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    Chicago Gameday 31 Sign-Up Thread

    Gameday 31 is Saturday, March 17, 2012.

    ENWorld Chicago Gameday 31 is a day of FREE gaming held at earth's finest game store, Games Plus.

    To participate, simply post in this thread and tell us which games you want to play in each slot. Event sign-up is first-come, first-serve.

    Be aware that the event schedule may be subject to change. PM or email me (buzz AT buzzmo DOT com) with any questions.

    PLEASE NOTE: This thread is the primary means of communicating information about Gameday 31. Please keep an eye on the thread for any updates or schedule changes, especially in the day or so prior to Gameday. This goes double for GMs. If you'd like to be on the Gameday mailing list, just shoot me an email.

    You can also find us on Facebook, which is another great way to stay updated.


    Games Plus
    101 W Prospect Ave
    Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056
    (847) 577-9656
    Hosts: Curt Duval & Jeff Swegler (owners)

    View a map of the Games Plus gaming area to see where your events will be located.


    • 8:00am - 9:00am Slot 0: Breakfast
      Meet up for breakfast at Le Peep Grill (located across the Metra tracks, kitty-corner from Games Plus).
    • 9:15am Arrive at the store to settle in to your game tables.
    • 9:30am to 2:30pm Slot 1: Morning events
      1. This event is now FULL. Hero's Banner, Tim C. Koppang , Table A
      2. This event is now FULL. Psi*Run, Nev the Deranged , Table B
      3. This event is now FULL. Pathfinder, "Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty!", TracerBullet42 , Table C
      4. This event is now FULL. Outlive Outdead, "Finding Mr. FEMA", WJMacGuffin, Table D
      5. Dragons at Dawn, "Keep on the Borderlands", willowx, Table E
      6. D&D 4e, "Raid into the Shadowfell", SuddenImpact, Table F CANCELED
      7. Surcoat, "Til Dawn We Fight", Mark CMG, Table G
      8. HiBRiD, "Eighties Action Heroes", hujraadjohaansen, Table H
    • 2:30pm to 3:30pm Break for lunch!
    • 3:30pm to 8:30pm (or later) Slot 2: Afternoon events
      1. Ghosts of Albion, "Blight", WebWarlock, Table A
      2. This event is now FULL. Fiasco, "HOCUS-FOCUS: A Dresden Fiasco", Ninjacat, Table B
      3. Griffins & Grottos, "Clearing the Castle", Mark CMG, Table C
      4. The Laundry RPG, "Operation Quiet Thunder", WJMacGuffin, Table D
      5. Misspent Youth, "Misspent Youth: A Game of Sci-Fi Teenaged Rebellion", Toddjank, Table E
      6. Dread, "Beneath the Mask", meganjank, Table F
      7. This event is now FULL. Lacuna, "Lacuna, part 1", CoreyHaim8myDog, Table G
      8. Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, "Breakout", buzz, Table H

    Slot 0 (Breakfast)

    No limit to number of attendees.
    1. buzz
    2. Nev the Deranged
    3. Ninjacat
    4. Der Spot
    5. ekb
    6. Catt33
    7. Painfully
    8. Tofu_Master
    9. whifflebat (Joshua)
    10. whifflebat (Benjamin)
    11. WJMacGuffin
    12. Vyvyan Basterd
    13. Laurie
    14. William Ronald
    15. ...

    Slot 1: Morning

    Morning Game 1: Hero's Banner
    Heros Banner: The Fury of Free Will, Tim C Koppang, Table A

    Grim fantasy meets the angst of indecision. Will you choose love, power, religion, allegiance, war, or betrayal?

    Heros Banner: The Fury of Free Will is a fantasy roleplaying game with a razor sharp premise and elegant mechanics to match. Every character is faced with a choice between three mutually exclusive and world-changing paths to glory. Which will they choose, and what will they forever give up to achieve their goals?
    1. Ninjacat
    2. DavidTC
    3. ekb
    This event is now FULL.

