridge that connected Britain to the rest of Europe. As warmer global temperatures melted the ice sheets, sea levels rose, reducing the land bridge of to a series of islands, before completely submerging Doggerland under the North Sea. Players take turns laying rectangular tiles with 5 different terrain types to build Doggerland. Every player has different scoring objectives for how Doggerland should look. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B595: [BETA TEST] "FlipTales" presented by Ryan Mather. A party game for creative people. Each person plays a character in a story. Each scene, you come up with silly responses to a prompt. Set up a retired cobbler on a date, capture a genie to help an up-and-coming archaeologist, or steal gold from a corrupt king in this game's stories, each taking less than an hour to complete. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B596: [ALPHA TEST] "Graffiti Knights" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. In this near future urban themed card game, you will control a crew of graffiti knights. Each day you will take actions to prep for or disrupt activities at locations around the city. Each night you will send out a crew to attempt to tag a spot. Other crews and police patrols can spoil your plans as you try to get as many locations as possible and eliminate the competition. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B597: [ALPHA TEST] "Hero" by Dave Beever Designs; presented by David Beever, Tam Myaing. Travel the land to build an army and learn powerful techniques to help you on your way! Clash with other heroes in furious Kung Fu fights! Defeat evil warlords and make their land your own! Stamp out all opposition! Wait. Are you really the bad guy? In Hero you walk the fine line between liberator and conqueror. How will your tale be told? Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B598: [ALPHA TEST] "Heroes from Knoware" presented by Anthony Fiumano. Players find themselves in a magical dungeon where they must overcome many different types of challenges such as defeating Monsters, avoiding Obstacles, interacting with a Magical Objects. To complete these challenges you will need to use your Strength, Dexterity, and Magic Knowledge which are represented by different colored Dice. The game features Skill Trees, an equipment deck and spells. There is an optional element of backstabbing or helping your opponents. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B599: [BETA TEST] "High Rise" by Formal Ferret Games; presented by Gil Hova. The sky's the limit in the newest Formal Ferret Game! You and your opponents are constructing tall buildings in a city where there's only a tiny amount of corruption ever. The city is full of tenants who will give you special powers when you meet them or house them in buildings. It's up to you to manage time and synergies as you compete to build the tallest buildings in each neighborhood. You may need to take a bit of corruption here and there to grease the city's wheels, but a little bit won't hurt, right? Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

B600: [BETA TEST] "Lemons to Lemonade for Kids" by CAC Group; presented by Carroll Cradock. Based on the popular saying about making Lemonade from Lemons, this is a fast moving team game where within one minute players identify and, call out unexpected good, fun things that result from awful events - some of them outrageous events. The bar for success is raised with every round, creating intense competition from Start to the end at Round 8. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, Recommended for Young Players (and their families). This is a HI-TEST session. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B601: [BETA TEST] "Operation: Coalition" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Jennifer Gutterman. It's 1915. World War I has started. But the greatest threat to the world is not mustard gas and blockades, but Giant Monsters from another Dimension. Assemble your crew of WWI unsung heroes to fix up your Mechs, power them with alien technology, and save the world from the real danger. A cooperative board game using dice placement, and 3D mech combat. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B602: [BETA TEST] CANCELED BY DESIGNER. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B603: [BETA TEST] "Pitch" presented by Samantha Anderson. A card game that requires you to pitch a movie to an executive producer, using popular tropes within film genres. Players receive one card from each category for your pitch: Character, Villain, Item, Setting, and Cliche. Depending on your budget (card), you may only be able to use a few of your cards to help your creativity shine through. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B604: [BETA TEST] "Pluck Off!" by OtterLabs LLC; presented by Emily Escovar. In this card game parody of city life, pigeons rule the roost and players win by helping them find nestmates (because the rent is too plucking high). You must use a combination of memory, strategic pluckery, poker face and pluck of the draw to dupe other players into giving up their hard-earned pigeon cards. And just when you think you've won it all, an Urban Vermin action card could pluck-up your game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B605: [ALPHA TEST] "Quidditch" by University XP; presented by Dave Eng. Accurately re-creates the game Quidditch from Harry Potter as a deck building area control game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B606: [ALPHA TEST] "Red Rising Proto" by Unpossible Game Labs; presented by Orion McClelland. A mid to heavy weight tableau building game with area control elements, inspired by Jamey Stegmaier's red rising video (no direct affiliation with Jamey Stegmaier or the Red Rising properties). In this game, you play a powerful socialite manipulating a society on the verge of collapse for your own personal gain. Players will draft a selection of agents which they will arrange into an execution tableau. Players will direct their agents to collect resources, gain influence, control area, and influence powerful people in the world. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B607: [BETA TEST] "Roll of a Lifetime" by Eric Meyers, Kevin Bullen; presented by Eric Meyers. Players live out their dreams of silver screen stardom by auditioning against rival actors, filling a tight filming schedule, and making the kind of career choices that can make or break an actor's legacy. As your filmography grows, will you become a versatile, award-winning superstar, or a typecast genre actor with a cult following? True to theme, the game features tons of difficult strategic choices around a modified dice rolling system for the actual auditions - since while smart decisions win out in the long run, you never know when a seasoned professional will bomb an audition, or when a young unknown will book their breakout role. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B608: [BETA TEST] "Shen Wu" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold, Matthew Migliorisi. You are a Shen Wu, master of the Wu Xing - the 5 elements. Dating back thousands of years, the 5 element theory describes how all the forces in the cosmos interact, building upon one another, and destroying each other. Harness these forces to cast elemental spells at your opponents in this fast paced card game. Deflect spells at your opponents, master the forces of Yin and Yang, embody the power of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac, and be the first to reach the center of the board and claim victory! Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B609: [BETA TEST] "Siege" by Aggressively Playable Games; presented by Noah Anderson, Drew Schapow. Work with your allies to stop the march of the cards. Beware: your collective resources will weaken over time, and the deck is relentlessly alive. Siege is a colorful, cooperative game for players who love a tense, difficult challenge. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 7 seats left.

[FILLED] B610: [BETA TEST] "Spaced!" by Gate Greeter Games; presented by Nicholas Greder. "Star Trek meets Pandemic" in a cooperative deep space strategy game. Guide your spaceship through a perilous asteroid field while finding the right balance between building upgrades, repairing damage, and pushing the ship forward. Be careful, for the next rock could tear the ship apart, or an unexpected malfunction could open the door and vent the crew. Tough choices and harsh events determine the fate of the crew in this sci-fi trope-filled journey through the stars. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B611: [ALPHA TEST] "Stockyards" presented by Eric Alvarado. Players acquire cattle, hogs, and/or sheep from a livestock auction for their respective stockyard. As stockyards fill, opportunities present themselves to fulfill contracts to earn profits that are split between the contracting player and the stockyard. Stockyards fuses the "high-card" mechanism from a traditional trick-taking games along with contracts found in an economical game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B612: [BETA TEST] "Tank Robbers" by Cardboard Fortress Games; presented by Anthony Amato, Nicole Amato. Play as a rogue Tank crew in the last days of the war, hellbent on fame, fortune, and the ill-gotten loot hidden away in the city of Bankensberg. Use a light programming system of cards to move, heal, and blow up other tanks. Maneuver through buildings for cover, or just crush them under treads to find hidden power-ups! Blast your enemies and steal their gold as you race to the be the first to gain victory in this light tabletop combat game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B613: [BETA TEST] "The Dungeon Dome Card Game" presented by James D'Amato. A fast paced battling game that combines the magic of fantasy with the attitude of Pro-Wrestling. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B614: [BETA TEST] "The Few and Cursed" by Rock Manor Games; presented by Mike Gnade. A deckbuilding adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic earth where most of the water on the planet has been gone for seventy years. Without water, civilization just halted any progress and stayed pretty much the same...with the exception of the monsters, magic and curses that showed up. In the game, players take on the role of a curse-chasing bounty hunter looking to make a name for themselves. Players traverse the desert of the Pacific Ocean as they improvise and acquire new cards for their deck on their quest for the biggest bounties. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B615: [BETA TEST] "The Uninvited" presented by Jessie Yaternick. Social deduction meets traditional card games. Players are a crew on a spaceship far off in space. You've been attacked by an unknown entity and your team needs to fix your ship before it all blows up. The only problem is that one of you is now a host for an unwanted guest who's going to sabotage your efforts. Fix your ship and stop the uninvited before it's too late. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 7 seats left.

