Wednesday, May 23, 2018

JUNE SNSO: Inter-dimensional Summer Vacation!


School is out! Summer is here! Time to air up the tires on your BMX dirt bike and tear off on a strange, sci-fi adventure in the suburbs!

In the spirit of Stranger Things, E.T., The Goonies, The Explorers, and many other 80s adventure flicks that became pop culture icons, we bring you TALES FROM THE LOOP!

Based on the stunning, nostalgia-infused art of Simon Stålenhag, this roleplaying game from Modiphius Entertainment superbly weaves massive, industrial robots, strange creatures, and thrilling mysteries into a wistful and moody, 80s landscape.

Tales From the Loop won five ENnies (the Oscars of tabletop RPGs) in 2017 including Best Game, Best Setting, Best Writing, Best Internal Art, and Product of the Year!

Mission details:

The police consider you a nuisance. Your parents want you to back by dinner. But you and your band of tweenage misfit pals are too busy exploring the mysteries dredged up from the reality-ripping "Loop," a massive space-time altering machine guarded in secrecy at a nearby facility in your hometown. 

6:00 pm / Saturday, June 9
Source Comics + Games

Click the image below to RSVP directly on our Google Plus Event page...

 

Or the Facebook Group Event page...



SHOW UP, SIT DOWN, AND PLAY:
  • All materials provided, including pre-generated characters!
  • No prior experience needed!
  • This is a FREE event!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May SNSO: SPACE SCOUNDRELS!


We've got not one, but TWO great games, packed with excitement this month! Just in time for that giant Avengers crossover movie and the new Han Solo flick. Play a slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler or scruffy-looking nerf herder, looking for fame and fortune as you gallivant across the galaxy!

Choose from one of the misfit Guardians of the Galaxy from the Marvel universe or play a quick-draw space smuggler with a wry smile. Either way, space outlaws rule the day!

Mission One: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Mad Titan

The insidious Thanos has stolen a Cosmic Cube, and a combined team of mighty Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy pursue him to Moord, homeworld of the warlike Badoon. Facing a gigantic Badoon warship, can our heroes stop Thanos before he unlocks the unspeakable power of the Cosmic Cube? Hang on to your ray guns, True Believers!
Game SystemMarvel Heroic Roleplaying by Margaret Weis Productions
GM: Erik Mornes  

Mission Two: Star Wars: Tern, A Prophet...

Eagle-eyed smuggler Tern Heldo threw you a party last night, and late in the evening let on that he was worried someone was out to "close his accounts". Today, he's missing. Will your band of scoundrels, rapscallions, and ne'er-do-wells find out who--or what-- got him before your oldest surviving friend is gone for good?
Game System: Star Wars Roleplaying Game by West End Games
GM: Matt Towle  

6:00 pm / Saturday, May 12
Source Comics + Games

Click the image below to RSVP directly on our Google Plus Event page!


HEY PLAYERS:
  • All materials provided--just sit down and play!
  • Pre-generated characters provided!
  • No prior experience needed!
  • This is a FREE event!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Encore at the Science Museum of Minnesota!



We're heading BACK to the Science Museum of Minnesota's Social Science event COSMOS, on Thursday 12. We'll be there to give a primer on sci-fi roleplaying and tabletop board games for the 21+ crowd. Come join us for this starlit soirée where you can get your geek on, roam the halls of the museum, and explore the exhibits at night!

6:00 pm / Thursday, April 12
Science Museum of Minnesota

We're going to blast-off into the future for some roleplaying game fun:
  • Play in one of three exciting tabletop adventures!
  • Test your logic in a science fiction trivia challenge! 
  • Enter to win game gear!
  • The first 50 to participate will take home a twenty-sided die!
If you've ever wondered about roleplaying games, this is the event for you! You'll get a crash course in RPGs, take on some outer space invaders, and bring home an alien artifact!


Need a ride? 

Metro Transit offers free transportation via bus and light rail from 5-11 p.m. for Social Science. Get your free ride pass NOW!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

April SNSO: Siege of the Star Pirates!

UPDATE: DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, TONIGHT'S GAME IS CANCELLED. SEE YOU ON OUR NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED NIGHT - MAY 12 AT THE SOURCE!


