Upcoming EGM, Call of Cthulhu, GM Workshop, Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

Greetings, Grand Adventurers!

In this email: 1) Notice of EGM on 24 Nov., 2) Playtest event for Medieval Call of Cthulhu, 3) Upcoming GM Workshop, 4) Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

1) EGM on Sunday 24 Nov. 2019, 5 pm at the Debating Hall.

We will be holding an EGM in two weeks’ time (Sunday 24 Nov.) in between games at 5 pm in the Debating Hall. Please consider this as two weeks’ notice of the General Meeting as per our Constitution.

We encourage all of our members who are able to make it to come along. If you can’t make it, you may also vote by proxy, in which case please do get in touch with the Committee by email. We need as many of our members, especially student members, there as possible for the meeting to be quorate.

We will be voting on important amendments to the Society Constitution, adopting an anti-harassment policy and complaints procedures, and a change to when we will be electing the Conpulsion Liaison for the following year.

The following documents are drafts of the motions being proposed for the EGM, as well as the draft policies that we mentioned above. Links to the documents are as follows:

List of motions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P1hALFDXMbWvpBSFgfrYm9OpJk1QDnvW0PsQ79mNAyI/edit?usp=sharing

Draft Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaints Procedure: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lLOH6TWGp1rBualvGfmjWFbPEp-BJk1BcsGKdHXfc3w/edit?usp=sharing

Please note that these documents are currently provisional drafts, and we are due to consult the EUSA Activities’ Office on Tuesday, 12 Nov., for advice on the precise wording. We will be incorporating any updates in the documents that we linked to above and we will present the final versions at the EGM to be voted on.

2) Medieval Call of Cthulhu Scenario Playtest: Tuesday, 19 Nov. 7 pm.

We are collaborating with the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology to develop an expansion for Call of Cthulhu set in the Crusader States. For this project, we are running a one-shot event to playtest a Medieval Call of Cthulhu scenario for participants to get a feel for the system and setting.

This will take place on Tuesday, 19 November, in the Teviot Dining Room from 7 pm.

If you would like to GM at this event, please get in touch with us.

If you would like to sign up as a player, please feel free to register using this Doodle poll:
https://www.doodle.com/poll/7bagq6k488k4i5uy

3) GM Workshop : Saturday the 23rd of November 6pm in the Balcony Room

This month’s GM workshop will be covering the topic of game safety.
In essence : how to run a game in a way that is safe for the wellbeing of those at the table and how to navigate situations where perhaps something has gone wrong in game.
This workshop will focus on various safety tools, how they are used and our speakers experience in making games a safe space for gamers to play in.

If you would like to come along just pop along to the event, there is no need to sign up.
This will be taking place from 6pm in the balcony room at Teviot.

Hope to see you all there!

4) Mental Health and Wellbeing Week 11-15 November

Also, as many of you may have seen, the forthcoming week is mental health and wellbeing week at the University. Vivek, our Equality and Wellbeing Officer, has a quick message for everyone: It is normal for people to face challenges to their mental health for a multitude of reasons, and as the adage goes it’s okay to not be okay. Here at Geas, we recognise that for a lot of our members, our society, the friendships we make here, and the games we play together are important to their happiness and wellbeing. We on the Committee want to make this as friendly and welcoming a space as possible. If there is anything in the Society that you feel affects your wellbeing, please feel free to get in touch with Vivek at geas.welfare and he will help you find the support you need.

Vivek also wanted to pass on the following resource to our members: Dr Megan Connell, a psychologist and DM, has a YouTube channel on the topic of mental health and gaming. This is not a substitute to mental health support like counselling, medication or other therapies, and the point of this is not for each of us to take the role of a therapist. Rather, the purpose of these videos is to provide information so we can be more accommodating at the table. It makes a huge difference when friends look out for each other, and some of the most profound advice for all adventurers is from the Legend of Zelda franchise, ‘It’s dangerous to go alone.’ So here, take this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKZ5Ymwa8Wg&list=PL2IRUzcSUyX0yCWc4P2nyOvgvdwFPl8HM

For the Greater Glory of Geas,
The Geas Committee

Important November dates and announcements!

Greetings Grand Adventurers!

I have some dates to remind you of, and a couple of exciting announcements!

To start off, we’ve reached repitch times! This is a chance for GMs to pitch six week campaigns to run from next week until Christmas. GMs can continue their games, or pitch new ones, and players can choose to move to new games if they want. Repitches will be taking place on the 6th of November at 18:00, and the 10th of November at 13:00 and at 18:00. All repitches will be taking place in the Debating Hall in Teviot.

We will be holding an EGM the 24th of November to discuss potential changes to the constitution. We encourage all our members to come along, as EGMs are a good opportunity to raise any concerns you have with any part of the society, and to ensure you have a say in how the society is run. The EGM will occur at 5pm in the Debating Hall in Teviot, and we aim to wrap it up in time for evening games.

