Once again, we have a huge team of volunteer GMs coming to PAX Aus to offer you a wide variety of RPG events!
Events begin each day, from 11 am, and continue through until just before closing time. Everything you need is provided, so whether you're an old hand at roleplaying, or are interested in trying out something new, our GMs are ready for you to turn up and play!
Many of our events will run for 2 hours, so will start on the odd-numbered hours - there may be some exceptions however, so be sure to check on the day. Places in each game are limited, so it's best to be on time!
Pathfinder/Starfinder, D&D Adventurer's League, and Call of Cthulhu will be managing their own signup process - see the relevant coordinator in the RPGs area.
As there are limited places in, and iterations of, the other games (the Cornucopia of RPGs, as we've come to call it), we will be using a numbered ticketing system, with tickets available from the RPGs Enforcer. Tickets are not required
to get a seat in a game, not do they guarantee
you a seat, however seats will be offered firstly to ticket holders, in numerical order, with remaining seats offered to other interested parties. Should there be more potential players than seats, individual GMs will use whichever random method they prefer to determine who gets to play - probably involving dice, since we're tabletop games!
Note: tickets are valid only for the day of issue, so as not to disadvantage people who can't attend on earlier days. Unfortunately the number of potential players far exceeds the available places, and we want everyone to have a fair go, so we also request that people limit themselves to one ticket at a time. We're big believers in Wheaton's Law
Want to know more? Ask questions below, or come find us at PAX Aus.
FATE - Belly of the Beast/Piggies in a BlanketFriday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm; Saturday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm; Sunday 11am-1pm
Dark Sun - Gladiators of TyrFriday 5pm-7pm, 9pm-11pm; Saturday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm; Sunday 3pm-5pm
- Belly of the Beast: A heroic band of adventurers, safeguarding a holy relic on its journey through the Dread Desert of Kellebor, protecting it from monsters, bandits, and brigands. But what will happen when you find yourselves in... The Belly of the Beast.
- Piggies in a Blanket: Prepare to enter the high stakes world of competitive teacup pig pageants at Silky Oaks Community Centre. Who has the cutest, most adorable teacup pig? Who will win the day, and walk away with the most coveted of titles: Pork Chop Grand Supreme?
You are Tyr's champions, the gladiators of the Stadium. Your feats are an inspiration to the populace, and a revolution against the city's dictators is building. Do you have the courage to fight not for glory, but for freedom?Planet Mercenary - Milk RunFriday 3pm-7pm; Saturday 3pm-7pm; Sunday 3pm-5pm
"This should be a simple job, right? All we got to do is escort a tanker of milk from here to there. Nothing to it, right? Right? Err, sarge, why are you laughing at me?"
Planet Mercenary is a space opera game, set in the universe of Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary webcomic. This is a drop-in/drop-out event - join at any time (space permitting) and leave when you wish.Star Wars - No Bodhi Left BehindFriday 5pm-7pm; Saturday 7pm-9pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
The streets of the Holy City of Jedha have been turned into a war zone, as Saw Gerrera's Partisans fight back against the forces of the Empire. Through the embattled city, members of the resistance must escort a defecting Imperial pilot to Gerrera's stronghold...Scarlet PimpernelSaturday 11am-1pm; Sunday 3pm-5pm
In 1793, following the French Revolution, Robespierre enacted a Reign of Terror, persecuting all those accused of being enemies of the People. As members of the League of the Pimpernel, it is your duty to outwit the Committee of Public Safety, smuggling the unjustly persecuted out from under the blade of Madame la Guillotine.Mutant Chronicles - The Puzzle BoxFriday 3pm-5pm, 9pm-11pm; Saturday 3pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm; Sunday 11am-1pm
In the near future humanity has flown to the other worlds of the solar system and made them home. But the darkness was waiting. A small group of strangers are drawn together from all corners of the solar system - the finest humanity has to offer. Yet any may be snared by the seeping corruption and madness of the dark soul.Original Dungeons & Dragons - Old School Dungeon DelveFriday 11am-1pm, 3pm-5pm; Saturday 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm; Sunday 11am-1pm