B616: [BETA TEST] "Thieves Honor" by Magic Circle Games; presented by Robert Booth. A card game where players are members of a criminal gang who just pulled off a major diamond heist but need to hide from the law until they can escape town. Only problem, can you trust your fellow gang members? (Probably not!) During the game you are trying to get rid of evidence that the police have against you and (probably) implicating others so that they get more evidence held against them. The first player(s) to get zero evidence at the end of a round wins the game. Game mechanics include hidden action selection, simultaneous action, and "take that". Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B617: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B618: [BETA TEST] "Z4X" presented by Zintis May-Krumins. Take the reigns of a fledgling space empire as you explore the galaxy in this sprawling 4X game. Explore local systems, spread your empire, gather your forces, settle inhospitable planets, research groudbreaking technologies, engage in galactic politics, and become the most formidable empire! This is a euro-influenced 4X game. It features dice combat, modular board, multi-use cards, area control, bidding, voting, objective fulfillment, and hand management. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] L619: [ALPHA TEST] "Alchemy LARP" presented by Anne Ratchat. This system is currently in early stages of development in order to run Alchemy LARPs in the future. Combining card puzzles, minimal GM-ed play, and social nuance, the goal is to allow players with little to no familiarity with the subject of alchemy to explore a new world and hopefully learn a bit in the process. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

L620: [ALPHA TEST] "Fate Lives" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock. A new LARP system based on the Fate Tabletop RPG system designed by Phoenix Outlaw Productions. Tested for years during the Dresden Files Empire State Chronicles, Phoenix Outlaw is taking the rewritten rules out for a spin to prepare for upcoming events. Be a part of shaping this new LARP system in progress. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] L621: [ALPHA TEST] "The Dreamer Who Dreamt The World" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Chad Wolf. Based on The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin, this is a game about a person whose dreams can alter the very fabric of reality and the cabal of doctors who wish to exploit them. Play revolves around a series of "treatment" sessions in which the doctors try to use the Dreamer's powers to reshape the world, but the doctor's plans are hindered as the subconscious mind reinterprets their commands into dreams. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

L622: The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 10 seats left.

[FILLED] L623: [ALPHA TEST] "Umbra" presented by Moyra Turkington, Bronwyn Friesen. This LARP is restricted to Female and Non-Binary players only. Umbra is a queer femme werewolf game with an emphasis on nonverbal communication, community intimacy, touch and expression. It is in early Alpha, so do not expect a full play experience. Content Warning: This game involves essential oils, please do not sign up if you are scent sensitive or adverse to physical contact. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats 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.

B648: [ALPHA TEST] "(S)word in the Stone" by Legendsmiths; presented by Ryan O'Grady. Be the first to draw the fabled S-word in the stone and become the rightful ruler of Wordelot! A light-hearted competitive word-making game with quests, power-ups, and monsters. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B649: [BETA TEST] "4X Ship Builder" by Ironmark Games; presented by Mike Sette. This is a light euro. In the game, players take on the roles of contractors that are hired to design and build space ships for an ever expanding empire. The empire is hell-bent on exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination. But you aren't. You just want to make that sweet sweet space-money. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B650: [BETA TEST] "Assemble the Titan" by Harder Than A Duck; presented by Mike Kaminky. Cooperative dice and card game. Each player controls a branch of Rebels fighting against the invading Enemy Factions and Aliens. Your Primary Mission is to find the lost parts of the Titan. A powerful, ancient weapon that will help you take back our home planet. Use your Agents (dice) on missions to recruit more agents, gather resources (cards), and run raids on the enemy. Each Enemy Faction has an AI deck that will target the players and make it difficult. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B651: [ALPHA TEST] "Baked" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather Wilson. Build your deck to bake your cake! Customers have specific requests, are you baker enough to feed them? In this deck building game you will bake all kinds of delicious desserts using the actual ratios that bakers use. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

B652: [BETA TEST] "Beartenders" presented by Paul Doust. In this engine-building game, your objective is to provide the best quality and quantity service to your bear-y needy customers. Players take turns collecting resources, serving customers and gaining proficiency. The game uses a combination of resource management, worker placement and set collection, thereby rewarding players who are more efficient than the average bear. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B653: [ALPHA TEST] "BirdBombs" presented by Rosco Schock. A dexterity Roll'n'Write where players play as birds flying around from nest to nest. As they fly, they drop "bombs" (dice) on the unsuspecting people, house, cars, yard and walkway below. Players have a choice of using lots of little sparrow dice or using a smaller number of larger crow dice or a huge vulture die. Each kind of bird dice has a different effect when dropped. Players mark their hits on a scoresheet and get points and bonus actions for completing each area. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B654: [BETA TEST] "CardZ: The 'Burbs" by Mantis Design, Inc.; presented by Gerald Kielpinski. Press your luck in this fast paced zombie survival card game designed for fans looking for a Z-game that finally satisfies their appetite for bloody realism. Your goal is simple–clear the neighborhood & rescue trapped survivors along the way! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B655: [BETA TEST] "Conquest of the New World" presented by Larry Bogucki. Historical worker placement about conquering and settling colonies in the Caribbean in the mid 1600s. Players choose 2 of 7 different actions each turn to try to settle and develop colonies in the Caribbean. Player's can develop their colonies in a number of different ways, by building Towns, Forts and Farms, as well as a number of other upgrades. The game ends when one player controls 6 colonies and builds a capital city. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B656: [BETA TEST] "Continuum" presented by Joe Boyden. Unique abstract strategy game using sand timers with various times and movement rules on a hexagonal board. Each piece is flipped when moved, and cannot be moved again until its sand runs out; this also set the timer fro your opponent's turn. Capture the opponent's main piece (the "Traveler"), or their base to win the game! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B657: [BETA TEST] "Cykandros Archive: Galaxy at War" presented by Daniel Allardyce. Battle as a leader of one of five factions locked in bitter conflict in the Cykandros Galaxy. Using powerful military Assets, ingenious Research and impactful Events, players must protect their Shields and Leader while attempting to destroy their opponent's in this two-player strategy card game. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B658: [BETA TEST] "Date Night" by Black Suit Games; presented by PJ Parent. A couple's party game played in teams (couples) trying to navigate through headaches, social media drama, out of bed children, and other real life obstacles to arrive in the bed room first and complete date night before the other teams can. Watch out as the other couples can sabotage you to keep you from winning by killing your mood to delay you from getting it on while they attempt to be the first couple to get it on. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B659: [BETA TEST] "Equinox & Solstice" by Encoded Designs; presented by Robert Everson. A card game in which you try to score points by filling a tableau of cards while matching the current seasons and the transition between them. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B660: [BETA TEST] "Fight Royale" by Shadowsong Industries, Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek, Alf Fischer. Fight Royale is a strategic combat based press your luck dice game featuring 6 custom 6 sided dice and dice allocation. Players start with asymmetrical characters with abilities that can mitigate dice or effect the game for a cost each turn. Players then use the dice to maneuver and attack each other in an attempt to gain them enough Glory to win the game. The board is multi-tiered with different spaces offering different strategic advantages to add more depth of game play. Finally there is a card pool where players can enhance their fighters. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

B661: [BETA TEST] "Firebreak" presented by Charlie Hoopes. In this cooperative game, your rangers must work together to protect a park from an outbreak of wild fires. Save as many cabins, airports, lakes, and conservation areas as you can. Every turn the blazes spread whichever direction the wind is blowing. Can you contain the blazes before too much damage is done? This game has been signed for publication. This playtest session will be used to observe the effects of some modifications the publisher is considering, and to solicit your feedback on those modifications Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B662: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 11 seats left.

B663: [BETA TEST] "Gem Mania" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Players mine for gemstones, and accumulate wealth, in the first phase of the game. In the second phase, all non-claimed gems are auctioned. Player with the most valuable collection of gems wins. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B664: [BETA TEST] "Grind House" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. You receive an invitation from the mysterious man known as "The Host" to take part in a contest at the infamous "Grind House." The letter promises you the opportunity to play a game to win a reward greater than you could possibly imagine. You arrive at a decaying mansion on a hill along with five others as your well dressed host ushers you inside. He says in a deep, ominous voice. "The entertainment will be... to die for!" Behind you, the door slams shut and you and your fellow guests are trapped as the game begins! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B665: [BETA TEST] "Lemons to Lemonade" by CAC Group; presented by Carroll Cradock. Based on the popular saying about making Lemonade from Lemons, this is a fast moving team game where within one minute players identify and, call out unexpected good, fun things that result from awful events - some of them outrageous events. The bar for success is raised with every round, creating intense competition from Start to the end at Round 8. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 8 seats left.

