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Tabletop Review: Paranoia – Trust your friend the Computer

As a follow up to my wonderful time at Regncon, I will regal you with a tale of Paranoia. A table top game I played for several hours with a random gang of fantastic fellows. With a very fun and good game master.

But before you can continue with the article make sure you have ultra violet clearance. Anyone without the proper clearance will is considered a terrorist and will receive a summary execution.

Always follow the rules if alpha complex and the computer is your friend. Happiness is mandatory.

*Spoilers* ultra violet clearance reading this is considered treachery. You won’t disappoint friend computer will you?

I started of by exiting a cloning chamber, putting my feet on the cold floor. As a TOS pops up in front of my face. Introducing me to the wonders of friend computer and the joys of working in alpha complex. Quite outrageous really. I had to click yes on a pop-up window in front of my eyes. This annoyed me a lot, so I opted to poke the guy next to me in the ear instead. He was very distraught about that, so I did it again instead of ticking of yes. There system did not like this one bit and a pesky terrorist star popped up over my name. Apparently five turns you into an enemy of friend computer. As we wetter getting out bearings, a horrible rumble shock the foundation. So I headed for the door, but before I could exit a very rude lady in red came offside inside and demanded that I put on a black jumpsuit. seems like being dressed in mosaic bars is not acceptable. Since I’m infrared and all. We were also handed a standard issue mop. Which I was explicitly told had to be taken good care of it.

Outside I came into a long corridor, where a slightly inoperative cleaning bot sat and whined, barley moving. As a gang of reliable trouble shooters, we decided to do the best we could go help the poor thing. I kicked it very hard, twice. Only to be greeted with a horrid sound. One of the other fellows decided to talk to it, hoping that the poor sod could tell us. It simply replied with another whine. At this point another fellow pushed his hands in under the machine. To see if he could wriggle out the thing that was stuck. The bloody machine nearly took his hands off instead. We decided to push it towards maintenance instead after a friendly suggestion from friend computer. Suddenly a wild terrorist appeared running towards us. Which caused one of the others to squeeze his ever wet sponge, pooling up a puddle on the floor. Which caused the five star terrorist to take a nasty stumble. Followed by a nasty beat-down until he died. For the good deed he got rewarded with exp. Whatever that is.

Paranoia is the latest iteration of the game. Which does the best it can to combine witty dark humor and the everyone is out to get you mentality. Backstabbing is to be expected followed by brutal murders, no matter how inconsequential the task. 

The character creation is an interesting affair. Pick a skill your good at, such as athletics +2, which will then cause the one left of you to have -1 to that stat. Until at least 5 skills have been picked. Then pick three adjectives to describe your character. Which you then pass over to the person on the left hand side, so he can reverse one of the adjectives. Such as nice is turned into mean instead. 

Meanwhile skill checks are done with six sided dices, where one is friend computer. Take the skill, combine it with a stat above and roll the combined sum worth of dices. To dodge, you can use athletic and violence. Every time a five hits five our six, it counts as a success. Even if the computer notice you. Being seen is bad and removes a point of moxie. Lose eight and you’ll go of on the deep end.

Eventually mutant powers manifest as well. Which is handed out by the GM and is represented with cards. Doing good and positive things brings exp, which can increase skills or number of clones. You’ll be number one in no time. It’s not like the other people in the party will put a knife in your back and take the glory for your accomplishments.

Gear, mutant powers and the rest of the goodies comes in a pack of cards. We never really touched on combat, and ran a simplified version. Apparently the game box comes with a GM screen, a funny clones introduction manual to alpha complex and a booklet with a very tongue in cheek adventure, which I roughly introduced above, and a stack of character sheets. After all I can’t spoil all the fun. Unless you want to.

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial – Regncon 2017

Bergen is a great town at the west coast of Norway, with lovely people and some cozy conventions, such as Regncon 2017. Which on its own is a very fitting pun for a convention taking place is a very wet country. The convention takes place during autumn and host a slew of wholesome geek activities. Its the one place to go in order to try out odd board games. Since people bring a bulk of them, which can be lent then and there.
Table top RPG’s, my personal favorite. Essentially a game master cook up a scenario in a setting, then people sign up to partake in that story.

I had one hell of a time playing Paranoia, a fantastic game about conspiracy, secret organizations and clones gone wrong. 

Now I should also mention the various card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Pokemon, Cardfight Vanguard and many others. Including a Norwegian favorite  Magic The Gathering. Often followed by a tournament of said game. It’s a good place to find players. Daniel (Rose) found someone to play Yu-Gi-Oh with, a rarity in Norway.


I did also held a chill and impartial cosplay competition. Due to few costumed people actually showing up, I just gave them prices accordingly to my specifications. Which weren’t three handcrafted Necronomicon’s.

There was also very nice workshop for learning how to paint table top figurines, held by an organist which specialize in miniature gaming. Which was also a wholesome activity to participate in. 

