Welcome to Ready, Set, Game PDX Open Play!
Ready, Set, Game PDX is an easy story gaming event. All you have to do is show up and play a game. You don't need to bring anything other than the desire to play and the willingness to try something new. Absolutely everybody is welcome! No experience necessary! You are free to invite anybody and everybody; just make sure you RSVP. That helps us make sure everybody has a good time.
A story game is a game where the players create a narrative as a product of play. You might recognize a few things from other tabletop games, but the difference here is that you spontaneously make a collaborative story with the other players. There are always several different ones to choose from, so odds are good there will be one that's just right. A description of each of the scheduled games will be posted as comments, so check 'em out!
At 6:00 we kind of loosely gather in the "Blue Area" of Guardian Games and socialize for a bit. Please, just relax and chat! At 6:15 we all come together as a group and the facilitators introduce their games. At that point players sign up for whichever game they want and get down to business.
Technically we have the space until 10:00, but we try to get games wrapped up around 9:30 or so. After the games, all who wish to do so go out for drinks and banter at a nearby establishment. As usual, everybody is welcome!
Here is what we have this week!
The Sundered Land:
The Sundered Land is a series of 5 single-page games plus 2 supplements set in the Sword & Sorcery ruins of the future. And we are going to play as many as we can!
The games are mutually compatible and overlapping, but self-contained. Each game plays in 20-60 minutes. You can play them in whatever order you like. You can bring the character from one game into the next, or create a new character whenever you like. Each of the games has a GM, but you should take turns from game to game to game.
In Caravan Guards, you’re guarding a caravan on the Burnt Road, and the Hazard player creates monsters and other dangers to try to destroy it.
In Night Watch, you’re passing the night by telling your comrades stories from your past.
In At Ends, you’re down to your ambition and your wits, trying to make your way on the streets of a city of intrigue.
In Warriors, you’re meeting your enemies in battle.
Hollowpoint is a role-playing game that uses a novel engine to generate fast on-the-fly violent action at the drop of a hat, brought to you by the award-winning developers of Diaspora. It's ideally suited to a single evening's play and encourages regular character death because, hey, this shit's dangerous. Hollowpoint has been nominated in three categories for the 2012 ENnie awards: best rules, best game, and product of the year.
It is late summer in Puteoli, south of Rome, 61 A.D., when the city finds itself playing unexpected host to the god Bacchus. Caught up in the madness of wine, the citizens throw off their togas and mingle as equals with slaves and foreigners in a debased fervor. And your own plans for a hasty departure are lost to this decadence which separates you from the companion with whom you would travel.
Bacchanal is a sensual game of debauchery for players both mature and courageous.
Ready, Set, Game PDX is brought to you by Play Out Loud. Play Out Loud serves Portland with spontaneous shared storytelling activities featuring non-mainstream games. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/playoutloudpdx.