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For 2005, non-computer gaming will move to DaVinci's, a much larger space which will be dedicated to gaming around the clock all weekend. Scroll down and behold the more than ninety game events!

Board Gamers / Card Gamers / Miniatures Gamers - We encourage you to bring your games with you to Penguicon, and participate in Open Gaming. We expect there to be many Gamers at the con, of all experience levels, and we're sure that you will be able to meet many people "looking for game." Come and spread your favorites around!

Computer Gamers - We will have a much more formal computer gaming presence in the Computer Lounge in 2005 than we have had before. We will provide more than sufficient computing power to host just about any number of players, limited only by the networking lash-up we can string together-- and even that is growing daily. So *everyone* should bring their computer/laptop (and CAT5 cable) and plan to play computer games! At this point, we can not accomodate wireless access to the games network, only wired. We will have formal security for labeling and guarding your hardware in the Computer Lounge. Confirmed is "Counterstrike", with others likely: "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory", "Counterstrike Source", and "Nethack". Others are possible, with research continuing on "FreeCiv II" and other abandonware. If you plan to play Valve games, Valve requires that you must have a Steam account.

Would you like to play a game? If you would be interested in running a scheduled computer game at next year's Penguicon, then please e-mail our Head of Gaming at gaming@penguicon.org with details. We're always looking for more gamesmasters.

Corrections to the program book are marked in red.


Fri 3:00 pm - Sunday 3:00 pm
Open Gaming

GM: You!
variable numbers of players
Check out games from the Penguicon Gaming Library, or bring your own and pull up a table. From classic card games to the newest board games, we have something for everyone! Whether you've got 15 minutes or a few hours, we have a game for you!

Fri 3:00 pm - Sunday 3:00 pm
Cheapass Games Open Demos

GM: Cheapass Demo Monkeys
variable numbers of players
Come learn and play any and all of the games in the Cheapass Games product line, brought to you by the Cheapass Demo Monkeys.

Fri 3:00 pm - Sunday 3:00 pm
Looney Labs Little Experiment

GM: Looney Labs Demo Rabbits
variable numbers of players
Looney Labs is bringing the Little Experiment to Penguicon! The challenge of the Little Experiment is to play three of our games to Win The Star or a Happy Flower. The Star is an exclusive promo card for Fluxx (which counts as either the Sun or the Moon) that can only be won through a Little Experiment. The selected games are: Fluxx, Aquarius, Chrononauts, Nanofictionary, Cosmic Coasters, Are You A Werewolf?, Ice Towers, Zendo, and Volcano. Come play all of these games with our wonderful Mad Lab Rabbits.

Fri 3:00 pm - Sunday 3:00 pm
Mayfair Games Open Demos

GM: University of Catan Faculty
variable numbers of players
Come learn and play any and all of the games in the Mayfair Games product line, brought to you by the faculty of the University of Catan.

Fri 3:00 pm - Sunday 3:00 pm
Steve Jackson Games Open Demos

GM: MIB
variable numbers of players
Come learn and play any and all of the games in the Steve Jackson Games product line, brought to you by the Men in Black.


Games on Friday, April 22, 2005


Fri 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crokinole at Tea Time

GM: Clark Rodeffer
2 to 4 players
This traditional dexterity game from southern Ontario takes the rough and tumble schoolyard game of marbles and makes it more respectable, more polite, more ... Canadian. No experience necessary.

Fri 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Palladium Fantasy

GM: Kevin Siembieda
up to 10 players
Step into the bold and dangerous world of high fantasy. A world of magic and conflict. A world dominated by a human civilization built on the bones of the non-humans who reigned before them. A world of unparalleled heroic adventure filled with magic, inhuman creatures and intrigue! Characters will be provided.


Fri 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Settlers of Catan
GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 6 players
Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan. Expand your colony through the building of settlements, roads and villages by harvesting commodities from the land around you. Trade sheep, lumber, bricks and grain for a settlement, bricks and wood for a road, or try to complete other combinations for more advanced buildings, services and specials. Trade with other players, or at local seaports to get resources you might lack. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements and special cards wins.


