Game Submission Deadlines

Greetings, adventurers!

We’re gearing up to the start of term pitches and are still on the hunt for GMs to run weekly sessions. This year’s pitches will be held on the GEAS Discord server, with game submissions closing 24 hours in advance. So, the deadlines for submissions are:

  • 6pm Tuesday the 22nd for games running on Wednesdays.
  • 6pm Saturday the 26th for all games running on Sundays.

Games for these slots can be submitted here: http://geas.org.uk/pitches

We welcome all members to submit a game, whether they’re old or new. However, we do ask that all GMs abide by our Game Safety Policy, which can be accessed here: http://geas.org.uk/safety

You can join the GEAS Discord server where we’ll be hosting pitches here: http://geas.org.uk/discord

Finally, details about how we’re making the move online can be found in our September newsletter: http://geas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-09-Newsletter.pdf

Keep safe out there,
Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Start-of-Term Social and Socials Schedule for Term 1

Hey there, Adventurers!

Just writing to update you on our upcoming social, as well as our schedule for socials for the rest of the term!

Our upcoming start-of-term social is this Saturday, September 26, at 7:00. The social will be held on the GEAS Discord server, linked below.

For our freshers and newer members, socials are a great way to meet other TTRPG fans, get to know with your party members, or play a few rounds of Tabletop Simulator.

The link to the Discord can be found here: https://geas.org.uk/discord

And, if you’d like to be reminded of the event, the Facebook event can be found here: https://fb.me/e/1alTRB4En

Currently, the rest of the socials for the term will be held every 3rd Friday of the month, on the Discord, at 7:00. We may add in some morning socials, and, hopefully, be able to see you in person before the term ends!

Your best friend,
Stella Segar
Socials Coordinator

Welcome Week One-Shots 2020 Game Listings

This is a listing of games that will be running at our Welcome Week one-shots. Sign-ups will take place live at the start of the event, following our usual format for game pitches.

To take part, please sign up to the Geas Discord at http://geas.org.uk/discord

Please note that pitches will start at 6 pm on 19 September. The post here is for information only, and sign-ups for games will happen on our Discord server after the games have been pitched.

Games listed in alphabetical order by title.

The Archmage’s Tower

System: Exodus
GM: Alexander Kiker
Description: Players will be part of a familiar group of adventurers who have come together to break into the tower of an enigmatic figure known only as the Archmage. The game is set in a fantasy world, with magic as a nearly universal part of life. There will be options for pre-generated characters with different customization options available.
Format: Voice and video preferred
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: PG
Content Advisories: The game may touch on somewhat heavy themes, such as the inevitability of death, the horrors of war, and the meaning of life, but will hopefully do so in a lighthearted manner


Crash Pandas

System: Crash Pandas
GM: Rowan Edmunds
Description: Your wacky characters have woken up as raccoons enrolled in a race for reasons. You must win. let the race begin
Format: Voice I will be using a screen share with MS paint
Spaces: 4 to 6.
Age Rating: 12
Content advisories: Dangerous behaviour


Dropzone

System: homebrew
GM: Alan Jackson
Description: Aliens. Dripping acid. Teeth in the darkness. A distant colony planet. Suddenly silences. You are the brave marines sent to rescue the survivors.
Format: Zoom
Spaces: 6.
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: Action violence. Some horror.


The Grand Space Adventure of [Your Name Here]

System: Lasers and Feelings
GM: Emma Andersen
Description: Lasers and Feelings is a simple one-page system that tends to produce funny, chaotic games that work best when no one takes things too seriously. This oneshot should be a rollicking space adventure with undertones of cosmic horror as our spaceship crew decides what to do with a strange alien artifact, the pirate captain who wants it, and a mysterious entity known only as Something Else.
Format: Voice with video on Discord
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 12
Content advisories: This oneshot will include elements of cosmic/eldritch horror (though no Lovecraft himself because racism is not welcome) and potential mind control/loss of bodily autonomy.


The Great Train Robbery

System: Deadlands: The Weird West
GM: Craig Barnes
Description: In the Weird West of North America it’s 1884 and societal progress is marked by miles of iron rail stretching across the continent. Nothing can stop a 10,000 ton series of reinforced train cars from reaching their destination. Except mabye you. Your Outlaws, good ones too, and if you can pull this off you’ll be set for life.
This is a Steampunk Western where you can expect an action packed train heist filled with Monsters, Magic and Mad Science. Not to mention a number of truly horrific southern accents.

