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3rd August [Edit]

I have uploaded some photos I took during the convention. They are at
http://sheila-thomas.fotopic.net/
but you'll need to contact me for the password.

Sheila
(sheilatgranta.demon.co.uk)

31st July - The Big Day [Edit]

The Unquiet Grave arises again [Edit]

Leif will run the first signed-up group Saturday 10pm, and a new, first run group (currently empty) at 7pm!

29th July [Edit]

The Memory Of Ruin [Edit]

The covenant has discovered an old, ruined castle, and wishes to explore it in the hope of magical discoveries there - but at some risk to themselves. The castle, as it proves, has a history, and there are certain . . . remnants . . . of that history still to be dealt with.

Run by Neil - see the Schedule page.

21st July [Edit]

Invitation To Curry [Edit]

To those coming to the Grand Tribunal, a question:

Is anyone interested in going out for a curry dinner on the Friday evening? It could be said to be a "tradition" in that CJ led us on same for the first 2 Tribunals in Cheltenham...
There are several decent curry houses just down the road from Murray Edwards College, but if we are going to form a group, it would be sensible and polite to indicate this to a restaurant.

(Not precise numbers, but some indication: 1, 5, 10, 15?)

Post here or tell Neil (saxum.caribetum{AT}nlworld.com)

14th July [Edit]

Freeform Update [Edit]

An Invitation to Dinner has now been proposed as running Saturday afternoon. Please allow the 4 hour slot suggested in the formatted programme. I expect run length around 3 to 3 1/2 hours but.
A number of folks have shown an interest, i have been keeping their details. As yet i don't have enough to run but with signups at the convention we should make it to the minimum now.
The game is now complete, printed, envelopes stuffed etc.

6th July [Edit]

Panels & Tabletop Games [Edit]

It looks like we have "go" for one Freeform, and may have enough for a second.

We need some other activities, such as talk sessions and tabletop games. (There is of course The Other Convention, but we hope they'll come and join us, not the other way round!)

I myself would like to play in at least one tabletop game, but I'm also offering to run games. Some people may have played these games before, but I'm fairly sure not everyone has, so:

Twilight's Inheritance [Edit]

"Julianus Magnus, last magus of the Covenant "Concilium Sylvestris" is deemed to have fallen into Final Twilight and passed beyond the world ... so the Covenant's resources are free to be claimed. You and your companions have been sent by the senior Mages of your own Covenant to locate and claim the lost Vis sources."
An adventure for 6 players: 2 young magi and 4 magical companions. Fun with Realms Of Power: Magic!

An Ill-fated Meeting [Edit]

"Six senior magi have gathered to argue their covenants' Vis rights for a glade deep in a forest bordered by the lands of their respective covenants. They have been brought together by the skilled negotiator, Septus Trianomae of House Bonisagus, gathered at a Chapter-House of Septus’ Covenant."
An adventure for 6 players: 6 Mystery Cult magi, 40 years past Gauntlet.


28th June 2009 [Edit]

What to do now [Edit]

Grand Tribunal is now only a few weeks away. Things to do now:

Make sure you have accommodation in Cambridge. Contact me in the next
couple of days if you don't know where to start looking for somewhere.

Sign up for one or both of the freeforms if you want to be sure of a place in the
games. The sign-up sheets will be open to other attendees when the
convention starts. Details at
http://grandtribunal.ekkaia.org/page/Schedule
Contact the people running the game, not me.

Let us all know via the mailing list (grandtrib@yahoogroups.com) if you plan to
run a table top game.

Look out a contribution to the raffle prizes (raising funds for Practical Action)
http://www.practicalaction.org/?id=about_us.

Encourage friends to sign up for the event. It isn't too late by any means.


22nd May 2009 [Edit]

First thoughts about the programme [Edit]

Neil & I are starting to think about the general shape of the programme of
events at Grand Tribunal 2009. Much of it can be flexible, but we want to make
sure that we:

According to the wiki, we have two freeform games on offer: "An Invitation to
Dinner" from Mark (12-19 players) and The Second Tribunal from Andrew (15
players; 2 characters taken so far).

Currently, the wiki indicates that we only have 9 others, apart from ourselves,
signed up to attend GT. Is that so? We can almost certainly rope in gamers
from the rest of the convention to take up places in some games, but it is
going to be hard to find enough to always have two alternative games on offer.

There are no offers as yet for table top games, as far as I know.


27th April 2009 [Edit]

Grand Tribunal Raffle [Edit]

The raffle has very quickly become a tradition at Grand Tribunal. For those who don't know how it works, I'll explain.

People bring with them items to donate as prizes. These are often, but not always related in some way to Ars Magica, but other gaming items are OK too. Tickets are sold to those attending during the event. At some point in the programme, which will be well advertised, all those with a ticket turn up and we find out who won what.

The holder of each winning ticket gets to pick whatever they want from the remaining items, and then draw the ticket for the next prize. If the holder of the ticket isn't present, they forfeit the chance and another ticket is drawn. And so on until all prizes are claimed. If you can't be at the draw, don't buy a ticket unless you understand the system.

The takings go to charity. This year, our charity is Practical Action which helps provide realistic technical solutions to poor communities. See http://www.practicalaction.org/

So please start thinking now whether there is anything you can bring along as a prize for some lucky person.


