Hallowe'ek is over so we can turn our attention to the next festival in line - Christmas! The tinsel is out, music is playing, every tree is a Christmas tree... help me I've been trapped in the Seasonal aisle in Tescos for what feels like weeks and I've had to buy extremely expensive novelty chocolate to survive.
Luckily I have my laptop, so I can at least spend my time trapped in Christmas purgatory writing this newsletter. Also, if you're the first to tell me all of the games present in the title of the newsletter I'll give you a drawing of a trophy with a smiley face on it (prepare to be disappointed).
Warhammer 40k League
In Wargames, a 40k league is starting! Armies are only 1000pts, which is quite small so don't feel you have to have a massive collection to sign up. There's a prize too of a single infantry character for a faction of your choice so it's definitely worth looking into! Talk to our Wargames rep James Sampson-Foster if you have any questions.
Post-Hallowe'ek One Shots
Everyone seems to be big on one-shots, so we've got a few more running this week! Signups are / will be put on the website within the next day or two. As always, if you're looking for campaigns or one-shots, our Events page is the place to go.
- Big Dracula (Wednesday 5-10pm, H0.01): a one-shot run by me in Dread, a simple system where character creation is done by questionnaire and instead of rolling dice to resolve events, you pull from an unstable Jenga tower. You and your fellow contestants have entered the Hallowe'en themed reality TV show Big Dracula, where you vote your friends off this mortal coil... but not really, it's just a game show, right? Signups are here.
- Assault on Gumdrop Mountain (Saturday from midday, meeting at Social Sciences Café): a D&D one-shot run by our RPG Rep Callum. You and your fellow adventurers are going on a lovely hike to a mountain so horrifying that you have to take a hallucinogenic elixir to act at even close to full capacity. The drug makes the mountain bearable, but also makes it look like a candy-infused landscape! Signups available soon™.
- Escape from Phlan (Saturday from midday, meeting at Social Sciences Café): Tim's usual weekly D&D one-shot! This week, a bunch of noble figures have been trapped in the city as it's now encompassed by a wall of marsh plants. Inconvenient. Also there's a dracolich, try not to disturb it. Signups are here.
Tabletop Weekend 2: Electric Boogaloo (Week 9 Weekend)
There's not much to say about this yet, but the second Tabletop weekend of this term will be happening during the weekend of week 9 - same time, same place - with our termly quiz happening on the Friday (November 30th, 6-8:30pm with a trip to Varsity afterwards) just before the weekend starts! So keep that weekend open for even more fun gaming times.
What's happening this week?
Aside from the extra one-shots, we've got a relatively normal week with a slightly funky room booking for boardgames.
- Wargames Monday 17:00 to 22:00, B2.01 Science Concourse
- Magic: The Gathering Draft Tuesday 18:00 to 22:00, B2.02 Science Concourse
- Boardgames Wednesday 14:00 to 22:00, B2.03 Science Concourse (with H3.02 Humanities Building booked for if we need extra space).
- Casual Card Games Thursday 17:00 to 22:00, R3.41 Ramphal Building
- Live Action Roleplaying Sunday 12:00 to 17:00 starting in OC0.05 Oculus Building
What happened this week?
A lot, it turns out! We had our Chaos draft on Tuesday, won by Ethan and Alex. I've been reliably informed that both a Karn and a Polluted Delta were opened, but none of the best Innistrad cards (Liliana and Snapcaster Mage) were found. Random boosters, huh?
Boo-ard Games was a hit, with Arkham Horror (2nd Edition) escaping from the box we'd sealed it in and hidden in Westwood. Dead of Winter and Werewolf were also played, and people came in costume! Most importantly though the zombie arm was a huge hit.
Mysteries of Innistrad was a success at Creepy Card Games as players secretly became werewolves, vampires and inquisitors while still getting to play Magic. I expect having paws would sort of make that difficult but who knows, I'm not a Magic player or a werewolf, but hang on wouldn't your claws damage the cards and greatly reduce their value? That seems like a bad idea. Anyway, now that the role cards have been made for it you can play it during any CCGs session!
Tabletop weekend was a huge success with many people turning up for fun boardgaming times! I'll be honest that Siderial Confluence at 1am sounds like a questionable decision, but who am I to judge. It also felt like a revival of Boo-ard Games with Arkham Horror (3rd Edition) being played many times (thanks CapnAlex!) and I think there may have even been another game of Dead of Winter. Either way, I really hope everyone had a wonderful week! The biggest thanks go to the exec for being around to run their various events, with a special mention for Patrick and his ability to not need sleep.
Lemme go sleep now.
Much love <3
Finnbar Keating (Communications Officer)
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Look, some people even came in costume! So cool.
"Hey I got the good Magic stuff, you want Unstable? I got that. Innistrad? Got tonnes of it. Netrunner? ...I'm the wrong guy."