Pastors & Dragons Retreat

Pastors & Dragons is Headed to Gamehole Con!

As we seemed to be coming out of the pandemic this past summer, I was trying to figure out a good way to re-engage the Pastors & Dragons Retreat. With that in mind, I decided to try something new – taking some of that good gaming retreat content to a broader audience at Gamehole Con!

As the delta variant has come on, I’ve been a little anxious about this whole plan, but I’m thankful that Gamehole Con has had a vaccine mandate and will be enforcing that for all attendees. This makes me feel a little safer. If you are curious about what Biblical gaming can look like and you’re fully vaccinated, think about joining me for some games in Madison, Wisconsin this October!

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I will run eight games in a series I’m calling “Adventures of Biblical Proportions”. Each session will stand alone as a one-shot experience, though players who come back multiple times will notice ways that the stories interconnect. Each session will explore a different passage of the Bible from the New Testament, inviting players to enter into the Biblical story and experience it firsthand. These games will be part history, part legend, with each exploring a different gaming “flavor”, be it the supernatural or social horror or the backdrop of war.

These games will be run using the Cypher System, which I have found to be a more adaptable TTRPG alternative to D&D 5e. D&D 5e is a great system that I love deeply. Some of these adventures saw their beginnings as 5e adventures, and worked to great effect. However I’ve also found that the 5e learning curve can be a little steeper and I appreciate the simplicity of a more story-focused system like Cypher, especially when engaging with church groups which may or may not have any tabletop gaming background.

Alright, enough with the blathering. Let’s get to a rundown of those games!

Adventures of Biblical Proportions!

Gamehole Con 2021

  • Chains in the Graveyard – Fri., Oct 22nd, 9am
    • Protect the people from the powers of the graveyard in a supernatural horror adventure.
  • Faster Than Stones – Fri., Oct 22nd, 1pm
    • Outrun the threat of death in a social thriller adventure.
  • Release to the Captives – Fri., Oct 22nd, 4pm
    • Grant release to the captives in an adventure of angelic secrecy.
  • Island Odyssey – Sat., Oct 23rd, 9am
    • Go on an Island Odyssey in a game of fantastic adventure.
  • Idols of Athens – Sat., Oct 23rd, 1pm
    • Explore the idols of Athens in a monstrously metaphorical adventure.
  • Mystery of Ephesus – Sat., Oct 23rd, 4pm
    • Explore the mystery of Ephesus in a supernatural investigative adventure.
  • A Monstrous Appetite (Revelation Part I) – Sun., Oct 24th, 9am
    • Confront the appetite of dragons in a monstrously mythic adventure. This adventure can be played alone or as part of a two-part series based on the Book of Revelation.
  • Beasts on the Earth (Revelation Part II) – Sun., Oct 24th, 12pm
    • Confront the wide sweeping machinations of beasts in a mythic wartime adventure. This adventure can be played alone or as part of a two-part series based on the Book of Revelation.

If you’re coming to Gamehole Con, it would be great to play with you. Sign ups for these games are live over at gamehole.com!