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

Game Submissions Are Open

Hail and well met, adventurers!

As a follow up to yesterday’s email, we now have forms available online for GMs to submit their games for the Welcome Week one shots and this semester’s campaigns.

Welcome Week

The one shot event will be taking place on Saturday the 19th September from 6pm till 10pm, they will be hosted online on the GEAS Discord server which can be found at:
http://geas.org.uk/discord

Games can be submitted until 6pm on the 18th September at:
http://geas.org.uk/freshers

September Pitches
This year’s pitches will also be held on the GEAS Discord server, with games running to the normal schedule:

  • 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.

Games for these sessions can be submitted below, with submissions closing 24 hours before that pitch is due to start:
http://geas.org.uk/pitches

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on our Discord or via this email address.

May the dice be with you,
Sophie Hine
GEAS Secretary

Start of Term Events and Membership Fee Ballot Results

Greetings, adventurers!
We’ve got a big update for you today, including ballot results and the all-important dates for GEAS returning in the new term. A summary has been included at the bottom for a quick overview, but please refer back to the main body for more details.

Moving to Discord
Over the summer the committee have been preparing to move GEAS entirely online for the upcoming semester, as the university has advised all societies to host their events online whenever social distancing guidelines can’t be met. This means that for the foreseeable future all GEAS events will be held on our Discord server, which can be accessed at: http://geas.org.uk/discord

Discord does require for you to have an account; a basic account is free and all you need to join our server. We have several service bots running to help moderate the server and two dice bots to make sure you can always keep playing. Vivek put together some fantastic resources on the server, explaining how to game safely online and make the most of the resources available.

Welcome Week Events
Members of the committee will be appearing on GEASLive, the society’s Twitch channel, for a night of gaming and shenanigans. You can find us all at 6pm on the 15th September, at the link: https://www.twitch.tv/geaslive

Our traditional Welcome Week one shots will be taking place on the 19th September, running from 6pm till 10pm. This will be hosted on the Discord server and will run in much the same manner that you can expect from the term time campaigns. We’re asking any GMs interested in running a one shot to register their game with us 24 hours in advance, so that the server moderators have time to prepare the game channels. More information on how to do this will come out closer to Welcome Week.

Game Pitches
Our regular weekly sessions will begin at 6pm on the 23rd September for Wednesday games, 1pm on the 27th September for Sunday afternoon games, followed by 6pm evening pitches. GMs will need to submit their games to the committee 24 hours in advance of when they are to be pitched, to allow server moderators to set up the correct channels and grant GMs the right permissions.

We’re currently working on a detailed explanation on how the pitches will be handled on the night, which will be released in the coming weeks, but please rest assured that a lot of effort has gone into preserving the spirit of the event. GMs will be able to pitch their game via video chat if they’re comfortable doing so. New members will then get first pick as usual, with returning members filling the remaining spaces.

Start of Term Social
We’ll also be hosting our first social of the year on the GEAS Discord server on the 26th September from 7pm onwards. This will be run in a similar format to our online social earlier this summer, with a main channel for voice chat and ‘breakout rooms’ available for smaller groups to hang out in. This will be a great chance to catch up with those you haven’t seen over the summer and to meet some incoming members.

Ballot Results
Thank you to everyone who participated at such short notice in our on-line ballot to reduce our membership fees. We appreciate the support from our members in helping us run the Society, and the way this is reflected in the strong turnout for the ballot.

The ballot to reduce the membership fees for the forthcoming academic year has been carried. Full details of the results can be found at the following link: http://geas.org.uk/fees
The membership fees in the forthcoming academic year for both students and non-students will be as follows:

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

Committee will now write to EUSA to request that the membership fees are updated in the Societies Portal. Once this has been updated, we will let our members know when they should start buying their membership. Please remember to check on the Announcements channel on our Discord for further updates (http://geas.org.uk/discord).

Even though there is no fee for membership in the first semester, we still need members to ‘buy’ membership from the EUSA portal so they can be registered as our members. This is to ensure EUSA has a record of our membership numbers, so that they can take this into account when allocating us venues for the subsequent semester.

