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Getting submissions sorted for Conquest next year.

I am doing Friday Night Poker Club: Arkham Asylum Edition, and a rewritten version of Powerplay, the sequel to No Heir for the Throne of Amber. However I'm not sure what I'm doing for game number three (yes, I am intending to run three games).

Babylon 5 Christmas won't be happening as I haven't had a chance to do the research I want to do before submitting it. This leaves me two options.

Phase One (though the name may change) is a fantasy and a sci fi freeform all in one. Two games running simultaneously with enough reason for this to happen. Some of you know what I'm planning for that! I'm thinking about a 24 player freeform, possible more. Potential for high levels of costuming in this. With the way this game is looking, there is the potential for this to be the first game in a series.

Ball of Dreams is a fantasy freeform set in the world of the Labyrinth (yes, the movie staring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly). None of the characters of the movie are in it (except for some brief NPC appearances) and the entire game is set at the Masquerade Ball that Sarah and Jareth visit. Also potentials for high levels of costumes in this. For this I might like two people to play Sarah and Jareth as NPC's for the last few minutes of the game.

The problem is I have no idea which one I want to run. Anyone have any advice?


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Nov. 21st, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
Babylon 5 Christmas sounds cool, though... tell us more?
Nov. 21st, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Plan is to set it near the end of the third season, before the visit to Z'ha'dum. Things are getting stressful, plans are afoot, and Sheridan decides a little bit of down time is in order. His thought was a Christmas party (each season roughly corresponds to a year, so end of third season would be near Christmas) with all the ambassadors and the like as guests.

I already have the perfect line for the blurb:

When Commander Ivanova was told of this plan, here only response was "As long as I do not see Ambassador Kosh in fake reindeer antlers I will be happy!" as she walked away.

However, the problem is that B5 is a MAJOR fandom, and there is no way I'm going to run a game in that universe (with that many well loved characters involved) without a hell of a lot of research and planning. Due to life beyond my control I haven't had a chance to do it, so it's not being submitted for this year.

I also am probably going to need a hell of a lot of assistant GM's at the very least for a game like this. The potential size of the game is about 50 or so!
Nov. 21st, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Unrelated to the game, but I love it when a man has CONQUEST (Wink) as his tag.
Nov. 21st, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
No, CONQUEST is what happened over the weekend.

Conquest is a roleplaying convention. I doubt any of the first will be happening at the second. Actually, on second thoughts...

And the reason I added you as a friend? That icon! Love it.
Nov. 21st, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
Are these what you wanted art for?
Nov. 21st, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Powerplays is the main one I want the art for.

In the Amber universe, the major players are on the Trump cards (think tarot deck with the major Arcana replaced with family portraits and locations). As a result I've used the portraits that appear in the roleplaying book on the character sheets.

However, the minor characters don't have trump pictures in the book, just descriptions (and fairly sparce ones at that in some cases) so I'd like some portraits to match the existing ones for the character sheets and name badges, and possibly some other location pictures as well.

You can have a look at the type of pictures that are from the book here: http://pics.livejournal.com/halloranelder/gallery/00009ypq

That's the sort of style I would be looking for, simple black and white line drawings.
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Nov. 21st, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I am intending to be down for about two or so weeks around Conquest, so I think that if worst comes to worst, I could always run a private session afterwards.

And while I think about it, who are you? I'm sorry, but I have no idea at the moment! :)
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Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Ah, right, that's you. :)


I like knowing who I'm dealing with, makes things easier.
Nov. 21st, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
Personally I don't think people should run more that one game per con. And many cons wont accept more than one. I know when I'm running a game I put so much effort into it that I don't need the distraction of a second.. and always advise people the same.

Now this rule could maybe be broken if its a re-run of something thats been written before. But re-writes can be just as complex as writing the original.

However thats just my opinion. I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to take 3 games to a con...and reading through a con book seeing multiple games by the one person would make me be dubious about game quality as a player.

up to you really

Nov. 21st, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
I count this more as one and a half games, not three.

The Friday Night Poke Club is easy, and very little work is required to set up or to run.

Rewritting Powerplay shouldn't be too hard, since I have been thinking about it for quite some time. I know what I want to do with it, and it's just a matter of sitting down with it and cleaning it up and fixing the mistakes.

The third game (whichever one that ends up being) will be the only new game I'm running, so it's going to be the one that takes the work to set up and to actually run.

That said, the main reason I am submitting three games is because I want to run a lot of games. I don't get a chance to run games as much as I'd like in Brisbane, so I make good use of the conventions I go to.

So, which do you prefer? Phase One or Ball of Dreams?
Nov. 23rd, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Seeing as no one has voted yet...

Ball of Dreams plllllleeeeeeeaaaaasssseeee???????? Sparkly pretty fantasy ball gowns *sigh*
Nov. 24th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Your vote has been duly noted.

Currently it looks like it will be Ball of Dreams, so start planning the costume now.
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