Hallowe’en One-Shots 2020 Game Listings

This is a listing of games that will be running at our Hallowe’en 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 24 October. 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.

N.B.: this is a listing of games that have been submitted to us as of 10:30 am on Saturday. We acknowledge that there may be some last-minute submissions following the GM workshop, so some games might not be on this listing. This list may be subject to change by pitches tomorrow.

Attack of the Zombie Chipmunks!

System: D&D 5e
GM: Holly Rankin
Description: I know what you’re thinking. “Oooo, Zombie Chipmunks, just how scary can they be?” The answer? Pretty terrifying. You are a group of paranormal investigators. If someone has an issue with those things that go bump in the night, you guys are the people to call. Ghosts? Easy job. Vampires? No problem. But this one’s odd, even by your standards. But really, who’s ever heard of a plague of zombie chipmunks before? Your goal is simple: Investigate the causes of, and stop, this horrific plague. This will be a spooky, comedic game rather than a full-on horror one. Pre-generated characters will be provided. Knowledge of D&D is not required but would be helpful.
Format: Voice with video if people want it.
Spaces: 4 to 6
Age Rating: 12
Content Advisories: Cartoony violence is likely, any graphic descriptions will be avoided. Death of cute forest animals is unavoidable.

Harvest Moon

System: Call of Cthulhu 7e.
GM: Matthew Kirby
Description: 1892, the last days of may draw near in the small German barony of Allenberg, and the denizens prepare to celebrate the Harvest Moon, one of the locale’s many peculiarities. Ensconced in the rolling Rhineland mountains, Allenberg has been allowed to thrive in obscurity over the centuries. However recent administrative changes in the overarching Duchy have brought attention to some anomalies in the province, notably the deaths that take place every year, without explanation. The Duke has hired a team of experts, and others who were available on short notice, to venture into Allenberg, and investigate. If you want to experience 19th century Germany as portrayed by someone who knows almost nothing about Germany, or a plot ripped straight from a bunch of occult rock songs, this is the one-shot for you. Allenberg is fictional, but Germany is real.
Format: Voice only, with Roll20
Spaces: 5
Age Rating: 18
Content Advisories: Warning: Historical innacuracies, potentially gruesome combat, and intention to spook.

Haunted Nation: Episode 24

System: World of Darkness
GM: Craig Oxbrow
Description: A live streaming exploration of an abandoned country house that’s said to be haunted. Is anybody there…?
Format: Voice and/or video
Spaces: 4 to 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Violence, blood

Haunting on the Orient express

System: Inspectres
GM: Craig Barnes
Description: The year is 1934 and mankind rolls forward into the future on thousands of miles of iron rail. And if you have the funds you can travel in style and luxury on a train moving at previously unfathomable speeds. The Orient Express is one such train. Paris to Instanbul in a flash! And the wealthy flock to it for the experience of a cross continental trip. You however, can’t afford a ticket. You can barley keep your business running. As people embraced science and tossed aside superstition, they’ve had less and less need for professional ghost hunters. But today you received a letter, with money enclosed and a promise of more if you can travel post haste to Paris for an urgent job. How hard could it be?
Format: Discord and Roll20
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Ghosts, murder and light violence

The House of Poe

System: D&D 5e
GM: Caitlin Flavell
Description: A creepy one-shot adventure inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Our brave adventurers are invited to explore the house of a reclusive author, and discover the horrors within…
Format: Video preferred but will discuss with players.
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: Contains: horror, body horror, graphic violence, strong degree of grossness.

Nightmare Ascendant

System: Courage – a brand new homebrew system of my own devising
GM: Stephen McMorland
Description: Fear is dangerous, it lurks in The Dreaming, fed by Dread and Nightmare, usually it remains inchoate, intangible but sometimes, oh yes, sometimes The shadows have claws, the whispers have teeth and then…people die. The Brave are those few with the courage and the strength to combat fear armed with their wits, some knowledge and the power of Courage. This game uses a very simple mechanic to recreate the adventures of heroes who use courage to fight against fear, this will be a playtest of sorts so be aware that things might seem a but rough and ready.
Format: Video and voice, probably on Discord
Spaces: 3 to 6
Age Rating: 18
Content Advisories: This game explores fear, phobia, the unnerving and disquieting terrors which lurk in the shadows of our psyche, so be aware this is a psychological horror game

Overnight Stay

System: D&D 5e
GM: Kay Gillespie
Description: You and a few other people have found yourselves trapped in a supermarket overnight. Surviving until morning should be simple since you’re definitely alone in here… right? (This game uses 5e in a modern setting. Intended to be a similar level of threat and horror as an episode of Buffy/Supernatural)
Format: Will be using Roll20. Voice on Discord or Roll20. Video prefered on Roll20, but not essential
Spaces: 6
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: mild gore, terror, may involve discussions of Doom (2016)

Uncanny Echo: Trick or Treat

System: Uncanny Echo (PbtA)
GM: Vivek Santayana
Description: You are all a bunch of students sharing a house in the suburbs. Hallowe’en is coming up and, and the Hendersons, who live across the street, are organising a big party. This is possibly the most exciting thing to happen here for a while. The rest of the neighbourhood is frighteningly dull. But you get the feeling there is far more going on here than meets the eye. You’re not sure, but there is something off about the Hendersons’ house. You can never quite put your finger on it, and you are desperate to find out what it is about this that feels rather off. You see the decorations go up, with all the spooky cob webs and plastic spiders, carved pumpkins and papier mache skeletons, and as the day of the party draws nearer, you find yourself unable to resist the invitation.
Format: Zoom voice and video
Spaces: 3 to 4
Age Rating: 15
Content Advisories: May contain some elements of psychological horror, as well as themes of gentrification and racial/class inequalities.