I also want to remind you that you can still sign up for student nationals! The deadline date has been extended to the 17th of November, so if you want to come along and represent GEAS in what will be a fun weekend of roleplaying in Sheffield, please email us with your three top choices for games (we’ve attached the list to this email) by the 17th.

And finally, an exciting discount announcement! You can now get 10% off all items from Traveller’s Path! Traveller’s Path sell high quality battle mats in a range of sizes, markers and erasers for said mats, AND DICE!! You can order their products from https://travellerspath.com/ – just type in the GEAS motto with no caps or spaces (this can be found in the bottom right corner of your membership card) and you’ll receive 10% off your entire order!

For glory and GEAS!

Emily Booth

President 2019-20

Room Bookings for 10th November

Hello!

I have a quick update regarding our room bookings for the repitches on Sunday 10th, we have been moved to the Debating Hall for both the afternoon and evening sessions. This means that we have the Debating Hall for all our repitches, both on the 6th and on the 10th. We hope to see you there!

For Glory and GEAS!
Society Secretary,
Logan C. Anderson

URGENT STUDENT NATIONALS

Hi all, Unfortunately, it seems that my brochure attachments failed in the original nationals email so please use the links below to access them.

Here are the easy-read and plaintext versions of the 2020 Nationals brochure.
http://bit.ly/Nat2020EasyRead
http://bit.ly/Nat2020Plain-text

The full version is available here:

http://bit.ly/Nat2020Brochure

Again, if you are interested in attending please send your name, your accessibility requirements (should you need them), and your 3 category preferences from most to least preferred.

Apologies for the spam of emails.

For the Glory of GEAS!
Robyn Higgins
Events 2019-2020

Student Nationals and Crusader Call of Cthulhu Update

Greetings Grand Adventurers!

(In this email: Student Nationals sign ups, HCA’s Crusader States Call of Cthulhu Project)

Student Nationals

The sign up for student nationals is upon us so I am sending out this email to get numbers and sign ups for those interested in coming.

Student Nationals is a national roleplaying competition, where societies and independents from across the UK come together to game, socialise and compete. Although we are not entirely sure how the competition aspect is graded, we do know that it’s great fun and allows you to meet new people and try out new games. Gaming takes place over two days, you will be placed into a category and you will play 2 games in this category, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Apart from gaming there will also be social events such as quizzes and dances etc.

You can sign up to be either a GM or a player at nationals so whichever role you prefer there is a space for you on our team.

Nationals will take place this year at Sheffield University from the 24th of April – 26th of April. We will be going down on the 24th and returning on the 27th.

As Nationals is considerably further away this year than last year, it will be mores costly, therefore please only put yourself down at sign up if you are able to make it. I anticipate that the total cost of accommodation and travel will be between £200-£250 each although I cannot be exact until I have received sign up. The organisation of the payments will be arranged once we have our team signed up and transport is available for booking. I should imagine that the cost of the hotel and the transport will be paid at different times. The sign up fee which will need to be paid ASAP is £25 each.

If you would like to sign up to be on the team this year please have a look at the attached brochures. I have included the accessible versions for those that need them.

If you decide to enter please reply to this email with your name, your 3 category choices numbered 1-3 from most to least preferred, whether or not you’d like to participate in a miniature speed painting contest & any accessibility requirements. Please note the miniature contest has an extra fee.
If you would like to GM please reply with your name and state your interest so I can forward you the GM signup information once released.

The deadline for sign up is November 3rd. I will be sending off the signup sheet on this date and collecting the sign up fee of £25 from those who have entered. after the team has been finalised I will arrange a meeting to discuss transport and accommodation.

Crusader States Call of Cthulhu Update

We also have a quick update regarding the project we mentioned earlier about the School of History, Classics and Archaeology developing a new Call of Cthulhu expansion based on the Crusader States. We got in touch with Gianluca Raccagni with a number of queries from our members who are not in the stipulated schools involved in the project (LLC, HCA, ECA) who are interested in contributing.

Based on the feedback, we will welcome any student and/or alumnus of the university to be involved with the research, writing, editing and graphic design of the project. However, priority will be given to current students in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. For now, anyone is welcome to come along to the introductory meeting. Please feel free to attend the introductory meeting on 23 October, or email Gianluca at Gianluca.Raccagni if you can’t make it but would still like to be involved.

The following is an EventBrite link to the first meeting:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/call-of-cthulhu-the-crusades-introductory-meeting-tickets-76532054435?aff=efbeventtix

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me via the email, the discord or facebook.

