Freeform RPGs

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TattleTales: Immersive Tarot Card Storytelling

By: Ponydog Productions (@ponydogprod)
in association with Bards For Hire (@bardsforhire)

Nominated for Best Theatre at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, venture into an enchanting den of stories, secrets and sorcery for an immersive 70-minute adventure. With the mysterious Storyteller as your guide, draw tarot cards, discover your destiny, and make decisions that will determine how your story unfolds.

Premium event involves a $5 surcharge, with a keepsake for all participants.

Player Capacity: 12, will run twice per session. (Can be extended depending on interest)
System: N/A
System knowledge required: None.
Rating: PG. The performance is improvised and may contain adult themes and/or coarse language (with audience consent). Audience interaction is encouraged but entirely optional.
Seriousness: Average. (3/6)

Moonshine

By: Penny Sullivan, Jason Chappel, and Charlie Tonotore, with additional editing and sensitivity reading by Melody Watson.

Previously run at Phenomenon 2022.

The city of Serenis has outlawed magic, the woman’s curse. The evils of witches, mediums and fortune tellers will be stamped out! As a result, the black-market sale of magical items and services is a highly profitable, if risky, business. Criminal gangs, or covens, of witches operate large empires of illegal activity, with kick-backs and bribes going to the corrupt city officials who allow them to proliferate. Belonging to a powerful coven is a quick path to wealth and respect which women in Serenis would otherwise never have. But they are playing a dangerous game and, as criminals who operate outside the law, they are perfectly willing to resort to violence and murder to get what they want.

They meet at the Moonshine Club, where people can buy and sell magical services and items, alongside alcohol and entertainment. The leaders of the reigning Magliocco Coven are meeting the Mayor and Chief of Police to renegotiate their deal for the next electoral term. Their rival, the Nightshadow Coven, is having a change of leadership and the lieutenants are jockeying for control. The Nightshadows may seek an alliance with the neutral Novak family of mediums or the mysterious Reynard Ecclestone and his business partners. The Arends girls are at the club for a night on the town, but they each have their own reasons to be here besides. Meanwhile the Soul Slingers Jazz Band struggle to keep their dream alive; a nice girl from out of town has hired a private eye to find out who killed her brother; and then there are the ghosts…

Moonshine will focus on gender-based inequality in a way that echoes the very real issues of racial injustice that were historically associated with, and the cause for, much organised crime. Prohibition of substances has historically been used as a tool to suppress BIPOC people, particularly in the United States. These injustices, and some of the responses to them, continue in various forms to this day.

All characters will be gendered, including trans-femme, trans-masc and non-binary characters. However, players are welcome to play characters of genders different to their own.

One-line game summary: Darkly feminist occult speakeasy freeform for up to 33 players

While the game will include gender-based discrimination and oppression, there will be no plots involving rape or sexual assault. There’s enough disadvantage and oppression without it.

Player Capacity: 15-33. Second session to be added if one reaches capacity.
System: Custom, rules-lite, consent-based
System knowledge required: None. System will be taught during the session
Rating: M. Drug use and substance abuse references, violence, suicide references, domestic violence references, mature themes, deals with strong themes of oppression and resistance especially sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Not recommended for children.
Seriousness: Very. (6/6)

Moonshine Character list

Character art has been derived using the Dalle-2 AI, however only strictly public domain artists were referenced in the creation terms.

Characters without a * may be removed if player numbers do not reach the cap.

The Magliocco Coven (Senior)

Celeste Magliocco*

The Donna of the Magliocco Crime Coven. Probably the most powerful woman in the city.

(cis, she/her)

Gino Vegoia*

The consigliere of the Magliocco Coven. A herbalist and rare male witch.

(cis, he/him)

Apollonia Uccello

The enforcer of the Magliocco Coven. Widely considered the most powerful warder in the city.

(cis, she/her)

Content warning for references to domestic violence

 

The Magliocco Coven (Junior)

Leonora Magliocco

The Donna’s daughter. Considered to be her likely successor.

(cis, she/her)

Quinn Uccello

Apollonia’s younger sibling. One of the young up-and-coming Magliocco witches.

(nonbinary, they/them)

Maria Ruggeri-Magliocco*

The Donna’s young lover.

(cis, she/her)

 

The Nightshadow Coven (Maeve’s faction)

Maeve Byrne*

One of the two contenders for leader of the Nightshadow coven. Ambitious and proactive.

(cis, she/her)

Sean Crowley*

More than just a stereotype of a flamboyant and effeminate gay male witch.

(cis, he/him)

Content warning: Sheet contains homophobic slurs.

Honoria Whelan*

A fierce, practical and somewhat mercenary medicine woman in the Nightshadow Coven.

(cis, she/her)

 

The Nightshadow Coven (Brónach’s faction)

Brónach Kelley*

One of the contenders for leader of the Nightshadow Coven. Cautious and protective.