Join us for one of the first-ever and finest space opera roleplaying games: TRAVELLER! This latest edition is streamlined and optimized for smooth-sailing when it comes to adventure. This is your chance to try out the latest system from Mongoose Publishing--or just swing your space cutlass and growl pirate puns all night. Either way, it's guaranteed to be an atomic-powered, powder keg of fun!

Mission Details: 

Fly the not-so-friendly frontier in a galaxy filled with shadowy empires and renegade space pirates making their living among the stars! Choose which side of the law you'll play--as a mercenary of the cosmos or a working class crew trying to avoid marauders.
Game System: Traveller by Mongoose Publishing (Second Edition)
GMs: In John Till's game players will play as pirates. In Matt Towle's game players will play a crew beleaguered by buccaneers.  

6:00 pm / Saturday, April 14
Source Comics + Games

Click the image below to RSVP directly on our Google Plus Event page!


PLAYERS:
  • All materials provided--just sit down and play!
  • Pre-generated characters provided!
  • No prior experience needed!
  • This is a FREE event!

HEY SCIENCE MUSEUM FRIENDS

If you're one of the folks we met at the Science Museum of Minnesota's Social Science: Cosmos event--this is the game we were telling you about! Come join us for a chance to try out an RPG for FREE! 



Monday, February 19, 2018

Next stop: STRANGER SCIENCE at the Science Museum of Minnesota!


NERD ALERT: We're headed to the Science Museum of Minnesota's Social Science event STRANGER SCIENCE this Thursday to help a few thousand geeks get their game on! Social Science is SMM's 21+ nighttime shindig where you get to roam the halls of the museum and explore the exhibits at night. It'll be like the regular Science Museum IN THE UPSIDE DOWN!

6:00 pm / Thursday, February 22
Science Museum of Minnesota

We're gonna time-warp back to 1983--to the early days of D&D--for some roleplaying game fun:
  • Create a D&D character on the spot!
  • Play your character in a quick tabletop battle!
  • Survive the ultimate test of D&D trivia! 
  • Enter to win game loot from friendly, local game store, Source Comics and Games!
If you've ever wondered about D&D or roleplaying games, this is the event for you! You'll get a crash course in RPGs, slay a monster, and even pick up some treasure!


Need a ride? 

Metro Transit offers free transportation via bus and light rail from 5-11 p.m. for Social Science. Get your free ride pass NOW!

P.S. Don't forget to wear your purple Thunder Lizard hoodie for a bronto-sized group picture later in the evening. Do it for Justin!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

SNSO on Instagram + Facebook!


We've joined the 21st century! Come check out our photos from game nights and keep up with events on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. We're also on Google Plus, which is where our online community hangs out.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

MARCH SNSO: Star Trek - Ringworld Runabout!


Looking to try out the newest Star Trek game from Modiphius? Or maybe you just wanna' try your luck as a redshirt dodging phaser blasts? The latest version of Modiphius' 2d20 rules is fun and easy to learn--and we've made it even easier with player templates so you can jump right into the action.

Mission Details: 

Get ready for a fast-paced mission of discovery when a Federation survey team discovers a ringworld around an ancient sun. Set in the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space 9! We;ll have three tables for three different shuttle crews, each landing at and exploring different sites on the ring!
Game System: Star Trek Adventures by Modiphius (The latest game in the Trek universe!)
GMs: John Till, Erik Mornes will run Star Trek Adventures, Matt Towle will run a modified version of Mutant Crawl Classics starring redshirted Starfleet types!

6:00 pm / Saturday, March 10
Source Comics + Games

Click the image below to RSVP directly on our Google Plus Event page!



PLAYERS:
  • All materials provided--just sit down and play!
  • Pre-generated characters provided!
  • No prior experience needed!
  • This is a FREE event!

Join the away team for a bold, new mission for the Federation!


UPDATE: To all our new friends we met at the Science Museum of Minnesota's Stranger Science event--This is the game we were telling you about! Come join us for a chance to try out an RPG for FREE! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

February SNSO: BATTLE OF THE BOARD GAMES!

Santa was good to us and we've got new and cool space board games to share! Come try out a variety of new and cool space games, including:

STAR SAGA

Hot new dungeon crawler in space! Part board game, part RPG, ALL excitement!


MISSION: RED PLANET 

Fantastic area control game with gorgeous steampunk rocketship art!


STAR TREK PANIC 

Fend off wave after wave of Klingons, Romulans, and all manner of space hazards as the crew of the original Enterprise!



