RPGs at the Festival

Are you thinking of playing or GMing at the Festival? We’ve got you covered!

Firstly, go join the #roleplaying channel on Discord to chat and catch up on what’s on, and if you’re thinking of GMing, let us know so we can give you the the GM tag and access to the top-secret VIP #rpg-gm-organisation channel.

Secondly, make sure you’re at the RPG signup event, right after All-hands on Friday evening (around 7:30pm). This will be an opportunity to meet GMs and sign up for games for the weekend.

All our GMs will be using the X-card (a simple safety tool to let you tell the table you’re uncomfortable and need the current scene re-played – some games may contain mature themes). You’ll be able to find out more about each game at the RPG signup event.

So, what games are our lovely volunteer GMs running? No surprise, there will be plenty of options to play D&D 5e, but we’ve got a smorgasbord of tasty alternatives…. Here’s a flavour of some of the games you’ll be able to play, most of which need no experience:

Apple Lane – Runequest

You’re approached to defend Apple Lane from Tusk Raiders, but you don’t know when or how the bandits will attack. What could possibly go wrong? A new scenario set in the famous Apple Lane from Runequest, inspired by the Magnificent Seven.

Brindlewood Bay

A Powered by the Apocalypse game where you all play elderly women who solve murders whilst dark Eldritch forces attempt to destroy the world. A strong focus on roleplaying and story telling. Think Murder She Wrote meets HP Lovecraft.

Brute Force & Ignorance

When someone rubs the Genie’s lamp and they say “your wish is my command”, well… they’re lazy. They have a team of specialists, you lot, who’s job it is to grant the wishes. Misinterpretation and over-complication encouraged. A very simple homebrew system.

Call of Cthulu – Darkness Visible

Set in late Elizabethan London, the players are members of a Royal organisation tasked with carefully handling heresy and plots against the Crown. The company are charged with securing a dangerous heretic and transporting him to a secure location.

Call of Cthulu – By the pricking of my thumb

The Black Company, a royal organisation, is tasked with investigating the recent death of Lord Barkham. Mystery and fear obscure the facts surrounding the death of a controversial public figure.

Glad to be Ghoul

What happens when a half human servant is in a car crash?

An adults only Fate/oWOD Vampire game, with mature themes.

The Incandescent Grottoes

A low level adventure location in the classic vein – a small section of the Mythic Underwold where the surface world’s logic recedes and magic and monsters abound. Judicious use of stealth, parley, and trickery are encouraged.

Player will be playing Classic Fantasy adventurers, searching the underworld to locate the source of various rumours that the characters have heard about the Grotto in hope of finding the treasures within.


Masks is a game using the Powered by the Apocalypse system which focuses more on a roleplaying and storytelling as opposed to strategy and combat. Masks tells the story of teenage superheroes trying to manage their superpowers (or lack thereof), their burgeoning careers as protectors of the city and the usual teenage angst. The stories are very similar to programs such as Young Justice, Teen Titans and Secret Warriors.

Monster of the Week

Buffy meets Supernatural meets the X-files. Most people don’t believe in monsters, but you know the truth. They’re real, and it’s your task to bring them down. A Powered by the Apocalypse game.

Ten Candles

10 days ago the world went dark, five days ago THEY came. They are hunting us. Now we’re struggling to find safety and salvation in a dark and dying world.

Adults only, this is a tragic horror game, played by candlelight. No-one will survive, but you’ll get to tell your story. There will be darkness, fear, betrayals, and THEM. Low on the dice rolling, high on the storytelling.

Time Heist

The party work for a near-future company who perform dubiously legal acts with the aid of a time machine, and are recruited from across time. They are tasked with causing a casino to fail as spectacularly as possible on its opening night in 1981 in Las Vegas. Probably using Fate Accelerated.

Winter’s Daughter

A 5E one-shot adventure set in the weird fairytale forest of Dolmenwood. Discover what haunts the crypt of the legendary hero, Sir Chyde, explore the wintry dungeon below his barrow and uncover the mystery of the Lady of the Wood. A romantic dungeon crawl with fairy tale elements.