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Running GAGG Event Schedule 2021

Below is the list of events we have submitted so far at Running GAGG 14: The Virtual CONtagion. This page will be updated every Sunday, so if you do not see your event yet that is probably why!

The majority of announcements and game organization and links to game video and audio chat will all be through our Discord server. Sign up so you are ready to go on convention week-end. Come say hi before the convention!

Stay tuned for registration and signup information.

Friday, February 12 4:00pm
  • Karna's Eternal Run / Numenera (John Kramer) 4:00pm-8:00pm
    In the formerly placid village of Oreen, one beloved resident finds that death is not so final and returns from the dead with no memories, unfortunately her victims don't come back. Help the townsfolk solve the mystery of and end Karna's Eternal Return.
    Pre-Gens provided and I will teach you the rules as we play!
    Sign-up Form
  • Dead Halt - New Hire Orientation (Elle Owls) 4:00pm-8:00pm
    Dead Halt is a roleplaying game about a megalithic Hotel, clunky computer consoles, modded humans going haywire, and wonderful adventures. Equip your new Maintenance crew at the random Item dispenser Gashapon in the basement, Grab a job from the Bartender, and take the elevator up to endless wonky floors beyond your imagination.
    Wonderful to jump into, players build characters during roleplaying. While sitting at the bar and talking to the bartender they decide stats and immediately jump into an adventure. No session 0. All hilarious fun.
    Welcome to the Hotel.
    Sign-up Form
Friday, February 12 8:00pm
  • Pressure / Carcosa Creations LARP System (Kim Kreiner) 8:00pm-10:00pm
    At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean; a team of researchers find themselves in the middle of several discoveries. New and unknown forms of marine life on the one hand, an undiscovered shipwreck on the other. And just when things seem to be going well, a catastrophic accident strands the team a mile below the surface. Rescue is coming, but in the meantime, five people in their isolated workstations, the mysteries of the ocean depths, and the pressure.
    Sign-Up Form
  • Animal Crossing Meetup / Nintendo Switch (Melanie L Weissman) 8:00pm-10:00pm
    We may not be able to hang out in person, but at least our villagers can! Join us for in-game events like a cosplay contest, a scavenger hunt, and a fishing tourney (bring your own bait); trade items or recipes; or just relax and enjoy the island life with some cute animal friends.
    No sign-up required.
  • Under Hollow Hills (Elle Owls) 8:00pm-midnight
    There is a traveling circus under the Hollow Hills.
    It travels by moonlight, small wagons creaking in the night silence. It travels lost roads, where fireflies and whisps hover to watch it pass, where goblins peer down from their treebranch perches, and owls. It travels the night world and the day world, fairyland and the living earth, and places otherwise, and no border can keep it. It has mysteries to pose, drama to perform, it has music, juggling, acts of death-defying peril, pratfall comedy. It has dangerous secrets to tell.
    You are its performers, its ringmaster, its clowns, its sideshow, its stars. You're its crew, rigging the tents, mending the costumes, planning the show, selling t-shirts and popcorn. You're fairy kind and human kind. You're the circus, and the circus is you.
    You travel through fairyland and the mortal world, performing as you choose. Wherever you perform, you change: you change the seasons, you change the fortunes of those you perform for, you change their hearts. You change yourselves. This is the game: we change.
    Under Hollow Hills is a tabletop roleplaying game. It's Powered by the Apocalypse, which in this case means that it's got playbooks for the players, a system of moves based on rolling and summing two dice, a GM, and a "play to find out" approach to prep and plotting. It's good for small groups and large groups, people who've never played a roleplaying game before and people who've played a hundred.
    Sign-up Form
  • Visigoths vs. Mall Goths / PbtA-Like (Nicholas Schapira) 8:00pm-midnight
    Concept: Visigoths vs. Mall Goths is a tabletop roleplaying game and dating sim about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and 20th century spooky teens, set in a suburban Los Angeles shopping mall during 1996. There are a lot of bisexuals. Imagine a surreal combo of The Craft, Empire Records, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Clueless. This is a narrative story-game based loosely on Powered by the Apocalypse.
    Aim: Both address a challenge for the day as you go through the mall as well as meet whatever personal dating goals you have in mind. 
    Tone: Silly, tongue-in-cheek hijinks. The players have fun, but the characters take themselves very seriously (in a way that only teenagers take themselves seriously). 
    Subject matter: Dating, kissing, consensual flirtation, queerness, anachronistic references to both the 90s and the 400s. Safety tools: x-card, lines/veils, script changes, open door policy. For more information: ttps://www.arassivad.com/safety-tools 
    NOTE: The game requires a minimum of 4 players. 
    Sign-up Form
  • Catan: Risk (Jared Streger) 8:00pm-midnight
    *Glitch* *Buzz* Welcome to the first *Buzz12thBuzz* ever Catan map played on an Uber Catan sized board. *Bleep* Players will each take on the role of a country located on Earth-199999 *Glitch* and explore, trade and expand their way across the map. 
    Sign-up Form
  • Pick Up Among Us (Anders Korn) 8:00pm-midnight

