SCALINI'S GAME ROOM

Scalini's offers a variety of scheduled events, including the Charity Munchkin Tournament, live-action Angry Birds, nightly LARPs, and game publishers' demos. It also serves as a casual space for those who wish to borrow a game from our lending library, or to organize a group to play a game of their own.

HOURS

SCHEDULED ITEMS

FRIDAY

Zombie Hunters Demo
Demo Start: 12 pm
Duration: 5-6 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Have you ever wanted to be part of the game development process? Then you're in luck! California game designer Anthony Bennett is playtesting his board game, Zombie Hunters! Zombie Hunters is a track-style board game (like Monopoly) where the players race from the start (outbreak) to the end (cure). As you go along the track, you pick up weapons, equipment, and loot, and (of course) fight zombies, survivors and the other players. And if you get infected? No big deal! Now you get to chase the other players and infect survivors.

War of Keys Playtest
Demo Start: 1 pm
Duration: 5-6 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Have you ever wanted to be part of the game development process? Then you're in luck! Local game designer Nick Rossum is bringing his medieval fantasy miniatures game, War of Keys, to Convolution. Try the game out, talk with the designer, and provide constructive feedback to improve the game.

War of Keys is a party-based tabletop miniatures battle game. Each player controls a small group of characters (which they can create themselves, though example Units will be provided) that engage in a skirmish, after which they gain experience, money and loot to improve their roster, hire new members, gain new skills and buy new equipment.

Allons-y!
Game Start: 2 pm
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Sophie Lagacé brings us an adventure using Companions, the Doctor Who Apocalypse World hack by Jeremy Tidwell. The Doctor is dead, for good this time, having used up his last incarnation. But the TARDIS is still traveling, seemingly under its own power, and picks up a handful of the Doctor's old Companions. It's now up to them to fix things one last time. Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

Scalini's After Hours
Start: 7 pm
Duration: until people pass out
Location: Atrium

While Scalini's Gaming Room will host its special LARP events in the evenings, the gaming fun won't stop there! While the game library will be closed, friendly gaming staff members will be in the atrium to demo some of their favorite games that go well with the tasty adult beverages served nearby. Who knows? Maybe proprietress Vera Scalini herself will make an appearance?

Absolute Zero
Game Start: 7 pm
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Atrium

Want a little superhero action with your tasty adult beverages? Then join Edmund Metheny as Scalini's After Hours hosts a Mutants and Masterminds one-shot! You're a Boost - thanks to a few tours with a Conflict Firm, you have been genetically altered to possess superpowers, and brainwashed in a four-color virtual reality sim to train you how to use them. Then you were sent off to some third-world battleground to fight for your corporation's profit margin for a few years, before being de-mobbed and dumped. Now you work for a repo company, and your company has a simple job for you - take a shuttle to Luna (formerly a penal colony, now a tourist hot spot), do a couple of favors for a bigwig there, get the payoff, come home. It will be like a paid vacation. With gunfire. Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

En Passant (Vampire: the Masquerade LARP)
Character check-in: 7:30 pm
Game start: 8 pm
Game end and wrap-up: 12 am
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

The year is 1999. Demetrios Morakis, hero of the Camarilla and Prince of Los Angeles, is dead at the hands of an unknown assailant.

Absent a declaration of praxis, the Prince's childe and Seneschal has called the Kindred of the city together to decide upon a new Prince. Who is strong enough to bring the Primogen of the city to heel? Who can maintain the peace with the Anarchs, and protect the city from the Sabbat that howls at the gates?

And what darker things lurk in the night?

En Passant is a Vampire: the Masquerade oWoD LARP for approximately 40 people. No experience with LARPing or the source material is required. Costuming is strongly encouraged. Preregistration is recommended, as it helps us with casting.

En Passant is brought to you by Dan Fabulich and Jason Stevan Hill. Questions and registration may be directed to jason@choiceofgames.com. If space is available, sign-up sheets will be available in the gaming room on the day of the event.


