AGM Results

Hello Adventurers!

We’ve held our AGM this evening and I’m happy to announce that we have a new committee! If you’d like read the minutes of the meeting and the breakdown of votes then you can find them here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1crsTiDD2WQA6sYZoOIC7MhsME5YCGfOv4gAt2llSvHA/edit?usp=sharing

The membership have voted to; allow the GEAS committee to make executive decisions regarding Conpulsion without an AGM, and to ratify the advisory roles of Webmaster and Equality & Wellbeing Officer in addition to creating a second E&W Officer position.

Our new committee is:

  • President – Duncan Henley-Washford
  • Secretary – Emma Mackay
  • Treasurer – Harvey Newman
  • Events Organiser – Holly Rankin
  • Socials Coordinator – Stella Segar
  • Conpulsion Liaison – Claire Bath
  • Webmaster (Advisory) – Alan Jackson
  • Equality and Wellbeing Officer (Advisory) – Vivek Santayana & Emi Booth

The members have also voted to award life membership to:

  • Vivek Santayana – for his work on updating and upholding our Welfare and Game Safety polies during his 2019-2021 tenure on committee, and his efforts to make the gaming community a safer place for all.
  • Robyn Higgins – for her warm and compassionate leadership during these unprecedented times, and her long commitment to the GEAS and it’s members.
  • Sophie Hine – for being instrumental to the running of GEAS, going above and beyond to making the society a welcoming place. (I made Robyn write this)

Good luck to our new committee, I hope that your tenure is fruitful! It’s been great serving on the GEAS committee for the last two years and I look forward to continuing gaming with you all 🙂

For the glory of GEAS!

Sophie Hine
Outgoing GEAS Secretary

AGM Links and Nomination In Absentia

Hello there, Adventurers!

As you’ll have heard by now, we’re having our AGM this Sunday at 5pm. It’s incredibly important that we meet quorum during the AGM or we won’t be able to re-register the society for next year, so we need everyone to attend if they can. We’ll be voting on several motions and electing a new committee, in addition to delivering this years reports from the President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The full agenda can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nidiLymIr0k0C5WFQd_efhVccksElJtKjM01ubR1dU8/edit?usp=sharing

AGM Links
We’ll be holding the AGM via Zoom as we did last year and making use of the polling system. The meeting will be starting promptly, so please make sure you’re able to access the platform before the night.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://ed-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/83888151607
Meeting ID: 838 8815 1607
Passcode: D3m0cracy

Running for Committee If You Can’t Be There

If you’d like to run for a committee position then you simply need to turn up on the night, and either nominate yourself or have a friend do so. It is possible to run for a position without attending the AGM, but we strongly suggest that you do attend as it greatly increases your odds of being elected. However, if you definitely can’t be there; you can send us a short paragraph about who your are, why you’re best suited to the role, and any plans you may have for the society if you are elected. This will be read by a one of the committee to the attending members.

A list of positions and a short description of each can be found here: https://geas.org.uk/2022/02/20/taking-part-in-the-agm/

Please send your statement (along with your preferred full name, pronouns, and student status) to the GEAS email address before 1pm on Sunday the 3rd; geas.committee

See you Sunday!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Conpulsion Lite Programme

Hello Adventurers!

As you’ll have heard, GEASs yearly gaming convention Conpulsion is taking place next weekend, from the 8th to the 10th. We’re not charging for entry this year, but do ask that attendees consider making a donation of £5 towards our chosen charity; Empty Kitchens Full Hearts is an Edinburgh charity that’s been providing free meals to those in need during the Covid-19 crisis, as of April 2020 the volunteers have provided over a million meals to those in the local community. If you’re attending Conpulsion from outside of the UK and don’t want to donate abroad, we ask that you consider donating an equivalent amount to a food bank or project local to you.