B666: [BETA TEST] "Lycan" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Randy Keenan. You've been turned into a Werewolf against your will! The secret to undo this magic can be unlocked by visiting local townsfolk, completing daring quests, feeding on the unwary and defeating police forces, deadly Werewolf hunters and your opponents struggling to find their cure. The sacred moonstone can only heal one – will it be you? Lycan is a board game where players race from location to location attempting to fulfill their objectives while avoiding or conquering obstacles and dangerous enemies. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B667: [BETA TEST] "Multinational" by Multinational Games LLC; presented by Jason Costa. Oil, steel, construction, transportation: take control of an industrial behemoth that spans industries and continents. Decide what businesses to acquire, what to produce, and where to ship it, but above all, be nimble. Got a freighter mid-Pacific when new tarifs go into effect? Maybe aggressive marketing can save you. Profit margins getting squeezed by rising wages? Try moving production. Is Shanghai real estate crashing right after you built your megatower? That's a tough one. You'll have to figure it out as you build your tableau of businesses and move resources around the board to become the world's dominant Multinational. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B668: [BETA TEST] "Obelisk" presented by Max Swietnicki. Anthram: A world of wild and unpredictable magic, barely kept together by colossal structures called Obelisks. Engage in a head-to-head conflict with enemies to destroy their Obelisk and achieve supremacy in this strategic two player card game. Strategic play is emphasized by positioning cards on a grid and a resource system that minimizes randomness. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B669: [BETA TEST] "Order Up" by Cap & Beard; presented by Nicholas Favia, Tony Gadaleta, Michelle Wenz. A fast paced card and dice rolling game where you and your team will be putting together orders as they come in through your chaotic kitchen! Roll dice at different stations to prep and cook food to fulfill orders! Will your kitchen staff be fast enough to satisfy all those hungry customers? Come find out in Order Up! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B670: [BETA TEST] "Penguinscape" by Gold Dragon Games, LLC; presented by Kiva Fecteau. Every player is a penguin in this co-op game that somewhat simulates the harshness of Antarctica. You've just laid your egg and left it with your mate to care for. Now begins the dangerous journey to the water to fill up on food. Avalanches and slippery areas will push you down the slope, but you'll have to plan carefully to get through them on your way back. The leopard seal and orca await your arrival in the sea. And the Southern Giant Petrel races to find your rookery before you arrive with food for your chick. Can you make it back in time? Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B671: [BETA TEST] "Penny Dragons" by Coin Flip Games; presented by Robert Newton. A kind of co-op, very competitive game about tiny dragons working together to steal treasure from Tzuzu, the local "real" dragon. Players will build piles of treasure, try to outwit the AI dragon, and battle to claim the riches. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B672: [BETA TEST] "Pluck Off!" by OtterLabs LLC; presented by Emily Escovar. In this card game parody of city life, pigeons rule the roost and players win by helping them find nestmates (because the rent is too plucking high). You must use a combination of memory, strategic pluckery, poker face and pluck of the draw to dupe other players into giving up their hard-earned pigeon cards. And just when you think you've won it all, an Urban Vermin action card could pluck-up your game. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B673: [BETA TEST] "Plutocracy" presented by Christopher Anderson. Five factions battle for dominance of the galaxy. But you don't control any of them. You are an influencer using your connections to manipulate all of the factions to your own benefit. Invest in factions, send recruits around the galaxy, use your power to influence the outcome of wars, and try to be in power when the battles end. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B674: [BETA TEST] "Risky Rockets" by Vanishing City Games; presented by John Dermody. A fast moving card game where players are trying to launch rockets, hopefully with a payload, and acquire prestige points by doing so. Players will need to match up capsules, payloads, rockets and crews to successfully place things like satellites, space stations, weapon platforms and various solar missions. The bigger the launch vehicle the more points but also more prone to explode on the pad. The games incorporates hand management, take that and risk mitigation mechanics. Have to wits to be a steely-eyed rocketeer? We will see. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B675: [BETA TEST] "Salvage: Dimensional Collapse" presented by Nolan James. A tactical race to put your spaceship back together and escape an unstable space-time anomaly. Each Ship Part has a unique power, and combines with parts of the same shape or color to complete game-winning Full Sets. Only one ship will be able to escape, as the exiting ship will cause a Dimensional Collapse that will destroy all remaining matter in the anomaly. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B676: [BETA TEST] "Scavenger Hero" by Keenbrook Enterprises; presented by Andy Brookshier. You are a new breed of reality star. Participants are thrown into an abandoned ruin and must navigate waypoints while scavenging to find useful items to help you attack the others (or defend against attacks from them) all while being filmed for the public airways. Game play combines individual customizable card decks for each player and a common playing board for all to share. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

B677: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Strike Ninja Combat Game" by Pure Fun Games; presented by James Muckell. A family style strategy combat game where you take control of a small group of ninja warriors; trying to be the last ninjas standing on the map. Shadow Strike mainly focuses on movement tactics on a hexagon board, as well as dice rolling and "take that" card play You will fight using your inventory, consisting of Shuriken, Smoke Bombs, and...Candy Bars. Throughout the game you will gain access to better equipment for you ninjas, such as Swords and Grappling Hooks. You will also earn precious action cards that will really screw over your enemies. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 5 seats left.

B678: [ALPHA TEST] "Suit Breach" presented by Eric Slauson. Suit Breach is a 2 player, real time horror hidden movement game where one player is an astronaut who has discovered that an alien life form has made its way through a breach in their suit, and the other player is that alien organism that is trying to find its way into the astronaut's mouth. The astronaut will be trying to feel around his body to locate the creature in order to stab it, and the creature is trying to either stay hidden long enough for the astronaut to pass out from a lack of oxygen (air is constantly escaping through the suit breach) or make its way to the astronaut's mouth. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B679: [BETA TEST] "Symposium" presented by Dan Cassar. A game about competing scientific theories. This medium weight, traditional-feel card game casts players as patrons of the sciences in the early days of the Age of Reason. The patrons seek to back the right theory at the right time. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B680: [ALPHA TEST] "Treads RPG as a Card Game" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. Treads was originally developed as a Card based World War 2 RPG. Players play the Crew of a single Sherman tank on the frontlines of battle. Lots of feedback that this could also be a potential Co-operative or otherwise Card game. The rules focus on the group co-operation more than individual valour. Help us discuss how to adapt the system to a card game. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B681: [BETA TEST] "Unicorn Rescue Society" by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz; presented by Jesse Casey. A fast and fun card game from the world of the adventure/comedy kids book series. Join the Unicorn Rescue Society and save mythical creatures by matching them to their habitats. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Silly, Recommended for Young Players (and their families). There are 8 seats left.

B682: [BETA TEST] "Village Pillage: Dark Arts and Crafts" by Jellybean Games; presented by Peter Hayward. Play cards against your neighbors, steal turnips, and cast powerful spells to be the first to obtain 3 magical relics! This standalone expansion to Village Pillage introduces shields, magic, and a whole crew of new and powerful villagers to the mix. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B683: [BETA TEST] "VS: ABOTcalypse" presented by Josh Hester. The epic robot battle game for global whatever. On a distant, forgotten world, war rages between robotic factions, locked in an escalating struggle for complete domination. You are a towering Omegabot. Control your horde of bots and unleash destruction upon your enemies. Victory is achieved by building and customizing a formidable force or destroying your opponents. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B684: [BETA TEST] "Wild Wild Wizards" by Paw-Warrior Games; presented by Ben Krieger, Josh Paugh. It is a dry day in the old west and the High Wizard is dead. Five formidable contenders compete for the renowned seat as High Wizard. By powering up their magic they try to win stand offs wit the other wizards. The player who performs the best in these stand offs will score the most victory points and achieve the rank of high wizard. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B685: [BETA TEST] "Wonderland's War" presented by Ian Moss. War is on the horizon for the future of Wonderland. Gather the resources you need to build legendary items, gain strange tactical advantages, and recruit the infamous denizens of Wonderland to fight for your side. Each Wonderlandian you encounter offers a unique ability to help you further your goals, but will you be tempted to turn on them to push yourself ahead of your enemies? Gather your army and take them through the looking glass and onto the field of battle. Unleash your soldiers with all the fiendish tricks, powerful items, and recruited Wonderlandians to gain control of the realm and seize your destiny in Wonderland's War! Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED] There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] L686: [BETA TEST] "Decoration Day" by Talking Dog Games; presented by Jeffrey Dieterle, Eric Mersmann. A LARP adaptation of a Drive-By Truckers song about a generational feud and the way it permeates the lives and deaths of men in a poor Southern family. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

L687: [ALPHA TEST] "Hope of Redemption" by Unicorn Motorcycle Games; presented by Wendelyn Reischl. This game is about tragedy and triumph, focused on human imperfection. It is an intimate story of people on opposites sides of a struggle, locked in a dance of hope and agony. This is an idea for a freeform larp centered around redemption, atonement, and forgiveness. The focus is on structure of the game and ways to include more than two players as meaningful participants in the LARP. Tone/themes: Emotional content. Power exchange dynamics. Vulnerability. Self doubt. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

L688: The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] L689: [BETA TEST] "Uncanny Valley" by Cavalry Games; presented by Stephen Dewey. An intense LARP about an android who has been assaulted by a hacker. Gameplay takes place several hours after the assault, as the android attempts to file a police report about the incident only to find prejudice in the eyes of the interrogating officers. Severe Content Warning: Sexual assault themes, victim blaming, systemic racism, confronting an abuser, misuse of authority, and powerlessness. Play if you want an emotionally charged experience and opportunity to examine and discuss these themes against a sci-fi backdrop. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 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.

