2012 Gaming Sessions

Merry Christmas, Grand Adventurers

I hope your holidays are merry or otherwise enjoyable. Here are the specifics about the GEAS bookings for the spring.

Wednesdays (6pm – 10pm): The first session is January 18th in the Dining room. Then there is one week where there is no official session, so the second session is on February 1st, also in the Dining room. Then there is another skip week, but after that, all sessions should be running. All sessions after the second skip are in the Study.

Sundays (1pm – 5pm and 6pm – 10pm): The first Sunday session is January 22nd. Sundays are in the Dining room with a few exceptions. On January 29th (second week) and February 19th there are no official evening sessions and the sessions on March 25 are completely cancelled. On February 2nd and 19th, as well as April 29th, we will be in the Billiard room in the afternoon.

Hopefully, I should be around so that I can tell everyone what’s going on.

Games this year

These are the games that have been mailed to us. There might be be more around, this is not a complete list.


The Ninth (Phil Harris)
Far in the future mankind still survives. On the planet of Aqua sea base Atlantis holds seven million humans.  Genetic adaptation has allowed some of the population to change to survive in the deepest pressures and breath from the water. These “divers” do the long range scouting and help maintain the resources Atlantis needs. Everything is calm, people are happy until someone starts to question why the “divers” seem to always have the best finds.

Air Ship Pirates (Alan)
Air ship pirates being air ship pirates in a punky Victorian Steampunk.

Scion (?)
I have received no info about this game, I just saw it being run. /jonatan

Sunday Afternoon
The Cat in Winter (Phil Harris)
Medieval fantasy. In the matriarchy of Pegion the people are happy and life is rich. The only problem is a spy called the Cat. This single person has apparently stolen documents that could not only upset Pegion but put it to war against its neighbouring countries.
You must stop this happening but is knowledge really power?

Sinners and Saints
Actions have Consequences, Intentions good or bad make the difference. You are empowered, possessing extraordinary powers, you are superhuman and it is up to you how you use that power – will you be a Sinner or a Saint? You can create heaven or hell on Earth.

Modern high action and adventure, hunting for treaure and staying one step ahead of your rivals. New players welcome.

Distant Stars (
Matthew Knighton)
An action-adventure space opera on the edge of known space and beyond. The unknown frontier lies on the edge of known space, a star filled vastness of unknown possibilities. Join the Frontier Expeditionary Force today, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, join the F.E.F and explore distant stars where adventure, fame, fortune and wonder await. Join today and lead the solar commonwealth into a bright new dawn. The unknown frontier awaits!

Cyberpunk: Broken Futures (
Matthew Barrowcliffe)
A world that makes 2011 America look like a socialist idyll, Newscorp look like a benevolent if bumbling cottage industry and may even make you misty-eyed for those lovable rogues in the banking industry. The streets are mean, the board rooms are slimy and the only people you can trust are your friends.
If you’re lucky.

InDiscworld takes place in Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld (what a surprise) and is based on mechanics of indie game InSpectres. Action will take place in Ankh-Morpork area and players will form an organisation which will focus on solving mysterious cases which may turn out to be linked by a bigger scheme (or not :)). The game mechanics strongly support players’ contribution towards creating the story and developing the world which should be unusual and interesting experience even for veteran players 😉
Overall, it’s going to be a light-hearted, entertaining game with potential to become a longer campaign with some interesting storyline. I’d preffer players who read at least one of Pratchett’s novels and/or played some RPG but it’s not strictly necessary.

Legend of the Five Rings
A group of Magistrates is assigned to the border of the Lion and Crane clans, where an increase in strange happenings is paralleled by a rise in tension between the two clans, and maybe even the start of a war.

Sunday Evenings

Vampire: The Requiem
(Craig Oxbrow)
Modern personal horror in a world of darkness. New players welcome.

