Role-playing at PAX Aus 2022
We're back again!
Once again, we have a huge team of volunteer GMs coming to PAX Aus to offer you a wide variety of RPG events!
Everything you need is provided, so whether you're an old hand at role-playing, or are interested in trying out something new, our GMs are ready for you to turn up and play. Events begin each day, from 11 am, but places are limited, so it's best to be on time - or even a little early!
We have games from Chaosium, the D&D Adventurers League, the Pathfinder Society, and a huge
range of games (many of which are developed here in Australia!) at PAX Aus at the Table, presented by ARC, the Australian Roleplay Community.How to Join a Game
Come and see us at the RPG HQ tables in Tabletop to sign up with the group running the game you're looking for - see an Enforcer if you need help.
Spaces are limited, some games may only be available at limited times, and you can only sign up for sessions on that day.What else do I need to know?
Keep an eye on this post, as some events are still being finalised, and times are subject to change.
Want to know more? Ask questions below, or come find us at PAX Aus.
D&D Adventurers LeagueFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Play Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s first and most popular role-playing game! The Adventurers League presents a selection of adventures from around the Forgotten Realms, and across planes beyond. Overcome dangerous foes, meet fascinating companions, and seek lost treasures!
Games are suitable for new and experienced players, with everything you need to play provided.
Session length: 3 hours.
Pathfinder & Starfinder Societies
Characters sheets are available for new players, so anyone can jump in and play!
Ask about weekly Starfinder and Pathfinder Society sessions run by local community members at locations across Melbourne, throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
We'll be running a series of short, 1 to 2-hour Starfinder and Pathfinder Bounties, adventures suitable for players new to tabletop roleplaying games. Play one or more, then apply the gold and experience earned to a character of your own making at one of our weekly gamedays.Pathfinder 2nd EditionFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Easier to learn and faster to play, offering deeper customisation than ever before!
Pathfinder Society 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 monsters and magic.StarfinderFriday 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.
Presented by Chaosium IncCall of Cthulhu - The NecropolisFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
EGYPT, 1924: A stone slab shifts unexpectedly, trapping the investigators in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Only then do the explorers discover that they might not be down here alone. Can you escape before doom engulfs you all?
The Necropolis is a one hour demo session offering players an introduction to the Call of Cthulhu tabletop RPG: The world’s best roleplaying game of horror, mystery and investigation!
Suitable for ages 13+.
2-6 players.RuneQuest Glorantha - Stealing the EyeFriday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-7pm
Sent by your clan to steal a valuable jewel, right under the noses of the temple guards of Yara Aranis, The Reaching Moon, your band hopes to be in and out before you are detected. On this pre-dawn, black moon morning they are at their most vulnerable, but if a fight breaks out as you escape, you are well prepared to smash your way through the compound gates.
Stealing the Eye is a one hour demo session offering players an introduction to the RuneQuest Glorantha tabletop RPG: A mythic world of mortals and gods, myths and cults, monsters and heroes!
Suitable for ages 13+.
2-4 players.Pendragon - Dream of a TowerFriday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Each of you has had a dream. A lady, found in the distant north, has a dire need and you are summoned. Your only sign on how to find her is an image of a blood red moon and a tall tower, black as night. The call to adventure is irresistible, you leave your lord to follow this quest.On the road, each sharing the same tale as the other knights, you band together.
Dream of a Tower is a one hour demo session offering players an introduction to the Pendragon tabletop RPG: In The Time of King Arthur, What Kind of Knight Will You Be?
Suitable for ages 13+.
