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:
https://geas.org.uk/halloween

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:
https://geas.org.uk/egm

Once you have read the motions, you can vote in the ballot at:
https://geas.org.uk/ballot
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

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

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