B715: [BETA TEST] "Assemble the Titan" by Harder Than A Duck; presented by Mike Kaminky. Cooperative dice and card game. Each player controls a branch of Rebels fighting against the invading Enemy Factions and Aliens. Your Primary Mission is to find the lost parts of the Titan. A powerful, ancient weapon that will help you take back our home planet. Use your Agents (dice) on missions to recruit more agents, gather resources (cards), and run raids on the enemy. Each Enemy Faction has an AI deck that will target the players and make it difficult. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B716: [BETA TEST] "Chronicle of Kings" by Pendelhaven; presented by Andrew Valkauskas. Set during the Viking age (700-1000) in the Fate of the Norns universe. Players take on a dynasty of Viking rulers who wish to be immortalized in legend. Victory is achieved by being the bloodline with the most renown, and the game rewards players for memorable play. There are many ways to achieve renown, allowing players to pursue different paths to victory. Every turn the players perform many actions, which include: quests, military conquests, trade/raid, diplomatic intrigue, etc. Each turn spans several years, meaning that the bloodline will need to plan for marriage and children. Mechanics are designed to tell a vivid and memorable story. Saturday, 10:00PM - 1:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B717: [BETA TEST] "Conquest of the New World" presented by Larry Bogucki. Historical worker placement about conquering and settling colonies in the Caribbean in the mid 1600s. Players choose 2 of 7 different actions each turn to try to settle and develop colonies in the Caribbean. Player's can develop their colonies in a number of different ways, by building Towns, Forts and Farms, as well as a number of other upgrades. The game ends when one player controls 6 colonies and builds a capital city. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B718: [ALPHA TEST] "Corkboard" by Ben Games; presented by Ben Daniszewski. A solitaire card game of manipulation and murder. Play as an organization of vampires determined to take over the city by any means necessary. Use cunning and careful card play to slowly grow in power. Be cautious though, because the greater your power grows, the faster you increase in notoriety. Allow your notoriety to grow too high and those of higher standing will quickly come and put an end to your ascent. Will you be the power people speak of with hushed tones, or will your network be undone by a single gang of meddling youths? Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B719: [BETA TEST] "Date Night" by Black Suit Games; presented by PJ Parent. A couple's party game played in teams (couples) trying to navigate through headaches, social media drama, out of bed children, and other real life obstacles to arrive in the bed room first and complete date night before the other teams can. Watch out as the other couples can sabotage you to keep you from winning by killing your mood to delay you from getting it on while they attempt to be the first couple to get it on. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B720: [BETA TEST] "Druid's Circle" by Kind Fortress; presented by Isaac Shalev. A wild land, like a wild horse, needs taming. It falls to Druids, masters of the delicate dance of life and weavers of primeval power, to bring order and balance to the wilderness. In Druid's Circle, players will channel power and vitality into the land by controlling the rains, and will master the forces of nature by building altars and other sacred sites and making offerings to powerful elemental deities. The powers of nature are bound up in circles within circles within circles, and control is always balanced on the edge of a stone knife. A medium-strategy game that features rondels and card-drafting. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B721: [BETA TEST] "Fight! Fight!! Fight!!!" by Zilla Games; presented by Chris Beaver. A light, fast-paced, take that game with a board full of eccentric characters who are abducted by aliens and are forced to fight each other. These aliens have abducted characters from all over the universe and trapped them within their spaceship prison as a battle arena. They are broadcasting these battles in order to see who can fight their way to freedom and be declared champion. The goal is to advance through the spaceship by fighting other characters, driving opponents backwards, using special character abilities, jumping through portals and ultimately reaching the final control room portal first, being declared champion and escaping the spaceship, thus, winning the game. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B722: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 13 seats left.

B723: [BETA TEST] "Grid Runners" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Alf Fischer. A game about intrigue, cooperation and backstabbing. With a completely different board each time you play and the variance of random drawing cards. In Grid Runners you take on the role of a hacker fighting for a cause attempting to hack their way into the central core of a corrupt organization, in an attempt to steal their information and use it against them to either help fund or increase the chances of your cause's success. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B724: [BETA TEST] "Hard Line" presented by Rocco Privetera. Players use ladder-climbing (in both directions) trick-taking gameplay with some special powers to control Zones for points over three rounds, with each round essentially being a bunch of "hands" being played simultaneously. Hard Line is a medium-light card game with a loosely-themed 80's hacking "Tron-ish" look. Fans of Tichu or any light trick taking games would enjoy, especially since you don't have to memorize previous hands! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B725: [BETA TEST] "Kings & Thieves" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold, Matthew Migliorisi. Buy low and sell high for maximum profit! Amass enough gold to be the first to complete your tower to claim victory! A perfect blend of strategy and luck, Kings & Thieves is an economy style game with resources of fluctuating value and a variety of ways players may influence the market and each other. Will you steal from your rivals or quietly amass a fortune? The choice is yours! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B726: [BETA TEST] "MDCLXVI - The Broken Age" by Waitress Games; presented by Brian Neff. In an alternate history 1666, the Gods are real, Rome never fell, and the God Emperor's light has vanished. A new God Emperor must be elected. Each of you is a city's Elector, vying to become the next in line to the throne, bestowing blessings on your city. In this Psuedo-Legacy drafting game, you will obtain troops, characters, and innovations on your quest to gain favor. But the choices you make will permanently impact the world, and modify each game going forward. Can you bring a new Golden Age? More importantly, what will you sacrifice to do so? Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B727: [BETA TEST] "Metal Giants" presented by Nolan James. You are an enormous humanoid robot, part of an army that has invaded Earth from a distant star system. Now that victory has been achieved over the pitiful humans, in-fighting between you and the other robots has erupted. The time has come to join the brawl to settle who is the ultimate ruler of this newly won planet. You must harvest energy, as well as arm yourself with equipment, weapons, and shields to take on your adversaries. Each run of three cards must be carefully pre-programmed for maximum carnage. The robot that has demolished the most adversaries at the end wins! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B728: [BETA TEST] "Off Earth" presented by William Little. Race to be the first to colonize the inner solar system as you try to bootstrap an interplanetary economy in this resource and logistics management game. Players lay plans and pay the huge price of launching equipment and resources from Earth with the goal of being the first to free themselves of the harsh toll of gravity, and weigh the cost of speed vs the efficiency as others burn precious oxygen to rush their resources around the system. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B729: [BETA TEST] "Project: AYCE" by Gate Greeter Games; presented by Nicholas Greder. Are you a glutton for gourmet glory? Or a casual consumer of small portions? Test your stomach's will and capacity at the local All You Can Eat Buffet. Project: AYCE is a fast-paced, casual card game of ordering and eating dishes for the most points while simultaneously messing with the other players' orders. Secret objectives can turn the tide- or stomach- in your favor. Do you have what it takes to eat the entire buffet? Can you eat more than the person next to you? Who can eat the most and still walk out? Do you have food allergies or intolerances? No worries. You will not actually be eating anything. It's just a game. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Silly, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B730: [BETA TEST] "Rampaging Jotunn: Winter War" by Lost Cog Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Return to the unnamed island in this exciting 4 player expansion to Rampaging Jotunn! This massive expansion includes complete with new land types, new land boards that further expand the borders of the unnamed island. There are 2 new armies, new rules for 2, 3 and 4 players, armor, weapons, new cards, new powers, and new components that expand the Rampaging Jotunn Saga... and did we mention the 2nd Jotunn? Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B731: [BETA TEST] "Super Frenemies" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. YOU are a superhero. Destiny has brought you to the city of Urbania to protect the innocent, right the wrongs, and defend justice… better than everyone else. During each round of action, you'll try to build your identity by drafting a superheroic card and then it's off to fight some bad guys. Work together to defeat evil, but make sure you get the glory! After all, there's only room for one best superhero in Urbania. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Silly, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B732: [BETA TEST] "The Dungeon Dome Card Game" presented by James D'Amato. A fast paced battling game that combines the magic of fantasy with the attitude of Pro-Wrestling. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B733: [BETA TEST] "Top Reporter! Animal Rescue" by Blood & Fire Gaming; presented by Dean Bedford, Timothy ODonnell. A card game in which you play a Reporter competing with others to break the most stories. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

B734: [BETA TEST] "UFO a Go-Go" by Akupara Games; presented by David Logan. A card game about hosting alien parties, following hilarious rules, and calling out your friends when they slip up. Invite Aliens to your party, just don't forget to be a good host for your guests and give each of them the attention they deserve. If an Alien feels neglected, they will leave for another party in the galaxy. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 2 seats left.

