Geas Summer Games 2020

Every summer, as we close for the academic year, Geas endeavours to provide GMs a forum where they can invite players to participate in their home games over the summer. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are having to move everything on-line. This post is a listing of the various summer games for which GMs are recruiting players.

Game Listings

Sign Up Instructions

There are a few things we would like to highlight at the start:

  1. These games are not official Geas games, but are home games run by various Geas members.
  2. As these are home games that the GMs are running, they will have the discretion to invite whomever they please.
  3. Because this is outside of term time and during a global pandemic, the Committee will not be able to support all games that are running to the same extent that we do during term-time. However, we will do our best should anyone need any help.
  4. Should you experience any issues in these games outside of Geas that you feel might affect your well-being or equal participation when in the Society, you are still able to speak to the Committee, and the Equality and Wellbeing Officer in particular, at Geas.Welfare [at] gmail [dot] com.

Game Listings

  1. Agone (GM: Stephen McMorland)
  2. Amber: The Lost Children (ADRPG crossed with Best Friends, GM: Matthew Barrowcliffe)
  3. Batten Down the Hatches (7th Sea system, GM: Craig Barnes)
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (GM: Craig Oxbrow)
  5. The Lost Story of Evonne Blake (Diceless storytelling, GM: Matthew Barrowcliffe)
  6. Star Wars: Night Witches (Night Witches system, GM: Vivek Santayana)
  7. Throne of Glass (D&D 5th Ed, GM: James Marsh)
  8. The Unwilling (Exodus, a home-made dice pool system, GM: Alex Kiker)
  9. Upon the Wine-Dark Sea (Fate Core, GM: Joe McLaughlin)
  10. Vampire: the Masquerade (GM: Craig Oxbrow)

All times listed are British Summer Time.


System: Agone
GM: Stephen McMorland
When: Sunday afternoon about 2 – 5PM usually
How? Skype voice
Spaces: 3 (Pre-Genned Characters)
Age Rating: 18
Content Advisories: I try not to be too nasty but The Big Bad is truly evil and seeks to destroy everything beautiful, so there might be tragic and broken NPCs
Safety Tools: Not sure how I can use T cards and haven’t a clue what these other things are, I’m assuming a level of common sense and communication – if I step across a line please speak upover Private message and I will stop
Game Description: Dark fantasy in a doomed world of corruption, despair and dark forces conspiring to destroy all beauty, free will and individuality, Magic based on The Arts and strange races
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Amber: the Lost Children

System: ADRPG crossed with Best Friends (sort of)
GM: Matthew Barrowcliffe
When: Sunday 18:00 – 22:00
How? Zoom
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: None
Safety Tools: Veiled, X-Cards and players will be allowed to message in case Lines are reached or approached without my knowledge.
Game Description: You were raised at St. Paulette’s School for Extraordinary Children, sent there by busy parents. Summer has come and you are together when you start to realise something is going wrong. [A passing familiarity with the Amber series by Roger Zelazny might be useful.]
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Batten Down the Hatches

System: 7th Sea 2nd edition
GM: Craig Barnes
When: Saturday, I’m flexible on time and we can see what suits people who are interested.
How? Flexible based on players. No need for a webcam but a welcome addition, I will be using one.
Spaces: 6
Age Rating:
Content Advisories: I’m not expecting any content that would be an issue but of course we will work to make sure all players are comfortable and if you have any concerns please let me know
Safety Tools: GEAS standard T card, but if people would be more comfortable I’m open to discussing additional tools.
Game Description: Avast ye scurvy dogs, this be an adventure spanning the high seas. You and your crew will hunt booty and mystery through the world of 7th Sea, an intricate and larger than life setting based on 17th century earth. Swashbuckling and a unique set of different magic systems give you a lot of room to make whatever character you like This is a game for grand heroics and action set pieces alongside intrege and investigation. Think swinging from exploding ships over a whirlpool while cannon balls barrel past you. Bonus xp every session for the best use of pirate slang.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

System: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
GM: Craig Oxbrow
When: Saturday or Sunday, 7ish-10ish
How? Video, probably Discord
Spaces: 4-6ish
Age Rating: 12
Content Advisories: Frequent fantasy violence, Blood
Safety Tools: X-Cards
Game Description: Buffy The Vampire Slayer using the official RPG rules, with a new cast of characters in modern-day smallish-town and probably campus-based adventures. Knowledge of the setting and shows and game is useful but not necessary. The system is quite straightforward. The setting is an urban fantasy Earth with magic and monsters existing in secret, and a mix of action, generally-mild horror, drama and comedy. Possible specific setup: The characters are a band and one or more of them is mixed up in supernatural trouble.
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The Lost Story of Evonne Blake

System: Diceless Storytelling
GM: Matthew Barrowcliffe
When: Sunday 12:30 – 16:30
How? Zoom
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Horror
Safety Tools: Veiled, X-Cards and players will be allowed to message in case Lines are reached or approached without my knowledge.
Game Description: Evonne Blake was a writer between the wars. She dissapeared Tursday May the 10th 1923. It is 1924, you are her family and friends come to her house after the police inquest has declared her dead. No body has ever been found. (This will be similar to the Mystery of Sophie Meadows in that the events of Evonne and her history will depend on what characters turn up to the inquest. There will be themes of horror. Play in the Mystery of Sophie Meadows not requires, no recurring characters and a different base plot.)
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Star Wars: Night Witches