The convention will be hosted online through the Conpulsion Lite Discord (which can be joined here: https://conpulsion.org/discord). We’ve now confirmed out programme for the weekend, which can be found below or in full here: https://conpulsion.org/programme/

  • Friday, 8th April
    • 7pm to 10pm BST: Charity Livestream
  • Saturday, 9th April
    • 11am BST: Squaring the Circle: Designing a|state Second Edition
    • 1pm BST: Inter/National Connections in TTRPGs: Scotland and the World
  • Sunday, 10th April
    • 1pm to 5pm: Online gaming

If you would like to play in a game at Conpulsion, then you can take a look at the games running here: https://conpulsion.org/programme/games/rpgs/
Pre-registration will be open until 5pm on Saturday the 9th of April, after this we will be filling empty spaces prior to 1pm on the Discord server. You can sign up for a game via this form: https://conpulsion.org/preregistration

If you have any question, you can reach out to the Conpulsion committee at conpulsion

See you there,

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary & Conpulsion GM Wrangler

Conpulsion Call for GMs

Hello there Adventurers!

GEAS’s annual gaming convention is taking place next month from the 8th to the 10th of April, we’re running a stripped back event this year with an afternoon of one-shots on Sunday the 10th from 1pm to 5pm. You can find out more about the event and take a look at our programme here: https://conpulsion.org/programme/

Games submissions are still open for the rest of the working week, with the closing deadline at 5pm on Friday 25th March. You’re welcome to run (more or less) anything you’d like and we’ve implemented the same submission format that we use for GEAS. If you’d like to take part and support the convention, the games can be submitted here: https://conpulsion.org/submission

We’d love for our roster of GMs to represent the community we have here at GEAS, which is why we’d especially welcome submissions from people of minoritised genders and backgrounds. Conpulsion would be more than happy to support new GMs, even if you’ve never run a game here before.

Hope to see you there!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary / Conpulsion GM Wrangler

AGM Motions and Agenda

Greetings Adventurers,

The AGM is almost upon us! It’ll be taking place online on Sunday the 3rd of April at 5pm, we’ll be sharing the details in the week before the meeting. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part, though only matriculated students who have bought GEAS membership at least 24 hours before the AGM are allowed to vote. If you still need to buy semester 2 membership, then you can purchase it via EUSA (please make sure to log in with your student account if you have one):
https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/shop?activity_id=170

The agenda for the AGM can be viewed here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nidiLymIr0k0C5WFQd_efhVccksElJtKjM01ubR1dU8/edit?usp=sharing

With the motions in full here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a3xQ3SHMx0UgiiNTHfZfSea80mYnpzhrL6j-riM6YZI/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any questions about how the AGM will be run or about any of the committee positions, please send us an email at geas.committee or contact a committee member directly on the GEAS Discord.

For the glory of GEAS!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

AGM Reminder

Greetings Adventurers,

This just a quick reminder that we’ll be having our AGM on the 3rd of April at 5pm, online between our Sunday gaming sessions.

On the night we’ll be inviting members to propose new motions to the society, this could be to introduce a policy you’d like us to adopt or something you want us to take action on. We’re asking that all motions be submitted by 5pm on Saturday the 19th of March, this is so we can give the membership time to read and consider your motion. We have a guide on how to put forward a motion and a template available here: https://geas.org.uk/proposals
All proposals should be sent to the committee via email at: geas.committee

We’ll also be voting in a new committee! All eligible members are welcome to nominate themselves or another, however, due to EUSA restrictions only matriculated student members may run for non-advisory roles. Additionally, the advisory role of Social Media Manager is being retired this year and won’t be up for election. If you want to apply for one of these roles then you must attend the AGM on the 3rd, you’ll be expected to give a short speech about why you should be elected to the committee and answer questions from attendees.

Committee roles:

  • President (Executive) – The head of the committee, responsible for delegating tasks among office bearers and direction of the society as a whole.
  • Secretary (Executive) – Responsible for communication with the society and student union, filing GEAS’s paperwork, organising and minuting committee meetings.
  • Treasurer (Executive) – In charge of managing the society’s finances and allocating money for events, such as the Conpulsion budget and pub quiz prizes.
  • Events Organiser – Organises larger society events such as pub quizzes, one-shot nights, and the Student Nationals trip.
  • Socials Coordinator – Responsible for organising monthly society socials, this has in the past included; casual gaming nights, coffee shop socials, and pub meet ups.
  • Conpulsion Liaison – The point of contact between the GEAS and Conpulsion committees, responsible for working with the student union to help organise the society’s gaming convention.
  • Webmaster (Advisory) – Responsible for the upkeep of the GEAS website, mailing list management, and keeping committee owned accounts secure.
  • Equality and Wellbeing Officer (Advisory) – Acts as a point of contact for anyone with welfare concerns that are related to the society, and enforces the society’s complaints and anti-harassment policies.