B735: [BETA TEST] "Ultimate Goo Monster" by Atelier Games; presented by Isaac Kramer. Competitive logical deduction game in which players collect and combine different goo monsters to discover their secret value. Experiment results are returned using a companion smart phone app or neutral player. Using information gained from your own experiments and partial information from other players' experiments, be the first one to use your knowledge to create the Ultimate Goo Monster! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B736: [ALPHA TEST] "Wizarding Wheel" presented by Tim Armstrong. You are a wizard harnessing the elements and gaining power. The game revolves around a wheel each player has in front of them. Each turn that wheel turns one space, and with it the elements you have access to change. Plan ahead to make sure you have the right resources at the right time, and be the first to unlock four seals of power. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

L737: [BETA TEST] "Party Monster" by Games By Play Date; presented by Glenn Given. A light social dance LARP where players take turns accomplishing Jenga tower drawn mini-quests while enjoying a ridiculous faux-high school dance party. Light physical activity should be expected but this is not a competitive environment; all are welcome to celebrate the dance party to their personal comfort level. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 20 seats left.

[FILLED] L738: [BETA TEST] "THREAT LEVEL SEVERE" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk. A micro-LARP, based on Kerry Hammond's creepypasta ***ALERT: THREAT LEVEL SEVERE***. You're at a sleepover. Things go horribly wrong. This will be played primarily in a dark room with cell phones and sound effects. Please feel free to bring sleeping bags or stuffed animals. We will be testing atmosphere and timing. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. 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.

B750: [BETA TEST] "Adventures in Neverland" by Jellybean Games; presented by Peter Hayward. Play as Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, or Tinkerbell, adventuring around Neverland and completing quests! With a unique follow-the-leader mechanic and plenty of unique, character-based goal cards, this thematic game is full of excitement, intrigue, stories, and magic. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

[FILLED] B751: [ALPHA TEST] "Baked" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather Wilson. Build your deck to bake your cake! Customers have specific requests, are you baker enough to feed them? In this deck building game you will bake all kinds of delicious desserts using the actual ratios that bakers use. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 0 seats left.

B752: [BETA TEST] "CardZ: The 'Burbs" by Mantis Design, Inc.; presented by Gerald Kielpinski. Press your luck in this fast paced zombie survival card game designed for fans looking for a Z-game that finally satisfies their appetite for bloody realism. Your goal is simple–clear the neighborhood & rescue trapped survivors along the way! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B753: [BETA TEST] "Deep Underground" presented by Jonathan Gilmour. A meta-cooperative worker placement game of survival in a colony deep underground. Life on the surface is gone, and the remnants of humanity cling to hope in underground colonies designed before the end times. Can you deal with failing hardware, Monsters that prey anyone in the dark, and possibly betrayal from your fellow survivors? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] B754: [BETA TEST] "Deities Domination" by Muffin Games LLC; presented by Fedja Buz. You play as a God looking to lead your tribe to dominate the earth. In this unique Catan meets deck building style game, you expand your tribe, explore unique terrains and battle monsters all in the name of your God. Choose to be benevolent or malevolent to your tribe or to that of others and balance your own powers against your tribe as you race against the other Gods in your quest for dominance. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B755: [BETA TEST] "Duchy" by Multinational Games LLC; presented by Jason Costa. Build a castle, control farms, and take land from your enemies. As duke or duchess, you begin with only a keep, an indestructible structure from which you will grow your dukedom. Claim new territory by building villages, armories, stables, walls, and towers. Clear forests and plow farm fields, but beware: your enemies will attempt to control those farms and plunder their output. As you grow more powerful, amass armies of soldiers and siege engines, and lay waste to the fortresses of your rivals. Duchy is played entirely with cards, which are arranged into a grid to form a dynamic board. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B756: [BETA TEST] "Garden" by Galileo Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. A partners trick-taking game with a brain-burner element. We'll do a rules test and consider the function of the interface elements and how they contribute to or detract from gameplay. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B757: [BETA TEST] "Gem Mania" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Players mine for gemstones, and accumulate wealth, in the first phase of the game. In the second phase, all non-claimed gems are auctioned. Player with the most valuable collection of gems wins. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B758: [BETA TEST] "Go to Heck" presented by Eric Meyers. In this take on the party card game genre, the players decide whether a soul, represented by two semi-random trait cards) will be accepted into Heaven, or sent to Heck. Players take turns as the judge, making the ultimate decisions, and the council giving advice. Council members are given secret roles as Angels or Demons, and must convince the Judge to send souls to their side based on their traits, without giving their side away. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 8 seats left.

B759: [ALPHA TEST] "Greedy Goblins" presented by David Gobiel. A card collection game. On their turn, players can either try to steal treasure cards from the Dwarf King's treasure hoard, mess with opponents using Tricksy-ness cards, or bank their ill-gotten treasure cards in an attempt to protect them from other players. When the treasure hoard has been depleted, all players tally their treasure by what pile it got banked into. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B760: [BETA TEST] "Hands Off My Booty" presented by Jessie Yaternick. ARR!!! They be after your loot! Gather a crew, and claim your crates! Otherwise those other scallywags will finish their ship and find the maps before you! A fast paced, quick reaction party card game, great for all ages. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 11 seats left.

B761: [BETA TEST] "Koi: Iris and Turtle" by Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek. Published by Smirk & Laughter Games, Koi is a tranquil light strategy game in which players assume the roles of koi in a Japanese pond. Players play a combination of movement and natural beauty cards in a hex grid in an attempt to eat 7 Dragonflies while playing cards to prevent your opponents from doing the same. Iris and turtle introduces several new natural beauty cards that expand and enrich the game play experience as well as new inclement weather cards. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B762: [BETA TEST] "Lemons to Lemonade for Kids" by CAC Group; presented by Carroll Cradock. Based on the popular saying about making Lemonade from Lemons, this is a fast moving team game where within one minute players identify and, call out unexpected good, fun things that result from awful events - some of them outrageous events. The bar for success is raised with every round, creating intense competition from Start to the end at Round 8. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, Recommended for Young Players (and their families). There are 6 seats left.

B763: [BETA TEST] "Life Siphon" by Lay Waste Games; presented by Jake Given. A strategy combat game where the only resource is your own life. Summon familiars to fight for you, cast spells to get an edge, and regenerate as much life as you can manage. Defend from the player to your right to live; defeat the opponent to your left to claim victory! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B764: [BETA TEST] "Major and Minor Investment" presented by Brian Beal. A unique hand-building game in which you'll build your portfolio and manage your investments. You will have to manage your hand and sort your cards while trying to give minimal help to your neighbors. In this fast paced game you will spend cards and coins to upgrade your hand while trying not to deplete yourself of essential resources. The winner of the game is the player with the most coins at the end. This game is fast paced, but has a fairly steep learning curve. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B765: [BETA TEST] "Mechanical Advantage" presented by Doug Badzik. A resource exploitation and tech tree building game set in an alternate western history powered by machines using steam and aether. Players utilize unique abilities of mechanics, prospectors and chemists as they attempt to corner markets on resources, race to discover new technologies and build mechanical wonders. Simple to teach new players, but with mechanics and strategies that will challenge experienced players, Mechanical Advantage packs a significant game experience. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B766: [BETA TEST] "On The Rocks" by Pentree Games; presented by Michael Pittre. Compete against other bartenders attempting to complete 3 drink orders. A marble drafting, dice rolling, set collecting, take that game. Be the bartender with the most income at the end of the night and claim victory. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B767: [BETA TEST] "Operation: Coalition" presented by Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Jennifer Gutterman. It's 1915. World War I has started. But the greatest threat to the world is not mustard gas and blockades, but Giant Monsters from another Dimension. Assemble your crew of WWI unsung heroes to fix up your Mechs, power them with alien technology, and save the world from the real danger. A cooperative board game using dice placement, and 3D mech combat. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B768: [ALPHA TEST] "PitchFest" by Berdandy Studios; presented by Andy Berdan. A card-driven improv party game about pitching ridiculous video games. It's going to be a wonderful idea...until the publishers get their money-filled hands on it. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 9 seats left.

