The GROGNARD Files

Table-top RPGs from back in the day and today.

Play is the thing.

There’s a point in all gamers’ lives when the reading, thinking and talking about games needs to end, and the playing begin.

Ever since we put that small ad in White Dwarf back in ’83, one of the missions of The Armchair Adventurers has been to extend our group and play more games with more people.

Thirty five years later, thanks to GROGMEET we have finally managed to realise our goal: games with great people. What can we say? We’re late developers.

We want to extend it further for those who can’t make it to GROGMEET, (or those GROGMEETers who just want to play more games).

Virtual GROGMEET ’18 is here.

It’s a chance to play online games and meet up with fellow members of the GROGSQUAD.

It takes place on 13th April  (virtual GROGMEET eve) 20:00 – Midnight and 14th April (Morning) 10:00 – 13.30 and (Afternoon) 14:00 – 17:30 (all times are BST (GMT +1))

This Saturday (3rd March), the games will become available for sign up to Patreons for a couple of weeks, before they are released generally.

Once you have signed up, your email details will be sent to the GM to contact you to make arrangements for your session. The slots are for guidance only.

Here’s the line up so far …

FRIDAY 

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Title: Shattered Hope (introduction adventure)
Number of Players:  4
System: Dark Heresy (1st ed)
Brief description: Make ready your chainsword, strap on your bolter, and say a prayer to the God-Emperor, for Warhammer 40,000: Dark Heresy. You as the the closest ‘Inqusitor’ agents are sent to a world to deal with a particular problem. – this quick start is for those wanting to learn the system and explore the dark universe.
Beginner level …. there will be blood shed.
GM: Jon Dawson

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Title: Forgive Us

Number of Players: 5

System: Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Brief description: 

1625 was a plague year in Norwich. History tells us that it was an outbreak of the Black Death. History is wrong.

Hired to retrieve an item from the Tenebrous Hand, a powerful criminal gang in the city, our players may well find out what really happened. Or die trying…

Beginners welcome.

GM: Neil Benson

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Title: “..and the dragonewts are dancing..”

Number of Players: 4

System: Heroquest Glorantha

Brief description:  Dancing dragonewts have been spotted not he edge of the Tula and you have been asked to investigate. Buried memories of your initiation resurface and you find your self reliving that very odd experience.

GM: Andrew Jones

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Title: Enemies Within

Number of Players: 4

System: Night’s Black Agents

Brief Description: “…the miners are the enemy within” 1984, deniable assets required for active measures: suppressing subversion in Leeds, UK. Industrial relations are about turn nasty. Late Ken Loach meets early Tarantino.

GM: Dirk the Dice

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Title: Sabeurs & Savants

System: Cthulhu Hack

Players: 4-6

Brief description: 1800, Napoleon has invaded Egypt intending to become a new Alexander the Great. Accompanied by scientists, he also intends to uncover the secrets of this ancient land. He’s despatched the player characters a mixed bag of scientists and soldiers to uncover an artefact from the desert sands….

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GM: Keehar

SATURDAY

MORNING

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Title: Better Living Through Chemistry

System: Judge Dredd RPG

Players: 4

Brief description: In the aftermath of the Apocalypse War, life is hard in Mega-City One, even for the Judges in Sector House 170. Widespread desolation, mutie incursions through the Cursed Earth Wall, and a scarcity of resources are making it hard to uphold the Law. But new teams are being put together to ensure the citizens are kept in line, and that law and order are maintained. While fighting crime on the mean streets of the Mega-City, the players will need all their skills and cunning, but can they also find… better living through chemistry?

GM: Alan Gairey

 

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Title: Dr John Dee’s Crows

System: Maelstrom

Players:  4

Brief description: Join the original Men and Women in Black protecting Queen Elizabeth’s England from Threats Corporeal, Magickal and Supernatural.

GM: Ian ‘Doc’ Griffith

AFTERNOON

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Title: Who wants to live forever?

System: Numenera

Players: 4

Brief description: The Queen of the red fleet pirates seeks immortality. She hasn’t aged for decades. Some say it’s just an illusion. Others think she found the Drowned City, a place legend says holds ancient secrets that can bestow immortality. Maybe you’ll find out the truth when you meet her to discuss a special and secret task.

GM: Blythy

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Title: Mistaken Identity

Number of Players: 5

System: WarHammer Fantasy Role Playing

Brief description: Wanted! Bold Adventurers…

His Excellency the Crown Prince Hergard von Tasseninck of the Grand Principality of Ostland hereby gives notice that he is currently resident in Altdorf and wishes to engage the services of a party of skilled adventurers as soon as possible, for an indefinite period.

Would-be applicants are forewarned that they shall be required to undertake a most perilous mission into unexplored regions of the Grey Mountains. The matter is of the utmost delicacy and absolute discretion is required.

No laggards, cowards, or dwarfs need apply.

Mistaken Identity is the first adventure in the Enemy Within campaign for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition and due to to be revised and re-released by Cubicle 7 for their new edition.

GM: Asako Soh

15 thoughts on “Virtual GROGMEET 2018

  1. Chris Sharp says:

    Aargh….the same day as Salute! Will I *ever* get to a Grogmeet, real or virtual!?

    1. Dirk says:

      doh! One day, one day…

  2. Fantastic! I’ll be signing up for ‘Forgive Us’ and ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ for sure, happy to hear there is another chance to try out the latter, I think you ran it at Spaghetti Conjunction, but I wasn’t able to make it.

    1. Dirk says:

      You’ll get to play it with the author instead!

      1. Even better; just as well I never read the scenario in the Grognard Files fanzine 🙂

      2. Andrew says:

        Which edition of JD is it? The original 1985 edition?

      3. Dirk says:

        Yes (with some Dwarven hacks)

      4. Daily Dwarf says:

        For “hacks”, read: hand-waving GM ineptitude.

      5. Andrew says:

        Hang on a sec, Dwarf = Alan … now I understand Dirk’s comment.

      6. Daily Dwarf says:

        “Alan” is the actor who plays me online.

      7. Andrew says:

        The Daily Alan doesn’t have quite the same ring to it I must admit 🙂

  3. Andrew Jones says:

    Alan is a very tall dwarf….

    1. Andrew says:

      I remember watching this film about his life some time ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M9uQsIEprU

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