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Lasers, Feelings, and RPGs

Tabletop roleplaying, such as Dungeons and Dragons, has experienced a revival in recent years, with liveplays and podcasts such as Critical Role and The Adventure Zone gaining large followings of their own. But one of the biggest sides of this is the internet allowing for not only the creation of games and systems, but the permitted sharing and remixing of them as well.

Whether you’re a tabletop veteran or someone just wanting to dip their toes into roleplaying, “micro” or “one-page” RPGs are both an excellent introduction to the hobby and a fun way to spend an afternoon with a group. The games featured here are quick to set up, don’t require massive or complex character sheets, only require six-sided dice, and can be played in the space of a single session.

Hours of nerdy fun are but a roll of the dice away!

While there are dozens of games out there based on this system, here are six to get you started.

Lasers and Feelings
The game on which all these others are based sees the party take on the roles of the crew of the interstellar ship Raptor. Their mission to explore the vast reaches of space is interrupted when their captain is overcome by a strange entity known as Something Else, leaving only the crew to handle what happens next.

Oh, Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend’s Birthday Present Inside
Its premise obvious, Oh, Dang! leads you on a wacky roadtrip in pursuit of a grand theft auto-committing cryptid. Its sequel Ah, Dang! Mothman Won’t Move Out (He Said It Was Just For The Weekend), sees you dealing with even more cryptid problems.

Wits and Chivalry
You are the Knights of the Round Table, sent by the great wizard Merlin to recover the Holy Grail to save an ailing King Arthur. (This is the only game I know of where Monty Python references are not only permitted, but practically mandatory!)

Magic and Mischief
Ever wanted to go to magic school like Mildred Hubble or Harry Potter? Here is your chance. After a Dark Curse befalls the headmistress of the Young Wizards’ School for Arcane Excellence, a distracted staff and student body makes for the perfect time to solve mysteries or cause mischief.

A Dream In The Woods
Inspired by Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, players take on the servants of Titania and Oberon to cause mischief and magic while attempting to please their fickle royals.

Sturdy & Wilde Detective Agency
When the players’ employers go missing it’s up to them to follow the trail and solve the mystery in this steampunk mystery game.

If you enjoyed those and/or want to try something different, there are plenty of other options out there from science fiction to fantasy to horror to mystery. There is even a blank template (appropriately enough named Blanks and Spaces) for you to create your own game. Let us know how it all goes!

Dungeons and Dragons!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsStranger Things really brought Dungeons and Dragons into the mainstream and in a post-MCU world, can we really say that all things geek aren’t cool? Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, the game’s grown in popularity since then – now we’ve got an amazing collection of D&D books – not just the rules sets- that will help you create amazing fantasy worlds of your own.

There are plenty of versions of the Dungeons and Dragons rulesets – all our books are the 5th edition version, which are the latest edition. If it’s your first time running a game, you might want to use a prewritten adventure. Luckily, we have those too.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRules and reference:

Dungeon Master’s guide: everything you need to help you run a game.
Player’s Handbook : everything you need to play.
Monster manual: all the monsters you need to know.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSupplements:

Xanathar’s guide to everything: more monsters, more character classes, more lore.
Dungeons & dragons player’s handbook 2: an expansion on the original setting.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCampaign settings and pre-written adventures:

Waterdeep dragon heist : urban medieval fantasy.
Ghosts of Saltmarsh: adventures on the seas.
Curse of Strahd:square off against an evil vampire.
The Rise of Tiamat : Fight evil dragons.

We also have a graphic novelon Gary Gygax himself.

Have fun and good luck with your dice rolls!

Free Coding Workshops

Want to be the creator of the next Flappy Bird?

Book your place at our free coding and game making workshops in February. Places are limited, so register quickly! The awesome folk over at Gamefroot will be running the workshops, and will cover topics like programming and coding, game strategy, creating characters and artificial intelligence, and game design and principles.

We know, we know; it sounds great -right?

 

Details:

Friday 26th February

9.30am – 3.30pm

Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Meeting Room

Free!

Register at PublicLibraries.org.nz

First lines: All will be revealed shortly…

…but in the meantime, here’s a clue.