For the full run down of the AGM and what it entails, you can read our last post here: https://geas.org.uk/2022/02/20/taking-part-in-the-agm/

If you have any questions about the committee positions or how the AGM will be run, please send us an email at geas.committee or contact a committee member directly on the Discord.

For the glory of GEAS!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Taking Part in the AGM

Hello there Adventurers,

As you’ve (hopefully) heard we’ll be holding this years AGM on the 3rd of April at 5pm, online and between our regular gaming sessions. This unfortunately long email is all about how to get involved with the AGM and the behind the scenes of the society. I’ve broken it down into sections so you can find what you need, but it’d be appreciated if everyone read the first section.

Voting and General Behaviour
Due to current restrictions, we’ll be holding the AGM online again this year and have decided to go ahead with a live meeting that will be hosted on either Zoom or Discord. This will allow those submitting motions or running for election to directly address the membership, and for the members in turn to ask questions of the speakers. It’s important to know that only matriculated students who have bought membership at least 24 hours before the meeting can vote, any member who isn’t currently enrolled at the University of Edinburgh isn’t allowed to vote in any capacity. However, any member is welcome to speak at the AGM as well as submit motions for consideration.

We’re trusting that you’ll all be considerate during the meeting and employ common curtesy towards your fellow members, including staying muted when not invited to speak and moderating your language when you are. Everyone is welcome to take part but we have a zero tolerance policy for bullying and harassment, this includes recording/streaming the meeting or being purposefully disruptive. This is not a platform to air personal grievances with other members or the committee, if you have a complaint it should be directed as per our complaints procedure, which can be found here: https://geas.org.uk/about/complaints-procedure/

Proposing A Motion
The best way to help shape GEAS is to submit a motion to be voted on at the AGM, this could be to introduce a policy you’d like us to adopt or something you want us to take action on. These will need to be submitted by Saturday the 19th of March, so that the membership will have time to read and consider your motion. Proposing a motion can be daunting, so we have a guide on how to do so and a template available here: https://geas.org.uk/proposals
All proposals should be sent to the committee here: geas.committee@gmail.com

Applying for a Committee Position
All committee positions below will be open for election, however only matriculated student members may run for non-advisory roles, this is a requirement by EUSA and not something we can change. The advisory role of Social Media Manager is being retired this year and won’t be up for election. If you want to apply for one of these roles then you must attend the AGM on the 3rd, you’ll be expected to give a short speech about why you should be elected to the committee and answer questions from the membership.

  • President (Executive) – The head of the committee, responsible for delegating tasks among office bearers and direction of the society as a whole.
  • Secretary (Executive) – Responsible for communication with the society and student union, filing GEAS’s paperwork, organising and minuting committee meetings.
  • Treasurer (Executive) – In charge of managing the society’s finances and allocating money for events, such as the Conpulsion budget and pub quiz prizes.
  • Events Organiser – Organises larger society events such as pub quizzes, one-shot nights, and the Student Nationals trip.
  • Socials Coordinator – Responsible for organising monthly society socials, this has in the past included; casual gaming nights, coffee shop socials, and pub meet ups.
  • Conpulsion Liaison – The point of contact between the GEAS and Conpulsion committees, responsible for working with the student union to help organise the society’s gaming convention.
  • Webmaster (Advisory) – Responsible for the upkeep of the GEAS website, mailing list management, and keeping committee owned accounts secure.
  • Equality and Wellbeing Officer (Advisory) – Acts as a point of contact for anyone with welfare concerns that are related to the society, and enforces the society’s complaints and anti-harassment policies.

We’ll be back in contact closer to the AGM with more details of the meeting. If you have any questions about the committee positions or how the AGM will be run, please send us an email at geas.committee@gmail.com or contact a committee member directly on the Discord.

