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Gaelcon 2016 is delighted to announce the first of our special events line up this year. We have the honour to have a long con scenario being run by renowned writer Gareth Hanrahan. And to add to the horrifying wonderfulness. Gareth has arranged that anyone who pre registers for one or all of the slots can receive a discount off the PDF version of The Dracula Dossier from Pelgrane Press!
Game Title: The Dracula Dossier
Longcon Format System: Night’s Black Agents
# of players: 6-8 per slot
In 1894, British intelligence attempted to recruit a vampire as an asset. The attempt went horribly wrong. As part of the cover-up, they released an edited, redacted copy of the operation’s notes as a novel. In 1940, in 1977, they tried again, and failed again. In 2005, they succeeded. In each case, officers involved added marginal notes to an unredacted copy of the Dracula Dossier. Now it’s in your hands. You’re burned spies, out in the cold. And the Un-Dead are hunting you. With the Dossier, you can turn the fight around, and maybe track down and destroy the King of the Vampires. Enter freely, and of your own will, into the domain… of Dracula.
Recently while having a conversation with a friend I realised I have been playing RPG games for 18 years. That realisation was harrowing because firstly it makes me feel old, secondly though it reminded me how many wonderful people I have met and played games with over that time. As I look around the internet at various groups, events and organisations for our little island it makes me very proud to be a member of this tribe we call gamers.
It’s so much easier to find a gaming group to join and have fun with these days.The convention scene is still going strong sure, but it’s nice to know that I can get a social gaming fix in between. With the likes of groups such as ALT Events Dublin running games days in Fringe Labs, Girls Get Gaming who run /tabletop Tuesday in The black Sheep pub and the IGA’s very own Games nights in Robert Reades on Thursday to mention but a few. Lets not forget there are many other groups besides all over this little country.
Having spent a number of years in and around the gaming scene I see the dedication that we have for our hobby as a community. Game Writers staying up to Silly o’Clock getting the game ready for it’s debut. Convention committee’s working all year round to put on a great event for their fellow gamers. Volunteers giving up their time to provide the con go’er with an excellently fun time. We should be proud of our contributions of time effort and energy we give to our community.
And of course it would be a disservice not to mention how the gaming community have raised vital funds to support many worthy charities. We have caring hearts deep down inside all that LARP armour and chainmail. I am so looking forward to seeing many of my con buddies at Gaelcon this year. I love how you can sit down to a table and play an rpg for three hours and many years later still reminisce the epic mentally mind boggling antics you got up to with the then strangers, who are now your good friends.
So l sit and reflect the fond memories I have had over those 18 years, The friends I have found. The games I have loved. The costumes I prepared for characters, the props I made.
And the dice bags I have sewn. Oh so many wonderful discussions I have had and the stories I have collected. Gaming has enriched my life, it has let my imagination soar and put many a smile on my face. These aren’t wrinkles I am cultivating they are the result of gaming grins, you know the one when you have that glint in your eye and a mischievous action planned out for your next move.
So I say my sincere thanks to you my fellow gamers, let us continue to invest in our hobby and community. I look forward to adding many more wonderful, fun memories to my collection. I am honoured to be your special events coordinator for Gaelcon 2016 fingers crossed I can help you have an excellently fun time. Until then roll the dice, flip the cards and may the odds be ever in your favour.
If you’ve never played an RPG or LARP at a convention before the idea can be a bit daunting. Sitting down for three hours to play a game you might not be familiar with alongside four or five complete strangers can be intimidating the first couple of times. So, with that said; here’s some tips for first time role-players looking to give RPGs or LARPs a try this Gaelcon.
One of the main differences between LARPs and RPGs at conventions is their structure. Where a lot of regular games might be long-term campaigns played over a number of sessions LARPs and RPGs at conventions tend to be standalone three hour affairs. That being said however, some game writers like to write convention games that follow on from one another, either at another convention or at a different slot at the same convention.
Deciding what game you’d like to play is the first, and in some cases, the most difficult step. There’ll usually be a variety of different kinds of games on each slot; from suspense laden horror in the 1920’s to exciting interplanetary adventures of the distant future. Some games are even inspired by popular films or TV shows such as Game of Thrones, BattleStar Galactica or Star Wars. The important thing to find something that stands out to you as something that you think you’ll really enjoy.
Either way you’re sure to find a game that will appeal to your tastes. It can also be a good idea to listen out for any gamers being particularly excited about a specific game or ask around and see what people recommend.
RPGs sound slightly intimidating but the important thing is to relax. If you are not familiar with the RPG rules or the setting of the game then you can ask the GM to give you a quick rundown of the rules (most GMs will do this at the start anyway). It can also be all too easy to get overwhelmed and accidentally let the more experienced gamers run the show, and if that’s what you feel comfortable doing that’s cool, but it’s a good idea to try and participate, you might find out you’ve got a talent for it.
LARPs can be even more daunting; they generally have a larger number of players and can often be more free-form as the players move about the room and interact with one another and the GM(s). LARPs can be a lot more role-playing focused than RPGs with less ‘out-of-character’ conversation. It’s a good idea to ask the GM(s), or even a more experienced gamer, about the etiquette, but don’t worry if you don’t get it right away; most GMs and players are very patient and helpful to new players.
On the flip side of this there tends to be fewer rules to worry about so you can focus more easily on playing out the scenario and role-playing your characters. As always, if you’re having trouble following everything you can always ask your GM(s) for advice.
Lastly, the most important thing is just to have fun, after a while you’ll get into the swing of things and before you know it you’ll be a seasoned role player queuing up for game tickets every slot.