Contingency ConTingency 2020


Rune Priest
Only twelve days until the start of the five day RPG-fest that is ConTingency!

Last year I felt a bit overwhelmed by the end of the con, having run 8 different adventures using 5 systems my head was spinning. For this year I swore I was going to cut back, give myself some breathing space.

Obviously, that hasn't quite worked out as planned, my enthusiasm getting the better of me as it often does. I seem to have tried to make it easy on myself by running fewer games more often - I'm offering 9 slots of 6 unique adventures using only 4 systems, and only 3 of those 6 are all-new.

But I'm arriving a day earlier, so I've got 13 slots of gaming rather than the 11 of 2019.

Anyone else suffering from New Year over-enthusiasm?
I've sworn off Morning slots this year!
I had a cunning plan of giving myself either the morning or the evening off, so I could either get to bed early or sleep in. What I actually did is offer a game in every morning slot, and then alternate afternoons and evenings, to ensure maximum confusion.

My mate and I have reserved Thursday evening for sitting around in the pub relaxing, so hopefully that will help.
So once again it's the day before I travel and I'm still furiously editing and printing. Every convention I pledge to be better organised and I rarely am.

It looks like my e-mail to the organisers never arrived so my games were not put up for pre-registration. I like to offer half-and-half pre-registration and walk-up registration. That way people who like to organise their convention ahead of time are catered for as are people who prefer to live in the moment.

Due to a sudden rush of blood to the head I have thrown together a "Romance of the Perilous Land" adventure. First outing with a new setting and new system barely a month in my possession at a convention. Just how stupid am I?

There's a Cyberpunk 2020 game because it seems churlish not to do something to mark the fact that we have arrived in 2020.

Anyway, this is what you can look forward to from me: (I don't know when any of this will run)

- Night City Network News, Special Report: Something Rotten at St. Wellness Clinic
- Cyberpunk 2020

Advertisers pay for eye-balls and nothing attracts eye-balls like a juicy scandal. That is why Night City Network have recently formed an investigative journalism team. Your position is a precarious one though: The corporations (including NCN itself) will silence you if you become an embarrassment. Will the goings on at St. Wellness Clinic create that embarrassment?

- The Athena Club Investigates: The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
- Fate Accelerated (Gumshoe style)

There are rumours of rum goings on at an archaeological dig site in Egypt. Luckily there are a reliable people of substance who may be called upon in such a situation.

Can lady detective Mary Jekyll, her tearaway half-sister Diana Hyde, Poisonous girl Beatrice Rappaccini, Puma woman Catherine Moreau, Re-animated corpse Justine Frankenstein, Mesmeric house maid Alice and Neophyte vampire Lucinda Van Helsing get to the bottom of it?

Inspired by the novels by Theodora Goss.

- Outback Monkey Business
- Feng Shui 2

Addled prog rockers "Time Jester" have reached the Australian leg of their current tour. It's hard to imagine how they could make a mess of being driven across the Outback but as their long suffering support crew you gave up being surprised a long time ago.

Can you get to the next venue despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Not to mention the bullets, tyre irons, grenades and blades of outrageous fortune.

- The Bunker, Case BN3049: The Dangers of Gentrification
- Mage20

Local news broadcasts suggest an area of the old Boston docks district has been cordoned off and there are reports of people in hazmat suits being seen. The problem with Boston is that it's in the U.S., a place where the magical cold war is hot, but the Oracle thinks there might be an artefact in play.

The two great powers tacitly suffer your existence as it suits their ends to do so. Meanwhile you are trying to protect both the mundane and magical worlds from destabilising artefacts of power. The Traditions know you as "The Guild of Artificers", the Technocracy as "The Artefact Disposal Bureau" but to yourselves you are simply "The Bunker."

- The Terror of The Radiant Wold
- Romance of the Perilous Land

Word has reached Queen Izolda that some dreadful creature issues forth from the Radiant Wold by night to terrorise the people and slaughter their livestock. Several doughty yeomen have already failed to return from attempting to vanquish it.

Thus has she formed a questing party of chivalrous knights, roguish thieves, wily rangers, magical cunning folk, wild barbarians and silver-tongued bards to rid her lands of this affliction.

But it is well known that Morgan Le Fey has proclaimed her love and protection of such night creatures. And Mordred's Order of the Black Lance have their stronghold in neighbouring Norhaut.
I'm worried that it's Tuesday and I'm already knackered. I'm pondering whether to offer any games in Slot 1 through 3; I've only registered intent for Thursday onward. I fear I might not survive if I run more...