I love democracy,

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Repitches and AGM Announcement

Hi there Adventurers,

I hope this new year of gaming has started out well for you! This semester tends to be the busy one, so I’ve got quite a bit of information for you today. If you’re short on time here’s the TLDR; reptiches are on the week of the 21st and the AGM will be on the 3rd of April.

Repitches
We’re now 4 weeks into our games, which means it’s time to start getting ready for repitches in a couple of weeks. If you’d like to join a new game or return to your current one, then we’ll be holding repitches on:

  • 6pm on Wednesday the 23rd
  • 1pm on Sunday the 27th
  • 6pm on Sunday the 27th

As always, if you’re planning to either continue or start a new game at repitches, then you need to register your game 24 hours in advance. This is so that we can publish a list of the games running during each session and set up the relevant Discord channels. This means that the deadlines to submit games are:

  • 6pm on Tuesday the 22nd for Wednesday games
  • 1pm on Saturday the 26th for Sunday afternoon games
  • 6pm on Saturday the 26th for Sunday evening games

If you are planning in GMing during this round of games then pleas submit your game via this form: https://geas.org.uk/repitches

AGM
We’ll be holding the GEAS Annual General Meeting on the 3rd of April at 5pm, between regular gaming sessions. This will be held online as it was last year, and will make use of an online polling system to count votes (more details will be realised closer to the time). As always, only matriculated student members of the society will be able to vote in the AGM as this is mandated by EUSA and we must follow this rule. However, non-students are welcome to attend the AGM and raise any concerns they may have with proposed motions or the general running of GEAS.

All committee positions will be open for election, however, only matriculated student members may run for non-advisory roles. Again this is required by EUSA and not something we can change. Robyn and myself will not be running again for our current roles of President and Secretary as we’ve both fulfilled the two term limit for executive roles, this means we’ll be welcoming some new faces to executive committee this year. If you’re interested in getting more involved with the society, then the roles up for election are:

  • President (Executive)
  • Secretary (Executive)
  • Treasurer (Executive)
  • Events Organiser
  • Socials Coordinator
  • Conpulsion Liaison
  • Webmaster (Advisory)
  • Equality and Wellbeing Officer (Advisory)
  • Social Media Manager (Advisory)

We’ll be releasing more details in the next few weeks, including; how to write and submit a motion the AGM, what each role entails, and how exactly the AGM will be run on the night. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to us here at geas.committee or on the GEAS Discord server.

May the dice be with you,

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Quiz Tonight and Deadline Reminder!

Hey there, Adventurers!

Just a quick reminder that we’re hosting a New Years Quiz tonight at 7pm on the GEAS Discord server. The team that best remembers the distant haze that was last year will win themselves a £10 Beholders Gaze gift card each. Duncan is playing Quiz Master once again and will be putting together teams for those without, so if you’re in need of teammates then head across to the #events channel and react to the latest message.

Join us here tonight: https://geas.org.uk/discord

Sunday Games Deadline
The deadline to submit Sunday games is also fast approaching, with the deadlines being:

  • 1pm Saturday for afternoon games
  • 6pm Saturday for evening games

If you’d like to GM a game this semester, then please fill out this form: https://geas.org.uk/pitches

Please get in touch with us if you have any issues with the submission form, we’re happy to advise on any part of it. You can reach us by email at geas.committee and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/geasedinburgh. You can also message us on the GEAS Discord, either by posting in #help or by DMing a member of the committee directly via the sidebar or the list in #about.

See you tonight!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

January Game Submissions

Happy New Year, Adventurers!

I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays and have had a good start to the year. This is just a quick reminder that game submissions are currently open.

If you’re continuing a game or would like to start a new one this year, please make sure to register your game in time. As always, the deadline to submit your game is 24 hours before that pitch session is due to start, so the cut-off times for this round of pitches are:

  • Tuesday the 11th of January at 6pm for Wednesday evening games
  • Saturday the 15th of January at 6pm for Sunday afternoon and evening games

Games can be submitted here via the usual form: https://geas.org.uk/pitches

If you have any questions or concerns about us staying online, submitting a game, or anything else GEAS-related, please get in touch. We’ll be available on the Discord server as always, you can either post in the #help channel or DM one of us directly via the committee list in #about. You can also send us an email at geas.committee or reach us on Facebook.

For the glory of GEAS!

Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary