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Relaxicon 2016

Updated: Mar 1

Relaxicon 2016 was held April 8-10th in Newark, Delaware.





The schedule was filled with great games, and good times were had by all.





THURSDAY NIGHT GAMING was once more a success, culminating in a large group game of Citadels (during which we all remembered why we never play Citadels anymore).



2ND ANNUAL RELAXICON PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT (We should bring this back!)




Our 2nd Annual Photo-Scavenger Hunt was won by Lucy Marie Smith and her partner CROG!

 Here’s a selection of their photos:


1. Character sheet of dog
2. Sexy shoes modeled by Steve
3. 2 Matts drawing
4. Leaning tower of crackers
5. OJ (spelled by donut & banana)
6. Pic of Pat taking selfie
7. Guy in baby blue shirt spied on me during a card game... He looked at my cards -Lucy
8. Mike Handlin is a ballerina superhero and his tutu is his wind blown cape
9. Lucy kissing a lipstick
10. Uncle Sarah the sharp dressed man
11. Tony serenading Cordy with his guitar
12. Tony is oblivious to picture being taken
13. Good John/Bad John
14. Dog has all fours!
15. Lyssy had dark eye makeup and is thinking!
16. Tony's Cthulhu app
17. Fruits are nature's candy ;)
18. Pillow fight between Cordy and Roman
19. Scorecard from previous game- 15 pts
20. Lawrence is the ace of RPGs!!



A big thank you to them for sharing these fun memories!!

2016 was a fantastic year!  It was one of the most relaxing Relaxicons we've had in years.  We had a fun Styx, harrassing (er, I mean roasting) our own beloved Lawrence.  There was even a very special black tutu, which none shall soon forget.  Or ever.  Even with therapy, I suspect.  We had a wonderful year, played all the games, welcomed new friends and made new memories with the old ones.  Hail on next year, I say!


Here are the games we played:


FRIDAY NIGHT

8pm-12Midnight

Board Games

This room will be open with a supply of cards and games. Bring your own or try something new. No experience necessary. Parental supervision required for participants 13 and younger.


A Night of Murder and Mystery Part IV: LOCKDOWN

MURDER MYSTERY/LARP (THEATRICAL-STYLE)

Game Description :The distant planet of Chekhov IX has been all but abandoned by the Kagakatsu Corporation, who claimed the rights to the planet after a protracted military showdown with Armistead Incorporated and Albright Industries. At one point the planet was of great strategic import to all 3 major corporations, but since new star routes have been found the planet has lost much of its luster and value. Since Kagakatsu has pulled most of their financial support and business out of the planet it since has become somewhat of a shell of its former self. Our story happens during an eventful night at one of the few remaining local watering holes, “Station 13”.

A game inspired by works such as the “Firefly” series, “Total Recall”, “Bladerunner”, “The Hateful Eight”, and as always “Clue”.

Game Master(s) : Peter Fitzpatrick, Kyle McCormick, Brad Simpson





The RESISTANCE: The Final Missions

MINI-LARP (THEATRICAL-STYLE)

Game Description :

On the island nation of Massif, a military industrial complex known as “The Monolith” controls all. For a decade, “The Resistance” underground has striven to topple this oppressive government. Now in one of their darkest moments, the rebels’ top covert cells unite to plan and execute their final missions against the evil Monolith. Will they be undone by spies within their own ranks?Game Master(s) : John and Mica Corradin




Dread

TABLE-TOP RPG, DREAD SYSTEM

Game Description :

Dread is a game about horror and hope. Players will be given character questionnaires to fill out. The game itself uses Jenga as a mechanic. This helps create suspense as the game goes on. The scenario this year is written by Jason Pisano, one of the lead adventurer designers and GMs for The Windmill Game Co.Game Master(s) : John Swann


Winds of War

TABLE-TOP RPG, TRAVELER SYSTEM

Game Description :

The Winds of WarAn original Traveler tabletop for 3 to 9 players. The Imperium is trying to avoid a war between the Peaceful Tholiganesse Empire and the Evil Human 4th Reich. The Imperium has sent their top trouble shooter, Lord Admiral Hoth (he is the emperor’s strong right fist) in order to prevent a war between the Tholiganesse Empire and the 4th Reich (yes Nazi’s). This will be a political conference with lots of roll playing to determine the future of 4 sectors of the Island Star Cluster. Are you up to playing an Alien Tholiganesse (Octopod type) diplomat, a Human (4th Reich diplomat) or an Imperial ambassador. Are you ready to influence the lives of Trillions of intelligent beings? History is ready to hear.