    Morning Game 2: Psi*Run
    Psi*Run, Nev the Dranged, Table B

    It's basically this:


    No experience necessary, all materials supplied.
    1. Laurie
    2. CoreyHaim8myDog
    3. Tim Jensen
    4. Fractal Advocate
    This event is now FULL.

    Morning Game 3: Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty!
    Pathfinder, TraceBullet42, Table C

    Oh my gosh! Someone has stolen all (or nearly all) of the kittens! Who would do such a thing? Are you kidding me? Is this really the plot of a role playing game?

    Yes! It is! "Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty!" is a Pathfinder adventure geared towards young players. (Not that older players can't sign up to play, mind you...) It will be rated PG and be full of silliness. Pregenerated characters will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

    (No kittens were harmed in the making of this game...much.)
    1. rvalle
    2. Krista (rvalle)
    3. Alex (rvalle)
    4. Nicky (rvalle)
    5. sw3333
    6. whifflebat (Benjamin)
    This event is now FULL.

    Morning Game 4: Finding Mr. FEMA
    Outlive Outdead, WJMacGuffin, Table D

    I don't care who you were before zombies started eating people, you're a soldier now. Don't like it? Blame Obama and martial law. And no, you don't get uniforms, helmets, or guns - just what you managed to loot before coming to the Mt. Prospect Quarantine Zone. Ready for your first order? Tough, because here it is. William Fugate, head admin for FEMA, is lost somewhere in the suburbs west of here. Go there, find him, and bring him back here safely. Ready for your second order? Try not to get eaten along the way.

    Outlive Outdead is a new zombie rpg from Happy Bishop Games. Players take roles as human survivors of a zombie apocalypse. If you die, no problem - you then take roles as zombies and get to attack the other players! This game has a strong PvP element, a unique karma system, and plenty of temporary insanity. (What, the zombie apocalypse is supposed to be stress-free?) This is a final playtest, meaning most (if not all) kinks have already been worked out.

    The quickstart rules can be found here. You don't need to read this before the game but it wouldn't hurt.

    The available player-characters:
    • Julie Webb: Unemployed single mom before zombies appeared, she lost her two sons to the zombies and is ready to repay the undead bastards in spades.
    • Louie DaCosta: Owner of a strip club in Melrose Park. He saw a dancer change on stage and is really freaked out about it all.
    • Michael Lake: Was the mayor of Des Plaines before it fell to the zombies. He still thinks he deserves special treatment and privileges.
    • Jacob Reed: Minor league hockey player who lost his wife and is determined not to lose his daughter too.
    • Micaela Reed: Daughter of Jacob Reed and high school soccer star. Believes she's more than ready to get out from Dad's protection.
    • Marcos Flores: Illegal immigrant and busboy/dishwasher at a local Chili's. He wants to fit in and make sure his undocumented status doesn't force him out of safety.

    If you wish a specific character, please mention that when you sign up. Thanks!

    The content of this event should be considered PG-13.
    1. Vyvyan Basterd
    2. Tofu_Master
    3. Catt33
    4. Lifelike
    5. Yroho
    6. whifflebat
    This event is now FULL.

    Morning Game 5: Keep on the Borderlands
    Dragons at Dawn, willowx, Table E

    Welcome to Dave Arnesons Basement! Its 1971 and youve been invited to play this cool new game Experience the thrill of the very first fantasy RPG adventures with Dragons at Dawn, the rule set that harkens back to the early days of adventure gaming when everything was new and the possibilities endless.

    Dragons at Dawn is a reconstruction of Dave Arneson's original rules: D&D, before there was a D&D. It's super easy to learn. I'll be running the Keep on the Borderlands adventure.
    1. buzz
    2. William Ronald
    3. ...
    4. timfire
    5. timfire (Dylan)
    6. timfire (Tyler Abide)

    Morning Game 6: Raid into the Shadowfell
    D&D 4e, SuddenImpact, Table F
    As a side effect from the recent attack on the Genasi city of Glass Mesa in Akanul by the insane necromancer Gurwenzler (who was killed by our band of adventurers), a portal has been opened between the Shadowfell and the middle of the town square right after his death. Every few hours some undead monstrosity comes through and starts killing tavern drunks and merchants. While not necessarily a bad thing, it is bad for business and must be stopped, not to mention they are giving your kids nightmares.

    One of the town elders, a high level rogue, has already reconoitered the portal and has informed the town council that your group will need all 3 of the temple's raise dead scrolls, leaving you to wonder how dangerous this mission really is. Your group of retired adventurers have volunteered to save the town and now stand poised to enter the portal. Once through the portal the group must find the creater of the portal, kill them and make it back within 1 hour of his death or the portal will close. With luck, you should be home in time for dinner, your spouse is making apple pie, your favorite. You have heard that dieing makes you quite hungry.

    Experience required: Familiar enough to understand the combat sequence and how to work as a team. This will be heavy on miniatures combat.

    Event is suitable for all ages

    Location of 16th level Pregen's, the top 6 files ending in *16.PDF
    The March 2nd version is a place holder, permanent files will be uploaded by March 4th.
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    Morning Game 7: Til Dawn We Fight
    Surcoat - Medieval Fantasy Combat Miniatures Game, Mark CMG, Table G

    The legions of evil are many and the strong walls of the castle are the last defense against them. The beleaguered forces of good must hold off the aggressors until dawn in hopes that neighboring kingdoms can send reinforcements. Surcoat is a simple miniatures combat system for Medieval Fantasy wargaming, no experience necessary, nothing for players to bring but their imaginations.
    1. A flannel shirt
    2. ...
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    5. ...
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    7. ...
    8. ...

    Morning Game 8: Eighties Action Heroes
    HiBRiD, hujraadjohaansen, Table H

    Black Helicopters. Paratroopers. Innocent College kids running around in panic and terror!!! Where have the families gone? The children? Power up your kung fu abilities, load your big@$$ pistols, & get ready to rock! Bring a d20 and a boatload of attitude! Heroic action and macho players with attitude welcome and desired...

    View the pregen characters

    Experience required: None necessary. You will "get it" three rounds into the first action scene.
    1. sailorkitsune
    2. Der Spot
    3. Gozerean
    4. Gozerean (Brandon)
    5. ...
    6. ...
    7. ...
    8. ...

    Slot 2: Afternoon

    Afternoon Game 1: Blight
    Ghosts of Albion, WebWarlock, Table A

    Ireland is dying.

    Her Protector has been murdered and you are the primary suspects. Can you clear your name, regain your magic and stop whatever necromancies befoul the land? Time is short, yours and one million lives hang in the balance. Set in 1847 this is an adventure for the Ghosts of Albion RPG.

    Minimum Age: Teen (13+) (PG for some violence, and problem solving)
    Experience Required: None (never played before), some knowledge of "Ghosts of Albion" is helpful.
    Materials Provided: Yes, materials are provided for this game. You do not need to bring your own. One d10 is needed.
    1. ...
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    Afternoon Game 2: HOCUS-FOCUS: A Dresden Fiasco
    Fiasco, Ninjacat, Table B

    This is finally it. . .the big caper that's going to cement your glorious future, put you in the big leagues, living the high life you've always dreamed of. You've got it all worked out, just one last job to pull off with the help of a few "friends", and life will be smooth sailing from there. The plan is Idiot-Fool-Moron Proof, nothing could possibly go wrong...

    ..Until Harry Dresden gets involved, that is. In this game, you'll be playing a less-than-savory member of Chicago society, whether you're something that goes bump in the night or a vanilla human who knows too much. Either way, you've got a big plan all figured out- -a plan that local P.I. Wizard Harry Dresden is going to make go horribly, horribly wrong.

    FIASCO is a narrative RPG based on movies like Fargo, A Simple Plan, LA Confidential, and others where a seemingly simple goal spirals into a gigantic fustercluck of epic proportions. Gee, that doesn't sound like a Dresden adventure in the slightest, does it? The narrative is built around the Relationships between the Player Characters and the Details connected to them...the kinds of things that make the players pump a fist and declare: "YES! That's HORRIBLE; I Love It!" (It's a game for awful people, or people willing to be awful vicariously, heh-heh.) All materials provided, just bring your improv story-telling skills.

