This summer I will be going to Madison, Wisconsin for Venger Con on July 22, 23, and 24th. And I will be running an in-person RPG for the first time in… a heck of a long time.
It’s going to take place on Saturday the 23th, starting at 10am and running until 2pm. Yes, that’s early. It’s early because I am an old man and I go to bed early.
I’m calling the game An Atlas Of Bad Roads, and it’s what I like to call Heroic Horror. That’s the kind of Horror where the characters don’t just passively accept their fate but fight back and kick some monster ass. Think Tremors, Return Of The Living Dead, Nightmare On Elm Street, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
I’ll be using a modified form of Original D&D that I’ve written. Characters will be rolled up at the table, using 3d6 in order for stats. The main mechanic I want to test play is a quick and dirty way to use anything as a weapon. Improvised weapons are the mainstay of Heroic Horror, and I want to see players bashing bad guys with chairs, coffee pots, ice chests, fire axes, accordions–anything you can get your hands on. (I also have rules for making explosives, caustics, toxins, and incendiaries from common household ingredients in the proper proportions.)
The teaser is that the characters are all at a truck stop off Interstate 44 between Rolla and Springfield, Missouri. (Stephen King has Maine as his personal Horror Zone, I’ve got SW Mo.) It’s 3 A.M. on a Wednesday morning in June.
That’s all I’m going to say. Tables are limited to six players, and I should be able to handle that many. I don’t think Venger allows official sign ups in advance, but if you message me and say you want to play I’ll make sure to save a seat for you.