KapCon 25 in 2016 is on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of January. Monday 25th is a statutory holiday for Wellington workers and can be used for recovery.
KapCon is a not-for-profit role-playing game convention run annually in Wellington, New Zealand, every January. Over a hundred people get together for a weekend of role-playing, in a diverse range of styles and systems. Over the weekend, more than 30 individual games are run, with volunteer GMs (or storytellers, narrators or facilitators) running games between one and six times over the course of the convention.
This is a strategy roleplaying Megagame, incorporating themes from the Bronze Age of Classical Greek history, Plato's writings, giant steampunk robots, the Cthulhu mythos and the gonzo pseudo-history of Atlantis.
At the start of the game most players are members of an Atlantean noble House, as it starts to use its superior technology to conquer the world. Key player activities include exploration, governing colonies, trade negotiations and warfare. Teams compete in technological research to build the best bronze colossus to smash their way across the landscape, and in occult research to summon eldritch horrors to devour their enemies. The temptations of power being what they are, corruption can set in and doom may fall on Atlantis.
A megagame is a combination of strategy boardgame and live action roleplaying, where the players compete in teams against other groups of players. Success in the game requires imagination, dedication, and the ability to make decisions while under pressure. Megagames have attracted a bit of media attention over the last year, with the success of the "Watch the Skies" megagame, and the Facebook group Megagame Makers now has over 1,200 members worldwide.
Unlike some LARPS, there are no hidden secrets or bait and switch plots, instead the player facing rules of the game facilitate emergent gameplay. In the Colossus of Atlantis, players can swear mighty oaths in the Temple of Poseidon, with dreadful consequences if they break their vows, or they can present legal cases in front of the sacred Kings when other players engage in dishonourable behaviour.
Anyone wanting to assist with game control or playtesting should contact the designer, Dillon Burke, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That outbreak of mad cow disease that jumped to mad people disease and is now mad zombie disease? Yeah, that was a couple of years ago. It's too late to save the world, the world is definitely on its way out. But you can save yourselves! With guns.
Zombies are everywhere and you're just a rag tag group trying to survive... will one of you manage zombie kill of the week? Will you encounter a dead celebrity? Will you find true love? Forget it, Portland, it's Zombieland.
There is a cosy little hotel that sits along the river Elium called The Victorian. This hotel was built in the early 1800s and has been run by the same family, generation after generation. The family themselves own several hotels across Britain, and this is the only one with issues. Over the years the interior has been renovated and updated to match the modern world, while the exterior has stayed the same. However, once every three months the police receive a rather odd call from the hotel. Units are dispatched, only to return the next day with no recollection of what actually happened. Reports come in of massive destruction to the property, but there are no signs of damage the following day. The current owner, Mr. Francis M. Stewart, has requested our services in finding out what is going on at the hotel. You will pose as guests and infiltrate the hotel. Money has been paid upfront, with a bonus $100,000 each if you put an end to these mysterious occurrences. The last incident happened almost 3 months ago. Good Luck.
Welcome to the Edge.
Life here isn't always easy. The Mayor controls this city with a tight grip, aided by Agents of the dreaded Corrections Bureau and their faceless Automatons.
There's a war on too, and we all must be vigilant for signs of The Enemy. Their spies could be anywhere, or anyone. But our brave Navy are taking the fight to them and the new fleet about to launch will be the one that finally ends the war. The Mayor says it, so it must be true.
Life in Wartime means some stuff isn't so easy to come by, at least for the likes of you and I. Folks on the East Side never seem to want for much, but that's always the way of things. Prohibition is in force, but you can usually find a drink, if you know the right people.
And of course, you don't want to be outside when the Fog rolls in.
One of our attendees has pointed out that, at Kapcon this year, we gendered the unisex bathrooms on the top floor of the convention. This made some of our trans and non-binary attendees uncomfortable. We unreservedly apologise for our decision in this situation, which was due to confusion over the remodeling of the school's bathrooms during the convention. One of the Kapcon values is a strong commitment to being welcoming to all our attendees, and we failed to live up to this value here. We've learned from this mistake, and it won't happen again.
You hit the jump button, the world turns inside out. On the other side of nowhere is the Falcon Expanse, a three day crawl across a dull transit system in the heart of a nebula. But instead of hot gas and pretty scenery, you have proximity alarms, a debris field, and a system full of dangerous wreckage. Who fought this battle? Who has survived? And what sort of a mess are they going to get you in this time?
"Uncharted Worlds" is a Space Opera roleplaying game of exploration and debt, powered by the Apocalypse. Players will select and customise their characters, including their relationship to the galaxy's key factions, before being dropped into an unpleasant situation which can only get worse. How they dig themselves out is up to them.
Gateway, a thriving port city of canals and commercial ventures, has of late been rocked with riots and uprisings after word of the emperor’s death spread. Many members of the city’s elite stand to gain much from the unrest and have lent aid to the agitators and rabble-rousers. This chaos shrouds the whispers that dark powers hidden in the city are on the move. Will the descendants of the men of Gog rise again?
Shadow of the Demon Lord is a dark fantasy RPG of horror and madness by Rob Schwalb, a designer on WFRP2e, D&D5e, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG and the Black Company RPG. Fans of Joe Abercrombie's First Law series will especially enjoy this scenario. The characters are a band of hard-bitten troubleshooters, living in a world darkened by the Demon Lord, risking corruption, madness, and death. Crimes will be solved, depravity faced, and nightmares overcome.
You could not believe your eyes as the merchantman came into view, fat with booty and ripe for the taking. Solar sails the size of buildings and shimmering with waves of energy. The crew were starving for the filthy lucre that they could take from the hold. Silks from Saturn, Plutonian Ales and arcanotechnology to fit the ship with.
You are the Privateer Crew of the RAS Grey Caller fighting in a space opera world. You will sail the archipelagos of the rings of Saturn, dive to the depths of the Neptunian seas and fight with the lizard men of Mars only to slip away into the Aether and avoid the reach of the Terran Navy.
A game of swashbuckling action and planetary romance.
The gods have fallen and mortals have failed to make their own. A band of newly ascended demigods travel to the distant reaches of the Raktine mountains to discover the source of strange fumes that destroy city after city. The fumes shroud a mystery beyond their wildest expectations. They must learn how best to use the power that they possess to overcome what lies in wait for them.
This is a scenario for Sine Nomine's 'Godbound', an RPG of mortals granted the power of demigods. The scenario will involve fantastical locations and antagonists, weighty choices for the PCs, and high levels of action and drama. The rules are simple, using Basic/Expert D&D as its base, and suitable for both beginner and experienced RPGers. Players will be able to choose the powers that their PCs will use to face the challenges in the scenario.