Fri 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Amazonas

GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 4 players
It’s the 19th Century, and you have come to the lush tropical jungles of Amazonas in search of rare plants and animals. You must explore the twisting paths and waterways, leading your expedition from one village to another. Each village offers an opportunity to establish a new outpost. But beware – the Amazonas is not for the timid!

Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hacker
GM: Walter Schirmacher
3 to 6 players
Can you break into the world’s toughest computer systems? In Hacker, players sail through the Net, competing to invade the most systems. The more systems you crack, the more you learn, and the easier your next target is. You can find back doors and secret phone lines, and even crash the systems your rivals are using. But be careful. There’s a Secret Service Raid waiting for you! Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Fri 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
La Strada

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 4 players
As the proud owner of a northern Italian trading company, you must dispatch carts and wagons to find new customers for your goods. But times are hard and competition is fierce. Establish new markets by creating unique routes that bypass your competitors. Naturally, the larger towns are more lucrative, but profits will be greatest where you can keep the market to yourself.


Fri 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alhambra
GM: David Whitcher
2 to 6 players
Players hire artisans from around the world to build an opulent Spanish estate. The only problem is, the artisans insist upon being paid in their native currencies. Alhambra was the winner of the most coveted prize in board gaming, the Spiel des Jahres in 2003.

Fri 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tigris & Euphrates
GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 4 players
Thousands of years ago, in the fertile land between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, a new civilization flourished. Take care! It is your responsibility to see that your dynasty grows and prospers in this land. You must use your four leaders: the King, the Priest, the Merchant and the Farmer, to accomplish your goal of forging strong kingdoms out of the fledgling settlements that dot the landscape. If necessary, you will further your dynasty’s aims at the expense of your neighbors. As land is limited, conflicts and takeover attempts are the order of the day.

Fri 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Heros Unlimited

GM: Julius Rosenstein
up to 8 players
Mutants, superhumans, alien visitors, super-sleuths, weapon masters, cyborgs, robots, psychics, masters of the mystic arts, super-soldiers, genius inventors, and even crazy heroes. Heroes Unlimited, there ain’t nothing like it. Players should bring their own first- through fourth-level characters. Pretty much any Power Category is OK.


Fri 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Basari

GM: David Whitcher
3 to 4 players
Enter the street bazaar…the enticing sights, sounds and flavor of the marketplace are everywhere! In Basari, players act as merchants who compete on the streets of a lucrative gem marketplace.

Fri 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cosmic Encounter
GM: Alex Yeager & Shaun Klein
3 to 8 players
Players represent alien races that are seeking to spread themselves onto five foreign worlds. To accomplish this, they make challenges against other players and enlist the aid of interested parties. But all that would be boring without alien powers, which are unique to each race. The alien powers give players ways to bend or outright break some rule in the game...


Fri 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dancing Dice

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 6 players
A dance marathon is exhausting, but the prize for being the last couple standing is amazing! What type of dance would most impress the Jury – a Tango, or a more challenging Tap? A game of chance and bluff for skilled dancers!


Games on Saturday, April 23, 2005


Sat 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Cape Horn
GM: David Whitcher
3 to 5 players
Before the opening of the Panama Canal, ships sailed from the east coast to the west coast of North or South America via Cape Horn. They held races from New York to San Francisco for those daring enough to test their skills against the elements. Now players can relive those races.


Sat 2:00 am - 4:00 am
Robo Rally

GM: David Whitcher
2 to 8 players
Imagine that you’re a supercomputer. Now imagine that you’re bored. So you dream up a little contest for you and a couple of your supercomputing buddies. Your task is to move one of the stupid little robots out on the factory floor through a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the factory. The wrinkle, however, is that the factory floor is filled with all kinds of inconvenient (if not down-right deadly) obstacles located in various locations: conveyor belts, crushers, flame-throwers, pushers, teleporters, oil slicks, pits, et cetera. But the real fun comes when the robots cross each other’s paths, and suddenly your perfect route is something less than that... For this basic Robo Rally event, a small board will be used to maximize player interaction.