    Come Play Last of Us with new friends! Voice chat required!

Friday, February 12 10:00pm
  • Fear the Dark / 5th Edition D&D (Polerno the Loud) 10:00pm-2:00am
    The children, it was the children. Their children had been going missing for years. That's why I was there. Of course some of the others were there for other reasons, gold, magic, fame, but in the end it didn't matter why we were there. In the end there was only the fear. The fear of the dark. He was there in the dark. It was always about the children, but I'm getting ahead of myself. The cave was dark and our quest noble, so we down we ventured. There was much to fear at the bottom of the cave, but in the end we prevailed! Sort of...
    Sign-up Form
Saturday, February 13 8:00am
  • Saturday Morning Cartoons (Ashton McComack) 8:00am-noon
    Come join us in watching class Saturday morning cartoons. We will be watching shows such as Johnny Quest, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Teen Titans(the good one) and etc.... 
    No sign-up required.
Saturday, February 13 10:00am
  • Tokyo Masks / Golden Hour (Brian Keller) 10:00am-2:00pm
    Tokyo Masks has been a long standing show in the Golden Hour network. Executives have decided to put decisions in YOUR hands. Play the likes of Brodin, The Mommy, and Doctor Mimebender. See if this team can contend with new villains and new threats to the city next to the city at the center of the Anime Multiverse.
    Sign-up Form
Saturday, February 13 12:00pm
  • Dead Halt / VAT.BAT (Elle Owls) 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Dead Halt is a roleplaying game about a megalithic Hotel, clunky computer consoles, modded humans going haywire, and wonderful adventures. Equip your new Maintenance crew at the random Item dispenser Gashapon in the basement, Grab a job from the Bartender, and take the elevator up to endless wonky floors beyond your imagination.
    Wonderful to jump into, players build characters during roleplaying. While sitting at the bar and talking to the bartender they decide stats and immediately jump into an adventure. No session 0. All hilarious fun.
    Sign-up Form
  • Dominion Tournament (Anders Korn) 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Test your Dominion mettle against others in this multi-round tournament. 10 Card Sets will be selected beforehand, and be the same each round. Please make a free Dominion.Games account before time of event. Will only be using free version of website for this tournament. Prizes to be announced.
    Sign-up Form
Saturday, February 13 2:00pm
  • The Star and the Dragon / D&D Fifth Edition (Christian Young) 2:00pm-6:00pm
    Based on a homebrew module called The Wolf of the South
    A star fell from the sky into a forest, causing the body of Lord Guan, the Peerless Dragon, to rise again. Lord Guan died unfulfilled, furious that he was unable to protect the downtrodden peasants of the nation. Placing a magical talisman upon the brow of Lord Guan, his enemies denied his soul the right to leave his corpse and ascend to heaven. Now through the power of the fallen star, he has arisen as a jiangshi - a reanimated corpse that absorbs the life force, or qi, of living creatures
    Sign-up Form
  • Name That Anime (Melanie Weissman) 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Are you an expert on anime? Test your knowledge by identifying screenshots from various series for the chance to win a prize tailored to your personal anime tastes!