This is political role playing, no combat is planned unless the players attack each other.Game Master(s) : Scott Gould


SATURDAY MORNING

10am-2pm

Board Games

This room will be open with a supply of cards and games. Bring your own or try something new. No experience necessary. Parental supervision required for participants 13 and younger.


Featured Game: Hocus Focus

This is the Dresden Files module for Fiasco. Fiasco is a storytelling/improv based game where character connections, motivations and key items are generated though a collaborative/quasi-random series of charts. From there, players run through a series of scenes, building the story as they go. Halfway through, they encounter a random event (‘the Tilt’) which sends things wildly out of control. While the core game is designed for a Fargo-esque group of inept criminals, this module’s charts allow the players to take upon the role of villains-of-the-week and the Tilt is how Harry Dresden ruins you day (and your nefarious plans.) While Fiasco can be played with three or five players, it works best with four and I want to play myself. That being said, if necessary I’m willing to provide a voice for Dresden and other supporting characters.Game Master(s) : Ed Modugno


Also Featuring:

SPLENDOR Tournament

CARD/BOARD GAME

SPECIAL TIMING : Play begins at 10am; Final begins at 5:15pm

Game Description :

Test your skills at SPLENDOR, 2015’s Card Game of the Year! Top 4 players win prizes courtesy of The Days of Knights! New comers to the game are welcome–we’re willing to teach folks in the initial rounds.

Players compete, conveniently, in groups of 4 any time beginning at 10am and the scores of your game will be recorded.  Each Round takes about 1 hour. There will be a number of initial Rounds run throughout the period.  Top scoring players will compete in the final round(s) at 5:15pm.  Drop in and play a game to qualify!Game Master(s) : John Corradin


Castle Amber: The Unknown Vaults

TABLE-TOP RPG, 5E DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

SPECIAL TIMING : 11AM – 7PM, 6-8 Hours (Please note this overlaps with the Saturday Afternoon slot.)

Game Description :

Carmella d’Amber, Witch-Cantress of Averoigne, has taken up residence in the family castle. While setting up her laboratory in the dungeon beneath the chateau, she discovered a lower level of unknown vaults that don’t appear in any of the family records. She’s sent to the city of Darokin for the party of adventurers who helped the family once before. Her need, she says, is urgent, but she simply doesn’t dare to spell out the details in a letter. But when the party arrives at Chateau d’Amberville, they find that Carmella has simply … vanished!Game Master(s) : Lawrence Schick

A Star Once Fallen

TABLE-TOP RPG, OPEN LEGEND RPG

 

Game Description :

You thought the job would be easy. Hitch a ride on a trading vessel, protect it from pirates, and earn a few gold and a free trip to the City of Sails. All in a day’s work for an adventurer like yourself. But there’s not much your swords and arrows and spells can do against a typhoon. You don’t remember much – the flash of lightning, the howl of wind, the doomful crack of the mast as it split down the middle – but one memory stands out perfectly in your mind.

Traveling aboard the ship was a fortune teller, an old hag that was great aunt to the captain or something like that. On the night before the typhoon struck, she told your fortune, and her words are emblazoned in your memory:

A star once fallen upon the land, Brings sword and axe and spell at hand. For planted deep like evil seed It fills heart, soul, and mind with greed.

Shoulders broad and voices tiny Ceaseless war of clashing armies. In sleep, the beauty whispers well, But her wormtongue song is ever fell.

A royal staff in hands upright Shall end the long, eternal fight. But try you might, and try you may The star will fall another day.

The tone of this game is very epic, light-hearted, Indiana Jones-ish, and sandbox-esque. Players will be focused on learning a new game and exploring the world.Game Master(s) : Brian Feister

Replacement LARP for Murder and Matchmaking, run by Rita Flaherty


SATURDAY AFTERNOON

3pm-7pm


Board Games

This room will be open with a supply of cards and games. Bring your own or try something new. No experience necessary. Parental supervision required for participants 13 and younger.