(cis, she/her)

Ida Kelley*

A talented herbalist, pushing the boundaries of the art. Fairly recently (and magically) transitioned. Brónach Kelley’s wife.

(trans, she/her)

Fergus Gallagher*

A middle-aged male witch. Came to his powers late in life. Walking between two worlds.

(cis, he/him)

 

The Novak Family

Zelda Novak

An out and powerful trans woman. The most powerful medium in the city. Head of the Novak family coven.

(trans, she/her)

Jozef Novak

Zelda’s unmagical son, desperately trying to please.

(cis, he/him)

Natalia Novak

Zelda’s daughter. A talented but reluctant medium. Wants to leave the criminal life.

(cis, she/her)

 

The Girls Out On The Town

Diana Arends

Something of a party “girl”. On a journey of self-discovery.

Closeted non-binary, presenting initially as she/her, but may decide on they/them or he/him in game.

Evelyn Ruggeri

Cousin to the Arends sisters on one side of the family and Maria Ruggeri-Magliocco on the other. A country girl in the big city for the first time.

(cis, she/her)

Prudence Arends

Diana’s older sister. The sensible one. Ostensibly keeping a protective eye on her sister and cousin on a night out on the town, but with secret business of her own.

(cis, she/her)

 

The Devil’s Advocates

Reynard Ecclestone*

The Devil’s advocate. Literally a lawyer representing the devil. Here to cut some deals.

(cis, he/him)

Content warning: indentured servitude

Virginia Flamel*

A fence of magical items. Something of a private banker for the occult community.

(cis, she/her)

Jasper Darby

Reynard’s eager young indentured intern.

(cis, he/him)

Content warning: indentured servitude

 

The Soul Slingers Jazz Band

Camden Yeats*

A very recently (and magically) transitioned trans man. Lead singer and pianist of the Soul Slingers jazz band. Trying to make a change.

(trans, he/him)

Thomasina Pickingill*

The grief-stricken bass player in the Soul Slingers jazz band. The practical one. Trying to keep her dream alive.

(cis, she/her)

Content warning: partner’s suicide

Loretta Luzatto

The drummer in the Soul Slingers jazz band. The cool one, a dangerous gossip and flirt.

(cis, she/her)

 

Corrupt City Officials

Kaspar Bueller*

The extremely corrupt mayor of Serenis. Seeking re-election this year.

(cis, he/him)

Allen Horvat*

The corrupt Chief of Police of Serenis. Conservative, heavily privileged and protective of the status quo, but also an unaware, deeply closeted trans woman.

(unaware trans, he/him)

Ursula Lundgren*

The mayor’s mistress. A femme fatale.

(cis, she/her)

 

Honest Investigators

Branden Ivers*

A private investigator

(trans, he/him)

Orlando Zanetti*

The one honest cop in town.

(cis, he/him)

Winona Sheridan*

A small-town wife and shopkeeper. The sister of a dead man. Visiting the city on a quest for justice.

(cis, she/her)

 

Ghosts

Dierdre Fitzgerald*

The ghost of a former witch, a powerful and inventive herbalist. Meddling in her family’s affairs.

(cis, she/her)

Ebenezer Pickingill*

The oldest ghost in the city. A powerful former witch. Grieving, angry, lost, paranoid, possibly seeking absolution.

(cis, he/him)

Content warning: death of spouse

Franco Ruggeri

The ghost of a corrupt cop. Still getting used to being dead.

(cis, he/him)

12 / 1

By: Random

Tinker, Tailor;
                                   Where am I?
Soldier, Sailor;
                                   Why am I here?
Rich Man, Poor Man;
                                   What is going on?
Beggar Man, Spy?
                                   Who am I?

A game for 12 players by Random. No props, no costumes, just character. Players are recommended to get their character packs early so you have enough time to read everything. Character packs will be available from registration onwards.

Player Capacity: 6 to 12. Best with 9+
System: Systemless.
System knowledge required: None.
Rating: MA 15+. Contains adult themes.
Seriousness: On the serious side. (5/6)

Lockdown

By: Random

“This is a secure area. All non-essential personnel are to report to their designated emergency shelter. All visitors are to be directed to the basement emergency shelter.

“This facility is now in Lockdown.”

Is it a terrorist attack? A drill? False alarm? Who knows…

People going about their business, doing whatever it was they were supposed to be doing. No common link other than location, and now crammed together for an unknown duration. Sit down, relax, stay calm. The room is secure, they guarantee that. The people? That’s another matter…

Lockdown is a freeform for 13 individuals who happened to be in the wrong government building at the wrong time.

Player Capacity: 10 to 13
System: Systemless.
System knowledge required: None.
Rating: MA 15+. Sexuality and adult themes.
Seriousness: On the serious side. (5/6)