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The Last Days in Peking

Author(s):Jason and Vickie Gorringe, John Gathercole
Game EMail:peking AT rapiermedia DOT net
John "Womble" Gathercole    trollkin66 AT hotmail DOT com
Jason Gorringe    jason AT rapiermedia DOT net
Anonymised User    anonymised AT ishtari DOT co DOT uk
Male Players:Min: 13 / Max: 13
Female Players:Min: 5 / Max: 5
Neutral Players:Min: 2 / Max: 7
Total Players: Min: 20 / Max: 25

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It is 1900. The foreign legations in Peking are surrounded by boxer rebels.Low on food and ammunition, the defenders hold out, in the hope that a relief column will arrive in time to save them.

With representatives from eight of the major powers present, can they put national differences aside long enough to put up a united front against the Chinese, or will natural animosity tear them apart?

Surrounded by the Chinese, the players must work together to defend the legations from the boxers, while pursuing their own personal agendas.

A game of intrigue, heroism and romance in the final days of the Victorian era.

From the team that brought you Junta.

Gathercole, John

I was born on an autumnal day in 1966. unless something radical has changed in between me writing this and you reading it, I'm still alive at the moment. I currently work in GIS - electronic mapping - and as a consequence (Bizarre or otherwise) at work I'm as happy as a sandboy.

In my spare time I do stuff - mostly snoring, to be honest; but gaming stuff as well. I'm also a Scoutleader; I enjoy camping in wild and empty places, and like nothing better than to be sitting around the campfire of an evening, watching the stars through the smoke and the flames dance. I've backpacked around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland 3 times in the last 10 years, the most recent time reaching both the Hebrides and the Orkney Islands.

I've been playing games for nigh-on 30 years, and been LaRPing (freeform and the rubber sword stuff) on-and-off for about 18 of them. I met up with Ian Goolding in the late 80s, and have played, run and created many games with him in the meantime. I've known Jason & Vickie Gorringe for almost as long, and have spent many a pleasent hour in their front room playing and running games, especially Vampire, 7th Sea and various incarnations of Savage Worlds.

I find the playing of LaRPS fun and stimulating, the writing of them challenging, and the running of them hard but rewarding work. If, at the end of a game, people have been entertained and are are happy (in my opinion the most important factors), then I'm happy.

Gorringe, Jason

Have been gaming for many years, but only LARPing for 4.

Ran the Junta game at Conception in 2006.

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Hi Folks Have been gaming for more years than I can remember doing a mixture of tabletop games, role-playing games, Larps and Freeforms in many forms. I have been a GM for many years too, running long campaigns in such games as Warhammer RPG and Ars Magica. In my younger days I helped to form the Alder Valley Games Club in Aldershot which is still going strong to this day. I now concentrate my time on Larps and Freeforms attending events throughout the year (esp. “Curious Pastimes”) and designing and writing games which include the “Junta Game” (with John Gathercole and Jason Gorringe) which ran very successfully at Conception 2007 (designing all the Props and doing storyline design and Gm) This was run very successfully last year at Conception and I hope to have a similar success with next years games which I am working on at the moment. I'm one of the Stormlantern Game Design Group (being a close friend of both Oscar and Johns for many years) which debuted at Conception in February 2007 with the 3 x 40 person LARPS. I play many types of characters within the Larps genre and I am a member of the infamous “Scooby Gang” that debuted at Conception 2007 ( I played Fred) which involved the characters out of Scooby Do as real people (great fun). I have met very many good folk at these events and always look forward to seeing friendly faces again each year.

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