Featuring:

SPLENDOR Tournament

CARD/BOARD GAME

SPECIAL TIMING : Play begins at 10am; Final begins at 5:15pm

Game Description :

Test your skills at SPLENDOR, 2015’s Card Game of the Year! Top 4 players win prizes courtesy of The Days of Knights! New comers to the game are welcome–we’re willing to teach folks in the initial rounds.

Players compete, conveniently, in groups of 4 any time beginning at 10am and the scores of your game will be recorded.  Each Round takes about 1 hour. There will be a number of initial Rounds run throughout the period.  Top scoring players will compete in the final round(s) at 5:15pm.  Drop in and play a game to qualify!

Game Master(s) : John Corradin


Castle Amber: The Unknown Vaults

TABLE-TOP RPG, 5E DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

SPECIAL TIMING : 11AM – 7PM, 6-8 Hours (Please note this overlaps with the Saturday Morning slot.)

Game Description :

Carmella d’Amber, Witch-Cantress of Averoigne, has taken up residence in the family castle. While setting up her laboratory in the dungeon beneath the chateau, she discovered a lower level of unknown vaults that don’t appear in any of the family records. She’s sent to the city of Darokin for the party of adventurers who helped the family once before. Her need, she says, is urgent, but she simply doesn’t dare to spell out the details in a letter. But when the party arrives at Chateau d’Amberville, they find that Carmella has simply … vanished!

Game Master(s) : Lawrence Schick

Pugmire

TABLE-TOP RPG, D20

Game Description :

Be a Good Dog. Protect Your Home. Be Loyal To Those Who Are True. These are the words of the Code of Man. Dogs have inherited the world, building the kingdom of Pugmire thousands of years after the Ages of Man. These dogs have been changed to use tools and language, and they (along with other races of uplifted animals) seek to rediscover the world they’ve inherited. Some dogs use the leftover technology of humanity, but they believe it all to be magic handed to them by their dead gods. Others seek to create an ideal civilization, using a Code of Man compiled from ancient, fragmentary lore. The world is dangerous and mysterious, but courageous and loyal dogs will persevere.

Pugmire is a d20 game where players take on the roles of the inheritors of Man – dogs! In this adventure, a group of loyal and good dogs will find and deal with a deadly artifact left behind by Man. And, of course, deal with the nefarious and untrustworthy cat spies from the Monarchies of Mau…

Game Master(s) : Neall R Price

The GOOD, The BAD, & The GUILTY

MURDER-MYSTERY BOXED GAME

(DECIPHER INC, EPISODE 12)



Game Description :

You are cordially invited to the PUBLIC HANGING of THE MALEVOLENT SEVEN at the request of JUDGE WAYLON PAYNE in the Wyoming Territory Town of ROADKILL – 1881.


This is a boxed murder mystery game published by Decipher which IMHO have a fairly good (if quite cheezy) reputation.  Still hankerin’ for the Wild West?  Then join us in Roadkill and find out whodunnit!  (This game is new to me, but I expect it’ll be a hootenanny!)



Game Master(s) : Elyssia McCormick




Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555

TABLE-TOP RPG, GOLDEN HOUR

Game Description : 

ADGNEPSEF555 is a game set in the best cartoon series ever! Long gone are the days of wearing your footie pajamas and eating Super Sugar Marshmallow O’s(TM) in front of the TV and watching this on Saturday mornings. But now you can relive those days by choosing your favorite character and playing them in all the crazy adventures they used to have.

Okay, this is a show that never happened. Set at an Elementary school that sits at the center of the Anime universe. You will choose from characters that might seem slightly familiar. It is a standard 2D6 system with random craziness thrown in.

WARNING: Consumption of candy and sugar related products is part of the system.

Pretty good review of the game. Good for players to see what they’re getting themselves into. http://www.rogueprincesssquadron.com/blog/rpgs/adgnepsef555-gencon-2013/Game Master(s) : John Swann

SATURDAY EVENING

8pm-12/Midnight

Board Games

This room will be open with a supply of cards and games. Bring your own or try something new. No experience necessary. Parental supervision required for participants 13 and younger.

