Gaming at Balticon
There will be many gaming-related activities at Balticon 55. See the program guide for the schedule of panel discussions and demos. The game rooms for board games and the annual LARP will also be Zoom “rooms”. Some RPGs will be run through a Discord channel. See below for sign-up instructions and schedules.
We plan on having two Zoom rooms: one for board games, table-top role-playing games (RPG), and trivia games; the other for the annual live-action role-playing (LARP) game. Each room will have multiple break-out rooms so several games can be in progress at a time.
Go to the Program Guide and filter by “tag: Gaming” to get the schedule for all game-related programming. Select the desired event to get the Zoom link.
Several platforms will be used for board games, including Boite A Juex, Board Game Arena, Yucata, and Brett Spiel Welt. Each web site features a specific set of games, and you will need to create an account on the appropriate site for any games you plan to play. Go to the Program Guide and filter by “area:Federal Hill” to get the Board Game Room schedule and Zoom session links. The link is good for all day, so you don’t need to sign up separately for each game you are interested in on a particular day.
For details on the LARP scenario and schedule, and to sign-up, go to the LARP page.
Game Room Hours
|Day||Hours (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-4)|
|Friday, May 28||4 p.m. until 12 midnight|
|Saturday, May 29||12 noon until 12 midnight|
|Sunday, May 30||10 a.m. until 12 midnight|
|Monday, May 31||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
David Edelstein will be GMing two games this weekend: Sailors on the Starless Sea and Fire in the Temple. Both games are beginner friendly. People who want to play in either campaign must sign up ahead of time by emailing David in order to be added to the gaming platform and invited to the Discord voice channel. Note: These RPGs are not run from Zoom Game Rooms.
Sign-up and Player Preparation: Both games will be run on Fantasy Grounds Unity (FGU), using a Discord voice channel. Before the start of the time slot, you must:
- Download and install Fantasy Grounds Unity (NOT Fantasy Grounds Classic) on your PC and create an FGU account. The GM has an FGU ultimate license, so there is no need for players to purchase a subscription; free accounts are welcome to play. However, installing and setting up your FGU and Discord accounts is required.
- Send your email address and Discord ID to the GM at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be invited to the channel and the FGU server.
If you need help setting up FGU and Discord prior to the game, email the GM (email@example.com) and he will be happy to walk you through it. He will not be able to do this on the day of the game, however.
Sailors on the Starless Sea
Time: Friday, May 28, 8 – 11:30 p.m. Eastern (UTC-4)
System: Dungeon Crawl Classics Number of Players: 3-5 Age range: 14+ Content Warnings: Graphic violence; character death; TPKs are possible/likely!
Description: An introductory adventure for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Roleplaying Game, Sailors on the Starless Sea pits a mob of 0-level adventurers against the legacy of the Chaos Lords and their corrupted hordes.
Fire in the Temple
Time: Saturday, May 29, 1 – 5 p.m. Eastern (UTC-4)
System: The Fantasy Trip Number of Players: 3-5 Age range: 12+ Content Warnings: Violence, possible character death.
Description: Ready for a nice getaway? Visit the Temple of Dolosia and relax! Let the soothing mud baths and warm sulphur springs wash your tensions away. But you may want to bring your sword, just in case. In this adventure for The Fantasy Trip, the gentle priests of Dolosia are gone from the spa. There’s Fire in the Temple and someone’s going to get burned!
Gaming Panels and Demos
The gaming panel schedule is listed in Balticon’s on-line programming schedule. You can filter the listing by selecting the Gaming tag.
If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.