Sat 5:00 am - 8:00 am
Hammer of the Scots

GM: Clark Rodeffer
2 players
Hammer of the Scots brings the rebellion of the Braveheart, William Wallace, to life. As the English player, you seek to pacify Scotland by controlling all the important noble lords. The Scottish player also seeks the allegiance of nobles to support a difficult struggle for freedom.


Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Prototype Track: Die Racing

GM: David Whitcher
2 to 6 players
Avoid collisions with your fellow racers, debris that seems to come out of nowhere and the urge to drive at unsafe speeds to cross the finish line first in this blend of card and board game.


Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Four Dragons

GM: Kendra Petty
4 players
Four Dragons is a fun, mind-twisting trick-taking game for two partnerships. With non-conventional rules like you CAN'T follow suit and all played cards stay face up to allow deduction, this game is really a treat for the brain.

Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 am
King Me!

GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 6 players
With the announcement of the King’s retirement, the pirouette for succession begins! All of his subjects from cobbler to cook, painter to paladin, debutante to duchess bustle about the castle in preparation for the succession. One of your favorites can attain the throne. But, beware! it will require clever maneuvering and selective positioning to be in the right place at the right time to achieve the crown!

Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mag Blast

GM: Mike Petty
2 to 8 players
Control a fleet of space ships trying to destroy the enemy flagship. This is a fun, chaotic card game where players are required to add laser and explosion sound effects!

Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fluxx
GM: Lisa Padala
2 to 6 players
Fluxx: the card game with ever changing rules! It starts out simple, draw one card and play one card. But New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic, and even the object of the game will often change as you play.

Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cities & Knights of Catan

GM: Josh Drobina
2 to 6 players
Dark clouds are gathering over the peaceful island of Catan. Wild barbarians, attracted by the wealth of Catan, sailed to attack the country. Fortunately, warning has given Catan time to meet the danger. The size of the barbarian army corresponds to the number of cities in Catan. Thus, for Catan to fend off the barbarian attack, the players must form a knight force as strong as the barbarian force. In addition to fighting the barbarians, players compete to build the three great metropolises of Catan.

Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ninja Burger Card Game
GM: Walter Schirmacher
3 to 6 players
Join the elite Ninja Burger delivery team! You will learn to deliver tasty burgers and fries anywhere in 30 minutes of less. You will bring honor to your franchise. Failure is not an option. Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Prototype Track: Pantropia
GM: Matt Arnold
3 to 4 players
Pantropia is a game of Terraforming and Pantropy, loosely modeled after Settlers of Catan, that is played on a Hoberman sphere. Players balance strategies of mega-engineering the planet to fit their colonists, or bio-engineering their colonists to fit the planet. Diverge into human subspecies until the globe is irreversibly habitable by the winning techno-ecology.

Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dos Rios

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 4 players
Two mighty rivers wind their way down from the mountains. The fields through which they flow are fruitful, bringing wealth to their owners. Harvest fields with campesinos, gathering riches to build homes and create a prosperous estate. With skillful placement of dams, you can alter the course of the rivers and bring prosperity to your land. That which was dry will now produce; that which was productive may now be barren. The one who best controls the rivers will control the valley, for the flow of the river carries fortune’s tide.

Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Prototype Track: Black & White Games Block
GM: Mike Petty & Kendra Petty
variable numbers of players
Black & White Games are simple, fun games created by Mike Petty. From Blaster Bots (a wacky card game of battling robots) to Get Paul That Promotion (a hilarious game of coming up with bad ideas), you'll find something for nearly every gaming taste. Several prototypes will be play tested as well. Stop in to try games of creativity, negotiation and strategy. Various games will be demoed and play tested during this three hour block.


Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Chrononauts

GM: Lisa Padala
2 to 6 players
So, you want to be a time traveler, eh? Well, messing with time has its consequences. For starters, your world no longer exists. Players become time travelers who seek to return to their original alternate realities by changing history (done by preventing assassinations, averting disasters and so on), while simultaneously seeking to gather up the right combination of amazing artifacts, plucked from the future or rescued from the past.

Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FRAG!

GM: Drew Happli
up to 6 players
Frag is a computer game without a computer. It’s a “first-person shooter” on a tabletop; up to six can play. Move your fighter and frag your foes; draw cards for weapons, armor, and gadgets; move through the blood spatters to restore your own health! If you die, you respawn and come back shooting! Steve Jackson Games MIB event.

Sat 12:00 m - 4:00 pm
AFMBE: Kill Bill Again

GM: Bill Korsak
2 to 6 players
Just when you thought you were free of the Influence of Bill, now there are Zombies to deal with! RPG using All Flesh Must Be Eaten. Characters will be provided.


Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Navia Dratp

GM: Matt Arnold
2 players
This Tori-Shogi inspired game has an anime theme. Players set up different armies formed from booster packs of randomly-inserted miniatures. These are summoned onto the board one-at-a-time during play, and can be promoted to a more powerful movement using currency crystals. Most figures have special powers that work outside of the normal Shogi rules, such as teleportation or capturing a piece without moving to its square.

Sat 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bang! (Plus Expansions)

GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 8 players
A rip-roarin’ Spaghetti Western Cards Game! The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!

Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Splicers

GM: Carmen Bellaire
up to 10 players
Machines rule, and human beings are vermin who are hunted and exterminated. The human struggle is complicated by a nano-virus that instantly turns metal objects touched by human flesh into killing machines. Consequently, humans have been forced to turn to organic technology to battle the world-dominating machines if they hope to reclaim any portion of their planet back for themselves. Characters will be provided.

Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
GURPS 4e Fantasy: Here There Be Dragons

GM: Walter Schirmacher
3 to 6 players
An exiled prince and his followers have settled on a mysterious island chain. Your band of explorers must unravel the secrets of this new land. Will you find your fortunes, or destruction? Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Farfalia

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 5 players
The naturalist magazine ‘Farfalia’ proposes five subjects that their enthusiastic followers must find and catch... with their cameras! Research requires careful planning – especially when only one specimen can be taken for the collection. And how much better if it is a species of Farfalia, the leading magazine in the field!

Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ricochet Robots

GM: Shaun Klein
2 to 10 players
Played as a simultaneous multi-player puzzle, players seek a sequence of moves which will enable them to move the required robot to the target in the fewest moves.

Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Warriors

GM: Mike Petty
2 to 4 players
Warriors is a new release from Face 2 Face Games. Originally conceived as the Risk card game, you get all the fun of the classic board game in 30-60 minutes.

Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Why Did the Chicken...?

GM: Kendra Petty
4 to 8 players
Feeling creative? In Why Did the Chicken...? players compete to come up with the most hilarious and clever answers to riddles. What did the millionaire say to the goldfish? Why does Santa Claus hate Dr. Suess? Very open-ended and fun for any group.

Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emergo

GM: Matt Arnold
2 players
Emergo is for elimination games what Go is for territory games. This is the perfect realization of a 3D mechanism of movement and capture called 'column checkers': players control stacks of checkers when their piece is on top. So wide that most strategy games could drown in it in terms of the number of possible positions, its strategy is elegantly simple: "Feed, decapitate, bury." Yet it allows for great diversity in style and many levels of sophistication. The tactics are fabulous, both in the variety and depth. Unlike chess, there is no danger of exhaustion of the study of its stunning combinatorial whirlpools any century soon. See http://www.mindsports.net/Arena/Emergo/AboutEmergo.html

Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aquarius

GM: Lisa Padala
2 to 5 players
This card game is dazzlingly colorful, fun to play, and easy to learn. Each player tries to be the first to connect seven panels of a particular element (earth, air, fire, water or ether). Each player starts with a different goal, but action cards allow players to trade or scramble the goals, as well as changing the cards on the table, thus keeping the game exciting right up to the end.

Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ticket to Ride

GM: Alex Yeager
2 to 5 players
The 2004 Spiel des Jahre (Game of the Year), connect your cities for fame, fortune and the most victory points!

Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Heros Unlimited – Research House: Part 1 of 2

GM: Roger Cartier
up to 8 players
Mutants, superhumans, alien visitors, super-sleuths, weapon masters, cyborgs, robots, psychics, masters of the mystic arts, super-soldiers, genius inventors, and even crazy heroes. Heroes Unlimited, there ain’t nothing like it. Your group is called to Research House, where a part of an experimental power source is missing, the main control unit. Can you find it before the unit goes critical? Characters will be provided.


Sat 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fist of Dragonstones
GM: Kendra Petty
3 to 6 players
This is a game of bidding and bluff co-designed by Bruno Faidutti. Players compete for the help of powerful characters in a fantasy world. Hire the right ones at the right time and you'll acquire the powerful Dragonstones needed for victory.

Sat 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Modern Art

GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 5 players
Buy your way to fame & fortune with Modern Art, the high stakes gallery auction game. Players compete to gain the most money by buying and selling paintings at auctions and reselling them for profit. All players take turns running the auctions, which come in many different styles. Whoever offers the top bid owns the painting and sells it at the end of the round. The price the painting fetches is based on the popularity of the artist and how well his paintings have sold in the past. The player with the most money at the end of four rounds of buying and selling wins.

Sat 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mutiny

GM: Mike Petty
2 to 5 players
Everyone loves pirates, right? In Mutiny, players attempt to bribe the key crew members with gold and rum. The first to gather up eight cutlasses overthrows the worthless captain and claims control of the ship.


Sat 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crokinole at Tea Time

GM: Clark Rodeffer
2 to 4 players
This traditional dexterity game from southern Ontario takes the rough and tumble schoolyard game of marbles and makes it more respectable, more polite, more ... Canadian. No experience necessary.

Sat 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Domaine

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 4 players
The king shall return. But before he does, the realm falls into anarchy and chaos. The lords of the kingdom struggle to improve their place and standing. New borders are drawn and expanded through strength of arms and subtle maneuver. Each duke seeks to establish a claim over the most valuable parts of the kingdom before the king finally returns. In the dark of the Middle Ages, control of the land was the key to wealth and power. Can you control enough territory to become the most prestigious duke before the king’s return?

Sat 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
San Juan

GM: Shaun Klein
2 to 4 players
A card game based on Puerto Rico. In each round or governorship, each player selects one of the available roles, triggering an event that usually affects all players, such as producing goods or building. The person who picks the role gets a privilege, such as producing more goods or building more cheaply. The game ends as soon as one player has put up 12 buildings.

Sat 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nanofictionary

GM: Lisa Padala
3 to 6 players
Where are we? Who is there? What’s going on? And how is it all going to end? These are the crucial questions each player answers, choosing from the cards they’re dealt to tell a very short story. Players combine and recombine settings, characters, problems and resolutions to create the best story they can, while other players mix things up with wacky action cards. Everyone votes for their favorites, including onlookers, and the winner is the player whose story garners the most points!


Sat 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hacker

GM: Drew Happli
3 to 6 players
Can you break into the world’s toughest computer systems? In Hacker, players sail through the Net, competing to invade the most systems. The more systems you crack, the more you learn, and the easier your next target is. You can find back doors and secret phone lines, and even crash the systems your rivals are using. But be careful. There’s a Secret Service Raid waiting for you! Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Sat 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zendo

GM: Josh Drobina & Shaun Klein
3 to 6 players
Can you guess the master’s riddle? What is the secret of the Buddha nature? One of today’s most popular Icehouse games is now available as a complete boxed set! One player acts as the master, guiding the other players (students) as they seek to unravel the secret rule by building little structures (called koans) out of Icehouse pyramids.

Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RIFTS
GM: Carmen Bellaire
up to 8 players
Sometime in Earth’s future, after an age of peace and technological advancement, global war plunged the world into fire and madness. Billions of people died, sending immeasurable amounts of psychic energy into the world’s mystic ley lines – lines of invisible supernatural energy that crisscross the planet. The ley lines flared to life with unstoppable waves of energy creating storms, earthquakes, and dimensional anomalies. Where two ley lines crossed, the very fabric of space and time were torn asunder creating dimensional Rifts to other worlds. Players should bring their own characters.

Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Star Munchkin Roleplaying Game (d20): Raid on the Queen Ssa'Dab

GM: Walter Schirmacher
3 to 6 players
While helping out a ship in distress (Raiding a Ship) the players, honest merchants (Pirates), come across an enormous derelict ship (Easy Pickings!). What strange beings lie behind that airlock (Kick in the Airlock)? Can they make peaceful contact (Kick Alien Hiney and Steal the Treasure!)? Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Sat 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Betrayal at the House on the Hill

GM: Shaun Klein
3 to 6 players
Explore a haunted mansion encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell your fate. Secretly, one of the players betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late!

Sat 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Entdecker and/or Oceania

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 6 players
Sail the seas exploring a newly discovered archipelago in this brilliantly balanced game of exploration. Invest in new paths of discovery, continue from where your competitors leave off or journey fourth on a new path. Strive to stake claims and control the islands for profit, glory and victory, but beware of storms and pirates. Which game gets played will depend upon the number of players.

Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Heros Unlimited – Research House: Part 2 of 2

GM: Roger Cartier
up to 8 players
Mutants, superhumans, alien visitors, super-sleuths, weapon masters, cyborgs, robots, psychics, masters of the mystic arts, super-soldiers, genius inventors, and even crazy heroes. Heroes Unlimited, there ain’t nothing like it. Your group is called to Research House, where a part of an experimental power source is missing, the main control unit. Can you find it before the unit goes critical? Characters will be provided.

Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
GURPS: Save the May Queen

GM: Bill Korsak
2 to 6 players
You are to design a garden while the fate of the world is in balance. Are you ready for the challenge?

Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Beyond the Supernatural

GM: Kevin Siembieda
up to 10 players
The supernatural is real. Psychic abilities and the paranormal are real. Magic is real. Yet science and authority figures dismiss them as hysteria, hoaxes and madness. However, special individuals gifted with special abilities or cursed with firsthand encounters find themselves inexorably linked to the paranormal and forced to deal with the consequences.


Sat 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zendo

GM: Lisa Padala
3 to 6 players
Can you guess the master’s riddle? What is the secret of the Buddha nature? One of today’s most popular Icehouse games is now available as a complete boxed set! One player acts as the master, guiding the other players (students) as they seek to unravel the secret rule by building little structures (called koans) out of Icehouse pyramids.

Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
RIFTS

GM: Julius Rosenstein
up to 6 players
Sometime in Earth’s future, after an age of peace and technological advancement, global war plunged the world into fire and madness. Billions of people died, sending immeasurable amounts of psychic energy into the world’s mystic ley lines – lines of invisible supernatural energy that crisscross the planet. The ley lines flared to life with unstoppable waves of energy creating storms, earthquakes, and dimensional anomalies. Where two ley lines crossed, the very fabric of space and time were torn asunder creating dimensional Rifts to other worlds. Players should bring their own second- to sixth-level characters. Pretty much any O.C.C. is OK.


Sat 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bohnanza

GM: Shaun Klein
3 to 7 players
As card games go, this one is quite revolutionary. Perhaps its oddest feature is that you cannot rearrange your hand, as you need to play the cards in the order that you draw them. The cards are colorful depictions of beans in various descriptive poses, and the object is to make coins by planting fields (sets) of these beans and then harvesting them. To help players match their cards up, the game features extensive trading and deal making.