Format: Roll 20, video not required but I’ll be using it.
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: Non graphic violence


Honey Heist

System: Honey Heist
GM: Duncan Henley-Washford
Description: A super silly heist themed game. Here is the plot:
1) You have a complex plan that requires precise timing.
2) You are a GODDAMN BEAR.

Format: Voice-only and using Roll20 (…probably)
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: Things that come up are mostly defined the players as they lead the narrative. But (mostly cartoony) violence is likely.


A Human Decision

System: systemless
GM: Milo van Mesdag
Description: As the ‘designated human decision makers’, when the energy system on your long distance space transit ship fails, it is up to you to work through the list of 50 people that you are responsible for and decide which 15 will be ‘powered down’. No monsters, no bad guys, just you, a direct video link to any of the 50 that you wish to talk to and the knowledge that by the end of it, it will be your decision which ones will live, and which ones will die.
(Note: this is a pure, probably quite brutal role-playing experience. No dice, no action, just one terrible decision to make. You will each be playing a pre-made character, each with their own motivations, secrets and history.)

Format: Video, and each player will need to be able to access a couple of Google docs.
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: Death and sacrifice (and therefore possibly mental health and suicide, but this can depend on the group). I would prefer to avoid issues of discrimination.


Liberation

System: 7th Sea, 2nd Edition
GM: Mick Zijdel
Description: This game will be run using 7th Sea, 2nd edition: A swashbuckling and sorcery system where you play as (pirate) heroes and fight despicable evil. This game will take place in a faux-Caribbean setting called the Atabean. The game will be quite light-hearted, especially with all the memes involved. Your characters will be pre-made, but there will be a wide range of options, and the game is good for beginners. “Arrrrr mateys! Welcome to the New World! You, a crew of pirates, freedom fighters, and defenders of the weak and poor, have just liberated some goods from their previous owners. Now, sailing back to a safe haven before you encounter any of the Atabean Trading Company’s slave traders or pirate hunters, you encounter a lonely undefended merchant ship. Have you got any other choice than to take a gander?”
Format: This game will be run on Discord. I will be using a webcam and I encourage you to do so too. We will also be using Roll20 to roll and track stats.
Spaces: 4
Age Rating: 12
Content Advisories: References to slavery


Masks: Making the Grade

System: Masks: A New Generation
GM: Vivek Santayana
Description: You have just gotten your final school exam results downgraded, and you are SO NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS. What can you, a teenager at Halcyon Secondary School, do about it? Well, for starters, you’ve got superpowers, and you’ve got your team of superhero friends. So why not take the fight against this injustice straight to the people responsible for this?
Masks is a game about teenagers navigating their self-image, relationships, and the challenges of living up to adults’ expectations while also being superheroes trying to save the world. The tone is very much like that of a comic book about teen supers like X-Men or Young Avengers. This game will look at the recent exam results scandal, and will explore the importance of friendship in dealing with hardship.

Format: Voice and video. Discord to roll dice.
Spaces: 3 to 5
Age Rating: 12
Content advisories: The game will portray recent events regarding the exam result scandal, which may be distressing to people who have just had a direct experience of them. The game may include romance depending on how players create their characters. There will be abstract, cartoon or comic book violence or threats, but no detailed or graphic depictions of violence.


Project Galileo

System: Trophy Dark
GM: Jamie Wheeler
Description: 2033, scientists on Martian research base Galileo are close to returning home. Today a drone broke through into a artificially constructed cavern. Find proof of intelligent life, achieve scientific glory, die on an alien planet. Science fiction horror
Format: Voice/video
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 18
Content Advisories: I don’t understand the BBFC rating system or how it would apply in advance to a game constructed on the fly, so I just put 18 to cover any self destructive behaviour that comes up.


Sapphire & Steel

System: Home-brewed diceless
GM: Roderick Easton
Description: Beings from beyond the corridor of time are trying to break in to destroy it. Elemental agents of reality are sent to potential breaches where they must find out what the problem is and resolve it before it is too late. Odd things are happening on a freighter sailing through the so-called Bermuda Triangle and a group of agents arrive.
“All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Copper and Jet have been assigned.

