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The Scoop on RPG Gaming at AtomaCon

Today we have another guest blogger: Jon Maness from SCARAB.

Hello, I am Jon Maness, Scarab Swarm member, the first Scarab Iron GM, and host of the Scarab Swarmcast Podcast.  Del Collins asked me to write up something about tabletop RPG gaming and some of the games SCARAB will be bringing to AtomaCon.  These tabletop RPGs are different from the Organized Play RPGs, such as Pathfinder Society, in that they are usually a one-shot game, come in a wide variety of game mechanics and styles and deal with a very singular experience.  Tabletop RPGs at conventions can be a good way for players to learn about new games or try out games they’ve heard about but not had a chance to play before.

We’ve got some great offerings for new and more experienced RPG gamers this year.  They run the gamut of traditional pen, paper and dice games to more abstract, story-telling games.   We’ve got some classics, some new, and some more esoteric offerings.  If you are new to the whole shebang, as it were, do not worry.  Our experienced GMs have got you covered.  We’re here to make sure you have fun.

Some of more tradition gaming offering are Arcanis the World of Shattered Empires, a fantasy game setting of high adventure, and Dragon Age the RPG, based on the popular video game by BioWare.  If you are looking for something fast and light hearted, we have Maid the RPG (based on the anime trope) and Kobolds Ate My Baby, where you get to take on the role of pesky and mischievous kobolds.  Do you want to play a dragon, and fight other dragons and monsters?  Give BattleDragons by Spartacus Publishing a try!

We are offering up some of the more talked about indie gaming hotness as well.  Using the FATE system, Keberos Club offers a Victorian-themed super-powered theme.  Better Angels offers a chance to play as super villains, using a game mechanic that helps explain why the bad guys always seem to lose to those pesky super heroes.  Also being offered is Fiasco by Jason Morningstar, a game that indie gamers have enjoyed for years now and was featured prominently on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop web series.  Other much talked about indie games being offered are Apocalypse World and the Drama System game Hill Folk.  Give these last two in particular a try for a very different roleplaying experience, as they both deal heavily with character development and world building.

These are but some of the tabletop RPGs being offered by SCARAB.  Check the Warhorn site (https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon) for a more complete listing.  If you want to learn more about some of these games or others, please feel free to talk to any of the SCARAB Swarm, we may be able to suggest some other games to check out, and may even be able to break out a Quick Start from any of the Free RPG Day materials we have on hand.  Feel free to also ask about the Swarmcast Podcast and the SCARAB Iron GM contest as well.

Jon Maness
SCARAB Iron GM 2012