Hello new and old members! I’m sure we’re all looking forwards to getting back into gaming for the year. Our first official meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd of March – check our facebook page for more details coming up.
WHAT WE DO AT SAGA
For those of you who’ve just stumbled on our webpage, I’ve reproduced part of our presidents, Robert’s, intro in our Out of Character magazine (which you can pick up a copy of at clubs day – or will be available online soon).
For those of you trying to decide whether SAGA Inc. is for you, let me offer a little assistance. As a club we help facilitate the hobbies of board gaming and role playing. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm in Kirkwood village and play these games, creating social connections – putting you in contact with over 100 others who share an interest in tabletop gaming.
To those of you who are not experienced board gamers or role players, here is a description (the rest of you probably want to skip to the next paragraph): Board gaming wise SAGA has a massive collection of games (listed in this OoC) and we provide a warm, dry, and safe gaming space. Attendees gather and play these games together, and it’s a great way to have fun and meet people. Our games are more enjoyable than the household monopoly! Resource management, worker allocation, battles; the games are interesting and engaging. My favourite board game is Caverna, where each player controls family of dwarves and attempts to make them prosper by working mountain, forest, and field to build their home and feed them.
WHAT IS ROLEPLAYING?
Role playing is a little more difficult to describe, you may have heard of Dungeons and Dragons, Titansgrave, or AGE. They are role playing games; a group of people collaboratively tell a story. In many games, players will create their own characters which they play with conviction, then the game rules help determine how the story moves forward. The game plays out in the imaginations of the participants as they narrate their character’s words and actions. Many games also have GMs or MCs, who play the world at large and help by being an adjudicator or referee over the rules. SAGA has many talented and award winning GMs to run games for you and others.
AND THIS LARPING THING?
While most role playing games take place around a table, there is also Live-Action-Role-Playing (LARP). Some find that they enjoy more immersion than in tabletop role playing and so players dress up as their characters and role play on a set of some kind. It’s basically a play, but without any audience to watch. It is for the fun of the players alone. Often written and run by GMs who cast players in roles.
Those are three shallow descriptions of the hobbies SAGA Inc. helps facilitate for the community. We recommend trying as many as you can out. You do not need to be a SAGA member to give gaming a try, we are welcoming of people who aren’t ready to commit to us!
This year we will have gaming two nights of the week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm in Kirkwood village. Our biggest event is Buckets of Dice, a convention over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend that hosts all types of board gaming and role playing. Phoenix, the second largest event, is a LARP convention being held in August. The third is a 48hour charity event where we get sponsors and play games for 48 hours non-stop. There will be more information coming on all these events, and the monthly smaller ones we host as well.
LIVING DUNGEON WORLD
This year SAGA Inc. is also hosting its fourth Living campaign – Living Dungeon World (LDW). To explain again quickly, Dungeon World is a high fantasy role playing game that uses the Apocalypse World engine. Basically, the designers remembered their favourite time role playing was when they were ten and playing D&D without reading any of the rules. Dungeon World is that game: easy, accessible, trope filled high fantasy. In LDW, 5+ GMs run games for 50+ ever changing players. The characters live at a central hub, group up, go influence and change the world, and hopefully return to the central hub before the game’s conclusion. It is a great way to get into role playing as there is no commitment – no pressure to show up every week, you play when you feel like it. There will be more on LDW in this OoC, but know that our model has been replicated throughout gaming groups in the world since SAGA’s first LDW in 2013.