We are all about board games at Coffee & Dice, but we also enjoy tabletop role-playing games. This weekend we'll be at ConTroll, a one-day role-playing convention in Dorchester.
A role-playing game is not about winning or losing, but about imaginative storytelling. A group of players will each assume the role of a character and interact with the world the GM (games master) has created for them. A classic setting is fantasy (think Lord of the Rings), but a game can have any setting or theme. I'm a fan of the walking dead comic books, so I chose a zombie apocalypse setting for my first role playing game. Also (in a roundabout way) this game was the beginning of Coffee & Dice, as Marc was the GM and we became friends following the game.
Marc and I are members of a local RPG group Bournemouth Berserkers who meet on Friday evenings, ConTroll is run by RPG group Have Dice who meet on Thursdays. If you have not played role-playing games before and would like to give it a try, conventions are a great introduction. ConTroll is split into three sessions; the morning and afternoon have games you can sign up to play for four hours, and the evening is for informal board games and social games.
Marc will be running a horror RPG in the morning session, a zombie apocalypse RPG in the afternoon and I will have a selection of board games available all day for people to try out. In the evening we will be running social games such as Two Rooms and a Boom, Avalon and Spyfall. We'll post a full list of the board games available at ConTroll on our Facebook page. If you would like to try something in particular, send us a message and we'll be sure to bring it along.
If you'd like to try out new board games or role-playing games this weekend sign up for the event here, or contact the organisers on their Facebook event page. Tickets are £25 for the whole day and include all day gaming, bacon rolls on arrival, lunch and dinner. We hope to see you there!