...or bring YOUR favorite space opera board game to try out!!


6:00 pm / Saturday, February 10 at Source Comics & Games

Let us know you're coming!

Don't forget to RSVP using the Contact button above or the SNSO Google+ Community page. Click the image below:

Stay tuned for more RPG fun in February when we invade Con of the North and then back at the Source in March!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Check out our 2018 Con of the North Schedule!


Let's make it a THREE-peat! For the third year in a row, we'll be back at Con of the North to run more games than we've ever run before! How many star systems and alternate realities can you explore in a single weekend? Scan for life readings below and find out!

WHAT UNIVERSE WILL YOU CHOOSE?

We topped ourselves by scheduling 100 hours of games for you to choose from! There's something for everyone this year. Online registration is now closed, but you can still pick up tickets on-site. Bookmark this page to watch for any last-minute updates to the program and schedule.

WHEN AND WHERE IS CON OF THE NORTH?

February 16-18, 2018 

Mark your calendars and make sure your winter gaming schedule includes some space opera adventures!

All games are intended for general audience except where specifically noted otherwise.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Title: STAR TREK ADVENTURES: TRANSPORTER ACCIDENT!
Description: They happen all the time...that is, about .0000154% of the time. But your starship's had three accidents in quick succession! What's going on?
Game system: Star Trek Adventures
Publisher: Modiphius Entertainment
Game master:  John Everett Till 
Game time: 12:00-14:00 (2 hours)
Program guide page: 28

Title: TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Description: A group of replicants, all very close to the end of their lives, must decide how to spend their last days while living in hiding in the Shadow Zone of Titan Colony.
Game system: Cypher System
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Game master: Matt Towle
Game time: 12:00-16:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 33

Title: HOLY WAR
Description: Battle head-to-head in this two player strategic game of religious space war. Ship types include: Rangers, Probes, Warp Line Generators, Luck Ships, Star Busters, Jammerswarms, Pressorships, Psycheship, Emissary of Prayerships, and more.
Game system: Holy War (board game)
Game master: Jeff Conrad
Game time: 14:00-16:00 (2 hours)
Program guide page: 37

Title: STAR TREK ADVENTURES: THE BLACK FLEET
Description: Defend the Federation's dangerous border with hostile Klingon space in this Star Trek: Discovery/early Original Series era game!
Game system:Star Trek Adventures
Publisher: Modiphius Entertainment
Game master:  John Everett Till
Game time: 14:00-18:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 49

Title: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: ROBOT APOCALYPSE 
Description: You have received visions of an impending attack on the colony by Cylons. A group of scientists have been working on an escape plan, and they may hold the key to warning the other colonies, before humanity is annihilated. All of this has happened before. But the question remains, does all of this have to happen again?
Game system: Battlestar Galactica Role Playing Game
Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions
Game master:  Erik Mornes
Game time: 16:00-20:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 49
Teen and older

Title: FOUNDATION ODYSSEY
Description: The Estate has lost contact with an agent exploring a presumed stable recursion born from 1950s to 1970s science fiction called Foundation Odyssey. Your mission is to translate to this recursion and find him but once you arrive on Foundation Odyssey you realize it?s anything but stable! Can you survive the mission with robot riots and laser death rays?
Game system:The Strange
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Game master: Erich Doll
Game time: 16:00-20:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 57

Title: ECLIPSE PHASE: THRESHOLD 
Description: After sending a distress signal through the Mars gate and scientific mission has gone dark. Your team of gatecrasher ops investigate what might have gone wrong.
Game system: Eclipse Phase
Publisher: Posthuman Studios
Game master: Jeff Conrad
Game time: 18:00-22:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 57

Title: RAD ASTRA: SKIPGATE SCOURGE 
Description: Pack your ray blaster, charge your laser sword and take off on a far-out, interstellar adventure! Join a team of Starbucklers, Astrosassins, Astrocasters and Starbarians in this rules-light, mash-up of classic 70s/80s space opera, B-movies and comics!
Game system: Rad Astra
Publisher: Rad Astra Entertainment
Game master:  Jay Mac Bride
Game time: 18:00-22:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 59


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Title: MINECRAFT: RPG MODE: MOONCRAFT
Description: Take a rocket to The Moon! Explore dungeons, gather resources, build your base, and defend yourself against mobs. Can you survive an experience that is out of this world?
Game system: No Thank You, Evil!
Game master: Oskar Mornes
Game time: 10:00-12:00 (2 hours)
Program guide page: 86
Kids Only

