Welcome!

Welcome to Warwick Tabletop Games and Roleplaying Society!

We’re Warwick Tabletop Games and Roleplaying Society, the university’s largest society for all things tabletop. We have a packed calendar covering board games, card games, wargames and RPGs (both pen and paper and live action), so there’s bound to be an event for you! We provide a friendly and welcoming environment - regardless of experience, you’re always welcome at our events. Members of exec (in their purple hoodies) will always be around, so if you’d like to try something new just show up and we’ll help you out.

If you attend our events and online spaces, we expect you to adhere to our Code of Conduct, otherwise we will ask you to leave.

COVID Rules for All In-Person Events

For all of our in-person events, including Welcome Week and Term 1, the below rules currently apply:

  • We will be mandating that masks are worn by all participants along with social distancing in accordance with government advice. If you do not wear a mask, if you do not abide by social distancing rules, and/or if you do not practise proper sanitation, you will be told to leave our event.
  • If you feel ill or are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home. We won't be chasing you up if you miss your session or anything like that - we'd much rather you got better and didn't infect anyone else! Plus, during Welcome Week, we are offering online versions of all of our events (except LARP), so you won't be missing out.
  • We ask that you wash and sanitise your hands before, during and after your play session. We will endeavour to provide hand sanitiser as well as disposable gloves if you would like to wear those while playing. Furthermore, we ask you not to eat during your play session.
  • If you sign up to / attend our events, you are agreeing to abide by all the rules we set out above, and our Code of Conduct. Do not sign up or attend if you do not agree with them.

Weekly Term-Time Events

You can find out where each event is hosted on our Schedule page! We are currently planning on running all of our events in-person throughout Term 1 and have booked rooms to do so. However, this has the potential to change due to the ongoing pandemic. Please keep an eye on our social medias and newsletter for COVID updates.

Wargames image, featuring ex-President Nigel and ex-Wargames Rep James smiling at a tape measure. And some minis.

Wargames Mondays 5-10pm

In Wargames, we simulate battles through the use of miniatures. These range from small skirmishes to planet-wide conflicts, with players using a mixture of luck and skill to carefully position units and resolve the resulting combat through rolling dice.

Our Wargames sessions involve a range of game systems; regularly played systems include: Warhammer 40,000; Kill Team; Warmahordes; X-wing; Star Wars Armada; and Star Wars Legion. Don't worry if you have a preferred games system that isn't listed here, as we are always happy to try out a new wargame. We also have society armies allowing anybody to turn up and play, regardless of experience!

Magic: The Gathering Draft Tuesdays 6-10pm

If you like drafting Magic: the Gathering, then this is the event for you! We draft an assortment of the latest standard set, cubes, unusual sets (e.g. Masters, Un-sets, Commander sets...) and flashbacks, which are all scheduled in advance here, with details of their buy-in cost (most of our drafts require you to buy packs to draft with, which we provide for purchase) and prize structure.

Please note: draft is a competitive format, and is thus not suitable for people who have never played Magic: the Gathering before! If you want to learn how to play Magic, we recommend you check out our Casual Card Games events, where someone can teach you how to play.

Draft image, featuring a variety of Magic: The Gathering booster packs and spindown dice.
Board games image, featuring a room full of people playing board games. Risk, Codenames, 7 Wonders, Catan and Sheriff of Nottingham are visible.

Board Games Wednesdays 2-10pm

Come along to try out some new board games or play some of your old favourites. We have everything from light party games to full 4 hour epics, so we're sure to find one for you in our extensive collection of 110+ games. You can drag your mates with you, or come alone and we'll bring together a group for you to play with.

If you're a board game enthusiast, this is a great way to meet like-minded people at Warwick, and if you're brand new to the scene, there'll be a team of exec and regular members ready to show you the ropes. Board games are a great way to make friendships that will last throughout uni and beyond!