B769: [BETA TEST] "Pomegranate Planet" by Paw-Warrior Games; presented by Ben Krieger, Josh Paugh. On Pomegranate Planet no one wants anything more than a good, tasty pomegranate. Take on the role of a pomegranate farmer trying to grow more pomegranates than your opponents. Although your enthusiasm for pomegranates is unmatched by others, you'll still need supplies if you wish to grow some! Players will bid on supplies in the market, but players won't know what each other's bid is until each bid has already been placed. What did your opponents bid? What do you think your opponents think you bid? The player who grows the best pomegranates wins the game! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B770: [BETA TEST] "Rampaging Jotunn: Winter War" by Lost Cog Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Return to the unnamed island in this exciting 4 player expansion to Rampaging Jotunn! This massive expansion includes complete with new land types, new land boards that further expand the borders of the unnamed island. There are 2 new armies, new rules for 2, 3 and 4 players, armor, weapons, new cards, new powers, and new components that expand the Rampaging Jotunn Saga... and did we mention the 2nd Jotunn? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B771: [ALPHA TEST] "Reign of the Onyx King" presented by Jimmy Ellerth. Become a legendary Hero in this multiplayer card game. No collecting. No deck building. Just play. Reign of the Onyx King is the first expansion for Hero: Tales of the Tomes where one player will become the fearsome Onyx King and battle as a boss-style Hero against the other players. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B772: [BETA TEST] "Sharknado: The Board Game!" by Devious Devices, LLC; presented by Anthony Rando. The officially-licensed tabletop game of the cult-hit franchise, Sharknado: The Board Game! is a cooperative, scenario-based game. Players assume the roles of brave citizens of a coastal city, working together to battle hordes of man-eating sharks as they attempt to thwart the ultimate weather phenomenon! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] B773: [ALPHA TEST] "Stockyards" presented by Eric Alvarado. Players acquire cattle, hogs, and/or sheep from a livestock auction for their respective stockyard. As stockyards fill, opportunities present themselves to fulfill contracts to earn profits that are split between the contracting player and the stockyard. Stockyards fuses the "high-card" mechanism from a traditional trick-taking games along with contracts found in an economical game. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B774: [ALPHA TEST] "Streets of Liberty" by Dave Beever Designs; presented by David Beever. Take to the streets in this card game inspired by the original Grand Theft Auto. Find weapons, complete missions, and rob everything in sight! Compete with other players for the high score to see who's the best in Liberty City. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED] There are 3 seats left.

B775: [BETA TEST] "Tank Robbers" by Cardboard Fortress Games; presented by Anthony Amato, Nicole Amato. Play as a rogue Tank crew in the last days of the war, hellbent on fame, fortune, and the ill-gotten loot hidden away in the city of Bankensberg. Use a light programming system of cards to move, heal, and blow up other tanks. Maneuver through buildings for cover, or just crush them under treads to find hidden power-ups! Blast your enemies and steal their gold as you race to the be the first to gain victory in this light tabletop combat game. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B776: [BETA TEST] "The Few and Cursed" by Rock Manor Games; presented by Mike Gnade. A deckbuilding adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic earth where most of the water on the planet has been gone for seventy years. Without water, civilization just halted any progress and stayed pretty much the same...with the exception of the monsters, magic and curses that showed up. In the game, players take on the role of a curse-chasing bounty hunter looking to make a name for themselves. Players traverse the desert of the Pacific Ocean as they improvise and acquire new cards for their deck on their quest for the biggest bounties. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B777: [ALPHA TEST] "The Goods and the Bads" by KinSoul Studio; presented by Jordan Mathews. In this game of cunning and strategy, The Management designs and builds a Bank, Art Museum, or Casino that will wow the public, but must keep out The Infiltrators who are looking to score big on their goods! While The Management works to keep their customers happy, a SPY lurks among them, aided by a hacker in his nearby van! Do you have what it takes to steal from the upper crust, or will you outwit the thieves with your lasers, cameras, and deduction? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B778: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 7 seats left.

B779: [BETA TEST] "Ultra Deluxe 2D Arcade" by WizKids; presented by Zev Shlasinger. A funny arcade dueling game for 2 players. Play input cards to attack and make combos. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B780: [BETA TEST] "Vanish (Ninja Deathmatch Edition)" presented by Joe Boyden. "You sunk my Ninja!"... Zombicide meets Battleship... but with Ninjas. Miniature tactical fighting combined with the hide & seek psychology of Battleship... this card-driven (no dice!), hexagonal boardgame that lets you "vanish" from the battlefield in a cloud of smoke. Reveal your opponents to strike lethal blows, near (katana) or far (shuriken). Track your Ninja's actions with a simple, strategic note sheet (e.g. Clue). Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

L781: [ALPHA TEST] "#instayoga" presented by Shawn Roske. Instagram yoga models post pictures of their spirituality while looking really good. This is a slightly silly, body-positive, all-ability experience! We will be doing some physical yoga, so while flexibility or skill is unimportant, personal responsibility and knowledge of your body's limits is mandatory. You must bring a smartphone with Instagram installed on it - use your own account or make a new one for the game. #yogafam #yogaeverydamnday #yogalife #instayoga #influencer #selfloveclub #loveeverybody #yogainspiration #namaste #yogajourney #bodypositive Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

L782: [ALPHA TEST] "The Abortionists" presented by Melissa Cohen. Chicago, 1972. A group of feminist activists perform illegal abortions in order to empower women. They risk imprisonment to offer abortions to low-income people, and in the process discover new things about their own power as women. Based on a true story, this LARP is a slow drama about women who experience positive personal transformation through living their politics. Play consists of tightly framed scenes called by the facilitator. We are hoping to test metatechniques for offering counseling, performing abortion, and being oppressed. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

L783: The Golden Cobra Contest Winner Showcase. The winners are in. The judges have explained the contest. Now, let's play some games! Due to the nature of the contest, we won't know until just before the convention what will be running. We encourage you to be flexible when you show up for this event. Based on audience preference, number of players who arrive and various other factors (entirely left to the discretion of our crack facilitator team!), any or all games of each winning category might run. Categories include: Most Convention-Ready, Most Appealing to Newcomers, Cleverest Design and Game We're Most Eager to Play. Each game will run a minimum of once during the convention. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 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.

B800: [FOCUS GROUP] "Colombophilie" presented by Eric Paquette. Breed your pigeons, build up your loft, and race your pigeons way through a season and win the nationals. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B801: [ALPHA TEST] "Arcadia Galactica" by Nerdy City; presented by Sean Jaffe. In a distant, 8-bit galaxy, many worlds fight for control of the planet Arcadus, the coveted center of the Arcadia Galactica. Marshall armies of giant centipedes, space invaders, ghosts, race cars or the like from your various home worlds and fight, trade or explore for control. Arcadia Galactica is a storytelling board game, so it can be competitive or cooperative based on how the players choose to play. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B802: [BETA TEST] "Comic Auction" presented by Christopher Anderson. Collecting comic books can be a very lucrative business, as long as you get the right ones. Comic Auction uses a closed auction system. So when you win an auction, you will have to pay your opponent, unless they decide to pay you and take the comics for themselves. You'll have to read your opponents well to know just how far you can raise a bid you don't want, and how cheaply you can get the ones you do want. With 9 characters and 36 unique comics, each with a different pair of characters, you'll have to spend wisely to collect the biggest sets of matching characters. While also paying attention to bonus conditions for extra value. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B803: [BETA TEST] "Decay of Rome's Republic" presented by Dario Anselmo. A political negotiation game set at the fall of Rome's Republic. Play cards to influence politicians, use those politicians to vote in elections. Will you negotiate and backstab your way to the top of Rome's democracy? Or will you tear down the Republic and crown yourself Dictator for Life? Be warned: the more aggressively you play, the more aggressive action cards are unlocked for all players. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 2 seats left.

B804: [ALPHA TEST] "Dr. Mousekyll & Mr. Hides" by 9th Level Games; presented by Heather O'Neill. A cat and mouse game of multiple personalities and hidden roles. Due to an experiment gone wrong, Dr. Mousekyll (a fluffy house cat) has somehow merged with Mr. Hides (a sneaky mouse). There is only 1 piece to move but is it Dr. Mousekyll or Mr. Hides? You need to work to meet your goal while not giving away your motive! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

B805: [BETA TEST] "FlipTales" presented by Ryan Mather. A party game for creative people. Each person plays a character in a story. Each scene, you come up with silly responses to a prompt. Set up a retired cobbler on a date, capture a genie to help an up-and-coming archaeologist, or steal gold from a corrupt king in this game's stories, each taking less than an hour to complete. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B806: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 14 seats left.