PAX Aus at the Table - Presented by ARC
We're pleased to host a wide range of games, thanks to the involvement of ARC - the Australian Roleplay Community. Many of these games are developed locally in Australia
Some games are not available across the whole show, and their times may vary - we recommend checking the schedule at RPG HQ on the day, or via the PAX Aus at the Table online scheduleAutostedeAutostede
is a post apocalyptic solarpunk wild west game where the players are pilots (called drovers) of large semi sentient machines. Inspiration is a cross between Zoids, Horizon Zero Dawn and Pokemon. Play is fast paced and rules light, and focuses on the bond between drover and stede.Content Warnings:
Violence, Mentions of a pandemicBloodclotteBloodclotte
, a Gothic horror medical drama TTRPG about war doctors using strange historical medical practices to save lives.MA15+Content Warnings:
Horror, Adult themes, Graphic medical depictionsConquest presents Call of Cthulhu: A Stone's Throw from Atlantis
Southern Spain, 1924. After a two day truck ride from Seville into the Doñana wetlands near the southern coast, the investigators arrive at the dig site of archaeologist Dr. Andrea Schuller. Schuller has invited them here to witness a find that she claims will rival Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb!MA15+Content Warning:
Horror, gore, monstrous creaturesConquest presents Cyberstone - Who dun what, to who and why?
So you got a gig working for one of the Corporations. No more slumming in the biker gangs, no more scavenging for stuff. Life is going to be easy for the four of you...
The lights flash red and around you security all scramble for their duty stations. That's ok, you guys are not part of the security detail, you don't have to worry about...
Your phone beeps with a message. "Report for deployment!" Crap!
A cyberpunk style game set in the Cyberstone Universe.
Can the newest recruits to the Special Projects Department deal with temptation, upholding the law, and keeping General Jones happy?Content Warning:
ViolenceConquest presents Star Wars Living Force
"Be mindful of the living Force, my young Padawan."
The Cularin system lies at the edge of the Outer Rim, but it's at the centre of countless intrigues, mysteries and machinations. Thousands arrive in the system each year seeking danger and excitement. They'll find it!
An ancient evil is awakening to confront them all... with the power of the living Force.Content Warning:
Violence. Aliens. Jedi. Alcohol and Drug References.Costume Fairy Adventures
From enchanted forests to your own backyard, fairies can be found just about anywhere - and where fairies go, shenanigans are sure to follow! Drawing magic from the power of mischief, fairies can turn the world upside-down with whimsical wishes and preternatural pranks.Costume Fairy Adventures
is an improvisational roleplaying game for 2 to 7 players. With lightning-fast character creation, over 100 ready-to-wear costumes courtesy of the Core Costume Deck, and a whole passel of pregenerated pranking patsies - including fuddled philosophers, solicitous spiders, and gnefarious gnomish gnecromancers - you'll be ready for mischief in mere minutes.Content Warning:
NoneD&D 5E: Chosen of BintariChosen of Bintari D&D 5e by ENnie award winner Shu Qing Tan
Bintari has foreseen the end of the world. She is building an army of heroes to stop it at all costs. Are you worthy to be the Chosen of Bintari?Content Warning:
The world has gone dark. There are things out there. No-one knows what happened exactly, but the only safe places now are the villages and towns protected by the Great Lanterns. With every settlement cut off from the others by the Darkness, the only communication and trade is that carried by the Venturers who walk the Darkness.
You are a Venturer, and it is your job to explore the Darkness in search of resources, trade, communication and answers. But don't forget...strange creatures and things creep through the Darkness and if you let your Lantern go out...they will find you.MA15+Content Warning:
HorrorDeadlands: There's Ghostrock In Them Thar Hills!
Down to your last nickel, you and a few others have managed to scrape together enough to buy the rights to an old claim out in the foothills. Perhaps you can strike it big, but the claim was abandoned for a reason...
Deadlands is an alternative history roleplaying game, combining Westerns, horror and steampunk.MA15+Content Warnings:
Violence, Supernatural horrorDecaying Orbit
On a distant space station, an AI awakes. Its fragmented memory reveals a secret. Decaying Orbit
is a storytelling RPG about a failed space station falling into a faraway star. As you play, you'll piece together the mysteries, joys and horrors that occurred on board. In the station's last moments, you'll decide on the final transmission that the AI sends for earth to remember.Content Warnings:
is a tarot-based RPG that sends players on wild and surreal adventures in a collective dreamscape filled with colliding memories, fantasies, and spirits.