3rd February 2009 [Edit]

Grand Tribunal 2009 is pleased to announce that the Constitution committee have completed their arrangements to take PayPal for membership of the convention (which includes Grand Tribunal 2009).

Quote:


We have a slight preference for cheques over PayPal as we lose
a fee to Paypal for every membership bought that way, but please do
encourage people to use whichever is most convenient for them.

Adult membership is currently 20 pounds; this will rise to 25 pounds
on 17 April and again to 30 pounds on 1 July. Child prices will also
rise in line with this.


I hope this makes it easier for our continental sodales to transfer money and exchange currency -- now go out and sign up!

8th December 2008 [Edit]

We currently have freeform interactive games offered by Andrew, CJ and Mark. I think we will manage to fit three in, with people from Constitution adding to our own numbers, but anyone else planning to offer this sort of game needs to be aware that there may not be time, space and participants sufficient to run another. I'd hate anyone to put in a lot of effort and be disappointed.

I hope Andrew, CJ and Mark will post up some introduction to their games, so we can see what's coming and get excited about it.

December 2008 [Edit]

Neil and Sheila met two of the committee of Constitution. They have arranged for the Grand Tribunal to have its own dedicated room, in Buckingham House (the new building just next to the main college entrance). We can use this for any panels or seminars, for LARP, and for the Charity Raffle, and for "light refreshments".

For Table-top gaming, there will be space (and tables) out on the main walkway (with the other game tables) - if we run ArM games there, it enhances the visibility of ArM and encourages others to ask about the game, or join in.

It looks like Constitution will stick to the tested formula of having three programme slots each day:
Friday evening
Saturday morning, afternoon, evening
Sunday morning, afternoon.
This allows time for meals (which the college offer in their refectory - and were both good and cheap in 2007). (The college (and bar!) stays open late, and it's not unknown for there to be informal midnight games after the evening slot, but that's not programmed!)

Looking at the things which happened at GT 2008, we tentatively suggest:

pre-Con: announce games here, sign-up over the web.

Friday afternoon - arrive and register,
Game sign-up sheets (those that still have free slots) go on main reception area noticeboard.

Friday evening - chin-wag and gaming.

Saturday morning - discussion group (theme? suggestions?) )and gaming.

Saturday afternoon - LARP (Mark Steedman is talking about writing a LARP for GT 2009) + gaming for non-LARPers.

Saturday evening - ? + gaming

Sunday morning - ? + gaming

Sunday afternoon - things tail off as some people have to make long journeys and have work, but there should be enough people to do some gaming.

We hope we can have another Charity Raffle - so look up what you might donate!

We are looking for:

I believe the Con committee hope to have (on average) 2 programmed items per slot: one "SF" and one "RPG" (not counting LARPs), so given there will be other RPG-related panels we don't have to fill the programme!

more news to follow

August 2008 [Edit]

The committee of the Constitution convention have very kindly agreed that Grand Tribunal can form a thread as part of Constitution.

8th December 2008 [Edit]

We currently have freeform interactive games offered by Andrew, CJ and Mark. I think we will manage to fit three in, with people from Constitution adding to our own numbers, but anyone else planning to offer this sort of game needs to be aware that there may not be time, space and participants sufficient to run another. I'd hate anyone to put in a lot of effort and be disappointed.

I hope Andrew, CJ and Mark will post up some introduction to their games, so we can see what's coming and get excited about it.

December 2008 [Edit]

Neil and Sheila met two of the committee of Constitution. They have arranged for the Grand Tribunal to have its own dedicated room, in Buckingham House (the new building just next to the main college entrance). We can use this for any panels or seminars, for LARP, and for the Charity Raffle, and for "light refreshments".

For Table-top gaming, there will be space (and tables) out on the main walkway (with the other game tables) - if we run ArM games there, it enhances the visibility of ArM and encourages others to ask about the game, or join in.

It looks like Constitution will stick to the tested formula of having three programme slots each day:
Friday evening
Saturday morning, afternoon, evening
Sunday morning, afternoon.
This allows time for meals (which the college offer in their refectory - and were both good and cheap in 2007). (The college (and bar!) stays open late, and it's not unknown for there to be informal midnight games after the evening slot, but that's not programmed!)

Looking at the things which happened at GT 2008, we tentatively suggest:

pre-Con: announce games here, sign-up over the web.

Friday afternoon - arrive and register,
Game sign-up sheets (those that still have free slots) go on main reception area noticeboard.

Friday evening - chin-wag and gaming.

Saturday morning - discussion group (theme? suggestions?) )and gaming.

Saturday afternoon - LARP (Mark Steedman is talking about writing a LARP for GT 2009) + gaming for non-LARPers.

Saturday evening - ? + gaming

Sunday morning - ? + gaming

Sunday afternoon - things tail off as some people have to make long journeys and have work, but there should be enough people to do some gaming.

We hope we can have another Charity Raffle - so look up what you might donate!

We are looking for:

I believe the Con committee hope to have (on average) 2 programmed items per slot: one "SF" and one "RPG" (not counting LARPs), so given there will be other RPG-related panels we don't have to fill the programme!

more news to follow

August 2008 [Edit]

The committee of the Constitution convention have very kindly agreed that Grand Tribunal can form a thread as part of Constitution.

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