fantasy

Arcane Crimes Division: Polarity Pandemonium

Facilitator: 
Liam

Arcane Crimes Division brings light-hearted buddy-cop style action to a fantasy city bursting with magic and thick with scheming villains and ruthless scoundrels. The focus of the game is the relationship between detectives, as they crack cases, engage in thrilling chases, and confront criminal masterminds.

During each shift, teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late. While the detectives always crack the case eventually, should time run out, the villains receive an advantage in the final confrontation. At every juncture, detectives must decide whether to trigger their special abilities to boost their success, potentially risk causing collateral damage, that could see them both consigned to paperwork hell.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre.

Polarity Pandemonium

The dead are restless and threatening to leave the Necropolis, a rogue swordsman is slashing the careful topiary of the Garden District and a toxic spill has disrupted traffic in Three Points. The Arcane Crimes Division is mobilised to get the situation under control, before things get out of hand.

System: 
Arcane Crimes Division

Doppelgängers

Facilitator: 
Michael Foster

When the Dark One threatened the existence of all life itself, the five greatest heroes from across the Empire banded together to vanquish him once and for all. Escorted by a unit of the Emperor's finest soldiers, they traveled to the Gates of Despair, beyond which lay the heart of the Dark One's realm. Leaving the soldiers to hold the Gates as best they could, the five heroes fought their way onward to the Tower of Damnation, there to make their final stand.
A mighty battle was fought, but the heroes triumphed, successfully conducting the ritual to banish the Dark One from the world. Unfortunately, in the process all of the heroes were slain. Knowing this was a possibility and sensing it would be bad for the morale of the citizens were they to learn of the deaths of the heroes, the Emperor and his advisors came up with a cunning plan. Lookalikes were hired to appear in a triumphant parade to reassure everyone that all was well. That's where you come in. After performing your part, you were given a truly staggering amount of money and told to disappear, never to speak of your role in the deception, under pain of death.
That was ten years ago, and there's a knock at the door...

System: 
TBA

Arcane Crimes Division: The Big Score

Facilitator: 
Andy Millar

Arcane Crimes Division brings light-hearted buddy-cop style action to a fantasy city bursting with magic and thick with scheming villains and ruthless scoundrels. The focus of the game is the relationship between detectives, as they crack cases, engage in thrilling chases, and confront criminal masterminds.

During each shift, teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late. While the detectives always crack the case eventually, should time run out, the villains receive an advantage in the final confrontation. At every juncture, detectives must decide whether to trigger their special abilities to boost their success, potentially risk causing collateral damage, that could see them both consigned to paperwork hell.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre.

The Big Score
It is finals week for the Free Territories Football Association (FTFA), and to determine the championship the Polarity Pulse are hosting their arch-rivals the Rapture Rhapsody at Evershine Stadium.

The city of Polarity heaves with glamorous sports stars, inquisitive paparazzi, loyal fans, and plenty of sketchy types looking to make a quick buck out of the unsuspecting. The Arcane Crimes Division have their hands full with death threats, necro-theft, and a missing poodle.

Will the criminals win the day or will the Arcane Crimes Division overcome the odds in overtime? Either way everyone is going to be talking about the BIG SCORE!

System: 
Arcane Crimes Division

Megagame: Dread Crusade

Facilitator: 
Dillon Burke

A journey megagame focused on an armed pilgrimage to liberate a Holy City from a Dark Lord. Players will take the role of leaders of a contingent of crusaders, or priests and magi who are advisors to the crusade. Players must manage the strength and morale of their followers, fight field battles, resolve side quests, avoid running out of supplies in the wilderness or during a siege, and resolve diplomatic tensions with rival factions and the various people you encounter on the way to the Holy city. The Inquisition will also bee looking for agents of the Dark Lord, who seek to subvert and sabotage the Crusade from within. The game will run over rounds 1 and 2. If you are unfamiliar with megagames, the game play uses a mix of board game and roleplaying mechanics, with a team of facilitators to help adjudicate actions.

System: 
Bespoke

Arcane Crimes Division: Triptych of Blood

Facilitator: 
Alasdair

Arcane Crimes Division brings light-hearted buddy-cop style action to a fantasy city bursting with magic and thick with scheming villains and ruthless scoundrels. The focus of the game is the relationship between detectives, as they crack cases, engage in thrilling chases, and confront criminal masterminds.

During each shift, teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late. While the detectives always crack the case eventually, should time run out, the villains receive an advantage in the final confrontation. At every juncture, detectives must decide whether to trigger their special abilities to boost their success, potentially risk causing collateral damage, that could see them both consigned to paperwork hell.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre.

