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    May GRPA

    May 14, 2011

    Another round of great stories is on deck! Click the link for the official lineup of role-playing games scheduled for it on Monday, May 23rd. Have a look below, and if you’d like to join us for any of these sessions, please select a game in which you’d like to participate and either call or write us back with your name and selection. All games are free and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you’ll be responded to immediately with your status in the game.

    Free RPG Day
    We’re celebrating Free RPG Day next month and wanted to get the word out to you as soon as possible. In order to host a great day of gaming, we’re on the lookout for any GMs who would like to run a one-shot game at the event on Saturday, June 18th, so if you’ve got something you’d like to show off, give us a yell soon and we’ll get you a table and some players. We’ll also be doing our regular June GRPA session later in the month, so we’ve got lots of room.

    For the fifth year running, summer heralds one of our favorite days of the year: Free RPG Day! If you’ve not heard of it nor seen it in action, it’s a total blast. The kind folks at Impressions Advertising have seen it fit to petition a huge number of role-playing publishers to create exclusive product to hand out to our local gaming community. We’re supporting it by holding one-shot, convention-style role-playing sessions in the store all day long, and you get to reap the rewards by running or playing and being a part of the festivities.

    What’s GRPA? Find out here!


    GRPA – Monday, May 23rd 6-11pm


    Game #1 – Horror in the Mists
    Call of Cthulhu

    4 Players
    GM – William Lee

    In 1919, millionaire playboy Roger Carlyle lead an expedition into the dark heart of Kenya and was never seen again. His native guides and porters were found by local authorities to have been brutally and ritually murdered. Of Carlyle and his European colleagues, there was no trace. Six years later, your friend Jackson Elias – an internationally famed adventurer and writer – contacted you with an urgent telegram that he has found the whereabouts of the Carlyle Expedition. When you came to New York to meet your friend, however, you find him dead under mysterious and violent circumstances. Now it is up to you to finish what your friend had started, and discover the final fate of the Carlyle Expedition. Tracing the original foot steps of the expedition, your first stop is London. But this is no mere research trip. Here, in the heart of the British Empire and the pinnacle of Western civilization hides a terror as primal and ancient as any you will soon find in the wilds of Kenya. Shadowy voices whisper to you from the shrouding fog, “death and madness awaits…”

    Horror in the Mists is a self-contained adventure based on the second episode of the classic Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign for Call of Cthulhu. Prior experience with Masks of Nyarlathotep is not required, and new players are more than welcome to jump in. The Call of Cthulhu system is very simple and easy to learn, so no prior experience with the game system is necessary. The game does involve depictions of graphic violence, and therefore may not be appropriate for younger players.

    Game #2 – Perfect as a Portrait
    Victoriana 2nd Ed.
    3-7 Players
    GM – Walter Wrigglesworth & Mike O’Brien

    Up there in the ‘igh reaches o’ London society, everythin’s a lie. Wealth, power, social standing, alliances and enmities, nothing’s what it seems. The rich an’ powerful build their lives around illusion as much as reality, but sooner or later, everyone reaches a point where truth wins out. Except one man. Dorian, ‘his name is, Dorian Grey, a newcomer to the rarified heights of the aristocracy o’ our fair city. No one knows who ‘e is, where ‘e came from, or what ‘is game is, but there are tales, whispers and rumours of dark deeds and darker designs. They say his soul’s as black as a Kilkenney coal mine, and there’s no telling what ‘e might have planned for London. Some even say ‘e’s immortal, having sold his soul to the down-below in order to further his own plans. All of the aristocracy’s on the edge about ‘im, as he flaunts their rules and plays their games, and its up to you, me darlin’ boys an’ girls, to tumble to where ‘e’s from, what ‘e’s doin’, and why. An’ remember, if all else fails, gutter-runners like us sometimes have to make the ‘ard choices, and if it comes to that, I fully expect you to kill ‘im and leave his body in the Thames. Good luck, ladies and gents, and may the Queen guide your minds, your steps, and, if necessary, your blades.

    Victoriana is a version of Victorian England in 1866 with a steampunk twist, as well as fantastical elements such as ogres, elves, and magic. This game will see the players take on the role of gutter-runners: low class men and women who help themselves and others because no one else can, as they work to find a murderer preying on the weak and downtrodden – a murderer who may be from the highest part of London society. They will use magic, science, steam, and a fair amount of low cunning and high adventure in order to accomplish their goals, if they’re up to the task. The game’s system is very simple and requires no prior experience, running entirely on a simple d6 mechanic. The game involves mature themes as a matter of course, so please, no one under the age of 15. But if you’re up for a challenge in a fantastic world with an excellent system, come, bring your personality and your imagination and let the wicked, wonderful world of Victoriana do the rest.

    Game #3 – Tide of Morning
    Pathfinder Society
    4-6 Players
    GM – Joshua Archer

    Venture-Captain Dennel Hamshanks sends you to convince an Andoren druid named Hemzel to allow the Pathfinder Society to study his recently discovered lorestone, a minor magical item that unlocks some of the mysteries of the ancient Andoren druid circles. When you arrive and find Hemzel murdered and the lorestone missing, you must race against time to recover the lorestone and stop Hemzel’s murderers from using it against the druids of Andoran.

    This product is a Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 1st to 2nd level characters (Tiers: 1–3). Players may build characters according to the Pathfinder Society Play rules. I will have some ready-built characters for those who do not have their own. I will also assist those wishing to create PFS characters via email or on the forum. Find out more about Pathfinder Society here.

    May GRPA Event: Monday, May 23rd 6-11pm
    Please call the store (415.457.8698) or (Email Us) to reserve a spot in any of the above games.