By the Blood of Knights (
Matthew Knighton)
A game of adventure, passions, power and tragedy in mythic Arthurian Britain. In the year of our lord 525AD the young king Arthur stands triumphant as high king of Britain. All is not said and done yet. This is a turbulent time rival kings and knights scheme and the Saxons mass beyond our shores the bloody chant of war upon their lips.  In this age the magic does not yet lie still and silent but instead quickens and stirs in throughout the land. Now where do you stand in this brave new world? What adventures, triumphs and tragedies lie ahead?

Ordinary people
(Phil Harris)
You are a set of ordinary people in a contemporary city.
Life is for living.Air Ship Pirates (Alan)
Air ship pirates being air ship pirates in a punky Victorian Steampunk.

Hero Wars
(Ben McCallum)
Hero Wars is a fantasy system that straddles a fine line between realism and utter pastiche. There is a distinct lack of dungeons and the dragons are several miles long and sleeping (otherwise you’d all be dead). The system is simple and the setting is based on real barbarian cultures, working on being internally consistent while still containing gods, elves, trolls, dinosaurs and intelligent, anthropomorphic, friendly ducks.
You play the youths of a barbarian clan, approaching your coming of age ceremony. No longer officially children and recently initiated to your gods of choice you have newly gained magical powers to experiment with and a series of trials to pass before you can claim your man/womanhood.
Can you then deal with the responsibilities of being a fully fledged barbarian hero?

Fresher’s Week Help Needed

Hello everyone, hope you all had a glorious summer, but now it’s September and it’s time for the days to get darker and for students to start skiving classes.

Fresher’s week this year runs from 12th-18th September, and as always I need some help during this week. So grab a pen and write the following down, and volunteer, and be merry.
Fresher’s Fair

Wednesday and Thursday (14th and 15th September), at Pleasance. Last year this was between 10am and 4pm, so I’m assuming it’s the same now. I’ll need people to help between 9am and 4pm (setting things up, etcetc). I cannot be there apart from small stints (my course has already started), so I need everyone to help as much as possible. I will sort the stall out, but I need people to run it for me.
Please let me know if you can help. ^_^
One-Off Gaming

Our usual one-off Gaming session is on Sunday 18th (1pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm) in Teviot Study. I think the Teviot Study’s a wee bit small, but we can meet there and then spread into the New Amphion. I need GMs to send me ideas for one-off Games they’d like to run so I can put them on the posters.
There will be a social event during the week (as usual), details will follow. Please can everyone reply to let me know about whether they can help.
Sam MacAdam
(Geas President)

2011 Autumn venues and times

Hello all

I hope the summer has been  treating you well! Here are the details on times, dates and venues for this autumn’s GEAS sessions. Because of EUSA venue booking procedure, they’re a bit sketchier than usual but should be bearable.

Wednesdays (18:00): The first Wednesday session is September 21. Wednesday sessions will be at 18:00 in the Study of the Teviot and might overflow into the New Ampheon if space is required. The only known disturbance is that we will be in the Loft bar on October 5 but hopefully, I will be there and redirect people.

Sunday afternoons (13:00): The first Sunday sessions will be on October 2. In general, Sunday afternoon sessions will be in the Dining room (overflowing into the new Ampheon) but on October 9, November 13 and the four last sessions (November 27 and onwards) this session will be in the Study. Again, we should be redirecting people when these times come.

Sunday evenings (18:00): The first Sunday is still October 2 and all Sunday evening games are in the Study.

GMs that have games in both sessions (or otherwise similar groupings) have priority when overflowing into the New Ampheon.

I wish everybody a happy gaming semester and hope to see you all around.

-Jonatan Rostén (GEAS Secretary)

New GEAS committee


El Presidente – Sam MacAdam – returning from behind the throne.
Secretary – Jonatan, swapping seats again.
treasurer – Erich Essmann
Librarian – Malin Sandell
Webmaster – Alan Jackson, continuing his tradition of mismanagement
Nationals un-coordinator – Euan Reid
Conpulsion – TBC depending on whether Sandy survives next weeks festivities.
President of Vice – Stuart Petrie

Elected in one of the shortest AGMs on record (20 minutes!)