Format: voice or video, I’ll share pre-genned sheets on Google drive
Spaces: 2 to 5.
Age Rating: 12


A Thief of Many Faces

System: Blades in the Dark
GM: Manuel Tarazona Querol
Description: In the dark and dreary city of Doskvol, the story of the Vixen, a legendary thief, is one of the few things that bring hope to its citizens. However, it is just a story, so the players have all decided to take up her mantle. Independently from each other. And rob the same place. At the same time.
Shenanigans ensue in a gritty setting and system.
Format: Video optional; will use roll20
Spaces: 4
Age Rating: 15


The Trainwreck

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th ed
GM: Jules
Description: Call of Cthulhu is a relatively grim system (and you don’t have to familiar with it – I’ll explain the rules if needed), with Lovecraftian lore and where too much knowledge can lead to a fate worse than death. In this game, I would rely more on investigation and roleplay – no gore, but plenty of ways to lose sanity (as characters) nonetheless. More of a thriller than horror. I have prepared some pre-generated characters (you’re welcome to modify them if you will), so we don’t waste time and I hope you’d join me.
The story starts in February of 1926 in a small mountain town, Sunrock – too forgettable to be included in the maps, with not more than half a thousand people currently living in it. First founded by the gold diggers, currently, the life of the town is centred around the old mines, where some mineral valuables are still to be found.
A fair question to ask would be, what brings the Investigators to this hellhole of a place, especially during the winter months when even the nature couldn’t be fully enjoyed, as the cold, snowy clutches of frost forbid the few exciting activities you could find in the town.
Well, everyone felt taking this job was a bad idea, but everyone had their reasons to do so. The Investigators set out to search for Jamie Davenport – a prised geology student, who left for this town about three and a half weeks ago to collect some data for his diploma and disappeared without a trace. Will it be his loving family, a brave detective or his academic rival, who’d find him? Or will they all disappear without a trace as well? Join the game to find out.

Format: Discord (voice only) and roll20
Spaces: 3 to 5
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: Darkness, confined spaces, blood, ghosts (maybe) and an array of phobias and mental traumas for your characters


You Awaken in a Strange Place…

System: You awaken in a strange place’
GM: Yves-Pearl Hurley
Description: You awaken in a strange place’ perhaps its the galley of a spaceship cruising through the stars thousands of years from now, or maybe you’ve come to in a dingy basement you don’t recognise. Maybe its 1888 and Jack the Ripper is terrorising London or perchance a powerful sorcerer has awoken you from a slumber you don’t recall falling into….
‘You awaken in a strange place’ is a completely improvised one shot game system. No prior experience of TTRPGs necessary, no ruleset to read and only one d6 needed to play. As such its RP focused improv type game great for people who are into the storytelling part of TTRPGs, vets who want to try that out or anyone who’s new and wants to get straight into playing without having to be an expert or know a game by heart.
Format: voice only or video, depends on the group. No other tools needed,
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 15
Content advisories: As the game is improvised I would like to have the opportunity to ask players to let me know privately anything that they would like me not to include. I always veto discussions of suicide, assault and anything happening to underage characters with a new group.

GMs Wanted: Welcome Week One Shots

Greetings Adventurers,

(Tl;dr version: We need GMs to run one-shots, so why not submit a game!)

We have our Welcome Week One Shots on Saturday evening at 6 pm on our Discord server. If you’re new to Geas or role-playing, and want to see what it’s like, or if you are a veteran member and want to play a short game, you’re all welcome to the event.

As always, we need GMs to run games at the event! We’d love to have as many different games on offer for our new members, so that everyone finds something they’d enjoy playing. Also, newcomers to Geas are also welcome to run games! You don’t have to be a veteran member to be a GM, and if you are new to the Society you are still able to run games if you’d like!

If you would like to run a one-shot, you are welcome to submit a game to us via our on-line form. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know new members, try out GMing if you haven’t GMed before, or maybe even try out a game or system you haven’t played before. You can submit a game via: http://geas.org.uk/freshers

Because we are running on-line this year, we need all our games sent in to us in advance so we can set up our Discord. So the deadline to submit games is tomorrow (Friday) at 6 pm.

Thank you to all the GMs who have already submitted games for the event. It’s great to see such a wide variety of games so far. I will be in touch tomorrow once submissions close with more details.

Finally, the deadline for submissions for our regular campaigns is also fast approaching. If you are considering running a campaign this semester, you will need to submit your games to us by Tuesday 22 September for the Wednesday slots, and Saturday 26 September for the Sunday slots. We will send around a similar reminder closer to the day.