Sat 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuchulcha

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 4 players
Tarchna, 6th century B.C. During Tagete’s day, the Etruscan community celebrates its own mythical father, and the oracles faithful to Achvizr, Alpan, Leinth and Thalna begin their purification path. They hope to honour their divinity through several sacrifices, escaping the call of the Ancient Tuchulcha, a sound that can be so loud that it threatens any other voice. Who will be dedicated to Lasa Vecuvia, the eternal Tuchulcha's rival, to bring peace back on the path to Tarchna?

Sat 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ostrakon

GM: Alex Yeager
5 to 12 players
Is there life in outer space or not? Baseball or basketball? To be or to have? Chicken or beef? The real speaker knows how to charm the audience with the greatest dilemma, predicting the opinions thanks to a supernatural intuition... or a more practical cheating technique!


Sat 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bang! (Plus Expansions)

GM: University of Catan Faculty
3 to 8 players
An rip-roarin’ Spaghetti Western Cards Game! The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!


Sat 11:00 pm - 3:00 am
Are You A Werewolf?

GM: Looney Labs Demo Rabbits
8 to 15 players
A game of deception, paranoia and mob rule in which a vengeful group of villagers must find out who among them are werewolves...before it’s too late. Each night the werewolves eat a villager, and each day the surviving villagers attempt to rid the town of werewolves by lynching one of their own.


Games on Sunday, April 24 2005


Sun 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Fluxx

GM: Shaun Klein
2 to 10 players
Fluxx: the card game with ever changing rules! It starts out simple, draw one card and play one card. But New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic, and even the object of the game will often change as you play.

Sun 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Gloom at Midnight

GM: Bill Korsak
2 to 4 players
Is life too perky? Do you need cold tea and stale scones? Then come and be depressed...perhaps you will kill your family first.


Sun 1:00 am - 2:00 am
Chrononauts

GM: Shaun Klein
2 to 6 players
So, you want to be a time traveler, eh? Well, messing with time has its consequences. For starters, your world no longer exists. Players become time travelers who seek to return to their original alternate realities by changing history (done by preventing assassinations, averting disasters and so on), while simultaneously seeking to gather up the right combination of amazing artifacts, plucked from the future or rescued from the past.

Sun 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Mystery of the Abbey

GM: Josh Drobina
3 to 6 players
Mystery of the Abbey is a whodunit game with a twist. A monk has been murdered in a medieval French Abbey. Players maneuver their way through the Abbey, examining clues and questioning each other to find out who is the culprit. A masterful game of deduction!


Sun 2:00 am - 3:00 am
Aquarius

GM: Shaun Klein
2 to 5 players
This card game is dazzlingly colorful, fun to play, and easy to learn. Each player tries to be the first to connect seven panels of a particular element (earth, air, fire, water or ether). Each player starts with a different goal, but action cards allow players to trade or scramble the goals, as well as changing the cards on the table, thus keeping the game exciting right up to the end.


Sun 3:00 am - 4:00 am
Zendo

GM: Josh Drobina & Shaun Klein
3 to 6 players
Can you guess the master’s riddle? What is the secret of the Buddha nature? One of today’s most popular Icehouse games is now available as a complete boxed set! One player acts as the master, guiding the other players (students) as they seek to unravel the secret rule by building little structures (called koans) out of Icehouse pyramids.


Sun 5:00 am - 7:00 am
Bootleggers

GM: Clark Rodeffer
3 to 6 players
It’s January, 1921. Prohibition has been in effect for a year, and it looks like the 18th Amendment is here to stay. The problem is, outlawing the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors” hasn’t done anything to reduce the demand for booze! As a result, illegal stills dot the countryside and secret (or not-so-secret!) speakeasies are popping up all over in cities large and small. Local law enforcement may look the other way (especially if they’re properly motivated), but Elliot Ness’ G-Men are harder to convince. With this much money at stake, organized crime is sure to take an interest.


Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dork Tower

GM: Walter Schirmacher
3 to 6 players
Play John Kovalic’s Dork Tower characters...as they play their characters...in a magical quest for the ultimate prize where no strategy is too low, no player too Munchkinly, and no rule is safe! Adventure through the land of Aurora, smiting monsters and growing in power, until you are strong enough to challenge the evil wizard in his tower. Slay him and you win...fail, and be cast from the heights. Steve Jackson Games MIB event.


Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seafarers of Catan

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 6 players
Explore and colonize the newly populated Archipelago of Catan. Build settlements, roads and villages by trading commodities from the land and islands around you. Trade sheep and wood for a ship, bricks and wood for a road, build new settlements and improve settlements into cities.

Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Prototype Track: & the Horse You Rode In On
GM: David Whitcher
4 to 7 players
Welcome to the big valley! There is room enough for everyone. Well, almost everyone. In fact there seems to be just one too many horse farms here, and it’s making grazing your herd impossible. Someone is going to be run out. Will it be you? & The Horse You Rode In On is a humorous game of horse rustling where no one can be trusted, especially your neighbors.


Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beyond the Supernatural: Investigation #13

GM: Bill Korsak
2 to 6 players
The supernatural is real. Psychic abilities and the paranormal are real. Magic is real. Yet science and authority figures dismiss them as hysteria, hoaxes and madness. However, special individuals gifted with special abilities or cursed with firsthand encounters find themselves inexorably linked to the paranormal and forced to deal with the consequences. You have been hired to investigate the mysterious happening of the Old Warren Place. Characters will be provided.

Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Splicers
GM: Carmen Bellaire
up to 10 players
Machines rule, and human beings are vermin who are hunted and exterminated. The human struggle is complicated by a nano-virus that instantly turns metal objects touched by human flesh into killing machines. Consequently, humans have been forced to turn to organic technology to battle the world-dominating machines if they hope to reclaim any portion of their planet back for themselves.


Sun 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nautilus

GM: University of Catan Faculty
2 to 4 players
Within the dark cold depths of the sea lies a world that could have risen from the works of Jules Verne. Here beneath the silt and sand of the sea floor resides the resting place of an ancient civilization once the marvel of the world. Swallowed by the sea, it sank to the depths to be remembered in legend. Now, groups of researchers have come together to build a fantastic underwater city, made from the many components sunk on the ocean floor.

Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beyond the Supernatural

GM: Julius Rosenstein
up to 6 players
The supernatural is real. Psychic abilities and the paranormal are real. Magic is real. Yet science and authority figures dismiss them as hysteria, hoaxes and madness. However, special individuals gifted with special abilities or cursed with firsthand encounters find themselves inexorably linked to the paranormal and forced to deal with the consequences. Players may bring their own first- through sixth-level characters, but characters will also be provided. Pretty much any O.C.C. is OK.


Sun 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Alhambra

GM: David Whitcher
2 to 6 players
Players hire artisans from around the world to build an opulent Spanish estate. The only problem is, the artisans insist upon being paid in their native currencies. Alhambra was the winner of the most coveted prize in board gaming, the Spiel des Jahres in 2003.

Sun 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Palladium Fantasy

GM: Randi Cartier
up to 6 players
Step into the bold and dangerous world of high fantasy. A world of magic and conflict. A world dominated by a human civilization built on the bones of the non-humans who reigned before them. A world of unparalleled heroic adventure filled with magic, inhuman creatures and intrigue! Characters will be provided.


Sun 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ostrakon

GM: University of Catan Faculty
5 to 12 players
Is there life in outer space or not? Baseball or basketball? To be or to have? Chicken or beef? The real speaker knows how to charm the audience with the greatest dilemma, predicting the opinions thanks to a supernatural intuition... or a more practical cheating technique!
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