    No sign-up required.
  • The Scarab of Death / D&D 5e (Paige) 2:00pm-6:00pm
    (Content Warning: Slight Gore)
    The scarab of death is aptly named, exotic, and most certainly shouldn't be out in the wild. Last known to have been kept in a vault, a young noble stole the item from the owner's bazaar in Waterdeep, and promptly died a block away. You just so happened to be in the city, whether for business, pleasure, or you just live there. And you were also unfortunate enough to witness the young man die. The rightful owner is panicked; if the dead man's father finds out about this, he's as good as dead himself. He'll give you whatever you want if you just find out how the scarab got away!
    Use D&D Beyond for a character sheet if you can. You're welcome to use standard array or point-buy, but your total should be 75 or more if you roll. No race or class restrictions. You will be level 10.
    Sign-up Form
  • MetaCheckers:Battlefield (Ed Bond) 2:00pm-4:00pm
    MetaDreams LLC has an offer for the participants of 'Running GAGG: The Virtual Contagion.' We will send a participant or a group of players a FREE copy of the new, all wood, themed version of Battlefield IF you will join us in the session to play a game for the convention. 
    This is chess-type strategy played with checkers on a chess board that changes shape every time you play. 
    You can choose one of two versions:
    "MetaCheckers: Cath" (which means 'battle' in Gaelic) 
    an Irish-themed version in which the checker armies include shamrocks, castles, Celtic knots and harps.
    - or - 
    "When Gods Collide"
    Play as one of four ancient gods: Zeus, Amun-Ra, Odin or Marduk, the Babylonian god. 
    https://www.metacheckers.com/battlefield.html
    https://www.metadreamsllc.com/product/battle-4-all-wood/13
    https://www.metadreamsllc.com/product/when-gods-collide/14
    Sign-up Form
  • Golden Age of Tokyo Masks / Golden Hour (Brian Keller) 2:00pm-6:00pm
    Decades before Zero took the lead of the Tokyo Masks and years before Sapphire woke from her slumber another team battled crime in the City at the Center of the Anime Universe. Learn about the pulp heroes of the Golden Age of Tokyo Masks when kids would sit by their radios or see their heroes on the page or on the silver screen. A Golden Hour Production.
    Sign-up Form
  • Catan: Japan / Settlers and Seafarers of Catan (Jared Streger) 2:00pm-6:00pm
    The Japanese Archipelago sits on the west side of the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the destructive ring of fire, with active volcanos, tsunamis, and typhoons. Yet, it has endured all of these to thrive. Now it is your turn to recreate their enduring civilization, Catan style. Players will play on an Uber sized map via zoom. The map will be a fog of war map of Japan and its surrounding islands, and who knows what the ring of fire has in store for our settlers!
    Sign-up Form
  • Superfight! / Steam (Juliana Thompson)

    The game Superfight lets you create ridiculous battles and debate who will win! Some cards feature people, creatures, etc, and other cards feature superpowers or weapons that go with them! Once each person submits a combination, there can be a debate and a vote among the other players as to who wins the fight! The rules will be explained in more specific terms at the event. If people are up for it at the end, we can have a freestyle time where we can debate about characters who aren't listed on cards.