We are really grateful to all our GMs for the time and energy they put in to run games at our events. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, and receiving your game pitches!

Hail the Dice Gods,
Vivek Santayana
Equality and Wellbeing Officer

Livestream TONIGHT

Hello there, adventurers!

Tonight our Webmaster, Alan Jackson, will be leading the committee through the fight for freedom in a gritty cyberpunk future. The team has the skills to win the battle; their only disadvantage is that they’re cats…

You can find us live on Twitch from 6pm BST here: https://www.twitch.tv/geaslive

During the stream, we’ll also be taking donations for Maggie’s, a cancer support charity that is still providing care during this time. You can find out more about the work they do on their website: https://www.maggies.org/

In the meantime, you can get to know the cats over on our Facebook, where we’ve been posting their bios: https://www.facebook.com/geasedinburgh

There you can also find the stream poster made by our own Amy McMonagle, who created all the art for this event.

Claws out!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

A Call for One Shot GMs and Memberships Are Now Live

Hey, adventurers!
I’d just like to say a quick thank you to those who have already signed up to run games for the Welcome Week event and this semester’s campaigns. Your support means a lot to us as we make the move online.
We Need You (to GM)
Our traditional evening of one shots will be taking place on the 19th September, running from 6pm till 10pm. Due to current restrictions it’ll be hosted on GEAS’s Discord server but should run in much the same manner that it normally does. We’re looking for GMs to run games on the night, with a game lasting around 3 hours. Anyone is welcome to GM regardless of experience or how new they are to the society.

However, we ask that GMs remember that they will be gaming with a lot of freshers and people they haven’t met before, so it may be a good idea to err on the side of caution in terms of content and themes that could be distressing. As usual all games need to abide by our Game Safety Policy, which can be accessed here: http://geas.org.uk/safety

Game submissions will close at 6pm on the 18th September, so that the server moderators can get the Discord set up. This unfortunately means we won’t be accepting games on the evening of the event. Submissions can be made here:
http://geas.org.uk/freshers

You can join the GEAS Discord server where we’ll be hosting the event here:
http://geas.org.uk/discord

Finally, details about how we’re making the move online can be found in our September newsletter:
http://geas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-09-Newsletter.pdf

Memberships Are Now on Sale
Memberships are finally on available to buy via the EUSA webstore! The society voted last month to reduce membership fees for the upcoming academic year, as a result the fees for both students and non-students will be as follows:

First Semester: £0
Second Semester: £1.50
Full Year: £1.50

Although the first semester is effectively free, we still need you to ‘purchase’ your membership. This is to make sure that we have a full list of members and can make appropriate room bookings for the second semester, should we be able to meet in person.

With that in mind, please go to the webpage below to confirm your membership:
https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/activities/societies/society/httpwwwgeasorg/

May the dice be ever in your favour,
Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Newsletter and A Call for GMs

Hey there, adventurers!
In the lead up to the start of term, the committee have put together a newsletter to welcome our new members and introduce ourselves to the society.

As President and Editor-in-Chief, Robyn started the newsletter by addressing the challenges that current events have set ahead of us and how we plan to work through them. The committee answered some revealing and hard-hitting questions, such as what would our role be in an adventuring party? Spoilers: we don’t make a balanced group.

Vivek has put together some guidance about our move to Discord for the first semester, from how exactly pitches will work to how we’re going to keep the platform safe to use. Our Events and Socials co-ordinators have included details of what’s coming up in the GEAS calendar in the next few months. We also have some community submitted systems reviews to inspire your upcoming campaigns.

The newsletter can be found at: http://geas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-09-Newsletter.pdf

GM Sign Ups
While we’re here, we’re still looking for GMs to sign up to run both Welcome Week one shots and campaigns for this semester. Submissions will be open until 24 hours before the event is due to start.

The one shot event will be taking place on Saturday the 19th September from 6pm-10pm, games can be submitted here: http://geas.org.uk/freshers

While this semester’s campaigns will start on the dates below and can be submitted here: http://geas.org.uk/pitches

  • Wednesday games from 6pm till 10pm, starting on the 23rd September.
  • Sunday afternoon games from 1pm till 5pm, starting on the 27th September.
  • Sunday evening games from 6pm till 10pm, also starting on the 27th September.

Keep safe out there,
Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary