Program - Gaming

Renovation will offer a wide spectrum of games, from board games to card games to role playing games to Live Action Roleplaying (LARP). Whether you want to game for hours on end or just drop by for a quick game, we'll have something for you. Want to play Dominion? We've got that. Race for the Galaxy or Settlers of Catan? Got those. Scrabble? Sure? Munchkin? Yep. You get the idea. We will have hundreds of games available, courtesy of OSFCI and GameStorm, and a dedicated staff to check games out and even teach you how to play. You can see a current list here.

Gaming will run in Hall 2 at the convention center during the hours when the convention center is busy. After we finish up in the convention center, we'll move to the Naples Suite in the Peppermill. Gaming will also be reflected in the program, ranging from gaming-specific items to broader topics such as world-building. If you want to schedule a game to run, or help out with the game library, email gaming@renovationsf.org.

Check out the rest of this page for some highlights and details on our more structured events and tournaments.

Evening Gaming

If there's something you want to play at night gaming (in the Peppermill Naples Room from 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), please let us know during the day. We'll be taking part of the library over each night, and can be sure to include specific games that have been requested.

Note: Thursday night gaming in the Peppermill will be in Naples 3 and 5 - this is a change from the Pocket Program.

Roleplaying - Darnell Coleman - Doctor Who

Time: Thursday, August 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: RSCC Gaming in Hall 2
Title: Under the Eyes of Doom

Doctor Who: The machine comes to Earth to terraform it to the way of the Daleks. The machine does not want to do this and is looking for a reason not to destroy the world. The machine picks up people from the world before the terraforming work begins. The machine allows the people walk and fight through it waiting for a reason to spare the Earth.

Summit Arcane: A LARP set in the world of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files

Time: Thursday, August 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Naples 1 & 2 at the Peppermill

New Orleans, 1928. The storm is building. As the mortal inhabitants of the Big Easy struggle with Prohibition, the supernatural denizens of the region have their own troubles. The rise of new powers and the shifting fortunes of the established players have led to upheaval in the magical community. Many of the local factions have become enmeshed in a bloody web of shifting alliances and temporary cease-fires.

Now, Queen Mab has issued an ultimatum: work out a truce, or face her wrath. Tonight, on the eve of Mardi Gras, a score of the supernatural community's most trusted (read: expendable) diplomats are set to sign a treaty. Can you bring peace to the Paris of the South? Or will the blood of New Orleans turn the Gulf waters red?

This game will feature 20 pre-generated characters. No LARP experience or knowledge of the source material is required, though each tends to enhance player enjoyment. All necessary information and equipment will be provided and costuming is strongly encouraged. Preregistration is recommended, as characters will be cast in order of sign-up. Wait-listed players that are familiar with the source material and able to costume their character may receive priority.

To register or for more information, please email dresden.larp@gmail.com. Character packets will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Naples 1.

Warning: The game uses non-canonical characters and takes place outside of the timeline for the books, but both game materials and play may reveal spoilers for the series.

Roleplaying - Darnell Coleman - Pathfinder D&D

Time: Friday, August 19, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Location: RSCC Gaming in Hall 2
Title: Can we Find Apollo's Weapons (4 hours)

Pathfinder D&D: The Senate leader A calls your group to serve the state. The group is sent to the dungeon of the Acropolis to find the bow and arrows of Apollo and to bring them back to the Senate in session, so that Athens can lead the coalition again the army of Persia lead by Heyuma, the God of the Sun. But there are also traitors in the Senate which you have to eliminate.

Roleplaying - Adam Meyers - Pathfinder D&D

Time: Friday, August 19, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: RSCC Gaming in Hall 2
Title: Ironwood Hollow

On the border between Niquoral and the undead haven of Lithe sits the small town of Ironwood Hollow. Life is bad enough living so close to the undead, but now the ghost of a woman has been seen coming from of the river at night, capturing men and dragging them to their deaths below the water. Worse, droves of mindless undead have been crossing the border lately, stalking the woods outside of town. the Lich Barons of Lithe insist this is not their doing and have dispatched two of their best agents to investigate. The king of Niquoral, alternately, has decided to dispatch you.

Dominion Tournament

On Friday evening, there will be a Dominion Tournament. Dominion is a great, easy to learn, deck building card game. If there is sufficient interest, there will be separate competitions for beginners and advanced players. Come by gaming any time before 5 p.m. on Friday to sign up; we'll be happy to teach the game to anyone who would like to participate in the beginners' bracket. The beginning winner will get a copy of the base game; the advanced winner will receive a copy of the new Cornucopia expansion. The tournament play will begin at 7 p.m.

Roleplaying for Kids

Location: Children's Program Rooms (E1, E2 and E3 in the RSCC)

We will be running three role-playing sessions for kids as part of our Children's Program.

  • Wednesday 1 p.m. - An Introduction to Role Playing Games. This is an introduction to the concepts of RPGs, briefly running down how D&D is played, and rolling up characters and filling in character sheets.

  • Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Role Playing (D&D) - more role playing fun!

  • Friday 1 p.m. - Role Playing (D&D) - further adventures in role playing.