SATURDAY

Terminal Impact
Game Start: 10 am
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Need a little grit with your morning coffee? Edmund Metheny's got you covered with Jared Sorensen's Concrete Angels, a setting for Dust Devils by Matt Snyder. Mumbai is not a kindly place, and you are not a kindly person. To survive and prosper here in the Dharavi slum, you need to be dirty - really dirty. But when a young girl - a veritable angel, pure and unblemished - comes to you for help, will you be her guide through hell and bring her safely through, or drag her down into corruption and defilement? Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

Live-Action Angry Birds Tournament
Preliminaries: 11 am
Finals: 4 pm
Preliminaries Location: Scalini's Gaming Room
Finals Location: Meet at Scalini's Gaming Room

Everyone loves flinging birds at mean green piggies. Angry Birds is a runaway mobile gaming hit lauded for its remarkable physics engine. However, one physics engine beats it: real life! The preliminaries will feature the live action toys by Rovio, while the finals will take place on the hotel lawn, slingshotting larger-than-life birds at structures built by you! The winner will receive a giant plush Red Bird from the fabulous folks at Games of Berkeley. Sign-up sheet is available in the gaming room.

Steve Jackson Games Demo featuring Munchkin
Demo Start: 12 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Wanna see some of the latest games from Steve Jackson Games? Cedric Chin will be showing off some of old favorites, including Chez Geek, Cthulhu Dice, Zombie Dice and Revolution, and Munchkin! Just in time to prepare for the charity Munchkin tournament!

The Weeper of Hail Street (Vigilante: Dark Justice RPG One-Shot)
Discussion Start: 1 pm
Game Start: 2 pm
Game duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Local game designer Ashton Saylor brings his newest creation, Vigilante: Dark Justice, to Convolution! He'll be available to talk about the game before running the one-shot scenario, "The Weeper of Hail Street." On Hail Street, a small neighborhood deep in urban San Cipriano, people are going missing. Friends, neighbors, family members... gone. The only commonality seems to be that each of the missing people, in the days before they vanished, mentioned having heard the sound of a woman weeping. Sign-up sheet is available in the gaming room.

Charity Munchkin Tournament
Tournament start: 2 pm
Entry fee: $10
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Kill the monsters! Steal the treasure! Stab your buddy! And all for a good cause! Entry fees go to our charity, Reading for the Future. Space is limited, so sign up early. Don't know how to play? Come by the gaming room early, and our friendly Steve Jackson Games volunteer, Cedric Chin, will show you how. Sign-up sheet is available in the gaming room. Fabulous prizes include a variety of Munchkin products.

Rio Grande Games Demo
Demo Start: 2 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Cedric Chin will also be running demos from Rio Grande Games! Rio Grande just released Dominion: Dark Ages, and Cedric will also be demoing options straight from Convolution's game library, including Amyitis, Artus, Hermagor, Key Harvest, Mü & Lots More, and Ruse and Bruise. Eurogaming at its finest!

Ogre/G.E.V Demo
Game Start: 3 pm
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

In honor of the upcoming release of Ogre: Designer's Edition, Andrew Walters will demo the original game released 35 years ago. Ogre was Steve Jackson's first game, and its sequel, G.E.V., is completely compatible with Ogre. On one side of the battlefield, you have a full army of infantry and armor. On the other side, you have an OGRE, a giant cybernetic tank. Who will win? You'll have to come to the gaming room to see for yourself!

Fantasy Flight Games Demo
Start: 4 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Did we mention that Cedric Chin is awesome? In addition to running demos from Steve Jackson Games and Rio Grande Games will also be running demos from Fantasy Flight Games!

Breakout! (Marvel RPG One-Shot)
Game Start: 4 pm
Location: Atrium

Local gamer Joe Harney wants you to play the Marvel RPG from Margaret Weis Productions. And you know what? You totally should. In this introductory scenario, the power goes out on the Raft, the super-villain prison located on Riker's Island, NY. Things are afoot as S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to recapture escaped and marauding villains. Sign-up sheet is available in the gaming room. Joe is one of the participants in Scalini's After Hours in the atrium.

Fireside Games Demo featuring Castle Panic!
Demo Start: 6 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Atrium

Someone buy Cedric Chin a drink! To round out his day of awesomeness, Cedric will be appearing at Scalini's After Hours! He'll be demoing games from Fireside Games, including Castle Panic, which has received honors from the Origin Awards, GeekDad, and Games Magazine. Can you defend your castle against the monsters and become the Master Slayer? Whatever you do, don't panic.