Hallowe’en Events, GMs wanted, and EGM on Social Media Manager

Greetings Adventurers,

(In this email: Reminder for GM workshops, Hallowe’en One-Shots, and Online EGM)

GM Workshop Tonight
Have you had a long, thriving career as an adventurer? Are you looking to become a GM so you can guide other players through their own whacky quests? Or are you someone who has GMed before and are looking for more pointers on how to run a game (or cope with players derailing everything)? Well, you’re in luck! Geas is hosting a GM workshop tonight at 6 pm on our Twitch channel! These workshops are a great opportunity for members who were looking to get into GMing to bolster their skills.

The topic for the workshop is the basics of GMing, including picking a system and preparing for a session.
You can watch the workshop live at https://www.twitch.tv/geaslive

You will also get a chance to ask our panel of GMs questions using the Twitch Chat. So be sure to tune in!

Hallowe’en One-Shots Tomorrow
As it’s the spooky season, we’re also having our annual Hallowe’en One-Shots tomorrow evening at 6 pm! This will take place on our Discord. If you haven’t already joined, you can do so at https://geas.org.uk/discord. The event will feature a roster of spooktacular one-off games to give everyone the chills (and not just because it’s getting cold outside). We will have a listing of games going live tonight, after our one-shots, so watch our web site and our Discord for it.

If you want to play a fun and spooky game, full of ghosts and ghouls and the like, come along to our one-shots tomorrow!

GMs Wanted for One-Shots!!
We are also looking for GMs for the Hallowe’en One-Shots! It would be awesome if we could get more folx to run games tomorrow. We have a lot of new members, and the more games we have the more people that get to play. The Committee will be immensely grateful to members who sign up to GM. Like we did for Freshers’ Week, GMs for the One-Shots will get priority in picking games at the next round of campaign pitches on 4 and 8 November.

If you would like to run a game for the one-shots, you can fill in the following form:

Bonus: here’s the amazing meme Stella designed.

EGM to Appoint Social Media Manager and Make Amendments to the Constitution
In response to Geas moving on-line, the Committee needs more support to run its on-line presence. We also propose to amend the Constitution to enable the Committee to co-opt members outwith General Meetings. In addition, the Committee is also proposing clarifications to its disciplinary procedures. The Committee is holding an EGM via an on-line ballot where members can vote on these proposals. As per the requirement of two weeks notice for an EGM, the deadline for the ballot is 6 pm on 6 November 2020.

Instructions for the ballot as well as the text of the motions being voted on can be found at:

Once you have read the motions, you can vote in the ballot at:
Please note that you will need to be a matriculated student to vote in the ballot, and you will need to sign in using your University of Edinburgh Office365 account.

We hope you’re all keeping well. Take care, stay safe, and stay spooky!

Vivek Santayana
Equality and Wellbeing Officer

October Events!

Hey there, Adventurers!

It’s spooky season which means that it’s time for our next one-shot event! The theme will be anything around spooktacular Halloween (but again if you have an idea for a pitch that isn’t Halloween themed then you’re more than welcome to run it too!)

If it’s your first time running a one-shot or want to hear about running games, come along to the first GM Workshop of the year! We’ll be covering the basics of running a game and discussing different systems. We’re looking for some GMs to speak at this event as well! If you’re interested please let me know either on Discord through the GM channel or through the GEAS email geas.committee .

The dates for the events are:

GM Workshop : Friday 23rd October – 6pm-9pm
Halloween One-Shot : Saturday 24th October – 6pm-10pm

One-shot pitches can be submitted here: https://geas.org.uk/halloween

Stay safe and spooky!
Emma Mackay
Events Coordinator

October Social and Reminder of Social Schedule for Term 1

Hey there, Adventurers!

Just writing about our upcoming social, as well as a reminder about our schedule for socials for the rest of the term!

Our upcoming social, on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 (19:00). It’s not technically Halloween themed, but anything Halloween related is encouraged 🙂 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 some Jackbox or Among Us.

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/1z7cUJHzW

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/or extra socials. The dates for the rest of the socials for term 1 are November 20 and December 18.

Spookily Yours,
Stella Segar
Socials Coordinator

Conpulsion Director

Greetings adventurers,

We are now advertising the position of Conpulsion Director so if you’re interested please look through this email for the relevant information. If you need any more information you can look in the GEAS constitution on our website (geas.org.uk).

The Director’s job will be to oversee the organisation and running of Conpulsion. They are not on the GEAS committee but will have the Conpulsion Liaison (me) to coordinate with the them and the EUSA. This means that you do not have to be a current student at Edinburgh to apply.

Obviously given the current global situation Conpulsion will be online this year so a director cannot expect to do all the usual events (trade halls etc will not be possible).

To apply please send an email to the GEAS email address saying why you are suited to the job and any other relevant information (e.g. been on a Conpulsion committee before).

You have until Monday 19th to send your response. Be sure to have the subject of "Conpulsion Director Application".

Glory to GEAS
Charlie Kelly
Conpulsion Liaison