Wellington Anniversary Weekend January 18th - 19th 2014

KapCon 24

KapCon 24 in 2015 is on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of January. Monday 19th is a statutory holiday for Wellington workers and can be used for recovery.

What is KapCon?

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.

Dungeon World

Facilitator: 
James Plunket

The land of DUNGEON WORLD is a dangerous place, steeped in mysterious magic and beset by fiendish monsters, but within its crumbling ruins lie vast riches and ancient treasures for those hardy souls willing to brave their dangers. Sharpen your sword and prepare your spells, for adventure awaits!

System: 
Dungeon World

Dungeon Crawl: Depths of Despair

Facilitator: 
Quentin Bourne (Inveighed)

Dungeon Crawl is a LARP in which you take on the role of a classic D&D class--Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Paladin, Ranger, Thief, Wizard--or play an NPC monster, the opposition to the heroes. The combat system is complete with five foot steps, grids, and turn orders.

The game requires a little bit of costuming (it can be as elaborate or simple as you like), and does include some very light combat. If possible, bring LARP-safe weapons.

There is space for up to six adventurers (PCs) and three monsters (NPCs).

Adventurers! Enter the Lair of the Dark God Gloom! Gloom intends to blight the Sunshine Kingdom with a plague of darkness and despair and there is no way to stop him unless you destroy the dark alter in the lowest levels of Gloom's lair, known to all as the Depths of Despair. Enter the dungeon, slay the monsters, defeat an ancient evil, and, of course, loot the treasure!

Monsters! The Dark God Gloom gives you sustenance and power! You are devoted utterly to Gloom! You must protect the dark alter and ensure that the plague of darkness and despair washes over the Sunshine Kingdoms so that you can march above ground and take the kingdom for yourself! Of course, you sometimes question Gloom's insistence on having you wait in separate rooms to attack the adventurers in small groups, but you know Gloom has your best interests at heart...

System: 
Dungeon Crawl LARP

Vault of the Dracolich

Facilitator: 
Jon Ball, Morgan Davie, Scott Kelly, James Plunket, Luke Walker

Deep in the forest of Cormanthor lies the hoard of the dracolich Dretchroyaster, the prize of which is a diamond staff rumored to unlock the secrets of an ancient elven kingdom. The sage Imani is seeking dozens of adventurers to launch an all-out assault on the undead dragon's lair. The dracolich is a powerful foe - too great for even several parties to conquer - so it's going to take all of the heroes' courage, cunning, and speed to survive the dracolich's deadly vault.

This is a game where four groups of adventurers work together to assault the lair of a powerful foe. It is suitable for newcomers and experienced players.

This game takes advantage of the Con format to create an event with a truly epic scope. Though much of the session will run in groups of up to six players, these groups can meet up to share resources and discuss tactics. Adventurers are even able swap groups.

To coordinate the event, there are five DMs, one for each group and the last as the event coordinator. You can also expect handouts, props and poster maps to enhance your experience.

The game uses the latest edition of D&D. The rules harken back to the simplicity and more casual nature of older D&D but with the consistency and coherence of a modern ruleset. It appeals to fans of all editions and, like this event itself, endeavours to bring them all together.

System: 
D&D 5e

Call for games

KapCon 2015 is officially calling for games. Its 4.5 months until the con, and we've got the first few games up. But as always, we need more. In particular, we need to have at least 8 tabletop games to offer for round one when we open for registrations in October.

We don't care what you run. Our attendees have a huge range of tastes, and you can find players for almost anything. Provided it runs in a three hour session and you tell people what they're in for, we're good.

If you'd like to help us with this, then fill out the form.

We're also calling for small larps. We aim to provide ~24 larp spaces per round this year, so we're after small games in the 8 - 20 player range. Note that you will have to do any set dressing yourself, and that the time available for this is limited, so you may wish to keep it to a minimum. note also that as changing facilities are limited, costume-light games are easier for the players. We will pre-register players if your game is costumed, to allow you to cast in advance.

If you'd like to run a larp, its the same form, which you can fill out here.

If you want to do anything unusual, please check our game legend for guidelines.

LARP (Surge): Prayers on a Porcelain Altar

Facilitator: 
Viveka Nylund

A larp about waking up hung over and feeling mean. You do not remember much from last night, but maybe the others do. Did you punch, or fuck, someone last night? Or, maybe both? While finding out, why not call that ugly guy next to you some bad names, and have a good laugh at his expense? Everyone here, including you, wants to become an actor. It’s fun to keep the competition on its toes.

A discourse-oriented mini-larp for 8-10 players, about insulting others and maybe finding out what you did last night.

LARP: Hamlet

Facilitator: 
Viveka Nylund

Some time ago, old King Hamlet of Denmark passed away. He was taking his customary afternoon nap in the orchard when his heart failed him. Many gathered to Elsinore Castle for his funeral and for the wedding, a month later, of his widow, Queen Gertrude, to the late King’s younger brother, Claudius.
After the wedding and Claudius’ subsequent coronation, the castle returned, for the most part, to its former cheer, with nightly festivity and revelry. The only exception to this was young Prince Hamlet, son of the late King, who would not give up his mourning. Neither did he celebrate his mother’s marriage, arguing instead that marrying a late husband’s brother should be considered incestuous.
Shortly after the departure of Advisor Polonius’ son, Laertes, for France, Hamlet began behaving even more oddly. The consensus seemed to be that he had gone insane (rumors said for love of Polonius’ daughter, Ophelia). Hamlet’s condition caused everyone to tread lightly.
Then, for a time, things seemed to be looking up. A diplomatic agreement with the King of Norway deterred an attack by Prince Fortinbras’ army on Denmark. Deciding that it might be better for Hamlet to get away from Elsinore for a time, the King and Queen made arrangements for him to sail to England. That same evening, Hamlet sponsored a play for the court, an apparent sign that he was at last beginning to recover his former levity.
However, everything fell apart again that night. The play turned out to be about a regicide, an unsubtle accusation leveled by Hamlet at Claudius. Understandably angry, the King left abruptly, creating a great deal of awkward tension. A few hours after, Polonius was accidentally killed when he tripped and fell down the stairs. The court once more entered a state of mourning.
Rather than subject Hamlet to more grief, the King hastened his departure for England. Tonight marks Hamlet’s last evening in Elsinore for some time. He will be sailing in a few hours with the evening tide, and will remain in England for the indefinite future, until he recovers his health.
Thus, despite the general gloom of mourning in the castle, the King has called together a small gathering to see him off.

(This game is by Shifting Forest Storyworks. Character genders are hardset, but crossplaying is possible.)

System: 
RPS

Naptime in the Bag Room

Facilitator: 
Daniel Atkins

A darkness is infecting the dreams of children, turning happy night-time jaunts into the dream realms into terror-filled nightmares.

You are a member of Dreamforce Zeta-7, a team of Figments assigned to protect the dreams of the children of the world. You have been tasked with investigating the dreams of children and locating the source of the night-time horrors that plague them.

System: 
TBA

The Universe (Which Others Call The Library)

Facilitator: 
Steph Cybart

"Like all men of the Library, I have traveled in my youth; I have wandered in search of a book, perhaps the catalogue of catalogues; now that my eyes can hardly decipher what I write, I am preparing to die just a few leagues from the hexagon in which I was born. Once I am dead, there will be no lack of pious hands to throw me over the railing; my grave will be the fathomless air; my body will sink endlessly and decay and dissolve in the wind generated by the fall, which is infinite."

The Library of Babel is comprised of an infinite number of books written in infinite combinations of letters and punctuation. Surrounded by so little of meaning, some of its inhabitants devote their lives to finding those rare books that contain any form of it. Others, believing that any book containing intelligible text is an affront to the library's purity, seek them out in order to destroy them.

An experimental LARP based on Jorge Luis Borges' 'The Library of Babel.'

System: 
LARP

It Ain't Easy Being Gilled

Facilitator: 
Anna Klein

Remember high school? All the angst, the drama, the rebellion, the gossip, the crushes, the homework, the exams, scholarships, careers, family obligations, fashion, music, and being very misunderstood?

It's no different when you're a student at Innsmouth High School. Well, all right, maybe it's a little different - maybe in other towns they don't go skinny dipping at Devil's Reef, maybe other teenagers don't have arranged marriages with Deep Ones to worry about and maybe other teenagers don't have to worry about how their gills look with the latest looks in Cosmo. But other than that, it's not much different being a teenager in a decaying town trapped in an ongoing alliance with a race of underwater monsters.

A group of ten friends are having a small party to celebrate their graduation - to reflect on the last few years, to talk about the future, and maybe resolve some of those unresolved feuds or unspoken crushes.

A comedy larp for ten players. As they say at Innsmouth High - it's only funny until someone gets sacrificed to Dagon. Then it's HILARIOUS.

System: 
Live
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