Amateur Night at the Styx

 SPECIAL TIMING : begins at 10 pm 

Talent Show Extraordinaire


Game Description:

What’s your talent? We want to see it, hear it, experience it! Maybe not so much on the touch, taste, and smell… but, anyway! Bring us your song, your poetical vice, your flair for the dramatic – no talent is too good, or too gosh-darn-awful bad for us!! Think your act stinks? We’ll be the judge of that! But what’s the prize, you ask? First prize winner will walk away with an all-expense-paid boat river cruise down the infamous River Styx, hosted by none other than the dark and elusive Charon himself. Don’t forget your two gold coins! (Oh, did we say all-expenses-paid? Well.. by the time the night is out, that won’t be the only tall-tale we’ve told.)


1+ PLAYERS. 1-2 HOURS.AUDIENCE AS WELL AS PARTICIPANTS REQUESTED!!

Your Hosts: John Corradin, Tony Mina, Roman Mina


Here's a memory for you, captured by the incomparable Lucy Smith: (bit fuzzy, but you get the idea)





Ravenloft (I6)

TABLE-TOP RPG, D&D 5E

 

Game Description : 

A D&D 5th edition adaptation of the original Ravenloft module by Tracy and Laura Hickman. This is NOT Curse of Strahd, this is the original module under 5th edition rules.

Under raging stormclouds, a lone figure stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of castle Ravenloft. Count Strahd von Zarovich stares down a sheer cliff at the village below. A cold, bitter wind spins dead leaves about him, billowing his cape in the darkness. The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner. You are invited. Game Master(s) : Peter Fitzpatrick

SUNDAY

11am-3pm

 

Board Games

This room will be open with a supply of cards and games. Bring your own or try something new. No experience necessary. Parental supervision required for participants 13 and younger.



Role Playing Seminar

DISCUSSION – HOSTED BY LEE MCCORMICK

SPECIAL TIMING – 12/NOON – 2PM

Game Description :Role-Playing Chat (hopefully, interactive) covering a myriad of aspects/topics including (but not limited to): How the Industry has Grown, Some Things Never Change, In-At-Out of Character Play, What is Your Game Missing?, In Person/Skype or Hangouts, Do Computers Role Play, Encouraging Role Playing, The Role of Storytellers, and other rambles. For some this will be a memory stroll, for some inspirational – I hope, and for others, perhaps and introduction to a whole new form of entertainment. Game Master(s) : Lee McCormick


Sidekicks Anonymous

LARP

SPECIAL TIMING – 11:30AM START

Game Description :

Superheroes are vanishing. It started with a young man calling himself The Brain, who arrived at League Mansion claiming extreme danger to the League members from the arch criminal Doctor Depraved. Then the disappearing began: First the Incredible Zip. Then Ultrababe. Then the Flying Mouse. No ransom notes. No claimed responsibility. They all just vanish into thin air. This is all that is known. The last hero to vanish was the super-intelligent Doctor Supernova. His last action before vanishing was to send a message to all the sidekicks of the world’s heroes to meet at the League’s mansion. You all did so. Let the game begin…

Comedy ahead. This is NOT a serious game. Players should come with a sense of humor and prepared for light hearted superhero sidekick antics!

Game Master(s) : Rita Flaherty


Ravenloft: The Espers (DDAL04-05)

TABLE-TOP RPG,D&D 5E (D&D ADVENTURER’S LEAGUE TABLETOP RPG)

Game Description : 

The time has come to venture beyond the village of Orașnou and explore the realm of Barovia. However, in your travels, you happen across an unusual tribe of people–distrusted denizens of the Demiplane of Dread. Do the Vistani truly possess the ability to see the future, or is it simple parlor tricks and deceit?

Part five of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.

Game Master(s) : Peter Fitzpatrick



Aaaand, to top if it off, Team Wilmark Dynasty dragged their post-con bums out and conquered a local Escape Room:



I have a great idea - let's do it all again next year! Oh wait - we did! Stay tuned.

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