Saturday, 21 April 2007

Games At Beer & Pretzels XVIII

0 Beer & Pretzels XVIII. Town Hall, Burton-upon-Trent, UK.
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th May 2007.

Here are the details of the games I will be running at Beer & Pretzels.

I am running a game based on the series FireFly and the film Serenity by Buffy's Joss Whedon. The crew will be the crew of The Betty from Alien: Resurrection; Joss Whedon's first stab at a misfit crew of smugglers onboard an old, broken-down ship.
The first game, 'Echoes in the Black', has been ran fifteen times now at various conventions and has always been over-subscribed.
The sequel, 'The Quick and the Dead', has only been ran six times and has now been extended with extra dilemmas.
'Dead Reckoning' is the third in the series of Serenity:HeroQuest games and is completely brand new [though certain parts of the plot my be similar to the other games!]. It still uses the crew of The Betty but puts them in more perilous and immoral situations. Included with more silly props!
Due to the popular demand of these games a seventh player character has been added to all three games.
The games can be played in order to experience the full epic narrative arc but each game is also complete in itself and can be played as a one-off.


Saturday 12th May 2007 - 10:30 - 14:00
'Echoes in the Black' by Darran Sims narrated by Darran Sims.
Serenity: HeroQuest adventure for 7 players. Newcomers very welcome.

"Ta Ma Duh! Why can't we stick to the gorram plan!
I wanted simple, in and out and everything shiny.
The job was good, the idents were perfect and the feds were away from the Skyplex.
Then everything has gone south. Something has been following The Betty. They are keeping their distance, so they aint purple bellies and everytime time we avert course they disappear like echoes in the black.
question is who are they, what do they want and why are they messing up my gorram job?"


Saturday 12th May 2007 - 14:30 - 18:00
'The Quick and the Dead' by Darran Sims narrated by Darran Sims.
Serenity: HeroQuest adventure for 7 players.
Newcomers very welcome.

"Emergency! Emergency! This is the Passenger Liner 'BHS Orisis'. We have lost all power, our engineering team is incapacitated and we are adrift in space. Any available craft please respond. Emergency! Emergency! This is the Passenger Liner 'BHS Orisis' ... ... ..."
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"Oh thank the gods! How shiny you look. Civilian vessel, ... err? ... 'The Betty' please dock in our main hanger deck, you may be able to assist us in restoring power to our engines. Do you have an engineer on board? "It is fortunate that you are in this empty, quiet sector of the black, we thought we were lost for good. Hello? Hello? Are you there?"


Saturday 12th May 2007 - 18:00 - 21:30
'Dead Reckoning' by Darran Sims narrated by Darran Sims.
Serenity: HeroQuest adventure for 7 players.
Newcomers very welcome.

"Feh Feh Pi Goh! This job should have been shiny!
Here we are floating in the black about to make a move on the 'verse's easiest mark, a Research & Rescue vessel doing 'science' well away from civilisation. The Guay Tuh Guay Nown patron said it would be like taking candy from a baby.
'Just don't use sensors as you approach,' he said, 'use dead reckoning to get in close.'
Not only have we just seen what they are actually doing the 'science' on but we have just learnt who the Lao Buhn is who is bankrolling this caper.
A certain Crime Lord with his own Skyplex and a very nasty rep.
Dead Reckoning indeed!"


Friday, 20 April 2007

Alt.Fiction. Workshops with Sci-Fi authors.

Alt-Fiction brings together some of the biggest names in science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing.
The event offers workshops, discussions and readings with major writers. Alt.Fiction next year takes place on Saturday April 28th 2007 and takes place in the Darwin, Reception and 45 suites at the Derby Assembly seems to have rather grown this year around! Top guests are currently Iain Banks, Harry Harrison, Mike Carey, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Joyce plus a whole host of others...

There is a blog that is ususally updated about weekly that is at:

Ticket details are here:

The draft programme is now up for this event at:

And the main website is here:

Thursday, 19 April 2007

April Update.
Please check for any I have missed please?
Up & Coming conventions.

0 Salute Zero Seven. ExCel, London, UK.
Saturday 21st April 2007.

0 Excaliber 2007. Honicombe Manor Holiday Village,St Annes Chapel, Callington near Plymouth, Cornwall. UK.
Friday 4th - Monday 7th May 2007.

0 Beer & Pretzels XVIII. Town Hall, Burton-upon-Trent, UK.
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th May 2007.

0 Tentacles Untapped. Castle Stahleck, Bacharach, Germany.
Friday 25th - Monday 28th May 2007.

0 UK GAME EXPO 2007. The Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd June 2007.

0 Vaticon 2007. Student Centre, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4. Ireland.
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th June 2007.

0 Q-CON XIV Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland.
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June 2007.

0 Game '07. New Century House, Manchester, UK.
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th June 2007.

0 Summer Stabcon 2007 Britannia Hotel, Stockport, UK.
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July 2007

0 Ludicrus '07. Rushmere Sports Centre, Ipswich, UK.
Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2007.

0 Recombination, New Hall, Cambridge, UK.
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th August 2007.

0 Gen Con UK 2007. University of Reading, Berkshire. UK.
Thursday 30th August - Sunday 2nd September 2007.

0 Confess 2007. The Southern Hotel, Sligo. Ireland.
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th September 2007.

0 CONcrete Cow '07½. Old Bath House, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, UK.
Saturday 29th September 2007.

0 Furnace 2007. The Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. UK.
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st October 2007.

0 Consequences 2007. Naish Holiday Village, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, UK.
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2007.

0 Dominicon 2007. N.U.I Maynooth, Kildare, Ireland.
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2007.

0 Grand Tribunal 2007. Cheltenham. UK.
Saturday 17th November 2007.

0 Dragonmeet 2007. Kensington Town Hall, London, UK.
Saturday 1st December 2007.

0 Warpcon XVIII. University College Cork, Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th January 2008.

0 Conception 2008. Naish Holiday Village, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, UK.
Wednesday 30th January - Sunday 3rd February 2008.

0 Continuum 2008. New Hall, Leicester University. UK.
Friday 1st - Monday 4th August 2008.

Darran Sims Furnace 2007 -
A roleplaying game convention in Sheffield UK, October 20th and 21st October 2007.
"A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an Emergency on my part"

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Contributions for Furnace 2007 Con Book

Furnace 2007. The Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. UK Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st October 2007.

Furance is a small two day convention for 70 attendees held in a former gaolhouse of Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield, UK.
Call of Cthulhu, HeroQuest, RuneQuest and plenty of other game systems will be played at this convention.

A colour Convention Book will be produced and given free to all attendees on arrival.
As well as information on the convention, venue and games programmes there will be articles on gaming and role-playing.

The Furnace 2006 Con Book contained articles on convention GMing by Evilgaz, an introduction to Gwenthia by Tom Zunder, a Gloranthian HeroQuest scenario by Newt, 'Hunting the Marsh haggis' by Jane Williams, Serenity:HeroQuest by Darran Sims, a Kallyr story by Jane Williams, an intro to 'Red Star' for Evilgaz's game, along with information about the games, the venue and the favoured charity, Wateraid.

We are looking for contributions for this year's Convention Book, whether it is artwork, maps, articles, non-player characters, scenarios, encounters, gaming or GMing advice, settings, stories or anything else you can think of.

We can not pay you but all contributors will receive the heartfelt thanks from the Furnace Committee, the joy of seeing their work in print and a free copy of the Con Book.

All copyright of any material we use in the book remains the authors or artists, so you can use it again elsewhere.

If you can send all submissions to darransims AT googlemail DOT com.

Thank you for your time.