Megagame: City of Yendor

Sunday 21st March
16:00 – 19:00 GMT

Game designer: Jim Wallman, Stone Paper Scissors

Held during: MegaCon 2021

The City of Yendor has a long and illustrious tradition of being the centre of trade, a safe place in times of trouble and a model of urban civilisation. It is a cosmopolitan place, welcoming all species (reasonably) equally. It is a place of freedom and opportunity. It is within this city that the game is set, taking us through everyday life within its multicultural walls.  There are inter-species tensions, magic, crime, politics and power struggles to experience, whilst at the same time ensuring your team gains fortune and glory.

Players will negotiate, plot, solve crises, gain status, trade and resolve conflicts. The game has no fixed narrative – what happens will depend entirely on how the players collectively choose to play.

Megagame: Watch The Skies Lockdown

Saturday 20th March
12:00 – 20:00 GMT

Online adaption: Johan Olofsson, Gothenburg Megagames

Game designer: Jim Wallman, Stone Paper Scissors

Held during: MegaCon 2021

Watch the Skies, the game that introduced a whole new generation to megagames. This is a megagame about international relations, conflict and high level diplomacy. It also involves mysterious and threatening aliens from outer space. The basic premise is that unknown aliens are increasingly visiting earth to abduct, investigate, terrorise and ultimately to subvert and take over or perhaps render earth weak enough to invade. The main part of the game is about how humanity as a collection of political entities decides to react to this.

Most of all it’s a game about humanity coming together to overcome great adversity. Or a more commonly a game about nuking each other back to the stone age.

This game is the perfect introduction if you’ve never played a megagame before, and it’s one of those games that veterans come back to over and over again.

What about teams?

Yes! The teams! We are playing the WTS Lite rules with the Gothenburg Megagames economy module add on. We are playing with an expanded set of teams. These teams are as follows:

  • The 8 Nations: USA – UK – RUSSIA – CHINA – FRANCE – BRAZIL – INDIA – JAPAN
  • The Aliens (for experienced players only)

If we reach high enough demand, more playable nations will be unlocked, up to a limit of 20 teams.

You can choose to play with your friends as a team or sign up on your own. Each national team consists of 4 players (no exceptions):

  • Head of State
  • Foreign Minister
  • Head of Defense
  • Head of Science

If you sign up on your own we will match you with some other amazing people.

Megagame: Den of Wolves

Saturday 20th March
16:00 – 00:00 GMT

Game runner: Kurt La Rue, Splintered Realities

Game designer: John Mizon, South West Megagames

Held during: MegaCon 2021

Den of Wolves is a game investigating the interactions between politics and survival during a time of crisis. Players represent the vessels in the “Survivor Fleet” – a group of surviving vessels fleeing from a catastrophic attack. The players are attempting to survive with constrained resources and competing priorities. Some players are civilians whilst others are representing government and military elements of the fleet.

The game blends both ‘Political’ (talking and negotiating) and ‘Operational’ (decisions, units, and resources) gameplay. Some roles are exclusively Political, while others have a much greater focus on Operational matters. In general, players should expect a significant amount of resource management and player-to-player negotiation and discussion, with a small amount of unit positioning and combat.

Megagames would not occur without a Facilitation Team to run the game. The diverse group facilitating this running of Den of Wolves come to you from all across the globe and all walks of life. Think of them as Game Masters or Moderators for the Megagame.

New to megagames? Den of Wolves is a great place to start. Visit the Splintered Reality website for more details on the game.

Megagame: Red Planet Rising

Sunday 21st March
11:00 – 19:00 GMT

Game designer: Andrew Shiel Dods, True North Megagames

Held during: MegaCon 2021

Mars has been colonised, millions of people lived and worked on the Red Planet, then the apocalypse happened. Now a century has passed, the survivors have managed to pull themselves up out of the dirt and are ready to claim their place as the one who gets to call the shots on the Red Planet.

You will be playing those survivors and looking towards a bright future for your home. Will it come to pass? You have the power and potential to determine the outcome. What will you do with it?

Red Planet Rising is inspired by 4x strategy games and adds political/economic elements to the megagame format.