Triptych of Blood
The recent death of the city matriarch has created the sale of the century. As the last member of her family, she leaves behind no heir, meaning her impressive collection of jewellery and art will be sold at auction. Treasures mundane and magical will see the light of day for the first time in centuries. What wonders and horrors stand to be unveiled has gripped the imagination of a whole city.

Security is a paramount concern. The auctioneers have spared no expense in hiring the best private guards and thief catchers that money can buy, and the polarity police department chief has personally guaranteed that the only action or excitement will be frenzied bidding. Criminals- you have been warned.

System: 
Arcane Crimes Division

Great Fantasy Bake Off

Facilitator: 
Jackie Brasfield & Jamie Sands

Ladies, gentlemen, gentlethem, and assorted magical creatures, welcome to the Great Fantasy Bake Off quarter finals! In this week's legendary challenge, our 6 remaining bakers shall venture forth into the mystical realm of Cake Week, where towering confections rise like the spires of Candlekeep and ganache flows like the mighty Dessarin river. As they conjure sweet spells and whip up buttercreamy enchantments, they'll face three legendary trials: the Signature Cake Quest, the Technical Battle of Bakes, and the Showstopper Siege of Sponge!

Who shall rise as the ultimate pastry paladin? Join judges Paul Waterdeep and Grue Leith as we whisk away our intrepid contestants to a land where baking and magic intertwine!

System: 
Homebrew

Arcane Crimes Division: Winterland

Facilitator: 
Dale

Arcane Crimes Division brings light-hearted buddy-cop style action to a fantasy city bursting with magic and thick with scheming villains and ruthless scoundrels. The focus of the game is the relationship between detectives, as they crack cases, engage in thrilling chases, and confront criminal masterminds.

During each shift (or game session), teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late. While the detectives always crack the case eventually, should time run out, the villains receive an advantage in the final confrontation. At every juncture, detectives must decide whether to trigger their special abilities to boost their success, potentially risk causing collateral damage, that could see them both consigned to paperwork hell.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre.

Winterland
Polarity is in the grip of a ferocious winter-blast. The conditions are so severe that the Mayor has declared a holiday for much of the city. Despite the ice and snow blanketing the city, the detectives of the Arcane Crimes Division are called out in freezing conditions to investigate a spate of crime:

  • A group of Ice Devils attack the Green Market causing panic among the frantic holiday shoppers; but who summoned the Devils and why?
  • Children from the prestigious Constellation College have run away. Can the detectives locate and return them before it's too late?
  • The enchantment providing perpetual summer for the sun-soaked boulevards of the Garden District has failed, but why would anyone want to target the Fairweather Society?
System: 
Arcane Crimes Division

Arcane Crimes Division: A History of Magic

Facilitator: 
Dale

You are a detective assigned to the Arcane Crimes Division in the sprawling, fantasy, city of Polarity. Together with your partner, you investigate magic and supernatural crimes, engage in thrilling chases and confront monsters and scoundrels. All while trying to keep your Captain’s blood-pressure from boiling over and consigning you to paperwork-hell.

Detectives in the Arcane Crimes Division have exceptional skills and abilities; born from battle, scarred by magic, or drawn from long criminal experience. These abilities provide detectives with unique advantages when working a case, conducting a chase, or resolving a conflict. During each shift, teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more.

This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre. This game will form part of a final playtest phase of game development.

System: 
Arcane Crimes Division

LARP: Stella Somnia

Facilitator: 
Sarah Daymond

You, dear one, are a student of the greatest spiritualist who has ever lived.
Under your master's tutelage, you have learned how to travel the roads of the heavens and open your heart to the voices of the dead.
You have witnessed the darkest secrets of the rich and powerful.
You have been a herald of the lost and a comfort to the found.
However, your talent has made you bitter. You squabble with your fellow students in a vain attempt to come first in your master's eyes.
Tonight you will prove that you are the best of your master's students, or you will lose yourself in the trying.

In short: it’s Mean Girls: the LARP, but with seances and astral projection instead of parties and burn books.

System: 
LARP

Dungeon World: A Litany of Scratches

Facilitator: 
IdiotSavant

The High Uttvelt is a natural labyrinth of impossibly high cliff walls, cut with deep gullies. Long ago, a thriving monastery stood on its edge, guarding a sacred healing spring and sending groups of monks west to pay for fine goods with silver. But decades ago the monks stopped coming, and the area was overrun with Drakes. But maybe some of their silver is still there...

This is a Dungeon World starter, based on on one of the adventure starters in the Trilemma Adventures book.

System: 
Dungeon World
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