Annual General Meeting, Sunday March 20, and Conpulsion meeting April 3

Greetings Grand Adventurers.

Another year has passed and it is now time to announce the GEAS 2011 Annual General Meeting. It will be held in The Study (aka the Terrace) in two weeks time, Sunday, March 20, between the two sessions, at ~5:10 pm, so that people in games that end at 5 have time to order some food. During the meeting, a number of office bearers for 2011/2012 will be elected, namely the President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Librarian, the Nationals Organizer and the Webmaster.

The President, the Treasurer and the Secretary do, according to EUSA, need to be students of the University of Edinburgh, so if you are a student who wants some nice words to put on your CV, I urge you to seriously consider running for one (or several) of the offices. And even if you will not run for anything, we would still like you to show up.

The Conpulsion officials will be held on Sunday, April 3, the week after Conpulsion, in the same place and hour as the AGM.

Reminders will hopefully be sent closer to the dates.

-Jonatan Rostén (GEAS President)

Games starting or filling up spring 2011

These are the games I know about. If you are interested in running a game and you have not contacted geas.committee@gmail.com, do so (or show up on the first session and tell me).

New games:

Icon (Matthew Knighton, Sunday afternoon), a simple and fun super hero game. Think Kitchen sink super hero roleplaying game.

Swords of the Middle Kingdom (Stephen McMorland, Sunday afternoon) Kung Fu action RPG set in a fictitious Ancient China type world called Wulin, you play members of various Kung Fu sects fighting tyranny with a price on your head etc. It uses Hong Kong Action Theatre rules – AKA Cinemaction and is a Cinematic Stunt filled fun fest of crazy antics and melodrama – please direct your less rubbish role-players in my direction – I am willing to take on maybe two or three apprentices to teach them the Ways of Kung Fu.

D&D 3.5ish (Timothy Raspin, Sunday afternoon) a low(ish) level D&D 3.5 game using the Eberron Campaign setting. As always, I have some House Rules though these are relatively minor modifications to the base rules. However, I do have a completely different alignment system that has proved to encourage roleplaying. Room for about 2.

Doctor Who (Craig Oxbrow, Sunday afternoon)

Vampire: The Requiem (Craig Oxbrow, Sunday evening)

Serenity (Euan Reid, Wednesday afternoon) Since this is not an official GEAS time slot and no presentation will be held, you can contact geas.committee@gmail.com if you are interested.

Some or single slots:

Feng Shui (David McIlhinney, Sunday Evenings) Big Explosions, Time Travel and Flying Monkeys all included. “Plenty” of room.

Refractions (Phil Harris, Sunday afternoon) 3 possible slots.

Beyond the Maelstrom (Phil Harris, Sunday evening) One opening.

Witchcraft (Ben McCallum, Sunday evenings) One free slot.

1920s game (Matthew Barrowcliffe, Sunday afternoon) Roughly speaking the game is a
cross between Jeeves and Wooster, The Laundry by Charles Stross, the
Scarifiers (a radio series) and a period drama that may involve a gay
athiest anarchist. One free slot

Bronze age GURPS (Crian Shields, some Sundays, some Saturdays). One space.

Call of Cthullu (Rasmus Dall, every other Friday) contact geas.committee@gmail.com if you want to get in touch with them. Could use one or possibly two more players.

For the moment, it seems to be mostly Sunday games.

New games, games with free slots

Greetings and a wishings of a Happy New Year.

There has been some interest for refilling and starting GEAS games and for the moment, we have three or four possible new games, three games with multiple free slots and a handful of single slots. Since not all games are sure in what times they will run and the fact that we don’t know how many people will show up for the new slots anyway, we will have a little gathering before the games start on the first sessions (16th and 19th) similar to those in the beginning of autumn. I can’t guarantee that there will be slots for everyone who shows up, but taking the chance is better than staying at home, right?

I will try to put some info on what games will be available here in a bit.

Jonatan Rostén (President of GEAS)