It is a realm where the imagination has free reign and the only restriction is the will of another being.
Unfortunately your party will find yourselves beginning the adventure trapped by a twisted ringmaster forced to perform circus acts based on your biggest fears to an audience of jeering penguins.
Welcome to Cirque du Somnius where the show must go on, and on, and on...Content Warnings:
NoneDungeon Delvers Twelve
A dark, gritty roleplaying game where there are more than two forms of opposition. A game where disease and weather are as much a danger as a creature or a trap and verbal combat can cause a hero to give up their quest. As a player you can invent your own gods, skills, spells and even the world itself.Content Warning:
Violence, disease, verbal combatDyson Sphere
In the Dyson Sphere RPG
, explore a realm of hostile architecture set in a far-future cyberpunk dystopia.
The scenario we'll play, called Jericho, takes you on a Mad Max-inspired hovership race to be the first to reach the legendary railgun Jericho Mk. XII, a skyscraper-sized source of limitless power that, if harnessed, could change the face of the Dyson Sphere forever.
A far-future cyberpunk dystopia inspired by the architecture of Blame! and Naissance.MA15+Content warning:
ViolenceForge of Providence
Welcome to the dawn of time.
You have a blank map. You are a god, and not the only one. Together, you will forge mountains, races, civilisations and more. You will influence your creations to carry out your will. Wars will be fought, mountains will be shattered, and legends will be etched into the stone of time.Forge of Providence
is a GMless and collaborative game about playing gods of a fantasy world. You can run it on its own, or you can use it to collaboratively create a setting for a traditional fantasy game with your group.Content Warning:
Religion/Belief/Faith. Parental guidance is recommended.Fragged Empire 2
Taking place a hundred years after this cataclysm, a genocidal war, enough time has passed for people to partially accept what has happened and start to rebuild.
You are at the dawn of a new civilisation, a time of great opportunity and danger. What should this new society look like?
Exploring the universe after a cataclysmic event is a popular theme in science fiction literature.
It allows us to delve into the nature of civilisation, humanity, and rediscovery after we have lost all that we know.MA15+Content warning:
Violence, Gore, Reference to genocideGear HeadsGear Heads
is a fast paced, dystopian road war game drawing inspiration from Mad Max and set in my homebrew world of Hymgard, a dystopian fantasy world heavily inspired by the stories of Norse Mythology.
A High Octane Road-War adventure for the AGE system.Content warning:
A team story-telling game that takes you back to the ancient village of Green Hollow to spark insights about modern teamwork.
In Green Hollow
, you take on the role of a team delivering a community project in an ancient village.
Green Hollow's simple prompt-driven gameplay generates compelling story moments that inspire teamwork insights.Content warning:
NoneGulliver's Trading CompanyGulliver's Trading Company
is a roleplaying game of exploration of strange lands in the 18th century. It is based on the classic satirical novel Gulliver's Travels.
In this unwritten sequel to Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's son organizes trading expeditions to the remote countries described in his father's book.
It's 1733 and King George II of England wants a Brobdingragian frog for the menagerie at the Tower of London. Dare you risk a landing on the dangerous land of giants? Can you capture the huge beast?Content warning:
Animal hunting (live capture), Low level violenceHard Wired IslandHard Wired Island
, a retrofuture RPG inspired by 90s anime. Humanity has spread to space.
GRAND CROSS is a space station orbiting Earth, a high-tech city, and a gateway to the stars. But in this distant future, it's in crisis...MA15+Content warning:
ViolenceMasters of Alchemy presents Beginner Friendly D&D
Masters of Alchemy, Melbourne's premiere Game Masters for hire, present beginner friendly D&D (5e).