Negative armour class! THAC0! Save vs WHAT!? All these things and more will be yours to experience as we roll some old d20s, kill some monsters and take their stuff.Shadowrun - The Death of Santa ClausFriday 11am-1pm; Saturday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm, 9pm-11pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
The Death of Santa Claus is a run that has everything you could want: Santa, Orphans, Corps Security and Kidnapping. Step into Shadowrun and choose the best way to get the job done, be it stealth, bribery, or a good old fashioned shoot out.Shadowrun - The Festive SpiritFriday 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm; Saturday 11am-1pm, 7pm-9pm; Sunday 11am-1pm
The Horizon Corporation, jealous of his success, has elfnapped Santa Claus in favour of their in copyrighted inhouse knockoff, Mother Midwinter! Luckily Ares is there to rescue everyone's most profitable holiday by offering gunz and gubbins to any UCAS patriot badass enough to rescue everyone's jolliest shopping holiday.Relics: A Game of Angels - The Ante-ChristFriday 11am-1pm, 3pm-5pm; Saturday 3pm-5pm, 7pm-9pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
Fallen angels, trapped on Earth, and abandoned by God, you are in an arms race with the demons of Hell, attempting to regain one of the holiest of Heaven's holy relics. With the prize placed as a bet in a high-stakes poker game among Catholic cardinals, the conflict is heating up, and Vatican City is primed to explode.Star Trek Adventures - Tug of WarFriday 7pm-9pm, 9pm-11pm; Saturday 7pm-9pm, 9pm-11pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the USS Venture, a new Galaxy-class starship on an extended survey mission within the unknown regions of the Shackleton Expanse. Under the command of Captain Martinez, its crew has discovered a pair of Trojan worlds, locked in a unique gravitationally-stable orbit of each other. Even as Away Teams investigate the surface of these twin planets, sensors aboard the Venture detect sudden erratic energy readings from the ruins below...NumeneraFriday 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 7pm-9pm
Earth a billion years from now, much is forgotten, more is not understood. Outside the region called The Steadfast, home to humanity, lies The Beyond - unexplored, uncivilised, unknown.The StrangeSaturday 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 7pm-9pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
Forces from across multiple realities work to bring about the destruction of Earth, with only agents of The Estate to stand in their way, to keep the world safe. Sliders meets Stargate, in a multiverse where every fictional reality is accessible to those who can travel between realms.Gods of the FallFriday 9pm-11pm
The gods are dead and you are their inheritors. Will you use your powers to save the world, or damn it to chaos and destruction?PredationSaturday 9pm-11pm
A time travelling expedition left you stranded in the Cretaceous. With the resources that were brought back, and a few bioengineered dinosaurs, you have to survive long enough to reestablish time travel before the coming asteroid changes everything.No Thank You EvilSunday 11am-1pm
Storia: The World Next Door where children's imaginations come to life, and children use their powers in Storia to defeat evil and keep the world safe. A scalable and flexible RPG for children and adults alike.Sign - A game about being understoodFriday 7pm-9pm; Saturday 5pm-7pm; Sunday 3pm-5pm
Nicaragua in the 1970s had no form of sign language. If you were deaf, you had simple gestures with a trusted few, likely nothing more than a form of pantomime you negotiated with your family to meet basic needs. In 1977, something happened. Fifty deaf children from across the country were brought together to an experimental school in Managua. Without a shared language to express themselves, the children did the only thing they could -- they created one. In Sign, we follow a small piece of their journey.The RepublicFriday 7pm-9pm; Saturday 3pm-5pm; Sunday 1pm-3pm
Another day dawns under the oppressive yoke of The Republic, but for this band of element-bending social justice warriors it is not like any other day, for their trusted mentor has disappeared in the night...Altais: Age of Ruin: To Catch A RumourFriday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm; Saturday 3pm-5pm, 5pm-7pm; Sunday 3pm-5pm
A star fell and the world fell with it. Wonders are forgotten and magic is forbidden. Here, after the end of the world, humans still scheme and steal and yet strive to be heroes.