Regncon also invested in beads. Those hollow plastic cylinders you put on top of a spiked board. Then fuse then together with an hot clothing iron.

Someone even brought a button making machine. It’s a fascinating contraption to behold.

At least two video game completions where held as well. One revolved around Tekken, that combo heavy fighting game with quirky characters, beating the snot out of each other.

Same holds true for the more fast and fluid brawler Smash Bros.

Personal thoughts from Daniel, I enjoyed the convention. I won a bag of Smash a Norwegian chocolate in a smash brothers tournament. Because why the fudge not, the old Yugi player I played against is a old friend, he ran glad beasts and my Blue-Eyes feasted upon him and his soul and it was absolutely a wonderful time in competitive and casual gaming then I spend the rest of the day taking these photos you see here and painting a miniature, I ultimately really enjoyed Regncon 2017 and hope everyone gets to visit Regncon in the future.

Njål Sand

 

Nerd Editorial: Regncon 2015

 

Regncon 2015 – Bergen, Norway:

This is a very fun and local convention based around board, card, and tabletop games…with many other events going on, as well. The convention’s name is a pun on how much it rains in Bergen all year around. The con has a different theme each year; this time it was “Death and Decay”. This was oddly fitting, considering Halloween is coming.

Since a convention is all about content, some of the more memorable events should be mentioned. One was “Killer”: the art of stalking down other people and nailing them with rubber bands; a true contest of skill and taking cheap shots. Luckily for most people, the cafeteria and the toilets were safe zones. Despite this, a lot of people were caught with their pants down!

The association Hyperion has a morbid fascination with unicorns. So an illustration contest was held, and the contestants had three days to draw the best unicorn. In case you’re clueless, it’s an imaginary horse with a single horn. Most of the time it’s associated with purity and rainbows.

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“Death from The Sims”

This brings me to the next event, a stick horse workshop. Judging by the success and feedback, it was a lot of fun. Naturally, some of them put on a silly performance and won prizes.

A local organization called GG Bergen, which focuses mainly on gaming, held among other things a Smash Bros. melee competition. It’s a game about Nintendo characters fighting each other. This organization gives kids who want to play against each other a reason to do so, and it’s available most weekends.

Since cosplay has gained a lot of popularity, a costume competition was unavoidable, and what fun it was. The good thing about it was that there was more than enough time to do a show, and the judges had plenty of time to examine the contestants’ costumes. Among the judges was the esteemed Mia Maki. I mention her since she actually has a reference page and is quite good at making costumes and props:

https://www.facebook.com/yoshplaysmia?fref=ts

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“The Ferryman”

Tabletop gaming is fun for most of the family, and even more so for the people attending. Whomever decides to be the Game Master (GM) is the one who tells the story and provides context/challenges. The players respond to the challenges put to them by the GM. I only had time for “An apple a day”, set within the SLA Industries universe. There I was an operative investigating several murders at a local hospital. A doctor at the hospital had patched up a mass-murderer who decided to kill kindergarten children. After that, I was stuck in the afterlife with the rest of my party. It was a lot of fun.

I spent most of Saturday and Sunday fighting against kids. Tidsreiser held two events. Time Travelers is an apocalyptic game that takes place in the future, where 99% of the world has died. This means that survivors gather together in tribes. It’s fun and focused around the idea of trade negotiation, rather than solving every engagement at gunpoint…though my character kept saying that “accidents happen”.

On Sunday they held an adventure game in a local park called The Unicorn Land, a very tranquil place where elves, men and goblins roam around and a fight a lot, or just make questionable treaties. After all, it’s not easy to trust knights with coconut horses and vile goblins. At the end of the day, the children amassed in a fight against the adults.

Here is a link to their main page:

http://tidsreiser.no/

If anyone has children aged 8 and up and happen to live in Bergen, feel free to sign up.

 

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“A Zombie with Nice Dentures”

Since this convention is focused around things to do on a table top, they also held a Magic: The Gathering (MTG) tournament. It’s a very popular (and old) card game built around combat, collecting and trading. Personally I like the concept, but the execution bores me; though this should not stop anyone from enjoying it.

The food from Los Tacos was decent, but nothing to write home about (pun intended). It’s a local nachos place.

A couple of scavenger-hunters did exceedingly well at locating the hidden things around the school.

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“Some Demon from the Stygian Abyss”

Since there is an artistic streak in most of us, all of us participating could draw a unicorn and win prizes. I did not deliver my contribution, and it was too bad that they could not show them on the auditorium wall.

As an additional note, this could not have been done without gofers, the volunteers who keep the wheels running. Anyone can be a gofer if they sign up. Besides, this year they did a splendid job.

“Everyone Expects the Spanish Inquisition”

So long story short, It was very enjoyable, and it’s a recurring event to look forward to every year.

Since Hyperion is an important part of this community, here is a link to their main page.

http://n4f.no/

While you’re at it, feel free to take a look at my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/SandCos

-Njål Sand-