    A Replay example of a Fiasco game is on my site here, edited to include the Hocus-Focus Twist selection process. A PDF version of the example is downloadable here.

    SPECIAL NOTE: KNOWLEDGE OF THE DRESDEN FILES BOOKS IS REQUIRED TO UNDERSTAND THE DETAILS OF THIS GAME. If you're willing to attempt faking it or have only read a few of the books in the series, feel free to sign up, but be aware that much of both the game's set-up and the in-character narratives may go flying right over your head. On the other hand, if you're an improvisational maestro when it comes to free-form narrative, you could have a total blast even without knowing what's going on.
    1. sailorkitsune
    2. Lifelike
    3. gamingcaffeinator
    This event is now FULL.

    Afternoon Game 3: Clearing the Castle
    Griffins & Grottos - Medieval Fantasy Wargame and Roleplaying System, Mark CMG, Table C

    The ancient, abandoned stronghold at the edge of the mountain range has been reoccupied and is being used by evil forces to disrupt trade. The adventurers must gather intelligence and investigate how best to clear out this nest of villainy. Players will find this Medieval Fantasy RPG easy to use and generally familiar, no experience necessary, pregens available, bring dice and your imagination.
    1. HinterWelt
    2. Catt33
    3. William Ronald
    4. Crisp64 (Chris)
    5. Crisp64 (Alex)
    6. ...

    Afternoon Game 4: Operation Quiet Thunder
    The Laundry RPG, WJMacGuffin, Table D

    Earlier this morning, the CIA lost contact with the crew of a oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico code named Thunder Gator. They have asked us to join a Navy SEALs team to investigate the rig--but they won't explain why. Given this is an oil rig in the gulf, we suspect KUHOOK (code name for the Deep Ones from the Shadow Over Insmouth) are involved. Big question--why is the CIA in contact with an oil rig in the first place? Go with the SEAL team and figure out what's going on. But be careful! If this thing goes FUBAR, it'll be more than the Gulf Coast that gets trashed.

    The Laundry is a mix of Call of Cthulhu and James Bond with a dash of Dilbert. You play junior members of the Black Chamber, a semi-governmental organization tasked with protecting the United States from occult threats based on Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. You can cast spells (from your iPhones), use guns (poorly), and face gibbering horrors from eldritch dimensions that want to eat your head. Sanity checks will happen.

    The available player-characters:
    1. Raymond Boudreaux: Former marine and the closest the team has to a combat specialist because he knows which end of the gun to point at the bad guys. Strong, disciplined, and annoyingly military.
    2. Donald Kagan: Ex-priest (it's hard to believe in God once you've had dreams from Nyarlothotep), most experienced in the bad guys, which makes him the least sane.
    3. Sarah "sh33r4" Harmon: Hacker wannabe who believes in her l33t hax0r skillz even though no one else does. The fact she still says "l33t" should tell you something. Still, she comes in handy.
    4. Dr. Leo Contelli: Aging college professor who read the wrong book. Haughty but clueless, he nevertheless knows a lot about magic and the occult. Too bad most of it is wrong.
    5. Bryce Phillips: Tea Partier who believes Cthulhu and his minions are evil because they are socialists. (Oh, and they want to kill people.) Most interested in saving America from illegal extra dimensional aliens.
    6. Rachel Jordan: Computational sorcerer who would easily had become a bad guy had the Black Chamber not gotten to her first. She's a bit on the creepy side, though.

    If you wish a specific character, please mention that when you sign up. Thanks!

    The subject matter of this event should be considered PG-13.
    1. Yroho
    2. timfire (Dylan)
    3. timfire (Tyler Abide)
    4. Gozerean
    5. Gozerean (Brandon)
    6. ...