B807: [ALPHA TEST] "Graffiti Knights" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. In this near future urban themed card game, you will control a crew of graffiti knights. Each day you will take actions to prep for or disrupt activities at locations around the city. Each night you will send out a crew to attempt to tag a spot. Other crews and police patrols can spoil your plans as you try to get as many locations as possible and eliminate the competition. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B808: [BETA TEST] "Grind House" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. You receive an invitation from the mysterious man known as "The Host" to take part in a contest at the infamous "Grind House." The letter promises you the opportunity to play a game to win a reward greater than you could possibly imagine. You arrive at a decaying mansion on a hill along with five others as your well dressed host ushers you inside. He says in a deep, ominous voice. "The entertainment will be... to die for!" Behind you, the door slams shut and you and your fellow guests are trapped as the game begins! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B809: [ALPHA TEST] "Hero" by Dave Beever Designs; presented by David Beever, Tam Myaing. Travel the land to build an army and learn powerful techniques to help you on your way! Clash with other heroes in furious Kung Fu fights! Defeat evil warlords and make their land your own! Stamp out all opposition! Wait. Are you really the bad guy? In Hero you walk the fine line between liberator and conqueror. How will your tale be told? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

[FILLED] B810: [BETA TEST] "High Rise" by Formal Ferret Games; presented by Gil Hova. The sky's the limit in the newest Formal Ferret Game! You and your opponents are constructing tall buildings in a city where there's only a tiny amount of corruption ever. The city is full of tenants who will give you special powers when you meet them or house them in buildings. It's up to you to manage time and synergies as you compete to build the tallest buildings in each neighborhood. You may need to take a bit of corruption here and there to grease the city's wheels, but a little bit won't hurt, right? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

B811: [BETA TEST] "Kings & Thieves" by Gold Piece Games; presented by Scott Gold, Matthew Migliorisi. Buy low and sell high for maximum profit! Amass enough gold to be the first to complete your tower to claim victory! A perfect blend of strategy and luck, Kings & Thieves is an economy style game with resources of fluctuating value and a variety of ways players may influence the market and each other. Will you steal from your rivals or quietly amass a fortune? The choice is yours! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B812: [BETA TEST] "Koi: Iris and Turtle" by Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek. Published by Smirk & Laughter Games, Koi is a tranquil light strategy game in which players assume the roles of koi in a Japanese pond. Players play a combination of movement and natural beauty cards in a hex grid in an attempt to eat 7 Dragonflies while playing cards to prevent your opponents from doing the same. Iris and turtle introduces several new natural beauty cards that expand and enrich the game play experience as well as new inclement weather cards. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B813: [BETA TEST] "Metal Giants" presented by Nolan James. You are an enormous humanoid robot, part of an army that has invaded Earth from a distant star system. Now that victory has been achieved over the pitiful humans, in-fighting between you and the other robots has erupted. The time has come to join the brawl to settle who is the ultimate ruler of this newly won planet. You must harvest energy, as well as arm yourself with equipment, weapons, and shields to take on your adversaries. Each run of three cards must be carefully pre-programmed for maximum carnage. The robot that has demolished the most adversaries at the end wins! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B814: [BETA TEST] "Mutology" by ThinkForm Games; presented by Jeremy Bartlett. A strategy card game for two geniuses. Players build a 40-card Mutology deck before sitting down to play. To win the game, players must collect five Research Point tokens by bringing double-sided Mutant cards into play using the cards in their deck and their unique Character card. A Mutology deck consists of Specimen, Radiation, Assistant, Device, and Procedure cards. Players automatically gain Concentration tokens at the start of their turn. During a phased turn, players spend these Concentration tokens to deploys cards from their hand into one of two zones. They will use the cards in these zones to work towards their deck’s strategy while combating their opponent so they cannot do the same. This process continues until one player earns their fifth Research Point token, immediately winning the game. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 7 seats left.

B815: [BETA TEST] "Path of Good Intent" presented by Wonmin Lee, Grace Abe. A card-based map-building strategy game where players race to reach their life goal before others. Place cards on the map to create and block paths, collect and utilize two different resources for abilities that help yourself or screw with other players. Mario Kart meets Magic: The Gathering, the board game for all young professionals trying to achieve their goals in life! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 4 seats left.

B816: [BETA TEST] "Pluck Off!" by OtterLabs LLC; presented by Emily Escovar. In this card game parody of city life, pigeons rule the roost and players win by helping them find nestmates (because the rent is too plucking high). You must use a combination of memory, strategic pluckery, poker face and pluck of the draw to dupe other players into giving up their hard-earned pigeon cards. And just when you think you've won it all, an Urban Vermin action card could pluck-up your game. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B817: [BETA TEST] "Raja Mandala" by InZane Games, LLC; presented by Zane Everett. To become hegemon of Southeast Asia in this political area of control game, you must leverage your skills of diplomacy, intrigue, and economic planning. By managing your court of councilors, you are able to spread your influence to neighboring cities, develop local economies, engage in warfare, and foster alliances. Maintaining influence in foreign lands will attract councilors with greater skills to your court. Gain supremacy through military, diplomatic, or economic means. How will you lead your empire? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

[FILLED] B818: [BETA TEST] "Seasons Beatings" by Viewbird Games; presented by Allen Bradbury. A card head to head fighting game that is designed to emulate a conflict between two deadly individuals within the Violent Human universe. Each deck contains roughly thirty cards that represents a single character. Your in control of a seasoned fighter, who's aim is to make it into one of the most popular yearly tournaments: The Seasons Beatings. Before you can enter the tournament, you must qualify. The Gaia Invitational is held to scout out the finest of fighters. Many come to test their might, but are you the one who will claim victory? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B819: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Strike Ninja Combat Game" by Pure Fun Games; presented by James Muckell. A family style strategy combat game where you take control of a small group of ninja warriors; trying to be the last ninjas standing on the map. Shadow Strike mainly focuses on movement tactics on a hexagon board, as well as dice rolling and "take that" card play You will fight using your inventory, consisting of Shuriken, Smoke Bombs, and...Candy Bars. Throughout the game you will gain access to better equipment for you ninjas, such as Swords and Grappling Hooks. You will also earn precious action cards that will really screw over your enemies. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B820: [BETA TEST] "Siege" by Aggressively Playable Games; presented by Noah Anderson, Drew Schapow. Work with your allies to stop the march of the cards. Beware: your collective resources will weaken over time, and the deck is relentlessly alive. Siege is a colorful, cooperative game for players who love a tense, difficult challenge. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B821: [BETA TEST] "Splitsville" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. A quick, fun game about servng ice cream. The more scoops, the better, but there's only so much to give out, share and you'll be giving out even less. Risk taking from the largest tubs of ice cream, or can you play it safe by making more from less. Even then, can you avoid splitsville? Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B822: [BETA TEST] "Super Frenemies" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. YOU are a superhero. Destiny has brought you to the city of Urbania to protect the innocent, right the wrongs, and defend justice… better than everyone else. During each round of action, you'll try to build your identity by drafting a superheroic card and then it's off to fight some bad guys. Work together to defeat evil, but make sure you get the glory! After all, there's only room for one best superhero in Urbania. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

[FILLED] B823: [BETA TEST] "Super Squad High" by Nerdy Pup Games; presented by Michael Addison. A cooperative teen superhero lifesim. A crime wave threatens the city, and you must stop the villain behind it. The catch - the villain is secretly one of your classmates at Excelsior High! Balance relationships, schoolwork, and keeping the city safe as you race to uncover the identity of the villain before their plot is completed. Features careful time management, puzzley dice-based crime fighting, and lots of poignant choices. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 0 seats left.

B824: "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B825: [BETA TEST] "Wheelbarrow Race" by Elwood's Games; presented by Sue Ann Derkach. In this family-friendly yet competitive board game, individuals or teams race to collect a complete sets of objects in their wheelbarrows and be the first to make it to the shed. But beware of groundhog holes! When you hit one, draw a card – it can help or hurt you, or help you to help or hurt another. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B826: [BETA TEST] "Wizards With Bazookas" presented by John Atwood. A unique genre of game called a "real-time" "deck-builder". Your wizard has spells to cast and a bazooka to fire, so take aim at your opponent along their wizard line and let all hell break loose. You'll begin with a starting deck then find upgrades as you wander the battlefield. As the frenzy of the battle escalates, your abilities will become fine-tuned and explosive. You are, of course, sagacious, but to win this fight you'll have to be good with a gun as well. You must wed speed and dexterity to strategy and instinct in order to make it out alive. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B827: [ALPHA TEST] "You Can't Win!" by Japhy Games; presented by Jeffrey Pinyan. A most uncooperative card game for people who just want to lose and go home. Each player takes turns attempting to lose some genre of game in spectacularly unlucky fashion, while avoiding unexpectedly lucky interventions by the other players. The first player who loses each genre of game wins! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 9 seats left.

