Right from the start of the Split Worlds project, before the book deal with Angry Robot Books, I planned to run some games set in the Split Worlds once the books were in the hands of readers. I’ve been an avid roleplayer for many years and love the thought of giving readers the opportunity to experience the worlds in a more immersive way.
I’m delighted to say that the first of these games will be taking place at the Nine Worlds convention in London on August 9th-11th. Here’s the skinny:
When: August 9-11th 2013
Where: Nine Worlds Geekfest, Radisson and Renaissance hotels near London Heathrow
Cost: Free to members of the convention
There’s more information about the game, and a place to sign up for it here: https://nineworlds.co.uk/track/split-worlds-interactive-storygame
It’s designed to be something that you can immerse yourself into a huge amount, or just a little bit, depending on your gaming taste. There will be ambient stuff (i.e. gaming in the convention environment that you can tackle at your own pace without the need to roleplay) right from the start of the convention on the Friday afternoon, with more immersive (including roleplaying with characters from the Split Worlds) on the Saturday and Sunday.
Where does this fit in with the books and stories?
The game is set after “Any Other Name”, the second novel in the Split Worlds series, but don’t worry, you don’t have to have read the books or the short stories to enjoy the game. If you have read them, the world will be deepened for you, and you might get more of a kick out of seeing where some of the characters interconnect with what you’ve read so far.
How much time will it take?
As much or as little as you like – though the more time you play, the more likely you are to be incorporated into the story prize and the more opportunity for roleplaying fun. We’re very aware that there are lots of really cool things going on over the weekend, so we’re building in chunks of time to give people the opportunities to uncover clues whilst doing other stuff too.
Are there prizes?
The emphasis is on the experience of playing, but everyone likes prizes, right? The people who play in the more immersive parts of the game over the weekend will become part of Split Worlds canon and be written into an exclusive Split Worlds story. Another winner will have a character named after them (and be based on the player, with the player’s actions forming a significant part of the character’s background) that will appear in future stories and games.
Why do I need to sign up?
There are four reasons: one is so that we can send you stuff before the game starts if we need to, the second is to give us an idea of numbers, the third is that we’ll be able to contact you with critical updates and tasks over the weekend (there will be non-tech ways to do this too, just in case you can’t check mail on your phone due to signal/wi-fi/phone issues) and the fourth is the means to contact people after the game regarding the story prize. Your details will not be used for anything other than Split Worlds gaming.
If you want to see me but not play the game
That’s absolutely fine! I’ll be at the convention for the whole weekend and when I’m not in panels or running my workshop (details will be in another post soon) I’ll probably be in the bar…