For the Glory of Geas!
Robyn Higgins
Events 2019-2020

IMPORTANT: Memberships

Greetings Grand Adventurers!
As we are in week 5 of the semester, we are going to ask that everyone playing in games with us ensure they have membership to the society. As of this week we are going to be checking memberships during games, and we are going to have to insist anyone playing in geas games is a paid member if they wish to continue in their game. We ask that if you have paid your membership, you bring your membership card to the sessions as proof.

Membership costs £3 for the whole year and £1.50 for a single semester. Having a GEAS membership also gives you discounts in Games Hub, Tempo Tea Bar, Black Lion Games and Murphy’s Vault. You can purchase your membership here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/activities/societies/society/httpwwwgeasorg/.

If you are having trouble paying for your membership, please tell a committee member as soon as possible so we can help.

Thank you to everyone who has paid their membership. It is important we have our membership numbers in writing as proof of the size of our society, as larger societies are given priority for booking larger rooms and are less likely to be moved to different rooms.

For the glory of GEAS!
Emily Booth
President 2019/20

Room Bookings for 13/10 UPDATED!

Hello,

I am sorry to say that despite written confirmation on our end (with further written confirmation given this wednesday), EUSA has changed our room bookings to the back half of Amphion and the Lounge for today.

Please ensure that other players in your games are aware of this, and once again we are sorry that our room bookings have been changed yet again.

For Glory and GEAS,
Society Secretary
Logan C. Anderson

Call of Cthulhu: the Crusader States Project

Dear Grand Adventurers,

We have some news about an exciting opportunity for our members! GEAS is collaborating with the History and Games Studies Network at the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology to help them run a new project.

The History and Games Studies Network is creating a new setting for Call of Cthulhu based on the Crusader States. This would build on the forthcoming Medieval Cthulhu expansion by James Holloway, which would enable Keepers and players to run scenarios set in and around the middle east during the medieval period. The purpose of this project is to give students studying a variety of different subjects at the University experience in creating a supplement book for a role-playing game. Participants will be involved in every stage of the writing process, including research, planning, writing, graphic design, and editing (and, at a later stage, play-testing).

This project is set in the Crusaders States (which covered the coast from Turkey to Egypt, as well as the Upper Mesopotamia) between 1100 and 1300, which was an incredibly rich meeting point of cultures and cultural legacies. The proposed supplement will present a more nuanced and complex history of the crusading period than the simplistic ‘clash of civilisations’ narrative found in most other RPGs.

If you are a student in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology; Literatures, Languages, and Cultures; or the Edinburgh College of Art, and have any interest or experience in the above, please get in touch with us. There is an initial meeting with Gianluca Raccagni, the lecturer in History leading this project, on 23 October in G16 in the William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, from 2.30 to 4 pm. Please come along to this meeting if you are interested. If you are unable to make this meeting but would still like to be involved, please email Gianluca at Gianluca.Raccagni.

Please note that because of the conditions of the funding for this project, only students enrolled at the university will be eligible for the research, writing, editing and illustration of the source book. However, if you are not a student, you can still be involved as a play tester. We are planning on running special events at GEAS for this. There may also be future events and discussions in the development of this project. We will be in touch if we have any further updates on this and any new opportunities, especially ways in which many of our members who have a wealth of experience in the field of game design can be involved.

We hope you are all as excited about this project as we are!

In our house in Teviot GEAS waits gloriously,
Robyn and Vivek

Spooky Halloween One Shot Event

Greetings Grand Adventurers!

This year we will be hosting a spooky one shot event in support of Maggies centres.
We will be implementing the charity re roll system so bring your change and your best dice along.
The event will take place on Saturday October 26th at Teviot in the New Amphion from 6:30-11.

To get in as a player you will be required to bring your own bag of sweets to share at your table.

If you are interested in GMing at this event please contact me via the Geas email so we can gauge game numbers. You do not need to have a campaign description just show your interest.

We will also be debuting the first of our limited edition Griffie the Griffin stickers commissioned by GEAS artists, with the proceeds going to charity.
The Halloween Griffie was designed by our very own Angus Barker and will be available for purchase at the event.

Hope you see many of you there!

For the Glory of Geas!
Robyn Higgins
Events 2019-2020

GM Basics Workshop

Greetings Grand Adventurers!

It is finally time for the first of our revamped Gaming workshops!

This month’s workshop will be coving the basics of running a game, how to prepare for a session and other useful tips for GM’s both old and new.
We will have a panel of 4 amazing GMs who will be discussing their experiences running games and answering any questions you may have about organising sessions.
The panel will be approximately 60-90 mins followed by a social period.

The Workshop will take place this Saturday (12th October) 3pm-7pm in the Study at Teviot.

I hope to see many of you there!

For the Glory of GEAS!
Robyn Higgins
Events 2019-2020