L828: [FOCUS GROUP] "Forgotten Forest" presented by Meghan Dornbrock. An interactive role playing game for children that guides and supports their imaginative play. Inspired by "Tales of the Crystals" this game will present re-playable audio narratives that encourage young players to transform their environment, perform tasks, and cooperate to progress the stories. It's a fantasy LARP-in-a-box for kids! Parents and children encouraged to participate. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

[FILLED] L829: [ALPHA TEST] "School For Future Villains" presented by Anne Ratchat, Shayna Cook. No one quite knows when this school started or what purpose it serves. But as a student with unconventional dreams, you think you have found a place you can truly push your own potential. At this trans-dimensional school, you can hone your magic, science, or horrifying presence. Inspired by comic books, trope-y fantasy, and Bollywood, among many other things. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. There are 0 seats left.

[FILLED] L830: [BETA TEST] "White Girl Wasted" by Damocles Thread Development; presented by Jacqueline Bryk. Non-indigenous people desperately want spirit animals. You may have heard a friend of yours call something their "spirit animal", be it a gif, a video, or a big mood. While there is some evidence for totemic or familiar spirits in European cultures, this is rarely what they are referring to. White Girl Wasted is a comedy LARP about white people getting wasted and going on an astral journey with their spirit parents in a minivan. We are testing to see if it can be played in any room with up to seven chairs, with minimal prep. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance. 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.

B832: [BETA TEST] "Kerning" presented by Ian Moss. You are an amateur graphic designer, hoping to get a full time job by making logos for a client. You will have to use your wits because the game features clear cards. Each card has a letter on it, and each round you will be using the cards to build a word to fit the clients needs. It's not about building the longest word, as following the client guidelines is the best way to get points. You will need to be clever as you can flip, rotate, and combine your letters to form other letters (r+n=m) so you are never limited by the letters you drew during the round. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 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.

B845: [BETA TEST] "Don't Be First" by Personal Card; presented by Stephen Hensel. A game about being solidly in the middle. Don't be the first and don't be the last in this race to be the middle player out in this score-counting card game. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B846: Fun With Smirk & Dagger and Mayday. Curt Covert and Ryan Bruns are proud to host an open gaming area where players can find all sort of great new games to try. Curt will be playtesting seven different games for both Smirk & Dagger Games and the new family-oriented Smirk & Laughter Games. Ryan will be bringing back a bunch of new games from Essen that Mayday Games is considering publishing. Players will be able to choose which table to sit at in each of six sessions throughout METATOPIA. If a game short, you might be able to try a second one in the same session! Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 10 seats left.

B847: [BETA TEST] "Gems" presented by Marshall Roshto. A board game that relies heavily on teamwork and co-operation before it devolves into a cut-throat race to the finish. Players begin on a single team as they attempt to complete encounters. As players obtain resources, they can choose to recruit their own allies and ditch the human players on their quest for victory. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B848: [BETA TEST] "Good Dog!" presented by Eric Slauson. Players are pups at a dog park trying to make their owners happy by performing tricks. This light, speed based card game is an updated version of the classic card game Egyptian Rat Screw. Players will be flipping cards over and looking for matching symbols in order to perform tricks and win more cards to add to their deck. Testing is needed on the win condition and game length. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Silly, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B849: [ALPHA TEST] "Heroes from Knoware" presented by Anthony Fiumano. Players find themselves in a magical dungeon where they must overcome many different types of challenges such as defeating Monsters, avoiding Obstacles, interacting with a Magical Objects. To complete these challenges you will need to use your Strength, Dexterity, and Magic Knowledge which are represented by different colored Dice. The game features Skill Trees, an equipment deck and spells. There is an optional element of backstabbing or helping your opponents. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B850: [BETA TEST] "Hobo Game" by Elwood's Games; presented by Sue Ann Derkach. This is a combo card/board game, in which players try to be the first Hobo to quit riding the rails and settle down in a house. The game uses actual glyphs that were/are part of the hobo pictorial language. Collect sets of glyphs to improve your score. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B851: [BETA TEST] "Light Speeders" by Wandering Hearth Games; presented by Bill Lasek. In this fast paced and exciting game, each player takes turns placing poliomino pieces from their que onto the grid collecting power-ups and trying to out maneuver their opponents till they are the last one left. This all takes place on a looped board so you can drive off one edge and enter in from a different one allowing for some crazy strategies. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 4 seats left.

B852: [BETA TEST] "Multinational" by Multinational Games LLC; presented by Jason Costa. Oil, steel, construction, transportation: take control of an industrial behemoth that spans industries and continents. Decide what businesses to acquire, what to produce, and where to ship it, but above all, be nimble. Got a freighter mid-Pacific when new tarifs go into effect? Maybe aggressive marketing can save you. Profit margins getting squeezed by rising wages? Try moving production. Is Shanghai real estate crashing right after you built your megatower? That's a tough one. You'll have to figure it out as you build your tableau of businesses and move resources around the board to become the world's dominant Multinational. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 5 seats left.

B853: [BETA TEST] "NYCthulhu: Gotham Terror" by 4d10 LLC; presented by Russ Lockwood. This fast strategy boardgame pits Cthulhu horrors against Humanity in a battle for 1920s NYC neighborhoods, then switches sides. Advanced Game adds Fear, Madness, and Taint attacks. Optional rules add elements to balance the game for varying player skill levels. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. ***ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT!***

[FILLED] B854: [BETA TEST] "Obelisk" presented by Max Swietnicki. Anthram: A world of wild and unpredictable magic, barely kept together by colossal structures called Obelisks. Engage in a head-to-head conflict with enemies to destroy their Obelisk and achieve supremacy in this strategic two player card game. Strategic play is emphasized by positioning cards on a grid and a resource system that minimizes randomness. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 0 seats left.

B855: [BETA TEST] "On The Rocks" by Pentree Games; presented by Michael Pittre. Compete against other bartenders attempting to complete 3 drink orders. A marble drafting, dice rolling, set collecting, take that game. Be the bartender with the most income at the end of the night and claim victory. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 seats left.

B856: [BETA TEST] "Quantum Edge" by Shadowsong Industries; presented by Alf Fischer. Space jockeys line up their specialized ships and use speed, cunning, and sometimes a total disregard for safety to outmaneruver and lutlast their competitors through a 3, 5, or 10 lap race. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 7 seats left.

B857: [BETA TEST] "Rap Godz" by Board Game Brothas; presented by Omari Akil. You take on the role of a rap artist at the start of their career in Hip Hop. Play cards onto your timeline to boost your money, rap skills, or street cred and earn record sales plaques. All players will be trying to achieve goals and reach milestones while competing to take over cities and avoiding/starting beef with other players. At the end of 3 albums, the player with the most plaques wins. This is a BLIND playtest. Players will be expected to read the rules and play the game with no help from the designer. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 2 seats left.

B858: [BETA TEST] "Risky Rockets" by Vanishing City Games; presented by John Dermody. A fast moving card game where players are trying to launch rockets, hopefully with a payload, and acquire prestige points by doing so. Players will need to match up capsules, payloads, rockets and crews to successfully place things like satellites, space stations, weapon platforms and various solar missions. The bigger the launch vehicle the more points but also more prone to explode on the pad. The games incorporates hand management, take that and risk mitigation mechanics. Have to wits to be a steely-eyed rocketeer? We will see. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. This is a HI-TEST session. There are 3 seats left.

B859: [BETA TEST] "Scare Dare" presented by David Gobiel. A last-player-standing, tile-placement, press-your-luck game. Players take the role of different kids entering a haunted house in an attempt to see who can last the longest. While exploring the house, players will attempt to scare out other players using tricks, traps, and other cards they find in the house. However, the house is full of creatures, ghosts, and other things that players must be wary of. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 5 seats left.

B860: [BETA TEST] "Top Reporter! Animal Rescue" by Blood & Fire Gaming; presented by Dean Bedford, Timothy ODonnell. A card game in which you play a Reporter competing with others to break the most stories. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 6 seats left.

B861: [BETA TEST] "War Columns" presented by Jeffrey Kunkel. A high fantasy, two player battling card game where proper positioning is key and your units are also your most precious resources! Seize control of key objectives to earn Victory Points and permanent advantages, balance saving up your supplies with the cost of waste and corruption and determine if your front line troops are best used to launch direct attacks or to enable you to order devastating strategies against your opponent. "War Columns" combines the tactical decisions of a card game with the positional play and strategic considerations of a board game, but without a board! Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages. There are 3 seats left.

B862: [BETA TEST] "Washed Away" by Harder Than A Duck; presented by Mike Kaminky. Tile placing set collection. Draw double sided tiles to make the best beach. One side is sand castle parts while the other side has creatures and shells. Collect three of a kinds and build the biggest sand castle for the most points. Mind where you place the tiles. Each round some of the tiles will get washed away. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. There are 3 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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