A heist in the Changing City of Valuin for 4-8 players, with selection of premade characters.Realmware D&D IntroductionFriday 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm
Are you new to tabletop roleplay? Looking to get a friend into the hobby? Interested in checking out Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition? Realmware has just the thing for you!
Realmware is a small, Melbourne-based tabletop company, and during the course of PAX Aus, we will be running character creation workshops for D&D 5th ed, in addition to a short introduction to gameplay. One session with us, and you'll know enough to jump right in with the D&D Adventurers League, or play a quick game with the Realmware crew!
Starfinder SocietyFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
The Starfinder Roleplaying Game puts you in the role of a bold science-fantasy explorer, investigating the mysteries of a weird and magical universe as part of a starship crew. Whether you're making first contact with new cultures on uncharted worlds or fighting to survive in the neon-lit back alleys of Absalom Station, you and your team will need all your wits, combat skill, and magic to make it through. But most of all, you'll need each other."Into the Unknown"
is a series of five, 1-hour adventures that send you exploring Absalom Station, to partaking in starship combat, to exploring an alien world. The fifth adventure in the series provides a stunning conclusion that takes your previous accomplishments into account for a climactic final showdown against an enemy starship. Games start each hour, on the hour.Pathfinder SocietyFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign that puts YOU in the role of an agent of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers dedicated to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world beset by magic and monsters.
Short 2 hour adventures for players new to tabletop roleplaying games and would like to try it out. Characters sheets will be provided, so you can jump in and play with no delay.
Call of CthulhuFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pmCome Play Call of Cthulhu with Chaosium!
Call of Cthulhu is the definitive roleplaying game of mystery and horror, in which players take on the role of investigators to uncover the secrets of the cosmos. In the course of a game, the investigations may find themselves battling against crazy cults and horrors from beyond space.
Chaosium, publishers of Call of Cthulhu, will be running two different introductory adventures at PAX Aus, each 2 hours long, for up to 6 players:
- The Dead Boarder - "A grisly discovery leads to a mind-shattering experience!"
- The Necropolis - "Uncover Terrifying Secrets in the Sands below Egypt"
Created by gaming legend Sandy Petersen (Doom, Quake, Civilization, Orcs Must Die!), Call of Cthulhu has won over 50 awards including being inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design Hall of Fame. If you've never played it, or even never played a tabletop RPG before, these two hour intro adventures are an ideal way to give it a try!
As Gizmodo.com once said about the game: "No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That's the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we're still coming back for more."
Fragged Empire GamesFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
- Fragged Empire (Sci-Fi RPG)
Set in a far future 'post, post-apocalypse', four genetically engineered races seek to build a new society for themselves as they emerge from the ruin of genocidal war, and back to the stars.
- Fragged Kingdom (Fantasy RPG)
Akharon has been scarred by magical war, and claimed by nature. But now that the monstrous Archdruid is dead, brave heroes and adventure seekers have begun to fight back against the wild and reclaim the world for civilisation. What awaits these brave souls is a vast and unexplored land, overgrown, and full of monsters, lost magic and ancient secrets.
- Fragged Aeternum (Gothic Horror RPG)
Aeternum; the eternal city that stretches to all corners of known existence, a place where only the immortal Tethered stand between humanity and vile Fiends, Beasts, Golems and the evil schemes of powerful men. Bring your weapon and your lantern, for tonight we hunt!
- Fragged Seas (Pirate RPG)
Welcome to Toil: a world of intrigue, magic, cannon-fire and dark gods. But when has that ever stopped pirates eh? So gather a crew of cutthroats, steal a ship, fill your hold with rum and gold, and head for the Fairie Sea to take all that you can from life!
Scenarios run for 2 hours, and start every two hours, from 11am each day.
Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers LeagueFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
The Adventurers League is ready to lead you into the mysterious jungles of Chult! Explore ancient ruins! Fight deadly beasts! Ride your mount to victory in the dinosaur races!
Play Dungeons & Dragons, the world's first, and most popular role-playing game! Games are suitable for new and experienced players, with everything you need to play provided, and sessions are available in either 1.5 or 3 hour blocks.