    Afternoon Game 5: Misspent Youth: A Game of Sci-Fi Teenaged Rebellion
    Misspent Youth, Toddjank, Table E

    Misspent Youth is a role-playing game in which the player take the role of Young Offenders (YOs), or teenagers who are taking on The Man in a dystopian, sci-fi future. The GM plays "The Authority," who will do whatever he can to stop them from undermining his power. We will do full character and world creation at the table, so come ready to create a messed-up future you can't wait to tear down.

    No prior experience necessary.

    Characters will be made at the table.

    The subject matter of this event is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
    1. willowx
    2. Tim Jensen
    3. Tofu_Master
    4. Fractal Advocate

    Afternoon Game 6: Beneath the Mask
    Dread, meganjank, Table F

    Dread is a game of horror and hope. Those who play will participate in a mutual telling of an original macabre tale. The goal of Dread is to sustain the delicate atmosphere the invokes hand-quivering emotion and to experience the thrill that lies within the tension between desire and loss. Also, there is this Jenga tower, you see. KNOCK OVER THE TOWER AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

    No prior experience necessary.

    Characters will be made at the table.

    The subject matter of this event is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
    1. Laurie
    2. InShaneee
    3. ekb
    4. ...
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    Afternoon Game 7: Lacuna, part 1
    Lacuna, CoreyHaim8myDog, Table G
    five agents needed.

    no questions asked [by you].

    inquire within.

    1. Nev the Deranged
    2. Tim C Koppang
    3. Painfully
    4. ScottJank
    5. timfire
    This event is now FULL.

    Afternoon Game 8: Breakout
    Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, buzz, Table H

    It's a stormy night in New York.

    A blinding flash of lightning; deafening thunder. Power outages leave half the city in darkness. Sirens begin to wail as the city is thrown into chaos.

    You patrol the rain-washed rooftops near the East River. You look out towards Riker's Island and see what could be the epicenter of tonight's mayhem: The Raft. Where they keep the supervillains.

    Clobberin' time? Bet on it, true believers.

    This scenario is designed as an introduction to Marvel Heroic Roleplaying and is based on Brian Michael Bendis story featured in New Avengers #1-6.

    No experience with the game is necessary. No prior knowledge of the Marvel comics universe is required, but it will add to your enjoyment.

    Pregen heroes will be provided. This game uses 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-sided dice; having a lot of each type will be very, very helpful.

    This event's content is suitable for all ages.
    1. Vyvyan Basterd
    2. ...
    3. TracerBullet42
    4. Der Spot
    5. A flannel shirt
    6. grizzo
    Last edited by buzz; Saturday, 17th March, 2012 at 12:37 PM.

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    Please sign Laurie up for Psi*Run in the morning and Dread in the afternoon.

    Please sign me up for Outlive Outdead in the morning and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying in the afternoon.

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    Marvel Hero RPG afternoon please, under my real name, Stuart Helm.

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    Hi. Please sign up me + 3 (Krista, Alex and Nicky) for the 'Save the kitties' game. We will make sure no kitties are left behind!



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    Here we go again!!!

    Buzz, please sign me up for some Marvel action in your afternoon game. Thanks! See y'all in less than two weeks!

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    Buzz, sign me up for Psi*Run please.

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    W0000t, GameDay!

    Buzz, please sign me up for "Hero's Banner" in the morning, Thanks!

    ETA: Oh, and Der Spot and I will join y'all for breakfast at Le Peep, too. Playing in the morning and All Improv in the afternoon, it's okay if I'm even more of a sleep-deprived zombie than normal, yay!
    Last edited by Ninjacat; Tuesday, 6th March, 2012 at 02:44 AM. Reason: forgot breakfast

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    Please sign me up for Afternoon Game 3: Clearing the Castle.

    Thanks Buzz!

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    Sweeeeet. Sign me up for breakfast and Lacuna, plz.

    I'd sign up for HB, but sadly, I am not the kwisatz haderach.

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    Novice (Lvl 1)

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    I want to play.....

    Hi, Buzz! Please sign me up for Hibrid in the morning and Dresden Fiasco in the afternoon!



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