The WEGS Fray

WEGS Old Skool-Shield Use

We’re dropping some down-n-dirty basic shield rules into our WEGS Old Skool Fantasy games at Gary Con this year – and it’s about time! Of course, there…

GameWick News

FLGS Alert: Ogre’s Grove, Milton DE

The full Shuffling Horror line is now avail in the Ogre’s Grove in Milton, Delaware – and just in time for Halloween! If you are in…

Shuffling Horrors!

Innsmouth 32 | Meet The Cast #2 | The Locals

“Who are the people in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neighborho-od?” The Locals were pulled directly out of Lovecraft’s story (so, they may…

Booth 1240 at GenCon 2019 | Map+Events Link

July 30th, 2019
Conventions, GameWick News, Gen Con

Finding us at GenCon 2019 should be pretty easy this year! We’re practically in the middle of the hall, with a direct line to a main entrance. Head right on down Aisle 1200 until you see the Dice Hog. Ok… he’s pretty small… nowhere near as big as he is in the pic below. Just look for our big Shuffling Horror banner, a wall of Roswell 51 and Pittsburgh 68 games, and the smiling faces of the GameWick Gang.

Looking for what game events we’re running?  Here’s the full list. Most are SOLD OUT, but we do accept generics if players don’t show up. All games are on the Lucas Oil Stadium field (a short walk from the exhibit hall). We are the first tables you will find when entering the field! Don’t miss your chance to play in a stadium event!!!

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Can’t wait to see some old friends and meet some new ones!

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Shuffling to Origins 2019 : GameWick Events

April 4th, 2019
Conventions, GameWick News

FB-SQR-SHB-2018GameWick Games returns to Origins Game Fair (June 12-16) with a booth and a full event schedule, too. Booth details will be released later. In the meantime, check out our event listings below.

Join us for an one hour play-to-learn Shuffling Horror intro session or jump into one of our full length “horror movies”. Try to survive the zombie apocalypse in PITTSBURGH 68! Save the world from an alien invasion in ROSWELL 51! Spend an evening in creepy, old INNSMOUTH 32 (the third and most terrifying game in the Shuffling Horror series to be released this summer).

But wait, there’s more! We’re playtesting a new P68 expansion called Cannibal Creeps (think Texas Chainsaw meets Night of the Living Dead). And let’s not forget about the WEGS OLD SKOOL Saturday Night Special!

Yeah… we’ll be waiting for you in Columbus!
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THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY EVENTS  (unless otherwise noted).

10 AM & 5 PM : INTRO TO SHUFFLING HORROR
Don’t just play a game, play a movie! Shuffling Horror brings cinematic thrills and chills to your tabletop. See if you can survive the first reel of the movie in this play-to-learn session.

11 AM : ROSWELL 51
The Time: 1951. The Place: Roswell. The Problem: Sci-fi invasion! B-movie action awaits in this 1950s space invasion flick. Stop the pods, blobs, and UFOs in this cinematic card-n-dice game.

1 PM : INNSMOUTH 32
May’s Eve, 1932. On-the-lam bootleggers hijack a tour bus with Miskatonic Univ students and scholars on board. A fateful wrong turn brings them all to the shunned seaside village of Innsmouth… A night of mind-bending horror awaits!

3 PM : PITTSBURGH 68
The Time: 1968. The Place: Pittsburgh. The Problem: Zombies! Thrills and chills await in this cinematic card-n-dice game that plays like a creepy zombie movie. Slow moving zombies rule! Ghastly fun!

8 PM : INNSMOUTH 32 / ROSWELL 51  -Thurs and Friday Nights Only-
Science Fiction Double Feature! We’ll be running two “movies” at the same time – maybe three if there’s room!

10 PM : THE SHUFFLING HORROR PICTURE SHOW : CANNIBAL CREEPS!   -Friday Night Only-
What is worse than a zombie apocalypse? A zombie apocalypse with cannibal creeps on the prowl! Will you make it to the end of this movie – or will you end up on the menu? A sequel to Pittsburgh 68.

And let’s not forget about WEGS…

8 PM : THE WEGS OLD SKOOL SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL (Experienced Players Only, 18+)
How Many Heroes Does It Take To Slay A Beholder? We’re not sure but we’re going to find out! A gathering of WEGS friends and fans who want to have a rip-roaring, dungeon crawl experience that only the wickedly errant Old Skool system delivers!HP-BAN-I32-961X277

 

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Shuffling to WittCon 2019

February 13th, 2019
Conventions, GameWick News

PIC-SQR-WOSF-BOSSIt’s been a few years since I last visited Wittenberg University RPG Guild for their annual WITTCON gaming convention, but, when I got the call to attend as this year’s panel guest, I did not hesitate to commit! Now in its sixteenth year, this one-day con starts in the early morning and dice don’t stop rolling until midnite. In addition to the panel, I’m sneaking in a few playtests on Innsmouth 32 and topping it all off with an epic WEGS Old Skool RPG session.

Lots of great board, card, and rpg games are on the schedule, check it out: the full WittCon XVI info page. Below are the events I’m hosting.

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12 PM & 2 PM : INNSMOUTH 32 – SNEAK PEEK!
May’s Eve, 1932. On-the-lam bootleggers hijack a tour bus with Miskatonic Univ students and scholars on board. A fateful wrong turn brings them all to the shunned seaside village of Innsmouth… A night of mind-bending horror awaits!

4:30 PM : THE MARRIAGE OF THEME & MECHANICS (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Why do some games capture our attention, while others fall flat? How do some games manage to get a task like rolling dice or moving a pawn feel like so much more? Game designer and publisher Larry Wickman (WEGS Old Skool, Shuffling Horror) takes on just those questions in our panel, discussing how he manages to turn the roll of a die into an experience no player will ever forget.

8 PM – Midnite: THE CAVES OF UTTER CHAOS (WEGS BOSS)
You’ve heard of the Caves of Chaos, perhaps? Well, these are the caves below those caves that nobody dares enter. We start by rolling up characters and then enter a dungeon brimming with terrible foes, nasty traps, and treasure galore. Full-throttle dungeon fun awaits with the BOSS (Basic Old Skool System). Rules taught. No XP required. Don’t forget those iron spikes and stirge repellant!

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Gary Con XI Event: The Caves of Utter Chaos (WEGS)

January 22nd, 2019
Conventions, Gary Con, The WEGS Fray

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Where: Gary Con Gaming Convention
When: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th
Time: 2 – 5 pm
System: WEGS Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS)

A grizzled old Dwarf, his beard wet with ale, turns to your party. Long-ago adventure gleams in his eye as he lets you in on a little secret… “You’ve heard of the Caves of Chaos, perhaps? Well, there are  caves below those caves… the Caves of Utter Chaos. Everyone knows the upper caves have long since be picked over by every first-level adventurer and his five hit-point brother. The caves beyond… ah… that’s where the fun is now! But those who enter better be prepared for anything, my friends. It is a mess of chaotic tunnels and forgotten chambers, impossible to map, and rife with terrible foes, nasty traps, and, if Lady Luck allows, treasure galore… If you’re looking for adventure, that’s the place to be…”

As many can guess, the Caves of Utter Chaos is inspired by the famous dungeon that accompanied Gary Gygax’s adventure module, The Keep On The Borderlands (B2). For many D&D players, this was the first dungeon they ever explored; it was packaged in the Basic Dungeons and Dragons introductory box set back in the early 80s. I remember the thrill of cracking open that module and seeing the gorgeous, baby blue and white grid, double spread dungeon map. Just one look and I knew epic fun was ahead.

These sessions seek to give folks those same retro thrills, when we played D&D for the first time. Players will be introduced to our Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS) and get to create their first character (a pretty quick process). Here’s a preview of how easy character creation is.

All rules are taught. No XP required. Once characters are ready, it’s off to the dungeon for fun and adventure. Just don’t forget those iron spikes and stirge repellant!

Here’s a link to our full menu of Gary Con events!

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Gary Con XI Event: A Plump Half-Dead Merchant (WEGS)

January 12th, 2019
Conventions, Gary Con, The WEGS Fray

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Where: Gary Con!
When: Thursday, March 7th
Time: 7 – 10pm
System: WEGS Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS)

I kick off my Gary Con 2019 events with something near and dear to my old school heart, an adventure inspired by a block of descriptive text from Gary Gygax’s epic adventure module, The Keep on the Borderlands. Back in the 80s, this was THE module that introduced many to basic Dungeons & Dragons. Within the module was the Caves of Chaos, a maze of dark tunnels to lure inexperienced heroes to their doom. In my very first game, my Elf quickly fell under a swarm of rats just shortly after character creation (Cave A, Room 2). I was hooked.

In another nearby cave complex dwelt the fierce Hobgoblins – it is there we find the “plump half-dead merchant”, his wife, and four other prisoners chained to the wall. The merchant and his wife’s time is running out as both are slated to be eaten that night! It is here that our adventure begins. Each player selects one of the six prisoners to play: the half-dead merchant (who begins with half HP!), the merchant’s wife; one of the two men-at-arms who serve as guards for the merchant; an orc (who will fight goblins and hobgoblins gladly) or, perhaps, a crazy gnoll.

Players also begin by picking a class for their character (Fighter, Magic User, Cleric, Thief, Ranger) – and then the game is afoot! In a prior session of this adventure, the merchant’s wife was a magic-user and became the group’s leader. In same game, the crazy gnoll thief just ran off, deserting the others to fight on their own. Twists and turns await!

Can the group band together and find a way out – or are they just doomed to hang around for dinner?

Find out with WEGS, the Wickedly Errant Game System. Rules taught!

Here’s a link to our full menu of Gary Con events!

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Gary Con XI: GameWick’s Events and More!

January 12th, 2019
Conventions, GameWick News, Gary Con

A quick look at the events I am running at Gary Con XI (2019). It’s a good mix of WEGS Old Skool Fantasy rpg adventures and special Shuffling Horror events. For fantasy rpg fans, WEGS, the Wickedly Errant Game System, is a fun system for dungeon-y misadventure. There are two types of WEGS events: WOSF (our original recipe system) and BOSS (the new Basic Old Skool System we’re working on)-both are easy to play and intro rules are taught at all games. For horror fans, Gary Con attendees get the chance to play in sneak peek Shuffling Horror events (titles to be released later this year). More info on each event is coming in future blog posts (links below updated as these occur).

GameWick’s Gary Con Events (2019)

Thursday
10 am – 12 pm   Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51
12 pm – 2 pm     Shuffling Horror: Innsmouth 32 (Sneak Peek)
7 pm – 10 pm     A Plump Half-Dead Merchant And His Wife (BOSS)
10 pm – Mid       Shuffling Horror: Pittsburgh 68-The Cannibal Creeps (Sneak Peek)

Friday
11 am – 1 pm     Shuffling Horror: Innsmouth 32 (Sneak Peek)
2 pm –   5 pm    The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)
8 pm – Mid         Tomb of Utter Horror (WOSF)

Saturday
11 am – 1 pm     Shuffling Horror: Innsmouth 32 (Sneak Peek)
2 pm – 5 pm      The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)
8 pm – 10 pm     Cast & Blast: Beyond Thunderdoom (BOSS)

Sunday
11am – 1 pm       How Many Heroes Does It Take To Slay A… Beholder?!? (BOSS)

A Beholder?!? Yup… I plan on ending the con with a total party kill!

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