Saturday, February 13 4:00pm
  • Casket Land / PbtA (Elle Owls) 4:00pm-8:00pm
    Oh, first the sun beat down and took our water, the wind came and turned our soil to dust, then darkness fell and the monsters crawled up from the depths. All that was left to do was salt the earth, and lo, we did. Nothing lives here now - it is nothing but Casket Land.
    - The journal of Loam, wrapped Madman of the Northern Hill.
    Casket Land centers around a dying and drought ridden town cut off by hills, canyons, mines, monsters, and rows of caskets unearthed by the brutal winds as far as the eye can see. You are not a valiant hero - you are the kind of human who could eke survival out of the end times.
    Sign-up Form
  • The Forum / Carcosa Creations LARP System (Carcosa Creations) 4:00pm-6:00pm
    You have been gathered to this place. You don't know why. You don't know how. All you know is that you cannot move. You cannot touch anyone.
    Sign-up Form
  • Puzzle Board Chess (Ed Bond) 4:00pm-6:00pm
    MetaDreams LLC has an offer for the participants of 'Running GAGG: The Virtual Contagion.' We will send a copy of our new game 'Puzzle Board Chess' to two players if they are able and willing to join us in the session to play a game for the convention. 
    In this game, the chess board has been broken up into tiles, so that the shape of the game board changes every time you play. This makes the classic chess strategy much more dynamic as pieces must negotiate around gaps and chasms to achieve checkmate. All the classic chess pieces are used in this version EXCEPT there are no pawns. They don't work on this kind of board. 
    https://www.metadreamsllc.com/product/puzzle_board_chess/20
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/319851/puzzle-board-chess
    Sign-up Form
Saturday, February 13 8:00pm
  • Welcome to the Hotel. Rippers Resurrected / Savage Worlds (Elle Owls) 8:00pm - midnight
    At the Nineteenth Century’s end, a shadow lies upon Europe…and the world. The mythological creatures of the night—vampires, werewolves, and far worse—stalk the darkness seeking innocent blood. Only the Rippers, members of an ancient organization dedicated to fighting evil, stand against them. But to win this battle, the Rippers must use all their foes’ weapons against them…and preserve their own embattled sanity. It’s time to take back the night…again!
    Sign-up Form
  • The Turing Test / Carcosa Creations LARP System (Carcosa Creations) 8:00pm-10:00pm
    You have been gathered on this Zoom call to evaluate a new AI created by Archon Integrated Technologies. Can you tell who is electronic and who is real?
    Sign-up Form
  • Pasion de las Pasiones / PbtA (Nicolas Schapira) 8:00pm-midnight
    Concept: A game of passion, drama, secrets, delights, and heated conflict where you will play out the stories of the greatest telenovela ever to air—a telenovela called, of course, Pasión de las Pasiones. You’ll play through the setting La Rosa Querida (via the Kickstarter Quickstart), the drama in the most glorious hotel ever seen. Think American soap opera and add in your average CW show with the drama volume at 11, and then maybe it's close to what you will encounter here. No background on telenovelas required. It is a story game using the Powered by the Apocalypse system.
    Two notes on telenovelas:
    1) The default character is LatinX.
    2) The genre and its tropes, by default, are gendered and heteronormative. However, this is a game of drama, twists, and turns where these gender and heteronormative tropes can be turned on their heads. In other words, the game can be as queer as the players want and/or as the fiction demands. Except the LatinX part. That part stays.
    Aim: You are actors on the show, playing your parts, with the ability and freedom regarding how your characters are framed and in what webs of deceit and/or love they fall into. 
    Tone: Dramatic, over-the-top melodrama. If done right, you’ll be whooping, hooting, and hollering throughout the session. 
    Subject matter: Dramatic tension between players, including deceit, lying, indirect and direct conflict. Possible love interests, including dramatically telling someone you think is cute that you love them in the most over the top way. High probability of social conflict. Safety tools: x-card, lines/veils, script changes, open door policy. For more information: ttps://www.arassivad.com/safety-tools 
    Sign-up Form
Saturday, February 13 10:00pm
  • Midnight Jackbox (Anders Korn) 10:00pm-2:00am
    Join new and old friends and be competitively funny.
    No sign-up required.
  • I was a teenage suburbanite! / Fiasco 2nd edition (Polerno the Loud) 10:00pm-2:00am

    Fiasco is back! With a new card based edition! I am suggesting we play the Tales of Suburbia, but we also have Dragonslayers and Poppleton Mall! For those poor souls who never played the original, Fiasco is a mostly freeform RPG where the game only establishes the basics and the rest of the game is up to the players. Events in the game are handled by scenes and completely up to the players. Things generally get pretty nuts. "It's like playing a Coen Brothers movie, in the time to takes to watch one."
    Sign-up Form