Title: STAR TREK: TO A FLAME 
Description: USS Hopper, Captain's Log: Stardate 43417.1. "While in a remote sector of the Alpha Quadrant, we picked up what might be a distress signal although the language was not in the Federation Database. As the only ship nearby, I decided we should investigate. We found a ship, but it didn't respond to hails. I transported an away team onto the ship and this is their report..."
Game system: Cypher System
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Game master:  Erich Doll
Game time: 10:00-14:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 92

Title: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Description: Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...Following the destruction of Starkiller Base, Kylo Ren flees with General Hux to unite with Supreme Leader Snoke. Join the Resistance to fight the New Order, and battle Kylo Ren before he completes his training.
Game system: No Thank You, Evil!
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Game master: Erik Mornes
Game time: 12:00-14:00 (2 hours)
Program guide page: 100
Kids Only

Title: FOUR SEASONS OF MAD SCIENCE, SUMMER BREAK AND KILLER BIRDS
Description: Summertime in Boulder City Nevada. Never ending days spent roaming the countryside looking for something to do. Boredom and bliss in equal measure. But, underneath the city, something stirs. Something is wrong. It begins with a talking bird, and soon you kids are involved in a nefarious plot. Can you solve the mystery before it's to late?
Game system: Tales From The Loop
Publisher: Modiphius Entertainment
Game master: Bob Cook
Game time: 12:00-16:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 102
Kid-Friendly
This game's description is subject to change. The original GM dropped out but we're able to keep it on the schedule with a new GM.  

Title: ASHEN STARS: WHERE DARK ORCHIDS GROW
Description: A nightmare is blossoming in a remote colony of Sakuntala: dark alien flowers stealing away the wills and bodies of the inhabitants. An evacuation has been ordered, but impossibly, even the blissful emptiness of space isn't enough to stop the carnage. It's a mystery for the ages and you have been sent to unravel the truth and save the lives that are left.
Game system: Gumshoe
Publisher: Pelgrane Press 
Game master:  Jenifer Doll
Game time: 12:00-16:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 101

Title: CHILDREN OF A DEAD WORLD
Description: The decades since the launch of the UNSS Unity saw steadily decreasing levels of communication traffic from home. Now all is quiet from Sol leaving you as the sole surviving children of Earth. Play as one of the several ideologically charged factions which make up the Unity. In this unique system you will try to push forward your vision of humanity's future.
Game system: At the Hands of an Angry God: a Game of Utopias
Publisher: High Rock Press
Game master:  Patrick Schifano Everyone
Game time: 14:00-20:00 (6 hours)
Program guide page: 117

Title: REN'S REJECTS
Description: You?ve screwed up again and Captain Phasma has had enough. You're being assigned the most dangerous punishment duty in the First Order: retrieval of Sith artifacts for Kylo Ren. And he has a new planet to search: Rappan Athuk. Sounds lovely. Ages 10 and up.
Game system: Stay Frosty
Publisher: Garske Games
Game master: Casey Garske
Game time: 14:00-18:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 114
Kid-Friendly

Title: BLAKE'S 7: RENEGADES
Description: Explore the world of 1970s space opera as we traipse through a future filled with low-cost special effects, monsters, robots, and space models!
Game system: Blake's 7 Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Horizon, the Blake's 7 Appreciation Society
Game master:  Jeff Conrad
Program guide page: 122
Game time: 16:00-20:00 (4 hours)

Title: CORIOLIS: THE THIRD HORIZON 
Description: You and your crew mates enter a far-flung, star-spanning future with mysticism and supernatural elements. Coriolis is often described as "Arabian Nights in space."
Game system: Coriolis: The Third Horizon
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game master: Christian Barrett
Game time: 16:00-20:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 122
Unfortunately, this game is cancelled. Watch for updates during the convention for a replacement game.

