First Landing

January 2018. After months receiving strange mathematical radio signals from an undetermined point in outer space, your SETI team has just deciphered the following message: ‘madrid parque de juan carlos i 21 01 2018 first landing’. First landing of who or what exactly? The implications are marrow-chilling. Is there a chance this is simply a game, set up by university students with too much time on their hands? Your bosses have decided it’s better to send you to check, in case you miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Unluckily for you, two other teams from the same organization have also been directed to attend the appointment with the mysterious entity. Rivalry has never been more bitter at SETI.
For this field trip ̶ that requires a minimum of 9 members of SETI staff to happen, with a maximum of 15 ̶ , you will be randomly teamed-up with other highly-qualified exobiologists. You will compete with enemy scientists throughout the park to solve riddles, complete tasks and unveil the nature of this momentous event. You will need:
-€8 entry fee;
-comfortable shoes, such as sport or hiking shoes. You will be walking for a long while, maybe even running;
-water & snacks/a packed lunch;
-a topped-up smartphone with Internet access and a working camera.
Who is coming (if anyone)? What are their intentions? Will they arrive as friendly guests or ruthless invaders? Be among the first ones to find out and have your name go down in History!

Trail of Cthulhu RPG

The 1920s and 1930s were a time of turmoil for the whole world. Revolutions, bigotry, genocide, political instability, widespread poverty. New ideologies, discoveries and avant-garde art were forcing their way across continents. Maybe you thought yourself safe from all of this, but now there is a stench in your town that doesn’t smell of fascism, bolshevism or illuminated intellectuals. It’s a presence that lurks. It’s a presence that whispers. It will consume everything you hold dear.
Dear geeks, I’m planning to start a new Trail of Cthulhu game this January for five players. It is a role-playing game in which you and your fellow investigators will uncover (and maybe try to stop) the terrible plans of the strange entities that threaten our planet. If you like cosmic horror, the noir genre, and the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft and associates, feel free to join the event, even if you have never played a tabletop RPG before. I’m looking preferably for people who are not involved in other RPGs in this group (just because it can be really hard to find suitable dates for all to meet up). I can’t promise you will get scared, but we’ll do our best to have an enjoyably disturbing time.
(The date and time shown here are orientative and absolutely open for discussion)

Shadows of Brimstone: Acts of Desparation

A private investor has convinced the local government to send out what remains of their law enforcers in a foolish attempt to regain control over the ravaged region. Of course many who have not been sufficiently brave or stupid have disobeyed the order and thrown away their copper badges in the face of this ridiculous endeavour. There are however some, who have only been waiting for an opportunity like this. After all there are weapons and provisions in these stagecoaches for an entire army! …and damn that bounty smells a lot like the way out of this blasted wasteland – that is if one can survive this ultimate, incommensurable carnage…

We will be playing two, custom created missions with the big theme of Law vs. Outlaw. The first mission will be protecting/pillaging the army convoy with the most exquisite weaponry making its way through frontier town; the second mission to chase down and kill the legendary “mother” creature, destroying the hive and making it out of whatever world we might find her in before the explosives detonate and everything goes up in fire, gore and darkstone shards.

As there is a fixed amount of gear/artifact cards in those wagons and everyone knows that five bags of gold shared among six is a lot less than five bags of gold, the entire adventure will not only be Law vs. Outlaw, but as well a constant weighing up whom you can trust and whom you might do without just fine.

Guest starring: Allies for your team (hired gunmen for Law // desperate townsfolk for Outlaw), new elite abilities for familiar enemies, an entirely new and mysterious mother creature, two diverse and loot packed custom adventures across multiple worlds (and tables).

Harry Potter : The Exhibition 18 Nov 2017

Let’s agree on a date and go!
It’s 12,50€

https://www.facebook.com/events/1828182827492042/permalink/1828397264137265/?notif_id=1506461085937037&notif_t=like&ref=notif

https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-harry-potter-exhibition-madrid/?utm_source=nl-tkt&utm_medium=email-tkt&utm_content=Juego%20de%20Tronos%20exposición&utm_term=20170926&utm_campaign=Harry%20Potter%20%2826-09-2017%29&a_aid=TKTMKTG&a_bid=2d3e92d4

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m not sure to which movie theater we should go. Cine Ideal is closed and doesn’t say when they’re opening. So please suggest a movie theater in the center so we can buy ticket ASAP 😀

The Ramblings of Stephen M. Giannucci: a Lovecraftian Mystery Hunt

Is there a better way to celebrate Spain’s National Day than running around the city, trying to put together the name of a Lovecraftian Elder God from the senseless ramblings of a demented expat? I think not!
In this game, you will have to follow the writings of a certain Stephen M. Giannucci (who killed his wife, children and himself under mysterious circumstances) across the city to discover what otherworldly entity drove him insane. You won’t be alone in this task though: you will team up randomly with two more supernatural sleuths to beat the other teams competing to solve the mystery. The winning team will get a promotion within the Spanish Ministry of Eldritch Affairs (and free drinks after the game!).

You will need:
-€3 entry fee.
-Comfortable shoes.
-A smartphone with internet connection.
-A monthly zone A pass/10-trip ticket/money to purchase public transport tickets.
-Some basic Spanish and a working knowledge of the city.
-(Suggested) Some pocket money, snacks and water.

The game will only take place if there is a minimum of 6 people signed up, with a limit of 12 people. The rules will be explained then. Show the rest of the geeks you are Madrid’s smartest & fastest Mulder/Scully!

Sunday epic games: Mage Knight and more

Let’s play some boardgames! We want to try Mage Knight, but we have many other heavy, medium or light games we can play and you are also welcome to suggest and bring your own. Feel free to ask any question regarding the event or games we’ll be playing. Make sure to allow messages from other meetup members as I’ll be sending you the full address privately close to the date.

NaNoWriMo Prep

Anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year? 

If so, let’s meet and do some outlining or research away from distractions, like netflix, and pesky loved ones.

Or maybe you’ve thought about writing but didn’t know where to start?
I’ll be using the snowflake method, which is basically sprinting your novel.

Tools:
– Get Ulysses app for free on all ios/mac devices between now and December 1st, as part of NaNoWriMo promotion
–  trello for nanowrimo planning

– Ambient writing sounds harry potter lovers

https://harry-potter-sounds.ambient-mixer.com/

The flying balloon girl

Since a couple of weeks this idea is spinning in my head: What about buying a bottle of helium, gathering some old children’s clothes, a bunch of balloons, build a realistic looking, fully dressed “girl”, attach some more balloons to her hand/glove and let her fly? …maybe with a fishing line attached to pull her back to earth if things go south?

We’ll set up camp already at 16:00hrs, bring Kubb (viking chess) and a self made Flinstones-vehicle (for four passengers) to pass some fun time until everyone’s there.

Saturday game night fever

Caro and I want to play some boardgames and you are invited. We have mostly medium to heavy games, but you are welcome to suggest and bring yours. Feel free to ask any question regarding the event or games we’ll be playing.