Our games are open to everyone, but especially to women, female identifying, trans and non-binary adventurers who are looking to try the hobby or find a safe space to play.
Games with the #rolllikeagirl tag will be hosted by a female DM.MA15+Mothership: The Screaming on the Alexis
Loud claxons and flashing red lights startle you awake from your cryo sleep, aside from the noise and lights everything else on the ship is still. Finding the nearest computer you find out that your jump drive has malfunctioned and ripped you out of hyperspace.
Your ship is damaged but the scanner shows a ship graveyard not too far away. What do you do?
Mothership - survival horror sci fi gamingMA15+Parselings: Infer Memorial Station Introductory Module
It's the end of a long day and perhaps the beginning of an even longer night. You each pass another of those odd graffiti murals on the wall of the station as you board the metro at dusk. Your carriage is mostly empty and your skin itches from the fresh tattoos that you woke up with one morning.
Rumour has it that if you find others with similar tattoos, together you can twist reality and bend it to your will.
They call people like you Parselings, and your tattoos define you.
What do yours say about you?Parselings
is a deckbuilding TTRPG where you use a deck of cards and collaborative word magic to determine your fate.Content warning:
Adult themesPistol Packing Bondage Nuns from Dimension SexPISTOL PACKING BONDAGE NUNS FROM DIMENSION SEX
is a satirical, action-packed and fully stacked RPG of ludicrous theistic bondage for the terrifying modern era.
Forget the Old School Renaissance - this is the HOME-SCHOOLED RENAISSANCE.MA15+Content warning:
Religion, Politics, Violence, Sexual ReferencesThe Road That Rises
The Road That Rises is about those who've chosen to live a life-long journey of adventure, intrigue, heartfelt losses, and hard-won victories.
Roll with Valour, Grace, Reason, Charm, and Heart as you overcome the many obstacles you'll find upon The Road. Mark Experience when you lose something valuable, find something important, fail heroically, or succeed epically.
It doesn't matter where you started, it doesn't matter where you're going; all that matters is what you do, and who you become, as you travel The Road That Rises.Content Warning:
NoneThe ScoreThe Score
is a unique RPG experience of pulling off the ultimate heist: 18 cards, 18 minutes, 18 billion dollars.A PAX Aus 2022 Indie Showcase Winner!Content Warning:
Cinematic Action, Mature ThemesShadowrun: The Heist
It's time for the score of a lifetime chummer. Are you ready?MA15+Content Warning:
ViolenceShoot 'n' Loot
"It's a tough, unforgiving, dangerous galaxy. Out there on the pirate-infested fringes of solar systems controlled by interstellar ultra-capitalist corporations, mercenaries like you make a living taking dangerous jobs for not enough pay. You do what the mission demands, blowing away bad guys for fun and profit. Let's make some mayhem!"Shoot 'n' Loot
is a rules-lite TTRPG inspired by media such as BORDERLANDS and DESTINY. You'll generate millions of randomised guns, go on high octane adventures as one of six playbooks, and try to survive another day of the interstellar mercenary grind.MA15+Content warning:
Violence & death, drug useSLA Industries 2e - The Chaos Engine
A vital listening post has gone dark... A second desperate rescue mission is being sent... What could possibly go wrong?MA15+Content Warning:
Drug use, Violence, Gore, Mature ThemesSmall Ship Big Dreams
Have you ever wanted to cruise the vast expanse of space with a crew of like-minded individuals, imposing your unique values on new civilisations and alien worlds!Small Ship; Big Dreams
puts you at the centre of the universe in a ship of your design, on a mission of your choosing!
Draw on the infinite awesome of your imagination and sally forth to discover unsuspecting civilisations! Alien worlds! Space junk, and other exciting anomalies, or possibly anemone's, as you hurtle wildly into the void!
What could possibly go wrong!MA15+Content Warning:
Horror, ViolenceSpark of the Guardians
Play as an anthropomorphic animal, trying to better the world around you.