System: Night Witches
GM: Vivek Santayana
When: Wednesday Evenings
How? Video: Jitsi or Zoom
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Depictions of fantasy racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination
Safety Tools: T-Cards, Lines and Veils
Game Description: The Rebellion has retreated! As the human leaders rally their forces to strike the first major blow at the BATTLE OF LOTHAL, lesser theatres of the War at the galaxy’s edge have been abandoned to fend for themselves.
A small, semi-autonomous, non-human world mounts a desperate defence against the EMPIRE’s invading forces. But hope still remains, as a group of maverick pilots who were rejected by the rest of the Rebellion are determined to win the battle and end the Empire’s tyranny.
A group of four or five players will play these pilots using the NIGHT WITCHES system, fighting the species-ism in the Star Wars universe. The system is about playing the eponymous Soviet women pilots during the Second World War who faced sexism in the Red Army, which we will adapt to a player-defined Star Wars setting. No prior Star Wars knowledge required. The system and setting will contain themes of discrimination by design, and players play the intrepid heroes who face and challenge these prejudices as they take the fight to the Empire….
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Throne of Glass

System: D&D 5e
GM: James Marsh
When: Thursdays 6-10pm GMT
How? Voice, with optional video, through Discord.
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Themes of possible concern likely to come up: Graphic violence, insanity and madness. I tend to avoid any strong sexual themes in my games, and would prefer if players also avoided such themes.
Safety Tools: At any point, a player can PM me and I will immediately pause the game and resolve any issues.
Game Description: This adventure will take place in the world of Eberron. The game will be played on roll20, using DnDBeyond for character management. Just two years ago the five great nations made peace following a long, gruesome war of succession over rulership of the continent. The party will have to find its place in this war-torn continent and navigate through the greed and intrigue that pervades through its’ leadership. The game begins in Sharn, the city of towers, where social class is determined by how high in the towers you reside. Monsters, criminals, adventurers and nobles all call this city their home – but not as equals. Key features of this campaign:
– Balanced split of combat and role-play
– Meaningful decisions that change the world around you
– Authentic NPC’s you will love and hate
– Exploration through uncharted territories
– Significant freedom of choice
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The Unwilling

System: The Unwilling
GM: Alex Kiker
When: Sundays 18:00-22:00
How? Video preferred, Zoom and/or Roll20
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: The game will contain themes of memory loss, personal loss, and occasional lack of control over actions.
Safety Tools: T-Card
Game Description: The Unwilling will be a game of discovery and exploration in a fantasy setting. The campaign will begin with characters waking up together in a darkened room, having no memory of who they are or how they got there. They will have to work together to remember their shared past, uncover the secrets of their situation, and work out the best way to move forward.
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Upon the Wine-Dark Sea

System: Fate Core
GM: Joe McLaughlin
When: 18:00-22:00 on Saturdays
How? Voice-only, No preferred platform
Spaces: 4
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Violence, Threat, Refrences to Slavery, Potentially some mild horror elements.
Safety Tools: Lines and Veils, T-Card
Game Description: An episodic, monster of the week style game of exploration and heroism in the world of Greek Mythology. As survivors of the fall of Troy lost upon the seemingly limitless ocean, players will travel from island to island, meeting exotic peoples, fighting strange creatures and attracting the dangerous attention of the Gods. Influences include the ancient myths themselves, especially the Odyssey, modern reinterpretations like the Song of Achilles and Soldier in the Mist as well as Sword and Sandals B-movies such as 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Will the Heroes survive and return to their distant homes. Will they found a new Troy far from the lands of their birth? Or will their fate become just another inspiration for the tragedians of the future?
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Vampire: the Masquerade

System: Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition
GM: Craig Oxbrow
When: Saturday or Sunday, around 7-10
How? Video, probably Discord
Spaces: 4-6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Blood, violence
Safety Tools: X-Cards, session zero discussion
Game Description: Vampire: The Masquerade is a storytelling game of personal horror, playing as people drawn into a society of monsters hunting in the shadows of a world that looks like our own. Knowledge of the setting and system is not required, the setting looks like our world on the surface and the system is straightforward. Your characters are new to the night in a city where the reigning elder vampire has vanished, leaving the Damned fighting amongst themselves. The oldest cling to their power, the youngest fight for their own survival, and few care about their souls. Will your characters choose a side, find their own path, or die trying – again? Expect personal connections to humanity complicating existence as a vampire, some violence though not much action, and a backdrop of dark alleys, nightclubs, galleries and graveyards.
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How to Sign Up

You can sign up for a summer game using our on-line form at

When signing up, you can select up to three games. We will send your name to all the GMs in whose games express interest, and they will then contact the players they wish to invite.

The deadline for signing up for games is 12 pm on 27 May. We will forward sign-ups to GMs then.
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