Roleplaying

May/June 2015

The club has a thriving battery of on-going role-playing campaigns running at different frequencies and on different days. For more information just get in touch. The following role-playing games are currently being run:

The Laundry: Based “loosely” on the entertaining novels by Charlie Stross. The campaign is currently in the year 2015, with the end of the world having been nominally set for 2017. The PCs are agents working for the Laundry, a sub-division of MI5 that draws its members from all walks of life just as long as they have an occult or weird occurrence in their past that brings them to the attention of the Government. The team is currently in Poland, fending off cannibal policemen. I could say more but it is clear that you do not have clearance for such information.

Paths of the Damned: The LWA is having a bit of a revival of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (2nd edition); not one but two campaigns are in progress. One is the Paths of the Damned campaign, based just after Archaon’s onslaught of Middenheim with the onslaught of chaos. Currently the campaign is in the first part (‘the Ashes of Middenheim’).

The Enemy Within: The other campaign, playing alongside it, has gone very old skool! THE classic WFRP campaign of old, with corruption, intrigue, danger, and heroism. The campaign is set in the old backdrop of the WFRP lore, updated using the 2nd edition of the rules. The combat is furious, dangerous, and very lethal. This campaign is ‘dark fantasy’ at its best. A roleplay-centred campaign for those who want to play their characters to the full and not “roll dice”; bring your brain and not your bullshit.

Pendragon: Originally released by Chaosium, Pendragon is based on the legends of King Arthur. The current LWA campaign follows the events of the Boy King campaign with its continuing adventures of a group of knights seeking to find honour and glory. During their many adventures they have witnessed the events that started the Enchantment of Britain, seen the Grail, and helped Arthur retake his birthright with his becoming the Emperor of Rome. It’s more ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ than ‘Excalibur’.

Ravenloft: Similarly, there’s been a resurgence of interest in AD&D 2nd edition (after many years of Pathfinder!). Visiting the Demiplane of Dread, Ravenloft runs on the first Saturday of each month. The campaign has been running for around a year, and characters have progressed from 3rd to 6th level. At the time of writing, there are spaces for up to four players.

Greyhawk (2nd edition D&D): Old School Greyhawk-2nd Edition D&D – not for wussies! It plays at the top end of low level and has a somewhat unbalanced party kit. The GM doesn’t care as it’s 2015, which is the year of the Snake – and they bite!

Greyhawk (Pathfinder): I assume that if you’ve come to this page you know what Pathfinder is! This is the club’s Pathfinder campaign set in the world of Greyhawk! Who says the days of playing games that need 1,000 words just for the grapple rules are over? A group of rag tag adventurers and traders find themselves in the midst of the birth of a new age and the trouble that comes with the end of an old one. An original story based in the unexplored lands full of unexpected and new problems for the world of Greyhawk and its inhabitants, from the birth of a god to the destruction of an entire city – our adventurers will see it all!

Dark Heresy: A game set in the Warhammer 40K universe; intermittent sessions held throughout the year by a club member who resides in London.

Shadowrun: Running a 5th edition game in Shadowrun – the world that combines the cyberpunk of the 2070s with the magic, elves, dwarves, and orcs of traditional fantasy – the players take on the role of “shadowrunners” agents-for-hire that engage in espionage, theft, murder and whatever else someone pays them to do. The system itself is rather simulationist, having specific rules for governing many aspects, and works around a dice-pool of D6s with can come up as successes or failures. The rules are mainly focussed around combat, the matrix (a VR equivalent to the internet) and magic. As a group we are still getting to grips with the rules as we’re all new to the system and have only two sessions under our belt at the minute, so sometimes gameplay can take a while. Because of this I’ve mainly been focussing on investigation and other less rules-heavy areas of the game, but I plan on easing into the more crunchy aspects as we go on. At the minute the game has no set in stone slot but will be about once a month.

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