Title: SCREAMS OF ROSETTA BASE 
Description: A deep space listening post on the edge of the solar system. 37 days ago: they broadcast that they had detected an extraterrestrial signal. 32 days ago: their transmission said it had been decoded. 31 days ago: their final signal was received: 17 minutes of screaming. 29 days ago: Earth sends the Penal Marines.
Game system: Stay Frosty
Publisher: Garske Games
Game master:  Casey Garske
Game time: 20:00-24:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 138
Mature Content

Title: BACK IN THE VILLAGE
Description: A band of Seekers, tired but triumphant, return to their village after weeks of exploring the wastelands, and are met with fanfare and a mighty feast. At dawn, the Seekers discover that every other villager is gone, and they are the only living beings they can find. What could have happened to their little village?
Game system: Mutant Crawl Classics
Publisher: Goodman Games
Game master:  Matt Towle
Game time: 20:00-24:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 137

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Title: POKEMON: THE FINAL FRONTIER 
Description: Team Rocket is at it again, and it's up to you and your intrepid team of trainers to save the day IN SPACE.Kids and teens welcome.
Game system: Call of Cthulhu
Publisher: Chaosium
Game master: Bob Cook
Game time: 10:00-14:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 157
Kids Only

Title: VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER: ESCAPE FROM PLANET DOOM 
Description: Activate interlocks! Dyna-therms connected! Infra-cells up! Mega-thrusters are go! The members of Lion Force Voltron have gone missing. Galaxy Garrison has outfitted your group of cadet space explorers with a Voltron of your own, as your search for clues leading you to Planet Doom. Can your team bring back the legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe?"
Game system: No Thank You, Evil!
Publisher: Monte Cook Games
Game master:  Erik Mornes
Game time: 10:00-12:00 (2 hours)
Program guide page: 154
Kids Only

Title: GUARDIANS OF THE POWER COSMIC! 
Description: The Fantastic Four has gone missing at the other end of the universe and you and your super pals must form a new team to find them! We're mashing up our own Awesome Mixtape of old and new Guardians of the Galaxy from comics and films and maybe even an Avenger or two!
Game system: Marvel Super Heroes
Publisher: TSR Games
Game master: Jay Mac Bride
Game time: 12:00-16:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 165

Title: STAR TREK: EXCALIBUR - THE SLAVER RUINS 
Description: While investigating the remains of a 9 billion-year-old Slaver outpost, Federation archaeologists are taken hostage by Cardassians, and the USS Excalibur (NCC-26517) is dispatched to rescue the scientists. Does a newly discovered stasis box contain an ancient weapon that could destabilize the Alpha Quadrant?
Game system: Star Trek: The Role Playing Game
Publisher: FASA
Game master:  Erik Mornes
Game time: 12:00-16:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 165

Title: RUNNING COLD 
Description: You and your squadron mates have been sent to escort the deep space cruise liner Titan to its destination in the notoriously wealthy Korarian system. Your ColdFusion fighters are nimble enough to outrace both space pirates and hostile alien militias but unfortunately for you, a much greater danger lies in wait."
Game system: WorldGate
Publisher: 
Game master: Jenifer Doll
Game time: 14:00-18:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 173

Title: STAR WARS: ACES HIGH 
Description: A war-weary group of pilots fighting for the rebel alliance try to snatch victory from almost certain defeat. Can the best pilots in the galaxy somehow stop the nearly limitless might of the Empire?
Game system: Star Wars RPG
Publisher: West End Games
Game master:  Matt Towle
Game time: 16:00-20:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 180

Title: ROBOTECH: THE DERELICT 
Description: In search of the Robotech Masters' homeworld, the United Earth Expeditionary Force is constantly on guard for remnants of their Zentraedi army. While investigating the disappearance of several vessels in uncharted space, a Veritech fighter squadron detects a derelict Salan class scout ship. Is it a lifeless hulk, from a bygone era, or does it yet contain secrets, guarded by Spectres?
Game system: Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Role-Playing Game
Publisher: Palladium Books
Game master: Erik Mornes
Game time: 18:00-22:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 182

Title: WEIGHT OF A FEATHER 
Description: You just want to make rent in Manchester. A box of blue (well, probably blue) feathers was mistakenly mailed to you and your flatmates and after stocking a few feathers away for a rainy day you decide to sell the rest quick and on the cheap. A shame nothing is easy and your rent is the least of your worries now.
Game system: VURT: The Tabletop Roleplaying Game (uses Cypher System by Monte Cook Games)
Publisher: Ravendesk Games
Game master: Erich Doll
Game time: 18:00-22:00 (4 hours)
Program guide page: 182
Mature Content

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE CON!

All times are listed in 24-hour format by Con of the North. Programming subject to change. Watch for updates.