Try and match these opening lines with the books they belong to!

A. “There is one mirror in my house.”
B. “Dear Ed, in a sec you’ll hear a thunk.”
C. “Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.”
D. “I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.”

And the books they’re from:

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBook cover courtesy of Syndetics
Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBook cover courtesy of Syndetics

Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler
If I Stay, Gayle Forman
Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson (this one’s a mystery, I know)
Divergent, Veronica Roth

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A. Divergent
B. Why We Broke Up
C. If I Stay
D. Steelheart

How many did you guess? At least one, from the obvious line, I hope.

First lines: Wacky yet intriguing

New blog series! First lines! And can you guess which book each line belongs to?

A. “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

B. “Goebbels materialized on the back patio, right before we moved to Baltimore, and started chewing through the wicker love seat.”

C. “It isn’t true what they say about my brother – that he ate those children.”

D. “Before I died, I hid my secrets in the Master Oak.”

And here are your covers to match them with:

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Book cover courtesy of Syndetics Book cover courtesy of Syndetics

Dark of the Moon, Tracy Barrett
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A. S. King
How To Say Goodbye in Robot, Natalie Standiford

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A. The Knife of Never Letting Go
B. How To Say Goodbye In Robot
C. Dark of the Moon
D. Please Ignore Vera Dietz

How many did you guess? Or were there any you already had memorised?

Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 27-28/4

Kia ora!

Welcome to the weekend. What to do, what to do?

If you find yourself wandering about Newtown this weekend why not check out Wellington Festival Of Circus? If having clowning & cabaret up in your face isn’t doing it for you maybe Darren Shan could keep you in theme but through the safety of bound text?

If you’re more of a performer then a watcher have you considered entering this years Smokefree Rockquest? It’s the 25th year this right-of-passage is running and man has it fostered all sorts of household name kiwi musicians. Need some inspiration? Here’s a surface scratching list of previous contestants including Kimbra and last years winners New Vinyl. Take yourself on a journey through our CD collection.

The curtain falls on Game Masters at Te Papa this weekend. The amazing exhibition that caters to almost every level of gamer was borrowed from the incredible ACMI in Melbourne’s Federation Square and includes Pacman, Space Invaders and Sonic!

New music on the playlist shelf this week includes ex-Wellingtonian Willy Moon and half New Zealand alt-indie darlings The Veils with their fourth album.

Ever wondered what happens when you wring a soggy towel out in space? Here’s the answer:

– Physics, fascinating!

That’s what’s a going down.

Fowler out.

Pottermore, finally

Last year – in June, in fact! – it was announced that Pottermore was, well, something, but we weren’t sure what. Then special people got to play while they were beta testing. Now everyone can! You can sign up to enjoy Pottermore: a unique online Harry Potter experience from J K Rowling. Here’s a sneak peek:

Twihards rejoice!

Are you familiar with the Scene-it? series of DVD games? They’re a series of movie quiz games you can play on your DVD player – sort of like Buzz, but don’t require a console. Anyway, the exciting news is that a Twilight one is coming very soon and is even coming to the Nintendo Wii in some sort of super deluxe package. Team Edward can face off against Team Jacob in trivia showdowns very soon then.

Gamers Rejoice II

Judging from a website titled Ultramarines The Movie there is to be an Ultramarines movie. It seems a fair conclusion to reach. What are Ultramarines? Why, they’re genetically-modified super-soldiers in space, and part of the Warhammer 40k gaming universe. The movie probably won’t be out for a while, but once a trailer appears we will post it!

While the library doesn’t have gaming, we do have a rulebook (for the Warhammer fantasy RPG); we also carry White Dwarf magazine, and we have some of the related novels (and here’s 5 good reasons why you should read them if you haven’t already).

Gamers rejoice

The 2009 Tokyo Game Show is under way, and a massive trailer for Final Fantasy XIII (that’s 13 in Roman numerals) has been released. It’s in Japanese! So probably difficult to follow, unless you’re able to understand Japanese. Either way it sure looks good. It won’t be available outside Japan until about the middle of 2010.

Update! There’s a subtitled version. Enjoy.

The trailer is available below –

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