Sunday, February 14 12:00pm
  • Dream Apart / Belonging Outside Belonging (Nicolas Schapira) 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Concept: There are demons and wedding jesters; betrothals and pogroms; mystical ascensions and accusations of murder; rabbi’s daughters running away to be actresses or bandits or boy soldiers; the sounds of the shofar ringing through cramped and muddy streets, of cannon fire, of the wolf’s footfalls in the snowy pine forest; asking “What do you do next?”
    You play a Jew of the shtetl, a little mostly-Jewish market town in the Eastern European countryside. In the cities, the industrial revolution has begun. Prussia, Russia and the Hapsburgs have devoured the small countries between them. Surrounded by an often hostile Christendom, by wild forests in which anything might creep, and by the invisible creatures of the Unseen World — angels, demons, ghosts, and dybbuks — the Jews of the shtetl try to outwit or outlast those who would do us harm. We feud and reconcile, bargain and gossip, celebrate and mourn, and snatch a little joy and love while we can. Life in the shtetl is sweet as raisin pastries and bitter as horseradish: may it be the Divine Will that it endures another season…
    The system is Belonging Outside Belonging, a narrative diceless and GM-Less game.
    Aim: A co-created fiction between players that is filled with character strife, community building, and with fantastical elements thrown in. Players will be playing both characters they’ve created and various setting elements, based on whomever is in the spotlight. Although Judaism is the background of the game, the concepts of marginalization, community, and faith are universal. No knowledge of Judaism is required. 
    Tone: Mature and serious.
    Subject Matter: Include themes of violence, war, oppression, and anti-Semitism. Discussions of community and one’s place in a community are central to the game. Safety tools: x-card, lines/veils, script changes, open door policy. For more information: https://www.arassivad.com/safety-tools 
    Sign-up Form
  • Name that Amine Tune (Melanie Weissman)
    Are you an expert on anime? Test your knowledge by identifying openings, endings, and insert songs from various series for the chance to win a prize tailored to your personal anime tastes!
Sunday, February 14 2:00pm
  • Arthur’s Dominion Birthday Party Event hosted by AJ’s Mom (Laurie Fox) 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Come play Dominion online with the birthday boy and his mom. We will use Zoom and the online version of Dominion. Can split into multiple tables if more than 6 are online.
    No sign-up required
  • MetaCheckers: Soccer (Ed Bond) 2:00pm-4:00pm
    MetaDreams LLC has an offer for the participants of 'Running GAGG: The Virtual Contagion.' We will send a copy of 'MetaCheckers: Soccer' to two players if they are able and willing to join us in the session to play a game for the convention. This game uses the mechanics of MetaCheckers -- moving checkers as chess pieces -- to play soccer. But instead of capturing the king checker, the king checker is now the goalie. The first player to get the checker with possession of the ball into the goal wins.
    https://www.metacheckers.com/soccer/index.html
    Sign-up Form
  • We have the DANCING PLAGUE! / Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (Polerno the Loud) 2:00pm-6:00pm

    The year is 1518, Alsace. (A.D.)* Yes, though that is an unnecessary addition since nothing much was happening in France in 1518 B.C. (/grumbling, well it coulda been, who's ever heard the dancing plague anyway, ye daftie). Ahem, You and your stalwart band of friends/enemies/fellow (semi)competent(maybe) survivors have fled the contagious grip the Dancing Plague. You and the rest you could save from your village have run far, and come to the only place around which might offer some safety, a (rundown) castle. (They'll never make their money back on the place.) Fort up and defend, because if you catch it you'll dance till you're dead.... (Yeah, the fact that it's dancing means you're not really gonna pull off that drama. If ya wasn't such a pillock you'd have realized that by now.) Hush you.

    *The parts in parenthesis are meant to be read in a different voice.
    Sign-up Form

Sunday, February 13 4:00pm
  • Cocktail Hour / Running GAGG Discord 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Socialize with other attendees after a long convention with your favorite drink.