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Special Event Monday: Harry Potter Roleplaying

harrypotterJust a reminder, Monday Nov. 21st is Harry Potter Day at the Lewisville Public Library.  The day is filled with special, family-friendly events celebrating Potter fandom.  Rather than be a grumpy muggle, the Library Teen Roleplay program is embracing this whole heartedly.  And so we are thrilled to present yet another special event: Roleplaying in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

So if you love Harry Potter and roleplaying, you are in for a treat.  If you’ve never roleplayed before – I have to wonder why you are visiting this site – this is a perfect opportunity to try it out.  Bring a friend or a family member.  Dress up in your Hogwarts uniform.  Be sure to pack your wand and a draught of polyjuice and get ready for a great time with friends as you explore the wilds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Players not only get to create their own Hogwarts student, but also get to help craft the adventure!  Madness, you say?  Lunacy?  Come and find out.

See you Monday!

 

Happy Halloween

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Did you have fun at our annual Halloween event? I hope so. Now you can download the Halloween Dark game, along with all the cards. This version is updated from the one we played, as your madcap efforts revealed some holes and flaws in the original design. This version fixes those. So get your friends together, grab some dice, and watch as them try to do each other in! Have fun! And thank you for coming out for the event.

Based on Graham Walmsley’s excellent Cthulhu Dark, Halloween Dark is a light hearted horror game where the players deal cards to steer themselves or their compatriots to safety or deeper into harm’s way, often with hilarious results.

You can also download Joyland, the horror story we played.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Distant Early Warning

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out for both or 7th Sea and Halloween events!  Judging by the enthusiasm, mayhem, and volume, both were rousing successes.  I also want to thank everyone who has been part of this program since the beginning.  We wouldn’t be where we are without all of you.

The reason I feel I need to do this is because…

It’s Our Anniversary

Believe it or not, this year marks our tenth anniversary of the Lewisville Library Teen Roleplay Program.  For 10 straight years, we’ve been firing up the imaginations of young men and women with a variety of magical, horrifying, and inspiring worlds of wonder.

What’s Next

Next year, we are going to do something we’ve never done before.  We are going to go back into our back catalog and revisit a game world.  Its a world with plenty of potential for heroic action, swashbuckling derring do, dramatic tragedy, and soul stirring horror.  Just the kind of stuff we love around here. What is it, you ask?  Mark your calendars!  Sharpen your swords!

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The year is 1636 and France is a troubled nation.

A great and terrible evil gnaws at its core.

Darkness stalks the land.

All that stands between chaos and order…

…are the King’s Musketeers.

This is the world of All For One: Régime Diabolique, a world of epic swashbuckling adventure and white knuckle horror.  You are members of King Louis XIII’s elite guard, the Musketeers.  In addition to the wild intrigues of the royal court and the machinations of the scheming Cardinal Richelieu, your duty is to protect the throne from dread horrors only whispered about.  Werewolves, vampires, witches, and other fiends stalk the land, preying on the weak, the innocent, and the naive.

Everyone says there is no such thing as monsters.  You know better, monsieur!

Explore a France of swashbuckling action, powerful magic, daring deeds, courtly intrigue, witty repartee, and vile monsters! The characters are France’s bravest and proudest defenders, the King’s Musketeers. Pitted against them is a plethora of corrupt nobles, black magicians, fell demons, and twisted secret societies.

Set at the height of power of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIII, All for One: Régime Diabolique mixes the action of literary works such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers with horror and intrigue to create a unique, vibrant setting.

Strap on your sword, salute the King, and prepare to cross swords with the creatures of darkness!

All for One: Regime Diabolique is a fantastic game by our friends at Triple Ace Games.  We last visited the Kingdom of France back in 2011.  This was actually the basis for the sample scenario we hosted at TLA in 2012.  Now we’re going back.  This time, we will be using the world’s intended game system: Ubiquity from Exile Game Studios.  This is the same system that powers such fantastic worlds as:

  • Hollow Earth Expedition (Exile Game Studios): Fighting Dinosaurs and Nazis in a race to the center of the Earth!
  • Leagues of Adventure (Triple Ace Games): Exploration and Steampunk science in the Age of Queen Victoria.
  • Desolation (Greymalkin Designs): Post Apocalyptic Fantasy

Get ready for a new world to explore in the new year!  
The adventure begins on Monday, January 16.

It’s That Time Again…

Summer is over.  The leaves are changing color.  School is back in session.  This can only mean one thing.

Halloween is coming.

And that means it’s almost time for our annual Halloween event for Teen Roleplay!  (Would you look at that, two events almost back to back!)

Familial obligations prevent me from running a Halloween game ON Halloween night.  Instead, the event will be held Monday, October 17th!  Yes, there will be treats!  Yes, you can wear a costume!  Yes, there will be scares!  No, I can’t tell you what the game will be about.  But I’ll give you a hint: read the news.  No, not all the terrible election coverage.  Neither Trump nor Hillary will be making a cameo.  Look closer.  Strange things are afoot in our country.  Reports have come in from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, even Texas in our own backyards!  Have you figured it out yet?

So be there next Monday night prepared for the worst!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Well would you look at that!  It seems our Special 7th Sea Event is all set to go for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  If that isn’t enough to make you come out and join your fellows for a swashbuckling, action packed good time, I don’t know what will.

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What is 7th Sea?

It is a world of swashbuckling and sorcery, piracy and adventure, diplomacy and intrigue, archaeology and exploration. It’s a world of musketeers, buccaneers and privateers, ancient sorcery and lost civilizations, secrets that hide in the shadows, and monsters that hide in plain sight.

As always, all materials will be provided, including characters.  If you’ve never experienced a roleplaying game before, that’s no problem.  So join your friends: sail the high seas, cross swords with dastardly villains, uncover secrets of a mysterious past, and watch things explode!

Monday, September 19th @ 6 pm.  Lewisville Public Library

Well ain’t that something…

We also hear more and more from parents, educators, and mental health professionals who encourage Dungeons & Dragons because it’s not screen-time. The game’s about social interaction that builds certain skills like teamwork. Kids get an experience that they want to play and they get to tell stories and come up with amazing ideas. It doesn’t feel like learning or the normal things schools would shove down your throat. It’s gone full circle from a thing that was even demonized to something that’s now lionized.

— Greg Tito, Communications Manager, Wizards of the Coast

Emphasis mine. I’m just gonna leave this here for anyone who might wander by.

Here’s the article.

BTW, Stranger Things is great but definitely in PG-13 territory.  Parents take note.

September Special Event!

On September 19th, join us for a very special teen roleplaying session where we will leap from the rooftops, swing from the chandeliers, and cross swords with the most dastardly villains imaginable. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are going to introduce you to the weird, wonderful world of 7th Sea.

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7th Sea is a different kind of roleplaying game. It is collaborative storytelling at its finest. In 7th Sea, you don’t ask whether you succeed or fail at a task. You only need to decide how awesome you want to be. It is a very different play experience from what we’ve offered before in the teen roleplaying program, and probably different from what you’ve experienced in the past.

Curious? Come on out, grab a character and prepare yourself for a whirlwind of action, romance, and mystery. Prepare yourself…for 7th Sea!

7th Sea is a tabletop roleplaying game of swashbuckling and intrigue, exploration and adventure, taking place on the continent of Théah, a land of magic and mystery inspired by our own Europe.

Players take the roles of heroes thrown into global conspiracies and sinister plots, exploring ancient ruins of a race long vanished and protecting the rightful kings and queens of Théah from murderous villains. It is a world of sharp blades and sharp wits, where a cutting retort can be just as deadly as a sword’s point.

For more information, visit 7thsea.com