Your community is in need and you have answered the call, attempt such daring feats as organise the village festival, or finding a lost necklace
This game is Powered by the Apocalypse
so easy to jump into and start playing
All age friendly.Content Warning:
NoneStar Wars: Edge of the Empire - Finding the Path
The Glavis Ringworld is a place of opportunity. A bustling starport, with only a sparse Imperial presence, makes it a great place for employers with specific needs to meet beings with particular skills.
You have been contracted by one such employer, a private and mysterious type, who has tasked you with retrieving two individuals from a low-level criminal organisation. The secrecy is concerning, but the promised pay check is just too good to ignore...Content Warning:
Mild Themes, ViolenceStorybrewers presents Saltfish & AlmanacsSaltfish & Almanacs
is a GMless storytelling RPG about a merchant company embarking on their yearly journey through new and familiar places. You and your fellow merchants travel in different directions around the same route, experiencing life on the road and discovering the mark the others have made on their visit.
As you buy and sell goods, you'll craft your own story of discovery, love, passion, and what it means to be parted. How will your journey change you?Content Warning:
NoneStorybrewers presents VillagesongVillagesong
is a fantastical RPG about communities, leadership, and change, inspired by tales from ancient Java.
Your decisions will determine the future of your village and the island. What will you sacrifice, and what will you hold dear? You play a village leader, responsible for your home. You will make tough decisions, form and break bonds with other leaders, and discover how your island changes.
Choice by choice, you will shape the song of your village, sung for many years to come.Content Warning:
NoneStealing the Crone!
Who says the old folks don't know new tricks?
On the weekends you spend with your grandparent you do all sorts of things together. Play games, watch old movies, tell stories... but this weekend, it will be different.
In Stealing the Crone you play as grandchildren of a super cool grandparent who wants to cause a little mischief. Together you will tell the story of said mischief, and how well it does or doesn't turn out.
Fact: You love your (extremely mischievous) grandparent
Fact: Your grandparent loves you
Fact: Your grandparent loves where they live
Fact: They could leave at any time
Fact: They are planning a daring escape anywayContent Warning:
NoneVampire: The Masquerade 5E: The Midnight Express
Darker Days Radio Presents: The Midnight Express, a Vampire: the Masquerade
5th edition introductory scenario of Dark Choices and Bloody Consequences.
You are a vampire, struggling for survival, supremacy, and your own fading humanity - afraid of what you are capable of, and fearful of the inhuman conspiracies that surround you.
A Storytelling game of personal and political horror.MA15+Content Warning:
Violence, Gore, HorrorVampire: The Masquerade: The Rose that Bleeds
The Prince has summoned you to a formal welcome to the City. When you attend however, the mood is anything but welcoming. The Prince's latest childe and favourite ghoul are missing.
Concerned that it's a political move, you are tasked with finding them and discover why they went missing in the first place.
Do you choose tough love or a softer approach, and will you survive whatever the night has to throw at you?MA15+Content Warning:
Violence, HorrorThe Xandar Ball
For Centuries this festive gala has helped quell great wars, forge new alliances, save lives and maintain peace across the 4 Cosmic Empires.
You take the role of staff aboard the Mantis Prime and help orchestrate an exquisite Ball that will keep all 4 Galactic Leaders happy.
It's your 1st shift working at the great XANDAR BALL so don't screw it up!!XANDAR BALL
is all about rolling with the punches and finding fun in failure.
Please note this game is a playtest of a new game in developmentContent Warning:
Sci-Fi Themes (Aliens)XOE: The Extraordinary Operations Executive
Nazi colossi lumber forward, disintegrating resistance fighters with death rays. Hulking monstrosities destroy Soviet tanks with their inhuman strength. Demons ravage France as Axis demoncallers chant occult rituals and open gateways to hell.
Just another day in occupied Europe...
D&D 5E compatible game.MA15+Content Warning:
War Violence, Nazis