Collectable Card Games Thursdays 5-10pm

Collectable Card Games (CCGs) are games where each participant has their own, specially built deck of cards, and uses that deck to play against other players with similarly constructed decks. Here at CCGs, we embrace all kinds of players - from competitive to casual to complete beginners! So come join us as we battle it out in the friendliest way possible in a myriad of games, such as Magic: The Gathering, Android: Netrunner, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, to name but a few. If you have your own spicy deck constructions you’d like to show off, then please do bring them along. But, if you don’t even know what a deck is, let alone why you’d want to sleeve it, then we’ll have plenty of people on hand who are ready and willing to show you the ropes and provide cards for you to borrow and play with!

Also, if you're looking for some Magic: The Gathering drafting rather than a constructed format, check out our weekly draft event.

CCGs image, featuring a variety of cards from Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. Sadly there are no Netrunner cards, but that is popular within the society.
RPGs image, featuring multiple D&D books. Other RPGs are also available, and are better.

Role Playing Games (RPGs) Saturdays at various times

RPGs are forums for collaborative storytelling. Often facilitated by a Game/Dungeon master (G/DM), they provide the rules and framework for you and your group to play out the stories and the characters that you want to. Whether you want to be adventurers at the centre of some epic saga, thieves trying to survive in a haunted city, or raccoons misusing a defibrillator to win a race, there’s an RPG for you. While Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is the most popular RPG played at the society, there’s also a wide offering of other RPG systems available -- from other large systems like Pathfinder and Call of Cthulhu, to tiny systems like Goblin Quest and Crash Pandas. If you want to run your own RPG, follow this simple two and a half step guideline:

1. Talk to our RPGs Rep (currently Oli, contact details on our Exec page), who will be able to give you to host your games in.
2. Make a event on our Events page to get players.
(2.5. Actually run the RPG)

Live Action Role Playing (LARP) Sunday 12-6pm

LARP (Live Action Role Play) takes roleplaying beyond dice rolling and gridded mats. In LARP, you physically take part in the adventure, either as a player character or one of the monsters.

Fighting is done with an assortment of foam weapons such as swords, axes and two-handed weapons, in addition to a wide range of options for magic. People of all skills are welcome, from LARP combat experts to those holding a sword for the first time. The society has all the required gear but you may bring your own if you wish.

LARP image, featuring a variety of LARPers with cool armour and weapons. (Pre-COVID, colourised.) Come to LARP.

Special Events

We advertise these in our newsletters!

Termly Events

This is just the text 'Board Games Weekend' in a pretty font.

Board Games Weekend All Weekend, Week 3 (Terms 1 and 2)

Board Games brings everyone together to spend an entire weekend* (yep, including overnight Saturday night) doing nothing but board gaming fun. It's the perfect opportunity to crack out those long epics that you can't manage in a single 8-hour board games session during the week, to join in with a massive pizza order on Saturday evening, or to play chaotic Jackbox in a sleep-deprived state at 3am on Sunday morning.

* Staying for the entire weekend is not mandatory; please drop in and out whenever you like! Especially if you need to go and sleep.

Tabletop Weekend All Weekend, Week 9 (Terms 1 and 2)

It's Board Games Weekend, but Tabletop. Yes, that's right, all of Tabletop. This is the weekend where the stars align and wargames, board games, collectable card games, and RPGs coexist in harmony. So take the text from Board Games Weekend and sub in Tabletop wherever you read Board Games, and you're gucci.

This is just the text 'Tabletop Weekend' in a pretty font.
One of our Quiz Night posters, containing the words 'Quiz Night' and '6 rounds, with Tabletop-themed prizes'.

Quiz Friday, Week 9 (Every Term)

At the end of every term, you can battle it out over 6 quiz rounds (+ an optional, but unmissable, bonus round!) of sometimes bizarre, sometimes Tabletop-themed questions to win the coveted Tabletop Quiz Crown. Written by our exec, past rounds have included Board Game Geek Board Game List Board Game Board Game Game Guru Game, Magic Card or Metal Band, Kazoos, and assorted dice.

