Hench-Kin's Guild of Halifax

RPG Academy: A Brief History of RPG Seminars in Halifax

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On Saturday, August 4th at 11 AM, the Hench-Kin’s Guild will be hosting its first workshop dedicated to RPG skills in Room 301 of the Halifax Central Library! The Facebook event page is here.

This article summarizes the recent history of RPG seminars in the Halifax area, and what we hope to accomplish with the RPG Academy.

Mastering Mastering (2010 – 2012)

Shortly after the 2010 Hal-Con, a group of local GMs led by Chris S started a regular series of roundtable discussions at the former Just Us! cafe on Spring Garden road. This was done in cooperation with the Gelatinous Dudes gaming society. The sessions embraced a variety of topics related to the GMing of RPGs. It was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, the cafe had a tendency to not open during its regularly scheduled hours, and perhaps because of that the attendance waned over time. Fortunately, a new opportunity for gaming seminars was soon made available to us!

Hal-Con Gaming (2011 – present)

With the expansion of Hal-Con’s gaming area in 2011 and 2012, there was an opportunity to provide gaming seminar content for a whole weekend. The gaming volunteers included many of the GMs who regularly attended Mastering Mastering, and their expertise provided a rich range of seminars for the convention. In 2015 there were 17 RPG-themed seminars at Hal-Con!

Unlike Mastering Mastering, Hal-Con is still going strong and a great source of gaming seminars. However, it is a paid-entry annual event, and RPG geeks like to take about RPGs year round…

Hench-Kin’s Guild of Halifax (2016 – present)

RPG seminars were always part of the plan for the Hench-Kin’s Guild from its inception in 2016. Shawn K ran a GMing 101 workshop during the February 2017 Wednesday meeting, but the turnout was limited, either due to the timing or the snow. The guild member feedback survey sent in early 2018 revealed that there was a strong interest in RPG skills seminars, but that people preferred they be run as a separate event rather than using a table at a regular game day. Which brings up to the August 4th meeting!

Our goals for the meeting are as follows:

  • To foster discussion about RPG skills, for both players and GMs
  • To discuss how Rule Zero (Everyone Should Be Having Fun) can be applied in a variety of situations
  • To encourage players who are considering GMing to give it a try, hopefully bolstering our roster of amazing GMs.

We hope you’ll come check it out! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at henchkinsguild@gmail.com, or join the discussion on our Facebook group!
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Saturday July 28th PREVIEW

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Our next meeting will take place on Saturday July 28th, from 11 AM to 5 PM in Room 301 of the Halifax Central Library. A list of the scheduled games is provided below.

One-Shot Sessions

  • Chris S will return to the time of Non-weapon Proficiencies and THAC0 with AD&D, 2nd Edition! Rumour has it that the story involves a powerful artifact…
  • Jonathan B will be running a Starfinder Society scenario after the great response to his June game!

Ongoing Drop-In Campaigns – New Players Welcome!

  • Shawn K will be continuing the adventures of the Champions in District X as part of the ongoing Marvel Super Heroes campaign.
  • Joe G will continue running the D&D Starter Set
  • Chad V will once again be running Fate Accelerated Edition!
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Saturday March 31st PREVIEW

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Our next meeting will take place on Saturday Mar 31st, from 11 AM to 5 PM in Room 301 of the Halifax Central Library. A list of the scheduled games is provided below.

One-Shot Sessions

  • Sam F will explore life after the Apocalypse in a scenario of Apocalypse World!
  • Jennifer C will run a game of Cosmic Patrol, a fast and easy RPG that evokes the golden age of sci-fi space opera.
  • Shawn K will run a game of Star Trek Adventures, where the player characters are bridge crew of the USS Sojourn.
  • Annastasia S will tell a tale of the secret world of the undead, in Vampire: The Masquerade!

Ongoing Drop-In Campaigns

  • Lovecraftian horror meets 1920s pulpy action in Matt’s ongoing Call of Cthulhu drop-in campaign.
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March 7th 2018 PREVIEW

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Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, from 5 PM to 8:30 PM in the BMO Room of the Halifax Central Library. A list of the scheduled games is provided below. Click on the links to see a profile of that game system written by a Hench-Kin’s GM!

One-Shot Sessions

Ongoing Drop-In Campaigns

  • Ryan C’s Savage Worlds campaign continues to deliver pulpy swords & sorcery action!
  • Matt’s Call of Cthulhu campaign continues as the stakes continue to rise!
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February 2018 PREVIEW

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Our next meeting will take place on Saturday Feb 24th, from 11 AM to 5 PM in Room 301 of the Halifax Central Library. A list of the scheduled games is provided below. Click on the links to see a profile of that game system written by a Hench-Kin’s GM!

One-Shot Sessions

  • A Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) one-shot will be run by Matt O. The GM notes that this will feature pre-generated 13th level characters and will focus heavily on solving puzzles.

Ongoing Drop-In Campaigns

  • The Numenera drop-in will continue under the GM Chris S. Will the adventurers master the Numenera, or fall victim to it?
  • Lovecraftian horror meets 1920s pulpy action in Matt’s ongoing Call of Cthulhu drop-in campaign.
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