Quest With Us!

Quest With Us is an interactive workshop with a difference. Fusing tabletop fantasy roleplay gaming with improvisation and theatrical roleplay, what emerged was an immersive experience that introduced newcomers to games such as Dungeons and Dragons in an engaging, understandable way. It also gave more experienced gamers a new way of looking at tabletop gaming, adding an extra edge to it all. With each game the players, under the watchful eye of the gamemasters, make decisions and depending on the role of the dice and the choices made, each outcome is so different and exciting.

a new way of looking at tabletop gaming

The game I played was under the direction of enthusiastic and detailed gamemaster Henry, who was not only supportive to the newbies and those like myself who have not played for years, but was engaging and comedic with his masterful storytelling skills for those who had quested before. To quote him, Quest with Us is 'Dungeons and Dragons, but more simple'. He was right. The usage of character cards with skills, advantages and disadvantages was a good leaping point to create characters who appeal to you as a player. You can create an elf, halfling, occultist, demon and more with a lineage that makes you stand out from the rest. I had fun creating an occultist with a witchy lineage and interacted with many amazing characters and it felt like we were creating our own fantasy novel during the game.

Having a drop-in and out system for this worked however, what might make this tighter going forward is having more of a staggered system with different timings so that the risk of repeating who your character is is lessened. This did happen on the game I was on and whilst it does reinforce who your character is, occasionally it might halt the game somewhat when you want to move onto the next exciting chapter. So having a set staggered system of times so that the games in progress are not interrupted might help this fantastic style of performance and workshop combined become even stronger and dynamic.

Apart from this, what we have here is an experience that is fun to be had whether you are new to gaming or not, an actor looking for character work with a difference, or a writer wanting inspiration for their next novel. Quest With Us gives you that safe space to play, create and enjoy roleplay on so many different levels that time whizzes past so quickly.

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You’ve always known you were a hero at heart, with a yearning for adventure. 'Quest With Us!' will help you to prove it. In a world premiere event, this team of world-builders, storytellers, and role-playing experts will help you to build your own story through the power of imagination and a shared space for group story-telling. With our pioneering drop-in, drop-out system, we’ll be helping you to build a bespoke and participatory narrative adventure in a persistent world across all three nights at Conclave at Brighton Fringe. Whether you’ve always wanted to give a tabletop role-playing game a try, you haven’t thought about it before reading this, or you’ve always wanted to try on a new adventurous persona, 'Quest With Us!' is the experience for you. Drop by to roll some dice, shape the story with your fellow participants, and have a shared audience experience you’ll never forget. Leave reality behind for the evening and answer the call of the hero within: come and Quest With Us!

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