Scalini's After Hours
Start: 7 pm
Duration: until people pass out
Location: Atrium

While Scalini's Gaming Room will host its special LARP events in the evenings, the gaming fun won't stop there! While the game library will be closed, friendly gaming staff members will be in the atrium to demo some of their favorite games that go well with the tasty adult beverages served nearby. Who knows? Maybe proprietress Vera Scalini herself will make an appearance?

San Cipriano 2064: Arcology on Fire
Game Start: 7 pm
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Atrium

At Scalini's After Hours, Sophie Lagacé shows us a glimpse of San Cipriano's future, with a Shadowrun hack of Elizabeth Sampat's Blowback. Elizabeth calls Blowback her love letter to the TV show Burn Notice, and a dash of futuristic corporate espionage fits right in! Hacker, mage, street samurai, face? Mr. Johnson has a mission for you in the bowels of Aztechnology's extremely secure arcology in San Cipriano. Naturally, if you get caught, you're on your own. But if you refuse the job, your family and friends will pay an extremely unpleasant price... Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

Aces Wild (LARP)
Character check-in: 7:30 pm
Game start: 8 pm
Game end and wrap-up: 12 am (tentative)
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

What price immortality? Knowledge? Vengeance? There's an auction tonight at the Aces Wild Casino. Items of great and terrible mystic power are changing hands, traded for blood, money, power, knowledge, and even life. Do you dare to seize your heart's desire? Or will you lose it all?

It's 1948, tensions and paranoia are still running hot in the wake of the disappearance of Kemmler the Necromancer. We return to the city of New Orleans for a night of danger and intrigue.

Aces Wild is a LARP set in the Dresden Files universe which will feature 25 pre-generated characters. No LARP experience or knowledge of the source material is required, though each tends to enhance player enjoyment. All necessary information and equipment will be provided and costuming is strongly encouraged.

Warning: The game uses non-canonical characters and takes place outside of the timeline for the books, but both game materials and play may reveal spoilers for the series.

For more information and preregistration, contact Theatre Arcanos at theatrearcanos@gmail.com. If space is available, sign-up sheets will be available in the gaming room on the day of the event.


SUNDAY

Before the Wind (Pathfinder RPG Young Adult One-Shot)
Game Start: 10 am
Game Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Ashton Saylor brings us a Pathfinder one-shot targeted for young adults! Every year, in late summer, hot winds blow across the plains of Allbad Vo, sparking wildfires that burn the dry land to the ground as far as the eye can see. When a young woman goes missing deep in the plains mere days before the seasonal fires, a team of heroes is called upon to find her and bring her home, before the winds come.

Ghosts of San Cipriano
Game Start: 10 am
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Sophie Lagacé provides a unique glimpse into some of the work that keeps San Cipriano running smoothly, featuring Jared Sorensen's InSpectres! Your efficient, budget-conscious ghost hunting agency offers top-notch wraith removal services. In San Cipriano, that's a full-time job and you're going to need those medical and dental benefits. Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

The Playful Watch
Game Start: 10 am
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and yet Edmund Metheny is already looking forward to Christmas! The super-easy system of The Zorcerer of Zo will be a snap to pick up, even if your brain has turned to mush by the end of the convention.There's trouble on the Island of Misfit Toys and Christmas is in danger! King Moonracer has sent a request for aid, and the mighty Zorcerer of Zo has summoned you - misfit toys of the Playful Watch - to investigate the situation and put things right before this most important holiday is disrupted! Space is limited, so sign up early! Sign-up sheet will be available in the gaming room.

Sentinels of the Multiverse Demo
Demo Start: 12 pm
Location: Scalini's Gaming Room

Local speculative fiction author Tyler Hayes is not just an awesome writer, but also an avid gamer! He will be running demos of the smash hit from Greater Than Games, Sentinels of the Multiverse.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative card game in which 3 to 5 players control a team of super powered heroes battling a dastardly villain. The game provides players with an innovative, streamlined game play experience that is easy to learn but requires strategic, team-based thinking. The Dice Tower called it the #1 game to look out for at GenCon 2011, and Giant Fire Breathing Robot named it the 2011 Board Game of the Year. Sign-up sheet is available in the gaming room.