For those that don’t know, The Smart Party are based in the UK and as such most of our Con attendance is here, plus the occasional European jaunt. We have a lot in common with the US in the way that our Con gaming is generally set up and run, but it’s not the only way. Over in Ireland they play by a very different system indeed, and recently there has been lots of debate about it. Will it stay, will it change, and to what? Here’s a summary from this discussion:
In Ireland we have a formula that seems to be not used elsewhere. Is this so different.
The game slot runs for three hours and is for six players. Before a scenario is accepted a proposal is submitted. If that is accepted, a one-shot is written, typically 5/6 pages long, with character sheets, maps etc are extra. A deadline before the con is given for entries to be sent by. The committee member in charge of RPG’s can ask for changes.
Ideally two other GMs will have read your scenario and be prepared to run it. In the worst case they can be handed it five minutes before the game starts and read it as its being run. If one table doesn’t have enough players, then the organisers will move say two from my full table to the other one with only two players for balance.
For characters sheets skills are divided among the characters, but generally will need at least three to work. With a few people with some key skills.
After players will compare notes. Who played what character, what happened in your game etc.
The debate is still running on. There’s a Live Journal community thread that makes for very interesting reading too.
I’m leery of making too much comment on this myself, as I haven’t directly experienced the method. I do like it in theory though, and I can certainly see lots of benefits from adopting such measures here in the UK. What do you think?