Yearly Events

Tabletop Extravaganza Three days in Week 9 (Term 3)

Scroll up to Tabletop Weeked and imagine that... but for an entire extra day. Yep, 36 hours of non-stop hip-hop lost the plot flip-flop hard rock knock knock Tabletop. It's the perfect way to end your year at Uni after a solid few months of revising for and panicking about exams.

This is just the text 'Tabletop Extravaganza' in a pretty font. There are also sparkles.
This is just the text 'Tabletop Radio' in a different pretty font. It's the poster from this year's radio!

Tabletop Radio All Weekend, Week 9 (Term 3)

Tabletop Radio was our response to not being able to fundraise for charity in-person due to Covid; it is a 26 hour charity stream that we ran during Pride Month for the last 2 years. In 2020, we raised £600 for Stonewall, and in 2021, we raised £2000 for Mermaids! Due to its great success, we plan to continue Tabletop Radio in future years, though hopefully we will be able to stream all together from one room. We stream a wide variety of segments that cover many of the activities that we and the people in the tabletop community love, from the games themselves to talks on them, with plenty of incentives to reward those who donate.

Hallowe'ek Week of Hallowe'en (Term 1)

In Hallowe'ek we get spooky by running Hallowe'en-themed versions of our events! We've run Boo-ard Games, in which spooky games are played; Scary CCGs in which people bring spooky decks; spooky RPG one-shots in more horror-oriented systems; Magic drafts with spooky sets; and of course Extremely Normal Wargames because we haven't thought of a way to spookify it yet. Sometimes people even get dressed up in costume!

The poster from 'boo-ard games', our Hallowe'ek board games event. It's very spooky, trust me.
The poster for our D&D Epic, Stardock Under Siege. There's a big hand with a die, just like in Smash Bros.

Big RPG

Ever wanted Dungeons and Dragons... But Bigger? And more Chaotic? An Epic D&D experience has many tables of players, each with their own DM, all taking part in the same overarching adventure to achieve a common goal. Our past Epic D&D adventures have been Stardock Under Siege and The Great Knucklehead Rally. We look forward to bringing you more of these giant games in the future!

Megagame

Megagames are like very large boardgames, with elements of role-playing games, LARP and wargames rolled in. They involve anything from 30 players to three or four hundred players, and usually involve chaotic panicking as everyone is trying to stop the world from ending while trying to advance their own personal agendas. We sometimes run them!

We've run two megagames so far -- Watch the Skies in 2019, where players take the roles of politicians, scientists, press and aliens on the world's stage and try to prevent societal collapse; and The Depths, a bespoke online megagame playtest in which you are all submariners trying to deal with a flooded planet. We're hoping to run more of these in future!

The poster from Watch the Skies, the first megagame we ran. It features aliens and intrigues.
The poster for our escape room, which is a dodecahedron with a lock on it containing some contestants.

Escape Room

In 2019 (before the world fell into chaos), we ran our first ever Escape Room, designed and built from scratch by Tabletop exec and themed around Magic University. The goal is to race to escape the room with your team by solving devious puzzles against the clock, with prizes given to the fastest team and best costume. We plan to run our second iteration of this in the year ahead, Covid-permitting, so keep an eye out for announcements on our social media/in our newsletter.

Build Your Own Board Game! (with Game Design Society)

Build Your Own Board Game sees us and Game Design Society run a board game jam together - in which you have a weekend to make a board game! We've seen a variety of games come out of this, from games about space exploration with cards, a dexterity-based wargame and the answer to the question of whether 100 duck-sized horses would beat a horse-sized duck. The end of this newsletter shows off some of the games made two years ago, and this newsletter shows off some games made digitally this year.

Our Build Your Own Board Game poster, featuring meeples building a playable new game.
This is exactly the same as the earlier LARP image.

LARP at Kenilworth Castle Late in Term 3

While Tocil Woods is a perfectly nice place for LARPing, sometimes we go somewhere a little more grand. As such, near the end of Term 3 we go and LARP in Kenilworth Castle! All of the stuff you love about LARP, but instead of lots of trees there's a castle.