Summary

  • We have a Discord and that’s where we’re running for now. Please assume all events are being hosted there, unless explicitly told otherwise. Link to join: http://geas.org.uk/discord
  • A Committee Liveplay is going to be happening at 6pm on the 15th September. Come for the comedy, stay for the chaos. Link: https://www.twitch.tv/geaslive
  • Welcome Week one shots are at 6pm on the 19th September. We’d sure love to have some new players, so bring your friends and spread the word.
  • Campaign pitches will be at 6pm on the 23rd September for Wednesday sessions, with Sunday pitches on the 27th September; starting at 1pm for afternoon sessions and 6pm for evening ones.
  • The start of term social will be held on the 26th September at 7pm. Not as intimate as a pub social, but a chance to catch up with folks and get some of that social interaction we’ve all been craving.
  • The society voted in favour of lowering this year’s membership fees. The first semester is effectively free, but please make sure you register for the society by ‘buying’ your membership via the EUSA portal. This is key to getting rooms for next semester.

If you have any questions about the move online or anything else, please reach out to us at geas.committee or at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/geasedinburgh/

For the glory of GEAS,
The GEAS Committee

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Membership Fees and RPG System Reviews

Hey there adventurers!

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and any games you’re playing. I’ve got a quick reminder for you and an opportunity to get involved in a new project the committee has planned.

Reducing Membership Fees

We currently have a ballot running to reduce membership fees for the 2020-21 academic year, with voting closing this coming Monday at 5pm. As GEAS is moving online for the first semester and won’t have any venues, we felt it would be fair to our members to lower membership fees.

The proposed memberships fees for both student and non-student members are:

Full year: £1.50

Semester 1: £0

Semester 2: £1.50

As our membership fees are set in the GEAS constitution, we require the proposal to be voted on and to achieve a two-thirds majority at a General Meeting. This is being carried out in the same manner as the AGM we held earlier in the year, with all paid student members for the 2019-20 year able to cast their vote via the University of Edinburgh’s Office365 portal. You can access the ballot using your UoE email account at the following link: http://geas.org.uk/fees

The ballot will remain open till 5pm on 24th August.

Call for RPG System Reviews

As GEAS is moving online for the new semester, we’re putting together a newsletter to help inspire your gaming and ease the transition into this new style of play.

Online gaming brings its own challenges and not all systems survive the change of platform, so we’re looking for short reviews of RPG systems you’ve enjoyed playing online. Whether it’s a well-loved classic, a new system, or a little-known gem, we’d love to hear about your experience.

Submissions can be sent to the committee via email at geas.committee or through our Facebook page at , either as a private message or as a comment on this post. Please keep your reviews to less than 100 words and let us know how you would like to be credited, e.g. with your full name or anonymously. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee your review will be published but all submissions will be considered for inclusion.

The deadline for system reviews is 1st September at 6pm.

Stay well and keep rolling,

Sophie Hine

GEAS Secretary

Reducing Membership Fees, On-Line Ballot

Greetings Adventurers!

(Link to on-line ballot on reducing membership fees: http://geas.org.uk/fees)

As you are already aware, Geas is going to be moving on-line for semester 1 in the forthcoming academic year. We understand that this will significantly affect our members’ experience of the society. Considering we won’t have any venues for the first semester, we felt it would be fair for our members if we reduced the membership fees for the forthcoming year.

For the 2020-21 academic year, we are proposing to reduce the membership fees for both student and non-student members to the following:

Full year: £1.50
Semester 1: £0
Semester 2: £1.50.

Because our membership fees are set in the Geas Constitution, we will require the proposal to be ratified by a two-thirds majority at a General Meeting. As most of our members are away during the summer, we are conducting this via an on-line ballot as we did for our AGM a few months ago. All paid student members for the 2019-20 academic year (i.e. any student who was a paid member last year) will be able to vote in the ballot. We regret that, owing to EUSA’s regulations, non-student members will not be able to vote in this ballot.

The ballot will be conducted using the University of Edinburgh’s Office365 portal, and you will be able to log in via your University email account. You can access the ballot at the following link: http://geas.org.uk/fees

The deadline for votes to be cast is 5 pm on 24 August 2020, to comply with the requirement to give two weeks’ notice for an EGM.

As membership dues might be subject to change, we request all members to hold off on buying their membership for the forthcoming year until September. If you have any questions or have any difficulties accessing the ballot, please feel free to get in touch with us.

We appreciate your time and support in helping us run the Society. We look forward to seeing you all (virtually) in the new semester!

We hope you are all well and looking after yourselves and your loved ones.

For Geas, and for Glory,
The Geas Committee